1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer Named Best of Show at Pebble Beach

This 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer was named Best of Show at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Just a week ago, Bruce R. McCaw’s 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer emerged from the restoration shop of Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, New Jersey. Today, having crossed the country, the boattailed beauty captured the top prize at the prestigious 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

“This Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer is a combination of speed, style and power,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Somehow these three elements—along with those fantastic torpedo running boards—become the very definition of elegance.”

1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer

The car, a sporting tourer, was first delivered to a Captain Miller on behalf of Earl Howe, who founded the British Racing Drivers’ Club.

“We’ve had the car for several years,” said McCaw, of Bellevue, Washington. “The question was whether or not to restore it. I always hate to restore something that doesn’t need it. But we finally found enough pictures that we knew the car needed to be restored.”

The car retains its original Marchal lighting equipment and chrome-plated wheels; these are complemented by low-cut doors and unusual torpedo-style running boards containing tools and other ancillary equipment. The rich blue color was a dress inspired by a dress made of peacock feathers in the 1850s.

Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder

In the final circle, Bruce was up against his brother John McCaw who, with wife Gwen McCaw, competed for Best of Show with their 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder. Also in the Winner’s Circle was a 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by William E. (Chip) Connor of Reno, Nevada.

1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible

Artisan Inspired Pool Villa in Sultry Seminyak

a sophisticated home in stunning Seminyak

Seminyak is the place that captures the sophisticated bohemian vibes that makes Bali such a famed destination. With its beautiful blue and white beaches, sultry club scene, boutique shopping culture, and a love affair with rooftop dining, you can stay rooted in Seminyak and never feel like you need anything more. Finding a place to call home on the shores of Seminyak welcomes you into a world of killer sunsets, stunning temples, stylish interiors and super luxe villas that hide in the jungle fringes or sprawl out on the coast.

A generous pool with underwater lights for starlit swims

This 3-bedroom villa is the perfect size for those looking to lease a place to escape the chill of changing seasons. As soon as you enter the gardens you feel as though you are already in an oasis of calm. The pool generous enough to splash and practice laps and the underwater lights a welcome addition for those starlit swims. The home wraps around the pool, comprising of a main building and a Balinese style gazebo, punctuated with pretty young trees and a wall of bright flora to gaze at from the sunbeds.

a traditional Balinese pavilion

As with all good tropical villa designs, you can seamlessly float from outdoors to indoors through pavilion like open plan designs and traditional Balinese touches. The lounge and dining room is a vision of contemporary charm beneath the old style thatched roof, lovingly updated and studded with spotlights. The blend of tile and wood on the floor keeps the soles of your feet deliciously cool, and the pale color scheme helps those artisan touches of handcrafted furnishings, local sculptures, and freshly cut flowers really stand out.

artisan touches and linen colored color schemes

All three bedrooms are light and breezy places to rest – offering the ultimate respite from heavy humid weather. The warm wooden polished floor, the thin shutters to blot out the streaming sun, and the white billowy beds framed by a four-poster curtain of gauze is as Zen as you can get, colored only by traditional handmade batiks.

zen like bedrooms for soothing sleeps

Bali does external bathrooms exceptionally well, and this stunning villa takes that dose of inspiration and blends it with a pinch of practicality. The color scheme is as pale as snow, ensuring that the natural greenery has plenty of chance to dazzle. The rainfall shower beneath the stars is a dream come true, and there is nothing more relaxing than sinking down into a wide, deep tub and feeling the seabreeze caress your skin.

bathrooms that blur the lines of indoors and outdoors

While not palatial in size, this well-orchestrated villa is certainly palatial in style. The antique artisan touches against the linen color schemes, the soft cottons, and the polished woods makes for a place you will want to stay all summer. For more information, contact Bali 1 Realty.

Destination Bali: Where Bohemia Meets a Sophisticated Surf Scene

The famed Indonesian island may be a smudge in size, but Bali manages to cram quite a lot in. She is a destination of many faces; surfers rock and ride the tropical tides that fringe the coastline, the rich jungle interior is strewn with temples and yoga retreats, close to the capital you will find buzzing beach resorts, and then there are the nearby Gili Island where donkey and carts take the place of carts. Suffice to say, Bali can deliver whatever kind of vacation you have been seeking, and serve it all up on a silver platter with first class shopping and dining against a backdrop of celebrated resorts. Take a glimpse at where to sleep, dine and play on the world’s favorite South East island.

Where to Sleep

Bali may have plenty of backpackers, but when it comes to high class resorts – the tiny island doesn’t skip a beat. Prime real estate is everywhere in Bali, especially as the place has such a huge influx of Australian tourists all used to a western style of luxury.

Only a stone’s throw from the main airport of Denpasar you can find the sultry shores of Nusa Dua and the amazing Amanusa. Golf lovers will be in awe of the rolling fairways, while those who don’t want to tee off can kayak, surf and snorkel the baby blue coastline, take day trips to see the striking temples of Geger and Uluwatu, and watch the traditional fire dances. Suites and villas come with private courtyards, tropical gardens and sunken tubs.

Luxury on a grand scale can be found in the Rimba Jimbaran, especially for those seeking respite from the motorcycle clogged chaos of Bali. An 8-hectare slice of paradise, you can find multitiered swimming pools, luscious calm gardens, waiters whisking cocktails on silver trays, a cooking school, a tea lounge, and a plethora of restaurants and ocean front spots for soaking up those fiery Indonesian sunsets.

Moving away from the coast and into the spiritual heartlands, Ubud and surrounding areas serve their luxury with a side of reiki healing. The Viceroy Bali is one of the best, boasting thatched villas clinging to the ravine overlooking the river gorge. Rooms are all marble, silk and antique furnishings, and astonishing views. The infinity pool edging out into the jungle is another major draw. Speaking of impressive pools, a little further out and you will find the Hanging Gardens of Bali, a five-star jungle deep resort that offers the chance to plunge into one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world.

Where to Dine

Bali is a place that seamlessly blends the art of fusion, on one side you have traditional dishes that have been perfected for centuries, yet the island is also exceptional when creating super healthy comfort food. From smoothie bowls in the morning to artisan pizzas for lunch, and French lounges where dishes come paired with palate quenching wines –  Bali does food well.

Locavore made it to the dizzying height of Asia’s best restaurants earlier this year and the hype hasn’t died down. Nestled in the snug of Ubud you can dine on the finest savory rice porridge with garlic soaked snails, black rice blini’s and finely orchestrated cocktails.

Those wanting Asian food served in an ultra-luxe setting will adore Sarong in the village destination of Kerobokan, a little north of sophisticated Seminyak. Dine al fresco in a romantic garden or stay inside for sink down sofas in swish materials and sparkling chandeliers. Go gaga over the grilled scallop with tantalizingly sweet crispy duck and fall in love with the Malay prawns splashed with sticky green mango.

Where to Play

Bali is a beach lover’s destination and you will find a slice of sand to suit your mood across the island. Surfers will find overhead heights and serious swells around Padang Padang, Green Bowl, Canggu and Balangan. Those seeking soft sands, swaying palm shade, and waters woven in dreamy blue will love the chilled-out vibes of Jimbaran. If you don’t want to spend the day stuck in single land traffic as you explore the island, then consider hiring a luxury yacht and hopping around the glitzy shore.

Beach Clubs are beautiful in Bali and with the Asian sun being so scorching, you are sure to be seeking a calm cool place to kick back and relax. If you like your Beach Clubs with a dose of hedonism then Potato Head in the heart of trendy Seminyak boasts restaurants, bars, an infinity pool and sublime sunset views. Fins Beach Club in Canguu is the ultimate sassy surfers haunt, with daily DJ sessions and meticulous cocktails for toasting the consistent surf. Nikki Beach in Nusa Dua doesn’t let the classy label down – offering an exquisite crowd in elegant surroundings.

Shoppers will be wooed by the trendy boutique scene especially in Ubud and Seminyak. From one of a kind designer clothes, to gorgeous homeware and pretty hand printed batiks, Bali is brimming with beautiful things to fill your home. Sophisticated surf wear and objects inspired by summer can be found in the high-class hipster home of Drifter, Magali Pacal is the spot for beautiful bohemian wear, and Uluwatu Lace is the place for handcrafted pieces that blend artisan craft with modern designs.


Creating masterpieces in any respective field is a daunting task. Understanding what makes something completely unique from anything else yet become something that is completely awe inspiring, the Maybach division at Mercedes does exactly that, every single time. They have showcased their creation at the Pebble Beach in California with what they are calling the car as the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet.

The car is a homage to the glorious “automotive haute couture” of hand-finished, exclusive cabriolets, it is basically a quick glimpse into what an ultra luxury two seater cabriolet will look like. It has basically reinvented what was previously defined as the perfect marriage of classic and contemporary styling.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet has been designed as an electric car to keep in tune with what future requirements for automobiles would need. But Mercedes understands that luxury can not be compromised for the sake of efficiency.

The  is long, crossing nearly 20 feet in length, however the elegance of the contouring lines create and effective of endless continuity from the long hood all the way to the rear facade of the car. The body of the car has the appearance of a sporty coupe with a stretched design hosting a sharp feature line. This side feature line defines the upper vehicle body, from the radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle through to the rear.

The contrast between the dark blue paintwork against the chrome headlights as well as other chrome elements, brings definition to the front of the car. The grille has vertical struts owing to inspiration from a pin-striped suit. The radiator grille rests on two aerodynamically shaped supports on the outer right and left of the bumper.

The wheels on the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 are large 24-inch alloys featuring a central locking nut, unsurprisingly this is painted in rose gold, the shade of choice being used on all  electric vehicle studies from Mercedes-Benz.

The rear of the car reflects the idea of a boat- tail and was envisioned to mimic a luxury yacht. The use of vertical tail lamps insinuates the large width of the car. Other exterior features also include a diffuser with an aluminum frame and the air outlets behind the wheel arches.

