Christmas is all about great company, amazing food and, let’s face it, Christmas presents! So why not spoil yourself this year with staying in one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world?
1. Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland
From $65,000 a night
This 12-bedroom, 12-bathroom suite sprawls across 18,000 square feet, taking up the entire eighth floor of the hotel, which is why nightly rates start at $65,000 (and can reach up to $80,000). Features include armoured doors, a human-sized safe, bulletproof windows, a private elevator, and helipad access—making it a favourite among visiting dignitaries, heads of state, and other VIPs in need of privacy.
2. The Royal Villa at Lagonissi Resort, Athens, Greece
From $47,000 a night
Stay at the Royal Villa, and you’ll be flown into Athens on a private jet, courtesy of the hotel. You’ll also have a private chef, personal trainer, and personal pianist available during your stay. Not sure which pool you want to take a dip in? No problem: The suite has both an indoor and outdoor pool. If it's good enough for Leonardo DiCaprio or Meryl Streep, it's good enough for us.
3. Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at Four Seasons Hotel, New York, NY
From $45,000 a night
Sitting pretty on the 52nd floor, this 4,300-square-foot suite features a 360-degree view of Manhattan. It has cathedral ceilings, diamond skylights, and floor-to-ceiling windows, offering the greatest luxury in the city: space. Inside the dressing room, walls are decorated with soft calfskin leather. This lavish suite comes with a 24-hour personal butler, personal trainer, and Rolls-Royce chauffeur.
4. Shahi Mahal Suite at Raj Palace, Jaipur, India
From $40,000 a night
The Raj Palace really was a raj's palace before it was converted into a hotel, so expect some major opulence. This six-bedroom suite has ivory and gold furniture, a private theater, a library, and a dining room. Guests also have access to a personal kitchen staff and a team of butlers.
5. Sky Villa at the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
From $40,000 per weekend
Living like a Vegas VIP isn’t cheap, as proven by the Palms Casino Resort’s two-story Sky Villa. Starting at $40,000 for the weekend, the lavish suite features a balcony pool, private glass elevator, massage room, and 24-hour butler service.
Suites found via Condé Nast Traveler
This is the third time the Volvo Ocean Race will call at Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is fast developing into the hottest destination in the Middle East, with jaw-dropping hotels emerging from the sands seemingly overnight. The Volvo Village will open on the 12th of December and the in-port race is planned for January the 3rd 2015 . It's a short, intense competition when the fleet will be sailing close to the wind and close to the shore, so spectators will be able to get good views from the beaches and the breakwater of Abu Dhabi's Corniche.
One result of the Arab Spring is that the UAE has become a more popular Middle-East destination than ever, with its capital, Abu Dhabi, gaining a reputation as a hub of culture, sport and leisure.
Among other highlights, like the Volvo Ocean Race and the Formula 1, Norman Foster has designed a futuristic pavilion for Abu Dhabi Art as well as a stylish shopping mall, Frank Gehry is working on the world's third Guggenheim and there's even a new Louvre planned for completion in the next couple of years. There are also beaches and an astonishing number of top luxury hotels like Park Hyatt, St. Regisand the Rocco Forte Hotel. And a big plus: winter sun!
Village Opening: December 12, 2014
Estimated arrival of the boats: December 11-15, 2014
In-Port Race: January 2, 2015
Leg start: January 3, 2015
Baby, it’s cold outside. And when it’s cold our mind sets itself from sailing to skiing. Whether you're an expert skier or snow averse, ski resort spas are a welcome break from the cold. From Austria to France, these are 5 of the most luxurious spas at ski resorts in Europe.
Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland
Arosa, Switzerland, is a magnet for winter sports, offering everything from downhill skiing to Nordic walking. With all those activities, it makes sense to have a world-class spa to soothe all those tired muscles. A four-story retreat awaits behind the sail-shaped windows, including a rock grotto, fire pit, and indoor and outdoor pools and saunas. Add private spa suites and an extensive spa menu with Ayurvedic and hot stone treatments, and you might spend the rest of your vacation inside
Hotel Rosa Alpina, Dolomites, Italy
Marble steam rooms, a heated indoor pool, a Finnish sauna, and candlelit massages are among the attractions at this spa in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, a popular ski destination. Arnica gel massages are geared to treat sore muscles, while oxygen facials target skin dehydrated by the high altitude. Take pampering to the next level by customizing a wellness retreat package that includes a personal trainer, beautician, and dietician.
Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland
The jet-set crowd has visited St. Moritz every winter for years, so it's fitting that the spa is celebrity-ready. In addition to six treatment rooms, the two-floor spa overflows with water features, such as a Finnish sauna, ice fountain, and a Kneipp trail—a form of therapy that involves walking barefoot along a snowy trail. Book a private spa suite and enjoy treatments along with a complimentary bottle of champagne.
Hoteldorf Gruner Baum, Bad Gastein, Austria
Skiers head to the spa at the small-yet-luxurious Hoteldorf Gruner Baum for its thermal springs. Choose from indoor and outdoor pools between indulging in milk facials and salt scrubs. The spa is also family friendly, with a special "babymoon" package and a full menu of children's spa treatments including a Gummy Bear foam bath and a Hello Kitty pedicure.
