« MYANMAR LUXURY TRAVEL
Burma luxury tours feature classic hotels like The Strand near the Yangon River and British Embassy; The Governor’s Residence in the main embassy area; and the newly renovated Kandawgyi Palace Hotel on Royal Lake, with gorgeous Shwedagon Pagoda views. On the modern side, we love Traders in the city center just across from Scott Market. Their Sunday Champagne Brunch is not to be missed! Luxury travel Myanmar at its tastiest.
Our favorite rooms in the city are the Royal Bungalows at Kandawgyi Palace, with vaulted bedroom ceilings, oversize divans and private swimming pools. The service is impeccable, and always offered with natural warmth & charm of the Burmese.
The best fine dining experience in Yangon remains, Le Planteur, which offers both a set menu and a la carte French cuisine, and a wine cellar to die for. Bottle prices range from $35 to $6,000. There is also a private dining room available, with a terrace overlooking the garden. For fine Italian, the easy first choice is L’ Opera. For Burmese and international cuisine, as well as romance, House of Memories is also on our recommended list. For some lively Burmese culture, Myanmar beer & good street food, try Chinatown’s 18th street!
Please click The Itinerary tab above for sample itinerary. For more details on Myanmar luxury in Yangon, please see Burma Destinations.
Itinerary: Best of the Best Romantic Hotel & Restaurant Sampler
Day/Night 1: Rangoon Arrival – Kandawgyi Palace Hotel
You’ll be greeted either discreetly or not so discreetly by the LJ Cover Girls, and driven to the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel. If she’s on duty, you’ll be checked in and shown to the Royal Bungalow by charming assistant manager, Thazin. There will be Champagne on ice waiting by your swimming pool to enjoy now or later. You may even choose to take it with you for a stroll on the lake. Should you wish to visit Shwedagon Pagoda or any other location this afternoon, your driver will be waiting.
This evening, a chauffeur driving either a 1947 Vauxhall, a 1953 Austin Somerset, or a 1954 Morris Oxford, will pick you up in front of the hotel. You’ll be driven to perhaps the finest French Indochine dining in Southeast Asia, at Le Planteur. Le Planteur is lovingly owned & operated by renowned Michelin star chef Felix Eppisser and his wife Lucia, formerly of Rigiblick fame in Zurich. It’s an exotic fine dining experience that’s after your heart, as well as your palate.
Day/Night 2: The Governor’s Residence
Anytime before noon — feel free to lounge by the pool and take a massage before or after breakfast — we will transfer you to the nearby Governor’s Residence set in an elegant, wooded neighborhood in the embassy district.
Daytime options include lounging around the hotel pool and Kipling Bar, touring the city and taking lunch at T-Sky Bistro on top of Sakura Tower for excellent food and commanding views, visits to a variety art galleries, world class precious gems dealers & artisans,(Burmese jade and pigeon’s blood rubies are considered by many the best on earth), and unique antiques shops with one of a kind Myanmar, Chinese, Japanese & British pieces, including furniture and the most ornate and intricately carved armoires you can imagine.
For dinner tonight why not try the best Burmese cuisine in the city, which also offers an authentic Burmese atmosphere. House of Memories is a Luminous favorite, and we don’t mind that’s it’s a tourist favorite, because it’s also a Burmese favorite! The colonial house where General Aung San had his office (you can see it upstairs) is filled with memorabilia of a bygone era, and you can really feel it. You’ll have a table reserved on the upstairs veranda where there are usually fewer tourists and more locals. This really is the place to eat excellent Burmese, or Thai, if you are in spicy mood. And you’ll blush at how inexpensive it is.
Day/Night 3: The Strand
The Sarkies Brothers are famous for founding Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel, but they also built the The Strand in 1901. The 3-story, colonnaded Victorian is classic elegance at its finest, and a Rangoon landmark. The hotel has won numerous awards, and so has The Strand Grill, where you’ll enjoy lunch after checking in. There is an excellent art gallery, and the location by the Yangon river is perfect for beginning a walking tour of British Colonial Rangoon. Or you may choose to ferry across the river to visit the “other-world” of Dala.
In the mood for great Italian tonight? If so, then L’ Opera is Rangoon’s best, both for cuisine and romantic ambiance.
Day 4: The Strand – Departure
Time for a morning Strand spa & massage session? When ready, your driver will appear to take you to the airport and see you off. You’ll miss this place!
Starting at $495 per person, double occupancy
3 Days and Up
Deposit required to secure reservation
Top Rated English speaking guides
Luminous Journeys “Swag Bag”
Airport welcome & farewell
All Accommodation with breakfast
Meals according to your personalized plan
All in-country airfare, airport taxes, air porter fees
All itinerary based transport, inc. private car & driver
Ample bottled water throughout
Entrance and zone fees
Donations to Luminous Journeys’ micro-NGO Charities
any personal transportation unrelated to the itinerary
trip/medical insurance, medical expenses
Early check-in or late check-out charges
personal expenses, such as telephone, laundry, alcohol, etc.
tips for hotel porters or wait staff
guide or driver gratuities
Myanmar visa fee (Visa on arrival may be obtained via Luminous Journeys)