Considering that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is being designed for the ultimate experience in bespoke luxury, Mercedes have ensured that the interior of the car is as breath-taking as the exterior. The interior has a sense of emotion as well as intelligence, to create something that showed that extreme thought and care was put into the development of the car. Mercedes have adopted an inside out approach for the cabin of the car.

The luxury lounge inspired interior uses hallmark materials of the Maybach line to create a customized experience in luxury. A quilted crystal white nappa leather finish with rose gold  accents is the main theme throughout the interior. In the case of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, this traditional seat upholstery boasts a futuristic interpretation: each individual button of the quilting depicts a delicate Mercedes star, backlit in blue.

One of the main feature of the interior is that of the floating, transparent center tunnel, which visualizes the drive system’s electrical energy flow for the passengers by means of blue fiber optics. The main driving functions as well as information relevant to the location (e.g. restaurant recommendations or information on points of interest) are shown on the windscreen via two head-up displays. The highest level of technology has been used in the car without making the driving pleasure absent altogether.

Power is of no shortage in the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, the electric motor will be capable of producing  750 horsepower and provides an overall range of 200 miles between charges. Mercedes have developed a quick-charge function as well, in just five minutes enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of over 60 miles.

Mercedes has always treated the Maybach badge with utmost respect and through projects such as the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, has successfully paved the way for automotive design and innovation.

Superyacht Bliss: Sailing in Bali

For those seeking a more relaxed atmosphere, a place where you can really let your hair down, a place where you can wear swim trunks from sunrise to sunset without ever feeling the need to change, then perhaps cruising around the beautiful Islands of Bali on S/Y Bliss spells your perfect kind of getaway.

With space for 6 Guests in 3 cabins and the flexibility to increase it to 10 by way of pullmans, Sailing Yacht Bliss is one of the largest composite sloops in the Southern hemisphere. At 37m (121ft) in length, her design hails from Dubois Naval Architects.

Built in 2009 to MCA class survey standards at the Yachting Developments family owned shipyard in New Zealand, she has a distinctive burnt orange pinstripe against a black hull and white heat reflective painted decks.

Described as a Yachtsman’s Yacht, this performance cruising sloop has speed on her side. Her lightweight composite hull contributes to the better stability and favorable power to weight ratio. The carbon fibre rudder is credited with providing absolute feedback to the helmsman. If participating in the bucket racing circuit is more to your liking, then S/Y Bliss is ready and set to take part.

You’d be well catered to with space for up to 5 crewmembers. After a rewarding day of fishing or diving near Manta Point or Crystal Bay, the Chef could prepare the days catch in the award-winning Galley.

The interior is very sleek and modern with a mix of dark and light. The exterior offers a shaded cockpit for dining and ample sunbeds for those lazy afternoons.

In case your threshold for relaxation hasn’t completely gone off the charts yet, bring the day to a close by heading over to the foredeck. Sitting in the Jacuzzi tub while sipping on champagne, sundowners don’t get much better than this.

As you stroll down below deck to the climate controlled cabins, a restful night at anchor is guaranteed with nothing but the stars above and a light breeze to accompany you on this magical journey.

California Meets the Med: Rare Pebble Beach Estate Up for Sale

Only 31 properties can be found on the prestigious Pebble Beach so it is rare that one ever comes up for sale. Pebble Beach is one of the most exclusive spots in stunning Monterey, boasting world class golf courses, amazing automobile events, and plenty of VIP opportunities for those who love a dash of social glamor in their day to day life. Pebble Beach is also an unincorporated community, another factor that marks it out as someplace truly special. This ocean front estate perched on Pescadero Point delivers impressive vistas from every room – allowing you to gaze upon Carmel Bay, Point Lobos, and the green glazed Pebble Beach Golf Links. With five beds and baths, there is also plenty of space for sweet summer fun in the golden glow of the California sun.

an italian style terrace with sea views

The impressive estate almost has an Italian villa feel with its long-pillared terrace, and elegant cream coloring’s and soaring ceilings, peppered with natural resources like wood and marble. Large picture windows can be found in every room – offering glimpses into the blue and green, inviting the ocean light to pour in across the open floor.

an open plan design brings a breath of freshness

It’s the open floorplan that brings the California vibe into this home. As soon as you step in the hallway – the rooms open like the pages of a story book, showcasing a formal dining room that seeps into a lovely lounge – framed by a generous fireplace. The soft glow of the lamps, the hanging chandeliers, and the vision of having a roaring fire when those ocean storms roll in immediately makes you feel at home. The wall of windows pulls your eyes to the sea, and the skylights bring in a wash of even more natural light.

natural stone and wood are woven throughout

The gourmet kitchen delivers another wow factor with its smooth marble in shades of white accented by glimpses of gold and distressed wood. The exposed brick and stone touches that deliver a motif throughout the home add another layer to the Mediterranean style feel and the informal dining space in the kitchen is great for nurturing a morning coffee.

a gourmet kitchen delivers the wow factor

The expansive master suite also boasts a studious sitting room and office, once again boasting a similar color scheme of polished wood, creams and warm honey tones to match the sunlight. The closed fireplace with its fat armchairs whispers of sinking down in sheer comfort with a good book.

four ocean view rooms and a grand master suite

There are four ocean suites in total, but this one is by far the grandest. That’s not to say the others aren’t impressive in nature, and there is no feeling better than falling asleep to the sound of surf. Bathrooms boast oversized sink down tubs with ocean views bedecked in clean white marble and porcelain.

sink down tubs with sea views

The gardens and outside space deliver a Zen like feel with their big granite boulders, flush of tropical green, old oak trees, and water features. The al fresco spaces offer informal dining options and plenty of space for shade lounging under the pergola, again gifting that seamless blend of outdoor to indoor space which is exactly what you want in California. The generous infinity pool seems to melt into the horizon and once more, you will never tire of that view.

an infinity pool that melts into the horizon

For those who want to live thoroughly embracing the ocean, to watch the waves roll in and see the seals splash on the rocks – you couldn’t ask for a more comfortable location on the sophisticate shores of Pebble Beach. For more information on this stunning piece of coastal real estate contact Jessica Canning at Sotheby’s.

California Style at Casa Palmero in Pebble Beach

The once private villa on the classy shores of Monterey will transport you to the balmy shrublands of the scorched Mediterranean. Casa Palmero captures that Spanish colonial feel – with its burnt ochre hue, wide courtyard, and traditional style fountains. The beautiful villa was built from the ground up in 1927 but didn’t fling open its doors to guests until the late 1990’s. With only a handful of rooms (24 to be exact) there is an intimacy in the air at Casa Palmero.

Casa Palmero – a maze of Mediterranean courtyards, gardens and fountains

Being on the Pebble Beach Golf Link makes the Casa a dream come true for golfers, particularly as rooms boast sweeping views of the fabled first and second fairways. Yet, it’s not only those who love to tee off who will adore Casa Palmero; auto aficionados flock to Monterey for the annual Pebble Beach Concours, and anyone seeking a Californian escape to curl up beside the fire, explore the beach, and fall hard for an enchanting place to stay will feel the pull.

Entrance into the intimate charm of Casa Palmero

Passing the 17-Mile-Road to get to the property sets the tone for your time ahead, as mature oaks soar and wild deer roam. Upon arrival, the boutique intimacy is apparent as the valet calls you by name, and the hidden courtyards and vined trellises invite you to wander through storybook gardens. The resort boasts four restaurants, shops, a spa, and proximity to the Beach and Tennis Club – not to mention as much golf as you can swing an iron at.

romantic fountains transport you to another time and place

The rooms at Casa Palmero are sumptuous in style with threads of Italian inspiration sewn in. A blend of textures calls on earthy woods, distressed buttery leather, and warm honeyed hues. Window seats bring in that air of romance, along with wood burning fires, fat armchairs, and spaciously large bath tubs. The Courtyard Suites has its own whirlpool spa nestled in the private courtyard, along with exposed wooden beams and that much loved fireplace. The Palmero Suite has its own access and garden along with a guest powder room and a striking four poster bed.

beautiful rooms boast exposed beams and warm honey tones

The public spaces of Casa Palmero are equally as inviting in style and space.  Complementary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres get passed around when the curtain of evening falls, and the living room with its piano and winged chairs transport you back to a time of formal elegance. The library is a firm favorite of every guest who passes through these doors – boasting shelf after shelf of locally bound authors and lots of nooks and crannies to lose yourself in the pages.

some suites have private courtyards, whirlpool spas, and open fireplaces

Outside, there are glorious vistas and weathered benches beside the fountain. The sparkling pool punctuated by sun loungers and parasols in the same honeyed and terracotta tones is an ever-inviting scene for long lingering afternoons without a care in the world.

the sparkling pool punctuated with bright parasols and loungers

The spa is just a few steps away and hailed as one of the best with its highly coveted Forbes five-star award. Many off the treatments and services call on the natural bounty of Northern California, utilizing local herbs, flowers and minerals from both the mountains and the sea. Hailed as a sanctuary for the senses you could spend a lifetime being pampered in one of their 15 massage rooms, full service salon, outdoor pool, warming fire pit and flotation wrap suite.

Secret gardens and sweet spa services

Casa Palermo delivers a glorious customized service – from fresh flowers to concierge arrangements, all delivered with the warmth of a genuine smile in a setting that is truly remarkable. Prices start at $1000 for an Estate Room and go to $3200 for the Palmero Suite.

SY Maltese Falcon: 15 Perfect Sails

At first blush, she simply appears to be an extremely beautiful, very large traditional sailing yacht. Closer inspection reveals a supremely clean deck, with no apparent rigging. Her graceful, low-slung hull gives the impression that she labors little for her speed and maneuverability. How can this be?

An incredible combination of design, technology, and innovation, SY Maltese Falcon presents one of yachting’s most elegant profiles. At 88 meters/289 feet, she is one of the most majestic lengths to sport sails, and that, she does. All 15 of them. Without rigging. With ease and speed. With flawless reliability.