Le Chabichou, Courchevel, France
Le Chabichou is inside the largest ski area in the world, and its state-of-the-art spa is ready to handle slope-related needs. Not only does it boast a hammam, ice fountain, and salt grotto, but it also includes a pool with multi-sensory features, such as music.
Resorts found via Condé Nast Traveler
The PH3 is the phenomenal flagship of Contest Yachts: a state of the art custom build yacht that only works with the best partners. Everything is meticulously designed from our sails to our interior.
North Sails has become the world leader in sail making through an ongoing commitment to making sails that are faster, lighter and longer lasting than any other sails in the world. That’s why the PH3 can go so fast!
Hall Spars & Rigging has been the premiere builder of high-performance spars and rigging since their founding in 1980. They also manufactured our high-performance autoclave-cured carbon fiber spar.
Sailracing makes sure we look good while we’re sailing and are protected against all weather conditions. The whole team is dressed in 50KTS line.
We’re following the Volvo Ocean Race and are supporting Gerd-Jan Poortman and Team Brunel. One of the stops of the Volvo Ocean Race is in Itajai, Brazil. Itajai is part of the Southern state Santa Caterina, a true paradise on earth.
The race will stop in Brazil in April 2015, but it is never too early to do some resort research and dream away while looking at the most tropical photos. Our choice to stay at is the Ponta dos Ganchos resort. Ponta dos Ganchos is a private paradise spread over 20 acres of Brazilian beachfron where sunsets sparkle and breakfast lasts all day. This relaxed retreat is on its own peninsula, fringed by tropical trees, choppy shores and oyster farms. A rain forest looms just beyond the shore; three tiny islands, which encircle a sandy bay, are reachable by canoe or kayak. The restaurant serves Brazilian and French fare, and romantic torchlit dinners can be arranged on one of the islands. For guests to take in all this beauty, the wood-and-stone clifftop cottages have glass walls and spacious decks with stellar views. The most luxurious bungalows have private saunas, pools, and home cinemas. We can’t wait!
Golf is a game enjoyed all over the world by both players and fans. It's a sport that requires concentration and precision, and it's loved by professional athletes as amateurs.
Are you wondering what the top 10 best golf courses are in Europe? We listed them for you. And, surprise, you can also sail to some of them!
1. Club de Golf Alcanada - Alcudia, Spain
The 18-hole-course of the Club de Golf Alcanada, situated directly at the sea, offers and almost ideal terrain, grown with olives, stone pines and oaks.
2. Golfclub Adamstal Franz Wittmann - Ramsau, Austria
The club is situated at the foot of the Unterberg in the middle of the most wooded region in Middle Europe, in Lilienfeld, and therefor in Vienna's classical nearby resort- You play golf in untouched nature, secluded from noise and turmail.
3. Aphrodite Hills Golf - Kouklia-Pafos-Zypern, Cyprus
The course, arranged in championship standards, spreads over two plateaus. Exceptional characteristic of this course is that almost all holes are arranged with view on the sea.
4. Thracian Cliffs Resort - Bozhurets Village, Kavarna, Bulgaria
"You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet," acclaims Gary Player. Framed by rugged coastal cliffs and the vast blue of the Black Sea, the 18-hole Gary Player designed Signature course at Thracian Cliffs is one of the most dramatic golf courses on earth.
5. GC St. Leon-Rot Betriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG - St. Leon-Rot, Germany
The golf course is a successful combination of practicing golf on the highest international level and relaxing in the midst of nature.
6. St Andrews Links - St Andrews, United Kingdom
Play golf in a landscape of infinite variety, where golf has been played for over 600 years.
7. Club de Golf Valderrama - Sotogrande, Spain
On the primly private club the Ryder Cup took place in 1997 for the first time in continental Europe.
8. Buenavista Golf, S.A. - Tenerife, Islas Canarias, Spain
The 18-hole-course, designed by Severiano Ballesteros, is situated directly at the sea, 5 greens are situated in immediate proximity of the steep coast, where the waves break and offer the players a spectacular show.
9. Golf Son Gual S.L. - Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Thomas Himmel's design is well thought out and incredibly challenging, making the best possible use of the 156-hectares of gently rolling Mallorcan landscape.
10. Gardagolf Country Club - Soiano del Lago, Italy
Here we have a course in a magnificent landscape, which is technically perfect and is ideally suited for top-class tournaments.
Wine making has been part of the culture of Mallorcan living for centuries, so it is a great island to do some wine tasting. The industry prospered from the 14th century right up until the end of the 19th century, when the vines were attached by a plague of phylloxera; luckily that's not the end of the story!
Binissalem is the best known region in Mallorca for wine production. It is here that the re-birth of the industry began in the 1990’s. A group of determined local winemakers decided to invest in their businesses in order to improve the quality of the wine. In 2007, a quality standard was introduced by the Balearic Councillor for Agriculture and Fisheries, which can only be used by wines grown, produced and bottled in Mallorca. Similar to the French AOC designation, the ‘Denominacio d'Origen’ classification ensures the quality of Mallorcan wines. Whilst the quality of the wines has improved enormously, the quantity has not – you will still find it almost impossible to buy Mallorcan wine outside the island.
The main grapes used are the local varieties Manto Negro and Callet for medium bodied red wines with fruity aromas and Moll for whites that create fresh wines with hints of green apples and nuts. Most of the wineries are open to the public, although it is often advisable to call ahead. While the most well-known winery is José L. Ferrer, others are also well worth visiting, such as Macià Batle, Vins Nadal and Son Prim, to name just a few. There is information about all the wineries on the designation of origin website: www.binissalemdo.com.
