Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, is famously known as the ‘garden of the east’ for its verdant and undulating greenery. The age-old spirit of Buddhism permeates the city and the locals here are infectiously charming and welcoming. Yangon is an ode to its diverse history and the city’s architecture is an amalgamation of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences.
Elegant piano music fills the air as you step into the luxurious lobby of Sule Shangri-La. It is here, at the iconic Peacock Lounge, where guests are welcomed by the hotel’s resident pianist who tickles the ivories under a glittering crystal chandelier.
Conveniently located in the heart of the city’s bustling downtown, the 22-storey landmark building is ideally situated for travellers, just a short stroll from the Sule Pagoda and Bogyoke Market.
Sule Shangri-La comprises 479 expansive guest rooms and suites, each characterized by elegant décor and executive-style furnishings. Well appointed rooms feature spacious bathrooms and outstanding views of the city, pagoda or river. The layout of each room and suite is custom-designed to integrate seamlessly into the building’s structure, combining modern architectural elements and Myanmar culture.
Head to the 5th floor and you’ll find a world-class Fitness Centre which provides guests with a spacious gym, outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and petite spa where friendly therapists offer massage and reflexology treatments for those looking to indulge in a moment of rest and relaxation.
Café Sule is the hotel’s newly renovated buffet restaurant located on the lobby level. Each morning guests whisk their way through a series of colourful culinary stations. It’s a decadent breakfast of champions featuring local Burmese specialities, Japanese sushi and miso soup, French pastries, made-to-order pancakes and waffles, do-it-yourself noodle soup and a mouthwatering selection of spicy Indian curries.
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If you’re keen to enjoy a pre-dinner sip and nibble head to the hotel’s Gallery Bar. Yangon’s first British pub opened when the hotel launched some 20 years ago and is a famous spot for the city’s elite to see and be seen. The charming interior features a billiards table and walls decked out in vintage portraits of the city. Be sure to order the bartenders signature Mandalay Sour, muddled with Myanmar’s only locally produced spirit, Mandalay Rum.
Summer Palace is where local’s come to fine dine themselves silly on authentic Chinese. During the busy Chinese New Year season the space gets a glamorous makeover as bright rend lanterns dangle from the ceiling and soft golden silk flies overhead. The chef’s menu specializes in authentic Cantonese cuisine, offering delightful dim sum at lunch, a wide range of live seafood and fave dishes such as roast duck, chicken in black bean sauce and prawn and mushroom topped noodles.