A five-star floating hotel at Yangon’s Botahtaung Jetty was open in August 2014. The hotel’s interior decoration was influenced by 1920s designs, the lights are all Edison vintage bulbs, and the couches and chairs were chosen to match. Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel is owned by the local Hla Hla Pa Pa Company.
Project that cost around US$50 million began in August 2013 at Myanma Shipyards. The renovation process took nearly a year. Price per room set to be between $150 and as much as $800 a night at the high end.
Pyae Phyo Oo, operation manager of the Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel, said: “From the survey we conducted, we found that about 20% 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.”
“This floating hotel is unique and exclusively for luxury services,” said Eric Noel, operations manager of Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel.
The 2000-tonne vessel originated in Finland, and now occupies a berth at Botataung Jetty without an engine. The ship is about 106 metres (348 feet) long and 18.5 metres wide.
The hotel has 104 rooms, include two top-end executive suites, as well as two restaurants, two bars, a theatre-style meeting room for up to 40 people, and several other amenities including a spa, Jacuzzi and business centre. The interior is very classy and with great upkeep.
The hotel has been pre-opened since the end of June, with rooms heavily discounted, and it is gearing up to open its doors soon. The main target is to attract a luxury market, welcoming guests from places like Germany, Russia and Netherlands.
Myanmar doesn’t really have top-end luxury hotels, he claimed. A survey the firm conducted found about 20 percent of total arrivals to Myanmar would fit into the luxury market. They mostly visit places like Ngapali, Bagan and Inle Lake, often staying as long as 10 days – but rarely in Yangon.
“So we decided why don’t we introduce luxury products in Yangon and give them the real luxury services to stay and to relax,” he said.
The firm has also proposed to further develop the jetties for public convenience, and is mulling adding a second vessel containing 400 rooms in the future. Travellers said that Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel is new favorite destination in Yangon.