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December 16, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

At Sea: Haute Winter Charters

By Chris Boyle

New York, New York—Reported by Mike Espindle for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Take a walk (or cruise) on the wild side this winter. Choose an out-of-the-box experience like a modernist reenvisioning of elite sailing in Southeast Asia, exciting life aboard a luxe research vessel in Central America or a virgin Caribbean cruise on board a floating study in cutting-edge design.

Twizzle: Carbon Neutral Cruising Based this winter in Phuket, Thailand, this 188-foot Royal Huisman build from 2010 offers a unique opportunity for elite yachtsmen looking to enhance their green quotient while sailing the mighty blue. Built to the owner’s exacting eco-friendly specifics, this comfortable, go-anywhere sailing yacht delivers a distinctly modern and open design, with the entire main deck dedicated to enjoyment and relaxation. Winter itineraries on the Andaman Sea (Malaysia, Thailand, Burma) are on offer for up to eight guests. The owner’s suite sets a new standard in spaciousness for sailing vessels, with a walk-in dressing room and separate en-suite bathroom areas for him and her complete with a spa shower. In addition Twizzle is certified to the highest levels for cruising in environmentally sensitive waters, offsetting all carbon emissions from her main engine, generators and tenders as a charter policy. Twizzle charters for about $287,000 a week.

RV Pegaso: Costa Rica Curious? Built as a true research vessel by Friere Shipyard last year, 241-foot Pegaso accommodates 12 guests (and 22 crew!) in six double cabins, four of which are convertible to twins. While Pegaso is outfitted with state-of-the-art marine research facilities, professional diving gear and several scientists typically on board, charter guests can have as much or as little involvement with the vessel’s ongoing research as they’d like. You might opt to enjoy the high-tech flat-screen TVs and other state-of-the-art entertainment technology; opulent in-cabin bathrooms and a sundeck Jacuzzi; the eclectic, natural interior design; and the fleet of tenders, wave runners and complement of ski and boarding equipment as much as the deep sea investigations. Available in exotic Costa Rica this winter, life aboard Pegaso promises a hefty helping of adventure and amazement for a weekly charter rate of about $674,960.

Darlings Danama: Fashion Forward This year-old 197-foot CRN build with a stunning Zuccon International Project Studio design sports many innovative interior flourishes, including a fixed balcony in the master stateroom. Also, a specially developed noise canceling scheme in the master suite is the first such system used in a steel and aluminum yacht. An airy interior by Alexandre and Cristina Negoescu reflects clean, white lines and a minimalist gallery-like ambience. Hosting 12 guests and 16 crew, Darlings Danama offsets its sleek design cues with a full complement of water-based equipment for cutting loose on the waves: Two seven-meter Castoldi tenders, two Sea-Doo GTX 155 jet skis, a Narwhal tender, Sea-Doo underwater scooters and more. A state-of-the-art gym on the top deck features Forma cross-training, bike and treadmill equipment as well as free weights. Darlings Danama, based in the Caribbean this winter, charters for about $420,000 weekly.

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