In place of rigging, SY Maltese Falcon is fitted with an ingenious computerized control system dubbed “DynaRig.” From the wheelhouse, her technology detects wind speed, direction, and sea conditions that allow her captain and crew to control the turn of her three aerodynamic carbon masts to the perfect position with the press of a button. No lines or clews. No pulleys. Simply a sophisticated technological system that syncs an intelligent, able crew with her impressive performance.

Each of her 58m/191ft masts rotates from incredible base systems, creating a continuous sail pattern built of 2,400 square meters of sails. From the courses and topsails to the gallants and royals, each sail appears and disappears ingeniously from a slice in the yards, all curved in an agreeable 12 degree camber, working in unison to handle heavy winds. She is adept at a 45-degree close haul, giving her 10 to 15 degrees over most square-rigged yachts.

Her steel hull eliminates the need for a drop keel, making her profile a mere 6 meters below the waterline. Launched in 2006, she is a magnificent design from Perini Navi’s yard in Turkey. SY Maltese Falcon accommodates 12 guests in grand style, regularly taking in stride 10-day ocean passages. Enough gushing, however, about her statistics. She is also one fabulously lavish yacht.

Adorned with sumptuous furnishings and abundant art, SY Maltese Falcon instantly proposes an extraordinary voyage. Her list of accoutrements and water toys is as legendary as her design.

A 5-meter Castoldi jet tender, assisted by two 10-meter Pascoe rib tenders, assure easy transport. Also on board are two jet skis, two Sea Bobs, two Laser sailboats, two windsurfers, two standup paddleboards and two kayaks. Should guests desire a protected dip, an inflatable water slide and pool oblige. Six sets of fully-equipped scuba gear, private gym, outdoor cinema, ample salons, dining and lounge areas, and five lower deck staterooms serve to entertain, while an upper deck passage cabin, fitted with private gym and sun deck ensures privacy.

The magnificent circular stairway climbs about the main mast connecting the decks, sending glorious sunlight streaming throughout the lower floors. SY Maltese Falcon’s deck plans can be arranged into four, five, or six staterooms, depending on the guest list.

The original owner, Tom Perkins, worked diligently with Fabio Perini of Perini Navi, to bring SY Maltese Falcon’s design off the shelf and into three dimensions. The original concept evolved from a 1989 design inspired by an oil crisis. Perkins sold Maltese Falcon in 2009 to hedge-fund manager Elena Ambrosiadou, maintaining the yacht as a private, secure, sleek sailing adventure for a privileged few. All who view her, however, can appreciate the astonishing mesh of style and function as she adeptly sails the world.

As detective Sam Spade, from the literary work of the same name might address SY Maltese Falcon and her exceptional performance, “You’re a good man, sister.” Requests for more detailed information regarding charter booking may be addressed to


SY Maltese Falcon

Perini Navi/Fabio Perini

DynaRig System

Tom Perkins

Elena Ambrosiadou


With the ocean foaming outside your window and the log fire burning brightly in your stately suite, you know you have arrived at The Lodge. Car enthusiasts, golf lovers, and those who want to soak up the sweetness of California all flock to the shores of Pebble Beach to discover the sublime beauty of the Monterey Peninsula.

wake up to fabled views of the fairways at The Lodge

Since 1919 this elegant and wholly historic lodging has been welcoming patrons through the doors and offering them an award-winning spa experience, delectable dining, and waterfront views. The ocean side fairways are fabled in the golf world for boasting one of the best greens in the whole of the USA, in fact next year the Pebble Beach golf course will host the U.S Open. The greens weaves through seaside tees, dramatic cliff drops, and stunning vistas making it one of the most beautiful places to tee off at sunset.

world class courses at the Pebble beach golf link

When you can bear to tear yourself away from the golf course you will find a plethora of things to do – from horseback riding along the sands to wine tasting, exploring the shops at The Lodge arcade, and perfecting your serve at the tennis club. Four legged friends are also welcome at The Lodge contributing to long salty walks on the beach. Rooms even come with a puppy menu offering fur babies steak tartare for breakfast along with a puppy concierge service and toys and treats on tap.

boutique shopping at The Lodge

After an endless parade of activity there is nothing better than returning to the sanctuary of the hotel. With 161 guest rooms and suites, The Lodge manages to keep its intimate appeal – complemented by clean soft colors, warming log fires, and bright freshly cut flowers. The Garden Spa room is a summers dream with its private brick patio, outdoor whirlpool, and elegant armchairs huddled around the wood burning fire to take the edge of chilly sea swept evenings. Deluxe Ocean View Suites boast glazed green and blue views across the golf course and out to sea, and come marble bathrooms, a separate sitting parlor and patio, a full entertainment system, and luxuriously thick 300 thread count cotton bedsheets.

wonderfully warm rooms for prime pleasure

Guests staying at The Lodge also have exclusive access to the Pebble Beach Spa, one of the only spas in the world to receive the five-star award from Forbes. California is a place that takes the art of wellness seriously and at the Pebble Beach Spa you can find Red Flower ritual treatments, cloud 19 floatation wraps up for grabs, and even hot pebble massages designed to soothe all your tensions away.

an inspired place to stay to soothe tensions away

Dining at The Lodge is nothing short of an extravagant affair – yet not so formal that it makes dinner stuffy. The emphasis is all on local produce sourced from the land and the sea, delivered with creative twists from world class chefs. The Lodge has access to six – yes six restaurants, so whether you fancy classic American fayre or contemporary seafood at The Stillwater Bar and Grill; you can find it all a stone’s throw from your door. At The Bench, you can lose yourself in the smoked aroma of woodfired foods as you chow down on blistered peppers, Manilla clams, and Berkshire Bone pork chops. Start the day at the Gallery Café with hot sticky cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven and fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes.

first class dining with fairway views at the Stillwater Restaurant and Bar

What better way to end a day of golf and beach walks than curled up in the cocktail lounge with a robust bottle of local wine, stoking the fire, and lingering over the art of conversation – The Lodge certainly knows how to set the scene for elegant oceanfront escapes. Rooms at The Lodge start at $840 for a standard garden view and go to $4200 for a 2 bedroom suite.

Maltese Holiday: Land of Honey

Cruising the coast of the Mediterranean island country of Malta is a private luxury yacht charter experience like no other. Its name derived from the ancient Greek word for honey, Malta strikes dulcet notes of delight at dozens of compass points along its ruggedly beautiful coastline and across its ancient civilization. Just 80 km south of the Italian Island of Sicily, Malta’s position has found favor with explorers and traders throughout history, owning a cultural timeline dating back to 5200 BC.

From historic sites and some of the world’s best diving, to eclectic shopping and contemporary entertainment, the island offers a unique cultural blend of art, culture, and leisure pursuits. Two intriguing sister islands, Comino and Gozo, add pristine environments, Baroque churches, welcoming inhabitants, and a wealth of stunning architecture.

Gozo Malta
Gozo Malta

Easily explored in a week, a first cruise is certain to inspire return itineraries for deeper exploration. Malta also has interesting ports of call to fill much longer itineraries. While Maltese is the official language, English is widely spoken, smoothing conversation. The country is a member of the European Union, making transactions simple and easy for visitors. Consider The Best of Yachting’s 7-day itinerary for a fascinating first look at this unique country.

Day 1: Valletta, on Malta’s main island, supports a dense population with grace and beauty. Grand Harbour Marina at Dockyard Creek welcomes superyachts up to 140 meters, with abundant berths and services. Spend the day exploring Co-Cathedral St. John, where intricate sculptural relief and religious art of the highly decorative Baroque period is preserved in astounding perfection. It is also where the Knights of Malta originated, developing the eight-pointed Maltese Cross so familiar around the world, including it’s adoption by New York Firemen. Shop Republic and Merchants Streets for crafts and local wares, heading to St. Julians or Paceville’s Bay Street Complex for High Street, international chic. Reserve a table at the favorite Blue Elephant overlooking the yacht marina for a fine Thai/Asian meal, or The Villa overlooking Balluta Bay for Italian fare.

Valletta Skyline in the Evening, Malta
Valletta Skyline in the Evening, Malta

Day 2: Birzebugga, Marsaxlokk, and Island Bay offer an opportunity to view the dramatic limestone coastline, high cliffs, fishing villages, and the famous Marsaxlokk Sunday market. While markets are scheduled throughout the week, the Sunday market is village wide, with an especially exciting range of products. On to the coastal resort town of Birżebbuġa, packed full of outstanding architecture and graced with Pretty Bay, and a sandy beach. Ancient cart ruts, etched into the stone near the Dingli Cliffs explore the ancient path of oxcarts to the sea, thought to date back to 2000 BC. Experience authentic Mediterranean cuisine and fresh catches at Restaurant Ferretti overlooking the water and tucked into an history battery constructed by the Knights of St. John in the 18th century.

Malta Birzebbuga
Malta Birzebbuga

Day 3: The Blue Grotto is a beautiful vision, with its sea caverns and clear, aquamarine water-filled grotto offering unparalleled diving and snorkeling experiences. Cruise along the magnificent cliffs up to Golden Bay for safe harbor during the evening, and perhaps tender in for local flavor at Essence for fine dining, sampling the Barbary duck, coriander risotto cake, and unique local desserts.

Blue Grotto Comino Malta
Blue Grotto Comino Malta

Day 4: The tiny island of Comino, car-free and only civilized by one hotel, remains pristine and beautiful, ready for an underwater exploration like nowhere else on earth. The Blue Lagoon shows off a strikingly blue dive, rimmed by pretty white sand, enticing all to dive in and enjoy the view. A walk around the uninhabited majority of the island rewards guests with lovely views scented by wild native herbs. A bird sanctuary and nature preserve, the island was once the protected hunting and recreation enclave of the Knights of Malta.

