As I’m sitting on the foredeck of Lloyd Marine’s Elysium, a spacious 45-foot Lagoon catamaran, with a flute of champagne in my hand and the spectacular sunset view of Singapore’s magnificent skyline in front of me, I’m thinking to myself, “This is the life!”.
There’s no doubt about it, being on a yacht makes every moment unforgettable. Here are five occasions that you should definitely consider spending on a yacht.
1. AN EXTRAVAGANT PARTY
Yves Saint Laurent’s opulent yacht party to celebrate the launch of his fragrance Opium in 1978 was so legendary that even Andy Warhol regretted not being able to attend. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s annual yacht party during the Cannes Film Festival is one of the most hotly anticipated parties each year, with elaborate themes like Bollywood and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a star-studded guest list that includes Mick Jagger, Kate Hudson and Heidi Klum. Take a cue from these glamorous parties by throwing one of your own, and you’re guaranteed to have your own party that’s the stuff of legends. The Royal Albatross, a luxury tall ship that can can cater up to 200 guests, will have you partying like a celebrity, being somewhat of a celebrity herself, having been featured as Bruce Wayne’ private yacht in The Dark Knight. For more information, visit tallship.com.sg
2. A SUNSET CRUISE
Enjoying a sunset view on a yacht, one that you simply can’t get on land, topped up with some bubbly is a great way to spend a special evening. Lloyd Marine (lloydmarine.com) offers a Happy Hour Cruise, where you can rent a luxury sailing catamaran for a two-hour weekday cruise. The package accommodates up to 37 people and includes free-flow champagne, aperitifs and canapés. You can also charter a yacht from Marina at Keppel Bay (marinakeppelbay.com) where you can stop at one of Singapore’s Southern islands that are perfect spots for swimming or snorkelling and even catch the Wings of Time fireworks display at Sentosa Island before cruising back to the marina.
3. A PIRATE PARTY
For the young and the young at heart, indulge in your fantasies of conquering the high seas with Lloyd Marine’s Pirate Party Cruise package. The pirate-themed party includes a BBQ buffet lunch, pirate games and even a treasure hunt, with a Treasure Chest cake to finish it all off. The cruise sails to Lazarus Island, where you can have fun on the beach, or indulge in watersports like kayaking and paddle-boarding.
4. A ROMANTIC CRUISE FOR TWO
There’s just something about being out at sea that inspires romance. If you’re trying to find a memorable way to pop the question to that special someone, look no further. ONE15 Luxury Yachting (one15luxuryyachting.com) has a fleet of over 35 vessels to choose from and offers first class services that cater to your every desire, so if you can dream up the perfect romantic scenario, they can and will deliver.
5. A YACHT WEDDING
If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, that sets your wedding apart from your friends, consider instead a yacht wedding. You’ll get an ever-changing view that will make for stunning wedding photograph. Not to mention the intimate setting where you and your loved ones are the only people around. Lloyd Marine has a team of wedding decoration specialist included in their package, to make your wedding day blissful and hassle free.
If you opt for a day cruise, you’re bound to reach the shore feeling a bit peckish. Here are some quayside dining options to consider upon reaching land to continue savouring that breathtaking sea view.
Marina at Keppel Bay
Located on the privately owned Keppel Bay, this is the only harbour in Singapore that enjoys both sea and hill views. Here, you can indulge in a juicy steak at Privé Grill or feast on sizzling teppanyaki at Japanese restaurant Takumi. If you prefer to unwind with a glass of red, head over to The Wine Glass, not only do they have an impressive collection of wines and cocktail, the bar has a full-height glass facade for unobstructed views of the waterfront. For more information, visit marinakeppelbay.com.
Situated in Sentosa Cove, this luxury lifestyle destination, with glamour and elegance to rival Monte Carlo, offers a range of eateries, including Latitude Bistro which is perfect for casual all-day dining and Wok°15 Kitchen, a Chinese gourmet restaurant serving exquisite modern Cantonese dishes. For a different bar experience, check out Boaters’ Bar, a floating bar located within the heart of the marina so you’re not just waterfront, but right on the water. Go on a Friday to catch a live band performance. For more information, visit one15marina.com.
Sentosa’s premier waterfront retail and dining destination, Quayside Isle is just minutes away from One°15 Marina and W Singapore Hotel. With a selection of fine dining restaurants and casual cafes in a range of international cuisines, including Chinese, Indian, Thai, Greek and Spanish, there’s something here that will satisfy every taste bud. This hidden gem is the perfect place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. For more information, visit quaysideisle.com.
Andrea Wong is YourSingapore’s Guest Editor who explored the #SingaporeHighLife and shared her experience with us. As a fashion stylist and former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Malaysia, Andrea knows how to enjoy the finer things in life.