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Enjoy fabulous sights aboard Sanctuary Ananda


The incredible Bagan valley


Sanctuary Ananda


Elegant sitting room


Luxury accommodation


Ensuite bathroom


Explore on land with knowledgeable guides


Exquisite temples abound

Sanctuary Ananda, Irrawaddy River, Burma

A journey of discovery along the Irrawaddy River aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda

Enjoy a 3, 4 or 7 night luxury cruise as part of your tailor-made holiday in Myanmar

Custom built in 2014 and named after the beautiful Ananda Temple in Bagan, Ananda also translates in Sanskrit as 'extreme happiness' - an ideal name for this luxury vessel. Step aboard the remarkable Sanctuary Ananda and be transported into a world of luxury and comfort, welcomed by gracious staff. Sanctuary Ananda will take you on the most incredible journey through this fascinating country, experiencing the serenity and beauty

of life on the river. 


There are 21 suites on board Sanctuary Ananda, each showcasing Burmese arts, crafts and textiles. All suites have air-conditioning, iPod dock, iPad TV connections, Egyptian cotton sheets and L'Occitane bathroom products, and all suites have proper sit out balconies with tables and chairs so you can enjoy the river views from the privacy of your room. Interconnecting suites available for families.

The Journey

There are 8 fascinating 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 enable you to explore the Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady and the shallower Chindwin River. Guides are on hand to part with their local knowledge and enrich your experience. Sanctuary Ananda sails every day on each itinerary, offering plenty of time to combine the 'must see sights' with smaller villages to meet the indigenous peoples and see local crafts being made first hand. From spectacular temples, beautiful monasteries and ancient archaeological sites to the varied landscapes,

Myanmar is a country awaiting discoverey.

Facilities & Services

Sanctuary Ananda is wonderfully luxurious, with en-suite accommodation, a selection of spacious social areas, a pool, gym, Thambyadine spa, library and restaurants. The Burmese fusion menu has been designed by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and Talifoo Restaurant welcomes guests from breakfast through to evening dinner. The relaxed and contemporary atmosphere with large windows make it a delightful place to enjoy your meals. If you want to head outdoors, Mindoon Al Fresco serve light lunches and snacks.

Weather & Seasons

The best time to visit Burma is during the dry season from November to April when the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country. The temperatures start to rise in March and the rainy season from May to September is best avoided. 

Getting Here

All cruises start or finish in Bagan, Mandalay, Yangon or Pyay, all of which are accessible by air except Pyay (road only).

Also Worth Considering

Cruising the Irrawaddy aboard the incongruously named Road to Mandalay

Governor's Residence, Yangon

The Strand Hotel, Yangon

Villa Inle Resort & Spa, Lake Inle

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Time to Get in Touch?

Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or simply send us an email outlining your requirements.

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