Sanctuary Ananda

Discover the real Myanmar by journeying through its many magical rivers on board the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda. Each day you will see new sights, have new experiences, increase your knowledge and sit back in awe by the trip you're taken on.

Irrawaddy River, Burma
Sanctuary Ananda
  • Brand new boat set to sail for first time November 2014

  • A selection of different itineraries to choose from, ranging from 3 nights to 11 nights

  • A good range of onshore excursions to include visiting workshops and pagodas

  • Spacious suites with modern amenities


Sanctuary Ananda is to first set sail in November 2014 and it already has a lot to promise guests. It has been custom built in a local ship yard in Yangon to ensure the maximum benefits for its guests with its 5 star contemporary luxury combined with authentic Burmese design. The opportunity to voyage up or down the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers is one that cannot be passed. The authentic sailing experience will not only allow you to take in the varied scenery, observe local life and embark on onshore excursions but you will also be able to partake in cooking, meditation and yoga classes, listen in on lectures and enjoy live entertainment on board.

Some of the best features are the completely bespoke river bank lantern dinners, or the sunset drinks at U Bein Bridge, nothing is too much for these highly competent and friendly staff. There are eight exciting itineraries for you to choose from to include three, four and seven night 'Discovery Cruises' between Bagan and Mandalay or the longer 'Exploration Cruises' which add on extra time to explore the Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady and the shallower Chindwin River. You will be sailing each day so you will be making progress along the river but you will also have the opportunity to use local transport to reach off the beaten track villages and other must-see attractions. Guides will be on hand to part with their local knowledge and acquaint you with local customs.

The boat itself is nothing short of luxurious. With en-suite accommodation, a selection of spacious social areas, a pool, gym, spa, library and restaurants you will not be without your creature comforts. Rates are inclusive of all meals so you can enjoy the delicious traditional as well as western dishes on board in Taliffo and Mindoon restaurants. Make the most of the complimentary mini bar and soft drinks or local beer on offer, to really enjoy these drinks watch the sunset with a cocktail on the pool sundeck.

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Choose Deluxe Suite 309 or 310 which are the biggest cabins on the Mandalay Deck making the rooms feel that extra bit more spacious.

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