11 of the most amazing hotel yachts
An elite collection of the world’s finest properties has launched luxury hotel yachts to complement their rooms and suites, offering guests the chance to sail into the sunset.
AYANA Komodo Resort, Indonesia
Visiting Indonesia’s Komodo Islands is an experience in itself, but exploring this unique national park and surrounding islands by traditional-style phinisi takes adventure cruising to a new level. Guests of AYANA can enjoy multi-day sailings on Lako di’a, a doublemasted motor yacht with nine tastefully appointed bedrooms and space for 18 guests. The food, service and itineraries are five-star, creating a truly memorable island getaway.
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
While most holidaymakers stay on a single resort island, the best way to explore the Maldives is by water. Huvafen Fushi, a private and exclusive retreat in the North Male Atoll (an easy 30-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport), offers romantic sojourns on a fully crewed 20-metre dhoni with a master suite, wine cellar and deck for dining and relaxing. A blend of Maldivian tradition and contemporary luxury, the boat will take you to sublime islands and coral reefs.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
All the adventure and romance of Arabia is on board Six Senses Zighy Bay’s traditional Omani dhow – aptly named Dhabab, the Arabic word for gold – a handcrafted boat offering exceptional comfort in a classic style. Featuring a master suite and two cabins with room for six guests, the fully crewed dhow sails the Gulf of Oman and Straits of Hormuz for a One Thousand and One Nights Arabian experience.
The Wellesley, A Luxury Collection Hotel, London
Combine a stay in London’s Knightsbridge with a charter through the Mediterranean Sea or the islands of the Caribbean on board the upper-crust superyacht MY The Wellesley. The 56-metre Art Deco-inspired yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests in six ensuite cabins and features more than 40 square metres of outdoor space over three decks.
While the handcrafted Phinisi design of Amanwana’s 52-metre sailing ship would suggest otherwise, Amandira is equipped with state-of-the-art diving equipment for both beginners, who can receive their PADI certification, and more experienced divers, who are able to dive breathing nitrox, for more time on the bottom. Above the waves you’ll find accommodation for up to 10 guests across five spacious cabins, while the crew of 14 and an onboard masseur will ensure that you’re always feeling tip-top.
Four Seasons Maldives, Maldives
If you’re looking for a more active cruise, Four Seasons Explorer is just the ticket for a large family or a group of friends. The luxurious 39-metre catamaran offers 10 well-appointed staterooms and a spacious Explorer Suite, two bars, an air-conditioned dining room, lounge, library and two sundecks. The yacht sets sail between the Four Seasons resorts at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giravaaru on itineraries lasting three, four or seven days, or private charters can be arranged. Onboard guides can arrange excursions to the best surf, dive, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking and island destinations in the Maldives.
Pangkour Laut Resort, Malaysia
Why anyone would want to tear themselves away from Pangkor Laut’s chic beachfront and hillside estates is a mystery, but a leisurely five-day yacht cruise to Phuket Island does sound rather appealing. The Straits to Luxury Experience is ideal for an exclusive group of up to six people on board YTL Lady II, the resort’s 26-metre Princess motor yacht, which comes with a professional crew and a personal hostess/chef. The flybridge cruiser is available from December to May.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Maldives
Launched in 2018, the sleek Norma offers guests of The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort memorable sojourns in the islands of Dhaalu Atoll. The 20-metre Azimut Flybridge 66 yacht can accommodate up to eight day guests and four crew, including a personal chef, and up to six guests for an overnight stay. The three-cabin boat has a fully equipped kitchen, barbecue and indoor sound system, and is ideal for island-hopping, diving and snorkelling.
Casa Angelina, Amalfi Coast
Avilable exclusively to guests of Casa Angelina, situated on the edge of a quiet village of Praiano and built into the Cliffside with incredible views of Positano, the 10-metre Master Angelina can host up to 10 guests for half- or full-day trips. Exploring the Amalfi Coast, making stops in lesser-known coastal towns and hidden bays along the way, highlights of the excursion include the Blue Grotto and the Faraglioni Rocks. The design was inspired by the traditional Sorrentine gozzo fishing vessel, the boat can carry up to 10 guests and includes two cabins with separate bathrooms, main saloon and kitchen.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
One of the most memorable ways to experience the beauty of the Maldives is from the deck of a private yacht. The sleek Majesty 56 and Majesty 63 offer the freedom to discover the islands of the Indian Ocean at your own pace in and in privacy. Sunset cruises, sandbank dinners, dolphin watching and half-day, full-day and overnight charters can be arranged.
Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Soneva in Aqua is moored only metres away from Soneva Fushi, the original desert island hideaway nestled in the turquoise waters of the Baa Atoll in the Maldives. The floating villa combines ubiquitous Soneva charm with the freedom to explore exceptional reefs, deserted islands and breathtaking locations at leisure.
Soneva in Aqua offers spacious decks with daybeds and dining areas, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a glass-bottomed spa tub in the master bedroom. The on board crew includes a captain, a chef, a Mr Friday (personal butler), a massage therapist and an astronomer. The boat can be chartered for one-, two-, three- or seven-night adventures to explore the untouched beauty of Maldivian Atolls, both in the Baa Atoll and beyond.
One to watch
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Around the world
Why settle for a yacht when you can launch a luxury cruise line? The Ritz-Carlton will unveil the first of three superyachts in 2020, each one boasting 149 chic suites, all with private terraces, to accommodate 298 pampered guests. The majority of the voyages will range from seven to 10 nights to some of the world’s most exotic destinations.