Malta Comino BLue Lagoon
Malta Comino BLue Lagoon

Day 5:

and Victoria on the island of Gozo echo ancient civilizations, paying homage to Homer’s Odyssey as Calypso’s Isle. Sparsely inhabited and incredibly well-preserved, the abundant flora of the island and the deep blue of the surrounding waters, plus the spectacular underwater landscapes, make Gozo an exquisite diving and hiking destination. Consider a side trip to the oldest freestanding structures in the world at the Ggantija Temples, dating back to between 3600 and 3200 BC. Swim in the sublime surroundings of Azure Window, and explore the fascinating Calypso Cave fortifications.

Mgarr Harbour
Mgarr Harbour

Day 6: Mellieha Bay is a laid-back, seaside beach resort town with a divine beach and stunning coastal views. Clean, clear waters provide fabulous dive and snorkel adventures, as well as an inviting venue for sailing and other water sports pursuits. Climb the striking Red Tower for an incredible 360º panoramic view of Malta, Gozo, and Comino. Reserve a table at The Dining Room to experience haute cuisine interpreted by one of the finest Maltese chefs in Mellieha.


Day 7: Cruise to Sliema, past the exclusive enclaves dotting the coast, stopping for photos and souvenirs of lace, honey, filigree silver and gold jewelry, intricate teak carvings, and local art. As Valetta comes into view, prepare to disembark, despite the feeling that you’d prefer to stay on board and have another go around this amazing island.

The Must Attend Events at the Pebble Beach Concourse

While many automobile events are all about purring engines and the need for speed, the Pebble Beach Concours is about the perfect pitch of elegance. The once upon a time small social soiree that kick-started in the 1950’s has turned into a glorious gathering for the rarest and most beautiful antique cars. Along with a celebration on the famed 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links of these beautiful automobiles, the highly sophisticated shores of Monterey spill over with life as many first-class events take precedence. Pick up a pen and jot these names in your little black book, as these are the must attend events to mark on your calendar.

the ultimate week for auto aficionado’s

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance / August 16th

Expect to see the sparkling badges of Ferrari, beautiful gleaming Bentleys, and dreamy sleek Porsches at the striking Concours d’Elegance. This year the prestigious event is expected to showcase marques from Isotta Fraschini, American Dream Cars from the 1960’s, Ferrari Major Race Winners, and Ferrari One Off Specials. The Concours is a highly exclusive event complete with champagne toasts for after the competing cars complete their circuit that takes these beautiful automobiles winding the scenic roads of 17-mile drive and Ocean Avenue. From automotive aficionados to those who just love the idea of dressing up and admiring some of history’s most significant cars – the Concours d’Elegance is a must.

the concours d’elegance

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering / August 18th

During August, it seems that Monterey goes stir crazy for stunning cars and The Quail is another impeccable event of five-star caliber. The glazed green golf course of The Quail Lodge lights up with rows of the coolest cars in history, right here on the green you can see millions of dollars’ worth of cars in one place. Amidst the sun splashed landscape of Carmel you can run your hands across pre-war sports and racing cars, sassy supercars, racing motorcycles, mid-engine marvels, and the greatest Ferraris in the world. The garden party setting also provides the perfect mise-en-scene for an afternoon talking about cars, sipping cool drinks, and rubbing shoulders with elite socialites and exclusive guests. Adorers of the automobile should be sure to attend.

the quail: a Motorsport gathering

McCall’s Motorworks Revival / August 16th

A lavish luxury lifestyle bash is exactly what you need after drooling over simply sublime cars lining the courses and roads of Monterey. At McCall’s Motorworks revival you can expect the red carpet to be rolled out at the Jet Center and for the crowd to be filled with top tier patrons ready to sip the finest Californian wine, nibble beluga treats, and sample some of the best dishes from local chefs. Throw into the mix a host of rare vintage cars, gorgeous state of the art aircraft, and a plethora of VIP guests and you have the hottest event in Monterey.

Mccalls motorworks revival

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion / August 17-20th

If you haven’t had your fill of cars, then the Rolex Reunion will tempt you with its museum spring to life like feel. With over 500 cars, this isn’t an event about looking pretty – but one that is designed to deliver speed and prowess and plenty of heart thumping action on the track. In keeping with paying homage to the golden era of motoring you can see select cars in different groups race around an iconic circuit including sports racing cars from the pre-1940s all the way up to 1960’s. In between races there is cheese and wine pairings, Q&A sessions, and autograph signings with world famous drivers.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Carmel Mission Classic / August 16th

The Carmel Mission Classic is one of the classiest events on the circuit composing beautiful automobiles, wonderful wines, and harp music on the grounds of the Carmel Mission. As you stroll the glorious grounds you can admire cars like the 1954 Packard Caribbean, the 1966 Chevy Corvette Stingray, and the 1937 Rolls Royce 25/30.

Carmel Mission Classic

Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction / August 16-19th

International collectors with a penchant for prestigious cars can find their fill at the Gooding and Company’s Auction. Held within the gates of 17-Mile Drive, there is nothing more exciting than arriving at auction with your cheque book and seeking the sweetest new addition to your collection. From 1976 Alfa Romeos to 1966 Ferraris – the Gooding and Company’s auction is a dream come true for first rate collectors of awesome automobiles. The catalogue starts at $200.

Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction

RM Sotheby’s Monterey / August 18-19th

Sotheby’s is certainly one of the leaders when it comes to the world of the wealthy, so it’s no surprise they would make an appearance on the Monterey peninsula with their own line up of exclusive automobiles. Expect the highest selection of automobiles up for auction at the RM Sotheby’s event along with plenty of excitement when it comes to the banging of the hammer. In between breathless bidding you can also gather on Fisherman’s Wharf to taste some of the best gourmet treats the area has to offer.

RM Sotheby’s Monterey


Forward-looking style and posh comfort on board the Lürssen private luxury yacht charter Caipirinha (ex Arkley) deliver exceptional amenities for 12 guests in 6 cabins on board this beautiful yacht. Served by 15 crew, assisted by the state-of-the-art stabilization system, the primary focus is on the comfort of Caipirinha guests.

Caipirinha’s steel hull and aluminum superstructure built at the Lürssen shipyard have a 7000 nm range at 12 kts. with a maximum speed of 15.5 kts. Exterior naval architecture by renown designer Espen Øino presents a sleek yacht profile in haute nautique style. Light, spacious interiors by Mark Berryman give guests room to truly exhale and enjoy time on board the yacht.

Forward on the top deck sky lounge, an octagonal Jacuzzi invites a splash with a view, flanked port and starboard by large sun pads. Glass bulwarks protect from wind while maintaining the panoramic view. A protected salon offers comfortable seating, and al fresco dining area aft, with sun pads that convert to a professionally equipped karaoke stage, encourages lively outdoor evening gatherings.

Aft of the wheelhouse on the upper deck, a VIP guest cabin features en suite bath and lounge area. Aft of the cabin, a stylish casual salon with two long sofas, one to port and one to starboard, a bar, and two small dining tables make a cushy gathering spot. A large, circular al fresco dining table and two casual seating areas to port and starboard on the aft deck offer a refreshing evening view.

Forward on the main deck, the full beam owner’s suite is entered through a private office to starboard. Cavernous and luxurious, the bath is cool stone in warm tones, with gorgeous soaking tub and very stylish double basin vanity. Dramatic lighting enhances the mood throughout the luxurious space.

Aft of the suite, a fully equipped galley to port services the large formal dining area, joined aft by an entertainment space with Bosendorfer self-playing piano. Fully aft in the cabin, two large curved sofas and tables face the large screen TV, joined by two recliners, serving as an on board cinema with blackout blinds for daytime viewing. The aft deck provides casual al fresco dining and both a port and starboard stair to the lower level beach club.

A central stair runs throughout the yacht, providing access to all decks. On board electronics include satellite TV, video on demand, wifi, and iPod docking.

The lower deck houses four guest cabins amidships, upping the total to 4 double and one convertible cabin in addition to the master suite, all with en suite baths. Separate and forward on the lower deck are the crew quarters with ample bath and storage facilities.

Below on the beach deck, two 7.5-m/24-ft. tenders equipped with 300 hp. Volvo engines are tucked into garages, port and starboard, ready for water fun of all types. Stowed in the space between the garages, a veritable sporting goods store of water fun awaits guests, including a PADI certified dive training center equipped for rendezvous diving and certificate awards for guests completing the required course. Additional enjoyment from 2 jet skis, 2 seabobs, 4 SUPs, a kayak, a laser sailboat, wakeboards, water skis, exercise equipment, and a wealth of inflatables and towables, including a 10 x 5 meter Seapool and an inflatable water slide, fill days at sea with splendid activities. Six bicycles are provided for shore excursions.

An award winner when launched in 2015, Caipirinha continues to deliver a pleasurable luxury yacht charter experience above and beyond the norm. Her amenities and timeless design, with warm, light neutral tones accented in black woods and accents, are testament to the high quality design, inside and out, from this exceptional team.

Nuvolari Lenard Releases New details of 139m Redwood Project in Build at Lurssen

Nuvolari-Lenard has confirmed a few more details about their latest Lurssen build project – Redwood. Project Redwood is a 139-meter motor yacht and Nuvolari-Lenard are responsible for what is expected to be a stunning exterior and interior design.

While we understand that the yacht will be passenger yacht code compliant and have a steel hull with aluminum structure, Nuvolari-Lenard have gone on to say that Redwood will also have space for landing two helicopters on deck, along with the ability to carry a fleet of tenders, some as large as 15 meters.

While all this information echoes of a superyacht that is set for adventures along the final frontiers, Project Redwood will also carry a host of activity with her. A sports and dive center will be located on the lower deck along with an impressively large swimming pool that won’t be fully exposed to the elements of sea. As to be guessed by Project Redwood’s ability to host mega tenders and helicopters, she is set to have long ranging cruise capabilities.

