A dynamic travel address

Le Ponant & Relais & Châteaux

The three-masted sailing yacht Le Ponant, from the cruise line PONANT, was the first of its kind to be included in the exclusive directory of the renowned hotel and restaurant association Relais & Châteaux.

Since its founding in 1954, Relais & Châteaux has been synonymous with a collection of »the world’s finest travel addresses«, an impressive index that now includes 580 outstanding hotels and restaurants worldwide. With Le Ponant, a sailing yacht has now been added to its catalog for the first time – an exclusive travel experience under the French flag. Today, the company is considered the world leader in luxury expedition cruises and stands for the highest level of comfort on board as well as the French way of life.

»Our two companies want to share their expertise and convey the inimitable French lifestyle to create meaningful journeys. On board of Le Ponant, the jewel of our fleet, every guest can enter into dialogue with nature and their own inspirations and live out their desires under the sails«, claims Hervé Gastinel, CEO of PONANT.

With only 16 elegantly furnished cabins and an own chef, Le Ponant offers its guests not only the privacy and personal atmosphere, but also the individual service of a private yacht. Thanks to the small size of the three-master, that is equipped with the latest environmental technologies, it is possible to sail to particularly exclusive ports and remote regions surrounded by wild nature and unspoiled landscapes. In doing so, a high degree of responsibility towards the existing ecosystems as well as the local communities is maintained. [Red.]