Overlooking an enchanting patchwork of shimmering waters, rolling hills and rice fields, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is redefining the wellness retreat concept on the spectacular shores of one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic destinations.
DISCOVER THE LEGENDS OF INLE LAKE AND FIND YOUR INNER SELF
To celebrate its first anniversary, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is introducing the first luxury wellness program in Myanmar to focus exclusively on holistic therapies, traditional treatments, nutrition, fitness coaching, and educational wellness initiatives. Guests are invited to indulge in these all-encompassing packages, designed for an unforgettable stay at one of the wellness resort’s 101 guest rooms and suites, which include 36 Luxury Rooms, 25 Junior Suites, 12 Prestige Suites, 27 Opera Suites, and one exclusive Imperial Suite.
Offerings include the Wellness Discovery package, with benefits including a pre-arrival consultation, yoga sessions, customized meditation class, spa treatments, an in-room wellness minibar, and holistic rituals in the morning and evening. Each guest will receive a wellness basket in their suite, which includes all the essentials such as a yoga mat, skipping rope, wellness ball, and dumbbells. The Wellness Discovery package is available from USD180 per person, per night.
“We are thrilled to introduce an immersive journey into wellness, redefining the current offering of experiences in Myanmar,” said David G. Daguise, the resort’s Cluster General Manager. “In this fast-paced world, we want to provide our guests with the opportunity to be transported to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. We have focussed on four key pillars to establish our wellness offering – Spa & Fitness, Yoga & Meditation, Culinary Journey, and Local Culture & Traditions.”
NUTRITIONAL TREATMENTS MEET FARM-TO-TABLE DISHES
“You are what you eat” is the motto of Chef Aung Kyaw Swar, the man behind Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min’s unique culinary experiences and the curator of the Wellness Cuisine program. Locally-sourced organic products take center stage on his healthy and nutritious menus, namely at the resort’s Roots Signature Restaurant, which introduces guests to regenerative ingredients that prioritize the body’s requirements and tantalize the taste buds.
The restaurant, which overlooks Inle Lake’s gentle waters, aims to instill a sense of spirituality and promote the resort’s wider commitment to sustainability. Chef Aung Kyaw Swar and his team support the local communities by working closely — and responsibly — with producers and short food supply chains in order to discover local flavors, creating authentic, delicious dishes ranging from salads and soups to regional specialties.
Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min maintains its own organic and hydroponic garden, which embraces local Shan methods with a contemporary approach to produce fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Harvests are not only used in the kitchen and spa but also shared with the local community and hotel staff.
“Domestic and international travelers with a health-conscious approach can immerse in an array of experiences and countless benefits during their stay with us,” Daguise adds. “Guests can take a back-to-basics holistic culinary journey complete with organic dishes and the utmost respect for Mother Nature.”
UNWIND AND REJUVENATE AMIDST TRANQUIL VISTAS
The tailor-made energising and healing programmes have been developed to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit of Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min’s guests. The mind-body connection of the wellness programmes are designed by onsite Yoga Master, Sudhir Thampi. Born and raised in India, Sudhir’s expertise in yoga, meditation and fitness are vital to the overall success of the wellness journey. Yoga for him is as natural as breathing and guests can enjoy private and group yoga sessions as well as fitness classes as part of their package.
Yoga classes are held in a series of waterfront villas, designed in warm hues with natural woven materials offset by red and orange plaid that is inspired by the headscarves of the local Pa-o women. Perched at the edge of the lake and surrounded by verdant gardens and reflective ponds, guests can draw inspiration from these serene, outdoor spaces while practising yoga and meditation.
Sudhir follows the motto that “Health is Wealth” and he believes that yoga can guide one to achieve happiness and peace of mind.
LUXURY SPA COLLABORATION
Another first for Myanmar, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min has partnered with high-end cosmetic brand L’Occitane to create natural treatments devoted to well-being. The exclusive techniques and treatments combine local, ancient and authentic healing practices with modern cosmetology to provide guests with a rich selection of sophisticated massage treatments and wellness experiences.
The special combination treatment packages available incorporate various elements ranging from sumptuous body scrubs to relaxing aroma massages that sooth the body and mind — all in the holistic environment of the Sofitel Spa.
Ms. Angela In Gyin, the hotel’s Spa Manager, explains that the traditional treatment options are handed down from generations and elevated with the addition of modern holistic touches that aim to revive all senses.
The Sofitel Spa is a chant to nature – intriguing to the senses and calming to the mind.