Luxury hotel operator Aman has moved a step closer to launching its first super-luxe motor yacht, Aman at Sea with the appointment of experienced hotelier, Jonathan Wilson, as the boss.
The 183-metre, Aman at Sea, a boutique yacht for 100 well heeled guests, is a joint venture between Aman and Cruise Saudi. As the newly appointed CEO Mr Wilson brings to the job years of experience as hotelier and cruise operator, having worked for Princess Cruises, Cunard and Hilton Worldwide.
“It is an exciting new endeavour for the visionary brand which will bring the first world-class Aman experience to the world’s oceans, setting a new standard in waterborne voyages,” he said.
Mr Wilson will work closely with Aman’s chairman and CEO, Vlad Doronin, a Russian-born oligarch, property developer and art collector. He is also CEO of OKO Group and co-founder of Moscow-based Capital Group. As Aman owner and chairman, Mr Doronin is focused on protecting the pillars that define Aman from consummate privacy, exceptional service to sensitive architecture.
Aman also has a custom-built, two-mast Phinisi sailing ship, Amandira for 10 guests offering voyages in the Spice Islands, Raja Ampat and the Flores Seas.
Aman was founded in 1988 opening its first luxury resort, Amanpuri in Phuket, Thailand. Today it has a portfolio of 35 hotels across the world including the recently opened Aman New York.
The Jeddah-based Cruise Saudi was formed to develop infrastructure and services for the cruise market along the Saudi coastline. The company’s ports and, particularly along the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf.