YANGON — Awei Pila, an exclusive resort set on a remote tropical island in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, will open its doors to guests on December 15.
Owned by the Yangon-based Memories Group, the newly constructed property on the secluded island of Pila will feature 24 air-conditioned tented villas fronting a white-sand beach, an open-air restaurant, and spa. A two-hour speedboat ride from the mainland, Pila is nestled among a labyrinth of some 800 islands, atolls and coral reefs, which were until recently a haven only to wayward mariners, pirates and a handful of indigenous Moken or “sea gypsy” fishing families.
The island has a single source of fresh water, 10 as yet unexplored sandy beaches, a host of birds including hornbills, and coves alive with fish, dugongs and turtles. The local village boasts a rickety wooden pier, a Buddhist temple, and a single beach-shack bar with a pool table.