Get on board as majestic Maldives private Island resort launches luxury yacht for guests to charter

By Rose Adams | 17 Jan 2018 | Wealth, Travel

Private island resort The St. Regis Maldives is now taking it's guests to the high seas with the launch of a 20-metre private yacht: Norma

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* St. Regis have just launched a yacht which includes its signature butler service and sunset Champagne sabering ritual

Picture this: a tranquil, turquoise ocean, private views and luxury accommodation as you’re waited on hand and foot. If this sounds exactly what you need right now (and who doesn’t in dreary January, right?) it’s time to climb aboard, because if your 2018 resolutions don't include a visit to The Maldives, you aren't doing your new year right. Available to charter for whatever your wanderlust desires, from diving experiences and overnight trips to family adventures and romantic getaways, Norma is home to four decadent cabins all fit with the latest technology and opulent interiors for a truly indulgent experience like no other.

Those aboard the yacht are able to freely enjoy the classic St. Regis experience, including its signature butler service and sunset Champagne sabering ritual, whilst soaking up the breathtaking views of the magical Maldivian islands overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. With space for up to eight day guests, the Azimut flybridge 66 yacht is home to a crew of four, including a personal chef, whilst featuring two decks, four bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a barbecue, and indoor sound system, so your every need is more than catered to. >>

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* Enjoy the experience of the high seas aboard Norma

Now here’s a bit of history for you: the yacht’s namesake Norma was selected as a tribute to St. Regis Hotels & Resorts long-standing history steeped in maritime, paved by its founder John Jacob Astor, who purchased the largest private yacht in the world more than 130 years ago. The yacht was named by Mr Astor after the princess Nourmahal, the heroine of Thomas Moore's poem “Light of the Harem”. In 1910, he replaced it with the yacht Norma as a nickname of Nourmahal, which is known to be the original Norma yacht.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, which opened in November 2016, is nestled on a private island in a secluded Maldivian atoll, amidst thriving marine life. Just 40 minutes from Male by seaplane, guests are transported into a newfound paradise in the Dhaalu Atoll. The resort draws inspiration from nature itself. Designed by WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design (Singapore), the unusual contemporary design of The St. Regis Maldives draws inspiration from the natural setting of the resort. This is represented by the manta ray shaped lagoon villas, a signature bar in the shape of a whale shark, a lobster-inspired spa and a spiral shell shaped library. >>

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* St. Regis resort is nestled on a private island in a secluded Maldivian atoll, amidst thriving marine life and offering breathtaking views

There are six distinct dining venues, including an Asian specialty restaurant, a modern Italian eaterie that features a grand staircase, an underground wine cellar restaurant, a shack style restaurant, a signature overwater bar that rolls out stunning views of dramatic sunset, and a pop-up restaurant in the middle of the resort. Additionally, guests can also enjoy the Iridium Spa, which presents six overwater treatment rooms, including two that are dedicated to healing Ayurvedic treatments. Spa guests can also enjoy a Blue Hole pool, which contains heated seawater with different water jets – a system with proven benefits to the body.

The yacht costs £18,545 to charter for one night, or from £10,385 per day, for up to eight hours. Reservations can be made through contacting the resort’s butler service here. Ticking off your bucket list just became even more decadent. 

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