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Eight resorts bringing five-stars to the seas

The world’s most revered hotels are adding yachts to their repertoire following demand from discerning travellers. We’ve rounded up eight of the best resorts with yachts for those who want the same luxury at sea.

Sip an aperitivo as waves lap the bow of your boat, before dining al fresco on a Michelin-star quality meal. Then slip away to your spacious suite, and sink into a plush bed to dream of snorkelling with multi-coloured marine life. Or ambling along cobbled streets of ancient towns. This is life on one of these luxury yachts, sealed with the signature service you’ve come to love from your favourite hotel brand.

A yacht for Four Seasons

Expected to launch in 2025, the Four Seasons superyacht was built at a cost of US$1.16 billion – or $4.2 million per suite. So it’s fair to say the rooms will rival any of its lavish land-based counterparts leading the resorts with yachts game. The 207-metre yacht will have 95 suites, including one that’s sprawled across four levels with a private wading pool and spa. There’s also a one-of-a-kind marina with an abundance of water-based toys so you can explore the warm waters of the Mediterranean and Caribbean. And an unmatched crew-to-guest ratio.

Can’t wait? Head to the Maldives, where you can follow whale sharks around the plankton-rich waters of Baa and Ari Atolls on Four Seasons’ 10-room, 39-metre Explorer. Spend a week exploring the kaleidoscopic marine life in the remote reefs and untouched coral-rich waters. When you’re back on board, relax with a massage on an uninhabited island. Before a gourmet meal to those picture-perfect blue-hued views. 

The 10-room, 39-metre Explorer © Four Seasons

A ritzy affair

The Ritz-Carlton lives by the motto “we are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen” – a pledge it’s now taken to the sea following the recent launch of its first superyacht, Evrima. The 189-metre custom-built boat has everything you’d expect at its glitzy hotels. Choose from 149 suites ranging from two-storey lofts to rooms with private terraces. Then spend days having curated spa treatments, in the sauna or floating in the infinity pool. Come evening, dine at the specialty restaurant S.E.A designed by Sven Elverfeld, chef of Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg’s three-Michelin- starred restaurant, Aqua. Cheers to cruising the yachting playground of the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Ritz-Carlton to launch its first superyacht, Evrima © Ritz-Carlton

Barefoot luxe

When you arrive at a Soneva resort, the first thing you’re asked to do is remove your shoes – and it’s no different onboard its 23-metre yacht Soneva in Aqua. Spend up to five days exploring the Baa Atoll in the Maldives. Here, you’ll swim with manta rays, kayak to a deserted sandbank or stargaze with an expert astronomer. There are plush daybeds, a Jacuzzi, and a glass-bottomed spa tub in the master suite. The permanent crew includes a barefoot butler, chef and wellness specialist. Itineraries are bespoke, and with just two spacious suites, you’ll have the yacht all to yourself.

Soneva resort yachts
A glass-bottomed spa tub in the master suite © Soneva

Aman for all seasons

A full-scale Japanese garden will ensure you find your zen onboard Aman’s new 182-metre yacht. As sleek as it is innovative, the 50-suite abode – currently dubbed Project Sama – will glide around the waters of Saudi Arabia in 2025. Once you’ve grounded yourself in the garden, take to the sky from one of two helipads. Then return to sip cocktails at the expansive onboard Beach Club to ever-changing water views.

Aman superyacht
Aman’s new 182-metre yacht © Aman

Meanwhile, for an authentic experience without losing any of the luxe you’d expect from Aman, choose its flagship yacht, Amandira, and soak up the tropical serenity around the islands of Indonesia. Handcrafted by the Konjo tribe in Sulawesi from native forest, the custom-built, two-masted phinisi has five cabins and a crew of 14. Choose from the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat. Or venture to hidden isles no one has heard of. Regardless, you’ll have an experienced dive master on board for undersea expeditions, plus a private chef, waiter and massage therapist.

Aman Amandira
Inside the Amandira © Aman

In search of wildlife promised

One of the best ways to see Indonesia’s endemic Komodo dragon is by sea, and with AYANA Lako di’a you can also do it in style. This 54-metre luxury yacht has five cabins including a master with ensuite and balcony. Spend days island hopping and searching for the world’s largest lizard from the supreme comfort of your floating five-star phinisi yacht. As with an AYANA resort stay, customisation is key. And everything from dining to the way you spend your days is personalised to your needs. Another fine example of where resorts with yachts are taking hospitality to new heights.

One of the best ways to see Indonesia’s endemic Komodo dragon is by sea © AYANA

Enlighten the senses

Six Senses dhow, Dhahab, was designed and handcrafted to replicate centuries-old Omani sailing dhows. Meaning gold in Arabic, the vessel is reminiscent of the golden age of sailing and is fitted with all the modern comforts. Spend three days cruising through the Gulf of Oman, watch the sun set behind the Musandam fjords and call in to quaint fishing villages. A personalised programme includes therapeutic treatments, yoga and fitness classes. Or simply lay back and enjoy the exceptional service you’ve come to expect with a Six Senses stay.

Handcrafted to replicate centuries-old Omani sailing dhows © Six Senses

Resorts with yachts get the royal treatment

With a dining room filled with Baccarat crystal, Christofle silverware and Wedgewood crockery, MY The Wellesley is nothing short of regal. Just a few of the reasons it makes the best resorts with yachts cut. In keeping with the service of London’s five-star The Wellesley Knightsbridge, the onboard chef serves Michelin-star quality cuisine, and there’s a cigar and whisky room. Soak in the spa pool while you take in the sights of France, Italy or Spain. The destination on this six-suite sleek yacht is your choice if you book a minimum of seven days during peak seasons. We can’t imagine that’ll be a problem.

MY The Wellesley is nothing short of regal © The Wellesley

Closer to home

A Byron Bay boutique luxury hotel is taking to the seas with a 28.6-metre yacht you’d expect to find in Monaco. Sea Raes has four bedrooms and a crew, meaning you can simply sit back and enjoy the view. Cruise the shores of Sydney Harbour or escape to the idyllic waterways of Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River. Come winter, head to the warmer waters of the Whitsundays. Dine on dishes that match the Mediterranean concept of the resort that owns it, Raes on Wategos. Breakfast al fresco, lunch on the top deck, sip aperitivo while you watch the sunset. Or curl up with dessert and watch a movie in the saloon.

Sea Raes resort yachts
This Byron Bay boutique hotel is taking to the seas © Sea Raes

This article originally appeared in Volume 43 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. Subscribe to the latest issue today.