Brigitte Dumont de Chassart designs Bagan Lodge in Myanmar

Apple Tree Asia opened Myanmar’s newest boutique resort, Bagan Lodge.

With stylized tenting and furnishings said to evoke the “Golden Age of Travel,” Bagan Lodge's 85 rooms and suites are located near the boundary of the shrine-studded plains of the Bagan Archaeological Zone. More than two thousand historic temples and ruins rise from the landscape east of the resort, many dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries at the height of the Kingdom of Bagan.

Conceptualized by French designer Brigitte Dumont de Chassart, the interiors and grounds of Bagan Lodge combine traditional Burmese design, colonial-era trappings and contemporary decor. Three classes of accommodation range in size from 538-square-foot deluxe rooms to the 2,110-square-foot Queen Victoria Suite, which includes four bedrooms, a living room and private garden.


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Bagan Lodge also has an open-air restaurant, Tiffin Box, as well as a spa with eight private treatment rooms, and a swimming pool.

A full-service travel desk will cater to the explorers staying at the resort. Private temple dinners, pagoda tours and fishing excursions on the Irrawaddy are among the activities on offer.

Situated 186 miles southwest of Mandalay, Bagan Lodge is operated by Apple Tree Asia, a hospitality group that owns and manages a collection of boutique properties in Southeast Asia. Earlier this year Apple Tree appointed Australian-native Shane McKirdy as the lodge's first GM.