Sunborn Floating Hotel Gibraltar



Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel

The Sunborn Gibraltar floating hotel is setting a new standard for 5 star hotels and dining in Gibraltar.

Located in the luxury surroundings of Ocean Village marina, Sunborn Gibraltar floating hotel is a super yacht measuring 142 metre with excess of 15,000 square metres of floor space elegantly spaced over seven floors.

The delightfully appointed guest rooms and spectacular suites are accompanied by a selection of fine dining restaurants, relaxing cocktail and lounge bars, a grand ballroom, a Spa and fitness facilities, a casino as well as extensive conference and event facilities.

Despite its copious size, the booking a stay on the Sunborn Gibraltar floating hotel gives the sensation of residing on your own personal super yacht. Every single one of the 167 guest rooms, four executive rooms and eighteen luxury suites boast beautiful panoramic marina and ocean views all of which are framed by floor to ceiling windows. 90% of rooms feature a balcony or terrace space.

Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel arrives in the South District

Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel arrives in the South District

If you’re booking a stay onboard or simply visiting a restaurant or cocktail bar, you can expect to find fashionable interiors and chic furnishings of the very best quality within this sumptuous boutique floating hotel.

Whether you’re looking for refined intimate cocktail lounges or bright sundeck bars, a seventh story restaurant with a panoramic view of Ocean Village marina, or an intimate connoisseur dining venue, the Sunborn Gibraltar floating hotel desires to indulge and encourage.

And, with a ballroom capable of hosting 360 guests or the top floor restaurant and bar able to host 250, the floating hotel can also be the perfect setting for a memorable celebration and is more than ideal for weddings.


Add a Spa, fitness centre and casino alongside full concierge services and valet parking and it’s easy to see the Sunborn Gibraltar floating hotel offers nothing but the foremost attentive and intuitive 5 star service.

For our corporate guests, whether you’re looking to host a conference, product launch, meeting or exhibitions, the Sunborn Gibraltar floating hotel is definitely the definitive venue. With its versatile interchangeable spaces that can be divided up into smaller conference rooms or opened up to accommodate 540 delegates.

Located within just a few short minutes walk of Gibraltar’s high tech new International airport with daily direct flights to the United Kingdom and private flights to countless destinations, this picturesque and historic destination, where Europe meets Africa, is both accessible and unforgettable, so book your stay today!

Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel arrives in the dry dock

Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel arrives in the dry dock

Sunborn Gibraltar will be the first of many new yacht floating hotels. Sunborn London and Sunborn Barcelona are already being developed, with additional floating hotels planned for some of the world’s most beautiful cities. Developed by Sunborn, pioneers of the floating hotel concept, these classic and modern, grand yet snug yacht floating hotels will alter everyone’s perceptions on luxury travel forever.

Sunborn Gibraltar floating hotel Pricing

Room booking reservation details and prices have not yet been released, but we will update this page as soon as price and reservation information is made available.

Five Million Pounds Worth of Corporate Enquiries in Five Weeks

Sunborn Gibraltar, the world’s first five star yacht hotel, attracted five million pounds worth of corporate enquiries in just five weeks. Unveiled to the Meetings Incentives Conferences Exhibitions (MICE) market at July’s ‘The Meetings Show UK’, interest in Sunborn Gibraltar has been nothing short of staggering.

Andrew Shaw, Marketing Director for Sunborn, says, “When we launched the yacht hotel at The Meetings Show UK at London Olympia we got some very encouraging feedback. Everyone, without exception, was excited about the idea of a floating five star hotel and you could see it was going to attract a lot of interest. Now we are seeing that interest translated into a very high level of enquiries, a level that caught us somewhat by surprise – not least because we haven’t even announced which global brand will be operating Sunborn, an announcement we’ll be making over the coming weeks.”

Ballroom on the Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel

Ballroom on the Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel

Gibraltar has perhaps been slightly overlooked as a MICE destination due to a lack of large stylish venues, a gap that Sunborn Gibraltar will fill. For the first time Gibraltar will be able to host up to 500 people in the same luxurious space within the hotel’s double height 430m² Grand Ballroom. Meanwhile the highly adaptable conference suite can accommodate large and small meetings and the spacious top-deck restaurant is a magical venue. Towards the aft of the yacht, the relaxed sundeck bar and lounge is perfect for a cocktail party, product launch or corporate presentation.

