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Opening Doors on a Contemplative Journey

A destination as removed from the wider world as Inle Lake demands a resort where detachment is a priority. Where simplicity is the essence of elegance. Where contemplation, not bustle, reigns supreme. At the Sanctum Inle Resort, arches and cloisters reference the monastic life, opening the doors on a more contemplative experience of travel.

Inle Lake

A timeless fisherman, rowing one-legged across the placid water at dawn. A floating vegetable garden, fertilized with decaying plant matter. The stilted wooden homes of waterfront villagers. A destination as lost in time as in the vast, unexplored realm of one of the world’s most compelling destinations. This is Inle Lake. As the country’s second largest lake, pooled at a lofty 800 meters above seal level, Inle is renowned for its waterborne life. Its stilted homes perch precariously above water levels that rise and fall with the seasons. The lake’s channels route splinter boats to some of Asia’s most fascinating markets, to pagodas of distinctive grandeur, to a remarkable collection of 1,000 ruined stupas at Inthein Village that date back to the 13th Century, and to a very singular house in the middle of the lake where locals are breeding Burmese cats.


The hotel is located at the Eastern Shore of Inle Lake near Maing Thauk Village.



The Refectory

The menu at the Refectory celebrates must-eat standards of the Shan culinary
arts, from noodles and soups to fresh garden salads. Indeed, Inle is renowned
throughout Myanmar for the quality of its organic fruits and vegetables. The
Refectory deepens its exploration of regional fare with mohinga, samosa and
a delectable palate of curries from wider Myanmar. The restaurant rounds
out its meal-time offerings with a full complement of familiar Western
dishes. With a mix of indoor and outdoor seating, the Refectory seats 70 at a
breakfast buffet, for lunch and at dinner.

The Cloister Bar

Part-bar, part-lounge and altogether the place to swill a late-day cocktail,
the Cloister Bar serves traditional favorites and a wide selection of Myanmarbrewed
beers. For wine aficionados, the bar uncorks two premium vintages
from Myanmar, each produced under separate German and French
management. A short list of international wines cool in the cellars.

Hotel Facilities

The Chapter House Business Center

The Chapter House dedicates work space and Internet connections for those who can’t quite detach, who need a live connection elsewhere, or who need time to bear down on work. Leisure travelers can browse an ever-growing library, and choose from a selection of board games.

The Workshop Boutique

Inle is renowned for a variety of handicrafts, especially silk and lotus weaving. Consider the Workshop a repository of the best that Inle has on offer. The hotel is continually on the lookout for exactly the right keepsake or gift. For travelers who’d rather go direct to the source, the hotel can provide directions to the best of the workshops. For those who’d rather forego the legwork, the best of Inle Lake is on display here.

The Sanctuary Spa

Six contemporary spa rooms offering massages, facials and other relaxing treatments.


  •  Concierge
  •  Cycling
  •  Gardens
  •  Laundry service
  •  Library
  •  Meeting room for 12 persons
  •  Travel desk
  •  Wireless network



Inspired by the traveler’s quest for change, the rooms at Sanctum Inle Resort celebrate the virtues of a monastic life. Though the design is minimalist, the hotel has integrated all of the modern comforts, from plush beds and airconditioning,to cable televisions and minibars in each and every room and suite.

The Room Types are

  • Cloister Classic
  • Provost Junior Suite
  • Cloister Deluxe
  • Abbey Suite

Other Inle Lake Hotels

Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort

Standard Class

Shwe Inn Tha is a charming, upper mid-class hotel built in a unique style on stilts, showcasing typical local architecture and original materials. One of the best hotels on the lake with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, it is located amid the beautiful lake scenery, not far from Phaung Daw Oo Temple. This is the only resort to have a swimming pool on the lake.

Novotel Inle Lake


Located on the East bank of the beautiful Inle Lake, Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min is a ideal place to stay during your visit to the region. Beautiful surroundings of Inle with the luxury facilities for relaxing and working with warm hearted service will make sure that you will enjoy ...

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