My wife and I have just returned from a 5 day holiday at Awei Pila. We are a well traveled couple but this was probably the most exquisite beach holiday we have had so far! Everything was just perfect: a beautiful private island, miles of fine white sand beaches all to ourselves, turquoise mesmerizing sea, chic accommodation, infinity pool, snorkeling (including right of the shore) and diving with abundance of marine life and some beautiful colorful corals, 5 star fine dinning, spa, etc. At Awei Pila you get a personalized experience without being annoyed. As many reviewers commented, the professional and caring staff is at the center of this experience. I won’t mention their names just to avoid a risk of missing someone as everyone was amazing from the management to chef and all working at the restaurant, from the dive shop to entertainment crew, from spa to housekeeping, etc, etc.
Let me also acknowledge efforts the resort is putting to support sustainability, including expanding solar power supply, installing water treatment plant, investing in corral nursery and preservation, planning a recycling plant, supporting local community of Moken nomadic people who still roam the sea, and trying to educate some of the ignorant guests who still insist on getting plastic bottles despite availability of water coolers and clean, treated spring water.
Thanks again for providing us with such unique and unforgettable experience. We hope to be back.
The first week of January I brought my mother to the island, as a surprise Christmas present, and she nearly cried as we approached on the boat. You can feel right away that you are arriving somewhere special. The huts and the restaurant/pool area blend into the landscape perfectly and the island Is the star. I should also mention that the staff who handles the airport are fantastic and accommodating.
Eric’s warm and personal greeting really sets the tone for the stay. I only wish it hadn’t been necessary for him to depart the island not long after we arrived. His presence does elevate the feel of the place. That being said everything was still 5 star!
If you have knowledge of the design or hospitality business, you can appreciate how difficult it is to create seamlessly simple experience. And Awei Pila achieves it brilliantly. There’s no bling and flash to detract from the serious business of lounging at the pool or floating in the ocean. The food is simple but delicious, with fresh baked bread at every meal. It is obvious that the goal is to reduce importation and wastage, part of true sustainability. And all items might not always be available-but it is an island!
The staff had the perfect balance of attention, without hovering, and we enjoyed their sunny personalities.
Of course-this is Asia-and unfortunately, at this time in Asian development, the seas have more trash floating than other destinations around the world. My mom and I picked up a lot of trash daily, and I do think the staff could be a little more proactive and thorough in this one aspect. But it did not diminish our overall experience, and we did not mind so much helping out.
In the end, we were so sad to leave this quiet island paradise. But we left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
It was a trip that will last fondly in our memories forever.
The Pila Island is quite far away from the mainland (2h30 on a speed and good boat), but when you arrive, you really appreciate being on a secluded and remote location. The pristine and long beach just for us, it’s is arguably the best spot to stay and get relaxed on your holidays.
Also the infinity pool towards to the beach is really a beautiful spot to be at sunset, so peaceful …a place where you can recharge your batteries from the stressful world.
Preserving the spirit of ecofriendly, the resort were beautiful designed on island inspiration. The tents (similar to Mongolian tents) are very spacious, with a large living/ sleeping area , with air conditioning and a huge bathroom with outside design shower. There are also sufficient amenities for personal care.
Every night we ate outside at the beach or at the pool, enjoying a tasty seafood grilled, fish of the day of the village fishermen on a romantic setting.
From the moment you arrive on island, the entire team were extremely courteous and friendly. The staff and their General Manager, always present and aware of everything, deserve a special mention, they made us feel like family.
There is wifi on the island from satellite, but as other islands resorts, WIFI signal is not perfect nor strong, just sufficient enough to be linked on to the real world and not being disturb.
The resort has its own dive center, offering some unique experiences that you can choose to do. Some activities were free of charge like snorkeling and kayaking and forest walks or village trekking and others activities had with extra fee, like scuba diving on a 20 min distance or maximum 1h from the resort.
We are divers, so we dive every morning with Marcelo a great Guy and his an incredible team. We were surprised of the purity of the underwater with thousands of fishes and healthy corals. We were pleasant with a Manta visit on our last dive on North Twin. Awesome vibe.
I recommend the village trekking, although the first part of the way is quite rough, but it’s worthy, because you can spend some time with the local villagers… so friendly people.
Our stay was so memorable, we were fortunate to meet nice people and enjoy a pure nature environment .
Once more our thanks to the whole team from the General Manager until the wait staff who really took good care of us, making our stay even more unique. And a special thank you to Marcelo, our personal guide and friend on the island.
We will be back some day.
My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of staying 4 nights in this magical island resort. Many thanks to Marcelo Chris and Lix for organising our activities of trecking, snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving which allowed us to explore the unspoilt environment of the island and its abundance of coral. Great to see that the resort is pursuing initiatives to protect the eco system and local moken villagers.
The dining was exquisite and the pool area perfect for relaxing.
Would 100% visit again.
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.