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Spend the Night on a Floating Mansion in the Maldives

The super-yacht villa is truly one of a kind.


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There’s overwater villas, underwater villas, design-forward villas, and penthouse villas. But one resort in the Maldives decided to offer guests a particularly luxurious set of accommodations that’s rare even amongst the world’s top hotels. The Jumeirah Vittaveli is debuting a first in the destination: its own super-yacht.

No longer confining guests to land-based or stationary accommodations, the 85-foot super-yacht called “MY Vittaveli” provides an overnight stay seldom found in traditional hotel setups. You and seven other guests have four en-suite bedrooms to choose from, (two master cabins and two twin cabins with the option to accommodate a third guest), all with hydrosonic massage bathtubs and full-sized Hermes amenities.

The common space is spread out over three decks and includes a four-person Jacuzzi on the top deck, lounge, and open-air dining area. There’s also a swim platform allowing for easy entry and exit for water sports, diving, or snorkeling. Tenders and jet skis are also available for those looking for a little more adrenaline-fuelled activities.

As far as design, the Azimut yacht boasts modern noise suppression technology, air conditioning, a blue-tooth enabled music system, and WiFi. Plus, details like wood joinery, cherry wood panels, and Italian marble inlays can be found throughout.

But the highlight has to be the access to the secluded nearby landscape. Guests staying aboard get to enjoy four hours of complementary cruising, including exclusive excursions and experiences like a private beach BBQ dinner, stops at uninhabited islands, snorkeling, and more.

“It has long been my dream to add a super-yacht to our prime resort villa accommodations,” said Amit Majumder, Regional Vice President, Boutique Resorts, at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, in a statement. “Our guests love the resort and its surrounding house reef. But the explorer in me has always envisioned that the best way to fully experience the Maldives would be with a combination of an island stay and a journey across the atolls.”

He added, “It’s irresistible to set sail and explore the stunning variety of over- and under-water wonders the Maldives offers, and I am proud that my team has made it possible to offer such a special experience for our guests.”

Yes, in addition to spending the night being gently rocked to sleep by the waves, you can extend your stay in a freestanding villa, complete with private pool and your own stretch of beach.

The cost for a night of floating? It’s $25,000 for eight guests. If you don’t want to spend the night on the super-yacht, it’s also available for up to 20 guests for day-time cruises.


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