Five-star floating luxury… in Gibraltar
Gibraltar has remained relatively immune from the crisis afflicting Spain, maintaining a flourishing economy. But it’s not all plain sailing. As Brian Stevendale, CEO for Sunborn Gibraltar, notes, “There is a gap in Gibraltar’s hotel offering for a genuine international-standard five-star establishment. The highest rating currently is four-star, which means that those looking for premium service, quality and facilities have to satisfy their needs across the border in Spain. Over 12 million people visit Gibraltar each year, but tend to arrive from Spain and spend the majority of their stay on the other side of the border.”
Sunborn Gibraltar, a five-star grand yacht hotel that arrived in Gibraltar in June after a month-long journey by transportation vessel from its Malaysian shipyard, is aiming “to stem this flow and keep leisure and business travellers spending on the Rock”.
The latest €150 million addition to Sunborn’s global floating hotel fleet, Sunborn Gibraltar has 189 guest rooms, 90 per cent of them with outdoor space and all with full-height glazing to capture the Mediterranean views. Seven storeys high and 142 metres long, it also includes a casino, spa and fitness centre, cocktail lounges, fine dining restaurants and a ballroom. Conferences and events are equally well catered for in a flexible meeting space for up to 540 delegates.
The Sunborn is a self-contained floating vessel, but functions like a normal building when moored at Ocean Village Marina. Utility and waste connections to sewage, water and power lines operate, with an option for onboard generators to provide back-up electricity should the need arise. Sunborn Gibraltar will not be able to discharge waste into the water.
Sunborn opened its first yacht hotel in the Finnish west coastal town of Naantali in 1998. Fifteen years later a 138-room yacht hotel, Sunborn Princess, is still located there.
Five-star grand yacht hotel
Ocean Villa Marina