Silent cruising superyacht launched

Launch of the world’s first Fast Displacement with hybrid propulsion: Project Nova now christened HOME!

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Escape a world full of noise…

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The acclaimed Dutch shipyard Heesen, has officially launched the Fast Displacement 50m Home (formerly Project NOVA), this weekend in Oss, The Netherlands. Built in with hybrid propulsion, her technology makes her the first of a new breed for the shipyard. The Fast Displacement Hull Form offers fuel efficiency due to the use of aluminium, and above all Heesen’s ability to build to the highest standards whilst maintaining weight control. These technicalities prove she is not only an ultra-efficient, low fuel-burning yacht, but also one of the quietest on the oceans, offering the ultimate luxury: the option to cruise in silence.

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The silent cruising mode can reach up to 9 knots, all while remaining as silent as when anchored, creating one outstanding effect: sheer silence on the seas. Heesen’s in-house naval architects devised this hybrid propulsion by creating two sources of power: diesel mechanical and diesel electrical. Either or both sources can be used at once to provide less noise and vibration.

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The option allows her captain and crew to start early and leave the port without waking the owners and guests. What better way to wake up, than already at sea to watch the sunrise?

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To determine exactly how one’s experience on board Home can be enhanced by this silent cruise mode, Heesen worked closely with Professor and sensory expert, Barry Smith. Looking at the activities guests mainly partake in during an outing at sea, the obvious daily activities are to enjoy good food and wine whilst anchored but also whilst cruising.

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Professor Barry Smith’s research shows that Home will allow guests to fully enjoy the small luxuries of life, by stating:‘Our research has shown that the brain’s processing of taste is affected by noise, which reduces the tongue’s ability to detect salt, sweet and sour. The beauty of Home is the  ability to run at a sound of around 46 decibels — the sound level of softly falling rain – enabling those on board to enjoy food and drink to the full with no diminution of taste’.

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Heesen believes that ‘silence is the ultimate luxury’.

The acclaimed Dutch yacht builders continually strive to complement technology and design. This stunning lightweight aluminium piece of technology is wrapped in an elegant design package with exterior lines by Frank Laupman at Omega Architects and interior styling by Italian designer Cristiano Gatto, appointed by the owner himself.

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http://www.heesenyachts.com

Bahamas

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BEAUTY THAT MAKES TIME STAND STILL

Grand Isle Resort & Spa sits on a mile-long stretch of ivory beach and sparkling clear waters of Emerald Bay on the island of Great Exuma. Recipient of the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award, this sun-kissed tropical Bahamas resort has a family friendly, low-key attitude that immediately puts guests at ease. From unrivaled sport fishing, fly fishing, diving and snorkeling from the Grand Isle Resort beach to exquisite cuisine and sublime spa services, this relaxing resort just a one-hour flight from Miami exudes authentic Bahamian style.

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SET YOUR SIGHTS ON AN EXUMA ADVENTURE

No visit is complete until you’ve taken a swim with Exuma’s world-famous swimming pigs. An experience you will never forget.

Great Exuma is all about life on and in the water. It’s the stunning beauty of the Exuma cays and the amazing creatures that call it home. From snorkeling and diving among vibrant coral reefs to championship golf with ocean views and world-class fishing, you’ll enjoy endless opportunities to explore Great Exuma’s unrivaled natural surroundings and local culture.

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Great Exuma’s beaches are breathtakingly beautiful. Just a short walk from Grand Isle Resort, the family-friendly Coco Plum Beach is a low-tide favorite for shelling.

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From the architecture and interior design to a host of modern conveniences and thoughtful touches, all of the one to four bedroom villas at Grand Isle Resort & Spa offer luxury, quality and extraordinary value in Great Exuma.

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The resort’s spacious oceanfront and resort view villas feature luxury amenities including custom furnishings, private balconies or patios with sweeping views of turquoise waters, a pristine golf course and gardens that make Great Exuma a nature-lover’s tropical paradise. Individually decorated, the villa interiors are well-appointed with gourmet kitchens and wireless Internet.

