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A Serene Retreat on Burma's Inle Lake

Inspired by monastic traditions, a new Burmese resort offers guests an idyllic sanctuary on Inle Lake. By VERONICA INVEEN.

Published on Nov 15, 2016


Buddhist monks have retreated to the serene shores of Inle Lake for centuries to meditate and reconnect. With its quiet cloistered corridors and emphasis on simplicity, Sanctum Inle Lake, a new boutique near the stilted village of Maing Thauk, draws stylistic cues from such monastic life, but the designers have swapped asceticism for bright and lofty rooms with teak furnishings handcrafted by local artisans and suites with lake vistas.

Sanctum Inle Lake
Courtesy of Sanctum Inle Lake.

The resort commemorates contemplation, so when you're not taking walks by the water or exploring the ancient temples in Kakku, swing by the Sanctuary Spa for a Tamarind Scrub using pods harvested on the property, or go for a Burmese-brewed beer at The Cloister Bar. Even monks need to indulge once in awhile.; doubles from US$284.


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Courtesy of Sanctum Inle Lake.
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