My stay at the elegant Belmond Governor’s Residence redolent of Yangon’s colonial past | Yangon, Myanmar | A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor’s Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar’s southern states. This was my home for two nights, during my first time – long overdue – visit to Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), largest city of Myanmar. Belmond Governor’s Residence is located within the elegant Yangon Embassy Quarter and close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. It is just ten minutes from the city centre and 30 minutes from Yangon airport. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar…
After two nights in Bangkok, Thailand, I was ready and uber excited for my first time visit to Myanmar. One hour and 30 minutes after, I landed at Yangon International Airport, to be warmly welcomed by the Myanmar’s Belmond Team, who would be my hosts for the next 7 days as I transitioned – Belmond style by ground and the Ayeyarwady River – across this fascinating country, visiting not only Yangon, but also Bagan and Mandalay. As I landed, and cleared customs, I was transferred to Belmond Governor’s Residence, blissful retreat located only 30 minutes away.
Belmond Governor’s Residence is an oasis in the vibrant city of Yangon. Truly a place to unwind and relax, yet close to all that needs to be seen and explored. I was beyond happy with the style, location and concept of the resort, and I truly felt I managed to embrace and touch the soul of Yangon. The hotel is perfectly placed for enjoying Yangon’s great cultural attractions. The golden pagodas, fascinating National Museum and lively Bogyoke Market, piled high with local handicrafts, gems and antiques, are just minutes away.
My room was everything I expected and more. Plain and simple, but with elegance that represents the destination. I was in a Deluxe Garden Room. Featuring stunning views of the private lotus garden, towering trees and free-form pond. Carved teak and sumptuous silks combine to make our spacious rooms both fresh and timeless. Exceptionally spacious are a haven of tranquillity. My absolute favorite features were: my large window overlooking the inner gardens, and the the bed canopy, which every night, was carefully was laid on top of my bed.
With its fan-cooled verandas and teak armchairs, this delightful Belmond hotel in the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon, conjures up a bygone era while offering every modern pleasure. Set in a verdant garden dotted with lotus pools, the hotel is truly magical at the end of a day spent visiting the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. Dinner is served alfresco in the balmy evening air by lantern-light, as tropical fragrances scent the breeze. Prior/post touring around, mornings after breakfast, and afternoon would be spent in serenity at the pool area, over a cup of tea or a glass of local Myanmar’s white wines.
Evenings began at the Kipling Bar, over homemade crafted cocktails. Named after Rudyard Kipling, the bar offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to sample fine wines, signature cocktails, or high-quality teas and coffee.
On our first night, we were welcomed with a local feast, by the famous Burmese Curry Table. Fragrant local curries, vegetables and rice are served buffet style over authentic charcoal burners. Enjoy fresh and spicy salads with ice-cold draught beer and delicate Burmese green tea. Set in a spacious Mindon Lounge, the restaurant boasts stunning views across the hotel’s gardens and ponds. And of course, after such local curry debauchery, I was up for a walk. Given that we were walking distance from the Shwedagon Pagoda perimeter, I proposed our group, to venture to the streets of Yangon, for a one hour walk to/back.
After our walk, and the inspiring views of Shwedagon Pagoda, I was ready to go to bed, specially after knowing that my sleep and dreams would be watched and protected by the many guardian geckos wondering around the residence.
Early morning rise and shine, ready for a true local Mohinga breakfast at the Mandalay Restaurant and off to explore Yangon in full. Mohinga, is a rice noodle and fish soup from Myanmar and is an essential part of Burmese cuisine. It is considered by many to be the national dish of Myanmar.
After two days exploring the destination, it was time to say goodbye to Yangon and Belmond Governor’s Residence. We have an early morning flight on Asian Wings from Yangon to Bangan, and to our floating home for the next 4-nights, the gorgeous Belmond Road to Mandalay River Cruise. So I woke up, had my morning coffee overlooking the inner garden from my window. Packed and got on… As we arrived at Yangon’s International Airport, the Belmond Team took care of all our luggage and check in, and we were seamlessly sent to the VIP lounge on the second floor to await for our flight.
Belmond Governor’s Residence, verdant urban enclave, embodied the perfect Yangon stay and experience. Timeless charm and elegance, true to the local style, redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar’s. Ready to explore Yangon… book Belmond Governor’s Residence with me and enjoy the following VIP Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability + Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests served in restaurant + A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay + Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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