Wa AleMyeik Archipelago / Myanmar
This secluded collection of beach villas and houses was built and opened as the first hotel in Myanmar’s Myeik archipelago without having to remove a single tree from its surroundings. Set into an awe-inspiring protected cove, Wa Ale is committed to sustaining and protecting the Lampi Marine National Park that it’s a part of, allowing visitors to enjoy the untouched beaches and diverse island wildlife with a clear conscience.
What to love
- The Lampi Foundation has been established to help fund conservation projects around the archipelago and Lampi Marine National Park.
- An inspired kitchen plates up a healthy fusion of Southeast Asian and Mediterranean cuisine in an open-air pavilion that was built from old fishing boats and recycled materials.
- The Myeik Archipelago is a diver’s dream come true – head to the PADI-certified dive centre to get acquainted with the region’s diverse marine life.
What to know
- All villa options feature private verandas overlooked by the jungle trees, allowing you to take lounging to the next level. The resort has villas and houses to accommodate from two to twelve guests.
- Note that Wa Ale is closed for the monsoon months of June, July, August & September.
- Accommodation has been set-up with free Wi-fi.
- An outdoor exercise pavilion allows for daily yoga classes with the island as your inspirational backdrop.
Head off in any direction from Wa Ale’s luxurious, peaceful villas and you’ll come across something visually pleasing, be it perfect sandy beaches, dramatic rock formations, or wild jungle that’s begging to be explored. Situated just off the Andaman Sea, the Myeik archipelago sits in the Lampi Marine National Park and is home to fantastically diverse wildlife both on and offshore.
The founders of Wa Ale have adopted the role of guardians to this unique environment. It’s why The Lampi Foundation was established to help fund important conservation projects in the area, like building the first sea turtle hatchery to ensure a safe environment for the resident green and leatherback turtles. In addition to its vital work with the Lampi Marine National Park, the foundation also helps fund and provide training for a local medical clinic and schools in nearby villages. It also takes great steps to keep its properties eco-friendly, relying on solar power and recycled building materials.
The resort itself blends in smartly with its natural surroundings. The accommodation is made up of tented beach villas, treetop lodges and beach houses, all of which stare out longingly towards the Andaman Sea. Luxurious designs include outdoor showers and decking areas that are watched over by jungle trees, the ultimate spot to stretch out with a novel in the afternoon warmth. A main, open-air pavilion is where fresh and healthy, locally inspired dishes are served at mealtimes, giving the opportunity to swap island stories with the other guests. A simpler fare is available at the cool River Cafe & Bar.
Indeed, the archipelago lends itself to plenty of adventures. Take a hike through the dense tropical forests, go kayaking along the peaceful rivers, or encounter vibrant marine life as you snorkel your way through the incredible assortment of hidden reefs and caves. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a quieter way to spend a morning, there’s always the option of yoga at the outdoor exercise pavilion, or a private massage in your villa.
When To Travel
November to April are the best months to visit with temperatures peaking in April. May and October are shoulder months and are also good to times to visit if you don't mind the occasional rain. Wa Ale is closed during the Monsoon season which usually runs from early June until end of September.
The Island of Wa Ale is located within the Myeik archipelago in the south of Myanmar, close to it's border with Thailand. Access will usually require a 1H40 boat transfer from Kawthaung, which can be reached by air from Yangon. Alternatively, those coming through the International Airports of Bangkok or Phuket will fly/drive to Ranong and then take a short ferry across the border to Kawthaung.
Wa Ale is a paradise ready to be explored so families with an outdoor spirit will love it. There is a great deal for children to enjoy, from simply exploring the beach, water sports such as snorkelling, kayaking or SUP to meeting the locals and learning about the conservation work being done.
Note that the Tented Beach Villas will only take children from 10 years or above and the Treetop Villas will only take 2 guests. Families with younger children would therefore be better to stay at one of the larger Beach Houses/Bungalows.