Discovering Myanmar’s secrets from a brand-new beach retreat

Awei Pila is a compellingly comfortable way of exploring the Mergui Archipelago

26 suites, villas and yurts make up the accommodation at Awei Pila in Myanmar
26 suites, villas and yurts make up the accommodation at Awei Pila in Myanmar

In southernmost Myanmar, the beaches and islands of the Mergui Archipelago have been on the cusp of discovery for years – but until recently they were best experienced from the comfort and mobility of a boat charter. That’s about to change, if the owners of brand-new Awei Pila (aweipila.com; from $660) are to be believed.

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Their case is compelling: a beachside retreat consisting of 26 suites, villas and yurts, with an entirely alfresco restaurant, a dazzlingly white (and empty) beach, and access – with boats, naturalists and guides – to the vast, and in some cases still-to-be-classified, flora and fauna of the surrounding Great Swinton Islands.

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