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FrontRunners: Surf And Turf

Chris Rubin

Private Island Resorts frequently count yachts among their amenities; Rania (+960. 333.6522, www.raniaexperience .com), an 86-foot Majesty vessel available for charter in the Maldives, may be the first yacht to offer its guests a private island.

As many as nine guests reside in four bedrooms aboard Rania (derived from the Dhivehi word for queen) while it cruises the Indian Ocean near the Maldives’ Faafu Atoll. As a Rania passenger, you have exclusive access to one of the atoll’s 23 isles, where you can relax on the beach, snorkel, dine at the over-water pavilion, lounge in the air-conditioned entertainment center, or enjoy treatments at the island’s private spa.

Three-night charters of Rania begin at $24,000 for two people; additional guests cost $500 per night. With the exception of specialty wines and cigars, rates for Rania include everything on land and at sea.

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