Gaia Unveils Luxurious Two-Bedroom Villa

Komala Luxe Villa | Gaia
Komala Luxe Villa | Gaia

Think: saltwater infinity plunge pool, large private deck areas with daybed kabana, a lounge room fireplace and private treatment areas

Twelve months into its extensive refurbishment, Gaia Retreat & Spa in the Byron Bay hinterland has unveiled a two-bedroom Komala Luxe Villa overlooking the retreat’s lush landscape of undulating valleys and organic gardens. Designed for utmost indulgence and R&R, the expansive villa has a a saltwater infinity plunge pool, large private deck areas with daybed kabana, lounge room fireplace and its own private treatment areas.

Samadhi Yoga Room has also been upgraded, with a north-facing position amid sprawling rainforest. The space offers daily morning yoga, pilates sessions as well as meditation and sound healing with a truly magical vista.

It’s not difficult to see why Gaia Retreat & Spa took out the award for Best Australian Health & Wellness Resort at this year’s Gold List awards and has been crowned World’s Best Day Spa four years in a row at the World Spa Awards. Gaia also won the coveted 2018 Hotel of the Year at the World Luxury Hotel Awards – the first Australian Hotel ever do so and following in the footsteps of illustrious hotels like Armani Hotel Dubai, Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris and Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi.

Gaia offers signature spa packages, relaxing and therapeutic massages, pampering, beauty, anti-ageing, detox as well as tailor made specialised treatments. In addition to these treatments the resort offers available a selection of alternative therapies, energetic healings, fitness, weight loss, health/wellbeing programs and creative activities.

The resort also serves up award-winning cuisine, much of which can be found in the resort’s new Gaia Spa Cuisine – Celebrated Recipes cookbook. All gourmet meals at Gaia are served in Kukura House, the central meeting room lodge where everyone gathers. The day begins with a sumptuous buffet and hot breakfast, followed by a light lunch, while the evening unfolds with a luxurious three-course fine dining experience. The Gaia approach to food is hearty and healthy with in-house chefs personally choosing the freshest organic produce available from the retreat’s organic garden as well as from several local orchards and plantations. The menu changes daily and gets customised to each individual’s preferences, desires and special dietary requirements.

Take a peek at Gaia’s gorgeous new villa and yoga room below.

 

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Canberra Welcomes Architectural, Moody Midnight Hotel

Midnight Hotel, Canberra
Midnight Hotel, Canberra

Midnight Hotel, in the inner-city suburb of Braddon, is the first Marriott International hotel to open in Canberra and the first premium brand delivered by independently owned and operated Iconic Hotels

Midnight Hotel, part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, has opened in Australia’s capital. It is the first Marriott International hotel to open in Canberra and the first premium brand delivered by independently owned and operated Iconic Hotels.

Situated in Braddon, one of Canberra’s emerging and creative inner-city suburbs, the new hotel is an exciting addition to Canberra: “Midnight Hotel is unique in design, thoughtful in spirit and affords a prime inner-city location with exemplary guest service,” said General Manager of Iconic Hotels, Rien Donkin. “We are proud to be recognised as part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection and excited to share our city’s story with our global guests.”

As an Autograph Collection hotel, Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific at Marriott International added that Midnight Hotel joins a brand that celebrates design and locality: “Celebrating the world’s most distinctive independent hotels around the globe, each hotel in the Autograph Collection is a product of vision, handpicked for its mark of craft, heartfelt design and authentic sense of place,” he said. “These principles guide the curation of the portfolio, ensuring each hotel experience is remarkably unlike anything else.”

The sculptural, contemporary and architecturally-focused hotel was designed by acclaimed Australian architects, Fender Katsalidis. Sharp, textural materials such as polished concrete, glass, metal and brass frame the building, while plush and tactile, block colour furnishings complete the interior.

Each of the 199 premium guest rooms feature a unique, custom artwork designed and created by acclaimed artist, Thomas Bucich. Part of Bucich’s ‘Relic’ Series, each piece features reclaimed Australian wood and bark plated in copper or nickel, mounted on painted board. Created solely for Midnight Hotel, no two pieces are identical.

