Finding your inner self: An immersive journey into wellness in Myanmar.
Sofitel Hotels & Resorts, the chain of luxury hotels based in Paris, France, and owned by Accor Hotels since 1980, unveiled an immersive journey into wellness overlooking the UNESCO site of Inle Lake, a freshwater lake located in Myanmar (Burma). The experience transports you to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.
Inle Lake Myat Min is one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic destinations. The spectacular shores of the breath-taking UNESCO Biosphere Reserve are home to luxury boutique resort Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min. The luxury resort blends French art de vivre with traditional wellness treatments.
Offerings include the Wellness Discovery package, with benefits including a pre-arrival consultation, yoga sessions, customised 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 Sofitel Spa is a chant to nature – intriguing to the senses and calming to the mind.
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.
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 programme. Locally-sourced organic products take centre stage on his healthy and nutritious menus, namely at the resort’s Roots Signature Restaurant, which introduces guests to regenerative ingredients that prioritise the body’s requirements and tantalise the taste buds.
The restaurant, which overlooks Inle Lake’s gentle waters, aims to instil 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 flavours, creating authentic, delicious dishes ranging from salads and soups to regional specialities.
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.