Upscale charter boats for the Andamans and Myanmar

Taking in the Mergui Archipelago and Ross and South Cinque islands

Image: Burma Boating

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been in the spotlight since the arrival last autumn of Jalakara on Havelock Island(; from £161), the first genuine luxury resort in this India-administered territory.


Its owners claim to have an upscale charter boat on the agenda as their next project, but in the meantime, the Myanmar-based Burma Boating Company (; from €2,150 per person per week) – specialists in Mergui Archipelago cruises – is finalising a handful of itineraries through these roughly 800 islands (one pictured) in the Andaman Sea, aboard the beautiful William Fife III-designed SY Sunshine or the converted six-cabin exploration vessel MY Drenec; watch this space for more details soon.


If Michelin-calibre cuisine and central air-con are more your thing – and you hold an Advanced Open Water Scuba certification – then consider Silversea’s Silver Discoverer (, which departs Phuket on December 2 for the Andamans’ Ross and South Cinque islands – replete with top dive sites and powdery beaches that are some of the emptiest left in South Asia.

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