Royal Kalaw Hills Resort

Location: Rural Burma | Burma

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

The Royal Kalaw Hills Resort is near the lively town of Kalaw in Shan State, minutes away from the Kalaw Market and the beautiful Shwe Oo Min cave. Sitting inconspicuously on top of a small hill, the hotel is a short 15-minute walk to the centre, with quaint gardens for the kids to play in, and a swing-seat from which you can take in the beautiful views. This boutique resort is among the most historic in the region and has been providing unmatchable hospitality since 1898. The antique-style rooms feature authentic Burmese vases and artefacts, with a cosy fireplace to warm up by in the evenings.
Perfect forHikers and explorers seeking a comfortable place to crash, close to the main attractions of the bustling centre of Kalaw, and not far from Inle Lake. 
In the know
  • The Royal Kalaw Hills Resort has an illustrious heritage dating back to 1898
  • The Kalaw Market and the Buddhist Shwe Oo Min cave are approximately a 15-minute walk away
  • The antique-style rooms have been carefully decorated with authentic Burmese ornaments and trinkets
  • Explore the scenic trekking trails near the resort by foot or on horseback

Recommended for...

  • Family-friendly
  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Setting & Views
  • Village Life

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The Royal Kalaw Hills Resort is located 15 minutes from the centre of town, close to the famous Kalaw Market and Shwe Oo Min cave – a natural, limestone underground cave, converted into a shrine with golden Buddha statues that glisten in the dim light. The renowned Inle Lake is only 1.5 hours away by car.

Rooms at Royal Kalaw Hills Resort

With only 14 guest rooms, the atmosphere at the Royal Kalaw Hills Resort is relaxed and peaceful, showcasing traditional Burmese vases and trinkets. The open fireplace with candles hanging above it is a great feature, making you feel snug and cosy as you settle down with a good book or pop open a bottle of wine.  

Food & Drink

You’ll never go hungry here, with an all-day dining room that serves a range of delicious cuisines, including Burmese, Shan, Chinese and Western.

Facilities

The small spa offers a sauna, Jacuzzi and a selection of pampering treatments. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, which offer a great vantage point to the gorgeous scenery thanks to their ideal hilltop setting.

Activities at Royal Kalaw Hills Resort

Kalaw is well-known for its stunning selection of trekking trails. Explore them by foot or by horse riding through the beautiful forests and hills of the area. You could even try your hand at mountain biking if you’re feeling adventurous. The Kalaw Market, bursting with animated sights and sounds, is an experience not to be missed. In contrast, the Shwe Oo Min cave provides a more ethereal experience, with its beautiful gilded statues and atmospheric limestone tunnels.

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Hotel location

The Royal Kalaw Hills Resort is 35km (a 45-minute drive) from Heho Airport.

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