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Island life Setting sail around the Caribbean island of St Lucia? Make sure you head to the finest spots 38 Aboard ashore Discover the Maldive islands aboard the Sultans way yachts42 City guide Chinese and western culture combine in the intriguingly cosmopolitan Hong Kong48 2I sea& iIAUTUMN 2009 Contents AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI39 F lying over St Lucia - the view largely consisting of rainforest - you may be forgiven for thinking that the island is simply a mass of trees. But skulking under this verdant blanket is a tropical island paradise, home to numerous volcanic and white sand beaches, hot springs, pretty coves, scented jasmine and wild orchids. One of the most naturally beautiful islands in the Caribbean, St Lucia also makes way for idyllic resorts. Sailing around the island gives you a chance to step ashore and discover both the natural wonders and the man- made variety, and you'll be in fine seafaring company. Over the years, St Lucia has attracted sailors of all types, from pirates nestling in the safety of the hurricane hole at Marigot Bay to French and English military in centuries past, to today's superyachts cruising the Caribbean's Windward Islands chain. NATURAL APPEAL Due to its volcanic origins, St Lucia has breathtaking mountains and a fabulous underwater world. As such it has great appeal for hikers, divers and nature lovers. From the rugged terrain of the south to the flatter, less volcanic north, the island has something for everyone. With the mountains comes rain, and thus lush rainforests where tropical birds find refuge among the acres of designated rainforest reserve. Towering here are the soaring Piton mountains, which have become a symbol of the nation. The twin volcanic peaks dominate the southwest of the island and appear more dramatic than they actually are due to the fact that they rise up from the sea in sheer, spectacular ascent. Gros Piton provides wonderful opportunities for ahike, while those with a greater head for heights can zip- wire through the rainforest or take the aerial tram that rides over the tree tops and provides spectacular views of the rainforest. Nearby Soufrière is the oldest town on the island. Named by the French, it is most famous for its stunning natural surroundings, including the sulphur springs which lend it its name. The town used to be the island's capital and it still has some original Creole wooden buildings. But for a real taste of St Lucia's past, the 19th century Fond Doux Estate has acres of orchards, cocoa trees, banana, coconut, coffee, nutmeg and cinnamon plantations, along with old sugar works and herb gardens. To the north lies Pigeon Island, a 44- acre national park that was formerly only accessible by sea but is now connected by a man- made causeway. Once the home of indigenous Amerindians, and then pirates, the island today abounds with walking trails and historic remnants of its service as a military base. One such example is an 18th century fort that was built as a lookout to spy on French ships during numerous conflicts over the island. During that century the island changed hands 14 times between the British and the French, and, although it is now English- speaking, remnants of its time under French rule are reflected in the place names, Creole cuisine and French patois that many of the islanders still speak. Alongside Pigeon Island is Rodney Bay, St Lucia's main resort area. A bustling hub of shops, restaurants and bars sits alongside the long sandy Reduit Beach and Rodney Bay Marina which, along with Marigot Bay, is one of the main yachting destinations on the island. South of Pigeon Island and Rodney Bay is the island's capital, Castries. Its market is a bustling meeting place, especially on Fridays. Castries Port is a day stopover for many of the large cruise liners and is devoted to duty free shopping, for which there are two options at either end of the port: La Place Carenage and Pointe Seraphine - great places to head if you need some retail therapy, but to be avoided if you desire peace. THE BIG BLUE The island is surrounded by waters that are rich in marine life. The warm waves also play host to migratory whales during the winter months and are the main home for stunning underwater life year round. Soufrière Marine Park is perfect for snorkelling, as is the coral around Anse Chastanet. Just north, you can swim with turtles at Anse Cochon, while the east coast and Grand Anse are the best places for turtle watching. REST EASY Described as being the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean by author James Michener, Marigot Bay has provided shelter to mariners for centuries. The bay has been a favourite of yachties for years, and even starred in the original Doctor Dolittlefilm. Today it houses the Discovery at Marigot Bay