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Exceptional cases: the best wine cellars to visit by superyacht

Exceptional cases: the best wine cellars to visit by superyacht

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Conrad Maldives

Rangali Island, Maldives

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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.

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Bay of Many Coves

South Island, New Zealand

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Location A blessed spot in the exquisite Marlborough Sounds in the north of New Zealand’s South Island, the Bay of Many Coves is but a short sail from Wellington. Best of all, you can moor up your superyacht right outside and, while dining on the terrace, hug yourself with glee at the beauty of your craft just metres away.

Why it’s special Although easily accessible by sea, the Bay of Many Coves is difficult to get to any other way, and it’s ideal for seafarers seeking a bit of land-based luxury. Not only that, Marlborough is New Zealand’s foremost wine region, and its fabled wineries welcome visitors with excellent tours, tastings and restaurants.

What to look for Taittinger champagne by the glass when you arrive, and a selection of New Zealand’s nest wines alongside the freshest seafood, lamb and beef. The region has exceptional produce, and much of it is organic.

Best bit A glass of Seresin Sun & Moon Pinot Noir on the terrace at dusk.

Top tip Head to Picton, hire a driver and spend a day visiting Marlborough’s nest wineries.

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Ellerman House

Cape Town, South Africa

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Location The Edwardian mansion that is Ellerman House has the best sea views in all Cape Town, set high above the ocean in Bantry Bay. The Port of Cape Town is 10 minutes away by car. First-rate restaurants such as the Pot Luck Club and the Test Kitchen are easily accessible.

Why it’s special Ellerman House boasts 11 rooms, two suites and two three-bedroom villas, and there’s a library, a spa, swimming pool, two lounges and three outdoor terraces. Best of all, there’s a brandy lounge, a wine gallery and a champagne cellar.

What to look for The astonishing corkscrew-shaped wine gallery, surely the only such creation in the world. It’s stocked with 7,500 di erent bottles, representing the cream of South Africa’s wines, many of them rare treats bought especially at auction. Guests have access to an iPad providing detailed notes on every wine in the collection.

Best bit The champagne cellar, stocked exclusively with rare and special vintages of Dom Pérignon champagne.

Top tip Take advantage of your proximity to South Africa’s Winelands and head out on a bespoke tour to Stellenbosch, Hemel-en-Aarde or Constantia.

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