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July 9, 2009

All Aboard!

It’s hot as an oven out there. Thermometers are breaking, ice cream cones don’t stand a chance, suntan lotion might as well be basting oil, and wearing any sort of sleeves would be considered clinically insane. There really is no point in setting foot outside unless you’re planning to be in, on or around the water. But inflatable dinghies and rickety ferries are not how you roll. Thankfully, there are countless beautiful ways to sail the waters of Hong Kong this summer, from antique triple–masted junks to state of the art super-yachts. Get your nautical-chic wardrobe ready. . . it’s all aboard!

Huan
If living large has always been your thing, look no further than the decks of the Huan for your next seafaring adventure. This local legend prides itself on being the largest three-mast sailing junk in Hong Kong and when her resplendent and historic red sails are set high, you will be instantly cast back to an enchanted bygone era. Built by the HK Jockey Club to exceptional levels of artistry, this 90-foot beauty boasts an expansive open deck for full views of the sea, sails and sky above with interiors that are almost as stunning. With space for up to 54 of your closest friends, Huan is a uniquely idyllic setting for a big bash or simply a day at sea pretending you’re on the crashing tides with your very own Captain Jack Sparrow or Elizabeth Swann! (HK$19,000+, 2857 1311, http://www.saffron-cruises.com

Privé Yacht
If you prefer to take your love for the champagne lifestyle onto the high seas, there’s nowhere more fitting than Prive Yacht. Owned by the popular Central nightclub of the same name, the 85-foot yacht can accommodate up to 60-guests for some serious partying from sunrise to sunset, and beyond. With three open-air decks, two jet-skis, a waverunner, wet bar and a professional grill all on board, sizzling summertime could take on new meanings. Things will no doubt be heating up inside as well with two entertainment rooms fully kitted out with plasma TVs, Bose surround sound, karaoke machines, Nintendo wii, gaming tables, and massage chairs. Overnight getaways, sumptuous buffet lunches, canapés, cocktails and (of course!) champagne can all be arranged, and their well-trained staff will be on hand to attend to your every nautical need. We’ll toast to that! (HK$48,000+, 2850 6285,http://www.prive.hk)

Michelangelo
If Italian painter Michelangelo was known as the ultimate Renaissance man who could do it all, the Hong Kong junk boat bearing his name holds true to the same classically diverse spirit by offering everything you could possibly dream of in one super seafaring vessel. This luxuriously restored 88-foot boat with lush dining areas, an elegant saloon, two spacious sun decks, and room for over 60 guests is fit for royalty, literally. Prince Albert of Monaco, Richard Branson and many a Hollywood film star have hit the high seas of HK in grand style on its decks. With cosy sofas and banquettes, Oriental rugs, plasma TVs and even a state-of-the-art sound system complete with an iPod play list, compiled by a top London DJ, your next boat party on the Michelangelo could go down in history with almost as much fanfare as its Italian counterpart. (9388 5643, http://www.luxurysuperjunk.com)

Grand Cru
For you and your crew, nothing but the best will do. It’s time to take luxury to a new level of sublime opulence with Grand Hyatt’s Grand Cru. One of the largest yachts in Asia, this stunner offers a world of decadence at sea, featuring six elegant staterooms, dining and living room, bar and lounge area, entertainment room with karaoke and spacious sundeck with Jacuzzi. Step aboard the 150-foot mega-yacht, revive your senses with some chilled champagne and relish in the magnificent views of Hong Kong’s picturesque islands and glorious skyline. From the flawlessly elegant décor, to the exceptional level of service, to the spectacularly jaw-dropping setting, sailing at sea may never be the same again. (2584 7068, info.hkggh@hyatt.com)

Although these all sound like great ways to cool down, with you on deck in your teeny bikini, temperatures may actually end up rising!



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