We have been at Awei Pila during End of November / Beginning of December 2019.
Sorry for late review.
First of all the overall experience of our 6 day stay is still awesome and the island is so much of a beauty you can imagine on the picture.
Paying that much of an amount per night i would like to higlight/explain the reason, why just giving 4 stars overall.
- the chef knows what he is doing and does a good job - we still did not get why, we were seved the exact same main and desert dishes, within 6 days (there must be more creativity to even create the same base ingredient in a different way). I do have to admit, tha the pranws - being cooked the same way as well as the desert were delicious.
- the chef was not there
- the deputy left the day we arrived
- the "new" dive instructor had no idea about the dive sites
- first in my life i had to emerge on a dive
- going to a boat trip to other islands was overruled by the "responsible not being on the island" - to a trip around the iland
summing the diving deparment up - very disapointing for the price you pay for each dive/boat trip
Spare time / Fun Time Activities
- No - one was approaching us for day-time activities in the first two days
- We got to know Mitch (need to know) and about then - our activities and fun factor increast by 1000%
- went for snorkeling with Mitch
- Went for kayaking to other beacht with Mitch
- Went for hiking to the naive people with Mitch
- no joke- Mitch made it!!
- Awesome - just awesome
- Cleaning - awesome
Summing up - as soon as we got to know Mitch - our stay got to a new level. He was taking care of us, we made Yoga, Kayaking, Hiking, Talking, Experiencing. Summing up - Awesome with Mitch.
All together, the island is an absolute beauty, the staff in the Resaurant are awesome, the natives are very lovely. As outlined above, theres room fore improvement.
Mitch is the Man in this resort - i would come back to enjoy his company/trips/stories.
Happy to have been there.
I stayed at Awei Pila for 3 nights toward the end of February 2019.
The staff waited on me on hand and foot. The service was phenomenal !
The food served in the spacious main reception/restaurant area was fantastic. My first night there, I was served a seafood platter that included fresh squid obtained from local Moken villagers. Delicious!
These air conditioned yurts are built so that they seem more like a traditional home. I thoroughly enjoyed taking in the view from the sofa on the attached wooden terrace in front of my room. The bathroom is an attached roomy structure built on a solid foundation entered through a door at the back of the yurt. Attached to the bathroom is a completely sheltered and private luxurious outdoor shower!
Walks on the long secluded resort beach were absolutely serene.
I took a boat ride around the island with Marcelo. He's a marine biologist and had lots of interesting facts about the island and the surrounding area.
I highly recommend this resort. It is an experience not to be missed.
We stayed at Awei Pila in mid February 2019 with our two girls and can thoroughly recommend the hotel, staff and island.
We were met at the airport by Awei Pila staff and taken to a nearby hotel with a great view of the coastline and sea as we arrived a few hours before the scheduled departure of the boat to the island itself. Service at that hotel was pretty average (average and slow food and drinks) and this put our later experience at Awei Pila into perspective.
The boat trip to Awei Pila's takes about three hours but the boat is large, stable and well equipped for the journey with three levels / areas to sit or lie around. It quickly becomes apparent that the Mergui Archipelago is a very special place with an incredible range of sea and sand colours and little evidence of any development or other hotels. There are over 800 islands and we saw no other tourist boats on our journey to the island or at all over our three days on the island itself.
The hotel itself is very new and very high quality. The rooms are quality yurts (tents) with large and comfortable bedding, French toiletries, soft and new towels and views right onto the sand. Each room has an outdoor shower, a timber deck and bench and two sun loungers. Suitcases can be stowed in nice wicker chests, there is a bluetooth speaker and a few USB charging points. All well thought through and well-built.
The Hotel Manager, Jon, was friendly, professional and ensured we were being looked after. He was supported by a really good team who were all happy and keen, in particular U Hla Win who immediately took a shine to our girls - he has a very kind, calm demeanour and is naturally hospitable.
