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Luxury hotel group to build and operate Saudi-based cruise yacht

The luxury hotel resort chain Aman Resorts has announced plans to develop a cruise yacht in a joint venture with Cruise Saudi.

The partnership, called Project Sama, will see the development of a 183-metre yacht-like cruise ship with 50 suites.

The Japanese Garden in the ship’s spa

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The name of the project means tranquillity in Sanskrit and intends to bring guests the same level of privacy, peace and discreet service for which Aman Resorts are known.

Each suite will feature a private balcony and there will be a wide array of dining options, from the casual club and lounge to a more formal all-day restaurant.

One of Aman’s famous spas will also be onboard, with its own Japanese garden to promote a sense of calm and well-being.

The ship will feature two helipads and a beach club, where guests can directly access the sea at the stern of the ship.

“The announcement of Project Sama marks an exciting moment in Aman’s growth and evolution, as we not only continue to diversify our geographical portfolio on land, but also at sea, creating sanctuaries in unfrequented locations and continuing to reframe the concept of luxury hospitality,” said Vlad Doronin, chairman & CEO of Aman Resorts.

“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,” he added.

Cruise Saudi is partly funding the project as part of its ongoing efforts to position the country as a cruise destination, with the yacht intended to be targeted at international cruise tourists.

A rendering of Project Sama

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“The signing of this partnership adds a new layer to Cruise Saudi’s offering and is a testament to the unique tourism experience that is exploring Saudi [Arabia] by sea, as well as demonstrating Cruise Saudi’s commitment to growing and expanding the cruise industry in Saudi Arabia,” said Fawaz Farooqui, Managing Director, Cruise Saudi.

“We aspire to further collaboration with Aman that will bring additional ultra-luxury experiences at sea,” he added. “We look forward to working with Aman in reaching our vision of Saudi [Arabia] becoming a premier global destination and immersing our guests in diverse nature, rich culture and heritage through an unforgettable journey that is truly unique to Saudi Arabia.”

Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and Aman Resorts will collaborate on the design to ensure the vessel echoes the company’s eastern heritage and design philosophy.

The cruising superyacht is scheduled for a 2025 launch, with the name of the vessel yet to be announced.

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