The brainchild of Aviet and Sarkiers – the hoteliers behind Raffles, Singapore – the Strand has been a city landmark since 1901
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History & culture
As the only hotel in the colonial part of the city, you’ll be surrounded by a treasure trove of 19th century architecture by the city’s eponymous river. And, with its three stories of Victorian colonnaded charms, the Strand is far from out of place. Perhaps take a stroll to watch as golden stupas and energetic markets intersperse heritage buildings before continuing on to the city’s highlight – Shwedagon Pagoda. Measuring almost 100 metres in height, its burnished dome looks out across the entire city. For some green retreat, make your way to Bgyoke Park and its serene lake.
Ranking among the region’s legendary hotels, each of the Strand’s 31 suites were fully renovated in 2016. However, that’s not to say that it’s lost its timeless elegance and historic charm. All of its heritage architectural details – including marble and teakwood flooring, chandeliers and lacquer wood furniture – have been immaculately preserved with a refreshed colour palette and modern technology adding a contemporary twist. There’s complimentary WiFi, satellite TV and international dialling all available. And, to offset the airy colonialism, Burmese antiques and hand carved beds impart a strong sense of place.
Take your meals under the vaulted ceiling, oversized skylights and sparkling chandeliers of the signature Strand Restaurant where marble flooring is illuminated with gently dancing light. Here, gourmet menus showcase both Asian and international cuisine as black and gold lacquerware makes a fitting backdrop to Burmese delicacies. For a more relaxed dining experience, head to the Strand Café. Here, you’ll be able to relax in rattan furnishings as ceiling fans gently whirr overhead and the bustle of Yangon Road plays out. It’s the ideal setting for a traditional or Burmese afternoon tea, complete with homemade pastries.
After a day’s exploring Yangon’s charm, return to unwind – as many an adventurer has done before you – at the Strand Bar. Marble floors, a billiards table and a comprehensive drinks lists – try the signature Strand Sour cocktail – make for an elegantly relaxed atmosphere. The dress code is smart casual or traditional. Alternatively, ease any jetlag with a traditional Myanmar therapy in the spa. The 24-hour personalised butler service is a nice touch with a welcome drink served on arrival and tea and coffee available at any time.
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