The former land of Burma is shrouded in history, mystery and controversy. Due to its oppressive government, Myanmar is one of the least-visited Southeast Asian countries – a shame, as it has much to offer in beauty, people, culture and traditions. International flights arrive in the capital city of Yangon, a colonial city whose skyline is dominated by the massive, gold-domed Shwedagon Pagoda. For a taste of the historical Rangoon, the former name of Yangon, and a glimpse into a bygone era, look no further than The Governor’s Residence, a luxury Orient-Express property. A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, The Governor’s Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Burma’s southern states. This amazing hotel was once the home of a former Burmese governor nearly one hundred years ago; the main building that includes the restaurant, bar and shop was the original home. Bungalows were added for guest rooms when the property was converted into a hotel. Walking into Governor’s Residence, you immediately enter a world of charm and serenity. The small entrance hall at the driveway leads onto a long floating walkway, perched above a lotus pond and lit beautifully at night. After crossing, the guest desk and main common rooms await, and beyond them lie the guest rooms – all grouped around magnificently landscaped grounds. Guest Rooms The Governor’s Residence offers beautiful guest rooms and suites luxuriously decorated with teak furniture, tropical cottons and silks and each has a large handmade, free-form bath. Deluxe Rooms are spacious and luxuriously decorated in cottons and silks. With an inner courtyard or lotus garden view, the rooms feature a sitting area with writing desk, minibar and internet connection. The bathroom with under-floor heating has a large terrazzo bath. Governor’s Rooms have been newly renovated according to a concept that combines traditional materials and motifs with modern luxury. Teak and silk are used lavishly throughout the rooms, while typical Burmese patterns have been worked into a contemporary design. Each Governor’s Room has an en-suite bathroom with double sinks and a large walk-in shower, hidden behind ornate double doors decorated with silk panels and elaborate Burmese woodcarvings. One and two bedroom Junior Suites are beautifully decorated in tropical cottons and silks and overlook the private lotus garden, towering trees and free-form pool. The suites are 48 sqm is size and offer bedrooms with double bed and large living room space. The large bathroom features a free-form terrazzo bath. Onsite Facilities With its fan-cooled verandas and teak armchairs, this delightful hotel in the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon conjures up a bygone era while offering every modern pleasure. Set in a verdant garden dotted with lotus pools, the hotel is truly magical at the end of a day spent visiting the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. Dinner is served alfresco in the balmy evening air by lantern-light, as tropical fragrances scent the breeze. The Mandalay Restaurant and Mindon Lounge offer an enticing selection of gourmet delights both in and outdoors; while the Kipling Bar is the place to relax in the evening with a long, cold cocktail. Other onsite features include a beautiful fan-shaped swimming pool with comfortable sunbeds, the finest spa and massage treatments, and cooking classes as well as tour excursions available. Neighborhood/Nearby Attractions Glistening pagodas, bustling markets and colonial mansions all stand testament to the magic of Yangon. The massive gold dome of Shwedagon Pagoda dominates Yangon’s skyline. Made with 60 tons of gold and topping a 1,500-year-old pagoda, Shwedagon is a spectacular sight at sunset, surrounded by a monastery and hundreds of smaller stupas. Other ancient, sacred places of Buddhist history dot the city, from the century of busy traffic roundabouts to hidden little corners. Bustling markets and little tea shops complete the charm of a day strolling Yangon. Stay at The Governor’s Residence, in the elegant surroundings of the Embassy Quarter, and discover the ‘Garden of the East’. Details The Governor’s Residence 35 Taw Win Road, Dagon Township – Yangon, Myanmar Telephone: (95) 1 229 860 Website: http://www.governorsresidence.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rates: $133-275 Highlights • Incredibly luxurious and peaceful, without being over the top. • Attentive yet discreet service. • Exceptional food, including a massive breakfast buffet and cooking classes to show you the secrets of Burmese cooking. • The calming pool, surrounded by lush gardens and comfortable chaises. Good to Know • There are no ATM machines in Myanmar, and few places accept credit cards. Be sure to bring enough cash in U.S. dollars (accepted everywhere) for your entire trip, including internal flights.