SUITE LIFE

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

f a per­sonal but­ler, in-suite caviar ser­vice and dif­fer­ent daily fine-din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences are your pre­req­ui­sites for a cruise, look no fur­ther than the Re­gent Seven Seas Ex­plorer. The US$450 mil­lion lux­ury ship has just 375 suites, all with bal­conies, to house a max­i­mum of 750 guests, pro­vid­ing a bou­tique ex­pe­ri­ence in a ves­sel decked out with Car­rera mar­ble, 400 crys­tal chan­de­liers and a col­lec­tion of fine art. Here are just some of the high­lights of the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous cruise ship, which en­tered ser­vice in July last year.

The crème de la crème of the ship’s ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions is the Re­gent Suite, which is on the high­est deck, but to call it a suite is mis­lead­ing. The 4,443sqft space feels more like an up­scale apart­ment on New York’s Up­per East Side. The liv­ing room fea­tures chic cream and dark brown decor and a cus­tom­made Stein­way Arabesque pi­ano de­signed by Dakota Jack­son. There’s a wrap­around bal­cony and a spa­cious so­lar­ium from which to en­joy un­ob­structed views of the ocean. At­tended by your own per­sonal but­ler, the per­fect mar­tini will ap­pear on the black mar­ble-clad bar at your whim.

The mas­ter bed­room pushes the level of lux­ury to fur­ther heights, with a US$150,000 king-sized bed from Uk-brand Savoir, and the vast, gold and white bath­room, stocked with Guer­lain and Bulgari toi­letries, houses a mul­ti­jet shower, steam room, sauna and heated loungers. There’s also an out­door Jacuzzi. Plus un­lim­ited in-suite spa treat­ments by the on­board Canyon Ranch Spa Club are in­cluded.

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