Leading a new style of sophisticated luxury, without being stuffy, as only the French know how, is cruises and expeditions operator Ponant, that recently visited South African shores.
Guests on board a five-star Ponant cruise feel like they’re on their very own exclusive yacht, such is the attention to detail, beautiful facilities and exquisite gourmet experences.
Enjoy a new style of luxury cruising with exceptional itineraries visiting destinations that cannot be reached by larger ships and luxury services aboard the yachts of Ponant, with several additional yachts being launched in the next two years.
Visit Asia, Oceania, the Antarctic, South America and the Mediterranean, navigating remote destinations like the Amazon and America’s Great Lakes, while enjoying gourmet French cuisine, fine wines, beautifully appointed public areas and comfortable cabins and suites with balcony views, not to mention hospitality.
A strong emphasis is placed on wellness on board Ponant. The cruise is not just about indulging your every wish – whether you’d like to spend the day in the library, out on deck next to the infinity pool, or discovering the sights and sounds of the destination of the day. Rather, Ponan’s partnership with SOTHYS™, a distinguished French beauty institute and spa brand creates revitalising treatmentswith such facilities as a balneotherapy room on certain ships, treatment rooms and a hammam.
Ponant ships also offer various lounges and bars for guest to socialise including: the main lounge, an ideal place to meet over a drink and watch daytime or evening events; the panoramic lounge, an intimate piano-bar with a unique view of the horizon; and the outdoor bar, an atmospheric spot that has access to the pool and solarium.
The spacious, comfortable outdoor areas of Ponant ships offer superb ocean panoramas. A heated seawater pool and solarium are located on the uppermost desk of sisterships Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial, while Le Ponant has a 400 m² Sun Deck.