Approaching Aureum Palace, very little distinguishes it from the surrounding temples of Bagan, one of Myanmar’s most ancient kingdoms. Tropical landscape gardens set against the banks of the Salween River are dotted with traditional Burmese structures, blending effortlessly with the abundant temples and pagodas nearby. Arriving, however, ruins are transformed into villas, and the mysterious landscape reveals itself as a tranquil paradise. Here, fine cuisine and luxurious amenities work in harmony with ancient Myanmar traditions and stunning surroundings to create a uniquely spectacular stay.

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72 spacious villas echoing the architecture of Bagan’s surrounding temples lace the Aureum Palace Hotel and the expansive 27-acre gardens. Villas are lavishly appointed with hand-crafted teak furnishings, hardwood floors, antiques, and local artifacts, giving accommodations a feeling of Old World tradition, while the substantial bathrooms, personal Jacuzzis, and private terraces for al-fresco dining with views of the surrounding lakes and temples lend an air of New World opulent charm. Guests have six types of rooms and villas to choose from, with the Island Villa and Palm Tree Villas providing a more exclusive experience with personal kitchenettes, private pools, and discreet valet service.

A visit to the main lodge will reveal a lovely infinity pool that makes one feel as they are swimming toward the ancient temples. Also available onsite is a wide range of delicious Burmese, Shan, Thai, and other exotic regional cuisines.  Begin the day at the Lounge for freshly baked pastries, homemade sherbets, teas, and coffees. Then venture to the Shan for traditional Myanmar and Thai cuisine, or try Xanadu Restaurant for continental and Asian fare with spectacular pagoda views. Craving European specialties? Casa D’Enzo is locally renowned for its homemade pasta and fine Italian wines. Cap off the night with a Mandalay rum sour cocktail from Hero’s Club, a poolside barbecue dinner, and a classical Myanmar dance performance under the stars at the terrace by the lake.

Set inside the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, Aureum Palace has unique access to the surrounding landmarks, including the Bagan Viewing Tower, Min Nanthu Village, and Nyaung Oo. After a day of sightseeing, retreat to the Aureum Nature Spa, a true replica of an 11th century temple, with natural light, and warm, earthy colors and textures to create a soothing atmosphere. Try the Mayanmar thanaka body scrub or many of the Ayurvedic rituals and beauty secrets available, derived from long-forgotten healing practices.

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