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WINTER 2010I sea& iI67 inprofile book one of 14 rooms individually and share the island with others. We have a family fun week which will be held on the 23 October 2010 for three, four or seven nights, which would be ideal for those who want to combine the two. Today's superyachts are compared to the finest six- star hotels; the charter market is thus extremely competitive. How do you anticipate making an impact and creating a unique experience in such a market? Necker Belle is not your average catamaran. In fact, she is one of the largest all- carbon multi- hull yachts of her kind, reaching speeds of over 20 knots. In addition to her speed, the interior is luxuriously spacious - 14m ( 46') wide - so you feel like you're in your own private beach house. And her indoor areas are light and airy and offer undisturbed views as she cruises. I think her little submersible gadget will also make an impact, particularly with the boys - it could be described as being a bit like an underwater fighter plane. What things about the luxury yacht charter market do you think need to change/ improve/ adapt? As we are new to the scene, I don't feel it is right for us to start making pointers. Instead, we look forward to bringing our wealth of luxury travel experience to this industry. We will let you know how we go! How will you optimise the Virgin brand's innovation and business ethic in the superyacht charter market? Just as we do with our other retreats, we will continue to make our guests the number one priority and strive to offer an experience that is unique to the marketplace, bringing the small but all- important extra touches to the forefront. Necker Belle will partake in setting goals with our charitable foundation, Virgin Unite, just like the other retreats. As I said, she's a fast cat with a soon- to- be submersible in the mix. I think it says it all! n Necker Belle is based in the Caribbean during the winter and will be available for weekly charters. It is planned she will spend the summer in the Mediterranean. LENGTH............................................................... 32m ( 105') BEAM.................................................................... 14m ( 45') BUILDER..................................................... CMN Cherbourg YEAR.................................................................. 2003/ 2009 STATEROOMS.................................................................... 4 GUESTS............................................................................ 12 CREW................................................................................. 7 NECKER BELLE

68Isea& iIWINTER 2010 PARISIAN PIED A TERRE Located in the chic 16th arrondissement on Place du Trocadéro and facing the Eiffel Tower, La Réserve Paris comprises ten spacious apartments. Akin to the best penthouse at the most exclusive hotel, the one to four- bedroom apartments represent the latest concept in luxury accommodation, providing privacy, five- star service and stunning design by Remi Tessier - one of France's most talked- about interior designers. Tessier has been responsible for the interior of several yachts, including the 54m ( 177') Parsifal III. All of the apartments at La Réserve boast state- of- the- art technology, a private terrace or balcony, stylish living areas and superbly equipped kitchens should you choose not to use the butler service. You also have access to an on- site concierge who is the perfect city guide. Having worked for two of the premier hotels in Paris, she can offer you all the inside advice on where to go and what to see in this compelling city. For details visit www. lareserve- paris. com If you are looking to buy, rent or invest worldwide, tune your property radar to Paris, the Seychelles and Malibu PROPERTY FOCUS