Mahā Yachts is born from the pursuit of excellence.
Pioneering in luxury hospitality, Mahā Yachts is an amalgamation of Mahā Hotels & Resorts, the latest creation of the accomplished Adrian Zecha (founder of Amanresorts amongst others), partnered with the invaluable marine proficiency of the company’s founder and CEO Stephen White and the proven hotel expertise of Jonathan Breene (Setai Hotels and Resorts), embodied in the designs of supreme craftsmanship of the world famous, super yacht Dutch shipyard, Feadship.
In an ideal world, the perfect yacht would be custom designed by the leading experts and the on-board service would be provided by industry specialists, not only hospitality professionals, but perfectionists in an industry that have been internationally noted for their excellence.
Welcome to Mahā Yachts.
Visionary Lifestyle provider
Yachtsman – Entrepreneur
Visionary Lifestyle provider
In 1988, Mr. Zecha established Amanpuri, the first Amanresort and in so doing, reinvented the luxury vacation experience. His visionary philosophy was to create elegant, boutique accommodations with a minimalist and environmentally sensitive approach, combining intimacy and style with unparalleled service. This formula has since been replicated at Amanresorts worldwide to great acclaim. Through innovations and a keen understanding of the expectations of the luxury traveler, Mr. Zecha has helped define some of the most unique hotels and resorts in the world.
Yachtsman turned entrepreneur
Stephen White is fast becoming one of the leading entrepreneurs in the marine industry, paving the way in how super yacht luxury is being redefined. With a thirty year career span in yachting, Stephen has logged well over 500,000 miles of super yacht sailing experience all over the world, now combined with seven years at the helm of his shore-side businesses. He is known in yachting circles for his strong business sense and dedication to a higher standard of excellence. He showed his unique skills very early on in his career, when he started as Chief Officer on the classic 70 meter (229’6 ft) motor yacht “Rosenkavalier” from 1989-1992, and quickly rose to captaining the 58 meter (190’28 ft) British build Jet yacht “Chamar” from 1992-2009. Alongside his yachting career, he started his first successful property company in England in 2001.
Stephen’s involvement in yacht management lead him to recognize how rapidly the industry was changing both technologically and aspirationally, with new requirements and interests as well as higher expectations of the new generation of super yacht owners. In 2009 he began International Yacht Register, defining what is termed, the “IYR Advantage”. He developed a new business model which combined a higher level of service to the yacht owner alongside redefined fees and cost advantages. In doing so, Stephen irretrievably rocked the super yacht landscape. One year later, he sold the 67 meter (219’8 ft) Lürssen built MY Apoise, and in 2011 along with his business partner Captain Stephen Warren launched the 81 meter (256’7 ft) Devries “Feadship” motor yacht “Air”.
In 2014 along wit Jonathan Breene, he began Mahā Yachts, in a first time super yacht/hotel partnership with Setai Hotels and Adrian Zecha. Here, he saw how hotel luxury and design could be co-opted with the super yacht experience, and thus introduce a maritime extension of luxury lifestyle to a whole new audience of potential sea lovers.
In addition to Mahā Yachts, Stephen also developed Sovren House, which oversees companies such as the Barcelona based “Nautical Academy”. With construction completed in late 2013, the Academy trains yacht crew to the higher ascending levels of excellence that the new and more advanced mega yachts and cruise ships demand. it also houses a unique culinary “school of inspiration”, where chefs are able to continue to develop culinary skills under internationally recognized celebrity chefs in all areas of cuisine and emerging cuisine on high-performance vessels.
From numbers to hotel excellence
Jonathan J. Breene is the founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of the Setai Hotels & Resorts, a company specializing in the creation, development and hotel management of luxury five-star boutique hotels and residential properties in selected markets around the world. Mr. Breene’s depth of real estate expertise combined with his broad international perspective on hotel and residential developments has helped to establish a unique vision for The Setai.
Mr. Breene in partnership with Mr. Adrian Zecha, was responsible for the creation and development of The Setai, south Beach. The Setai is still the market leader within Miami in terms of residential sales prices and hotel performance.
Since the opening of the Setai in 2006, Mr. Breene has focused his efforts on expanding the the Setai worldwide, traveling extensively to discover suitable locations for future projects and determining the feasibility for each. He has been involved in the planning or development of luxury hotel and residential projects including the Four Seasons, Miami – a 80 story mixed use office, hotel and residential project in Miami; the Vendome, a super luxury condominium building on Turtle Greek Blvd in Dallas; Amanyara in Turks & Caicos; Norman’s Cay – a private island in the Exuma’s, Bahamas; a beach front hotel and villa development project in Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este; the private island of Java, the world islands in Dubai; the Setai, Wall Street – a luxury residential condominium tower at 40 Broad st, Wall Street; 400 Fifth Avenue – a 60 story hotel and residential tower on Fifth Ave in New York. Mr. Breene is currently working on new projects around the world.
Mr. Breene previously served as an executive at millennium partners, a New York-based developer of luxury condominium and mixed-use projects. While there, Mr. Breene was responsible for new development and acquisition opportunities in urban cities, including New York City, Miami, Chicago and London. Prior to joining millennium partners, mr. Breene worked for a consortium lead by Zechendorf realty developing the Queens West waterfront project in Queens, New York. Before that, he was a partner with Samut & Co., a real estate advisory and brokerage firm in Australia.
Mr. Breene is a graduate of Columbia university where he earned a Master’s in Real Estate Development. He also holds a Master’s of Built Environment in Construction Management from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland – Gatton College, Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Business in Real Estate Appraisal.
Mr. Breene served on the Board of Trustees of International House in New York and has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Bravery medal.