Further advocating original art, each level of Midnight Hotel features a bespoke artwork by Australian artist, Tom Adair. Located at each elevator landing, the Uncovering Braddon series shines a light on Midnight Hotel’s immediate neighbourhood. Less than a kilometre from the CBD, Braddon’s ever-changing precinct of small businesses, award-winning eateries, micro-breweries and hip boutique shops attracts a creative crowd, with the mixed-use precinct easily explored on foot or via one of the hotel’s Lekker X electric bikes.

The hotel is also close to iconic national attractions, such as the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library, the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Australian Democracy and Parliament House. These major cultural Australian institutions are dotted around Canberra’s centrepiece, Lake Burley Griffin, and play host to some of the country‘s most acclaimed international exhibitions.

Midnight Hotel’s restaurant, Braddon Merchant, is a bright, modern deli-style eatery with a relaxed European feel offering a menu of fresh, simple dishes and a range of deli produce, boutique products and to-go options. Midnight Bar, meanwhile, presents an evocative, dark and moody bar for visitors to the ‘Midnight precinct’. Offering a short, sharp and seasonal menu featuring locally sourced upscale produce and a carefully curated list of local and international wines, cocktails and beers, Midnight Bar is a stylish new watering hole for Canberra.

Hotel guests  have access to a heated, indoor pool with cabana style seating, a sauna and shared and private gym spaces. Conference and events spaces, including private boardrooms and a business lounge are also located within the hotel.

 

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Rolls-Royce Develops World’s Fastest All-Electric Aircraft

Rolls Royce all-electric aircraft illustration

The zero-emissions aircraft will reach a speed of more than 480 kilometres per hour

There’s a lot going on in aviation right now, with news that four-hour flights from London to Sydney could exist by the 2030s. But another aviation milestone could occur as soon as next year, with a team of British engineers, designers, and data specialists recruited from Rolls-Royce and beyond on a mission to put a high-performance, electric plane in the air in 2020. If successful, the company’s zero-emissions aircraft will make history as the fastest ever all-electric aircraft, reaching a speed of more than 480 kilometres per hour. The current record for an all-electric plane, set by Siemens in 2017, is 338 kph.

The initiative, called ACCEL – ‘Accelerating the Electrification of Flight’ – is part of Rolls-Royce’s strategy to champion electrification in aviation, and is partly funded by the UK government in partnership with electric motor and controller manufacturer YASA and the aviation start-up Electroflight.

According to Rolls-Royce, the team developing and designing the e-racer comprises some of the top minds from the world of Formula E racing. To reach their goal, the team will need to build an immense battery that’s powerful enough to beat a series of speed and performance records, light enough to fly, and stable enough not to overheat. ACCEL already has the most energy-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft, providing enough power to fly 200 miles (London to Paris) on a single charge. “This plane will be powered by a state-of-the-art electrical system and the most powerful battery ever built for flight,” stated ACCEL Project Manager for Rolls-Royce, Matheu Parr. “In the year ahead, we’re going to demonstrate its abilities in demanding test environments before going for gold in 2020 from a landing strip on the Welsh coastline. 

 “We’re monitoring more than 20,000 data points per second, measuring battery voltage, temperature, and overall health of the powertrain, which is responsible for powering the propellers and generating thrust. We’ve already drawn a series of insights from the unique design and integration challenges,” Parr added. “And we’re gaining the know how to not only pioneer the field of electric-powered, zero-emissions aviation – but to lead it. At this point, our confidence is sky high.”

This latest initiative comes two years after Rolls-Royce announced it would explore hybrid-electric propulsion – using a gas turbine engine as a generator to power an electric fan – for regional commercial aircraft through the E-Fan X demonstrator programme with Airbus and Siemens. Rolls-Royce also previously showcased a hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle concept, which could be adapted for personal transport, public transport, logistics and even military applications and take to the skies as soon as the early 2020s.

A Surprising Luxury Farmstay has Opened in the South Pacific

The Palm House Vanuatu
The Palm House Vanuatu

With 3,800 hectares of organic farmland and 12 kilometres of private beaches and reef at guests’ disposal, the property’s villas boast private verandahs with unrestricted views across the azure blue waters of the Pacific Ocean

Vanuatu has a new resort concept, with the opening in June of The Palm House (TPH) – Vanuatu’s first agro-tourism resort. Privately owned for the past 15 years, the property, situated on the pristine north-west coastline of Efate Island, has undergone an upgrade and is now a luxury, all-inclusive boutique hotel accommodating eight guests.

