K Resort is a newly opened hotel located at the southern end of Ngwesaung beach which offers guests a cosy and secluded experience of the famous white-sand beach.
The approach to the hotel is an adventure as the terminal stop for buses from Yangon is at Ngwesaung Yacht Club, a five-minute drive from K Resort over very rough and muddy roads though I am assured the road will be fixed in the coming months through the cooperation of the hotel and the local government.
Arriving at the lobby early in the morning, the little light in the sky illuminates the view straight through the open-plan building, softly bouncing off the wide swimming pool and leading the eye beyond to the vast, dreamlike expanse of white sand and blue ocean in the distance.
At this hour, there is no sound but the soothing sound of waves crashing on the shoreline
Though the hotel takes a little longer to reach, this means it holds its own quiet corner of the beach with a much lower number of people, seafood hawkers and traffic. As General Manager Charles Tennekoon puts it:
“It is secluded from the other hotels. The beach is clean and the water is not very deep and the guests can stay here peacefully.”
The hotel currently has 30 rooms, two of which are suites and 14 of which have sea views.
The rooms are located in two rows, separated from the beach by a lawn. The layout of the hotel lacks much imagination but allows plenty of space for families with children or groups of friends to let loose.
The hotel features an upper floor, open-air dining room which has a great view of the expanse of the beach and islands nearby—a wonderful setting for breakfast. The breakfast buffet has delicious Burmese favourites—mohinga, coconut noodles and sticky rice—as well as an Indian counter with daal and paratha. French toast, sausage, bacon and an egg station ensure everyone starts the day with a happy tummy.
The swimming pool is large with a separate children’s section and has enough loungers and sun shades for everyone. Just a few metres down the path is the beach at which the hotel provides rubber rings for playtime in the water. A safe swimming zone is marked out by buoys and a lifeguard comes to watch over anyone in the water. A volleyball net nearby is another source of entertainment for the young among us and kids will love to take a ride on the pony waiting on the sand near the hotel or play in the playground behind the hotel.
Behind the main buildings is a souvenir shop with supplies that guests might need—very handy if you forget your sunscreen! Upstairs of the shop is where a spa is set to be opened in the coming months. Other future plans for expansion of the hotel will materialize behind the current hotel buildings.
The village of Ngwesaung is 15-minute drive away and it has many delicious seafood restaurants, some beer shops and souvenir stalls. We found a gem of a seafood restaurant called Table 5. (Be sure to order prawn coconut curry!)Activities available in the area include island trips, fishing trips, motorbike tours, jetskiing and banana boat activities. There are two diving centres in the town where one can earn diving certification and discover what the area has to offer below the surface. K Resort’s very friendly staff members arrange activities guests may like to partake in as well as booking onward transport.