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http://www.grandisleresort.com/

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Opening Boutique Hotel Sant Jaume

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Opening in June 2017

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The Sant Jaume Boutique Hotel stands in the heart of the old quarter of Palma on one of the city’s oldest streets nestled between two important historic buildings: the Church of Sant Jaume and Santa Magdalena Convent. Both are examples of fifteenth-century Gothic architecture still preserved on the island.

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The hotel occupies a house dating from the eighteenth century. On the ground floor, you will find the reception, hallway, lobby, restaurant, cocktail lounge and spa. The hotel rooms are on the three storeys above it. The fourth floor provides a sundeck with a plunge pool, designer loungers, showers and stunning views of the old quarter and the cathedral. From here our guests can marvel at life in Palma from up high.

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INDOOR WELLNESS

Space with natural light set aside for relaxing and balancing the body and mind. Located on the first basement floor, it can be accessed directly from the hotel’s main floor or directly from the rooms. We offer a variety of treatments designed to revitalise guests, based on age-old therapies and philosophies using modern techniques. All the treatments are prepared using top-quality organic products. You can also book private yoga and Pilates classes.

• Heated pool with jet • Finnish sauna • Contrast shower • Relaxation area with loungers  • Double cabin for treatments and massages

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OUTDOOR WELLNESS

Sant Jaume offers the possibility of receiving massages on the hotel sundeck and in suites with a private terrace.

FITNESS AREA

The area is in a 30 m2 room on the hotel’s first floor where you will find the equipment you need to enjoy a workout. The hotel has devised a running route for guests next to the sea if you would like to round off your routine outside. We also offer a personalised training service.

SUNDECK

The sundeck is on the hotel’s fourth floor. It is a private refuge for our guests where they can marvel at life in Palma from a height. It affords stunning views of the city’s old quarter and cathedral. Its superb location allows you to soak up the sun’s energy during the main part of the day. There is a plunge pool, shower area and loungers. We also provide a drinks and massage service to ensure you can really switch off completely without leaving the hotel.

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BARTOMEU MACERADOS & CO.

At BARTOMEU we have revived the tradition and artistry of an age-old technique: maceration. We only use natural products and the best distillates in this process. By macerating we can again offer classic cocktails with a personal touch and a surprising range of colours. Infusion, maceration, memory: the spirit of a vermouth bar combined with the elegance of a cocktail lounge.

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SANT JAUME BREAKFAST

A classic scene with product as the star again. You can enjoy a buffet-style breakfast with regional specialities and a philosophy focused on the endless ways of preparing eggs. Tomeu also provides a distinctive touch with signature dishes specially designed for such an important meal.

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http://www.boutiquehotelsantjaume.com/

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The St. Regis Mardavall

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The Tramuntana Mountains, the luxurious marina of Puerto Portals and the Mediterranean Sea, frame the unique St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, set on the southwest coast of the Balearic Island, close to its capital Palma.

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Most of the spacious elegantly guest rooms command spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the dining experience ranges from intimate indoor venues to amazing sea view garden settings. Whichever of the 133 rooms you wake up in, the first sight to greet your eyes as you look out over your private terrace will be the azure blue of the sea.

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Built in the style of a grand Spanish mansion, the elegant property is characterised by a majestic driveway, intimate courtyards, impressive arches, big lawns, and lovely fountains. The rooms and central facilities are housed in four, interconnecting ochre-hued stone buildings, that are set in magnificent, lush mediterranean gardens facing the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

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The St.Regis Mardavall is a beautiful place to stay on the magical island Palma de Mallorca. We visited the hotel for few days and it was absolutely amazing, from the arrival, welcome, service, friendly staff and the perfect butler service. Thank you so much for having us stay with you.

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http://www.stregismardavall.com

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