The yacht is still under construction in Bremen where Lurssen is collaborating with the design studio, the owner’s representative, and the build team who previously worked on M/Y Quatroelle. Project Redwood is expected to be delivered in 2019.

Benetti delivers the fourth Fast 125′ M/Y Lejos3

The Fast Series by Benetti, so rightly named is by no surprise built for speed. Number four in the series after Ironman, Constance Joy and Skyler, was delivered this month to her new owner and is to be named Lejos3.

M/Y Legos3 | Benetti 125′

At 125’(38m), this sleek beauty cruises at a max speed of 22 knots powered by 2 x MTU v12 2000 series 2,636hp diesel engines.  The Rolls-Royce AZPC65 Azipull Carbon thruster propulsion system is significant in that it served as the basis by which the Fast series was built around. These light weight and high power density thrusters provide propulsion, excellent maneuvering capabilities and low drag. 

The D2P Displacement to Planing hull designed together by Pierluigi Ausonio and the Azimut Benetti R&D center is yet another innovation found aboard. Thanks to the wave piercer, the yacht benefits from reduced consumption and improved comfort whether traveling at lower speeds in displacement mode or when ramping it up in planing mode.

A look inside the new Legos3, we see the work of Redman Whiteley Dixon Interiors. The style is based on Benetti’s Air configuration, a very contemporary and minimalist look which easily complements the sleek and sporty exterior by Stefano Righini.

The Owner’s Suite can be found on the main deck just forward of the salon whereas the four guest VIP cabins are found just below. With space for 7 crew, the owner and guests can rest assured that their every need will be attended to.

With no shortage of exterior space for guests to lounge and soak up the sun, the choice of four decks, 2 Jacuzzi pools, and an oversized Beach club leaves them spoiled for options.

A Bond Like Waterfront Estate in Les Parcs Saint Tropez

Some have compared the Villa Octopussy to being worthy of a Bond villain lair and we cannot help but agree. You can almost imagine Bond broaching the 1.2-acre private escape by jet ski or dropping in from a helicopter before sipping a martini – shaken not stirred – from the top of the spiral stairs.

James Bond arrival by Helicopter or Boat

This impeccable 9 bed and 9 bath home is a vision of modern architecture and was built by Baron Fritz von Opel in the 50’s before being purchased and completely restored and modernized by a wine tycoon in 2015. The residence sits prettily in the famous Les Parcs complex of St Tropez, a prestigious post on the French Riviera hosting 300 elite villas. This nook of the Riviera is far from prying eyes and residents either need a private helicopter or entrance to the private port to access the 24-hour security surrounding Les Parcs.

waterfront views in the prestigious and private Les Parcs

Like the floating palace in Octopussy, this striking home designed by Herrera seems to float above the bejeweled waters, not to mention the swimming pool that makes way for waterfalls and streams and a charming koi ponds. The 10 thousand square meter villa is spread across two stories and connected by a spiral staircase – all crowned by a beautiful rooftop pavilion for sunset drinks with astounding panoramic views.

two heated pools make way for waterfalls and koi carp ponds

Thanks to the excess of windows the interior of Villa Octopussy is drenched in light, a natural wonder elegantly complemented by the pale color palate calling on swirled creams, billowing whites, and dark and blonde woods. Everything about the villa oozes natural luxury – from the slabs of cool marble to the free-flowing feel of rooms seamlessly connecting.

lavish in creams and drenched in natural light

The bathroom captures the spirit of a spa escape – with its extra-large luxury tub perched beside floor to ceiling windows offering dazzling views across the blue sea. Each and every detail of this property has been chosen for its ability to deliver another layer to the luxury lifestyle.

a spa like bathroom boasting beautiful seaviews

Outside there is 700 sqm of space along with a throng of perfectly shaded patios and terraces for soaking up the spirit of the Cote D’Azur – as the property is protected from winds by a dam, this truly feels like a space where warm summer days linger. The tropical greenery surrounding the property also adds to that hidden away vibe that makes Les Parcs popular with high class clientele seeking sanctuary from the outside world.

For those seeking a rare residence that seems to come straight from a movie set, then Villa Octopussy is sure to ignite a spark. The perfect setting for summer parties of style and excess, this is a home that beautifully reflects the five-star style of the French Riviera. For more information of Villa Octopussy and for a price on request contact Sothebys International.


The coolest new motor yacht is coming to the Côte d’Azur’s hottest new beach club this summer. Silver Arrows Marine and Shellona Pampelonne “St Tropez” are announcing a unique partnership to entice A-listers everywhere.

For a lucky few the summer party on St Tropez’s legendary Pampelonne Beach will move seamlessly from the sand to the sea – and a chance to take the helm of the first ARROW460-Granturismo motor yacht, the sleek silver machine designed by Mercedes-Benz Style.

VIP guests will swap sunloungers for the captain’s chair of the “S-Class of the seas” and sample for themselves the new yacht’s truly Granturismo performance and luxury, as well as innovative features like the inside/outside cabin and retractable diving platform.

Just as unique as the yacht are the Granturismo Experience events that Silver Arrows Marine uses to showcase the yacht’s “embrace life” philosophy to invited guests from around the world. Four Granturismo Experiences will be based at Shellona Pampellone “St Tropez”, on August 5-7August 12-15August 18-20, and September 30-October 3.

Each Experience involves a five-star journey on land and on sea, an exploration of how Mercedes-Benz design, craftsmanship and elegance have made the transition from automobiles to yachts with such exceptional results.

Cruising the waters off St Tropez in ARROW460 provides the perfect introduction to an experience of a different but equally glamorous kind – chilling out with the ocean-front dining and DJ experience of Shellona St Tropez. Sure to be the “it” beach club of the summer with its simple bohemian-chic teak floors and canvas decor, the new-for-2017 club is a Mediterranean offshoot of the Shellona St Barthélemy club in the Caribbean that’s been such a huge hit with A-list partygoers.

Silver Arrows Marine Chief Executive Officer Jacopo Spadolini said:  “Our innovative yacht, the coolest club on the Med and beautiful St Tropez all fit together perfectly for what I am sure will be a summer to remember.

“We are excited and thrilled to partner such a prestigious luxury brand as Shellona for our Granturismo Experiences and can’t wait to get the party started.”

Shellona Beach Club Administrator Adriano De Moura said: “That’s a real honor and privilege to associate Shellona to the first boat designed by Mercedes Benz. I truly believe that we share the same values of luxury, prestige and exclusivity. Our clients will have the opportunity to experience the best of Pampelonne and the best of the Mercedes boat Arrow460-Granturismo”.

The Sultriest Night Spots in St Tropez

Saint Tropez – The place to party

During the day St Tropez is a blur of bougainvillea, blue sea, and sunshine – making it a dream backdrop for frolicking in Channel bikinis and free pouring the Cristal at some of the hottest beach clubs in town. When the sun sinks, this side of the French Riviera lights up with A list celebrities, the hottest seasonal fashion, and some of the most elite clubs in Europe. Indulgence doesn’t come finer than in the foray of St Tropez – here are the most exclusive places to party for those seeking a splash of glitz in their club scene…

Les Caves du Roy

Les Caves du Roy the most famous club in France

The number one nightclub in the whole of France has easily clung to its title for the past forty years. Once upon a time Les Caves Du Roy was kitsch central but a recent makeover took the decision to tone it down a little and create a more oriental east meets west type of vibe. The resident DJ Jack E knows how to turn the tables for the stars – ensuring celebrities of the highest caliber – think Beyonce can often be seen sashaying on the dancefloor. The sultry summer nights go on forever as the doors only open at the stroke of midnight and kicking out starts at 6am. Dress in your best to make it past the very picky doormen.

VIP Room

Johnny Depp Hanging With Friends VIP Room Photo Credit Richard Ballak

Coming in close behind Les Caves is the VIP room – whose title name alone should deliver a clue as to what world class patrons can expect. As the sunset starts to flame in the sky – the club starts the night as an ambient high class Mediterranean restaurant. After the plates are cleared the VIP room turns into one of the hottest clubs in town. Moody purples and greens blaze throughout the night and the time ticks’ closer to midnight you can expect plenty of beautiful people swarming the brightly lit dancefloor. The music leans towards throbbing house and techno ensuring a sense of surrealism especially in the early hours.


Paris Hilton partying it up Papagayo Photo Credit

Since the 60’s this club has been a legendary whisper on the white sands of St Tropez. Papagayo forms the third part of the illustrious trio making this spot in France so famous with those who love to party. Papagayo is said to be the most untamed spot to wile away the night with a generous helping of illicit behavior that would make the paparazzi go wild. With an interior inspired by vintage Hollywood and one of the most divine terraces in the whole of St Tropez – it’s no wonder that Papagayo draws in the ‘it’ crowd with its future inspired dance floor and A listers unleashing their feral side.

Le Quai

Everyone adores superyacht views at Le Quai

From Forbes to Fortune – everyone adores Le Quai as it seems to capture that quintessential French Riviera vibe. Perhaps it’s the hot under the collar real estate that the beautiful bar occupies (overlooking the iced white superyachts lined up along the marina), or maybe it’s the sublime sushi, the mesmerizing fashion model clientele, or the Indonesian inspired interior that makes it so famous. Whatever the reason Le Quai is a must for pre-club drinks or dinner and if you can’t bear to tear yourself away – you can stay all night.

La Sauvageonne

Vogue’s favorite for a pre-party cocktail far from prying eyes

Vogue recently pitted this relaxed tropical bar Le Sauvageonne as the place for a pre-party cocktail and we must agree. After soaking up the sun all day, there is something cool and breezy about laid back bamboo furnishing, a killer mixologist, and lots of lush vegetation. Plus, for guests who prefer to avoid run ins with the press or drawing attention at the larger than life venues – this gorgeous little bar is just the right helping of elusive and exclusive.