The beach has beautiful, soft white sand and the sea ranges from crystal clear to deep green and bright blue depending on the time of day and angle of the sun. Tropical fish are immediately apparent as soon as the boat reaches the jetty and of course during our time in the sea.
We had perfect weather for our entire trip with temperatures in the early 30's which was perfect for playing on the beach, reading on the sun loungers and swimming in the sea and the pool.
The Activities Manager, Marcelo and his Assistants Chris and Lix were great guys. We spent an afternoon with them exploring nearby reefs and beaches including a picnic on Long Bay where we were the only people (it is more than 2km long). They are well set-up with SUP's, a see-through kayak, snorkelling and scuba gear (including PADI courses). I had a great refresher course dive with Chris straight out from the hotel amongst tropical fish and the coral reef. On our last night, Marcelo took us on a bush walk to watch the sun set from a bushy outcrop overlooking the resort and coastline.
The Spa is set up in one of the yurts - it is light, bright and surrounded by bush and the sounds of the sea and bird calls. It has two full time and very good staff, we understand they are expanding the facility into a dedicated building higher up on the surrounding hills overlooking the sea.
The food was really good, initially we ate some very well made and presented international style cuisine (lobster fresh from the sea with butter sauce, fresh tuna sashimi) which was great and after getting to know the Chef he was keen to share some very good Myanmar food including mohinga and ohn no khao swe (coconut noodles).
We totally recommend it and would love to return, especially to explore more of Kyun Pila itself and surrounding islands before the archipelago is further developed.
Awei Pila is a newly opened resort, with a resort feel, yet in a remote, tropical location, on a far away island among the hundreds in the Mergui Archipelago. Far away from the crowds of Phuket, this offers a more private and exclusive place to unwind and relax, appreciating the splendour of nature and the wellbeing of barefoot luxury treatment.
Around 2.5 hours from Kawthaung, you cruise among the islands, on a smooth ride, 450 horsepower taking you to your destination, a forest-clad island, where one bay hides away a resort with 24 tented villas.
Centrepiece is the main reception area, where a cafe/bar provides refreshments in style while the restaurant supplies nicely presented international cuisine. This open-air restaurant looks out to the curved infinity pool, which looks out onto the sea vista of blues and creams. It is Instagram stuff, though you won’t want to be spending your time online, even though there is good wifi most the time.
My room was down a windy paved path, and with its own access-way, also had a direct route to the beach and sea. A unique circular tent, a yurt, of lightweight fabric, with large floor to ceiling window panels and an inviting terrace out front, it was a choice between the beach deck chairs or the comfortable sofa for gazing out at the paradise.
Cooled by sea breezes and the shade of the trees which surround the eco-conscious resort, you can spend your time doing nothing or everything, with activities on the water and land, including snorkelling and swimming, as well as paddle boarding. Days pass quickly but are best appreciated with early starts. It gets hot in the middle of the day, but the tents are cool, and fan and air-con cooled too.
Service was good, with friendly staff, who go out of their way to help, and I liked the service provided by my room attendant Myat Zaw, who even walked me home late at night holding a torch to illuminate my way, and to the gentleman of the resort, the veteran Hla Win, who adds a wise calm presence and helps with anything you need. At the reception, Nyein Chan Hmwe was good and cheerful for helping me with admin tasks (along with the other staff whose names I can't recall), and the cafe and bar staff kept me happy with drinks made to order.
During my time I went swimming in the sea a few times, snorkelling around the rocks further around, kayaking by the long, long deserted bay, and also hiking across to the Moken and fishing village. We went back by boat to the Moken village, to see them paddle their wooden canoe, in the clear waters. The settlement is a bit untidy, but that is the reality. The resort is working with them and building a new school too.
The waters are warm and pleasant, visibility depends on the light and currents, with plankton in the water for the hard corals which are found around the coast. Lots of small fish by the portable jetty.
