As the sun slowly sinks below the horizon turning the sky into a kaleidoscope of color, Champagne-filled flutes are raised to toast the idyllic setting. Few things in life evoke pure indulgence like a charter on an opulent luxury motor yacht, complete with five-star accommodations, round-the-clock pampering by an elite crew, exquisite cuisine rivaling that of a Michelin-rated restaurant; and a footloose & fancy free itinerary that's up to you.
While the palatial 197-foot (60 m), five deck megayacht Paraffin also offers a home theatre, professional recording studio, and even a state-of-the-art gym which occupies an entire deck, what distinguishes this floating pamper-palace is the ability to host a wine tasting party at sea. Stocked with some of the best wines ever produced, the Paraffin's wine cellar contains two climate-controlled wine cellars capable of carrying 612 bottles, and a custom built 332-bottle mahogany wine cabinet in the main dining room. Selecting which bottle, er, floats your boat (sorry!) is as easy as prevailing upon First Officer Bertrand Desparsac, Paraffin’s resident wine expert who hails from France's Bordeaux region.
Of course, it wouldn't do to quaff the finest vino in less that similarly fine glasses, which is why it's a good thing that 450 crystal wine glasses are ready & waiting - enough so that a wine tasting party of 50 could sample a glass of champagne, six varieties of reds and whites, a dessert wine and even a port.
Thirsty? Bottoms up at FraserYachts.com.
- Lesley Scott