Malikha Lodge, Putao

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This unique resort was designed by Jean Michel Gathy of Aman fame. It shows. Situated in Northern Kachin State, Myanmar’s greenest and most remote state teetering on the edge of a veritable wilderness, the resort is nonetheless luxurious, perfectly striking the perfect balance for anyone keen to plunge into Burma’s tremendous natural landscape without compromising on comfort. Access to the lodge is a fifteen-minute drive from the small frontier town of Putao, which can only be accessed by flights during the cool dry season from October to April. Malikha Lodge is closed for the remainder of the year.

Each of the eight raised, thatched roof bungalows, placed discreetly amongst towering bamboo trees, has a spacious living area centred around an enormous handcrafted teak bathtub. A custom made fireplace next to the bath completes the sense of indulgence and luxury, and also provides warmth for the private daybeds outside, where views of distant mountains can be peaked through the foliage. Being a wilderness retreat there are no TV’s or IDD telephones in the rooms but state of the art communications links are available via the GM’s office if required.

The lodge restaurant gives the feeling of a private house party for all meals, with a choice of set menus prepared daily for lunch and dinner. You can enjoy massage treatments and reflexology either in your room or at the Spa Bungalow, while hot stone and extended ritual bathing treatments take place in the Spa only. The resort also has a stunning black slate swimming pool.

The lodge offer a variety of ways to fill your time. For the more adventurous there are guided half day or full day excursions by mountain bike, kayak or on foot to local villages and scenic view points, these excursions are booked the evening before.

Bookings are required to be for a minimum of 3 nights and the price includes day trips and guided excursions within the Putao Valley, all meals and house drinks – including a selection of wines, spirits, soft drinks, juices, teas and coffees.

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