Published on August 9, 2019
MERCURE MANDALAY HILL RESORT
Photo: Courtesy of Mercure Mandalay Hill, MyanmarMercure Mandalay Hill Resort, Myanmar
Situated at the bottom of Mandalay Hill, one of the city’s top attractions and a short walk to the famous Kuthodaw Pagoda or The World’s Biggest Book, and an 18-hole golf course and driving range located right next door, this property has turned its location into a dramatic art and attraction unto itself.
The Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort has a remarkable range of extravagantly decorated guestrooms and suites, 208 in total, that command impressive views of the hill, the nearby Royal Palace and the Irrawaddy River. Each room is a museum of antiques, artworks, tapestries and statuary, tastefully decorated and curated to give guests maximum comfort as well as an immersion in Myanmar’s artistic legacy.
Among the accommodation on offer, the more extravagant and exorbitant options include the Mandalar Garden Spa villas and, at the top of the edifice, is where you will find the Executive Floor, where every one of these plush suites come with a private lounge and many value-added extras for a little more exclusivity and privacy, which are sure to appeal to businesspersons coming to use the meeting and incentive travels facilities or honeymooners.
There’s nothing like a fully equipped spa to wind down after a busy day of sightseeing and traipsing through heat-trapping temples under a broiling sun. Mandalar Spa offers the true escape to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. For refreshing breaks, the hotel also has an enormous pool surrounded by 12 acres of lush landscaped gardens.
Mercure Mandalay Hill has a tasty selection of restaurants that serve up feasts for gourmands. Ming’s Chinese Restaurant serves the best of Chinese from north to south comes with four private VIP Rooms for intimate dining experiences. For the best Peking Duck in town, look no further. The menu also includes vegetarian dishes. The stylist all-day dining Yadanabon Café offers local delicacies, as well as an International buffet and a la carte diningbest enjoyed at the outdoor terrace that overlooks the gardens and Mandalay Hill.Named after the poet who immortalised the city’s name in a namesake poem with décor similar to an English Gentlemen’s Club, Kipling’s Music & Cigar Lounge offers a wide selection of cocktails and wines with live music daily. Light refreshments are served throughout the day at the pool bar.
For an alfresco ambience from October to March, try the Kinsana Garden Theatre, which is especially atmospheric at night with candles for illumination and towering statues of mythical beasts for photo ops. The International BBQ buffet offering dishes of Burmese & Asian cuisine is complemented by a cultural show “Dance for Dynasties.” This show, with its rich pageantry and stunning costumes, is a journey through the country’s performing arts and history, amidst all the flowers, trees, and with Mandalay Hill Pagodas hovering above on the skyline: an ambience that brings out the drama and flair of age-old Myanmar.
The hotel is also a base camp for launching explorations of Mandalay Hill, and many archaeological sights in the area that have lured travelers from the East & West for the last thousand years.
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