A Star is Born
Kris Thompson Page, Director of Marine Hotel Operations shares the story behind our gorgeous new refit to the Wind Star.
The wee hours of Monday morning, April 30, 2012
As I climb into bed, after serenading (and being serenaded!) at the new piano bar in the Wind Star lounge, I know –unequivocally—that the Star Treatment we have given the Wind Star yacht is a success.
We dubbed this evening, “The Crawl.” Starting with a 5:00pm Sail Away from Barcelona under a gorgeous sunny sky and a champagne toast on deck, our refit team made its way to the Lounge for the destination manager’s overview of tomorrow’s highlights in Palma de Majorca. We continued our jovial banter into the newly christened AmphorA Restaurant for a sophisticated dinner under twinkling, Venetian glass chandeliers, followed by a return to the Pool Bar for cigars and cognac under the stars. Come 11:00pm, our ultimate destination was realized at the Piano Bar, joining guests around Buddy the entertainer to belt out everything from Elton John to Amy Winehouse, with a few dance moves in between. What does this have to do with the Star Treatment, you may ask?
The Wind Star has just undergone the most significant metamorphosis in the company’s history. Never before have we attempted a top-to-bottom refit, upgrading virtually all guest areas and public rooms including the Veranda, Lounge, Reception Lobby, Restaurant, Pool Bar, WindSpa, Library, all staterooms and suites, and alleyways. Nonetheless, the entire refurbishment was completed between March 30, the end of the Costa Rica season, and yesterday, April 29; the beginning of the European season.Please enjoy my quick snapshots, they truly don’t do justice to the beauty!
Indeed, the Wind Star has become a gorgeous, contemporary, upscale yacht for guests who discern and prefer stylish, relaxed fun as opposed to the cruise ship clichés and attractions. Our 140 or so guests can now savor the elegant, “market fresh” ambiance of indoor and outdoor dining in the Veranda; learn about upcoming ports of call with our regional experts in the sumptuous Lounge; marvel the stunning central Glass Aquarium sculpture in the Reception Lobby; enjoy delectable, five-star cuisine and a wine list to match in the newly-named ‘Amphora Restaurant’; the casual chic of alfresco dining in our Candles Grill; and last but certainly not least, revel in camaraderie and friendship around the Piano Bar. Enjoy them all. Everyone gets the Star Treatment on Wind Star.
-Kris Thompson Page
Director, Marine Hotel Operations