Aman's luxury hotel superyacht will set sail in Saudi Arabia

Complete with two helipads, a beach club and Japanese zen garden…

Ultra-luxury Aman Resorts are teaming up with Cruise Saudi to launch Project Sama, which will provide a luxurious new way to explore Saudi Arabia’s incredible coastline.

First announced in December 2021, the floating hotel designed on a 183-metre superyacht got one step closer earlier this year, when Neptune Co – a joint venture between Aman and Cruise Saudi – placed an order for the ship.

Those hoping to bag themselves a cabin on the luxe new floating hotel will have a little while to wait, as the project isn’t expected to launch until 2027, but we have been given a first indicator of what to expect.

The name itself, which means tranquility in Sanskrit, sets the tone for a stay that’s all about privacy, luxury and space. There’s just 50 suites onboard, each with a private balcony where guests can soak up the stunning sea views as they sail across the coastline. Alongside typical cruise features such as an all-day dining restaurant, club lounge and spa, Project Sama will also feature one-of-a-kind amenities such as a Japanese zen garden, two helipads and even a beach club, where guests will benefit from direct access to the sea from the stern of the ship.

“Project Sama will provide transformative experiences within the revered Aman setting and service, which is unlike any other yacht experience, ultimately creating a whole new category in on the water discovery,” explained Aman chairman and chief executive, Vlad Doronin at the initial announcement.

Aman’s footprint in Saudi Arabia will further expand with luxurious on-land properties. There’s plans for three hotels in Alula: one Aman, one millenial-focused Janu, and a third, ranch-style property.

More recently, it was announced that Aman would open two hotels in Diriyah: Aman Wadi Safar and Janu Diriyah. 

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