Media Highlights & Accolades
What You Need to Know about the Strand Experience in Myanmar
“The Strand Cruise truly is an extension of the hotel in nearly every way. That beautifully designed lobby of the hotel is reflected in the teaks and colours of the boat and even the cabins felt more like hotel rooms than cramped cruise ship berths. Walking into my bedroom for the first time I couldn͛t believe I was on a boat, every amenity and special luxury touch I loved about the hotel was there onboard the ship as well. This isn͛t an easy achievement.”
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"The riverboat͛s authentic silhouette belies modern perks and comforts like a pool, a wine cellar, and a spa –making it perfect for relaxing after long days on the river."
I Left My Heart on the Boat to Mandalay
"We sailed up and down the river, nipping in and out of the best nooks at the best time of day. Just as you were thinking, ͞I͛d like to go there͟– there we pulled in and tuk-tuks or horse-drawn carts appeared. On board, simple but effective design touches – huge windows, black-and-gold lacquer beakers on the walls, an arrangement of rolled-up blankets for chilly evenings – make this an extremely tasteful environment. Perhaps the greatest asset is the truly charming staff."
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"Perhaps the river-spirits sensed such yearning because...of The Strand Cruise"
The guest rooms have an entirely livable fluidity that extends to the public spaces, which are smartly assembled to accommodate seclusion seekers or more sociable guests."
Asia of Old
"The food is top notch and mingles European, Asian and local dishes; one night there was butter soft steak and the next, a sharing style Burmese dinner featuring a salad of fermented tea leaves."
"English colonial meets the Hamptons: white wicker furniture, Paris grey linen, paneled library, mahogany bar, small swimming pool and a spa. Everything is gracious to the power of 100."
Water, Water Everywhere – New boats and cruising itineraries around the world
"The Strand Cruise will ply the Irrawaddy River with a better than one-to-one guest-to-staff ratio, afternoon tea and all the colonial class for which the hotel is known."
The Mystique of Myanmar
"Elegantly dancing her way along the Ayeyarwady River, Strand explores thousands of years of culture and riveting scenic beauty while offering sophisticated elegance on board. From ship to shore, The Strand experience best showcases this magical country.The itinerary includes refreshing ͚mid-morning sailings that feature views of villages portraying the cinematic drama of daily life along the river."
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"The 54 passenger ship belongs to the gorgeous old Strand Hotel and is a contemporary interpretation of its colonial style – all polished teak and rattan furniture, with a host of creature comforts, from complimentary WIFI to butler service and a pool on deck."
"We instantly know the crew͛s charm and quiet sense of hospitality are set to make the cruise memorable."
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"On board, expect plush colonial inspired interiors, with guestrooms trimmed with teakwood floors, Burmese-crafted furnishings, regional art, and floor-to-ceiling windows with balconies. Bonus modern ship amenities include an onboard swimming pool and wine cellar."
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