Wa Ale Island Resort, Myanmar
A far-flung tropical idyll, Wa Ale lies within the Myeik, also known as Mergui, Archipelago, off the far south coast of Myanmar. Not only is the resort the only occupant of a 1,600-hectare island, it’s the only resort in a protected area covering more than 200 square kilometres - Lampi Marine National Park. As well as creating the sustainably built resort, the owners Christopher and Farina Kingsley established the Lampi Foundation. This initiative provides a platform for the resort’s efforts, and primary intention, of sustaining and protecting the national park and benefitting the local communities. On the marine side of this endeavour, Wa Ale has established projects such as building the national park’s first turtle hatchery. Exploration of the islands and surrounding sea is central to any stay on the island. Snorkel and dive over the reefs and into caves, then kayak and paddleboard through wild mangrove.