Jonathan Ray reveals the best cellars to set sail for if your superyacht’s wine supplies are running low
1. Conrad Maldives
Location The Maldives are the perfect spot for superyacht lovers, given that they consist of 1,200 far- flung islands lying, on average, a mere 1.5 metres above sea level. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, an outpost of the Hilton chain, is just two minuscule islands (joined by a footbridge) that can be reached directly by superyacht or a 30-minute seaplane flight from the capital, Malé.
Why it’s special The resort is famed for its seven restaurants, most notably Ithaa, the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant. The property is also set to debut its one-of-a-kind underwater residence before the end of the year.
What to look for The fabulous cellar – the first underground store of its kind in all the Maldives, located two metres below sea level – which plays host to all manner of private tastings. Enjoy a five-course dinner in the company of the head sommelier, who will match the food to eight different wines.
Best bit The manager’s regular Pol Roger champagne receptions on the beach for newly arrived guests.
Top tip Confound yourself and your fellow guests by using the sommelier’s black Riedel blind-tasting glasses.