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Perfume making, wine tasting, shorts breaks and honeymoons

18th April 2013 Print

Upmarket yachting specialist Essential Sailing has late availability in May, with exclusive-use options for honeymooners/couples and three and four-night short breaks now available – perfect for sailors and non-sailors alike:

Late availability: Grasse Rose Festival and Cannes Film Festival from £1,385 pp

Combine a fully-crewed luxury stay and film-star treatment aboard a 50-foot luxury yacht with a visit to the Grasse Rose Festival (8-12 May). This year the festival honours the iconic French singer Edith Piaf and visitors can create their own fragrance from the rose buds, orange blossom and jasmine that carpet the surrounding hills. Alternatively, why not visit during the iconic Cannes Film Festival (15-26 May)? The crew will devise a personal itinerary for you that may include secluded bays for a swim, celebrity-spotting in glamorous ports and visits to museums and craft markets. Departures on Saturdays throughout May cost from £1,385 pp* (six sharing).

Weekend breaks aboard – four nights from £984 pp in June/September

Essential Sailing is now offering three and four-night breaks in the French and Italian Riviera for couples, families and groups of friends. Learn the ropes and tone up on deck by participating in the optional ‘Essential Start to Yachting’ course. The crew will recommend the best places to spend the balmy summer evenings – be it in candlelit seashore restaurants, watching open-air films on the beach or enjoying cocktails at the trendiest clubs. Spa days and other cultural excursions can also be arranged for a small additional charge. A four-night fully-crewed private charter holiday in France or Italy costs from £984 pp* (six sharing) in June/September including chauffeur-driven airport transfers, three nights’ accommodation on board, fully-crewed service, daily breakfast and lunch, two dinners and all drinks served with meals. Flights extra.

Honeymooners and couples exclusive-use – from £2,433 pp

Explore pretty harbours, picnic on private beaches, travel at your own pace and avoid the crowds. These are just some of the wonderful choices open to honeymooners and couples who book an exclusive-use holiday aboard Essential Sailing’s luxury yacht, featuring luxuriously appointed en-suite cabins, Egyptian cotton bedding, L’Occitane toiletries and air-conditioning. The unobtrusive crew will be on hand to serve breakfast and lunch daily, organise complimentary wine-tasting tours, provide helpful sailing and sightseeing tips or simply direct you to the best restaurants to sample delicacies such as stuffed cuttlefish or trofiette pasta cooked with nettles and pesto. Itineraries are available on the French Riviera from May to July and then switch to Italy’s Ligurian coast from August to October.

A one-week honeymoon/couples exclusive-use charter in France or Italy costs from £2,433 pp* (two sharing) in low season (May & October).

*All holidays are fully-crewed and include chauffeur-driven airport transfers (Nice/Genoa), daily breakfast and lunch, two dinners and drinks.

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