Surrounded by 3,800 hectares of organic farmland and 12 kilometres of private beaches and reef, the property’s four villas boast private verandahs with unrestricted views across the azure blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The villas are decorated in a colonial style, nodding to Vanuatu’s history, and are fitted-out with handmade decorative objects, individual outdoor showers, Crosley blue tooth record players and Smeg mini bar fridges.

All bookings come with a 24-hour butler service and a private chef serving up daily continental breakfast, two-course lunches and three-course dinners. The property can also arrange private picnics on one of the private beaches and boat tours to the neighbouring island.

As well as being one of the largest cattle producers in Vanuatu, The Palm House also proudly owns and operates Vate Prawns – Vanuatu’s only prawn operations –and a coconut oil operation, producing organic-certified premium brand coconut oil. The Palm House’s in-house chef utilises as much of the local produce sourced directly from the ranch as possible, creating a true paddock to plate dining experience.

The Palm House is located approximately 45mins from the capital city of Port Vila.
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You Can Now Stay in an Igloo in the North Pole

North Pole Igloos
North Pole Igloos

And it will only set you back 95,000 EUR…

Leading Arctic & Nordic private travel company Luxury Action, creators of some the the region’s most luxurious experiences including the gob-smacking wilderness lodge Octola, has launched a new fantastical concept in one of the most exclusive travel destinations on earth: the North Pole. North Pole Igloos is the northernmost hotel in the world, and is movable and sustainable, but according to founder and CEO Janne Honkanen, “still a little extreme.” “Depending on weather conditions we move the heated glass igloos to most safe places around the arctic glacier,” he said.

North Pole Igloos hotel is open at the North Pole by request in April only, and includes two nights stay at Svalbard, flights and logistic from and to Svalbard, to and from the North Pole, a night at North Pole, all meals, security and guiding.

To become a member of the ultra-exclusive and rare group of people who have spent a night at the North Pole’s glacier, you’ll need to fork out 95,000 EUR. For a slightly more affordable 48,000 EUR you can stay in the igloos at Svalbard’s glacier, at other months in the year. “The season at North Pole lasts one month only, because it is the only month whenyou can travel there in a safe way. The rest of the time the North Pole Igloo Hotel is moving around the Arctic glacier,” Honkanen explained.

The igloos have been tested in extreme arctic weather conditions and are heated, have their own toilet, a glass ceiling roof and wall so guests can be one with the nature and experience the Northern Lights. The experience comes with a camp manager, an Arctic wilderness guide, chef services and security.

Honkaen hopes that the igloo hotel will also help to spread the message about the vulnerability of the arctic region as a result of climate change. “Since I opened Octola in December 2018… many of my guests been asking more and more about the state of Arctic nature. I thought that this is the time and the opportunity to give a chance for my guests to experience the North Pole with arctic explorers and scientists in a safe way,” he said.

“All our guests who have been travelling with us take concern of the Arctic nature and climate crisis. I believe they are also the best messengers for us in order to spread word of how climate change affects our lives in the Arctic, as well as what are the effects on our Arctic animals and nature.”

 

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Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to Join Crystal Endeavor 2020 Voyage

Crystal Endeavor Cuisine
Crystal Endeavor Cuisine

Three limited-availability omakase, or chef’s choice, dinners will be available during the voyage along with opportunities to mingle with Nobu through a cooking demo and cookbook signing

Luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises has just announced guests aboard Crystal Endeavor’s Indonesian Immersive & Great Barrier Reef remote expedition, departing 15th October 2020, will enjoy some of the world’s most celebrated cuisine, created and prepared by Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The global celebrity chef – whose only sea-going restaurants have been featured aboard Crystal ships since 2003 – will join the 16-day voyage to host an array of special events and dining experiences as Crystal Endeavor explores the great southern islands of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef and Indonesia’s tropics.

