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Wa Ale is the first hotel to open in Myanmar’s Myeik Archipelago, a collection of 800 remote jungle-draped islands in the Andaman Sea. You’re barely a speck on the map and reality is many nautical miles away, so it’s time to get swept up in Wa Ale’s wild spirit: daring dives, jungle hikes and kayak expeditions. This private island resort sits in a beautiful protected cove with luxury tented and treetop villas overlooking a pristine beach and majestic rock formations. Guests are invited to experience the natural beauty of the archipelago in a luxury resort that encourages responsible and sustainable care for the environment. Wa Ale is a dream destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers, who can explore the island’s diverse and endangered wildlife, such as dugongs, dolphins, whales, turtles and sharks.
The hotel is committed to reducing its environmental impact and supporting the local community. It uses renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and hydroelectric power, and has a low-waste policy. The hotel also grows its own vegetables and fruits, and sources most of its food from local fishermen and farmers. The hotel supports local artisans and craftsmen by showcasing their work in the rooms and common areas, and collaborates with the Lampi Foundation, which runs various conservation and social projects in the region.
The hotel is part of the Wa Ale eco-tourism project, which aims to protect and restore the biodiversity of the island and the surrounding marine park. The project funds various initiatives, such as turtle conservation, coral reef restoration, mangrove replanting, wildlife monitoring and education. The project also provides medical facilities, clean water, employment and training for the nearby village of Salet Galet.
The hotel is a sustainable destination that aims to inspire guests to appreciate and protect nature, culture and heritage. The hotel offers various activities and experiences that connect guests with the local environment and community, such as diving, snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, fishing, village visits and cultural events.
The hotel has 11 rooms, each with its own character and style. The rooms are spacious and airy, with high ceilings, wooden floors and canvas walls. The furniture is a mix of custom-made pieces and local crafts from Myanmar and Thailand. The rooms are decorated with natural materials, such as bamboo, rattan, cotton and silk. The bathrooms are sleek and minimalist, with organic toiletries and rain showers. Some rooms have bathtubs or balconies overlooking the sea or the forest.
The hotel offers two types of accommodation: tented villas and treetop villas. The tented villas are located along the shore, facing the beach or the mangroves. They have king-size canopy beds and sofas that can convert into two single beds. They also have private decks with sun loungers and hammocks. The treetop villas are perched on stilts among the trees, offering panoramic views of the bay. They have king-size beds and open-air living areas with sofas and dining tables. They also have private plunge pools and outdoor showers.
Food and drink
The hotel's restaurant is a highlight of the stay. The menu changes daily according to the availability of fresh and seasonal ingredients, which are mostly grown on site or sourced from local fishermen and farmers. The dishes are creative and delicious, showcasing the best of Myanmar's cuisine with a modern twist. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list, featuring organic and biodynamic wines from around the world. Guests can dine in the cozy dining room or on the terrace overlooking the bay. Breakfast is included in the rate and consists of a generous buffet of homemade breads, pastries, jams, cheeses, meats, eggs, fruits and cereals.
The hotel offers a range of facilities and services to make guests feel comfortable and pampered. There is a lounge area with a fireplace, a library with books and games, a shop with local products and souvenirs, and a spa for relaxing after a day of exploring. The hotel also provides free Wi-Fi, laundry service, bicycles, snorkeling gear and kayaks for guests to use. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful, ready to assist guests with any requests or recommendations.
Things to do
The main attraction of the hotel is the island itself, which offers a variety of activities and experiences for guests to enjoy. Guests can snorkel or dive in the crystal-clear water, where they can discover coral gardens, caves and shipwrecks teeming with marine life. They can also kayak or paddle board through the island's river and mangrove forest, where they can spot monkeys, birds and otters. They can also hike through the jungle trails, where they can see orchids, butterflies and macaques. For those who want to learn more about the island's ecology and history, the hotel offers guided tours and workshops on topics such as turtle conservation, coral reef restoration and local culture.
Another thing to do at the hotel is to enjoy the wellness facilities and services. Guests can join daily yoga classes on the beach or in their villas, led by a resident yoga therapist. They can also book a private massage in their villas or on the beach, using natural oils and herbs. They can also relax in the spa pavilion, where they can enjoy a range of treatments using natural products.
The hotel is located in the heart of the Myeik Archipelago, a stunning region of 800 islands in the Andaman Sea. The archipelago is one of the last untouched marine wildernesses in the world, home to diverse and endangered wildlife such as dugongs, dolphins, whales, turtles and sharks. The archipelago is also rich in cultural heritage, with ancient temples, fishing villages and pearl farms. The hotel is an ideal base for exploring the area by boat or kayak, as there are many attractions and activities within easy reach. Guests can visit Lampi Island Marine National Park, the first marine protected area in Myanmar, where they can see coral reefs, mangroves and rainforest. They can also visit Moken Island, where they can meet the Moken people, a nomadic seafaring tribe that lives in harmony with nature.
Wa Ale is only open to children over eight. There are plenty of activities to keep adventurous kids entertained, such as snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, fishing and visiting the turtle sanctuary. The beach villas are best for families, as they have sofas that can convert into two single beds. The hotel also has a kids' menu and a toy box for younger guests. The hotel can arrange babysitting services on request.
Wa Ale is located in the Myeik Archipelago, in the south of Myanmar. The nearest airport is Kawthaung, which can be reached by domestic flights from Yangon or Mandalay. The hotel can arrange transfers from Kawthaung airport to the jetty, where guests will board a luxury speedboat to the island. The boat ride takes about three hours and is available on Tuesdays and Saturdays only, unless special arrangements are made. Alternatively, guests can fly to Phuket in Thailand and take a boat from Ranong to Kawthaung, crossing the border by sea.
- Ecosystem preservation
- Beach or coast
- Up to 2
- Up to 4
- Tented camp
- Cultural visit