This hotel is a sprawling resort in the hotel area of the Myanmar government capital. To be honest there is nothing much to do in this city, and as I later find out it is really only of interest to corporate Travellers undertaking meetings in the area. Luckily I am able to entertain myself for the two nights I am here utilising some of the amenities provided by the hotel.
I am upgraded upon check-in to a huge one-bedroom studio suite. It is massive, with two toilets, bathroom with 2 basins and bathtub, lounge room, chaise-type sofa in the king bedroom, 2 TVs, and a Nespresso machine.
On my first evening shortly after I arrive, I enjoy some canapés and drinks in the executive lounge, which I repeat the second evening. On day 2 lunch I order from the ‘American Fast Food’ limited-time menu an ‘American-style’ burger sandwich with all the trimmings that is delivered to the lounge.
I use the huge pool (said to be the largest in the city), gym (with a complimentary 1-hour training session with the resident instructor, Van), and have 2 spa treatments which have a free 30 minute Thanaka scrub included for treatments 60 mins and over.
Breakfast on both mornings is served in Elements restaurant and hosts a number of local and international favourites. The coffee isn’t that great, but the fresh fruit juices to order and the banana smoothie on day 1 and pineapple smoothie on day 2 win me over. And the pastries, made by the in-house pastry Chef, are delicious – especially the almond croissant 🥐.
Service is good, and you can’t walk past an employee without a ‘hello’ and a smile which is nice. The hotel also offers bicycles for hire, tennis courts (neither of which I use) and a sauna & steam room (the latter which was out of order).
Just a thought – as a leisure traveller though, it would be great if the hotel provided tours or excursions to explore the city, as otherwise there is nothing to do in the vicinity.