The style of the resort is casual, and relaxed, but professional, and it was nice to be greeted by the GM Jon at the beach on arrival - he was barefoot, and that is the way you will be, creating the one problem of the island stay: sand in your room. A hose and water container for feet cleaning help remove sand, and your room is serviced twice a day, so everything stays clean and tidy.
The resort has a new feel, and also a green consciousness, with efforts to reduce plastic use entirely, the introduction of more solar energy, and even a glass crushing machine to turn glass bottles back to sand. Bathroom products are natural. Water comes from a spring. Refillable bottles are provided, one of many green efforts, and paper straws are used - to make sure no more plastic goes into the environment.
The layout means you can enjoy the conviviality of company in the main area, or have your own ‘cave’ in your tent or on the terrace. The rooms themselves are well appointed and have everything you need, including some cool things such as Bluetooth speakers and an air con unit hidden away in the wardrobe. There is a vintage style fan from the ceiling, but the tent itself stays cool and you can open up the front and back doors and slide the screen across for more natural ventilation.
The room takes up 45 square metres, and there is good flow through to the terrace and to the beach with your own access.
I didn’t see any mosquitos during my stay, but repellant is provided, as well as marine life-friendly sunscreen.
The food was mainly international cuisine, with a wide range of choice and options for vegetarians. Premium alcohol is additional, as are off-site excursions and instruction. With a dive master, you can learn Scuba diving, or go on an excursion with a boat.
I liked the atmosphere of the resort, and also its pleasing design, and the lush tropical jungle setting. There is wifi throughout the resort, and even an internal telephone system (but no cellphone coverage), but you won’t be spending much time online as there is so much to do - or not to do - on the island.
A spa will open soon at one end of the resort.
From near the water activities centre, you can go just near the jetty or around the coastline for marine life, and one of the joys of the location is that the beach is sandy, gently-sloping and often calm, meaning you can walk directly from your tent to the sea. The pool is also good for lazing and looking out to the panorama. You can see birds, including eagles and swifts, in the air, and often see fish jumping not far from the shore.
The beach out front is very clean, and the sand as soft as fudge. The Moken settlement, while unkempt, is fascinating with the wooden canoes used for harvesting and collecting. I took some photos of the people, and resort kindly printed these out, for the guide to return with copies for the subjects.
The resident guide is a marine biologist and dive master Marcelo from Brazil. He was very professional, carefully explaining about the coral and sea life, and even diving down on a snorkelling trip to show us things we would otherwise miss.
We went by boat with kayaks to a long, uninhabited sandy beach, with mangroves in the creek behind, and I enjoyed the rock gardens on the sit-on kayaks.
My advice is to get up early, and have tea or coffee on your terrace, as the sun rises. You will hear birdsong and see the world wake up. In the middle of the day it does get hot, but not so compared to the mainland, as cool breezes often come in.
I was sad to leave the island after three nights, and think you should give yourself plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere. This is quite a special place, and one of the unique things is that there are no other people around, compared to nearby Thailand. This exclusivity means you can feel at ease, in peace, and immerse yourself in the place.
The Mergui Archipelago is just opening up now to small-scale tourism, and as a new destination, is one of the last island paradises, so this development provides the opportunity to enable the region to develop sustainably.
I cannot but rave about this place. The newly opened Awei Pila Resort is just stunning and everything you want And more if you want to relax and unwind.
A 2-3 hrs boat ride from the mainland means that this place is off the beaten track from the berate tourist trap, but don’t be put off, it’s worth the trip.
Nestled in the bay on Pila, this is an upscale resort with everything focused on attention to detail. It’s relaxed, but every single member of staff is outstanding.
Led by Jon the GM, the team will cater to your every need, don’t miss the the hike to the local village or a trip to secluded beaches for snorkelling.
The food is fantastic, healthy and everything included in the room price (except alcohol). You must visit this place before it is discovered by everyone. Once again thank you Jon and team for making our last few says in Myanmar so special.