Set on a peaceful inlet near the Blue Mountains in southern Shan state, Inle Princess is a welcoming gateway to the unique cultural and natural treasures of Inle Lake. Take a boat to explore the lake, enjoy walks, bicycle rides, canoeing, and bird watching from your spacious private deck, and then unwind at the traditional spa or swimming pool.
Yin Myo Su
Your Host and The Team
“Like most of our staff, I grew up on Inle Lake and was raised to embrace Inthar’s rich traditions. Our boutique refuge was created to share the hidden treasures of Inle, its innovative local cuisine, and traditional practices, architecture and artwork amidst a natural landscape.”
Madame Yin Myo Su, or the Hand of Fate...What an epic story for the Lady of the Lake! Born in 1972 on the shores of the great and magnificent Inle lake in the Shan state, she was barely four years old when her father opened a countryside Inle Inn to welcome remote and rare western tourists. For lack of activities in the area, her family tought the little girl to entertain the guests with traditional dancing at night and that was the trigger for the little girl to gain confidence and discover the outer world through the innocent questions a child may ask to foreign guests. A first lesson in human relationships which she never forgot and may have saved her years later, when she participated in the students' rebellion in 1988. Her father was arrested and imprisoned and her family decided to exfiltrate her abroad, thanks to the help of French protectors who had never forgotten their stay in her father’s guest house years before...
At 18, without knowing a word of French, she finds refuge in a small but respected hospitality school in the French province, one hour away from Reims, the world-famous city for Campaign. Three years of hard labour and training from which Myo Suu now says: "it taught me discipline, the love for the job done to perfection, the cultural openness and the special sense of terroir in Reims, that creates the link between family, culture, craftmanship and the environment: in fact, a bypass to rediscover my own roots and many ideas".
In 1996, with the slow evolution of Myanmar, Su decided to return to Myanmar to launch the Inle Princess resort, made up of 46 refined traditional chalets, which she's running as Managing director with the help of her family and the villagers ("my extended family"). Ever since, her success and achievements never ceased, notwithstanding the setbacks and difficulties ("an opportunity for challenge and a ladder for the next step to take" she says..): in 2007 she launched Mrauk Oo resort, in the utterly desinherited state of Rakhine which she maintains in spite of foreign visitors'scarcity. She's an adept of the "triple WIN" concept, where she claims that success is not measured by a two parties number of positive transactions but inclusive of the third parties who contribute to the overall success: wealth of know-how, culture, relationships of the surrounding community and nature...a philosophy inspired from her grand-parents teachings about the "middle-path". Most benefits go the support of a Vocational school of hospitality and the Heritage Foundation which is supporting "visible and invisible richness" of local traditions: re-introduction of the Burmese cat, bio-farming, Bamboo school for primary education promoting creative and critical mind. So much more to say that cannot be accounted for unless writing a book. Su has won many awards, among which the 2013 Goldman Sachs and Fortune Women leaders award and the French recognition 2016 Chevalier de l'ordre national du mérite. Born from the Inthar tribe, modestly raised in a context of civil and harsh upheavals, sent on exile, taking up the risk of returning, Su never forgot her childhood eyes, her curiosity for foreign cultures as well as her own, her soul in believing that "if you rely on yourself, have compassion, use your positive energy, then you will learn so you can never loose". Su likes to receive more than simple holidaymakers, rather she would define her ideal guests as responsible "holiday stakeholders"...
Facilities and Highlights
- 18x6m pool facing the lake.
- The chef at Inle Princess invites you to explore the lake through his many different cultural cuisines: the old dishes of the Pa’O, the Inthar, the Danu or the Taungyoe style or for a romantic surprise champagne dinner on a magical island in the lake or in any secret location around the property.
- The Spa offers variety of beauty and relaxing treatments, from 4-hand massage to romantic morning aromatic massage, with flower remedies and champagne for a couple celebrating love.
- An artisan village has been created on the property, to share ancestral traditions for Shan pottery, silk weaving, lacquerware, carving or Shan paper making.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 36
Time zone: (GMT+06:30) Rangoon
Currency accepted: USD, MMK
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard
Electricity voltage: 230V
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CONCIERGEYour concierge is ready to assist you with planning and completing your reservation, contact them on email@example.com
ACCESSAbout one hour drive from Heho Airport to Nyaungshwe pier, then 15mn by boat.
Airport: Heho Domestic Airport (HEH) - 30 km
Railway: Shwe Nyaung - 7 km
ADDRESSMagyizin Village, Inle Lake, Shan State 6081 Nyaung Shwe , Myanmar
This resort encourages guests to support Inle’s unique cultural and natural identity by buying locally made arts and crafts, enjoying Inthar cuisine, and learning how to cook it. It also is an active contributor to the Inle Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to preserve the Inle region, and help it to thrive as a place to visit, work, and live.
The foundation offers vocational training for Inle residents, advocates conservation of lake wildlife and is re-introducing Burmese cats to the region. It also works towards environmental solutions like waste and wastewater treatment, monitoring the lake’s water quality, encourages traditional lake architecture, offers exhibition space for local artists, and has a shop selling locally made arts and crafts. The foundation uses the proceeds from the businesses to fund other heritage projects that do not make money. To date, this covers around 60% of current expenses. Private contributions and support make up the rest, and their goal is to be fully self-sufficient by 2020.