31 Jan Belmond Governor’s Residence in Yangon – Hotel Review
I visited Myanmar in January 2020 and Yangon, the largest city and former capital city, was my first stop of a 2 weeks trip. With its amazing pagodas, its beautiful colonial architecture and its yummy street food, Yangon is a destination that deserves a few days in your Myanmar itinerary! The Belmond Governor’s Residence in Yangon was my first hotel experience in Myanmar. I honestly couldn’t have imagined a better way to start my trip! Indeed this luxurious colonial style mansion was an gorgeous place to stay to explore Yangon! Let me give you here my honest review after staying for 3 nights.
Let me give you some info about the Belmond Governor’s Residence in Yangon. Built in 1920’s as the official residence of the governor of the Kayak state (hence its name), this impressive teak mansion has been restored as a hotel. The architecture of the mansion mixes colonial style with Burmese style and I was immediately amazed by its beauty!
It is located in the Yangon’s embassy quarter, a quiet part of the city. I found it quite nice to be a bit further away than downton. Indeed Yangon is quite busy and the traffic there during the day is very dense! This area is also a good place to admire the colonial heritage of Yangon.
The hotel provides 49 rooms and suites:
- Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe Rooms with garden view (from 39 m2 /420 ft2)
- Governor’s Rooms (from 39 m2 /420 ft2)
- Junior Suites and Two-bedroom Suite (from 48 m2 /517 ft2)
I slept in one of the Governor’s rooms. My room was located on the first floor. Very spacious with hardwood floor and teak furniture, the room features a king size canopy bed. There is a sitting area with a couch and a coffee table , but also a writing desk. You can enjoy the satellite TV and the free WiFi.
The ensuite bathroom features a walk-in shower, a double washbasin and a seperate toilet.
The elegance of this room amazed me at first sight! I found the bed very comfortable and the couch was also perfect to relax at the end of the day.
I was welcomed with a fruit basket, a bottle of wine and some biscuits. Everyday the staff was bringing some new home made delicacies. My favorite treats were the coconut bliss balls!
Sleeping in this room brought me back in time and I could picture myself being part of the Governor’s entourage!
I highly enjoyed the breakfast at Belmond Governor’s Residence in Yangon! Many sweet and savoury options are available in the buffet (inspired from Burmese and European cuisines). Therefore you can make a feast out of it! On the sweet side, there was a large choice of fresh fruits, already cut or not, a variety of pastries, homemade cakes and breads, and homemade yogurts with many flavours. On the savory side, you can find some salads, homemade cheeses, soups, and traditional Burmese dishes with rice and noodles. A member of the staff can cook any egg dishes at your request.
My favourite things were the homemade yogurts (I tried a few different flavours), and the homemade biscuits! I was also glad to find fresh coconuts.
The breakfast is served daily between 6 and 10 am. You can eat it outside on the terrace with a view over the pool or over the beautiful lotus pond. It’s very pleasant as the temperatures are quite mild in the morning! The quality of the cuisine and the beauty of the environment made the breakfast at Belmond Governor’s Residence the perfect way to start a day of sightseeing!
When it’s hot outside, there is nothing better than a pool to relax and refresh. The fan shaped swimming pool of the Governor’s Residence in Yangon is perfect for it! The lush garden and the lotus pound are a great added value to the exteriors of the mansion. It creates such a nice green environment!
The restaurant offers refined food for lunch and dinner. Traditional Burmese cuisine or European dishes are on the menu.
For 18$ per person you can also enjoy an amazing afternoon tea “ART’ernoon tea” every day between 2 and 5 pm with classic sweets and savouries with the finest Myanmar loose leaf teas and a glass of Rose wine from New Zealand.
If you fancy a cocktail, the barman from the Kipling bar will be there at your service.
The Belmond Governor’s Residence also features a spa, a library and a souvenir shop. There is a sitting area close to the library in the outdoor. It is very nice if you want to enjoy your reading with a cup of tea! You might encounter some of the peacocks of the Residence walking freely in the area which makes this place even more magical!
If needed the hotel can organize events for up to 150 guests (conference facilities and business centre).
The Belmond Governor’s Residence is about 10 min ride from Yangon’s city centre and 30 min ride from the airport.
There are plenty of things to do and see around like Shwedagon Pagoda, the National Museum, and the lively Bogyoke Market. The hotel can organize some tours and excursions for you in the area. You can also take a cooking class or book a golf session.
Every day the Belmond Governor’s Residence is organizing some complimentary guest activities, like an excursion to the local market, a cocktail party, a yoga class or Myanmar language lesson. This is a great way to discover the area, and to meet the other guests of the hotel!
What I loved about the Belmond Governor’s Residence
I loved the pool and the lush environment of the garden in Belmond Governor’s Residence! This hotel felt like a magical oasis! After a day of sightseeing starting at the crack of down for sunrise photo shoots, it was the perfect place to rest and unwind in Yangon!
The quality of the cuisine is also something that made my stay even better! I am a French foodie so this is something very important to me and I can tell you my tastebuds were satisfied!
The staff was very helpful and always doing its best to please (even anticipate) all of our needs. I have seen the manager taking the time everyday to talk to all the guests to make sure they were enjoying their stay. This is something I found very appreciable!
I took part in one of the complimentary cocktail parties one evening and I had the opportunity to meet a few people from the team of the Belmond. It was really nice to talk with them about their lives in Yangon and in Myanmar, and to share about our travel experiences!
Location: 35 Taw Win Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Price: from 378 USD per night (*the rate is only approximate and is based on my own independent research, at the time of writing. I cannot guarantee this rate in any way).
Book a room here: Reservation Belmond Governor’s Residence
Website: Belmond Governor’s Residence
If you are planning a trip to Myanmar, you will find some of my other articles very useful:
- All the things you need to know before traveling to Myanmar
- 2 weeks in Myanmar, the ultimate itinerary
- Hotel Reco for Yangon: Belmond Governor’s Residence
Disclaimer: I was invited to stay here by Villa Inle Boutique Resort, nevertheless I have shared my own opinion.