As Mallorca is our homebase we’re still on the sunny island. Palma de Mallorca is the beautiful capital but Puerto Portals is the very smart marina attached to the town of Portal Nous. We come here for glamorous shopping, fascinating people watching, and of course, to see the luxurious yachts moored in the marina. It's a real international place - think of a smaller Monte Carlo and you're nearly there.
It's not actually that big - you could walk from one end to the other in five minutes - but the point of being here is to sit and enjoy the world as it goes by. In addition to the marina, there is a lovely beach to the east: Playa Oratori de Portals.
For such a small place, Portals is blessed with a great choice of restaurants. The swankiest of them all is Michelin starred Tristan which has an elegant spot at the far end of the marina. The food here is avant-garde and the restaurant attracts a smart & international clientele. The well-known cafe-bistro Cappuccino is another all day and all night establishment with a lovely terrace overlooking the big yachts across the road in the marina. Next door is the Japanese & Sushi Bar Restaurant, Tahini. It's actually owned by the Cappuccino chain so it has a sleek, contemporary feel rather than traditional Japanese.
Ritzi offers dining on a pavement terrace next to the marina and serves Italian influenced cuisine. The cocktail bar above is one of the hot spots for later on. Wellies, Ritzi and cocktail lounge bar Karma (in the pedestrianised zone behind Cappuccino) are all worth a look and are open well into the small hours.
Palma on the Spanish island Mallorca is our home base. In recent years, Mallorca has taken on a new, glamorous style - five-star hotels are replacing budget accommodation and the beautiful island of white sand beaches and soaring mountains is becoming one of the Mediterranean's chicest holiday destinations. There is always more to explore for us. Here are some of our favourite hotspots:
Palma’s best-known chef is a Brit, Marc Fosh. Simply Fosh is right in the heart of the city, in the refectory of the 17th-century Hotel Convent de la Missió. The Opio Restaurant at Puro Hotel is one of the best restaurants in Palma, offering an excellent fusion cuisine and luxury service. The Puro Beach Club is a super hangout to lounge during the day, it provides a calm and relaxing area to enjoy Palma Bay without having to deal with the crowds. The Opio Bar is the best complement for a great night. The patios at Opio Bar are the perfect setting to spend an amazing evening or a great cocktail before/after dinner. The Cuba Bar is synonymous with Palma's nightlife. Known as one of the best clubs in Mallorca, this bar offers a unique atmosphere, cocktails and great music in Palma.
There are many reasons why Mallorca tops Europe's summer holiday charts, but one ranks above all others: the island's beautiful coast. Beyond the built-up resorts, coves braid the island like a string of pearls. Go west for cliff-sculpted drama and sapphire seas, or head north for hikes to pine-flecked bays and breezes that carry kite-surfers, windsurfers and sailors across turquoise waters. Scope out deserted coves in the east, or dive off bone-white beaches in the south.
Want to feel like George Clooney for a night? Then hop on board and sail to the Aman Hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice where the movie star married his fiancé, Amal Alamuddin. The wedding was a star-studded event, with the likes of Bill Murray, Anna Wintour and Matt Damon. The hotel was the perfect over-the-top backdrop to host it.
The palazzo in which Aman Canal Grande Venice is housed, Palazzo Papadopoli, was built in 1550 for the Coccinas, a wealthy family of traders and seafarer. Later the Tiepolos bought it and employed the painter Giambattista Tiepolo to decorate rooms with frescoes which still remain today.
Nowadays the hotel houses 24 grand accomodations (most of which also have protected frescos and reliefs), a spa, amazing dining rooms, gardens and a library. The spa is located, almost secretly, on the third level of the Garden Building and is accessed is via a small stairwell. So you can indulge in privacy.
We’re on our way to Alicante to attend the start of the Volvo Ocean Race! It is the leading round-the-world sailing race for teams, with a series of stops that give fans the chance to experience the In-Port Race series. It began in 1973 and was then known as the Whitbread. Today it is sailing's biggest offshore race and one of the most coveted prizes in the sport. It lasts for nearly nine months and is the longest sport event in the world. This year the Volvo Ocean Race will start this week from Alicante and will finish in Gothenburg, Sweden with a final in-port race on June 27, 2015.
We’re looking forward to welcome our guest on board PH3 in Alicante! But we also can’t wait to support Gerd-Jan Poortman and Team Brunel. They will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race that covers over 32.000 gruelling ocean miles in which they will visit 10 host cities in over 9 legs. They will encounter huge storms and towering waves but will also have to go through large difficult areas where there is no wind an very high temperatures. Not to mention the giant icebergs in Southern Ocean. Exciting!
Autumn has officially set in. So we’re thinking of our winter escape to the sun. We can go far away, but we rather stay closer to home and sail to the south-east Mediterranean for a warm weekend. So Cyprus is a great destination!
The eastern Mediterranean Sea around Cyprus may be chilly in winter, but the island itself gets plenty of sunshine all year, so there's a good chance you'll get T-shirt weather even in the coldest months. Don't let the island's recent financial problems put you off - it's the economic situation will only mean tourists get an even warmer welcome than usual.
