Kalaw Hill Lodge

Location: Rural Burma | Burma

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

Nestled in 30 acres of land against the Shan Hills, Kalaw Hill Lodge's villas were inspired by the architecture of mud houses, which suit its natural surroundings without compromising on comfort and style. The lodge is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the markets, where villagers gather to sell their produce. Visit the local farm where you can learn about old farming techniques that are still in use, and be in close proximity to wildlife such as elephants and tropical birds. Kalaw is also a hiking mecca: with its tea plantations, rice paddies and scenic lakes, this beautiful hill town in the Shan State of Burma is perfect to explore by foot, with its verdant landscapes and high-altitude location with mild temperatures.
Perfect forHikers in search of green landscapes, nature and wildlife. 
In the know
  • All rooms have views over the Shan Hills and the Blue Mountains
  • An off-the-beaten-track hotel with an organic farm and wildlife - embrace the farm life and help to look after the cows, goats and other animals
  • Inle Lake is one of the most popular attractions near the hotel, fringed by pagodas, underground shrines and bamboo-stilt houses
     

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Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Kalaw Hill Lodge is located 5km from downtown Kalaw on a 30-acre stretch of parkland on the hillside of the Shan Plateau. There is a stunning backdrop of pine forests, maintained by the lodge, which works with the Forest Department to protect the natural surroundings.

Rooms at Kalaw Hill Lodge

The traditional rooms showcase authentic Burmese furnishings: including wooden, colonial-style furniture, weaved wall hangings, ceramic pots and a cosy wood-burning fireplace. There is also a floral theme in the décor that ties in with the lodge’s natural surroundings and the delicacy and grace of Burmese culture. All rooms are a spacious 35 square metres, and the ground-floor rooms come with their own balcony or terrace. 

Food & Drink

With its own vegetable garden and organic farm, fresh food at Kalaw Hill Lodge is a given. There is also an organic farm where you can milk the cows and feed the animals.

Sip a cocktail by the pool or head to the pastry shop to indulge in some freshly-made local delicacies.  

Facilities

Unwind in the pool or the bar and lounge after a long day of trekking and exploring the local villages, and indulge in the Panchakarma Wellness Spa, where you can enjoy a range of natural Ayurvedic treatments including aromatherapy and steaming. The lodge's meditation and yoga retreats have an added wow factor as they are held in cosy rooms with glass doors and windows, overlooking the lush green landscape and mountains.

Activities at Kalaw Hill Lodge

Visit the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp where you can feed and wash retired elephants and plant a teak tree, or discover the magic of the Pindaya Caves – the beautiful Burmese pilgrimage site by the postcard-perfect Inle Lake – which is home to thousands of gilded Buddhas. Be sure to do the Sin Taung Community Trail by a train which runs along the old colonial railway, where you can interact with locals and learn about Burmese culture and cuisine. Head to the viewpoint afterwards, passing along the outskirts of beautiful forests and an old dam, accompanied by an expert guide.

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Hotel location

Kalaw Hill Lodge is 26km (or an hour’s drive) from Heho Airport.

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