Traveling along the eastern fringe of Inle Lake, enter the protected serenity of Inle Princess Resort, where boats silence their engines and leg rowers gently paddle guests to personal chalets surrounded by the Shan Hills’ blue peaks and rice paddy fields—and incomparable setting with home away from home comfort.

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Constructed by Intha carpenters from bamboo and reclaimed teak and pyinkado hardwoods, Inle Princess Resort has 46 wooden chalets are positioned on sturdy stilts above the lake. Romantic interior lighting unveils Shan and Intha inspired architecture and splashes of color in the silk textiles and locally formed ceramics. Highlights include the central, comfortable beds, chimneys for cool nights, stream stone-lined outdoor showers, row boat-shaped bathtubs floating on the green sea-like tiles, and spacious private balconies with peaceful views of the lake, gardens, and mountains.

Guests have a variety of Myanmar, European, Thai, Chinese, and vegetarian cuisine from which to choose. Try the homemade cereals and yogurt in the morning, banana flower salads and curries for lunch, and dinner under the stars on special lotus loungers. The resort boasts an impressive wine cellar, a hand-made cave inspired by traditional pottery oven, holding up to 2,500 bottles of wine, including excellent selections from the Red Mountain Estate vineyard directly behind the hotel. Consider a romantic candlelit dinner at the Inle Boat Table constructed specifically for the wine cave.

Arise in the mornings with yoga and meditation classes at the Meditation Zayatt, and relax at the three spa chalets and treatment house featuring sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and hydrotherapy treatments inspired by long-held Shan practices of healing the body, mind, and soul. For something unique, try an authentic Shan beauty care treatment that places thanaka (bark paste) on the cheeks, coconut oil on the hair, and kimpun scrubs on the body. Take time to visit the onsite artisan villages known for their exquisite pottery, wood carving, lacquer-ware, and decorative handmade paper made from mulberry tree bark. If time allows, arrange a cooking day with a local family—an unforgettable shopping and tasting adventure.

Lake excursions are readily available to sites such as Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon for its silk weaving, the Indein, Thaung Tho, and Kak Ku temple complexes, the Ywa Ma floating market, the cheroot workshops in Nam Pan, and the forest monastery outside Main Tauk.

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