Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Belmond Governor's Residence

Rates per night from$310.25

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD310.25), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Time-capsule teak mansion

Setting

Lotus ponds and lanterns

Belmond Governor’s Residence hotel is a 1920s mansion in the Embassy Quarter of Yangon, with hand-carved verandahs, flower-filled gardens and a fan-shaped pool. The cool, spacious rooms have canopied king-size beds, and there’s a spa specialising in time-honoured Burmese body treatments. Take tours of spice markets and gilded pagodas nearby, or get hands-on with a curry-cooking class in the kitchen. Afternoon tea is served overlooking the lotus ponds, cocktails flow at the colonial bar, and every night is steak-night at the Wagyu-focused restaurant, Mandalay. 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

49, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon, check-in 2pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $310.25, excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.

More details

Rates include the breakfast buffet of local and international dishes.

Also

As the name suggests, the estate was once the official residence of a local dignitary, the governor of Kaya State.

At the hotel

Free WiFi. In rooms: TV (with DVD player on request),minibar, free bottled water, tea and coffee, Panpuri bath products. The Governor’s room also has an iPod dock.

Our favourite rooms

There are no wrong answers here, but ask for a room with views over the gardens.

Poolside

The serene pool is the centrepiece of the lush tropical grounds, flanked by crimson Pathein parasols and sunloungers topped with traditional coolie hats.

Spa

The Governor’s Oasis is nestled in the peaceful tropical gardens. Indulge in ancient Burmese body therapy, or freshen up with a facial using botanical organic products.

Packing tips

Bring your binoculars, if you fancy a closer look at the piculets and flowerpeckers.

Also

The hotel isn’t set up for wheelchair users.

Children

All ages welcome.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Dine outside, on the terrace overlooking the pool and gardens.

Dress Code

Chinos and a collar for gents, laidback evening-wear for ladies.

Hotel restaurant

There are two – Mandalay and the Mindon Lounge – both with open-air verandahs and elegant colonial styling. Mandalay focuses on fine dining, using local produce in fragrant Burmese and Mediterranean dishes such as Ayeyarwady Delta prawns, smoked catfish and pork trotter catfish; there’s also the small matter of Grade 8 Wagyu beef, imported from Idaho. Mindon Lounge specialises in flavour-packed curries, served buffet-style alongside homemade noodles and sticky rice.

Hotel bar

The Kipling Bar oozes colonial charm, with low-slung seats and a dark wooden counter. Order the Picturesque Paddy – a cooling concoction made with rice vodka – or keep things simple with a classic G&T – anytime from 6am to 11pm.

Last orders

Mandalay is open for breakfast from 6am to 10.30am (11am at weekends), lunch from noon to 2.30pm and dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm. Mindon Lounge is open from 10am until 10pm – lunch is from noon until 2.30pm and dinner is from 6pm until 10pm.

Room service

You can order food and drinks to your room, from a menu of international and local cuisine.

Location

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Address
Belmond Governor's Residence
35 Taw Win Road, Dagon Township
Yangon
Myanmar

The hotel is in peaceful private grounds in the high-brow Embassy Quarter of Yangon, close to cultural hotspots such as the Shwedagon Pagoda and the National Museum.

Planes

Fly into Yangon International Airport – there are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok and Dubai. It takes around 30 minutes to drive to the hotel; transfers can be arranged for $25 each way for journeys between 6am to 10pm, or $33 each way if you'll be travelling between 10pm and 6am.

Automobiles

If you’ve got the nerve to tackle the congested urban roads, you can hire a car at the airport and park up at the hotel for free. Otherwise, stick to taxis and old-school trishaws for buzzing around town; for daytrips and venturing further afield, ask the hotel about hiring a private driver.

Worth getting out of bed for

Potter down to the pool and set yourself up under the shade of a cocktail-umbrella-esque parasol. Later, take a break from sun-lounging with a stroll around the wildlife-peppered tropical gardens, or an organic Burmese treatment at the spa. One morning, take a tour of the local market and select exotic ingredients, then sharpen up your cooking skills with a chef-led class in the kitchen – and devour the fruits of your labour for lunch. Every day from 2pm until 5pm, take your poolside seat at the art-lined, 1920s-styled Mindon Lounge for alfresco afternoon tea.

Hit the markets, starting with Bogyoke Aung San Market (Pabedan), where you’ll find 2,000 stalls catering to all your souvenir needs. Join the locals shopping for fresh fruit and meats at Hledan Market, or pay a visit to Mingalar Market to peruse the finest Burmese fabrics. Further afield, take a boat trip to Ye-Le Pagoda, or join excursions to Twante pottery village and the ancient seaport of Bago (ask the hotel concierge for details). For a morning jog or sunset stroll, head to tranquil Kandawgyi Lake.

Pick a pagoda, any pagoda. Sule Pagoda (Sule Pagoda Road) and Shwedagon Pagoda (Bahan Road) are the most impressive, with gilded stupas soaring into the air.

 

Local restaurants

In Burmese culture, tea is a big deal – the best place to enjoy a good cuppa is Rangoon Tea House (77-79 Pansodan Street); the mohinga fish soup is a soul-warming alternative if you’re after something filling. Union Bar and Grill (42 Strand Road) is where East meets West – the menu includes Korean-style kimchi fried rice, Levantine za’atar manouche, and even a credible, crispy fish ‘n’ chips. For curry, kebabs and chapati, try Indian Tadka (Pyay Road). Book in at Seeds Restaurant & Lounge (No 63A U Tun Nyein Street) for haute cuisine concocted by Swiss chef Felix Eppisser and served up in style at a lakeside bamboo bungalow.

 

Local bars

The impressive Sofaer Building was once a trading hub of Yangon, supplying imported goods to colonial expats – nowadays, it’s the home of Gekko (535 Merchant Street), which deals in expertly crafted cocktails, Japanese-style yakitori barbecue, and live jazz on Fridays.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this historic hotel in Myanmar and unpacked their silks and sand paintings, a full account of their southeast Asian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Belmond Governor’s Residence in Yangon…

Sometimes, a hotel is just a base – somewhere to fuel up on breakfast in the morning and rest your head at night, after a busy day of exploring. But this is not a normal hotel: it’s an attention-worthy attraction in itself. Built in the 1920s for a government bigwig and restored to its former glory in the Nineties, it’s an architectural marvel with intricate teak carving and handcrafted colonial furniture. In the lush, fragrant grounds, peacocks and geese roam free, and the sound of an ancient gong joins birdsong and butterflies in the air. Time, it seems, stands still here – especially in Kipling, the cool, dark bar. Over there, by the antique gramophone in the corner, it’s wonderfully easy to imagine old Rudyard, penning another poem…

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