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 | July 17, 2012

Hotels that boast their own boats


PUT forth your best Gilligan impersonation and get ready to set sail.

Life Heritage Resort Halong Bay

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay in a beautiful, Chinese-inspired junk.

The resort’s private vessel lets you sail on your own schedule and plan your perfect vacation itinerary. Whether it’s an overnighter or longer, a trip includes your own onboard crew as they prepare the best meals and provide commentary as you glide between the awe-inspiring limestone formations of this famed UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

The Rayavadee, Thailand

Rayavadee is a stunning resort with accommodation spread across a lush 26-acre landscape, reminiscent of a typical Thai village. To get there is a journey unto itself, arriving via the hotel’s private speedboat from Krabi with its famous limestone cliffs looming in the background.

The resort further treats guests to the spectacular sights of the Andaman Sea with its restored, century-old Siamese junk, Pla Luang. Once used by Chinese merchants to transport mangrove-tree charcoal from Thailand to Singapore, the junk now transports a different precious cargo, the hotels guests, as they explore the waters, go snorkelling, fishing and island hopping—that is, when they are not enjoying the onboard barbecues.

Hotel Danieli, Italy

Could there ever be a more beautiful scene than Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp arriving at this hotel by boat in The Tourist?

Unfortunately, yes. Hollywood A-listers they may be, but it’s really hard to upstage a hotel as legendary as the Danieli, especially when you can arrive direct from the airport to the hotel lobby by your own private boat. How cool is that?

Located along the Grand Canal next to The Bridge of Sighs and San Marco Square, the hotel owes its majestic aura from its previous life as a 14th century palace. The boat arrival is enough to make you feel like royalty. But don’t stop there. Take rides across the lagoon and you’ll fall in love with all that’s been romanticised about Venice and its canals.

Hemingways, Kenya

Overlooking the Watamu Marine Park is the charming seaside resort, Hemingways. Just 76-room strong, Hemingways draws visitors attracted to its wide range of water activities and wildlife watching excursions.

From deep sea fishing to bird watching, you’ll never be short of things to do. But don’t miss the opportunity to set sail on the hotel’s dhow, a traditional Arabic wooden boat. Whether for a sunset cruise or a fishing expedition, you’ll find this the most unforgettable experience of your stay.

Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, Thailand

Enjoy sailing along the historical Chao Phraya in a traditional Siamese rice barge and watch the river come to life.

The Anantara Resort & Spa in Bangkok has not one, but two rice barges to choose from, each providing guests living quarters decked in teak and mahogany.

Drink up the views and the unique rhythm of life upon the River of Kings as you travel from Bangkok to the old capital Ayyuthaya. In between, enjoy the Thais’ legendary warm hospitality and dig into some of the most sumptuous Thai fare served on water.


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