Andrew continues, “In providing this space, Sunborn Gibraltar will help to increase the Rock’s standing as an important conference, events and banqueting destination. It’ll also have a knock-on effect for other hotels in the area. We’ve had conference enquiries where the organiser is looking for as many as 300 rooms. With only 189 rooms available on the yacht hotel, and most delegates requiring single occupancy, we’ll need to work with other local hoteliers to solve this welcome capacity issue.”

Beyond the confines of Sunborn Gibraltar there are plenty of other interesting venues on the Rock. Subterranean St Michael’s Cave with its auditorium stage, sub-tropical Alameda Botanical Gardens and the spectacular top-of-the-Rock Mons Calpe Suite are all very special settings. Add in a Mediterranean climate, direct flights from the UK into Gibraltar’s recently opened 90 million pound airport terminal and all the language and currency advantages afforded by Gibraltar’s status as a British overseas territory – and it is a compelling MICE proposition.


Cath Couzens, Director of Perception Sales & Marketing, a Company representing Sunborn Gibraltar to the MICE market, explains, “Since commencing UK sales activity in July, Perception has received a huge level of interest in Sunborn Gibraltar. We have taken in excess of five million pounds worth of enquiries in the first five weeks and the concept of a yacht hotel has really attracted the attention of the market. Perception has a busy schedule of sales activity planned for the forthcoming weeks including buyer forums, a direct mail campaign, sales calls and EIBTM, the Global Meetings and Events Expo, in Barcelona.”

According to Mintel, the UK MICE market is worth 20 billion pounds per year, the second biggest MICE market in Europe after Germany. A 2013 Meeting Professionals International study found that UK agencies staged on average 167 events in 2012, and received 11 billion pounds from hosting meetings in the UK and 1.4 billion pounds from hosting meetings outside the UK. Sunborn Gibraltar expects to generate a large percentage of its income from this substantial industry.

Ballroom on the Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel

Ballroom on the Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel

Of course it isn’t just the international market that has Sunborn Gibraltar in its sights for corporate entertainment; the locals are also ticking the days off to opening. Andrew continues, “Gibraltar is a hotbed of serious business from financial services to eGaming and when they host valued clients they’ve had to look across the border to Spain for five star establishments, or rent apartments on the Rock which aren’t quite fit for purpose in terms of services. We’ve been approached by several companies who already want to bulk book rooms on Sunborn Gibraltar to solve this problem.”

Micky Swindale, Managing Director of KPMG Gibraltar, agrees, “We regularly organise events for our clients ranging from small seminars to major international conferences. Whilst these events have always been well supported by the local hospitality sector, the reality of a small jurisdiction is that you eventually run out of new or different options. Sunborn Gibraltar, as something entirely unique to the area, will therefore be a welcome addition to the Rock, and will be particularly suited to meeting the high expectations of visiting businesspeople such as the many international eGaming professionals we bring to Gibraltar every year. A stylish maritime venue will be a perfect complement to the jurisdiction’s business offering.”

Leaving business to one side, Sunborn Gibraltar is also being targeted as a venue for birthdays, retirements, Bar Mitzvahs and weddings. Regarding the latter, up to 1,000 weddings take place in Gibraltar each year, 80% of them between non-residents, and Sunborn Gibraltar is shaping up to be the ideal setting for a reception. Andrew finishes, “people already want to rent out the entire hotel for their wedding, bedrooms and function rooms included, without even knowing the prices – or indeed the operator.”

Conference Room on the Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel

Conference Room on the Sunborn Gibraltar Floating Hotel

About Sunborn Gibraltar – Ready to welcome guests in the latter stages of 2013, Sunborn Gibraltar is the latest 120 million pound addition to the revolutionary floating hotel fleet. Standing proudly in Ocean Village Marina, set against a backdrop of the iconic 1,400ft ‘Rock’, Sunborn Gibraltar counts 189 guest rooms, 90% of them with outdoor space, and all with full-height glazing to capture the Mediterranean views.

142 metres long and a height of seven storeys, Sunborn Gibraltar exudes five star elegance in its rooms, Spa and fitness centre, cocktail lounges, fine dining restaurants and grandiose ballroom – the ultimate setting for a lavish celebration. Conferences and events are equally well catered for in flexible meeting space for up to 540 delegates.

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