resort, which includes a marina, spa, fitness centre, restaurants, shopping and 57 suites overlooking the docks. Combining sustainable, low- impact design, the suites are built on the hillside over-looking the bay, and are terraced so that every suite has a view from the private balconies. The resort's main pool is surrounded by lush vegetation and blends into the scenic backdrop of the hillside. A winding boardwalk links the suites, pools, ? Opposite page: although much of the island is lush and green, there's plenty of space for stunning white sand beaches ( right) st lucia St Lucia is so desirable the British and French fought for possession of it 14 times in the 18th century. Today, the only haggling going on is in the local markets. sea& iexplores this Caribbean idyll By Miriam Cain 38Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 Heaven- saint AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI43 furtherafield All 1,200 of the Maldives islands are gems, but it pays to know which ones have been polished up to sparkle the most By Miriam Cain Nature's way Adrift in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives landmass totals just 300 square kilometres ( 115 square miles), while the ocean area is over 107,500 square kilometres ( 41,500 square miles). Step ashore and you are, in fact, walking on the coral- encrusted summit of a range of submerged volcanoes. Over thousands of years since the undersea volcanoes formed, coral grew and, on breaking the surface of the ocean it gathered sand, creating thousands of atolls. Within these atolls, which were protected from the breakwaters of the outer reefs, more sand drifted until white dunes pushed up into the air. The Maldives' picture- per-fect palm trees came from coconuts drifting on the monsoon winds from Africa and anchoring on the sand. Sparkling seas ? T oday's overcrowded world makes it tricky to locate even one remote island paradise, so it comes as something of a shock to discover that when you head to the Maldives, the dilemma comes not in finding a remote island but singling just one out from the 1,200 on offer. The testing choice is slightly eased when you take into account that only 200 of them are inhabited; it is made almost easy when you then learn that, of these, 85 are crowned with luxury resorts. Well, perhaps not exactly easy. Each resort vies with each other for best/ latest/ most divine facilities and experiences, making a firm decision almost impossible. You simply have to set aside the next 80 odd years to visit each one, or - far more preferable - boat- hop between several in one trip. 42Isea& iIAUTUMN 2008 maldives Above left: the west side of Victoria Harbour Above: the Mandarin Oriental hotel fine China hong kong AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI49 Little surprise that China was itching to reclaim its gilded island in 1997; Hong Kong, appropriately located at the mouth of the Pearl River, is a valued jewel in any nation's crown By Kate Rigby 48Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 A strip of sparkling metropolis slung low on the base of the heaving mass of China, Hong Kong has always been a bit different; a bit special. Ingrained with 5,000 years of Chinese tradition and polished off with more than 150 years of British colonialism, Hong Kong is a law unto itself; a heady mêlée of stately colonial grandeur, furious- paced finance and glittering Oriental glamour mingling together to delicious effect. The question was, would Hong Kong continue to dazzle once it returned to the Chinese fold in 1997? The answer, resoundingly, is yes. Xianggang as it is now officially named, still plays as hard as it works, and it works as hard as it can to preen and proffer its countless attractions. On a whistle- stop stay in the city, headline your trip with the following attractions. PILLOW TALK For a city with such an electric nightlife, it would seem that having somewhere to rest your head should be merely a formality, but Hong Kong does nothing by halves. Honouring its grand colonial upbringing, the city continues to think big when it comes to hospitality. The trusty clan of leading hotel chains are here along with a healthy string of gems from the boutique clique. Among the big- hitters are the recently redesigned Mandarin Oriental, the Excelsior ( reserve a harbour- front room as they all have a sofa by the bay window so you can city- gaze in comfort), The Langham, which is encircled by designer boutiques, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental with the largest rooms of any hotel in Hong Kong, the harbour- front Four Seasons, and The Peninsula: the legendary Grande Dameof the Far East. A recent addition to check out is the Harbour Grand Hong Kong, opened just a few months ago. Situated on the waterfront, it has 828 rooms, including 86 luxury suites, and is five- star opulence