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Yoma Cherry Lodge
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Ngapali
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

I definitely recommend the Yoma Cherry Lodge if you want to get away from touristy resorts. There must be about 2 or 3 hotels in total on this beach. You have the filling to be in the middle of nowhere. Very relaxing. High standard and great quality service. the staff is super friendly. The hotel is managed by a lovely British couple. The lady is also a teacher in a nearby village school where she teaches English to the kids and employ some of them in the hotel when they get older. Rooms are cleaned twice a day! We were lucky to have our room right by the beach. The view was amazing. The food is also really good. There is not many places to have diner in this area so you can either have your meal at the hotel or go to the next beach where there are much more resorts and beach restaurants/bars (kitchens are little huts and you eat at small tables. Some of them have long chairs if you want to enjoy a cocktail a sunset - really nice).
The only drawbacks were the noise early in the morning as you can hear the fishermen boats leaving and coming back (around 5am). Also there is a fishermen village right next to the Yoma Cherry Lodge and the smell of the fish drying is quite annoying sometimes! Very nice stay overall.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The Yoma Cherry Lodge hotel is a delight. Set on the undeveloped smaller Ngapali beach you are a world apart from the tourist world in your own paradise. The Hotel is very tastefully designed rattan furniture in the open air lounge area with original artwork throughout. The rooms are beautiful especially the sea view ones, gorgeous wooden floors, spacious and cool with lovely modern bathrooms. The staff are the friendliest caring in the whole of Myanmar. The breakfasts are excellent served on the wooden terrace looking out to sea, dinner is served on the same terrace looking at a sunset and is also excellent. The bay is shared with a community of fishermen who go out at night, filling the evening horizon with tiny dots of lights right across the bay (they use lights on-board to attract their catch) returning in the morning with their catch. Their children attend a small school behind the hotel set up by the hotel owner, feel free to give an English lesson or donate to it's upkeep. The Yoma Cherry Lodge is a perfect way to end a trip around Myanmar but be careful it'll melt your heart!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank MMcDougall
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

Staying at the Yoma Cherry Lodge was the highlight of our two-week trip in Myanmar.

The sympathy of the personnel, from the night receptionist (the boy who plays the piano), the girls at breakfast – at 7:00 am they had a smile so so big, the house keeping girls, the bar tending boys, the masseuse! Everyone of them took really good care of us.
The staff is professional and very well prepared.
The breakfast is SUBERB!!!!!
The food at the restaurant is very good and not too expensive. There is a nice place (very basic) at the beach were you can have really yummie tiger prawns for 1 usd/each, but the fish at the Lodge and the tomato salad were much better!
There is no luxury at the Yoma, the rooms are simple but well decorated. There is no TV but who need a TV in a place like this?????
The garden is small but very well taken care of.
The beach is like paradise. Clear water, warm but not too much, white sand, a little breeze…. The fisherman departing and arriving with their colorful boats, wonderful for nice photos, ladies making and selling bracelets.
There are a lot of nice restaurants in a short walking distance, or if you prefer, in 5 minutes by car from the Lodge. “Paradise” and “Excellent” were the most appreciated. You can ask at the Lodge’s reception for a transfer service to and from the restaurants.
Overall this is fabulous small Lodge (around 15 rooms) and it was the first time were I experienced the fact of everybody speaking to one another. At our last evening we even went to an “international” dinner with the other guests and the amazing owner of this wonderful Lodge, Miss Sue. Very very confortable when you are so far from home.
I’ll explain why I found Miss Sue an amazing woman: she supports a very touching project in the village were the Lodge is located. She built a free English school for children, because she believes that knowing the English language will be the only way out in the future for these kids. Their parents are fisherman, they fish and dry the fish on the sand at the beach. With new resorts being build, there will be no place for this activity in a short term. So the only future is tourism. In the school the children also learn the basic principles of hygiene, for example washing their teeth. They have a health program at school, providing the children with vitamins and medicine. Also you can sponsor a child to go to the regular school for a small amount of money (for our standards). Sue has a very active role in the village, she already built a library, some wc’s, and she tries to prevent school dropout by explaining these arguments to the parents, who see their children as an extra hand. She is a really wonderful person with a heart of gold!

We hope to return in 2015!!!

