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Sanctuary Ananda

Cruise company: Sanctuary Retreats

Cruise type: Midrange, Sharing, 21 cabins

Destinations: Myanmar - Myanmar

Named after the beautiful Ananda Temple in Bagan, Ananda also translates in Sanskrit as 'extreme happiness' - one of the highest states of being. Step aboard the beautiful Sanctuary Ananda and be transported into a world of luxury and comfort with all modern amenities expected and welcomed by staff that is gracious and warming. Sanctuary Ananda will take you on the most incredible journeys through this fascinating country, experience the serenity and beauty of life on the river. She was custom built for the Myanmar Rivers by local shipbuilders using age-old knowledge and traditional materials while incorporating the most modern technology. She has a shallow draft so that she can navigate both the Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers. The design of the ship is elegant and contemporary with a fusion of the traditional Burmese handicrafts with local fabrics; wood and lacquer ware adorn each suite. 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 just waiting to be discovered.

Sanctuary Ananda is a 48-passenger river vessel launched in late 2014 by luxury tour and boutique cruise operator Sanctuary Retreats. Our luxurious all suite ship will take you in style on voyages of breathtaking beauty and discovery on the mysterious rivers of Myanmar (Burma). Sanctuary Ananda is custom built by local craftsmen using traditional materials while offering sleek contemporary luxury. Sanctuary Ananda set sail on the Myanmar Rivers in November 2014 and offers 20 spacious suites on three decks, the luxurious Owner's suite, a sundeck with an outdoor pool and the Kansi panorama lounge.



Sanctuary Ananda is a perfect combination of local culture and luxury, because we understand that even when you are immersing yourself in a new experience, there are some things you should never be without, such as a large comfortable bed, the pleasure of a good drink, excellent food, immaculate service, and the company of like-minded people. Custom-built with just 21 suites, Sanctuary Ananda showcases original Burmese design and contemporary chic in an atmosphere of five-star comfort. In every suite, lush silks, polished teak and beautiful lacquer ware celebrate Myanmar’s rich heritage of arts, crafts and textiles and Malaika Egyptian-cotton sheets ensure that we make you as relaxed as can be. Expect L’Occitane-stocked en-suite bathrooms, individually controlled air-conditioning and an iPad with free Wi-Fi (coverage limited outside of main cities of Mandalay & Bagan) – and, naturally, consummate craftsmanship throughout. Choose from having a double or twin bed, and look forward to your own relaxing space to lounge in – every suite has its own private balcony.


Deluxe suite

Luxury suite

Owner's suite

Have a separate en suite bathroom with monsoon shower, basin and separate toilet. And, have individually controlled air conditioning and have open balconies. 


Number of cabins : 2 cabins

Bed Types : double/twin

Cabin Size : 27 sq.m

Each has a private balcony with outdoor chairs & table, and a separate en suite bathroom with monsoon shower.


Number of cabins : 14 cabins

Bed Types : double/twin

Cabin Size : 27-28 sq.m

Have an indoor seating area with a pull-out sofa bed available to accommodate a third person. There is a private balcony with table and chairs, and the en-suite bathroom has a monsoon shower. Other perks include butler service, early morning tea and coffee, and complimentary laundry.


Number of cabins : 4 cabins

Bed Types : double/twin

Cabin Size : 31-33 sq.m

Have a big veranda with sun loungers as well as table and chairs. The spacious bathroom will spoil you with a freestanding tub as well as a monsoon shower and his-and-hers sinks. Other benefits will include a private guide, butler service, early morning tea and coffee, complimentary laundry and exclusive dining experiences.


Number of cabins : 4 cabins

Bed Types : double/twin – King size bed

Cabin Size : 67 sq.m


Services & Facilities


  • 24-hour Security
  • Reception
  • Rowing boat
  • Safety box at reception
  • Theme Cruise



  • Bar
  • Beauty Services and Massage
  • Boutique shop
  • Cabin Service (Snack Meals)
  • Fresh flower
  • Laundry service
  • Restaurant


Dining Room & Bar

The culture and cuisine of Myanmar are reflected in the dining options available to guests each day, alongside a choice of Western favorites and international dishes. The fragrant flavors of Myanmar, including lemongrass, kaffir lime and sweet chilli, are evoked as our chefs handpick the freshest local ingredients during our village-market visits. Specially crafted menus and inspired dining experiences encompass dishes such as soft-shell crab, red curries, and mango and pomelo salad, while extensive Italian-cuisine experience means freshly made pasta, couldn’t-be-fresher salads and excellent steaks and burgers.


Onboard Activities

  • ·Local Performances: Skilled dancers will captivate you with Burmese local dances which often tell stories about their myths and legends. Filled with bright costumes these performances will be enjoyed after a delicious dinner.

  • ·Lectures on an array of interesting topics about Myanmar's history and culture, which will increase your knowledge of the country and this describes interesting facts and stories which you can share with friends and family when you return home. Don't forget to ask your guides for a few 'Nat' stories.

  • ·Cooking demonstrations & lessons: Onboard you can enjoy both local and international meal options. For those who would like to learn how to cook some of the delicious traditional meals served onboard there will be cooking demonstrations run by our professional chefs.

  • ·Demonstrations: You will be taught how to tie a longyi (the skirt that both men and women traditionally wear) and how to make and apply tanaka (natural sun cream).

  • ·Spa & treatments: It is the perfect moment to relax and visit the Thambyadine Spa on the Yangon Deck. Our trained masseuses will help you to relax through the selection of enjoyable therapeutic treatments.





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Cancellation by Customer:

All cancellations must be received in writing :

  • Cancellations received between the date of booking and 65 days prior to departure will result in the loss of the deposit.
  • Cancellations received 64 - 36 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 70% of the tour price.
  • Cancellations received 35 days or less prior to departure will be subject to a forfeiture of the entire tour price.


Children Price & Extra Bed:

  • Children aged 10 and over are welcome on the Ananda. Children over the age of 12 will be charged full adult rate.


Shuttle Bus:


  • N/A




  • 12:00 AM




  • 18:00 PM




  • English Speaking Guide on Board


Crew:               36

Launched:         Late 2014

Decks:              3

Tonnage:          200 feet

Passengers:       48

Registry:           Myanmar

CDC Score:        Not Yet Inspected


  • The only all-balcony ship on the Ayeyarwady
  • Sails every full day of each itinerary
  • Wi-Fi in all suites (coverage is limited outside main cities of Mandalay & Bagan)
  • Individually controlled air conditioning in all suites
  • Largest entry level suites on the river
  • Largest suite on the river, the Owner's Suite
  • One of the highest staff to guest ratios on the river
  • Fascinating itineraries with full choice of excursions included
  • Delicious dining options serving both Asian and international dishes
  • Custom built with shallow draft to navigate the Upper & Lower Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers
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