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A Sea Dream from which I don't want to wake

We may never get Jenny Rowland back

I closed my eyes and drifted into a nautical reverie of a deep sea paradise filled with all my favourite things. Yachting on azure oceans with wonderful angels floating by and attending my every desire. 


My SEA DREAM has begun. 


After embarking in Civitavecchia and being liberally doused in French champagne the pampering and indulgence begins. Canapés, more champagne, a neck massage, more champagne, then an escort to our stateroom where, surprise, surprise, there's more champagne. 


Our stateroom is snugly well appointed with complimentary Bulgari toiletries, a flat screen TV DVD/CD player, an iPod dock and a nicely stocked bar with, you guessed it... more champagne!  This yachting experience is an unparalleled exercise in debauched indulgence. A 100 passenger vessel complete with almost 100 crew to make this crossing very plain sailing. 


First port of call, Portofino. A film set of picturesque Italianate architecture artfully sculpted around the clearest cleanest aquamarine harbour. We'd heard about San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte, a 1000 year old abbey built on a tiny beach and decided to make pilgrimage. Almost two hours and hundreds of steps later we descended on the most exquisite paradise of beach and thanked god we had finally made it. After a chilly swim and an even chillier beer we power-boated back to our Sea Dream for afternoon tea. 


A memorable day in Portofino steeped in luxury, culture and history. The designers Armani and Dolce Gabbana have holiday homes here which makes it not only one of the prettiest places on earth but fashionable too. 


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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 19 October 2013

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