The finest hostelry East of Suez
As wrote British author John Murray in his 1911 Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma and Ceylon about The Strand, still Yangon’s peerless luxury hotel more than one hundred years later. Built in 1901 and acquired soon after by the Sarkies Brothers of Raffles Hotel Singapore fame, The Strand remains one of the Far East’s most enduring and awe-inspiring colonial landmarks.
Like the hotel's 1989 restoration, which remained true to its architectural past under renowned hotelier Adrian Zecha, in 2016 once again The Strand emerges from a programme of thoughtful refreshments. The beloved chandeliers, charming ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs remain. Past meets present among strategic upgrades including advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies, as well as in the extensive staff training to ensure flawless personalised service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting.
The Strand Café
The Road Along the River
Within these walls festooned with tropical palm fronds, marble floors inlaid with teak, ebony lacquered ceiling fans and vintage photographic prints recall this city’s colonial era while the comprehensive menu encompasses Myanmar cuisine using local produce and served with style, along with some classic Western fare.
High tea served daily with homemade pastries pays homage equally to British and Burmese traditions.
The Strand Restaurant
Helmed by Executive Chef Christian Martena whose Bangkok restaurant ranks among that foodie capital’s favourites, The Strand Restaurant creates a new benchmark for fine French cuisine then adds a Mediterranean flair.
The heritage hip dining room seamlessly blends the 1901 building’s original architectural elements from the marble inlaid floor to its high vaulted ceiling with museum quality black and gold lacquer panels from Bagan.
Honouring the legendary Sarkies Brothers who came from the fabled lands of Persia and sailed into Yangon in 1892.
Whilst over one hundred years have passed, the sophisticated splendour of adventurous era reigns within these wood panelled walls. Soak up that rich history over a Strand Sour or sip from our collection of 50-plus single malt whiskey labels, perhaps with a cigar from our curated selection.
Centrally located in Yangon, From Yangon International Airport (20 kilometers from the hotel; 30 minutes drive)