Great location doesn’t come cheap
Aye Yar Riverview has a prime location on an extensive plot of riverbank land to the north of Old Bagan. It started life in 1958 as a guesthouse for Burma Airways Corporation, so the spacious gardens are well established. Accommodation in these upmarket Old Bagan resorts is often classy and well appointed but in Aye Yar’s case, the lay-out and setting are a league of their own.
As usual, the decor is temple themed, with bare brick, ochre shades and arched doorways. Reception and the bar and eating area (oddly named the Mekong Restaurant) are cavernous, with the latter having an impressive traditional wood-tiled roof. An attractive, freeform pool beckons (ditching their old concrete penguins was a good move).
Accommodation is in two-storey blocks, with the riverview one being particularly impressive. Two new blocks were being added when we visited in 2016, so things must be going well. All rooms are large, very tastefully decorated and come with private balconies. Bathrooms are equally spacious and all have tubs. Grand deluxe are larger again, with an additional desk/working area -- though note that their WiFi is no better than anywhere else in Bagan. Premier rooms are slightly on the smaller size but are the ones closest to the river. As far as the suites go we actually got lost inside one, so if you have the cash to spare per night in high season, knock yourself out.
Well-maintained gardens and lawns lead down past the in-house historical ruin to the riverbank. The resort has plenty of well-placed riverside eating and drinking areas; there’s an in-house spa and gym and their own boats for sunset cruises. If you can get an online reduction on their deluxe low season rates, then it is a good deal.
Note that for the prices below, when we visited in mid-2016 upcoming high season rates hadn’t been fixed. If other Old Bagan resorts are anything to go by though, expect them to double rather than be the same as we have popped in here.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 11th September, 2016.