Step inside the restored hotel where a mix of Myanmar tradition and British colonial aesthetic unfolds
Rose Tinted: Revisit Colonial Glamour at the Newly Minted Rosewood Yangon
By Cherry Lai
There’s no denying our love for a quick, easy getaway to the nearest ultra-chic skyscraper hotel – but if you’re looking to truly invigorate your spirit and sense of wonder that seems to have been temporarily lost, nothing beats venturing off the beaten path to a relatively undiscovered destination where rich heritage and unexpected adventures unfold at every turn.
Myanmar – or Burma, the Southeast Asian nation bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand – serves up that and more. Since it began to open up to the outside world in recent years, travellers have been able to savour the fascinating, formerly colonised land that is home to over 100 ethnic groups and myriad bustling markets, unspoilt natural scenery, impressive traditional architecture, rising art galleries and religious relics.
At the heart of it is the country’s largest city Yangon, an economical and cultural mecca where age-old Myanmar tradition and British colonial heritage meet innovative modernity. There, sitting along the iconic Irrawaddy River banks and housed within the formerly New Law Courts built in 1927 from the colonial era, is the newly minted Rosewood Yangon, an exquisitely crafted establishment that captures the unique old-meets-new allure of the city.
Scroll through the gallery below to see more of the new Rosewood Yangon: