Le Ponant Becomes the World’s First Sailing Yacht To Join the Prestigious Relais & Châteaux Portfolio

COURTESY PONANT – July 31, 2023 : ONANT and Relais & Châteaux are strengthening their ties. The three-masted Le Ponant sailing yacht—the most emblematic vessel in the PONANT fleet, with a history dating back to 1991—becomes the first sailing yacht in history to join the esteemed Relais & Châteaux portfolio. The first branded voyage will set sail to the islands of Cape Verde in August 2023.

“Both our firms are committed to sharing expertise and promoting the inimitable French lifestyle to design meaningful voyages,” says Hervé Gastinel, CEO of PONANT. “Aboard Le Ponant, the jewel of our fleet, everyone can reconnect with nature and their own inspirations and live out their desires under sail.”

Likened to a private yacht and recently reimagined by Jean-Philippe Nuel Studio, Le Ponant boasts just 16 staterooms and suites and 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio. Some staterooms and suites have large windows overlooking the sea, and the wellness space offers Biologique Recherche treatments and daily yoga sessions on the deck. Cuisine is made using organic and local products and wines from French artisan wine producers, such as Champagne Henriot are served.

Co-branded voyages will sail to Cape Verde and the Caribbean in 2023 and 2024. Guests can look forward to pristine wild nature and off-the-beaten track adventures. With four kayaks (two glass-bottomed), stand-up paddleboards, diving and snorkeling equipment and a saltwater pool, there’s no shortage of on- and off-board experiences.


PONANT’s “Explore to Inspire” mission is centered around exploration to better understand, learn, share and protect.? PONANT has been committed to more responsible tourism, and purposeful voyages of exploration for 35 years. Aboard a fleet of 13 French-flagged small ships, fitted with the latest environmental technologies, the journey of exploration is always elegant, authentic and inspiring. The company sails?to?the Arctic and the Antarctic as well as in the Atlantic and North Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, Asia, Oceania and South Pacific, the Caribbean, North, Central and South America.

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