Three limited-availability omakase, or chef’s choice, dinners will be available during the voyage. Two of them, hosted in Umi Uma for 30 guests each, will feature a menu of Nobu’s specialties selected and prepared by him and his chefs and include a signed cookbook by the acclaimed chef. Another, extravagant Omakase Sushi Bar & Ultimate Vintage Connoisseur Wine Dinner, limited to just nine guests in the expedition yacht’s Vintage Room, will offer a multicourse feast. Each dish will be paired with specially selected sake and wines and the dinner will be hosted by Nobu, Sake Master Hazu and Crystal’s own head sommelier.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Nobu back as he sails for the first time aboard Crystal Endeavor,” said Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s senior vice president of hotel operations. “A highlight of every Crystal Ocean voyage, and now expedition voyages, is the phenomenal cuisine served in Umi Uma on board, and it’s an even greater pleasure to have the master himself join our guests for these special occasions. Not only famous for his innovative approach to classic dishes, Nobu is known for his warm and engaging character, which makes every guest feel at home even as they learn and dine alongside a master.”

In addition to the dining experiences, guests will have a number of opportunities to mingle with Nobu. The chef will conduct a cooking demo and host a cookbook signing and photo session during the cruise, while Sake Master Hazu complements the programming with a sake tasting. Guests can also learn a unique style of floral design that incorporates western and Japanese design concepts with Nicolai Bergmann, one of today’s most renowned floral artists.

Nobu’s signature Japanese-Peruvian fusion fare is served as part of the all-inclusive Crystal Experience aboard Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and will debut aboard Crystal Endeavor when the German-built expedition yacht launches in August 2020. All Umi Uma & Sushi Bar chefs are personally trained by Nobu himself in his restaurants around the world, and the master chef frequently sails on Crystal voyages for special events and ongoing refinement of cooking techniques.

The hosted omakase dinners in Umi Uma will be offered for US$200 per guest, while the omakase Ultimate Vintage Room experience will be offered for US$1,000 per guest. All other programming and events are inclusive.

 

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Jumeirah Vittaveli Launches Decadent Superyacht Experience

Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives | MY Vittaveli superyacht
Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives | MY Vittaveli superyacht

Thought an overwater bungalow was the height of luxury? How about gliding across clear Maldivian waters aboard a decadent superyacht… and then retreating back to your overwater bungalow?

Guests of Jumeirah Vittaveli can now stay onboard a brand new, 85-foot superyacht in what is a first for Maldives resorts. MY Vittaveli is an Azimut superyacht that accommodates up to eight guests for overnight stays, or up to 20 guests for leisurely day-time cruises.

Spend your days snorkelling with whale sharks and cruising to deserted islands, or get the best of both worlds with a combined on-land and on-water stay, returning to the resort island to extend your stay in a freestanding villa, complete with private pool and your own stretch of beach.

The superyacht boasts three decks with a four-person jacuzzi on the top deck, crafted wood joinery, cherry wood panels and Italian marble inlays in the cabins and all en-suite bathrooms include hydrosonic massage bathtubs and full-sized Hermès amenities.

“It has long been my dream to add a superyacht to our prime resort villa accommodations,” said Amit Majumder, Regional Vice President, Boutique Resorts, at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts. “Our guests love the resort and its surrounding house reef, as well as close-by snorkel and dive spots, but the explorer in me has always envisioned that the best way to fully experience the Maldives would be with a combination of an island stay and a journey across the atolls. It’s irresistible to set sail and explore the stunning variety of over- and under-water wonders the Maldives offers, and I am proud my team has made it possible to offer such a special experience for our guests.”

Experienced deck crew will guide guests to secluded powder white beaches and hidden spots around the atolls, and to a local island on the way to admire the art of lacquerware or mat weaving. The superyacht’s swim platform is ideal for diving, snorkelling and water sports like jet skiing.

Those staying onboard MY Vittavel will get four hours of complimentary cruising every day, so there are plenty of opportunities to stop-off for a beach BBQ dinner, explore the sandbanks and uninhabited islands, try a fishing trip or discover the underwater world on a snorkelling excursion.

Jumeirah Vittaveli boasts the Maldives’ first ice rink, a PADI Dive base, water sports centre, Talise Spa, six restaurants and bars, a wine library, an overwater lounge, an underground whisky and chocolate salon and a cigar lounge.

Where do we sign up?

 

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Velaa Maldives to Welcome World Famous Chefs in Exclusive Wine Dinners

Velaa Wine Dinner Maldives

The resort – which boasts the largest wine cellar in the Maldives with over 1000 bins – will host some of the world’s most esteemed chefs and winemakers in this exclusive event taking place throughout November

Velaa Private Island Resort in the Maldives will be holding a series of dinners created by famous wine makers and Michelin-starred Chefs this November, with the launch of Gastronomy Duets.