As we love to spoil ourselves in winter time, we go to the The five-star retreat Anassa for a full spa treatment. Or to the Thalassa boutique hotel with the Anagenisis spa that provides ancient Greek and Roman therapies. For dining under the stars, there’s the intimate seafood restaurant Psari, and Cypriot and Mediterranean cuisine at Ambrosia.
Before competing in Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez it is a good idea to relax on Corsica, a stone’s throw away from the race. Corsica is a little mongrel: 'a French island basking in the Italian sun', as Balzac wrote. However, Corsica is Corsican, with its own language and culture. Visitors traditionally stick to the south coast, so the north remains an insider's secret - a charmed part, where national parks spread for miles, and peaks give way to small fishing villages and perfect bays of powdery white sand lapped by opalescent waves.
Saint-Florent is an elegant little town of cobbled streets, pink-plastered houses, cafés, boutiques and Paris-style cocktail bars and sushi restaurants. After visiting the town head to Saleccia beach in the Désert des Agriates national park. It's not a desert at all, rather a protected stretch of coastline comprised of secluded beaches and gently crumbling watchtowers, backed by forests threaded with hiking paths and hidden rivers. Saleccia is a dream: a long bar of Champagne-coloured sand and mirror-clear turquoise sea. In the evening you dine at the beautiful Michelin-starred restaurant Le Pirate, in the small port of d'Erbalunga.
PH3 is participating in Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez from September 27 till October 5!
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is an amazing rendezvous of yachts. First run twenty-six years ago as La Nioulargue, the regatta gathers together the most extraordinary modern sailing boats alongside the most beautiful traditional yachts in the early autumn. A host of racers and sailing enthusiasts come from all the corners of the globe to do battle in the bay of Saint-Tropez. Follow our progress during the regatta here and on our Facebook page!
Just like the coat of the region's namesake dog, the coast of Dalmatian is spotted—with countless tiny islands. We’re sailing past a few of them this week. Most are uninhabited, but one little discovery in the Zadar Archipelago recently became a hot destination for honeymooners and other lovestruck couples, thanks to a fortunate geographic accident. The so-called "Lover's Island" isn't the heart of Europe, but it's certainly Europe's most heart-shaped getaway.
Off the Croatian coast, in a narrow channel between the island of Pasman and the mainland, sits the isle of Galesnjak. The island is not big; you could walk across it in less than ten minutes. Galesnjak is privately owned by locals, one Vlado Juresko and his family. Sensing a marketing opportunity here, the Jureskos quickly renamed their obscure isle Otok za Zaljubljene, the "Island of Love." A must go for lovers to snuggle on the island's pebble beaches and take a dip in the cool Adriatic.
We’re having a beautiful long summer and are sailing along the dazzling Dalmatian coast. At the southern extremity of Croatia’s long coastline Dubrovnik is traditionally known as the jewel of the Adriatic, but it is in fact one of the great sights of the Mediterranean, rightly designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A perfect combination of past, present and future of culture, heritage and natural beauty makes Dubrovnik a must-see Mediterranean destination. Dubrovnik's long history of hosting VIP visitors starts with Richard the Lionheart, crusader kind of England, and the guest book includes crowned heads, statesmen, athletes, actors, artists, musicians – all of them did not succeed to resist the seductive beauty of the city.
Our favourite beach is at Miramare Bay, reached via the very swish Hotel Bellevue. Watch the fearless boys leaping from the cliff, then have a bite to eat in the hotel's great restaurant that also sports a terrace with sea views.
The hippest haunt in town is the multi-level French fusion restaurant 360°. It is set in the citadel's ramparts, serving dishes from turbot with white-truffle custard to sesame-and-chocolate pudding. The cellar holds an impressive 300 wines and champagnes, most of which are sipped on the restaurant's Ibiza-style rooftop lounge by revellers dancing in the moonlight.
Montenegro is just a hop away with the PH3 from Greece. So of course we didn’t skip the option to visit the town Tivat during our travels. Tivat has a reputation as one of the sunniest spots on the Boka Kotorska and it makes a pleasant stop on a trip around the bay to Kotor and is a useful base for exploring.
We docked at Porto Montenegro, a town-within-a-town which once was the historic Arsenal shipyard and naval base. It is a true 'lifestyle village' with fancy shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities, a museum, and berths for 250 yachts. It also houses the exclusive beach club Lido Mar, a paragon of beauty, with an infinity pool lined with lavish white loungers, pock-spotted with cushions and a seafront bar with an unforgettable view. Facing the open sea, in Traste Cove, an almost surreal bay, there is a beach and a resort with the same name – Plavi Horizont (Blue Horizon). The position and the natural conditions, a wide belt of fine, healing sand, framed by lush pine and olive trees and a long shallow embrace with the sea, make this one of the most beautiful beaches on the whole Adriatic. Dining we did at restaurant and lounge bar Prova, located in the very center of Tivat, on the Ivo Vizin promenade, along the seashore. Its unique location and architecture has made it the new symbol of Tivat.
We sailed along the coast of the stunning Cycladic island Syros. Syros boasts a mosaic of neoclassical mansions, of bourgeois and intellectuals, of “tarsanas”, the traditional shipyards, a miniature of the Scala Opera House housing the local theater, and heaps of rose flavoured “loukoumi” (Turkish delights), all inlaid in unique synchronization. This is the island where Greek tradition and western influence come to a harmonious marriage.
