Press Release

30 May, 2014



Owners of Hotel Boat Kailani are proud to announce the award of 5 stars by Visit England (previously English Tourist Board). Assessors Quality In Tourism awarded Kailani the highest rating for Hotel Boats in England.

Owners Gordon Horry and Dorenda Wrigley said “We are delighted that QIT have made this award at our first attempt. It is a great feeling to know that your hard work has paid off. Kailani is now just one year old, so this year is our first full season. The boat was launched in May 2013 and we had our first guests last summer. We offer 3 to 6 night full board breaks cruising the canals and rivers of Southern England, so the award makes us the first 5-star hotel boat doing this”.

The award is not the first to be achieved by Gordon & Dorenda. In July 2013 they attended the Internal Waterways Association Festival at Cassiobury Park, Watford, where the boat achieved the “Best Commercially Built Boat” award. Constructed and fitted out by boat builders Aqualine Marine Ltd, this also acknowledges their superior craftsmanship and hard work.

Kailani is a wide-beam boat, measuring 20.0 x 3.8 metres, or 65 ft x 12 ft. This gives us the ability to set out the en-suite bedrooms in a luxurious fashion. A maximum of 4 guests also have the benefit of their own saloon and dining area. The crew have their own separate accommodation. There is also an open bow deck with seating, where guests enjoy the peace and tranquillity whilst cruising.

On-board catering is prepared by Dorenda, while Gordon is generally at the helm or washing up! “We serve a wake-up cup of tea, full breakfast, morning coffee with cake, lunch, afternoon tea with biscuits, then the 4-course evening meal with wine”, said Dorenda.

Everything about Kailani says “quality”, whether we are talking about the china dinner service, the boat’s fittings, the bedding and textiles or the locally bought produce. Gordon and Dorenda’s attention to detail with the boat and their service are exemplary. Testimonials from guests bear witness to this.

Bookings for 2014 are buoyant, but as a new business, there is availability.

You can see Kailani at Contact can also be made by calling 07447 051558 or by email to

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