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CEN IND Q1 2018

BLACKBOOK ON THE WATER

BLACKBOOK ON THE WATER By Sea or By Ice 1 2 3 4 Savouring the oceans these days isn’t just a tale of two types of vessel – sailing and motor yachts – but rather one of two disparate destinations: the sun-drenched tropics and the ice-capped poles. Relaxation and adventure are the twin attractions, and never has there been quite such a contrast between opportunities. Adventure craft are more capable – and comfortable – than ever, while the beachfront allures of the Mediterranean are in vintage form. Herewith, CORNELIA MARIOGLOU‘s selection of a quartet of singular yachts and diverse itineraries in equal measure. 1 SEVEN SINS Balearic Beat On the western end of the Med, the Balearics have been hotting up in recent years, as we remember just what Mallorca and Menorca have to offer beyond the party scene (though this, too, is thriving). The new steel-hulled M/Y Seven Sins has just the right vibe. Built by Sanlorenzo, with design by Officina Italiana Design, the studio responsible for the sleekest Riva models, the 52m beauty accommodates 12 guests in five cabins and is available for charter through YPI (ypiyachts.com). 2 LEGEND Glacial Explorer Almost always the seventh – and final – continent on bucket lists, Antarctica remains an adventure without parallel. Rarer still are the plush comforts of the luxe icebreaker M/Y Legend, a 77.4m craft that was refitted in 2015 and accommodates 26 guests and 19 crew, plus up to ten extra staff including a naturalist. With journeys organised through the expert EYOS Expeditions (eyosexpeditions. com), a helipad ensures easy transfers to and from this once-in-a lifetime experience of the great white wilderness 3 B AT O N ROUGE Northern Lights Norway’s fjords are the Grand Canyon of the seas – impossible, intimidating and generally difficult to explore. See them this spring/summer season on board the 62.5m M/Y Baton Rouge, available from Burgess (burgessyachts.com). She was built in the Netherlands in 2010 for up to 12 guests in seven cabins, and the Tim Heywood profile features an exceptionally handsome interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon, inspired by a beach club and allowing for endless outdoor spaces. 4 LILI Warmer climes Indulgence comes easily in the Greek islands, and from Rhodes in the east, the blossoming Turkish coast is a short journey for the 55m M/Y LILI. The new Amels-made craft is available through Monacobased company Imperial Yachts (imperial-yachts. com) and offers six cabins with the master suite on the bridge deck, a VIP cabin forward on the main deck and four en-suite cabins on the lower deck. The 175sq m sun deck includes a 4m swimming-pool with counter-current jets, while a plethora of water toys add to the fun on board. Unveiled at January‘s Boot boat show in Düsseldorf, the Pirelli J33 – Azimut Special Edition is an elegant tender built by Tecnorib, Pirelli‘s official licensee for rigid inflatable boats. This first in a line exclusive to Azimut, the Italian yachtbuilder, is fitted with a waterjet engine. tecnorib.it PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: JUSTIN HOFMAN/EYOS EXPEDITIONS, © IMPERIAL YACHTS, © TECNORIB, © BURGESS, GUILLAUME PLISSON 28 CENTURION-MAGAZINE.COM CONTACT CENTURION SERVICE FOR BOOKINGS

PROMOTION The infinity pool with lake views at Conrad Bengaluru The iconic 24 storey Conrad Bengaluru, overlooking the picturesque Ulsoor Lake Conrad Pune’s outdoor pool Conrad Pune’s shimmering façade URBAN ESCAPE The sunny subcontinent beckons this season with a pair of new retreats that shed fresh light on two thriving Indian cities Conrad Bengaluru Soaring 24 stories above the Central Business District of India’s third-largest business and cosmopolitan core, the iconic Conrad Bengaluru is the epicentre of smart luxury and vibrant style. The 285 rooms and suites are equipped with sensor technology, in-mirror televisions, walk-in rain showers and stellar views of the scenic Ulsoor lake, designed to make your stays inspiring, on business or leisure. Visiting gourmands are spoilt for choice with a range of eclectic dining options that include the live interactive kitchens of Caraway Kitchen, serving cuisines spanning America, Asia, Europe and India; delicacies from the Royal Kitchens across Kashmir to Kanyakumari at Indian Durbar; as well as an exotic culinary fare serving the finest of Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine at Mikusu. Tiamo, the alfresco restaurant and bar by the infinity poolside, plates Mediterranean favourites savored under the stars. The third storey of the hotel is a dedicated rejuvenation floor, housing the Signature Conrad Spa, salon, round-the-clock fitness centre and the temperature-controlled infinity pool to unwind and indulge at. Beyond the hotel’s glass façade, the colourful boutiques of M G Road, the city’s famous Bull Temple and Bengaluru Palace are just a few minutes away, to ensure your stay is truly inspired and memorable. Conrad Pune This über-contemporary hotel is right at home in Maharashtra’s fast-growing, business- and tech-savvy cultural capital. Decked out in soothing neutral tones with vibrant dashes of colour, the property’s 310 bright, spacious rooms and suites are designed to create a luxurious experience, and feature all the latest modcons as well as marble bathrooms with walk-in rain showers. Public areas impress with sky-high ceilings, cascading fountains and thought-provoking artwork. When it comes to food, Coriander Kitchen, the all-day restaurant, offers an interactive culinary journey with multiple live counters serving a range of Indian, Asian and Mediterranean street-food-inspired cuisine; Zeera, the Indian fine-dining eatery, cooks up exquisite grilled fare; and the chandelier-lit Koji emphasizes Japanese, Chinese and Thai specialities. Whether you spend your days sipping beverages at the poolside gastro-bar Kabana, taking in a treatment at the fullservice spa or exploring Pune’s animated CBD, just outside the hotel doors, a stay here is one you won’t soon forget. BENGALURU For more information or to book, visit Conrad Bengaluru, www.conradbengaluru.com, Phone: +91 80 2214 4444 – Bengaluru, Karnataka. Conrad Pune, www.conradpune.com Phone: +91 20 6745 6745 – Pune, Maharashtra.