Ermoúpoli - meaning “the city of Hermes” - is the island’s capital town and has been the first important trade center of the country in the 19th century. Evidence of this glorious past can be seen on public buildings, on the characteristic houses and squares. Syros is not just another beautiful island, but an island with a vibrant culture and a strong passion for arts.
Start the day with a coffee on the roof terrace of boutique Hotel Ploes, a neoclassical mansion, which was once the private estate of noble families. Head to the Archaeological Museum of Syros that is housed in the majestic Town Hall of Ermoupoli. The fascinating collection comprises archaeological findings from Syros and the other Cycladic Islands, starting from the 3rd millennium B.C. Relax at the best and least inhabited beaches north of Kíni, like Delfini and Varvarousa, before dining at Oneiro. The team behind this gourmet restaurant ran some of the best places to eat in Santorini before moving here. The walled courtyard is magical and blues music sets the tone of the evening.
Last week we wrote about Mykonos. Now we’re arriving at this beautiful island, we’re already looking forward to the next sailing destination. This week we’re researching another island of the great Cyclades: Kythnos. It offers a pristine, unspoiled natural scenery with typical Cycladic houses and beautiful calm beaches to discover and interact with Mother Nature.
Renowned for the thermal springs with the therapeutic properties, the small village of Loutra has become a popular resort. The first king of Greece Othonas and his wife Amalia used to take their baths here, so this is definitely a must. After the visiting springs you can start exploring the picturesque villages of Chora and Driopida or go to Kolona, a unique beach that splits the sea into two, uniting Kythnos with the little island of Ag.Loukas.
For wining and dining you head to the beachside restaurant Gialos at Merichas that will take you on an exclusive journey into the world of gastronomy, enjoying a hearty lunch or a romantic dinner under the starry Cycladic sky.
Mykonos is the most exciting and cosmopolitan of the Greek islands and a not to be missed destination for any serious connoisseur of exotic adventure and jet set lifestyle. Anyone that wants to come here for a week of non-stop partying, self-indulgence and general fun is unlikely to be disappointed. There is also a large amount of culture and history that neatly offsets the more extravagant aspects of island life, as well as numerous beautiful beaches and a wide range of restaurants.
Start by visiting the famous windmills, ‘Little Venice’ and the picture-postcard chapel of Paraportiani in Mykonos town; then you can relax and get on with the sunbathing and socialising. Psarou Beach is famous for attracting celebrities from all over the world, while the private beach at the Santa Marina Resort is perfect for some peace and quiet and a luxury spa treatment.
A great place to kick off the evening is Caprice Bar for mojitos at sunset, then head to Matsuhisa Nobu's sushi restaurant at the Belvedere Hotel or dine at Phos, the most architectural restaurant on Mykonos that is created by LM Architects and is much a visual fantasy as a culinary one. Dance the night away at Paradise Club, an all-white disco mansion contained within an outdoor pool deck divided under covered porches and glitzy white VIP banquettes. Dance lovers descend on the space for summertime performances by artists like David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Roger Sanchez, Martin Solveig and Moby.
We’re sailing along the coast of Croatia this week and spending a lot of time on the stunning island Hvar, which is now rivalling St. Tropez, Ibiza and Mykonos as Europe's happening.
Want to visit the island as well? We have listed our hotspot discoveries below.
Head for Hvar town and moor in the bay amid the bustle and charm of this historic city. Make your reservation at beach club Carpe Diem and spend the rest of the day exploring. Perhaps enjoy the magnificent spa facilities of Suncani Adriana Hvar before you get ready for a night on the town, or call Hotel Amfora for a pick up so you can chill out on their private beach. Dine at Giaxa, a place to see and be seen, and then enjoy the best of what’s hot and happening into the small hours at Carpe Diem, one of the continent's hippest clubs. On a summer night under a full moon, the latest lounge music from New York and London sets the mood.
The summer is the season for relaxing. So why not sail to a beautiful spa for some treatments? We found this amazing spa on the coast of Greece.
Drawing its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and zoe, the Greek word for ‘life’, Amanzoe is situated on a hilltop close to the town of Porto Heli on the east coast of the Peloponnese. The resort offers panoramic views of the Peloponnese countryside and coastline, a private Beach Club in a picturesque bay and easy access to the cosmopolitan islands of Spetses and Hydra.
Pilates is taught in an impressively equipped studio by Alexandra, who begins any session with a thorough postural assessment. The spa speciality is the gentle, water-based body therapy Watsu. All the therapists are taught by aquatic bodywork specialist Steve Karle, and sessions take place in a soothing, light-filled pavilion. Watch the sky through the bamboo ceiling as the empathetic Sophia swishes you through the water in her surprisingly strong arms - she's very good at Thai massage, too.
Tranquility prevails in the rest of the spa, the design of which gives you the impression of being in a temple. A hammam has opened this spring, under the watchful eye of dashing spa manager Stavros, and for something more straightforward there's a menu of holistic facials and body treatments.
We had a great week on board of PH3! After the glamorous Film Festival in Cannes we’re sailing along the Côte d´Azur of France.