St Tropez: A Gorgeous Guide to the Glitz

Photo Credit Sunshine Riviera Tour

Saint-Tropez is perhaps the best known international hotspot for sailing, made famous by Brigitte Bardot’s alluring appearance in And God Created Women, which suddenly stamped this until then, unassuming port town as a shining star on the world map. Now, even without Bardot, the glamour and sensuality still exists thanks to the beautiful people, unfailing sunshine (300 days plus annually) and the jaw-dropping yachts. World famous regattas are held here, most notably Les Voiles de St Tropez at the end of September, but all year round boats are an intrinsic part of the landscape and essential to the way of life.

The summer months in St. Tropez are the most lively and glorious. Super-yachts arrive almost daily, returning the jet set crew to their favorite destination. Soak up the sun and romance of the Cote d’Azur at the beach front for the best people watching as the elite descend from their luxury cruisers. Make like an a-lister and check into Muse, a small and slightly newer establishment than most, but at the very highest end of exclusive, with just 15 spacious suites each modeled on the French muse they’re named after. Interiors are cool, contemporary and chic; a Bentley shuttle service is on hand to drive guests to the beach where sun butlers standby to slather guests in luxury sun creams, before returning them bronzed and oiled to the outdoor sunken pool for sunset cocktails.

Perched on the highest hill of Saint-Tropez, Hotel Byblos has become somewhat of an institution and deservedly so, the service is flawless and the vibe elegantly Mediterranean. With luxury boutiques on site, a spa, two restaurants and the Caves du Roy, the coast’s trendiest nightclub, there’s little need to venture far from this quaint collection of burnt orange houses. The bright white villa of La Residence de la Pinede is the gleaming white pearl on the cliff side, with its own private waterfront and three-Michelin star seafood restaurant, Vague d’Or under the imaginative lead of chef Arnaud Donckele whose sea bass and summer truffles leave you weak at the knees.



For another excellent seafood option, Le Girelier is the yachting crowd’s hangout for the relaxed sea-shanty atmosphere, terrace tables and two-michelin star menu refuelled every day with the freshest catch. Then down the street from the town’s church, resides “Emperor of the Truffle” Bruno Clement’s decadent restaurant with set seasonal, full-on truffle feast menus and specially prepared high-end picnic hampers to take on board for a day’s coastline cruise. Further afield, Auberge de l’Oumede is the best pick for authentic provencal cuisine. Tucked amongst the vineyards, the restaurant is open for dinner only during the summer months and provides a charming country escape away from the throbbing social scene. The chicest dining experience though is found in the sheltered gardens at House of Dior. Three-Michelin-star Chef Yannick Alleno’s menu is as exquisite as the surroundings, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on delicate Dior bone china.

Dior’s not the only fashion house with a villa in town, Louis Vuitton’s residence is just as impressive, with interiors that channel the destination’s laid-back nautical glamour and a VIP room made to look like a French apartment with beige upholstered sofas, armchairs and black-and-white photographs on the walls. For other designer shopfronts stick to the triangle between Place des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue Allard where you’ll find everything from clothing, shoes and bikinis to jewelry and diamond encrusted dog collars. Order a pair of Sandales Tropezienne at Rondini, the family-run cobbler on the rue. G. Clemenceau that has earned itself a reputation as the preferred sandal-maker since it opened in the town in 1927.

The infamous Plage de Pampelonne, which has historically attracted an impossibly dazzling crowd and continues to do so for its hip beach clubs, which burst into life as night falls. Club 55 is the classiest of the bunch and favourite of Kate Moss and Elle Macpherson, whilst the brightly coloured Moorea is on the more relaxed end of stylish, drawing the likes of Rod Stewart and Hugh Grant. For ultimate exclusivity though, explore the gilded coastline by yacht charter and nestle into the shimmering azure waters of a deserted cove. Summer sparkles in Saint-Tropez.


One of the first boutique shipyards in Italy is joining forces with a leading Italian design firm to execute a highly unique and challenging chic project. Shipyard Tankoa is taking the helm alongside design company Exclusiva; often considered the ‘temple of Italian design’.

a Exclusiva designed apartment

Exclusiva has successfully delivered close to forty projects over the last five years, projects that have been formed in partnership with some of the highest heads of states such as Ferrari China and Gazprom. From private islands in Doha to lush apartments in Paris  and public spaces in St Petersburg– Exclusiva has a certain finesse and endless experience in the heady world of artisan interior design. The inspired company has their headquarters in Rome but also boast offices scattered across the globe including in places like Moscow, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai where they work with over a hundred collaborators.

an Exclusiva designed public space in St Petersburg

Exclusiva not wanting to rest on their laurels decided that they wanted to create a challenging project that would showcase their skills in the luxury yacht arena. After plenty of searching and picking through shipyards to find the best fit, they decided on Tankoa as the shipyard to build the beautiful Progetto Bolide.

Design director Fabio Mazzeo establishes how Exclusiva came to choose Tankoa as their shipyard of choice for the project: ‘We’ve been visiting many shipyards in the past year as we spent several months creating our ideal yacht design and our wish was to keep cultivating Italian heritage also in the building. The approach, flexibility, and processes we found at Tankoa are simply unique. Tankoa having no will to run after big production numbers, the guys there are just delivering superior quality as a direct result of their passion. With this in mind, we felt Tankoa was the perfect fit for our Progetto Bolide.’

Excluiva headquarters in Rome

Tankoa Yachts is set to build a radical 72-meter luxury superyacht and both the interior and exterior design will be the work of Exclusiva. With both brands having the hallmark of Italian design history, we can expect the result to be nothing less than a tour du force of fabulousness.

Tankoa and Exclusiva will present the full project at the Tankoa press conference on September 29th during the Monaco Yacht Show.

M/Y Timeless, a 160′ Modern Classic Just Sold

M/Y Timeless(ex. M&M) built in 2012 by Turkish family owned Bilgrin shipyard was the first in a series of 160′ (48.7m) modern classic style Motor Yachts.  The builder recently announced that the vessel has sold with the assistance of Leo Jordil of IYC Brokerage.

160′ M/Y Timeless | Bilgin Yacht

The classic design draws its inspiration from the 1920s where her vintage characteristics can be seen in her lines, the distinctive navy coloured schooner hull and the fitting smokestack.  Inside the use of rich woods and choice fabric pays homage to her era. Her profile is fitting of a postcard image with the likes of a young Greta Garbo casually leaning over the cap rail to get a better look at the horizon.

160′ M/Y Timeless | Bilgin Yacht

Winner of the best Custom Yacht Design up to 50m at the 2012 World Yachts Trophies in Cannes, she earned some well deserved accolades.

When it comes to technology and engineering, she is all modern. Zero speed stabilisers ensure a smooth experience for all aboard. With a range of approximately 3850nm when traveling at 8.5 knots, her 2 MAN-D2842LE engines can take her up to 13.5knots when needed.

With a steel hull, a wooden superstructure and an 8.5m(27ft) beam, she weighs in at 334 tonnes. There are 6 staterooms to accommodate up to 12 guests and space for 7 crew.

No details are available yet on the owners or what plans they might have in store for their new acquisition. So best to stay on the lookout as you never know where she may turn up. 

Azimut Summer Wave Swings by the Best Destinations

It’s called the Azimut Summer Wave and it’s been cruising around the Mediterranean for the past 4 weeks making stops along the way to some of the most idyllic and sublime destinations.  
Starting out on July 7th at Porto Venere, Cinque Terre, the Azimut event set off in grande style for what would be a summer to remember.  The inaugural event saw 200 guests and a fleet of 25 Azimut brand boats enjoying an exclusive affair hosted in conjunction with V Marine, an official Azimut dealer. 
Azimut Summer Wave Event 2017 in Bodrum, Turkey
Guests were treated to unique experiences such as visiting the Comsubin naval base at Le Grazie and a gala dinner prepared by renowned chef Carlo Cracco. The harbor front was transformed into a Made in Italy showcase of Damiani Gioielli and Venini creations and tailored suits by Isaia and F. lli Tallia di Delfino. In true Italian fashion, the atmosphere was one of laid back luxury. 
Then it was off to Bodrum, Turkey. Again, the program on offer included unique events and an exclusive dinner at the Assaggio Italian restaurant. All set against the stunning backdrop of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. 
By July 28th, the Azimut wave had made its way to the renowned Greek island of Mykonos where the opening of the new Azimut Lounge, located on the Kalo Livadi beach was ushered in with music and cocktails. If you were keen to view one of the boats on display, an appointment could be set up to see for yourself all the exquisite detail and features that make these boats unique. 
Azimut S7
The summer of Azimut all culminated into “una festa bellissima” by August 5th in the Balearic Islands whereby the new S7, the latest addition to the Azimut Yachts S Collection was on show for an exclusive preview. A select group of owners were given the opportunity to set foot and test drive the latest launch before her public debut at the upcoming 2017 Cannes Boat Show. 
Azimut S7

Also on show and available for viewing were the Azimut 77S and 55S. The presence of Italian icons of international glamour Audemars Piguet, Ferrari Trento and Technogym enhanced the style, innovation and luxury lifestyle factor.  

The four week long, multi destination event served to celebrate a common passion for the sea and a love for that which is synonymous with Made in Italy.

CRN reveals the concept of 50-meter MY Superconero

Italian shipbuilder CRN announces details of a 50 meter construction project currently in progress.  The fully custom steel and aluminum displacement yacht named M/Y Superconero is due to be launched next winter.

Design and Engineering works were undertaken by CRN’s Engineering Department in cooperation with design firm Zuccon International Project and CRN’s Interiors & Design Department.

Key features of this new 50m will include a balcony, an opening sea terrace,  an aft beach club and float-in garage. Extensive use of glass in the full height windows serves to accentuate the generous internal volume.

