About an hour west of Siena, discreet Borgo Santo Pietro trades on its sense of privacy: even regular visitors to Tuscany are unlikely to have happened upon this 16-room boutique hotel, set on a 200-acre organic estate in relatively unknown Chiusdino. So it’s somewhat surprising that its latest development is intended to turn heads up and down the country: a newly launched superyacht, Satori has been designed by the Borgo’s owners Claus and Jeanette Thottrup to provide their guests with just as comfortable a holiday sailing across the Mediterranean as they’re accustomed to when in residence at their property in rural Tuscany.
The hotel’s most loyal guests should feel at home from the moment they step on board the 41.5-metre schooner. The boat’s stewards have all worked at the Tuscan property so there’s little concern that the crew won’t be able to match those established service standards when out at sea. In addition, two chefs — each trained at one or both of Borgo Santo Pietro’s two Michelin-starred restaurants — will be among the staff at all times.
Dinner is (soon to be) served
Their menus will vary significantly as charters progress, changing to reference the culinary traditions and local specialities enjoyed in the regions Satori is visiting, and altering in response to whatever fresh and local produce can be acquired on the day. Guests can choose to populate the vessel’s 200-bottle wine cellar with stock from their own collections or instead let the team take care of the selection.
Given a maximum of 10 people can be accommodated in its five guest cabins, the yacht provides its guests with an impressively diverse array of amenities and distractions. The front deck features a fold-away cinema screen and vast sunbed for lazy evenings spent watching films al fresco (cordless headphones are provided so viewers need not worry about disturbing nearby sailors); when not surveying the team at work in the open-view kitchen, epicureans can participate in cookery classes, and there are two bars to prop up.
The master suite
Each ensuite guest cabin features a Sonos sound system, Apple TV streaming, DVD player, Wi-Fi and an iPad loaded with films (while the master suite also incorporates a freestanding mahogany bathtub). For smaller groups, one of the cabins can be converted into a spa with steam room and a spa therapist enlisted to provide treatments on board throughout the journey. (Such an investment in top-of-the-range tech kit is something of a necessity: competition in this sector has heightened considerably, with London’s Wellesley, Six Senses Zighy Bay and Ritz-Carlton among the individual hotels and chains that have recently made moves to launch superyachts of their own.)
Should guests prefer, one of the yacht’s cabins can be converted into a spa
But as always it’s the opportunity to explore at will that sets a sailing holiday apart, and with the yacht sailing around Italy and southern France for the remainder of the summer its concierge service will be on standby to arrange last-minute lunch reservations along the Amalfi Coast or cocktails in the Cote d’Azur. And should passengers want to escape the crowds that will be possible too: among the toys on board are seabobs, jet skis and kayaks, as well as a 10-person tender, so a day spent snorkelling in a deserted cove somewhere around Sicily is just as viable as joining the bustle for a berth in Monaco.
Rates for Satori start from €84,000 (£76,000) per week. Rates at Borgo Santo Pietro start from €750 (£680) per night.