Royal Kalaw Hills Resort
The Royal Kalaw Hills Resort is a small slice of history and a direct connection to the colonial British rule. Located at the base of Kalaw Hill, this property was built in 1898 by an English General in the ICS at the time when Kalaw was a British outpost. The architecture of the main building is that of an English home, so much so that when stepping inside you may forget for a moment that you are in Burma! Decorated with chintz chairs, flowery wallpaper, tassel-lined lamps and patterned rugs, the instant feeling is that of a cosy country house. It is very quaint and quite welcoming. The other buildings that have been added to this property are more modern in style, and the dining hall is reminiscent of a hunting lodge with exposed brick, a huge log fire and antlers on the wall.
The 14 rooms are spacious, if a little sparse, and lose some of the warmth from the main house. However, they all come with ample space for extra beds and so would suit a family well. The hotel is conveniently close to a number of iconic locations, including the colonial railway station of Kalaw, Inle Lake, Kalaw Market, Shwe Oo Min Pagoda, Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and Pine Forests on the mountainside. The grounds are beautiful with carefully manicured lawns and water features. The views of the mountains from here are also wonderful – it’s no wonder that the British General made this haven his home.