itself. Smaller, hipper and boutique inspired is the stylish, award- winning Hotel LKF by Rhombus in Lan Kwai Fong. TOP TABLE East and West get whisked together to delicious effect in Hong Kong's culinary scene. With a gut- busting 9,000 restaurants you can guarantee Asian fare of all varieties, along with a very wide repertoire of gourmet international offerings. As well as booking a table at the well- established, lauded gourmet establishments, simply wandering along the Yun Ping Road, Kai Chiu Road, Pak Sha Road, Lan Fong Road, Hysan Avenue, Hoi Ping Road and Yiu Wa Street offers up a veritable feast of ? sea& inews The latest from CNI and the world of luxury yachting10 Charter choice On board Silver Angel22 Captain's view Will Kaye gives the inside picture on Big Aron24 Where in the world.? A look at what's new in global travel26 Glam femme From make- up to jewels, aqua makes a statement32 Top five Sample the world's finest sky- high cocktail venues34

Celebrating Cognac The House of Rémy Martin reveals the secrets of its success78 The Natori story Bannenberg and Rowell unravel the design process82 Ethereal Royal Huisman's high- tech 190- footer takes to the water 90 AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI3 forconnoisseursofluxurytravel masterartisan 78Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI79 Spirthiet ofTradition A century in the making, Louis XIII Cognac is a masterpiece of man and nature. Katie Connockvisited the House of Rémy Martin in France to sample the legendary process and product H idden away in peaceful countryside to the west of France, the Charente River, proclaimed " The loveliest river in my Kingdom" by François I, gently winds its way through a landscape of vineyards bursting with the fruit that will create the world's best- known brandy, Cognac. Named after the region in which it is produced, this amber nectar of the drinks' world must conform to strict legal requirements in order to bear the Cognac name; as any Frenchman will tell you: " all Cognac is brandy but not all brandy is Cognac." The region is divided into six growth areas, or crus, based on the characteristics of the soil, and these are reflected in the aromas of the final product. The highest quality Cognac is produced from vines planted in the Grande Champagne cru ( not to be confused with a certain other well- known vine- growing area of France) as the chalky nature of the soil allows for the regulation of its humidity, which is perfect for the vines. It is therefore fitting that it is solely from this cruthat the House of Rémy Martin accepts the eaux- de- vie( samples of the distilled wine) that will go on to produce the ' crowning jewel' of its range of Cognacs, Louis XIII. Widely heralded as the ' King of Cognac', a bottle of Louis XIII is 100 years in the making and sets the standard for luxury. It is for this reason that it has been the drinking partner for many iconic figures commemorating monumental moments of history, such as the celebration of Winston Churchill's election victory in 1951, and Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Versailles in 1957. It is not surprising, therefore, that the process of turning the meagre grape into a spirit of such depth and finesse is one nurtured by the most skilled craftsmen, who are blessed with a unique and selfless respect for their profession and the passage of time. Pierrette Trichet, the first and only female cellar master, currently leads the House of Rémy Martin's craftsmen in the time- honoured process of creating Louis XIII Cognac. Each year, more than 1,200 growers submit samples of their eaux- de- vie to be considered in the blending of Louis XIII, with the incentive of a financial bonus if theirs is chosen - along, of course, with the pride associated with this honour. Only up to three per cent of all the samples tasted by Trichet and her team will be deemed to have the potential and quality required for Louis XIII. As is necessary for the production of Cognac, the wine has to go through a double distillation. Alone among the great Cognac houses, Rémy Martin retains the traditional method of distillation on the lees in small copper stills ( alambics), since it is convinced that this is the only way to reveal both the subtlety and intensity of the Grand Champagne eaux- de- vie. The first distillation produces a raw eaux- de- vieknown as the brouillis, which is then redistilled. There is a huge amount of skill ? The hallowed cellars of the House of Rémy Martin In November 2008, the three generations of Rémy Martin cellar masters, Pierrette Trichet, Andre Giraud and Georges Clot ( pictured above, left to right), came together for a unique celebration and tasting straight from the barrel of a Louis XIII that was a product of their combined work over the last century cognac 82Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 