Step aboard the luxurious new Sanctuary Ananda, the only all-balcony ship on the Irrawaddy River and Chindwin tributary in Myanmar. Named for the beautiful Ananda Temple in Bagan—meaning “extreme happiness,” one of the highest states of being, in Sanskrit—this custom-built, all-suite vessel embarks on stylish voyages of breathtaking beauty and discovery along Myanmar’s peaceful and beautiful rivers.

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The Sanctuary Ananda is a combination of culture and luxury, with Burmese themes reflected throughout the ship. 21 spacious suites span three decks and showcase original Burmese design with modern amenities. Each suite is furnished with en-suite bathrooms featuring monsoon showers and L’Occitane bath products, as well as living areas accented with contemporary chic silks, Malaika Egyptian-cotton sheets, polished teak, and beautiful lacquer-ware celebrating Myanmar’s rich artisanal heritage. Guests will also appreciate the modern amenities such as in-room iPads with complimentary wireless Internet access, individually controlled air conditioning, and floor-to-ceiling windows opening up to private balconies.

The Owner’s Suite is the largest accommodation on the ship, with separate dressing and living areas, a substantial private veranda with sun loungers, a freestanding bathtub, and private guide and butler service.

Dining options aboard the Ananda reflect the diversity of Myanmar cuisine. Enjoy a la carte dinners at Talifoo Restaurant, continental breakfasts at Mindoon Al Fresco Dining, sundowner cocktails at Burma Bar, and afternoon tea or smoothies with uninterrupted river views at Kansi Panorama Lounge.

While journeying on the river, unwind on the sundeck, in the outdoor pool, or at the Thambyadine Spa and Gym, offering therapies such as a traditional Thai massage or the popular Ananda body scrub. Along the way, soak in panoramic views of the temples, pagodas, palaces, and monasteries along the Irrawaddy’s ever-changing shorelines of lush jungles, forgotten villages, and ancient towns. Excursions allow for visits to small handicraft-making villages, providing friendly interactions with the local Myanmar community.

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