We stopped in the beautiful La Croix Valmer that has seven natural sandy beaches and is reputed for the quality of its swimming waters. It also has a large nature reserve and it´s a magnificent place for walking in the woods and along the coast from Gigaro beach to Cap Lardier. Here we had a stimulating morning run with stunning views, while the crew of PH3 prepared a tasty breakfast.
And after spending the night in one of the bays in Les Iles de Mediterranee, we are on our way to Saint Tropez! Here PH3 will participate in the Giraglia Rolex Cup that celebrates its 62nd edition and includes one of the most renowned offshore races in the Mediterranean!
We have a new discovery: the island Ischia. Capri's more mysterious and eclectic sister, just off the Amalfi Coast. Ischia feels like the Italy of ancient myths, with some of the oldest, and best thermal baths in the world, almost deserted beaches and mouth-watering fresh food.
Condé Nast Traveller tells us the best places to see, where to stay and in what restaurants to eat the tasty local cuisine, on this beautiful remote island. Ischa is a great place to indulge and to experience the southern Italy's immense, untrammelled backdrops. And the best way to get there? Sailing, of course!
When it comes to red-carpet glamour, few events compete with the Cannes Film Festival for sheer sartorial spectacle and star power. The A-list stars arrive in abundance, the ball gowns are greater and the jewels more extravagant.
The Film Festival is not only about films and celebrities. It is one of the premier yachting events of the Mediterranean summer season, with all the newest and largest yachts acting as platforms for get-togethers with the world’s best known entertainers. The PH3 was at the centre of attention with its innovative and striking design.
We were so lucky to host the producers, actors and entourage of the upcoming film that depicts the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken. We also couldn’t be happier with the weather and enjoyed a great lunch on deck!
Glitter, glamour, movie stars and champagne… enough reasons for us to hop on board of the PH3 and sail to Cannes for the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival. But this year we’re not only going there to stargaze, we also have a mission. We’re on our way to Cannes to welcome on board PH3 the producers, actors and entourage of the new movie about the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken.
We started our trip in Holland and sailed through the English Canal, down the risky Bay of Biscay, all the way around Portugal and Spain and are almost at our dazzling destination. We can’t wait to trade in our sailing gear for some high heels or a tuxedo jacket and mingle among the celebrities.
Are you getting curious about the PH3? We will be in the Old Port of Cannes.
Meet our experienced, immaculate, service-oriented and motivated fun crew from New Zealand: Vagn and Kerie!
Vagn Lewisham, Captain: Vagn is experienced in a wide range of aspect within the marine industry. From most recently working as a Captain on a 21 metre Sail Yacht, to previously working on a very prestigious yacht, traveling the world and participating in numerous regattaas and boat shows. "I have a good level of technical knowledge with a trained eye for detail. I am an intuitive all-rounder capable of helping within all departments of the vessel, and pssess an easy going manner and ready ability to interact with crew and quests of all ages."
Kerie Land, Chef & Stewardess: Kerie is passionate about delivering exceptional service. She's experienced in Mediterranean and South East Asian cuisine. "With experience in the Super Yacht industry working at a very high level, I have a sound understanding of the expectations of the industry. Due to my passion and knowledge of food I was soon recommended for a position as a Chef on board a 50 metre Sail Boat."
Italy is always a good idea, especially those beautiful coastal towns. That's why we totally agree with the list that Conde Nast Traveler pulled together. Read about Italy's prettiest coastal towns, take a look at the pictures and decide that you really must pay one of these summer spots a visit this year... with PH3, naturally.
One of our favourites in the list: Manarola! One of the oldest towns in the Cinque Terre, known for its fishing, wine-making, and excellent hiking in the hills and vineyards above the town. Have a look at the CN top 10!
Just like the moviestars on the red carpet, PH3 will sparkle in Cannes this May! She will be in Port the Cannes during the Cannes International Film Festival!
To the east below the Old Town of Cannes lies the Vieux Port, or Old Port, also known as Port Cannes I (built in 1957). To the north the port is bordered by the pretty Allées de la Liberté. In the mornings the fine Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) is held here. The Rue Félix-Faure and the Rue d'Antibes are the town's main shopping streets.
Once a small fishing village, Cannes is now a glamorous seaside town. Especially because of the Cannes Film Festival, entertaining the rich and famous. During the festival, fans can see actors, celebrities, and directors up close and in person on the red carpet and steps of the famous Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette.
PH3 benefits from the latest B&G instruments. The Zeus navigation system provides sailors with easy access to features for sailing navigation and allows total control of navigation on-board. In short: it keeps PH3 always on the right course!
This is also a part of the PH3. Can you tell what it is?
A picturesque view on PH3 in tropical waters. We're already looking forward to this spring and summer! Genoa, Monaco, Cannes, Sardinia... here we come!
A PH3 picture to make you smile... Lots of family fun on board of PH3.
Number one in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is.....: the Caribbean Sea (British Virgin Islands)!
The British Virgin Islands are a hidden treasure in the Caribbean. Here you can find the perfect mix of Caribbean style bars, including the legendary Willy T's (the coolest bar you will go to) and amazing beaches. Read more about this wonderful sailing destination
Number two in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is: the Andaman Sea (Thailand).
The Andaman Sea offers a great variety of islands with stunning beaches, breathtaking limestone cliffs and world class snorkelling opportunities. It is an amazing destination for yachtsmen and young adventure seeking travellers. Let's go sailing the Andaman Sea! (and eat some delicious Thai food while we're there..)