Fraser Partners with Porsche for the Ultimate 70 Year Experience

From the ocean to the allure of the land, this summer – yachting favorites Fraser have partnered with Porsche to celebrate their 70th anniversary. These two glorious brands have plenty in common – both were started by one man with a vision and a passion for perfection, and now both brands are household names in the high-class luxury industry. Fraser is one of the leading names in the yachting industry, and Porsche has been cranking out sexy sportscars that exceed expectations for decades. With both brands boasting big names, triumphant success, and a firm focus on the environment, it made sense that they would form a partnership.

The Porsche Ultimate experience has been launched in the South of France, enabling elite clients to rent a brand-new Porsche and have it delivered to them wherever their perfect port of call is along the Cote D’Azur. Clients opting for this first-class service can choose from a new and exclusive selection of Porsches – including the latest 911 GTE. For those who have a need for speed the road can’t offer, with the Porsche Experiences you also have the chance to test your prowess on the 24 Heures du Mans racetrack or driving the world-famous circuit Paul Ricard with the official race drivers of Porsche.

With Monaco being such a famous place for both racing and the yacht industry – it sets the perfect scene for this glorious global partnership. The CEO of Fraser, Raphael Sauleau says; ‘As we celebrate 70 years of industry success, we recognize the many values that Porsche shares with Fraser in terms of quality, attention to detail, and exceptional offerings to clients. A Porsche is more than just a vehicle, it is an expression of freedom, and a unique attitude to life, just like a yacht is more than just a boat.’

Porsche AG will have a fleet of fabulous vehicles available for Fraser clients during the hottest events of the summer season – the Monaco Yacht Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. This impeccable unison between Fraser and Porsche will also be heading to Miami for the winter yacht season.


Bentley has recently launched a new special edition for its Continental GT convertible by Mulliner, the inspiration coming from luxury yachts, it is called the Galene Edition.

The car was made in collaboration with British yacht experts, Princess Yachts, and has been commissioned by the bespoke customization division of Bentley, Mulliner.

The car features a Glacier White and Sequin Blue hue on the exterior, with clean design lines and materials internally mimicking high class yachts. It provides the ultimate blend of oceanic lifestyle with luxury convertible motoring. The design was motivated with the ideal of crystal clear waters and has been used as the theme throughout the car. A dark blue hood and striking 21” polished Propeller Wheels complete Mulliner’s external signature on the Galene Edition.

The interior is reminiscent of the high end materials that are used in luxury yachts as well as Bentley automobiles. The seats are made with Linen and Portland hides with Camel hand cross stitching, the door panels are Linen, Portland and Brunel. The dashboard, center console and armrests are finished using Linen, Brunel and Camel. The headrest has been detailed with embroidery is in Camel while the stowage case has been finished in Glacier White while being in lined in Brunel Alcantara.


The Glacier White external paintwork is echoed inside, in the stowage case and fascia panels, which can be specified with a unique handpainted Jaume Vilardell illustration of a super yacht alongside the Mulliner script in each car. It also coats the clock bezel in the Galene Edition, creating an interior space full of light and luxury.

A new material finish was also created for the Galene Edition, Pinstripe Walnut. The surface is a more open-pore form with a natural finish in the center stack console.

The engine in the Galene edition is the same as the standard model, a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. This produces approximately 500 horsepower with 486 pound-feet of torque. The unique four layered retractable roof keeps the occupants in a similar undisturbed environment as the hard top ensuring that ride quality isn’t being compromised.

Only 30 examples of this magnificent car will be made making it extremely limited.

Invictus Yacht to debut in Australia at Sydney Intl Boat Show 2017 with 3 boats

Invictus brings Italian styling to Australia.  It’s Boat Show time in Australia as the 2017 Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) kicks off on 3 August for what marks the events’ 50th anniversary. Invictus Yacht of Italy will be there and promises to impress with their 280GT, 280TT and 240FX models on show.

With exclusive representation by Sundance Marine, Director David Beck is anticipating a lot of interest and excitement. The Italian brand conjures up images of prestige and premium quality.

The brand feels like a natural fit for the Australian market. Coastal cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have the good fortune of large protected bays where boating, marinas and beach life is a part of the cultural fabric.

The Invictus product line covers the water craft spectrum with a model suited to each style of pleasure mariner. Add to this the Extreme Personalization option via their Atelier Invictus and the finished product is sure to be unique and perfectly tailored to your needs.


Her reverse bow appears both sharp and massive at the same time, merging into the sides of the hull without frippery and crafted ad hoc using uniform transitions between full and empty shapes, while the cabin windows and the air intakes for the engines are shaped like simple lines that emphasize the monolithic characters that Christian Grande desired. The choice of this particular bow structure also allows for a longer waterline length for increased lengthwise stability, and regarding interior space, allows for a substantial increase in below-deck livability.


For owners who never compromise, the Invictus 280TT is the perfect boat for cruising or as a maxi yacht tender. Every aspect of the TT series is designed for flexibility, comfort and safety, as always with the best styling imaginable. The 280TT has the same semi-reverse bow found on the GT Series, and is complete with an ample U- shaped settee that runs along both sides of the bow section. Below decks there is more space than what one would expect, thanks to the choice of the bow layout and the expert design of the area. This also gives her a bathroom with shower and dressing room in a single comfortable space. This is a great advantage for a yacht that, on paper, would only be used for quick commuting trips between the yacht and shore. Invictus wanted to offer more with the concept of the tender-yacht, so that with the 280TT you can choose whether to use her as a support boat or as a true yacht for day cruises.


Featuring an outboard powered high performance hull, the 240 FX is perfect for cutting through big seas. The finishings, equipment and materials used in the 240 FX are in no way inferior to larger motorboats. Her small size compromises neither her harmonious lines nor the quality work found onboard. Both the “Leisure” and “Fishing” versions offer elegance and comfort for guests, with several possibilities available thanks to the forward zone that can be equipped with a comfortable settee or left clear for hard-core fishermen. The console and helm station have been carefully designed for complete integration and use. Space on the 240 FX has been fully exploited with a small dressing room belowdecks, with the option of a WC. Additional details demonstrate the multiple uses and sportive character of the Invictus model.

How to Pack Luxuriously Light for Tahiti

Even the most diligent fashionista will travel light when headed to Tahiti, as the ensembles required – while still luxurious – are lightweight and certainly don’t take up space.

The yachting life will have taught the conscious fashionista that a range of swimsuit styles should be included in her luggage to achieve the most flawless tan. We’ve made a few suggestions that will tick the boxes for different body types and sun situations.

Sun smart accessories including a Venezuelan hand woven hat and a gorgeous cover up from Seafolly have also made the cut for this island getaway.

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The striking aqua bandeau-style bikini from Seafolly Australia is everything you need for a vacation to tropical waters. While Seafolly is known for its fresh designs, the brand also seems to understand that girls need options when it comes to tan lines. Mixing up your swimsuit collection with different styles allows you to obtain an even golden tan – seems like they’ve thought of everything.

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Add some South American spice to your look with a bespoke sunhat from designer Yosuzi. The unique creations are painstakingly handwoven by Venezuelan artisans in the Guajira desert. Authentic and casually stylish, we adore the Kalinda which is brightened with colorful band that will inspire your matching wardrobe choices.

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We’re still huge fans of the one-piece swimsuit trend – especially when we find pieces as sophisticated as the Cross Back Parallels swimsuit from Jets. This swimsuit flatters your curves and shows flair with sheer panels and a network of straps across the back. The design gives a high-fashion vibe to what is essentially the most stylish one-piece a woman could own.

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There’s always room for a little girly glam in our yachting suitcase, and a Tahiti-bound travelling wardrobe is no exception. The gorgeous Sicily Scales Ripple Bikini from VIX’s new collection conjures up images of mermaids with its a delicate design and the bold yellow hue will stand out beautifully against the turquoise waters.

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Every fashionista headed for Tahiti needs a luxuriously soft and light cover up to occasionally hide from the sun, and to slip into when headed to the bar for a refreshment. The Island Vibe dress is the perfect piece that won’t take up space in your suitcase, but packs a whole lot of punch when it comes to looking fresh while poolside. The open shoulders show off your golden tan, and the waist nips in, giving shape to your relaxed island look.


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The colorful jewel adorned sandals from Fendi are the ultimate when it comes to resort wear. Crafted from the softest leather to cushion your strut, these sandals are an instantly recognizable talking piece. Slip them on with a simple black sundress to let the colors vibe for themselves, or let them peek out from under a maxi dress as a glittering surprise.

Royal Huisman Begins Construction of 266ft (81m) Three Masted Schooner

Royal Huisman’s Project 400 is officially under construction at the Vollenhove Dutch shipyard. The 81m/266ft three-masted contemporary schooner unveiled at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show is set to become the world’s largest aluminium yacht. Being the first of its kind, even the shipbuilding hall had to be upgraded to accommodate the eminent project.

The owner and his team worked closely with the architects to finalize the design phase, construction planing and bulk of the engineering in less than a year. The keel is now laid and the building frame for the main deck is under construction. The start of the build process starts now and marks an important milestone for this project which is set to be completed by 2020.

The exterior design stems from the Owner’s requirements for a world cruising, fast yet comfortable and iconic looking Schooner. Together, Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design came up with a distinguishing superstructure which incorporates a half-raised bridge for inside steering.  The main cockpit sits beneath the flybridge and brings together a seating area with sofas, a bar and a large table for those quintessential post-sailing dinners at anchor.

Royal Huisman’s reputation for excellence and innovation are key to delivering dynamic new features such as a sliding Rondal door with individually operated moving glass panels to provide a seamless transition from the cockpit to the interior.  A clever use of space can be seen up front where a recessed storage pocket for the crew tender transforms into a cockpit once the tender is launched.   

The hull has a distinct hard chine and schooner rig that delivers good performance at sea in combination with stability and comfort. Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects says “the plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance”.

