One of the world’s most revered luxury hotel brands, Aman, is making its debut on the high seas as what is described as a “first of its kind” luxury motor yacht developed in collaboration with Cruise Saudi. Scheduled to begin sailing the seas of Saudi Arabia from 2025, the Project Sama floating hotel is a 183-meter vessel comprising a complete kit of 50 generously-sized luxury suites, as many private balconies and amenities such as the signature Aman spa, various dining options, a Japanese garden, 2 helipads, direct access to water and a huge beach club, reshaping and reimagining the upscale brand as a unique water-based trip.
Since the standards for luxury sea travel are already very high, Aman and Cruise Saudi are going to have to work a lot to set Project Sama apart from other high-end cruise ships around the world. This is unlikely to be a problem for Aman, which was founded in 1988 and has been at the forefront of luxury since its inaugural property in Phuket, creating a distinctive design language that has since spread to must-haves. universally adored city of Aman Tokyo and Aman Venice. The brand is synonymous with unmatched excellence, so it won’t be surprising to see Project Sama tackle this status with ease.
Aman will oversee the entire development process of the ambitious floating hotel, ensuring that the hotel group touches all of its iconic touchpoints, often described as “exceptional, unique and restorative”. To do this, the group enlisted the help of Dutch studio Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, one of the world’s leading yacht design companies and the same team behind the much-discussed hydrogen superyacht concept Aqua.
This Japanese garden should be indicative of Aman’s vision. The floating hotel might be best aligned with the revered Aman Tokyo, who is a consistent winner and is often the point of reference when we talk about modern luxury hotels that manage to strike the perfect balance between hospitality, privacy and luxury. without compromise. . The well-kept garden will constitute the Aman Spa offer on board.
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“The announcement of the Sama Project marks an exciting moment in Aman’s growth and evolution, as we continue to not only diversify our geographic portfolio on land, but also at sea, creating shrines in uncrowded locations and continuing to reframe the concept of luxury hospitality, ”said Vlad Doronin, Chairman and CEO of Aman.
“The Sama Project will offer transformative experiences within the revered setting and service of Aman, unlike any other yacht experience, ultimately creating a whole new category of discovery on the water.”
Of course, there is also the fact that the Sama Project will be primarily located in the seas of Saudi Arabia, which gives it a unique path around the Arabian Peninsula and countries in the Indian Ocean. There is no doubt that the Floating Aman will venture outside of these borders as well, but it will obviously move primarily around the Realm.
Which is not a surprise. Aman and Saudi Arabia appear to be strange bedfellows lately, with the luxury hotel group planning no less than 3 properties for the kingdom’s Al Ula area. The Sama Project – of course, that’s not the official name – will be the fourth in this surprising partnership, which looks set to better make Saudi Arabia a world-class, family-friendly destination, which of course is primarily in conflict with issues surrounding liberalism. . Keep in mind that until recently, women were still prohibited from driving.
It remains to be seen whether or not Aman will be a substantial chip as Saudi Arabia plans to move closer to an economy based on tourism, as opposed to one almost entirely dependent on the production and export of oil. What does not remain to be seen, however, is that the idea of a floating hotel in Aman is an exciting prospect for luxury travelers, regardless of location.
Since the plans are still in their infancy, you’ll need to use your imagination a bit with the renderings. We will of course update this part when photos of the finished product are released, many years from now.