Sanctuary Ananda is a 48-passenger river vessel, custom built by local craftsmen and launched in 2014. This luxurious all-suite ship will take you in style on voyages of astonishing beauty and discovery on the mystic rivers of Myanmar. Visit temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the Irrawaddy River, or journey along its great tributary, the Chindwin, to places visitors rarely see – through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, and ancient towns.
Sanctuary Ananda’s 21 cabins, located on three decks, include four lavish Staterooms measuring 334 to 356 square feet. Other cabins range from 291 to 301 square feet, and all have floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, while the Staterooms have full balconies with outdoor furniture.
Additionally, the signature Owner’s Suite, which measures an expansive 807 square feet comes with a king-sized bed, dressing area, separate living and dining areas, a freestanding bathtub and a monsoon shower, and also offers butler service.
In every room, vintage photographs, lush silks, polished teak and exquisite lacquerware pieces celebrate Myanmar’s rich heritage of arts, crafts and textiles, while Egyptian-cotton sheets ensure a comfortable night’s rest. Each has an en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning, a safe deposit box, and an iPad with free Wi-Fi albeit with limited internet coverage outside of the main cities of Mandalay & Bagan.
The smaller suites each have double or twin beds and a bathroom with a monsoon shower; the Staterooms have additional indoor seating areas and an extra convertible bed for a child. Two pairs of interconnecting cabins are also available for families.
Look forward to the delicious cuisine of Myanmar alongside a choice of Western favorites and international dishes. Specially crafted menus and inspired dining experiences encompass dishes such as soft-shell crab, red curries, and mango and pomelo salad enhanced with fragrant flavors including lemongrass, kaffir lime and sweet chilli.
Meals are served in the main dining room, Talifoo Restaurant, and alfresco lunch is available in the Mindoon Restaurant. The on-board library can also be used for private dining.
Facilities on board
The upper Bhamo Deck, where all the Luxury Suites are situated, houses the Kansi panorama lounge and there is also a Sun Deck and an outdoor plunge pool. Other facilities on your Sanctuary Ananda Cruise include the Thambayadine Spa by L’Occitane, where you can indulge in traditional therapies and soothing massages.
On board Activities
Be captivated by performances of Burmese dances which often tell stories of local myths and legends. Enjoy lectures on an array of interesting topics about Myanmar’s history and culture. Join a cooking demonstration run by the ship’s professional chefs and learn how to cook some of the delicious local meals served on board. Learn how to tie a longyi − the skirt that both men and women traditionally wear − and how to make and apply tanaka natural sun cream.
Shore excursions on these voyages of discovery combine the ‘must see sights’ and fabulous landscapes with visits to small villages to meet the local people and observe the hand production of time-honored crafts.
Suitable for families, couples, solo travelers and friends, the Sanctuary Ananda offers a wonderful insight into Myanmar on a choice of cruises from Mandalay to Bagan, Bhamo or Yangon.
Itinerary & Prices
A 20% supplement applies during Peak Season (20 Dec – 10 Jan).
Speak with one of our travel specialists for more price details and availability.
Embarkation – Mai Thon – Koh Racha Yai
After embarking the Maha Bhetra in Phuket, sail to Mai Thon and dive into its crystal clear waters. Discover a whole new world underneath; a thriving coral sanctuary that is home to 400 species of fish and spectacular marine life. Relax and bask in the glow of the glorious warm sun by the shore and feel the waves as they touch the soles of your feet. Look out into the horizon and if you are lucky, you might spot some dolphins frolicking in the sea.
Later explore Koh Racha Yai, famed for its beautiful beaches, visiting the two larger beaches of Patok Beach and Siam Bay and smaller ones Lha Bay, Ter Bay, and Kon Kare Bay, located on the eastern side of the island.
Optional dinner at The Racha Resort.
Koh Phi Phi – Monkey Beach – Maya Bay
Today explore famous Koh Phi Phi, a group of six stunning islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-renowned Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach (with Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed.
Marvel at Monkey Beach, a simply stunning150m-long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water, located on the southwestern side of Tonsai Bay, about 700m from the jetty. The backside of the beach is a rather steep limestone cliff, covered with lush vegetation that offers monkeys a comfortable habitat, which is where it gets its name from.
Later, behold heaven-like Maya Bay’s stunningly beautiful shores sheltered by 100-meter-high cliffs on three sides, and made famous as the set where The Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio was filmed. Inside the bay there are several beaches—the main one some 200 meters long, others smaller and only visible at low tide—all with silky soft white sand sloping into exceptionally clear waters that reveal a reef of colorful coral and exotic fish.
Dive Koh Bida Nok, the largest of Phi Phi’s most southerly islets, and open to all levels of diver. Divers usually enter the water on its eastern side and steadily move south around the rock. It is home to a large variety of marine life and is especially renowned for its zebra sharks and stingrays lying on the sand.
Option dinner at Zeavola Resort.
James Bond Island – Disembarkation
Next stop, James Bond Island, a small rocky island located on the north side of the cove of Khao Phing Kan island, southwest of Ao Phang Nga National Park, named after its starring role as a setting in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
Nearby, explore Koh Hong Phang Nga, an island formed from collapsed cave systems open to the sky and surrounded by towering limestone walls. Accessible only by kayak through a cave, discover a hidden realm rich in unspoiled flora and fauna, right in the very heart of the island.
For your finale, choose between dinner party options at Koh Yao Yai or Six Senses Koh Yao Noi.
CRUISES & LODGES
27 m² / 291 ft²
|Double / Twin|
Guests can enjoy these expansive suites that come with large windows and private balconies. These suites also feature individually controlled air conditioning and a luxurious bathroom equipped with a monsoon shower, a basin, and a separate toilet.
Mandalay Deluxe Suite
|2||27-28 m² / 291-301 ft²||Double / Twin|
These suites are designed to ensure comfort and luxury. They feature a private balcony that comes with chairs and tables, allowing guests some intimate time to take in the breathtaking oceanic view. The Mandalay suites also feature one set of interconnected suites for bigger groups.
Bagan Deluxe Suite
27-28 m² / 291-301 ft²
|Double / Twin|
These suites feature one set of interconnecting suites that is ideal for either a large family or a group of friends. The suites also have a private balcony with outdoor chairs and a table where guests can relax as they sunbathe.
|2||31-33 m² / 334-356 ft²||King|
The luxury suite features a private balcony with tables and chairs where guests can enjoy some alone time. The suites come with a stylish bathroom fully equipped with a monsoon shower and other amenities, ensuring a guest enjoys a refreshing shower.
75 m² / 807 ft²
The owner’s room is very spacious, featuring ensuite living areas, a separate dressing, and a big verandah where guests can sunbathe and take in the cool breeze. The expansive bathroom oozes luxury with a fully equipped freestanding tub, monsoon showers, and his-and-hers sinks.