MYANMAR'S first floating hotel at Botataung Jetty, Yangon will be launched in early August following extensive renovation to convert the engine-less vessel into accommodation.
Pyae Phyo Oo, operation manager of the Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel, said the hotel was influenced by 1920s designs and is owned by the local Hla Hla Pa Pa Company.
He said: “From the survey we conducted, we found that about 20 per cent of total arrivals to Myanmar are in the luxury market. They are mostly from Europe – especially Germany, Russia a the Netherlands – and, from Asia, Japan. So our main idea is to attract them to stay in our hotel and enjoy the scenery and beauty of Yangon River while being less than a five-minute drive from downtown Yangon.”
The 2,000 tonne vessel originally from Finland comes with five storeys and offers 104 rooms comprising two Executive Suite rooms, 46 Deluxe rooms (with and without balcony), and 56 Junior Deluxe rooms, two restaurants, two bars, a meeting room that sits 40 pax in theatre-style, two meeting rooms for 25 pax each, a spa, Jacuzzi, business centre and souvenir shop.
Room rates at the Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel range from US$250 to above US$800. The hotel’s pre-opening deal offers rates at US$99 without taxes for a junior deluxe room.
The company is planning to add a 400-room vessel in future next to the current one.