I just left Little Eco Lodge and am already longing for my return!!! This gem of a hotel in the Inle Lake area is run by one extremely impressive individual by the name of Kyaw Swar. He has created an enchanting “destination hotel” artfully constructed of gorgeous bamboo that is pulsing with an air of relaxation. He and his staff have an eye for design and a heart for his home of the Myanmar Shan state. The dining house is a breathtaking bamboo treehouse structure, with low tables and lounge-like atmosphere, including a secluded and romantic top floor with an electric view of the night sky. We wisely chose the home style cooking offered by the staff, and were not disappointed!! The freshly juiced avocado was amazing, and every detail is covered with a personal touch, right down to the plush blankets provided for the cool evenings. Swar has the welcoming persona of a long-lost relative, crossed with the charming hospitality of a well-experienced host in the tourism industry. Seemingly omnipresent, he pops up everywhere with equal parts relentlessly hard-working and effortlessly relaxed. You might find him tending one of the large fields on the Lodge’s property from which their farm-to-table meals are partly supplied. He may be lounging in the bamboo treehouse at one of the reclining tables getting to know his guests, casting his “zen spell” on all who listen to his near-perfect English. Or you might find him at a loom in the open air workspace beneath the guest house, engaged in a hands-on weaving lesson.
The luxurious room, the flavorful food, the “mi casa es su casa” culture of A Little Eco Lodge makes this hotel so much more than a luxury oasis...it is a home-away-from-home vacation destination. And I cannot wait to return!!!
No, I received no incentives for writing this review!
He spent 2 nights there, it was wonderful. The room was really nice and confortable with soft mattress. The staff there were really friendly and thoughtful, they prepared for us even small things. The treehouse restaurant was very nice and the food was amazing. We wish we could have stayed more.
We stayed here 2 nights. The family are very welcoming and were very kind to me as I was sick. Comfortable large clean room and they were happy to move us when our aircon was giving problems.
They have a nice restaurant on site but we didn’t eat there.
Breakfast was 2 options - continental or Myanmar- my partner thoroughly enjoyed the Myanmar. They were a bit slow the morning we left was a bit chaotic with no one able to tell us what was going on although they did apologize profusely.
Only reason for not giving 5 stars is that it is quite expensive compared to other similar accommodation we have stayed in around Myanmar.
We stayed in the lodge for four nights and loved it! The family is extremely friendly, the rooms are spacious and very pretty and the food is amazing. My boyfriend got ill during our stay there and they really took great care of him, like a family. They have a great, huge garden with fresh food and I loved to see them get some veggies from it before preparing a delicious meal for you. The shower is great! We had no smelly bathroom, like I read in some other reviews. The lodge is not cheap, but we got so many little extras. The ladies thought me how to weave and together we dyed a lovely shawl with natural dye. Although I didn’t weave it all I got to keep it without extra charge. They even provided a second one for my boyfriend as a gift! Every night they tuck in a hot water bottle and provided some tea in the room. A warm welcome when you get home from a cold bike ride to town (15min). The pretty decent bikes are available for free as well. The breakfast is great, but I would get traditional, not continental.
A couple minor improvement points:
- the ladies are weaving below the rooms on semi-automatic looms and it can get quite noisy. They wait until everyone is downstairs for breakfast, but I would like it a bit quieter in my room/balcony.
- there was some burning going on. They do it pretty decent, but still the smoke gets into your room. I know it’s normal here, and you have to get used to it, but I wouldn’t do it on my terrain if there were guests around.
- I would have loved some good lounge chairs on the balcony or anywhere else.
- the breakfast is in a shade area, and the morning is sometimes pretty chilly. Some sun would have been nice!
Thank you, dear family!
We had a wonderful four nights at A Liitle Eco Lodge. Let's be clear about a few things first: this is not five star accommodation; it's a 6 room lodge in the middle of a working vegtable farm, with dodgy plumbing and paper thin walls. Notwithstanding this, however, our stay might fairly be described as sublime. We quickly realised that the food was the best in Naung Shwe (& well beyond) and our hosts were the most helpful and charming in a country not short of helpful charming hosts. The rooms were generously proportioned and the front verandah a great place to relax after a day on the Lake, trekking or whatever. We definitely recommend ALittle Eco Lodge.