Velaa chef Gauchan de Silva will work with culinary wizards Brian Mark Hansen from restaurant Søllerød Kro in Denmark, Alain Alders from De Vrienden van Jacob in the Netherlands and Tristan Brandt from restaurant Opus V in Germany respectively on the four dinners to take place throughout the month. The resort – which boasts the largest wine cellar in the Maldives with over 1000 bins – will also welcome much-lauded winemakers from Artémis Domaines, Domaine de la Côte, Alvaro Palacios and Pierre Péters Champagne house.

See the full, harmonised schedule below:

 

3rd & 6th November

Brian Mark Hansen, from one Michelin starred restaurant Søllerød Kro will present dishes accompanied by Bibi Graetz winemakers’ most iconic Tuscan wines – Testamatta, Colore and Testamatta Bianco.

 

10th & 12th November

Rajat Parr, a winemaker from California with Indian roots and the owner of Domaine de la Côte, will share his passion for chardonnay and pinot noir.

 

16th & 19th November

Together with Velaa Private Island’s sommelier, a selection of wine dinners will be served by Alain Alders from Michelin starred restaurant De Vrienden van Jacob in the Netherlands. Alders has a prestigious SVH title and previously worked at Mirazur, Number One in The World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2019, as well as a number of noteworthy European restaurants with no less than two Michelin stars.

 

22nd & 25th November

Frédéric Engerer, CEO of Artémis Domaines, who oversees Pinault’s wine properties, will be presenting Domaine Clos de Tart from Morey-Saint-Denis and Domaine d’Eugénie from Vosne-Romanée. Rodolphe Péters, oenologist and owner of Pierre Péters Champagne house will also be presenting his legendary Blanc de Blancs from Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger.

 

27th & 30th November

One of Germany’s best chefs Tristan Brandt, from two Micheline-starred restaurant Opus V, will present a dinner accompanied by Alvaro Palacios winemakers’ most noble wines from DOQ Priorat appellation.

 

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Move Over, Riley: Crystalbrook’s Colourful Bailey Hotel is Coming to Cairns

Bailey, Cairns | Lobby
Bailey, Cairns | Lobby

With Crystalbrook Collection marketing Bailey as the arty and creative sibling to Riley, which opened in 2018, and Flynn, opening early 2020, Bailey is set to be a colourful and charismatic property in keeping with the new breed of lifestyle hotels emerging throughout Australia and around the world

Reservations have opened for Cairns’ newest five-star hotel, Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, ahead of its 2nd November opening.

Located in the heart of Cairns’ flourishing cultural precinct, Bailey is the second of three Crystalbrook Collection hotels to open in Cairns and once open, will be the fourth hotel in the Group’s fast-expanding Australian portfolio, with properties in Cairns, Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Port Douglas and Crystalbrook.

The Syrian-owned hotel group recently announced the purchase of one of Australia’s most renowned resorts, Byron at Byron, for a reported AU$41.7 million, bringing Crystalbrook Collection’s Australian investment to $1 billion.

“Launching direct bookings to the public is a significant milestone as we count down the days until we open,” said Carl Taranto, General Manager at Bailey.

With the hotel brand marketing Bailey as the thoughtful, arty and creative sibling to Riley, which opened in 2018, and Flynn, opening early 2020, Bailey is set to be a colourful and charismatic hotel in keeping with the new breed of lifestyle hotels emerging throughout Australia and around the world.

The hotel will celebrate art in all its forms, with dedicated spaces for art within the hotel’s public areas. Each of the 12 guest floors is also designed to feature separate artists, with this art changing regularly. Bailey will also host quarterly art initiatives such as exhibitions, evening classes, poetry recitals, dance performances and even live graffiti sessions. A schedule of events and art-filled inclusions that showcase a diverse array of local emerging and established artistic talents will run on the hotel’s opening.

Two vastly different eateries will be on offer at Bailey from 2nd November: CC’s Bar and Grill, a rugged Australian take on the traditional steakhouse that draws inspiration from Crystalbrook Station; and nostalgic Milk Bar, serving up childhood classics like milkshakes, sundaes and other sweet treats. CC’s steak will be sourced from Crystalbrook Station, a three-hour drive from Cairns, and plenty of local produce will be on offer in a menu that celebrates hearty, flavoursome and locally-inspired dishes.

