The luxurious MV Theory is sailing—and preserving—one of the planet’s most delicate habitats.
A bird darts below, his tuxedoed, bottle-shaped body slicing through the cobalt water. “Penguin!” someone shouts. He soars up in great arcs around the snorkelers, chasing fish glinting bright as new dimes against the rocks’ green algae.
Every Galápagos traveler has some breathless eureka moment like this: their first hammerhead shark, a blue-footed booby’s high-stepping mating dance, or clearing the trail for a giant tortoise, so old it might have born during the Civil War. But not every visitor gets to explore the World Heritage site in high style with Ecoventura’s new MV Theory, the greenest megayacht in the archipelago’s fleet.
This 142-foot, 10-cabin beauty offers charters and regular sailings: add on a VIP package for private transfers and tours, plus a sunset Zodiac ride with the captain. The chic minimalist décor allows the wildlife and haunting beauty of the rugged volcanic islands to hold center stage. Expect panoramic views, rainfall showers, and the option for king beds, along with the hospitality, fine dining, and distinctive character of a Relais & Châteaux member.
via This New Megayacht Will Take You on the Greenest Galapagos Trip Ever — Robb Report
Iwan and Manuela Wirth’s latest offers an eclectic mix of eye-catching curiosities.
via How This Art-World Duo Went from White-Wall Galleries to Creating Scotland’s Most Elaborate Hotel — