Located on the edges of a peaceful canal in Nyaung Shwe, the small town at the northern end of Inle Lake, this quaint hotel overlooks only lush rice fields, whilst only a short walk from the bustling markets of the town – thus striking an effortless balance between convenience and tranquility. If staying out on the lake leaves you anxious about being totally ‘resort-bound’, then the classy View Point is your central solution, providing you with options.
However, whilst you can easily walk to the restaurants and shops of Nyuang Shwe, summining the motivation to leave the View Point is not quite that easy. The resort has been established by the same team that set up and still run the famous ‘Le Planteur’ Restaurant in Yangon, so there is a real focus on excellent food and drink experiences, including expert-led cookery lessons which are held on the roof. The two restaurants serve traditional Shan and Burmese cuisine, accompanied by fantastic views of the surrounding Inle countryside. Guests also have the option to enjoy al fresco dining or tasty picnics off site, relax in Lounge-E – a cosy wine bar – or perhaps enjoy breakfast or dinner on their own private balcony.
These balconies are integral to the cottage suites – linked by stilted walkways over a pond and built using traditional construction techniques. The interiors are light, simple in decor with white walls, polished woods and punctuated by Shan antiques.
With it’s international wine list, sleek service, world-class restaurant, classical rooms and ‘happening’ cocktail bar, the View Point ensures a rather ‘sophisticated’ experience – all the more remarkable considering we are in remote North East Burma!