At a Glance
- New luxury river cruise operating on the Irrawaddy
- With just 23 cabins, it is one of the smallest and most exclusive Irrawaddy cruises
- Very large cabins, with balconies
- Colonial feel, using lots of teak and indulgent design touches
The Anawrahta is one of the most luxurious cruise boats to sail along the Irrawaddy, and with just 23 cabins, it is one of the most exclusive. No expense has been spared on the construction, using intricate decorative design to give a sense of elegance and refinement. There are options to cruise between Mandalay and Bagan (four nights), or longer cruises to Yangon, or into the Upper Irrawaddy and Chidwin Rivers. All rooms have their own sit-out balconies from where you can watch the world go by, and the rooms are in comparison far larger than other vessels. It perfectly blends old-world British colonial style, rich Burmese furnishing and modern touches you would expect in a luxury hotel. There are four decks on the Ananwrahta with lobby, spa and gym on the Main Deck, the Mandalay Lounge on the Upper Deck, the Hintha Hall Restaurant and Kipling Bar on the Terrace Deck and the Sun Deck where you find the pool.
There are 16 deluxe rooms which come with a massive 32 square metres and are richly furnished with teak flooring counterposed against bold colours such as oranges, saffrons and greens, reflecting the colours you see in Burmese temples. Exquisite luxury marble bathrooms await you alongside exotic Burmese fixtures and fittings. The rooms have their own balcony and are located on the Main and Upper Deck. The Junior Suites are named after some of Burma’s most famous rivers, the Kaladan, the Lenya and the Thandi and also come with a comfortable sitting area. They are located on the Upper Deck. The Executive Suites are named Chindwin and Yangon, and are larger still, and are located on the Terrace Deck. The two Royal Suites (Anawrahta and Kyansitta) have their own private terrace and jacuzzi alongside decorative wood-carvings and handmade artefacts. They are located on the Terrace Deck and the terraces look out towards the front of the boat.
Move to the Kipling Bar and you find classic wicker chairs to sit down and look out over the Irrawaddy through the large windows. The Mandalay Lounge evokes the spirit of the colonial club, perfect for a quick night-cap or a place to sit down with a good book. The Hintha Hall Restaurant is lavishly decorated and framed with picture-windows with river views. The Thazin Spa has three treatment rooms and a steam-bath.