NOTE: In the February 2012 Megayachts column, we introduced you to the 60-meter (197-foot) French-flagged Yogi. The article was written, the issue hit newsstands, and then, well, you may have seen the news: Yogi sank off the coast of Greece on Friday, February 17, 2012, two days after leaving the shipyard, where the yacht had been getting repainted. The cause of the accident has yet to be determined, but the Greek Coast Guard were able to rescue all eight crew.
A megayacht can easily stand up to comparison with a five-star hotel. They both have all of the posh amenities a discerning traveler would want: accomplished chefs, luxury accommodations, and frequent activities and excursions. (Admittedly there is one big difference: The megayacht floats.) So it was only a matter of time before the people who know yachts and the people who know hotels formed partnerships to raise the bar for both.
The French hospitality group LOV Hotel Collection recently acquired the 197-foot Yogi (above), making her the first megayacht to fly the French flag. She joins the collection’s other hotel and restaurant properties in Saint-Tropez and the French Alps but will be managed as a charter yacht in the Med and Caribbean.
And the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, located on Bodrum Bay in Turkey, has partnered with Turkish shipbuilder Vicem. With the hotel’s many views of the Aegean, finding inspiration to take to the seas should be easy. From Vicem’s fleet, the 40- and 36-foot yachts will be available for day cruises while the 92 Vantage, 78 Cruiser, and 75 Fly models will be available for longer excursions.
As more people begin to realize how many memories a day (or night) on a yacht can create, perhaps more hotels will expand their on-water offerings. And why not? Your next vacation could let you experience the best the land and sea have to offer.
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
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This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.