Twenty one reasons to choose Sanctuary Retreats Irrawaddy River Cruise

698DFAC7-DD90-474F-8BA2-8539D6594BD9After much research I chose Sanctuary Retreats to sail  down the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan and back again, a seven day cruise on a luxury ship. I joined the ship at Gaw Wein Jetty in Mandalay and here are the reasons why I think you should choose this trip too.

  1. Detailed information of the itinerary before booking. The booking staff are happy to answer numerous questions before you part with any money.
  2. Small ship with just 21 cabins and at least 45 staff members.
  3. Personal welcome from the cruise director with refreshing drink and cool towels on embarking and after each excursion ashore.
  4. Excellent attentive staff who remember your preferences, in no way intrusive. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them whatever their role.94150A48-02B6-40BE-827B-15F978D65C84
  5. Excursions ashore are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Groups are a maximum of eight but can be as small as two persons.
  6. Large rooms, plenty of space for luggage and hanging clothes. Large and very comfortable beds.
  7. The bed faces French windows so every day you can wake up to a fantastic view.
  8. Every room has a balcony which is a great way to watch river life, watch the sun rise or set with a sundowner or a good book.
  9. Rooms are serviced twice a day.
  10. L’Occitane toiletries replenished at each service of the room.
  11. We often found gifts on our bed such as a local parasol, a longyi and a purse, fantastic quality souvenirs to remind us of our time in Myanmar.
  12. Good balance between excursions and relaxation time on the ship.
  13. On board entertainment such as cooking classes, history talks and local dance shows.759DE25F-1FA0-4EE2-AFE3-1788C4560AE0
  14. Wide range of cocktails available from a skilled mixologist, my favourites were a Pegu Club and a Burmese Coffee.
  15. Beer, soft drinks and coffee complimentary throughout the day. A good choice of local wines complimentary at meal times.
  16. Great choice of local and international food at each meal time.
  17. Plenty of chilled water available on all excursions.
  18. BBQ dinner on a sand bar with local music.
  19. Plenty of communal areas to relax, such as a sun deck with a plunge pool.
  20. Comfortable bar, library and a spa to use when cruising.
  21. Sanctuary support local villages with development which means better education and living conditions for local Myanmar communities.


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