To fully appreciate time spent on the water, a complement of watersport gear such as scooters, dive equipment, kayaks, SUP boards and a large guest tender are ready and waiting under the aft deck. Inside, the space designed by Mark Whiteley will be modern and comfortable. The forward part of the superstructure is reserved for the owner and his guests which includes a combined saloon and large sixteen seat formal dining table.

A model of Royal Huisman’s latest masterpiece, Project 400, will be on display for her world debut at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show.

The New Rolls-Royce Phantom, A New Standard For Luxury

The Rolls Royce Phantom, the epitome of upper-class bespoke luxury. The brand has been here for nearly a 100 years, out shining itself with brilliant masterpieces of car design, the Phantom being the center of attention in the line-up. It was first introduced in 1925 making it the longest lived model in automotive history. The latest edition is the new eight generation 2018 Phantom.

The new Phantom may share similarities with the previous model but Rolls Royce assures the public that the car is entirely new. It is now based on a new aluminum spaceframe platform, coined by the company as the Architecture of Luxury, will be used for all the forthcoming vehicles that Rolls Royce plans to produce. The 2018 Phantom will be shorter than the previous model, however a long wheel based version will also be available, with no compromise to the ride being made. The suspension elements are constructed out of aluminum , with electrically controlled air springs, active anti-roll bars, and adaptive dampers delivering what Rolls-Royce modestly describes as its Magic Carpet Ride. It uses a road-scanning camera system to prepare for bumps before they reach the wheels.

Considering the exterior aesthetics of the car has changed and has introduced more flow throughout the car moving away from the slightly block style design of the previous vehicle. The stainless-steel grille is even taller now, while the overall proportions, enormous C-pillars, and rear-hinged rear coach doors remain the same. The new body of the car will be lighter thanks to the use of aluminum and other composite materials whereas the frame will also get stiffer by 30% to improve handling. The new Phantom is also now 10% quieter with intelligent technology being used in the windows by implementing thicker glass usage. The tires also contain a special foam in them that helps cut out road noise while on the move.

The engine in the 2018 Phantom is a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12. The power output for the new Phantom is 563 horsepower which is similar to the other models in the Rolls Royce lineup however the torque figures rises significantly 664 lb-ft, available from 1700 rpm. 0-60 mph will dealt with in nearly 5.1 seconds if not quicker. Power is sent through a an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission that is connected electronically to a geolocation system to help it choose appropriate gears. Rear wheel drive remains the preferred drivetrain choice however an all-wheel drive system was also considered at one point.

The interior of the 2018 Phantom has always been its party piece. The attention to detail is second to none and this is evident in the new model as well. The cabin retains many traditional touches, including rotary controls for the heating and ventilation system and the denial of a traditional tachometer in favor of a Power Reserve dial in one of the three circular instrument bezels, which may look analog but are actually digital panels. The most interesting addition is The Gallery, this is basically a toughened glass panel spanning the top of the dashboard and instrument panel designed so that individually commissioned pieces of artwork can be displayed within it.

The Phantom has always been a car that was designed with passengers being predominantly in the rear and this is carried on with the current model offering as well. Folding wooden picnic tables are now power operated and 12.0-inch rear screens in the headrests are standard. Every other surface is bathed in either leather. wood or high class carpeting.

Prices for the new Phantom are yet to be decided but figures will be between $440,000-$500,000, for the short wheel base and long wheel base respectively, before options that is. Being rich has its perks, the Phantom is proof.

The Truly Tropical Paradise of Tahiti

Tahiti Destination

Mahana, avae. fatia. Sun, moon, stars. In Tahiti, it seems that might be all one needs. Truly a tropical paradise, this archipelago stringing together the lush Society Islands in French Polynesia far exceeds even the most stunning photos of her lavish gifts.

Exploring the pleasures of Tahiti on your private luxury yacht charter further elevates the beauty of these amazing islands. One hundred and eighteen in all, each is a glorious collection of flora and fauna. Some are developed, most are uninhabited, but all are simply gorgeous.

Set the course for your luxury yacht charter experience with one thing in mind: total and complete relaxation. Here’s just a hint of what lies ahead on a seven-day itinerary.

Day 1: Pape’ete: The main island and the port of entry, Pape’ete is the starting point for most itineraries. As soon as you’re settled on your private yacht, prepare to be pampered. A short cruise to the island of Moorea quickly immerses you into this blissful string of idyllic ports and points of interest.

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Day 2: Mo’orea: A small footprint of an island with a big heart, Moorea is a quiet paradise with a few spectacular peaks, one reaching up to nearly 4,000 ft. Surrounded by a gorgeous coral reef, and dotted with a range of authentic dining spots and globally known accommodations, the feel is still quite rural, with a glimpse into Tahitian life that’s placid and pastoral. With pineapple plantations on the hillsides, and women still printing pareaus with flowers to sell to the tourists, it’s a lovely stay in Cook’s Bay for snorkeling, fishing, or other water sports.

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Day 3: Huahine: Cruising over to Huahine, break out the gamefishing equipment and have a go for marlin or yellowfin. The long, leisurely day at sea will tuck you into the harbor in Huahine in time for a beautiful sunset and romantic dinner. Upon waking the next day, tender in to peek at the pearl market, spices, and other local local treasures, then explore the reefs and marine life rimming the coastline.

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Day 4: Taha’a: Another very short cruise takes you from Huahine to Taha’a. Although sparsely inhabited, the island produces crops of vanilla and coconut, delivering a heavenly scent to its delightful beaches, making for the perfect picnic spot after a short swim or snorkel, and gorgeous sunsets either from the beach or your private yacht.

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Day 5: Raiatea: Birthplace of the gods, and home to more pineapple and coconut plantations, Raiatea offers gorgeous waters for swimming, scuba, snorkeling, and fishing. Surrounded with motu, or small islets, pick one for your own and spend the day drinking in the beauty and the beach.

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Day 6: Bora Bora: An exquisite finale, the diving in Bora Bora is some of the best in the world. With an incomparable backdrop of the island, its lagoon, its lush hillsides, and abundant floral displays, this is simply one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Viewing this paradise from your private yacht presents a spectacular display any time of day, but particularly at sunset. Don’t forget to tender in for some luxurious shopping. Black and peacock pearls, perfumes, wood crafts, art, fashion, and jewels are all worthy pursuits. Dress to the nines for dinner at the La Villa Mahana, if you’re privileged with a reservation. Or do a more casual evening at Bloody Mary’s, a must stop for all who navigate these waters. Fresh fish and the best blend of tomato juice and vodka on the planet are featured here, along with a stream of international celebrities.

Day 7: Arise to a champagne breakfast on board, then pack up and return by air to Pape’ete.

Destination Tahiti: Private Islands in Paradise

Tahiti – a land laced in romance

From the breathtaking blue hues and romance laden overwater bungalows to the precious black pearl sands of Moorea and the island playgrounds of kings – Tahiti is one of the world’s most exotic spots. Famed for its truly exclusive honeymoon resorts, its underwater Garden of Eden and its sugar white shores – there’s a reason Polynesian royalty would flock to these precious isles when the mood took them. Tahitian days are all about sipping sweet hibiscus inspired cocktails, taking a drive around the cotton soft plantations, snorkeling with rays, and soaking up the exquisite amenities from your sterling five-star resort. This is how you live the life of Riley – Tahitian style…

honeymoon blue bliss at the Intercontinental

Where to Stay

If you ever wanted to stay on a private island owned by Marlon Brando, then an island close to Tahiti has the answer. Once upon a time Tetiaroa was a firm favorite of the ancient Polynesian kings and now the Godfather himself splurged on a super luxury resort called The Brando that can only be reached by helicopter. The 12 islets are nestled in the softest blue lagoon and the beachfront bungalows boast plenty of wow factor with their thatched roofs, outdoor bathtubs and beautiful private decks with infinity pools. The Brando truly is one of the finest desert island escapes.

Marlon Brando’s private island of kings

Barefoot luxury doesn’t come any better than the wonder of Vahine Island. Only a short skip through the air from Tahiti and you will find yourself on a tiny vanilla soaked smidge of sand with only nine bungalows and a whole lot of charm. The overwater suites have unrivaled views out to the neighboring islands and even aquarium tables for watching tropical fish flitter beneath your cocktail. Outrigger canoeing, dining on the finest French foods, and kicking back in the hammock is encouraged at this first-class resort.

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Away from the smudge of islands and you have the largest and most lavish resort in Tahiti – the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and Spa. This is your very vision of paradise – lush gardens bursting with bright flowers, volcanic peaks piercing the sunset, and a lagoon that shimmers all the shades of turquoise. Tiki bars, luxury spas, and overwater suites that are all windows and white linen are the true hallmarks of a French Polynesian stay.

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Where to Dine

Fresh fish marinated in coconut milk, sweet hibiscus sorbet, coffee so ripe it could have been plucked that morning, and crushed vanilla pods spilling their scent – Tahiti is a foodie paradise. For fine dining, be sure to book a table at L’ O a La Bouche – one of the most celebrated gourmet spots in the whole of French Polynesia. The grilled fish with passion fruit is enough to make you weak at the knees, especially when paired with their heavenly vintage wine list.

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Couples will adore the floating over lagoon like tables at the Intercontinental Resorts Le Lotus. Intimate tables well placed along the water’s edge make you feel as though you are dining alone, and the whole scene is beautifully complemented by views of Moorea, fresh fish and fabulously heady French wines.

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We suggest taking a trip to the island of Moorea specially to shop for the rare black pearls in the beautiful boutique of Tahia Collins. Take your time on the wild island and spend the afternoon splashing with dolphins in the special enclosed area of the Intercontinental or take out one of the thoroughbred horses for a gallop across the pristine white sands.

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Neighboring Bora Bora is also a must for those touching down in Tahiti. Bora Bora is world famous for its marine rich waters making it one of the best diving spots you could ever wish for. Take a tender out, grab your snorkel mask and make the most of the crystalline waters and the rainbow splashed fish and giant rays.