Sunborn Yacht Hotel - Luxury Retail
The floating hotel is seven storeys tall, has 15,500 metres squared of floor space and will dwarf less super yachts in the marina
Sunborn Yacht Hotel, seven decks moored in the Ocean Village on Gibraltar’s sheltered western coastline.
It is only a few minutes’ walk from Casemate Square and the shop-lined streets. Designed and built as a floating palace for £123million, the 465ft vessel dwarfs the string of nearby gin palaces.
There are plenty of five-star touches: Italian marble, polished timber decks and an enormous Swarovski crystal “dome” chandelier which wouldn’t look out of place in a nightclub on the Cote d’Azur. It also has a ballroom and a casino.
The oceanic behemoth boasts 189 rooms, banqueting suites, bars, restaurants, casino, a spa and gym, cocktail lounge, pool, sundeck and even a ballroom.
Neutral colours and blonde wood floors are livened up with splashes of red which feature in the retro-style leather bedstead and drinks cabinet and scatter cushions. Wall-to-ceiling glass doors bathe the room in light and open on to a private balcony, offering a stunning view of the iconic Rock.
When not cosily wrapped in your Egyptian cotton sheets, don your complimentary robe and slippers and relax in front of the huge wall-mounted TV.
A sumptuous marble bathroom has a separate rainfall shower. As well as 171 standard rooms, there are rooms for every price tag with SuperYacht Suites, SuperYacht Corner Suites and even a Penthouse Suite complete with private sundeck vast enough to accommodate 40 people.
The Sapphire cocktail bar is the perfect spot for pre-dinner cocktails.
Sink into designer leather sofas as flickering tealights add to the chilled vibe.
Try a “Corpse Reviver” which certainly hits the spot with its refreshing mix of gin, Cointreau, anisette and fresh lemon.
Dining is a surprisingly casual affair at the top deck Sky Restaurant where, with its retractable roof, you can dine alfresco.
Rib-eye steak commands a handsome £20 price tag but Mediterranean specialities include salads, seasonal soups and fish. With 30 chefs encompassing 19 nationalities, the quality is second to none.
You don’t even have to disembark for some pampering
The spa boasts five treatment rooms including one for couples and offers myriad wellbeing therapies for the face and body which can be tailored to your needs.
There’s a sauna, small gym and an open-air infinity pool with parasols where you can unwind in style.
If you want to go further afield
Tours to explore St Michael’s cave, the sub-tropical Alameda Botanical Gardens or the Mons Calpe Suite restaurant, perched at the top of the 1,398ft Rock and offering spectacular panoramic views. Andalusia and even Morocco are only 40 minutes away by car or boat.