Down deck: I spent two hours on a luxury yacht and that was it

I do not belong to the super yachts.

Sure, I sail around the port of Waitematā in boats in action races but on luxury super yachts? It is quite difficult to afford a healthy Auckland rental to make a living, let alone rent a night on a super yacht.

But it is a life I can at least pretend to enjoy thanks to the magic of social media and the travels of a travel writer.

When an invitation arrived in my inbox to take a mini yoga class at Boutique Superyachts’ beautifully refurbished Sea Breeze III, my elastic arm twisted immediately.

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Boutique Superyachts in Auckland offers luxury wellness shelters at Sea Breeze III.

Boutique Superyachts

Boutique Superyachts in Auckland offers luxury wellness shelters at Sea Breeze III.

But having watched too many episodes of reality Under the deck, I wondered if it would be a bit clogged and if I would have to suffer one afternoon with a group of posing influencers dressed until nine. Would there be a vulgar, rich atmosphere? A drunk cons? A satanic scandal among the cabin crew? Most importantly, what the hell would I wear?

An email arrived the day before departure, describing the time and place of the meeting in great detail, such as the dress code.

“You may want to wear elastic clothes for your yoga class and do not forget to bring a jump in case it gets cold.” Perfect.

In addition, the boat was also a shoeless yacht and they would give us fluffy slippers to wear on deck. It sounded more and more like the script of my dreams – a luxurious backdrop to the comfort of my active clothes.

Boutique Superyachts redefines the luxury super yacht scene, moving away from the feel of a boat party and into wellness, offering personalized excursions, day trips, overnight stays and three-day winter wellness shelters.

The shelters include yoga, massage therapists, personal chefs and wellness experts who are there to guide you into a state of total relaxation with all your needs covered by the experts.

The bright colors add a touch of elegance to the Sea Breeze III suites.

Boutique Superyachts

The bright colors add a touch of elegance to the Sea Breeze III suites.

Stepping on a foot with slippers on the 105-foot five-level yacht was a luxury, but almost the sophisticated environment presented in the reality show. The Sea Breeze III accommodates six people with five crew members, so it is designed to be a small and intimate environment. With just five guests in this multimedia preview, we could live up to a realistic example of what $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 would be offered for a three-night wellness shelter.

Owner Charlotte Devereux was warm and welcoming, relaxed and polite – the complete opposite of a stereotypically vicious luxury yacht owner I know for sure many middle-class New Zealanders imagine.

Formerly owned by Graeme Hart, the boat was originally named Ulysses and was built in 1976 – but Devereux and her husband Simon Greenwood have transformed the yacht into a more modern, sustainable space while maintaining a medieval and regency feel to the décor.

The geometrically designed rug in the main cabin is made from recycled fishing net, the lighting and art have been carefully crafted and the statement furniture has been recycled to give a more boutique look and give new life to original pieces. It is a comfortable space inside, as well as several spacious outdoor areas and large spaces on deck to enjoy the fresh air.

Sea Breeze III has been renewed from its original 1976 style.

Boutique Superyachts

Sea Breeze III has been renewed from its original 1976 style.

As with most boats, the crew spaces are much more rugged and narrower than the guest rooms, which had the elegance and grace of a bygone era and beautiful colors in the linens.

As we sailed, we headed upstairs for a mini yoga session on deck, balancing on the gentle sob of the boat in a quiet harbor. Already the working day seemed like a distant memory and the rays of the sunset passing through the boat helped us to move somewhere away from city life.

The kombucha is offered for those who do not drink, but there was also plenty of foam to go around at the end of our yoga, as well as healthy snacks like clockwork and homemade crackers and dips. There is no crisis here and I like to think that having a yoga mat in one hand and sparkling in the other is a picture of perfect balance. There is also a hydromassage spa that sounds like a dream come true for a night out under the stars.

Relaxed in the front corner on the upper level, wrapped in hug blankets with fluffy slippers, I feel at home and relaxed on the superyacht. It is not at all fictional or overly pretentious and I can only think of how I could integrate this kind of life into my future – if not the yacht, then at least the relaxed state of mind.

I may not own a superyacht, but I would definitely like to own one.

A three-day, three-night shelter will cost you $ 12,220 each for a couple in the main suite, $ 9,000 for a single bed in a double room with bathroom – or go the whole piggy bank and take out the whole boat for $ 68,000 for you and on top of five other guests and five crew members to take care of you.

Is it worth saving money?

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