Still searching for something special to do for your sweetie for February 14? Forget flowers, or chocolates, or even taking your beloved out to dinner at a favorite restaurant. You can charter Highlander for Valentine’s Day in the warm, sunny scenery of St. Maarten. The owner has a five-day gap to fill this coming week and is keenly interested in showing just how his crew, and this historic yacht, can provide an extraordinary experience.
The 162-foot (49.45-meter) Highlander underwent an 18-month refit to lend her artistic appeal several years ago. While it updated her on-deck and interior spaces, to be much more contemporary, it left her original exterior character preserved. That character came from the drawing boards of the late Jon Bannenberg and the construction sheds at Feadship.
If you know the history of Highlander, then you know that the original owner of this megayacht was the late Malcolm Forbes. Forbes considered her the ultimate corporate tool, entertaining business associates regularly onboard. Select staff of his eponymous magazine additionally entertained clients onboard the yacht. She was a regular sight in New York Harbor, in fact, heading out weekly for sunset cruises in spring and summertime. The current owners obtained the yacht in 2012 and have made her available for charter ever since.
Several stand-out spaces may convince you to charter Highlander for Valentine’s Day. For example, an intimate alfresco dining area on the main aft deck is ideal for breakfasts or dinners. If you prefer more private dining, you can do so inside on the upper deck. But, this formal dining area additionally has slide-open Plexiglass windows, so you can still feel connected to your anchorage. Finally, picture waking up every morning to the view out these windows in the master suite (above).
You can charter Highlander for Valentine’s Day for $50,000. This is an attractive 53-percent reduction over her regular rate. Board in St. Maarten on February 12, and disembark on the island on February 17. In between, delight to the custom creations that the megayacht’s chef will make for you each day and night. He happens to have a few signature dishes, too, so be sure to inquire.