My Remote Lands guide was excellent in every sense. She was truly sensitive and instructive on local customs and their meanings and applications.
Why We Love This Boat :
Location: The Sanctuary Ananda offers guests the chance to sail through beautiful and mysterious Myanmar on the stunning Ayeyarwady River and its tributary, the Chindwin.
Service: This luxury cruiser boasts one of the highest ratios of staff to guests among all the river cruises of Myanmar, ensuring a memorable and comfortable experience for all guests.
History: Built specifically for the mighty rivers of Myanmar using local materials and know-how, the Sanctuary Ananda provides a unique window into the history and culture of this beautiful country.
The Sanctuary Ananda seeks to truly cater to guests’ every need whilst delivering gorgeous, uninterrupted views of the stunning Burmese scenery, in tastefully decorated, elegant surroundings. A choice of 20 cabins, all of which face outwards with a balcony, are all equipped with air conditioning and WiFi, with en-suite bathrooms featuring top quality toiletries. Guests can enjoy local and international cuisine, buffet and a la carte, al fresco or in the Talifoo restaurant; drinks can be enjoyed in the lounge or out on the deck at sunset. There are activities to suit all tastes, from sunrise yoga and swimming on the deck, body maintenance in the gym and lectures and demonstrations about local culture and history in the lounge, to complement the daily excursions into Myanmar. What’s more, Thambyadine spa offers all manner of pampering and treatments. Travelers will be mesmerized by the temples and pagodas of Myanmar aboard this floating palace.
fitness center spa
This all-suite cruiser offers the height of luxury throughout its range of spacious accommodation options, all of which are decked out in sumptuous local fabrics, teak and lacquerware, providing guests with modern comforts within elegant and authentic surroundings to make for a complete and immersive experience.
Aloungpayah Owner's Suite
This unique suite is perfect for that special occasion. Named after the 18th-century king who founded Yangon, it is 720 square feet of luxury and claims the title of largest suite on the river. It boasts a king-size bed, separate lounge area, a spacious private terrace and en-suite bathroom with double sinks, tub and monsoon shower. Guests using this suite can enjoy the services of a private guide and butler service, private dining and complimentary laundry.
Deluxe suites are available with either double or twin beds; each has a lounge area and individual balcony with a table and chairs, spread over 300 square feet. The bathroom has a monsoon shower and two sets of deluxe suites can be interconnected, which is the ideal choice for families.
The 357-square-foot Luxury Suites can be configured to accommodate a double or two twin beds with the further option of a pull-out bed to sleep three, making them perfect for families. There’s a lounge area, private balcony and en-suite bathroom with monsoon shower. Luxury guests have the use of butler service and complimentary laundry.
Aboard the Sanctuary Ananda, guests can cruise in style and enjoy the top-notch facilities on board. Sun-seekers can lounge around the top-deck swimming pool, while health and fitness enthusiasts can keep in shape in the gym or indulge in the great range of treatments available in the ship’s spa.
The compact, well-equipped gym is available for guests who want to work out whilst aboard, and with a range of cardio machines and free weights, the whole body will be maintained.
On the Yangon Deck, the Thambyadine Spa offers guests a chance to relax and unwind with a choice of massages and facials as well as manicures and pedicures, performed by highly-trained spa therapists.
Dining aboard the Ananda Sanctuary is a pleasure from morning to night, with al fresco breakfasts and lunches on the sunny deck and sumptuous dinners in the ship’s restaurant. Diners may wish to retire to the lounge for a little relaxation and a range of drinks or, for that special occasion, book the Library for a private meal.
For guests wishing to create an intimate, romantic dining experience, the cosy Dufferin Library on the Bhamo Deck can be booked for special occasions where diners’ every need will be attended to by private waiters.
Kansi Panorama Lounge
On the uppermost Bhamo deck, guests can unwind in the Kansi Lounge, offering panoramic views through the windows which look directly onto the poolside deck. Inside is a smoothie and cocktail bar, perfect for a refreshing drink after a day’s exploring; afternoon tea is served here daily and talks and demonstrations take place to complete the experience.
Beneath the Bhamo deck, on the Mandalay deck, breakfast and lunch is served at the al fresco Mindoon. Guests can enjoy a continental buffet or breakfast a la carte in the sun and savor the views with lunch a la carte plus a salad and dessert buffet.
An a la carte menu of exotic local cuisine made from the freshest ingredients alongside western favorites has been designed by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein for the height of flavorful delight. An extensive wine cellar is well stocked with tipples that pair perfectly with the dishes.