Number three in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is: the Saronic Archipelago (Greece).
At the Saronic Archipelago you will experience a great mixture of sailing and partying in a picturesque environment. It's the prime yachting area in Greece. These islands are not far from Athens and are composed of Angistri, Aegina, Methana, Poros, Salamina, Spetses and Hydra – all of which have a lot to offer visitors: natural beauty, clean sandy beaches, small deserted islets to explore and, of course, excellent Grecian food! Best time to go? From 28th June until 23rd August!
Number four in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is: the Adriatic Sea (Croatia).
The Adriatic Sea offers truly great sailing: perfect conditions and spectacular scenery. This sea contains more than 1300 islands and islets, most along the Adriatic's eastern coast—especially in Croatia. All countries along the Adriatic coast (except Albania and Bosnia–Herzegovina) take part in the Blue Flag beach certification programme for beaches and marinas meeting strict quality standards including environmental protection, water quality, safety and services criteria
Number five in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is: the Aeolian Islands (Italy).
The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. The Islands are a popular destination in summer, and attract up to 200,000 visitors annually. Also, the Islands are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The largest island is Lipari, other islands include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo.
It's a perfect sailing destination. Take a chance to sail around these beautiful islands off of the coast of Sicily, swim in crystal blue water, party with the Italian jet set and watch lava run from spectacular volcanoes!
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From 19 - 21 November 2013, METS will take place in Amsterdam RAI. This annually held exhibition of equipment, meterials and systems from all sectors of the marine leisure indyusty is the world's largest. The show is organised by Amsterdam RAI in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), and welcomes more than 1,250 exhibitors from over 90 different countries.
SuperYacht Pavilion the show also displays products and services for luxury superyachts.
It's a unique platform for yachting industry professionals and provides the perfect platform to network, exchange ideas and do business. Are you going? Get your free entry voucher
The five best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week are...
1. British Virgin Islands
From Caribbean style bars and amazing beaches to great food and perfect sailing conditions: every destination has something special to offer. In the next weeks we will show you the details of the abovementioned locations, so stay tuned!
Extreme weather and storm warnings for several parts of Europe.. so hold on tight for this hurricane Monday!
PH3 is on a strict carbon diet! She benefits from the first all-carbon mast with in-mast furling system, full carbon rigging and many other innovations related to weight saving. She's light as a feather!
We'd like to give you an impression of our wonderful experience at Les voiles de saint tropez! What a great race and fantastic week it was..
An impressive birds eye view on PH3! Full power thanks to her 360 m² Gennaker by North Sails and her glorious carbon Hall Spars mast 31 meters above the water!
A beautiful day at Les Voiles de St Tropez! Sailing with North Sails!
PH3 is at Les Voiles de St Tropez for the race! Here, 300 of the most beautiful boats in the world come together from Monday 30 September until Friday 4 October. This event honours racing as well as the finest traditional boats, with an amazing rendezvous of yachts. First run 26 years ago, the regatta gathers together the most extraordinary modern sailing boats alongside the most beautiful traditional yachts. A host of racers and sailing enthusiasts come from all the corners of the globe to do battle in the bay of Saint-Tropez. Goooooooooo PH3!
Smart dolphin! If you're not able to sail on board of PH3, than swim in front of it! ;-)
This year’s Cannes International Boat show closed its doors yesterday, on September 15. We were there! During the event, Contest Yachts was showcasing the PH3: their 72CS luxury yacht. We welcomed several brokers and interested parties on board and showed them her striking specifications. The collage gives you a good impression: Cannes was fun!
Brokers, join us for cocktails & canapés next Friday, at the Cannes Boat Show!
The PH3 is fully Lloyd's certified. Lloyd’s Register has been involved with the classification of sail and motor yachts for more than 150 years and its rules are derived from principles of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. They provide assistance from concept development, through design and construction to operation. Besides, ships are inspected on a regular basis. This includes inspections of the hull, the condition of hatch and door seals, safety barriers and guard rails. A Lloyd's Certificate thus ensures that the yacht complies with construction and safety standards. This helps in realizing safe and luxurious yachts, like the PH3!
The Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes is renowned for world premieres, sea trials and stunning display of the most impressive yachts. The 36th edition of the Festival de la Plaisance takes place from 10-15th September in the glistening bay of Cannes. PH3 will be there!
A nice collage, just to remind you of how to enjoy every moment of luxury on board of PH3!
PH3 is a small superyacht that offers superb comfort and luxury, just like any of the superyachts over
100 ft. / 30 m. Furthermore, her slightly smaller size enables guests to enjoy the ultimate sailing experience!
Did you know that sailing yacht PH3 is also on Pinterest? We've collected the most beautiful views for you, and give you an insight into our sailing yacht specs, regattas and more. Follow and pin with us!
Have a look at the pictures of the Rolex Volcano race @ Capri and see the PH3 crew in action!
You can view the album here.
Our bed is definitely better, but this view at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort.. It's an amazing suite.
Our super speedy carbon regatta XTender (8.3 m) is never far away!
Weight: 1140 kg
Top speed: 45+ knots
With a stereo system and LED courtesy lightning, carbon wakeboard pole and customized modular interior for diving.
This is the PH3 crew in preparation for Race 1, during the Rolex Capri Sailing Week Volacno Race 2013.