Room Tip: The rooms near the reception are quieter
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Xanoca63
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

Yoma Cherry Lodge is located in the next bay north of Ngapali Bay where most hotels are. So if you look for tended touristic beachlife with all its hustle-bustle, guest animation and one sunbed next to the other, you better go south and stay with the growing crowds. All hotels on the main beach face the main street.
Yoma Cherry, however, is off the main street and not exposed to traffic noise at all. The coconut tree-lined paradise beach is natural, not touristically exploited, and all the bay is almost exclusive to the privileged guests of the lodge. Its neighbors are local fishermen: in the late afternoon, they leave for fishing and in the morning, interesting local life can be observed and fish is being dried on a small part of the beach. We found that this added to our travel experience in this wonderful country and it did not molest us in the least. In fact, we truly hope that the local population and their way of life will not be expelled from their village and beach by the developing touristic infrastructure around.
The hotel itself comprises a huge and well-tended garden, a good restaurant including excellent breakfast, rooms of enormous size with equally enormous, comfortably furnished terraces. We had a garden view room overlooking the palmtrees in the garden and would definitely recommend this to all those who prefer having a private terrace to having direct beach view. Beach view rooms, however, have their sunbeds directly in front of the room.
Directly behind the hotel is the village´s school with possibiliy for guests to visit during class. It is a good idea to bring school material, ballpens etc. along for the children.
Transportation to the restaurants at the beach to the south is easy: 1 minute walking to the main street where pickups pass by frequently.
Hotel staff is truly attentive and friendly. Top score and a warm recommendation for those who prefer to stay off the beaten track.

Room Tip: garden view room (1st floor) in the backside building.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Trotamundo-Silke
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

2013 - Now is the time to go. Concrete is going up all along this coast. See it now before it becomes just another holiday destination. My wife and I (we are early fifties) had crammed in a packed week of sightseeing and travel in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan before flying down to Ngapali Beach. This was to be our week of rest. We were picked up from the airport in a WWII US Army Power-wagon which for me was an absolute treat to start! Top speed was about 20mph - who needs more when the sun is shining (October). We pottered through the shacks of the fishing villages to the hotel which is nicely presented.
It lies right on the beach - the only hotel in this particular bay. We had a beach room which opens on to the main dining deck. We had a sea view, but everyone else had a view of us. It didn't give us a problem. There are shutters and curtains! The rooms are comfortable but don't expect a tv or complimentary soaps etc. If you need tv - what are you doing here? If you need soap - buy it in the village and spread your cash around (These are poor people. Their living is fishing for which the boat owners pay them a wage. Generally, they cannot fish for 5 months of the year due to the sea conditions. This means no money. A bowl of rice a day if you are lucky - like I say - spread your wealth.)
The Manageress Sue is extremely helpful and the staff were great with a ready smile. A local boatman can do snorkelling trips.
The hotel menu is limited and unchanging - again, get out to the restaurants 15 minutes walk up the road.
There is some noise when the fishing boats leave or arrive on the beach but it adds to the colour and interest during the day - although it might disturb your sleep at night occasionally. For us, it was great to watch.
This is not 5star hospitality or accomodation - but to us it was an absolute paradise.
One last note - Sue is very involved in the school next door that attempts to give the local children a chance. Bear it in mind. You could help it along a little.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
5  Thank JohnBurma2013
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Address: Lintha Village | Ngapali Beach, Ngapali, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Rakhine State > Ngapali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Ngapali
Price Range: R1 165 - R1 553 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Yoma Cherry Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yoma Cherry Lodge is a small boutique hotel with 15 bedrooms. Set in a beautiful garden amidst palm trees, on Kiplings Bay, Ngapali, the hotel is situated on a a beautiful beach. Each morning, guests can watch the fishing boats come in with their catch of the day, and in the evening you can watch the boats sailing out to sea, whilst sipping a cocktail and watching the sunset. The beach is very quiet and there is only one other hotel located on the beach. The sea is crystal clear and wonderful to swim or snorkel. The hotel has a restaurant overlooking the beach where you can eat fresh seafood, local Myanmar food or it also has some western dishes. Our massage pavilion is a great place to totally relax. Our staff are friendly and efficient and the whole Yoma Cherry team wish you a wonderful holiday here. ... more   less 
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