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Barefoot Luxury

Awei Pila in Myanmar

Awei Pila, an exclusive resort set on a remote tropical island in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, will open its doors to guests on Dec. 15.

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Owned by the Yangon-based Memories Group, the newly constructed property on the secluded island of Pila will feature 24 air-conditioned tented villas fronting a white-sand beach, an open-air restaurant, and spa.  

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A two-hour speedboat ride from the mainland, Pila is nestled among a labyrinth of some 800 islands, atolls and coral reefs, which were until recently a haven only to wayward mariners, pirates and a handful of indigenous Moken or “sea gypsy” fishing families.

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The island has a single source of fresh water, 10 as yet unexplored sandy beaches, a host of birds including hornbills, and coves alive with fish, dugongs and turtles. The local village boasts a rickety wooden pier, a Buddhist temple, and a single beach-shack bar with a pool table.

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General Manager Jon Bourbaud describes the resort as “barefoot luxury at its finest,” and says it is his team’s primary aim to create minimum impact on this idyllic environment.

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Awei Pila will be open seasonally (closed June to September every year). All-inclusive packages start at US$750 per day for a villa for two persons.

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The Memories Group owns and operates several resorts and activities in Myanmar, including hot-air balloon adventures, sailing tours, 5-star hotels and boutique lodges in the rainforest. For bookings or inquiries: Asia Holidays T&T, Swiss Business Office Center / No. (36-38) A, 1st floor, Myay Nu street, Sanchaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar. Email: myanmar@memories-travel.com; site: www.memories-travel.com. For all media inquiries, contact: chinshelwood@balconymediagroup.com

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