22 June

Trips of a Lifetime: The College Reunion

There are some journeys that are more important than others, trips that celebrate a special occasion or ones that, for one reason or another, stand out in your memory stronger than all others. We outline three trips of a lifetime, along with their perfect destinations, and of course, accompanying yachts.

Trip #1: The College Reunion

 

You were best friends in college, and you’ve stayed in touch over the years. By now you’re no longer sucking on kegs and doing Jager shots but settled down, married, perhaps with children. You’ve been obligated to attend countless events – weddings, baptisms and family trips – but now it’s time to get together and travel back in time, before responsibilities existed.

Go to St Tropez. The name brings forth images of Nikki Beach, champagne-spraying, chaos and hedonism. You’re past it. But St Tropez is not at all what it’s been selling on its cover – look deeper and you’ll find a coastal town that’s been a destination for decades, a place of elegance and natural beauty. This is where you want to be for your college reunion holiday. Case in point: you no longer have the patience to commit to Myconian-style partying followed by huge amounts of greasy food and hours burning on the beach. You do however, want to continue the dancing and the drinking but in comfort, with nice sheets and good food – and a reasonably clear memory of what happened the night before.

Anchor off the coast of the Pampelonne strip and swim ashore for lunch at Le Club 55. Yes, it’s pretentious and always fully booked but you’re guaranteed a good time and the food is top-notch. Think giant bottles of rosé accompanied by delicious Provençal dishes – the best crudite in the world, artichoke with vinaigrette and grilled fish. Spend hours at the table, breaking for bouts of dancing, which is bound to happen later in the afternoon. After snoozing off the booze en masse, most likely on the couch of the main living room of your yacht, head to BanH-Hoï, an Asian fusion restaurant with fantastic atmosphere (don’t expect Nobu quality food, but their muddled menu actually makes it all the more charming) in the historical part of town. Get a table outside, enjoy your dinner and polish everything off with an ice cream at Barbarac in the marina. For those who have the energy, head to one of the nightclubs in the harbor. Most likely, you’ll all want to return early for a good night’s sleep. How things change.

Kawai is 28.30m and hosts seven guests in three cabins. She has a maximum speed of 40 knots and comes with a swim platform with a freshwater shower and swim ladder, a tender Jet 430 Avon with GPS map, one two-seater Saylor canoe, water-skis and a stand-up paddle board.

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Trip #2: The ultimate lazy family trip (we’re not judging)

Trip #3:  Bachelorette gone, not so wild (?)

To find out more about yachting vacations read our charter guide or contact the IYC office more convenient to you.