The cabins aboard the French barges are spacious and feature luxurious décor that highlights French finesse. The only variation to this can be found aboard Belmond Fleur De Lys, where a slightly more Indian atmosphere can be felt. The colour scheme creates a light and fresh feeling and the furnishings offer superb comfort – whether it’s intricately embroidered Parisian bedcovers or stylish four-poster beds. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms as well as living/dressing areas.
The two Asian ships have been designed to reflect the local area, with artworks and furnishings commissioned by local people to add to the atmosphere on board. Each cabin is elegant and comfortable and offers facilities such as air-conditioning, iPod docking stations, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms. Belmond Orcaella features Juliet balconies in each cabin, whilst Belmond Road to Mandalay has panoramic windows.
As the French barges have small capacities, it’s almost like having your meals prepared by your own private chef when you sail along the canals and rivers of Provence and Burgundy. The delicious cuisine is made using fresh and local ingredients and fantastic smells drift through the ship around mealtimes. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the local wines, as some of them will be perfectly paired with each dish.
Dining options are slightly more varied aboard the two Asian ships, with options from India, Thailand and Burma served alongside European favourites. There’s the option to enjoy a morning tea or coffee in your cabin and both breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style. Dinner offers sumptuous choices from a table d'hôte menu and guests aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay can even choose to dine under the stars in the open-air grill.
All of the barges feature a comfortable lounge and dining area, along with a sundeck on which you can soak up the rays and watch the glorious scenery slide past. They also include Wi-Fi and a selection of books and games to help pass the time in between port. All except Belmond Alouette can also offer a swimming pool and Belmond Napoléon even has a Jacuzzi.
Public areas on board the Asian riverboats include a restaurant, lounge, observation deck and boutique from which you can purchase souvenirs and gifts. Each ship also has a wellness area that offers massages and other spa treatments to help you relax even further. Both ships have a swimming pool and fitness area and Belmond Road to Mandalay has the addition of a bar and al fresco dining area.
Onshore activities will vary depending on whether you choose to explore France or Myanmar, however, both destinations offer plenty to see and do. During a trip through the French canals, you will explore local markets, visit vineyards and wineries, discover UNESCO protected landmarks and cycle along the riverside.
In Asia, you will enjoy a mix of excursions that take you to remote locations and well-known places of interest. From learning about the ancient temples of Bagan through the knowledge of your experienced guide to drinking tea with local villagers, this part of the world is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.