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Upgrades at landmark Yangon Strand Hotel approach completion

Strand YangonA renovation of one of best known colonial era hotels in Southeast Asia is nearing completion. The Strand Hotel in Yangon dates from 1901 and is being upgraded to accommodate the requirements of 21st century travellers.

The original structure has already been renewed. A raft of leisure amenities will be officially unveiled in November. The centrepiece of these is an 18-metre-long infinity swimming pool surrounded by hardwood teak decking. The decking features four private cabanas, a dining zone and can accommodate 35 sunbeds.

An adjacent structure houses a state-of-the-art fitness room and a health and wellness facility with two spacious treatment rooms at which guests will be able to enjoy rejuvenating spas. The final addition is an 800-metre² secret garden shaded by palm trees and indigenous Myanmar plants. The garden features sheltered seating areas at which guests will be able to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Yangon.

Olivier Trinquand is the vice-president at the Stand and also of sister company Strand Cruises. He told media sources the upgrades were an important factor in ensuring that the heritage hotel remained the first choice for discerning leisure and business travellers when in Yangon and Myanmar.

To mark the inauguration of the new facilities, the Strand has launched a promotion called Swimming Pool Indulgence. Guests booking any of the hotel’s 31 suites for a night’s stay between the 1 December and the end of February will get US$50 to use at the hotel’s restaurant or bars. The package also includes a free massage and a cocktail served on the sundeck.

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