06 May 2014

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon entices with a blend of ancient and modern attributes

Opulent hospitality options in cultural and historic settings require an expertise that is found in only a handful of hoteliers.

In rebranding, Traders Hotel, Yangon in Myanmar to Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, the property is in adept hands, as the hotel giant has announced that following an extensive two and a half year renovation, the long-awaited hotel is open and operational.

The 484-room property, which is resplendently positioned on Sule Pagoda Road near more than a 2,000 year old ancient pagoda of the same name, has been a major fixture in the city’s central business district since it opened in 1996.  Nearly two decades of being an iconic part of the city, the hotel continues to be Yangon’s most popular gathering and networking spot for business people and hotel guests. 

A key port in the British Empire, Yangon still boasts vestiges of its colonial past after nearly a half-century of isolation.  It is the essence of this history and Myanmar’s rich culture that the newly branded Sule Shangri-La, Yangon captures with a design that effortlessly mixes elegance and simplicity.

While the exterior of the building is modern, the lobby of Sule Shangri-La, Yangon evokes bygone colonial days with imposing white columns and a grand staircase that ascends to an open balcony.  The classic impression extends to the adjacent double-height lobby lounge where a tiered crystal chandelier highlights a wall mural and panel details with intricate peacock motifs.

For dining, the hotel’s updated restaurants and lounges offer a variety of choices, including Summer Palace, Shangri-La’s signature Chinese restaurant, The Gallery Bar and Café Sule for international flavours and Asian favourites, the Peacock Lounge, an informal meeting ground for catch-ups between friends or executives, and the Gourmet Shop serving freshly baked goods, snacks and beverages. 

For guests eager for recreational pursuits the Health Club, which is swathed in natural light and overlooks the outdoor pool, offers an expanded space of over 850m2 of fitness equipment, sauna, steam and massage rooms.  The hotel’s meeting spaces span three levels at Sule Shangri-La, Yangon and were refurbished in a modern palette with gold accents.

“It’s exciting to see the luxury enhancements of the hotel and to introduce Shangri-La’s signature touches in such a desirable destination,” said Philip Couvaras, area general manager, Sule Shangri-La, Yangon.

“We look forward to continuously providing our guests with new and personal experiences, and to help immerse visitors into the local culture.”