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Escape The Big Chill Onboard Sanctuary Ananda.

August 15, 2019 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

As if winter weren’t chilly enough, the current Arctic cold snap is enough to send even the hardiest person into hibernation.

But there’s nothing to stop you from making your own fun – and what better way to banish the winter blues and celebrate the start of spring than with a dose of Vitamin D?

But where to go? Well, for a truly relaxing and inspiring holiday, why not head to Myanmar, one of South East Asia’s most charming countries. Beautiful and peaceful, with an ancient culture, wonderful monuments, friendly people – and plenty of sunshine, it’s the perfect place to escape the cold.

Myanmar is known as the Golden Land – and for good reason. Everywhere you look, you are greeted with golden sunsets, stupas and smiles. Rivers glisten like gold, their banks dotted with small villages filled with shining temples, and at sunset the sun’s rays shimmer along the water’s surface.

The best way to immerse yourself in the country’s golden heart is a cruise along its most iconic waterways – the majestic Irrawaddy River and its great tributary, the Chindwin. Boutique luxury travel operator, Sanctuary Retreats, offers a range of cruise itineraries from two to eleven nights on both the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers aboard its luxurious all-suite ship, Sanctuary Ananda.

Built in 1914, the state-of-the-art Ananda has been custom-built using traditional Myanmar materials, combining all the comforts of 5-star contemporary luxury with the refined elegance of authentic Burmese design. Its 21 suites are amongst the largest of any river cruise ship in Myanmar, and it also has one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios on the river.

Cruises take guests in style on voyages of breath-taking beauty and discovery. Sail the Irrawaddy from Bagan to Mandalay and visit temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way. Or take a journey on the Chindwin and explore places travellers rarely see – through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages and ancient towns almost to the Indian border. Take an early morning balloon ride over Bagan; savour freshly prepared Burmese delicacies at a riverbank candlelit dinner set against a lantern-lit backdrop of pagodas; book an indulgent onboard spa treatment on-board; or, for the plus ultra cruise experience, book the luxurious Owners Suite, with its lush silk draping, polished teak, beautiful lacquerware and chic curios.

Three-night cruises on onboard Sanctuary Ananda start from just USD643 per person twin share.

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