ADVERTORIAL • January 2020
When it comes to the wishes of its guests, no luxury holiday goes quite as far as Seabourn, whose five intimate, all-inclusive hotels at sea will deliver you in decadent style to some of the world’s most remote corners. Cruise writer and columnist Lesley Bellew reveals why Seabourn exceeds all expectations
Did you know Seabourn has nearly one staff member for every individual guest? That’s “The Seabourn Difference” - an effortless interplay between space and intimacy, freedom and familiarity. This luxury resort at sea is peppered with smiling staff whose sole aim is to cater to, delight and surprise guests with treats and charming touches throughout their stay. Whether it’s drawing you a pampering bubble bath in your spacious, ocean-front accommodation, or arranging an in-suite cocktail party, Seabourn staff make it a true once-in-a-lifetime event. And for guests who manage to tear themselves away from their suite, an array of fine dining choices, unforgettable entertainment and a world-class spa await.
Travelling with Seabourn is like being part of an exclusive club, one that whisks its members to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. From secluded spots in the Caribbean (with beach parties, epicurean adventure and water sports galore) to a Mediterranean medley that sweeps through the French and Italian Riviera’s (encompassing Renaissance cities, authentic markets and postcard-pretty promenades), wherever you choose, you’ll be taken on a five-star journey. In Asia, be gently guided through the continent’s most glorious cities, along the Saigon River and to idyllic Thai islands, with overnight stays available for deeper exploration. Or why not try Alaska, where guests can hop off for a close-up look at the state’s famous wildlife and jaw-dropping glaciers?
Seabourn’s all-inclusive gastronomy is truly world-class, thanks – in part – to one very special partnership with Michelin-starred chef, Thomas Keller. Dining in his flagship restaurant, three-starred The French Laundry, in California, can set diners back around £250 each, so this dining treat (The Grill by Thomas Keller – Seabourn’s signature restaurant) adds a huge value to this ultra-luxury experience. Elsewhere, Seabourn - a member of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic society, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs - prides itself on a culinary selection designed to wow. Earth & Ocean at The Patio is a glamorous, alfresco venue for romantic candlelit dining on balmy evenings at sea while house-made artisanal gelati shows off 30 flavours, using locally-sourced ingredients such as lemons from the Amalfi coast.
Thanks to an official partnership with Unesco, Seabourn offers shore tours to more than 170 World Heritage Sites that can be enhanced by behind-the-scenes access and expert guides. Not only does the partnership allow for a deeper insight into intriguing destinations, but it also supports Unesco’s vital conservation work: a donation is added to tour prices and so far £1m has been raised. Unesco tours include a mid-cruise, three-night tour to the Temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and a visit to the megalithic temples of Malta (greeted by the curator of Malta’s National Museum of Archaeology). Not only this, but Seabourn Conversations see key speakers, spanning from archaeologists and historians to intrepid explorers, come on board to tell you more.
The partnerships don’t stop there. Therapies, yoga, tai chi and meditation have all been developed into an enriching programme by integrative medicine pioneer Dr Andrew Weil – the first of its kind at sea. In the evening, a collaboration with acclaimed British musical theatre lyricist, Sir Tim Rice, means guest can embark on a musical, immersive journey through the Broadway titan’s best-known work, including (on selected cruises) a visit from the man himself. Meanwhile, in your ocean front suite, you’ll find exclusive Seabourn Signature Scents in your complimentary bath amenities – a product of Seabourn’s long-term partnership with Molton Brown.
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