BY APB STAFF on 2 Dec 2021

SuperYachtsMonaco partners with Waldorf Astoria Maldives on exclusive charter deal

The legendary superyacht Maltese Falcon will be available for charter in the Maldives this winter. According to SuperYachtsMonaco, central agent for the groundbreaking 88-metre Dynarig superyacht, it is the first time Maltese Falcon has left Europe to cruise in the Asia Pacific. SuperYachtsMonaco has announced an innovative new chartering partnership with the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

Charter guests aboard the Maltese Falcon will be the only day visitors permitted to use the resort’s facilities, aqua wellness centre, spa, dive centre and up to 11 restaurants. Maltese Falcon charter rates range from ‚Ǩ460,000 per week to ‚Ǩ520,000. It has six cabins for up to 12 guests.¬†

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives is just 45 minutes by yacht from¬†Velana International Airport, nestled on the island of Ithaafushi in the South Male Atoll. Opened in July of 2019, The Waldorf Astoria Maldives went on to be featured 3rd place in the annual¬†Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards list in 2020 for Asia.

During the Covid-19 lockdowns last winter, the Maldives emerged as a top charter destination, with the world’s biggest charter yacht, the 136m Flying Fox spending the winter there.

Read: Spotlight – Maltese Falcon

Delivered¬†in 2006 by Perini Navi,¬†the¬†Maltese¬†Falcon¬†redefined the world of yacht design thanks to her use of the Dynarig sailing system. The rig uses freestanding masts and sectional sails that unfurl from inside the masts. The sails can be deployed or furled by the push of a button. Her original owner, venture capitalist Tom Perkins, would be made famous in the 2007 book Mine’s Bigger: Tom Perkins and the Making of the Greatest Sailing Machine Ever Built.

This system was only recently completed on a second yacht, Black Pearl, by Oceanco. The Dutch yard is also rumoured to be building a sailing superyacht for Jeff Bezos, which may also employ a Dynarig.