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The New Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min

Located on the shores of Inle Lake in Myanmar’s Shan State, the Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min overlooks the waters, mountains and rice fields.

Sofitel Inle Lake

“We are excited and proud to introduce the first Sofitel in Myanmar with the opening of Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min. As AccorHotel’s sixth hotel in Myanmar, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is setting a new benchmark, extending the luxury trend across Myanmar and reflecting the continued expansion of business and tourism in the region,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia.

The hotel is accessible by car, but can also be reached via motorboat for guests who wish to get a chance to see the Intha rowing experience, where boatmen adopt the well-known traditional one-legged rowing technique to row their boats on Inle Lake.

Following Inle Lake’s inscription as a World Heritage site in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves program in 2015, Sofitel Inle Lake is likely to be one of the last new hotels built directly by the water.

 The resort’s architecture and layout is evocative and respectful of traditional villages around the lake, with local accents native to the region incorporated into the decorative features of the rooms. Traditional Burmese patterns are displayed in every room, while the use of bamboo, rattan and silk allows every guest to stay connected with nature.

Clustered around verdant gardens and reflective ponds, the Field Villas are designed in warm hues with natural woven materials offset by red and orange plaid inspired by the headscarves of Pa-o women.

 Closer to the water, the Marshland Villas feature canopy beds inspired by the region’s stilt houses, clothed in green woven fabrics also seen in the local Padaung women’s costumes.

 Perched at the edge of the lake, the Lake Villas take inspiration from the blue checks of local men’s longyi (paso).

The hotel’s 101 rooms include 36 Luxury Rooms, 25 Junior Suites, 12 Prestige Suites, 27 Opera Suites, and 1 Imperial Suite.

Sofitel Inle Lake - Lake View
Sofitel Inle Lake - Pool Room

 Modern technology, such as high-speed internet, bluetooth speakers and IPTV provide access to contemporary comfort without interrupting the natural sense of flow. All rooms feature separate oversized soaking bathtubs and rain showers to create a serene feeling of wellbeing.

Bringing a refined taste of place to the shores of Inle Lake are the resort’s two restaurants and two bars. The all-day dining eatery offers an extensive selection of international and local flavors with buffet and a la carte options available for lunch and dinner. The fine dining Pavilion Restaurant elevates the gastronomic experience, with fusion and Burmese-inspired dishes. Indoor and outdoor dining spaces are available, and diners in the latter pair the flavors on the plate with a backdrop of the tranquil lake.

For casual get-togethers, the Lobby Bar offers a wide choice of international beverages and wines, while the Pavilion Bar near the lake offers a perfect spot to relax with a cocktail and drink in the exceptional views.

Resort facilities include two swimming pools; one of which is an infinity adult pool set directly on the water to create a feeling of oneness with Inle Lake. The fitness center and Sofitel spa offer yoga and meditation programs to complete the holistic wellness experiences at the resort, while other facilities include a clubhouse, kids club, Mac corner, and games room.

“We are thrilled to open the first Sofitel in Myanmar on the shores of Inle Lake. Our guests will be instantly impressed by the Shan local way of life, and at every turn, they will experience the richness of their surroundings, from the vibrant hues of an orange sunset to the pink reflections on the water at dusk and the fragrant scent of the verdant vegetation,” said David G. Daguise, General Manager of Sofitel Inle Lake Myan Min. “Natural elements captivate the senses throughout the resort, from the materials used in the décor to the local produce served in our restaurants. We look forward to welcoming guests to embark on a ‘Magnifique’ journey.”

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Published Date: 20th March 2018
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Mövenpick to Open 11 Hotels

Mövenpick to Open 11 Hotels in 9 Countries by End-2018

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has unveiled plans to open eleven new properties in nine countries by the end of 2018.

The Swiss hospitality firm, which currently operates 83 hotels across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, will make its debut in five new countries – Bangladesh, Iraq, Kenya, Malaysia and Maldives – while boosting its cluster of hotels in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Tunisia and Thailand.

“In 2018, our global expansion drive really steps up a gear, with the 11 new openings planned, putting us firmly on track to meet our target of 125 properties by 2020 and introducing the brand in some very desirable locations,” said Olivier Chavy, President & CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Three of their upcoming hotels will open over the next few months: the family-focused Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin – the brand’s seventh property in Thailand; Mövenpick Hotel du Lac Tunis, located on the banks of Lac de Tunis – its third hotel in Tunisia; and Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi in Kenya, marking the company’s debut in East Africa with a five-star hotel and conference property.

Mövenpick to Open 11 Hotels - Movenpick Kuredhivaru Maldives

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The remaining eight properties, which will be launched before the end of the year, will see them enter four additional new markets, with the contemporary Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru in Maldives introducing 105 units, including 72 over-water villas to the idyllic island destination; Mövenpick Hotel Basra capitalising on one of Iraq’s oil and gas hubs; Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA conveniently located close to Kuala Lumpur International Airport; and Mövenpick Hotel Sylhet in north-east Bangladesh.

In the Middle East, they will be opening two hotels in the United Arab Emirates: the Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai and a Mövenpick hotel in Dubai Media City. The firm will also strengthen its presence in Egypt with the addition of Mövenpick Resort El Ein Bay, its second property in the coastal area of El Sokhna.

In Asia, the hospitality firm will bolster its cluster strategy in Thailand with the opening of Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai.

With a current pipeline of more than 40 properties, Mövenpick will enter several additional new markets over the next few years including Muscat (Oman) and Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates) in the Middle East and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Abuja (Nigeria) in Africa, while consolidating its presence in countries with strong development potential. 

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Published Date: 17th March 2018
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