BY Anna Cummins on 17 Aug 2023

The three-level party platform describes itself as the ‘world’s first’ floating beach club

Yona Floating Beach Club

The three-level Yona Floating Beach Club has opened to guests in Phuket, Thailand, six years after the project was first conceptualised.

The Yona Floating Beach Club Phuket is a modified boat that can hold up to 500 guests per day. There are no overnight cabins. The vessel boasts a 22-metre infinity pool, sunbeds, private cabanas, bars and a restaurant serving Mediterranean, Thai Japanese and coastal flavours with 360-degree ocean views.

Yona Floating Beach Club

Reports in the Bangkok Post claim Yona is owned by a French businessman, who named the vessel after his daughter. The owner has reportedly run a boat business in Phuket for the past 10 years, and has jointly invested in the business with Thai partners.

In April 2023, the Bangkok Post reported that authorities in Thailand had temporarily blocked the owners from opening the vessel, pending further clarification on elements such as waste and safety. 

However, these checks have now been completed, with the boat’s waste treatment system and the swimming pool’s water filtration system meeting general standards.

Yona Floating Beach Club will be stationed off Patong Beach during the peak season, and will relocate to Royal Phuket Marina on Thailand’s east coast during low season.

The destination is also available for private hire, including for wedding celebrations. 

“This is one more reason for superyachts to add to their list of reasons to visit/return to the ‘Superyacht Hub of Asia’, one of the world’s top superyacht cruising destinations,” says Gordon Fernandes, co-founder of Asia Pacific Superyachts. “Now yachting enthusiasts can enjoy the unique state-of-the-art multi-level beach club.”

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