We regret that due to health and personal reasons, we are unable to operate 2022 cruises. 

As circumstances change, we will update the website with new information.



Enjoy Luxury Hotel Boating aboard the 5 star Kailani – canal and river cruising at its best. We offer full board holidays afloat with skipper and crew across Southern England’s waterways, including the River Thames, Kennet and Avon Canal, Grand Union Canal, River Lee, River Wey and Central London. 

Tourism World Stamp

Safe Travel World Tourism Stamp

Covid standards

We’re Good To Go from Visit England

We’re Good To Go!

Kailani has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ standard by Visit England which recognises compliance with Covid Standards. We are strictly following social distancing rules and procedures for sanitising, cleaning and welfare of all on board.  We have also been awarded the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council.

2021 Season

Our 2021 season is fast approaching and following Government rules, our cruising season will start on 18 May. We are hoping that with the roll-out of the Covid vaccines, we can have a good season (fingers crossed).  More people than ever seem to be considering a boating holiday –  cruising the English Waterways is an ideal way for people wishing to get away.

Travelling on Kailani

Kailani is the UK’s most exclusive luxury wide beam hotel boat for up to 4 guests in private en-suite cabins. River and canal cruises include the Grand Union and Kennet & Avon Canals,  River Thames and the Lee & Stort Navigation and also the River Wey.  Kailani is the only Hotel Boat licensed to cruise the Tidal Thames through central London/The London Ring. Kailani fulfills the growing needs of discerning travellers seeking peace and relaxation whilst cruising first class. Kailani has 2 dedicated crew to give guests a 5 star fully catered experience.

Awarded 5 stars by Visit England

Gold Award from Visit England

Awarded 5 stars by Visit England in the Hotel Boat Category for the seventh consecutive year!

Visit England announced “We are pleased to confirm Hotel Boat Kailani has been awarded the coveted Gold Accolade due to the quality of fittings, exceptional standard of housekeeping and feedback reviews on hospitality“.  Kailani is the first Hotel Boat to receive this prestigious award.

The Hotel Boat Kailani

  • 3 – 8 Night Cruises
  • Explore the Waterways of Southern England
  • All Meals Included
  • Wine with Evening Meal
  • Licensed Bar
  • En-Suite Cabins
  • Bow Seating Area
  • Choose Your Cruise – Pure Relaxation or Get Involved
  • Information hotline  +44 (0) 7447 051558
  • E-mail to info@hotelboatkailani.com

Winner, IWA Lionel Munk Trophy 2013

Kailani achieved the prestigious Lionel Munk Trophy for the best commercially built boat 2013. Awarded at the Inland Waterways Association Festival held at Cassiobury Park, Watford, this also recognises the craftsmanship of the boat builders Aqualine Marine Ltd.

Awarded 5 Stars for Food Hygiene

We are proud that the Food Standards Agency has awarded Kailani the highest rating of 5 stars, acknowledging our chef’s hard work in food hygiene, noting that all meals on board are freshly produced. Where possible locally sourced fresh foods and ingredients are used.

Kailani is fully licensed for the sale of alcohol.  We provide a broad selection of beer, wines and spirits, including champagne.

Food Hygiene

Press Reviews – Here’s what travel writers have said about us


“All inclusive bliss…”         “Waited on hand and foot…”

“You won’t go hungry – the food was delicious…”       “You’re spoilt for choice – and totally spoilt…”

The Sun, October 2018


“Dorenda produces mouth watering feasts…”               “Caressing waters gently lull you to sleep”

Sunday Express, August 2017


  “Attractively fitted out interior breathes quality…”         “A slick operation like this doesn’t just happen…”

” Gliding quietly along, Kailani carries you past a glorious variety of scenery…”        “A thing of beauty…”   

Oxford Times, June 2017


“The most luxurious of all hotel boats…”      “The best place to enjoy sights is seated on the bow deck”

The Telegraph, July 2016


“A Memorable & Special experience…”       “Palatial floating dream…”

Exclusively British Magazine, May 2016


“Deserves every one of her 5 stars…”          “Highly recommend taking a trip…”

EatSleepLoveTravel, April 2016


“Couldn’t help but unwind on this slow moving journey through another world…”   “great fun on Kailani – stress free pampering…”

Cotswolds Life, June 2015


“One of the most relaxing trips we have ever been on…”         “if this is cabin fever, I’m hooked…”

Daily Mirror, May 2015


“The hardest working hoteliers I have ever met, & the nicest…”          ” The pleasure of ever changing scenery…”    

 “Half the fun of cruising is working the locks…”       “Sleeping on Kailani is blissful…”

Daily Star, May 2015

Hotel Boat Kailani