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Welcome to the Sanctuary Retreats news room featuring the latest media coverage of our luxury properties. Our lodges, camps and cruises are often featured in newspapers, magazines and online and here is a selection of the most recent articles.

We hope this will help you plan your luxury safari or river cruise with Sanctuary Retreats in Africa, China or Myanmar. Most of our individual properties also have a 'Press' section where you can find more articles about that property, should you wish to read more reviews before you book. For our African lodges and camps we also include a link to the TripAdvisor reviews, written by our guests.

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Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2016 18 Oct 16

Sanctuary Olonana voted #17 in the Top Resorts in Africa

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Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2015 20 Oct 15

Voted #3 in the Top 30 Resorts in Africa & #33 in the Best Hotels and Resorts in the World

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Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Award 2015 23 Feb 15

Winner of Best River Cruise Line Cabins

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Botswana: Bless the rains 05 Jun 17

"I’m standing shoulder to shoulder with Lena, a burly, middle-aged guide, in awed silence — a gin and tonic, untouched, in my hand, a Coca-Cola, forgotten, in his. It seems, for him, a lifetime in the delta has done nothing to dim its majesty."

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Seven river cruises you ought to tick off 08 May 17

"From drifting through the curving waterways of the Three Gorges to riding in a sampan steered by a local Tujia boatman, Sanctuary Retreats’ Yangzi Explorer offers the ultimate itineraries along China’s Yangtze River."

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Meandering in a Mokoro 05 May 17

"One of the most iconic symbols of the Delta, the mokoro was originally the only form of transport for fishing or transporting people and goods around its channels."

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Never mind the big five; it's the birdlife that enchants in east Africa 20 Apr 17

"As we trawl the savannas to find the really exciting stuff – like a pride of nine lions resting on a shady riverbank, cheetahs hunting, or crocodiles taking out hapless gazelles as they try to cross a river – I find myself enthralled by the birds."

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7 Of The World's Best River Cruises 29 Mar 17

"This cruise has it all - giant Buddhas, golden pagodas, bustling markets, serene vistas and a chance to sail on one of the swankiest vessels on the Irrawaddy."

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Hotels with Gorgeous Views 14 Mar 17

"In this intimate camp, your bed can be rolled out onto a private deck for a night’s sleep beneath the stars."

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A luxury safari though Botswana's Okavango Delta 01 Mar 17

"On safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Helen Anderson has the best of both worlds – creature spotting by day and creature comforts by night at a trio of luxury retreats."

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Of pharaohs and heroes: Journey to Egypt 27 Feb 17

"Berthed in Luxor, the Sun Sanctuary IV ticks all the boxes for chic, small-ship cruising, from the 1920s decor to the maximum of 36 guests."

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The ten most exotic river cruises 18 Feb 17

"Explore a country still opening up to the world on this Irrawaddy voyage...four-night sailing on the luxury Sanctuary Ananda."

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Travel + Leisure It List 2017 15 Feb 17

The Best New Hotels in the World

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CNN 12 Jan 17

The best new luxury safaris for 2017

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Tatler Travel Guide 24 Nov 16

101 Best Hotels in the World 2017

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Travel + Leisure 01 Dec 16

"50 Best Places to Travel in 2017"

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Daily Mail 03 Dec 16

"If you’re going to Botswana on a safari, you have to head for the Okavango Delta... it contains more wildlife than you can shake a stick at"

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New York Post 01 Dec 16

"Inside 5 stylish new African safari lodges"

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The Times 19 Nov 16

"Lions, lagoons and luxury - welcome to the Okavango Delta"

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Conde Nast Traveller 01 Dec 16

"The view from here..."

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The Telegraph 13 Nov 16

"The stars of Planet Earth II - and how you can see them"

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Travel + Leisure 01 Sep 16

"The Best Winter Break Destinations" - Sanctuary Swala

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Robb Report 18 Aug 16

"Chief’s Camp in Botswana Raises the Bar for Luxury African Safaris"

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Daily Mail 01 Aug 16

"The luxury swimming pools around the world that come with incredible perks"

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AFAR 10 Oct 16

"Living With Elephants project is a unique and poignant experience, especially in light of the alarming poaching statistics."

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The Independent 22 Jul 16

"From big cats to baboons, close encounters with African wildlife prove a once-in-a-lifetime experience…"

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The Telegraph 01 Aug 16

"The World’s best honeymoon safaris" - Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

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National Geographic Traveller 13 Jul 16

"Home to Africa’s Big Five, the area is renowned among safari-goers, many of whom choose to stay at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, located on Chief’s Island."

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The Sunday Times 05 Jun 16

"The most luxurious safari camp in Africa has just reopened after an extensive makeover to offer even more conspicuous consumption in the bush."

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Huffington Post 03 Jun 16

"This is one of the top adventure travel and eco-tourism experiences, and spending 60 minutes with 20 or so gorillas, well, that's pure magic."

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Forbes 28 Jun 16

"Sanctuary Retreats Offers An Unforgettable Luxury Safari Adventure And The Best New Camp In Botswana"

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Country & Town House 01 Jan 16

"Similar moments of elegantly orchestrated perfection come to define all four days of my cruise from Bagan to Mandalay."

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Top 12 Honeymoon Trips 30 Jul 15

The magazine's choice "of the most extraordinary and most romantic accommodation for the most beautiful trips forever".

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Burmese Daze 08 Mar 15

"I'll be honest, I tried. I really did. I gave it my full attention. I desperately tried to think of something I would have changed. But I couldn't think of a thing."

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Take Me to the River — in Myanmar 19 Feb 15

"The Sanctuary Ananda, an intimate luxury river cruiser just launched. It operates year round on the Irrawaddy River between Mandalay and Bagan."

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Botswana: Walking with Elephants 13 Jan 15

"I’m deep in the bush in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Jabu and his two pachyderm pals Thembi and Morula live here on a private concession."

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How to Travel in 2015 07 Jan 15

"As interest in Myanmar has grown, so have cruise routes on its central Irrawaddy River. Sanctuary Retreats just launched the new 20-suite Sanctuary Ananda in November."

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Burma cruise: a maiden voyage 16 Jan 15

“Sanctuary Ananda made her maiden voyage in November and has been devised as Burma's last word in luxury."

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River of Gold in Myanmar 31 Jan 15

"I’m setting out on an river cruise, exploring a stretch of the famed road to Mandalay, which is what the British called the wide, brown Irrawaddy".

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