Established in 1971, with the first deluxe hotel in Singapore, the Shangri-La Brand encapsulates world-class service among tranquil surroundings, with a special kind of hospitality, renowned worldwide. Managing over 95 hotels and resorts throughout the Asia Pacific, North America, the Middle East and Europe, the Shangri-La brand stands for exquisite service and unforgettable experiences. Caroline Cheah, General Manager of the Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Myanmar, explains, “Shangri-La is a stable and established brand, providing outstanding service for the discerning travellers, for more than 40 years. We can see brands constantly changing management and owners, but not the Shangri-La”.
Surrounded with lush tropical greenery, beautiful lakes and vivid views of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Sule Shangri-La Hotel represents an impressive landmark, which has been on the forefront of Myanmar’s accommodation since 1996. The hotel is conveniently located in downtown Yangon, near the major tourist attractions, such as the Bogyoke Market, the Sule Pagoda, and the China Town, just ten minute drive from the Shwedagon Pagoda, the People’s Park and the Kandawgyi Lake. Caroline Cheah, says, “We have been here for 20 years. A lot of our customers and guests who stay in our hotels or resorts around the world, expect the same quality and hospitality. This is what distinguishes us from the others”. She adds, “Apart from the Hotel, Shangri-La Group also manages the Shangri-La Serviced Apartments with 240 luxury apartment units by the Kandawgy Lake, and the recently opened shopping mall and office complex, the Sule Square”.
Impressive views of the city and the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda
Sule Shangri-La Hotel offers 479 spacious rooms, including deluxe rooms and suites divided in deluxe, Horizon Club rooms, suites and a Presidential Suite. Furnished with designer furniture and handcrafted premium materials, every room is complemented with a full array of amenities and facilities, including Wi-Fi Internet access, IDD telephone, LCD television, safety deposit box and air-conditioning units.
The hotel provides unforgettable sumptuous dining experiences, combining the delectable Asian and international cuisine with an excellent service and spectacular city views. The guests can enjoy the renovated buffet restaurant Café Sule, or indulge the senses in the Summer Palace, a signature restaurant that offers delicious and authentic Cantonese cuisine. Sule Shangri-La also features the Peacock Lounge, the Gallery Bar, the Pool Bar and a Gourmet Shop.
Located in the commercial centre of Myanmar, the Hotel offers a vast number of conference and function rooms such as The Myanmar Ballroom, capable of hosting up to 480 people, fitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. Caroline Cheah, adds, “We have the shopping mall and office complex to complement the hotel, and you can walk from one to the other without even walking out to the street”.
Idyllic luxury apartments by the Kandawgy Lake
Settled on specious 15 acres, overlooking the serene Kandawgy Lake, Shangri-La Serviced Apartments, represents a sanctuary of luxury and tranquillity. Combining the privacy with the convenient access to the central business district, the Apartments are ideal solution for long-stay business and leisure travellers. This complex is complemented by vast variety of facilities including the Lobby Lounge, the Pastry Shop, and a Business Centre, parking facilities, wireless internet in public areas, a fitness centre, a swimming pool, a tennis court and a barbeque pit.
Commercial complex built by international standards
Developed as a first-class modern commercial complex, the Sule Square anticipates constant progression and development as an important business facility in Yangon, the Myanmar’s centre of business activity. The complex offers three floors of retail podium and 15 floors of office space overseeing the diversity of the city. The Sule Square features covered car park spaces, air-conditioning, 24-hour emergency power, providing an easy access to the hotel’s elegant event spaces, such as the boardrooms, the mid-sized function rooms and the grand Myanmar Ballroom. Caroline Cheah, points out, “Currently there isn’t any international standard shopping mall in downtown Yangon. With the opening of the Sule Square Shopping and Office Complex, this will bring more people to the city centre”.
Awaiting Myanmar’s bright future
Caroline Cheah emphasizes, “The Shangri-La is a very established brand and with the three proprieties we have a complete solution for all our guests. We offer short-term accommodation with the hotel, a long-term accommodation with the residence and if you need an office or a shopping centre, we have the Sule Square”.
The country is actively included in the promotion of the tourism sector, through the collaboration between the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Agency, as representative of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, and the private sector. Caroline Cheah concludes, “Myanmar is a new destination. There are not many places in the world that are still unspoilt, so this is the best time to visit Myanmar. The people of Myanmar are open to new experiences and are very eager to learn. The country will keep its uniqueness and the people will retain their special charm”.