Above ( from left): Simon Rowell and Dickie Bannenberg T wenty- eight months would seem like an eternity to most infants, but for one particular baby, recently christened Natori, the time raced by. No one is more conscious of this than her designers: Dickie Bannenberg and Simon Rowell. As they reflect on their recent accomplishment, they appear to have the relaxed demeanour of men confident their interior design work on this 41.8m ( 137') masterpiece will exceed all expectations of anyone spending time aboard. But they're creative souls, these two, and as they relive the experience of exacting their requirements upon shipyard, suppliers and client, frowns and gritted teeth fleetingly return. Here lies the anguish for top designers in the superyacht sphere: the pressure of a fast project never relents. " One tends to be presented with: ' Love to hire you. Love your work. Oh, and we need the first drawings in six weeks,'" says Bannenberg, chuckling. " The yard already had the exteriorenvelope defined, so we were scooped up with the project up and running." The owner was someone Bannenberg and Rowell relished working with. He is, they say, design savvy - keen enough to scour House & Gardenand Architectural Designfor ideas. He liked Illusion, a yacht Bannenberg & Rowell Design had refitted, so this became a starting point for Natori's design. " Natori's owner had a clear idea of what he wanted as a basis: one of a pair of identical 41.8m ( 137') boats built by Baglietto and designed by Francesco Paszkowski. Natori has a distinctive exterior, to put it mildly," admits Bannenberg. " We're quite partial to its slightly brutal look but it is polarising; quasi- military, sharp- edged." Granddesigns ? Delivered this past spring, the stunning 41.8m ( 137') Natori from the renowned Baglietto yard is set to become one of the most talked- about vessels on the charter scene. Project managed by Master Yachts and CNI's Jeremy Comport, she boasts a distinctive, avant- garde exterior styled by Francesco Paszkowski. But it is her interior, designed by Bannenberg & Rowell Design, that has attracted the most attention. Gilles Chapmandiscovers the ins and outs of the project from the talented design duo interior design Photography: David Churchill; Jérôme Kélagopian AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI91 a s moody clouds drift across the ink- blue of the early evening sky, a ray of sun breaks through and falls on Ethereal. Her white hull shines against the dramatic backdrop of Lanzarote's ragged, lava- dark moonscape as she swings peacefully to anchor, a gentle breeze blowing across the deserted anchorage and ruffling the Moroccan tent that has been set up on the foredeck. Ethereal seems at ease here, an extraordinary 58m ( 190') yacht that nevertheless blends com-fortably with her natural surroundings. For her guests, she offers every convenience and luxury to make a stay on board an unforgettable experience. Her hull, designed by Ron Holland, rises gently to the bow and features balanced overhangs and a stern that conceals a drop- down bathing platform, while her Pieter Beeldsnijder- style exterior lines are broken only by the well-proportioned deck saloon, low coachroofs and subtle aft cockpit. But while she may appear on the surface to be a conventional - some might even say conservative - sailing superyacht, she is one of the most technologically complex of her kind yet launched. Ethereal is the vision of Bill and Shannon Joy, who sought to create a yacht that pushed the boundaries of energy efficiency while retaining as environmentally sound a profile as possible. Future- proofed to allow for the fitting of fuel cells when the technology is ready, she is the culmination of several years of planning, design and building by her owners, a phalanx of technical experts, and her build yard, Royal Huisman in the Netherlands. Her captain, Andrew Barry, was skippering Hyperion when he first met the Joys at the Monaco Yacht Show. Hyperion was on the market, and the Joys were viewing her as potential clients. " I started talking with Alan Prior, who was project manager for Hyperion and Athena," says Barry. " I decided to leave Hyperion for a break, and then Ethereal came up. It was an exciting prospect to be working at a yard on such a project, surrounded by great people, and with exceptional owners." Breaking the boundaries of energy efficiency and sound insulation, the 58m ( 190') Ethereal brings new levels of technology to the ocean By Tim Thomas Ethereal newbuild green goddess ? Life afloat Charter inspiration on a cruise of New Zealand 52 Villa life Exotic properties in Marrakesh, India and Mexico62 Time & Tide sea& i's annual watch supplement65 Latest trends An insider's look at the latest developments at yards in The Netherlands 86 Latest listings A look at the latest yachts joining the CNI sales fleet94