Monywa’s top of the range
If you simply must have a pool, then the Win Unity is your only option in Monywa.
They offer a range of rooms and while their suites stretch up to the luxury range, we’re not quite sure who they are aiming at.
Many of the 80 or so rooms were closed for renovation when we stopped by, but we were able to stick our heads in the chalet-style deluxe rooms, scattered around their manicured garden. They were spic and span and freshly painted with beige exteriors, varnished wood verandas and bright, white painted interiors. The more expensive ones have a view over an adjacent lake. Interiors are what you’d expect for the price, with air-con, roomy bathrooms, minibar, cable TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities and new looking, decent furniture. They seem to be aimed at tour groups, and so the cheapest rooms are presumably set aside for guides and drivers. For the price of the basic ground floor options you’d be better off going elsewhere.
The selling point really is their large pool, which was the only one we could find in town. Monywa can get very warm during hot season and a pool would be appealing, though you can of course just eat or drink in their poolside restaurant and have a splash anyway.
The excellent Pleasant Garden restaurant is directly opposite and the gatekeeper can flag you down a 1,000 kyat ride into town. Staff are very helpful and the well placed restaurant isn’t bad, plus there’s an on-site spa. We’d hazard a guess decent deals may be available on online booking sites, in which case Win Unity may be a decent option.
Address: Bogyoke Rd, Monywa
T: (071) 22438; (071) 22013;
Coordinates (for GPS): 95º7'23.4" E, 22º7'28.6" N
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Room rates: US$100 to $200
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Ground floor. Upper floor: $55.
|Superior double room||US$80||US$80|
|Deluxe double room|
Lake view: $120.
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.