Up to now, luxurious offerings in Myanmar have not matched the attention the country has drawn from investors. But Yangon-based Memories Group, which listed in Singapore earlier this year, is set to change the landscape with the opening of Awei Pila next month.
The chi-chi resort (top), situated on the remote island of Pila in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, is two hours by speedboat from the mainland and has 24 sumptuous tented villas, an open-air restaurant and a spa. Guests who pay the US$750 (S$1,035) all-inclusive, per day, per villa (for two) rate will step into a pristine haven rich in wildlife and unexplored beaches.
It is the ﬁrst in a slew of upscale properties planned by the company, whose portfolio already includes balloon safaris (right) over Bagan and Inle, as well as yachting in the Mergui Archipelago with Burma Boating. Upcoming properties include Awei Metta (above), an urban golf resort in Pun Hlaing Estate, Yangon, with an 18-hole course designed by South African legend Gary Player; and ethnic eco-chic lodges in Karen and Kayah states. www.memoriesgroup.com
“(Prices) are unlikely to ever come down to a point where millions are able to go to space, but we can try to at least bring it down to where tens of thousands of people can become astronauts.”
RICHARD BRANSON, ON VIRGIN GALACTIC’S SPACE TRAVEL VENTURE
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