Ernest Hemingway certainly knew how to enjoy himself. Between traveling the world and fishing for big game, cruising, and generally taking pleasure in the sea, the man was passionate about living life to the fullest.
You can follow in his footsteps in February at the event called, naturally, Hemingway’s Footsteps. Being referred to as a “new concept of extreme leisure” by its organizer, Easy Does It Events, the high-end affair involves a flotilla of megayachts and powerboats touring the Bahamas, with everyone enjoying cream-of-the-crop entertainment and dining plus a healthy dose of hedonism.
The jumping-off point location is Fisher Island, just off Miami’s mainland, with stops in Grand Bahama Island, the Berry Islands, Paradise Island, and Bimini, before returning to Fisher Island. In keeping with the exclusive atmosphere of the week, each morning an envelope will be delivered to your yacht, informing you of the day’s destination and route as well as the planned events-a scuba competition being among them, with participants diving for high-end prizes from luxury-goods sponsors. Since relaxation is a key part of the week, too, you’re encouraged to cruise on your own time to the destination-it’s not a race, though if that floats your boat, you’re welcome to challenge your slip neighbors.
Whether you take your own megayacht or charter one, you’ll be able to spend three nights onboard, including one in a “special” and remote location (full details are a closely guarded secret). And to ensure your memories last for years, the organizer will produce a hardcover coffee table book, featuring photos from the various parties and interviews with participants.
Of course, a high-end event attracts high-end sponsors, and among those involved in Hemingway’s Footsteps are Camper & Nicholsons; Chief Executive Air, which is offering charter-jet service to and from Miami; and Quintessentially Events, which organizes high-end affairs worldwide.
Participation in Hemingway’s Footsteps is limited to 35 yachts and 220 guests. Interest is reportedly already high, as the organizers are planning gatherings in Dubai and other regions through 2010. The cost of taking part is between $100,000 and $140,000 for two people, plus $45,000 for each additional guest.
To register, or for more information, visit the Web site (password: bahamas).