Indian Ocean resort the Nautilus Maldives has teamed up with private jet specialists Dominvs Aviation to offer ultra-exclusive, luxury escapes. Olivia Palamountain reports
The collaboration begins with a non-stop Bombardier 6000 jet flight (departing at guests’ convenience) from a private terminal at “one of London’s business airports”, as yet undisclosed.
Jet charter company PrivateFly has said that, compared with 2019, it has seen an 85 per cent rise in inquiries, as “Germaphobia” (a trend identified by Globetrender in its recent report) grips the travel industry.Although countries are beginning to open their borders, wealthy people are avoiding travel via commercial airline by booking private jets to reduce their potential exposure to Covid-19. Read about the six key private jet trends emerging from the pandemic according to Globetrender here.
The Dominvs Aviation Bombardier jet interior features plush seating for up to 14 passengers, a full-size washroom, a private zone that can be arranged as a master bedroom suite or a stateroom, with entertainment systems and made-to-order catering.
The jet will land directly at Noonu Atoll’s Maafaru International airport (bypassing the crowds at the Maldives’ main Velana International airport), where the resort’s private yacht, Nautilus One, awaits.
This privately-owned, air-conditioned 54-foot luxury yacht is on standby to transport guests directly to the Nautilus, washed down with lashings of champagne.Situated in the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll, the Nautilus Maldives – which is a member of the Relais & Châteaux group – is a collection of 26 spacious houses and residences, each with its own freshwater infinity pool and extensive deck.
All guests are attended to by a dedicated House Master offering a full butler service. Forget opening hours or menus, every element of a stay at The Nautilus is bespoke.
While it’s certainly not cheap (prices start from £26,900 per person for six nights, based on six adults travelling together and sharing three Beach Houses) this does include flights as well as daily breakfast, a couples’ massage at the Solasta Spa, a private aerial yoga session and a personal guided snorkel tour of the island’s reef.Additional exclusive benefits available to guests booking the private jet package include discounts on resort experiences such as “Cinema Under the Stars” with a private fresh barbecue dinner cooked by the Nautilus’ award-winning chefs; a private lunch on the island’s castaway sandbank; a Maldivian cooking class; or a five-course degustation dining experience at the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, Zeytoun.