Resort company Soneva has partnered with Alexa Private Cruises to offer guests unrivalled charter holidays in the Maldives aboard the 38-metre Alexa J yacht.
Had your eye on a yacht holiday when travel restrictions are ended? How about a sojourn by sail through the idyllic islands of the Maldives? Resort company Soneva has teamed up with the operators of Alexa J to offer itineraries that combine luxury yacht and resort stays.
Alexa J is a beautifully-designed sailing yacht that combines a sense of old-world charm with all the modern comforts. The superyacht experience is uniquely configured with just one VIP Master Cabin with the flexibility of an additional multi-use play cabin for small families. On the upper deck, there is a rooftop lounge, dining area, and yoga and meditation space. The main deck houses the Master Bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet, living room, the bridge, and open-air dining and lounge area. On the lower deck are a playroom cabin (where the children can sleep) with an en-suite bathroom, the galley, engine room and crew quarters.
Alexa J combines stylish interiors and world-class bespoke service with the rare luxury of complete privacy. The yacht’s chef, Johan, will take guests on a journey through a myriad of Asian flavours, making each meal a culinary memory worth cherishing.
Alexa J is an exclusive yachting experience, with the vessel offering a maximum capacity of two adults and two children, as well as a dedicated crew of six, including a chef, spa therapist, and dive instructor. Guests can choose from bespoke itineraries varying in length: ten nights split between Alexa J and Soneva in Aqua; 14 nights split between Soneva Fushi and the Alexa J; and 21 nights split between Soneva Fushi, the yacht, and Soneva Jani (below). All the experiences have been hand-picked by the founders of Alexa Private Cruises and Soneva with rates starting at US$11,435 per night.
An example of the 14-day itinerary begins in Malé where guests are greeted at the international airport and escorted to Soneva Fushi. The next two days are spent at Soneva Fushi, where guests can relax in the spa, take part in water sports and enjoy a private sandbank dinner with a menu designed to suit guests’ preferences with the help of the executive chef. On Day four guests board Alexa Private Cruises’ Alexa J, meet their Cruise Director and crew, take a tour of the yacht and enjoy a massage, before heading to Hanifaru Bay, which is often frequented by the majestic manta rays between May and December. As the sun sets refreshing cocktails are served, or a wine tasting can be arranged, followed by a five-course dinner.
Cruise to the island of Goidhoo on day five to hike to the island’s freshwater lakes and tropical forest. Here, the unique coral formations in the Rose Garden make for a unique snorkelling trip. In the evening, a lavish barbecue dinner will be set up on the sands of a deserted beach. An underwater safari at Innafushi is the main event on day six, followed by a gourmet dinner on the aft deck terrace, and a private cinema can be arranged on the top deck for movies by moonlight.
On day seven, the Alexa J cruises to Hithadhoo Island, the capital of the Addu Atoll. Here, guests can visit the Addu Nature Park or try their hand at sustainable big game fishing for snapper and groupers. In the evening, the chef can arrange a seafood barbecue, picnic or candlelit dinner on the beach. Day eight sees Alexa J moored off the island of Kendoo in the north of the Baa Atoll for snorkelling, diving and exploring the nearby islands. On day nine, the yacht moors off Soneva Fushi for one more night, with time for a picnic, and snorkelling off a deserted island.
Days 10-14 are back on Soneva Fushi’s island of Kunfunadhoo, experiencing more of the resort with private stargazing at the observatory, dinner in the middle of the jungle or sunbathing on a sandbank. The 14-day itinerary starts at US$145,000++ for two guests.
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