To celebrate the launch of Bailey, Crystalbrook is offering advance opening rates starting at $179 per room per night.

 

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First Sports and Wellness Cruise Ship to Launch in 2021

Blue World Voyages | Sports Deck
Blue World Voyages | Sports Deck

The stereotype that cruising is all about excess and overindulgence is soon to become a thing of the past

New cruise line Blue World Voyages will launch in 2021 as the world’s first cruise line fully dedicated to active, athletic and healthy lifestyles, bringing ‘active lifestyle cruising’ to the global market.

The 525-guest sports and wellness-centered ship responds to rocketing demand by travellers for active holidays, with wellness tourism growing by 6.5 per cent annually – more than double the growth rate of general tourism – and a global wellness industry valued at $4.2 trillion.

“Blue World Voyages was created for health-conscious individuals, sports and fitness enthusiasts, and those in search of personal improvement,” said Gene Meehan, chairman and founder, Blue World Voyages. “Our focus on active lifestyle cruising is not an option or an add-on; it forms the core of our overall cruise travel experience, deeply embedded in every aspect of the product, from ship design and onboard programs to dining options and itineraries.”

The inaugural ship will be the first to dedicate one entire deck to sports, exercise and wellness, outfitted with golf and soccer simulators, batting cages, a functional training center, yoga, spinning and TRX studios. A second full deck will be dedicated to spa and rejuvenation – the largest per-guest spa at sea – and feature a relaxing therapy tub, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and solarium. There will also be three pools, including, when docked, a seawater lap pool that will be lowered directly into the ocean adjacent to the vessel for guests to swim in the sea.

Meehan, a sports industry veteran and avid cruiser who has sailed on over 60 vessels, told Luxury Travel that Blue World Voyages combines two of today’s hottest vacation trends: cruising and wellness travel, and there has, until now, been a gaping hole in the cruising market. “There are 40 million people in just the US alone who are considered ‘conscious consumers’ [plus] another 50 million-plus in Europe and more in Australia, Canada and South America. This market is not currently well served by today’s cruise industry,” he said.

While plenty of luxury cruise lines now offer active shore excursions as well as healthy on-board food and top-notch spas and gyms, Meehan explained that Blue World Voyages caters specifically to likeminded people who are are fitness- and health-conscious, as well as those looking to improve their fitness and health. “You will not find this synergy on any other cruise ship. There is a very strong, almost tribal mentality amongst those who opt to live healthy lives. It becomes a common denominator that leads to a very friendly and supportive environment. This will set us apart from other cruise offerings,” he explained.

With just 40 luxury accommodations, Meehan added that the extent of the health and fitness offering on the ship is utterly unique for a vessel of its size. “The larger the ship, the larger the fitness and spa facilities. However these amenities are shared by thousands of passengers with very little specific programming either on-board or on-shore, as sports and wellness are not primary concerns. Plus, the sheer number of passengers prohibits quality personal services in this field.

“On smaller – typically 5-star – ships you will always find smaller fitness/spa facilities. Here again, sports/wellness is not [their] primary concern, and if it were, the ships facilities are now too small to provide any meaningful programming.

“We stand alone in offering a ship that is specifically designed to provide a 5-star ‘casual’ sports and wellness experience at sea, and we will have the amenities, programs and staff both on-board and on-shore to ensure a great product.”

Locally-sourced farm-to-table cuisine will be on offer day-in, day-out, while the intimate size of the ship means guests will be able to access the ports that larger cruises cannot, allowing them to explore unspoiled reefs, hidden waterfalls, and secluded hiking and biking trails. Active shore excursions including snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, golfing, biking, running and more will be on offer on-land.

Blue World Voyages will also introduce a unique ship configuration when it floats out in 2021, with the 40 luxury one- and two-bedroom residences available to be purchased. “We want our ship to be unique in every way. Why should a cruise ship just have passengers on-board when there is a growing market of folks who want to live at sea. Think of us as a private yacht without the upkeep, plus a healthy one at that!” Meehan stated. “One of the things that I have learned by being in the sports and fitness business for all of my life is this…the more money people have, the longer they want to be around to spend it!”

The inaugural season of Blue World Voyages will commence with a tour of the Mediterranean, calling on destinations such as Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Portugal, Corsica and Croatia.

For a virtual tour of the ship, visit blueworldvoyages.com/tour.