The famous Italian island of Capri and the beguiling Tyrrhenian Sea provided the host setting for this Volcano Race, which came to a close on Friday 24 May following a week of close-fought inshore and offshore racing. Constantly changing and challenging conditions ensured enthralling sailing for the fleet of Maxi yachts.
Have a look at the other photo's of the event!
Have a look at the brand new PH3 container: her home away from home ;-)
The PH3 in Capri: always ready for action!
We'll be in Capri during the Rolex Capri Sailing week from the 16th till the 24th of May. The PH3 sailing team will participate in the Rolex Volcano Race! This race comprises two days of inshore racing off the island of Capri before a 300-nautical mile offshore race which takes the fleet on a scenic journey around the active volcano of Stromboli. Will we see you there? Cheer for us; NED8385! We're looking forward to it!
One of PH3's hidden treasures: her stainless steel folding anchor.
The PH3 arrived in Marina Villa Igiea in Palermo today!
Beautiful Capri! We'll be there for the Rolex Capri Sailing week from the 16th till the 24th of May! Will we see you there? We're looking forward to it!
The famous Cannes Film Festival will take place from 15th to 26th of May. The first edition of this International Film Festival took place on 20 September 1946, and it was held every May from 1952 onwards. While early editions of the Festival were primarily a social event, the appearance of stars on the Festival’s red carpet and increasing media coverage quickly earned it a legendary international reputation. Are you going to Cannes and do you want to enjoy it even more? We would love to welcome you on board of the PH3!
We were sailing the Maltese waters and saw these dolphins leaping from the water.
Full power thanks to North Sails, with her glorious carbon Hall Spars mast 31 meters above the water!
We're in love with our panoramic view of the old city of Malta, the sea and sailing yacht PH3!
Did you know that the PH3 is a small superyacht? She's offering superb comfort and luxury, just like the superyachts over 100 ft./30 m. Furthermore, she also enables guests to enjoy the ultimate sailing experience, because she is slightly smaller. To quote David Glenn (Editor of Yachting World & SuperSail World): "Mini-superyachts (...) are offering superb comfort and, dare I say it, even better sailing." Sail with us!
Greetings from Malta, where the PH3 is finally cruising under Maltese flag! We're enjoying sailing the clear waters, the Mediterranean beauty of Malta and the lovely view.
The comprehensively equipped and full beam owner's cabin features a desk and two small sofas and has a separate entrance via a hatch from the deck.
TripAdvisor is all about its annual lists: The best beaches, the most romantic hotels, the best hotels, and the best hotels for families being among them. Its newest list examines the islands of the world.
Here’s Tripadvisor’s top 10 islands for 2013:
1. Ambergis Caye, Belize Cayes, Belize
2. St. John, US Virgin Islands, Caribbean
3. Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
4. San Juan Island, Washington, USA
5. Santorini, Cyclades, Greece
6. Isla Mujeres, Mexico
7. Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
8. Koh Tao, Surat Thani Province, Thailand
9. Easter Island, Chile
10. Nosy Be, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
(Source: Huffington Post)
Ph3 just arrived in Malta to kick off the sailing season 2013.
Set to run from Thursday 21 March to Sunday 24 March, the International Rolex Regatta celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. An impressive fleet of seventy yachts will participate in this competition that has graced the yachting calendar since the 1970s. The organization, the St. Thomas Yacht Club and Rolex offer sailors from around the world three days of "unparalleled competition and shore side excitement".
The PH3 loves carbon! Why? Because she's a luxury yacht that still wants to compete in regattas. Therefore the lightest materials are needed. Like carbon. As a result the PH3 benefits from the first all-carbon mast with in-mast furling system, full carbon rigging and many other innovations related to weight saving.
The PH3 crew ensures a pleasant stay on board: sail with us!
From 6 to 10 March hundreds of small and medium sized boats are on display during the HISWA Boat Show in the Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands. The show is the best preparation for the new season, with smashing clinics and workshops, many watersports offers and thousands of parts & accessories! Even if you are not familiar with watersports, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show is well worth a visit. Sailing yacht PH3 also made its first appearance during the HISWA in-water Boat Show last year.
The PH3 full Carbon Regatta Tender in the making. Departed from Sweden and arriving in Holland today! It is available for charter with a separate crew, for your ultimate luxury Regatta experience.
PH3 proudly present OCEAN Idependence as her Central Agency! This luxury Yacht broker is one of the largest yacht brokerage firms in the world. With their highly experienced brokers and managers combined with high quality super yachts, they create a home away from home for those who know and appreciate true luxury. Welcome on board!
We wanted you to experience the PH3 interior as we do. These beautiful new shots will give you an impression. Notice the bright and light oak panels offset by dark floors, the comfortable and spacious sitting area, the fluffy down pillows and the colorful fabrics by Missoni. Also, the curved windows ensure maximum natural light. It is inviting, isn't it?
The PH3 in a snowstorm in The Netherlands. We are so ready to go to our 'homebase' Valetta, Malta!
On October 7, 2012 PH3 made its appearance for the christening ceremony. The yacht's christening took place in the beautiful Veerhaven at the docks of Royal yacht club de Maas in Rotterdam.
PH3 Maidentrip to Southampton: the first adventure on the North Sea.
PH3 made its first appearance during the HISWA in-water Boat Show