Inle Princess | Lake Refuge
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Your hidden refuge and gateway to the unique cultural and natural treasures of Inle Lake


Sheltered in a peaceful inlet on the eastern shore, beneath Blue Mountains that range across the high Shan Plateau, Inle Princess is your hidden refuge in this long secluded region.


Around this peaceful enclave the wonders of Inle Lake await you, where natural habitats and rare species sit beside unique cultural practices and living traditions. Where fabric was first woven from lotus flowers, fishermen row with their legs while casting their bamboo nets and gardens float on water.


Where entire villages are built on stilts, markets drift on clusters of canoes and myriad tribes maintain their ancient customs and dress. The nesting place of the rare Sarus crane and the sole home of a multitude of endemic wildlife from fish to turtles, birds and reptiles.

“Once a channel has been cleared, the boat eventually emerges into open space revealing a village, often a cluster of houses seemingly suspended in mid-air. From a distance all one can see is the expanse of the water below and the blue sky above.”

SAO SANDA, The Moon Princess


Nestled sensitively into the surrounding nature, amongst our mature tropical gardens and lily ponds, your stay is in locally-constructed and sustainably-sourced traditional pyinkado, teak and bamboo-thatch houses.

Inside are playful accents of Inthar fabrics, bespoke furnishings, Shan paper lamps and crackling clay fires for the cooler months*. except for some mountain houses. Adjoining are your leafy veranda or elegant bath suite, many leading to open rain showers under the mountains.


Around the ponds, palms and lilies in our grounds you will find relaxing comforts from our serene spa or swimming pool, to our yoga platform and meditation zayatt, dells in the mature local garden and open sun decks.

If you feel active, you can join in with the creativity at our traditional craft village, venture out on an excursion or chose an authentic lake experience. Then reconvene for sundowners outside our low-slung bar, and dine beneath the brilliant lake stars.


The kitchen sources fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, some picked from the inlet around the hotel. Menus change daily, presenting favourite recipes from the region, with our own refinements and international influences.


Our exclusive experiences and excursions are our way of sharing the region we grew up in. Allow us to give you a personal view of the fascinating traditions and stunning nature around you, with a dose of our own sense of creativity and fun.


Inle Princess commitment to the local community and sustainable practices comes from our own upbringing around the lake, and continued investigation into sustainable innovation.