Relying on mother nature to fuel its sails, every journey through the Mamanuca Islands will depend on the warm tropical breeze and sea conditions, creating a unique sailing experience every day.Each daily sailing experience will take up to 80 passengers, meanwhile for group, charter and evening events, the catamaran will cater for 100+ passengers.Onboard guests can expect a carefully curated gourmet buffet, featuring seasonal cuisine from local Fiji producers that will be complemented by signature cocktails and a selection of beers and premium wines.The vessel will feature a large shade canopy with seating options including daybeds and beanbags.More information will be available on southseasailingfiji.com in due course. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. South Sea Cruises will launch a new product to add to its award winning portfolio of brands: a sparkling new 78-foot luxury catamaran that will sail through Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands under the newly established brand, South Sea Sailing.Earmarked to debut in June 2020, South Sea Sailing will bring a new high-end day sailing experience to Fiji. Currently under construction offshore by leading French company Ocean Voyager, the luxury catamaran will be the first of its kind to sail in the Southern Hemisphere. The yet-to-be-named vessel will have a light weight and shallow draught, providing easy access to sand cays, white-sand beaches and Fiji’s turquoise waters via forward steps and water slide.
Go back to the enewsletterMandarin Oriental Hotel Group has taken over management of CastaDiva Resort & Spa, an existing resort on Lake Como, Italy. The property will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como in spring 2019 following a refurbishment of facilities. It will become Mandarin Oriental’s first resort in Western Europe and will complement the Group’s Milan hotel.Located on the shores of Lake Como and surrounded by botanic parkland, the resort is a landmark of historic importance comprising 76 rooms and suites housed in nine villas, dating from the 19th century. Two of the villas will be bookable in their entirety giving guests their own private retreat.Villa Amina Lake ComoAlmost all accommodation has lake views from either a balcony or terrace. The resort features four restaurants and bars, including a lakeside terrace for al fresco dining, a large spa with an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor floating pool on the lake. There’s also a variety of social and meeting facilities in the resort’s grounds.“We are delighted to be extending the Mandarin Oriental brand to the shores of Lake Como which has long been a destination of choice for luxury travellers. We look forward to bringing the Group’s exemplary service to the resort and to working with our partners to create one of Italy’s most exclusive properties,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.CastaDiva Resort & Spa was acquired in 2017 by funds managed by Attestor Capital LLP. According to its website, the property is currently part of the Small Luxury Hotels collection.Go back to the enewsletter