A yachting good New Year

The Rania: the luxury of privacy

THE most private and exclusive Christmas and New Year parties can be hosted on Asia’s first private island in The Maldives, complete with a luxury yacht and unlimited spa pampering, for groups of eight at just over $2,500 per person each day.

Or so say the people promoting the Rania Experience, which includes  gourmet dining at any time, all drinks and unlimited scuba-diving, non-motorised water sports, snorkeling, spa treatments, 24 hour WiFi connectivity, excursions and local island visits and seaplane transfers from Malé International Airport.
The enchanting ‘castaway’ experience in ultimate luxury served by a full yacht crew and 30 island hosts including international chefs, spa therapists, PADI dive instructor and your private butlers is priced at $2,563 per person per night for groups of eight for Christmas and New Year (from December 20 to January 5). Before then, and from January 5 to April 30, the group rate is lower at just $2,063 per person per night.
The offer does not include flights to the Maldives.
The private island in Faafu Atoll, is a 35-minute seaplane journey from Malé, and is a picture postcard paradise of white sands and turquoise blue waters surrounded by a myriad of desert island atolls.
The Rania Experience includes private use of the Rania, a luxury 86ft yacht that comprises of indoor and outdoor lounges and dining areas, barbeque, jacuzzi, air-conditioning and a full entertainment system including home-theatre.
The island includes a small personal gym, a state-of-the-art karaoke system, billiards, volleyball, satellite TV, a selection of films and a host of board games.
Designed with barefoot luxury in mind, the island encompasses a lavish air-conditioned three bedroom Rania Suite overlooking a plunge pool and three individual beach villas in traditional Maldivian open-air style with thatched roofs.
Back dropped by some of the world's most spectacular sunsets, a variety of cultural shows can also be arranged on request and at an additional charge, from a lively traditional Bodu Beru (big drum) dance to a laid-back local Maldivian band.