The Strand Hotel Yangon, Myanmar A Review

Until recently, Myanmar has been isolated from much of the World. However, the tourism industry is growing and The Strand Hotel in Yangon is ready to welcome luxury travelers anxious to explore this fascinating country. The Strand Hotel was built in 1901 and has undergone renovations in 1989 and 2016 that honor the Colonial integrity and spirit of the building. With its’ historic charm and updated technology, The Strand is a fantastic place to serve as your home base in Yangon.

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Experience:

Upon my arrival, I was impressed with the colonnaded entrance at The Strand. The architecture and furnishings transported me to era of colonial opulence. Elegant black and white color palette set the backdrop. Rattan furniture, Burmese antiques, and marble flooring create a lovely historic feel to this recently renovated property.

The hotel is quite intimate with only 31 suites. Service is impeccable, which quite honestly, is what I expect in a luxury hotel in Asia. One nice touch is that each floor has an around the clock dedicated butler to serve your every need. Even if you are like me and don’t ask for much, it is nice to have your room door opened for you and have tea served.

Location:

The Strand is approximately 45 minutes from Yangon airport and is situated in the city center. I traveled with Abercrombie and Kent during my recent trip to Myanmar and this made my introduction to the country seamless. After going through customs, I was met by my personal guide and driver. My flight arrived at 9 PM, and it was great to not have to secure transport to the hotel on my own. During the drive to The Strand, I learned about Yangon from my guide. It proved to be one of the best introductions to a city that I have ever received.

During my brief 2-night stay at The Strand, I learned that It is a great place to settle in and explore the fantastic sights of Yangon. If you are traveling to local markets and pagodas, trishaws are readily available. However, if you wish to explore deeper into the city, know that it is quite easy to arrange for air-conditioned private transport or by taxi.

Activities:

It can be exhausting to sightsee or conduct business in town. Take advantage of The Strand’s relaxing offerings to unwind. The outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place to lounge during the day. The brand-new gym is outfitted with new equipment for you to work off stress. If spa treatments are more your speed, be sure to try a traditional Myanmar massage.

Dining and Lounges:

There are a variety of options ranging from traditional Myanmar food to International cuisines to suit every taste.

Sarkies Bar at The Strand: This historic bar has hosted numerous celebrities over the years. It is the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail or meet up with others before or after dinner. In my experience, bartenders in SE Asia still have a lot to learn in terms of crafting cocktails. However, The Strand has an excellent program and even offers barrel-aged cocktails. For $9, I enjoyed a nicely balanced barrel-aged Manhattan. Although The Strand boasts one of the largest whiskey selections, I was saddened to learn they ran out of my favorite Japanese whiskey and have no idea when it will be replenished.

The Strand Restaurant: This is the property’s fine dining option that opened in early August 2017. During my stay, I was treated to a fabulous tasting of incredible Mediterranean and Italian inspired plates. Executive Chef Christian Martena pulled out all the stops for my group and the evening experience was special. I especially enjoyed the scallops with black truffles. Thinking about this decadent dish makes me salivate as I write!

The_Strand_Restaurant

The_Strand_Restaurant

The Strand Café: This venue hosts the delightful Strand High tea, which is a tradition dating back to Myanmar’s Colonial past. You can select from the “classic” experience or one that has more Myanmar influences. Also, guests convene here at the beginning of the day to indulge in a hearty breakfast. Myanmar, Asian and Western menus are offered. Naturally, I opt to dine on the classic Myanmar breakfast options along with some of the best coffee I have tasted.

Myanmar_traditional_breakfast

Myanmar_traditional_breakfast

Tips:

The Strand location in Yangon lends itself to being easily accessible to the amazing sights in town. Take advantage of this ideal location to walk around and explore Yangon. To get a taste of real Burmese cuisine, there are many local food options nearby. Temples and pagodas abound in the city and are close to The Strand. If you’re interested in crossing the river, the platform is also in close proximity. In addition to exploring on your own, I highly recommend hiring a licensed private guide. They really know the city and will take you to places that you want to visit. And naturally, this is a personalized and comfortable experience!

Bonus: Why you need to travel to Myanmar

Virtuoso Amenities
For 2017-2018:

*Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
*Complimentary A La Carte Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
*$100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
*Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
*Complimentary Wi-Fi

The tourism infrastructure is not established like in Thailand or Vietnam.  However, I do have the amazing connections in Myanmar to help you get all that you want out of this potential trip of a lifetime! Contact Us for inquiries and additional details!

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