Originally acquired from a Dubai Sheikh and named after Queen Rania of Jordan and the word ‘rani’, which means queen in the Dhivehi language of the Maldives, this elite yacht is the only one of its kind in the Indian Ocean vacation paradise.
“The Middle East now accounts for US$ 1 trillion of the US$ 30.8 trillion worldwide high net-worth wealth and it’s estimated that there are over 200,000 multi-millionaires in this region. It’s only natural that we enter this market with this exclusive high-end product,” said Vijai Singh, General Manager, Rania & Water Garden Island Spa.
“What differentiates us from other high end tourism products is Rania’s true royal heritage.”
The yacht has two double and two twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor lounge and dining areas, barbeque, Jacuzzi, air-conditioning and a full entertainment system with satellite TV and DVD.
Rania cruises the waters of the Indian Ocean, docking at Water Garden Island Spa, its own private island in the Maldives approximately 120 kilometres south of the capital Male.
“This is the only experience of its kind in the Maldives to limit bookings for exclusive use only, accommodating up to nine guests. Its all-inclusive rate is another key point,” explained Singh.
“Each custom-tailored package provides guests exclusive use of the yacht and the island, up to three hours of sailing per day, all dining, drinks, unlimited spa treatments, unlimited diving and instruction, snorkelling and dive equipment, water sports and boat fuel. We also include a full yacht crew and island staff, a private chef, spa therapist, PADI dive instructor and butler.”
Designed with ultimate luxury in mind, the island includes the lavish Maldivian style air-conditioned Rania Villa Suite, overlooking the pool area with king size beds, open air-bathrooms and a personal butler on hand.
“During their stay at Water Garden Island Spa, guests can enjoy exclusive use of the pool, spa, entertainment pavilion and beach. Here, every request is facilitated by a personal butler, who can be summoned by mobile phone from anywhere on the island.”
The Ayur Spa has a variety of Thai, Ayurvedic and Swedish treatments. Guests can indulge in a massage or other treatments whenever and wherever they choose – on the beach, in the privacy of their room, in the spa or on the yacht.
There’s also an entertainment room with views of the Indian Ocean with DVDs, plasma satellite television, games, books, magazines and billiards. Other high-tech gadgets include pre-loaded iPods, computers, PlayStation2 with cordless handsets with a selection of games and a home-theatre system.
“We’ve already had tremendous success in Europe and America and will now be intensifying our efforts to win Middle East tourists,”
At ATM, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 2-5, 2006, Rania will also be looking to recruit specialised travel agents to represent it in this lucrative regional market.
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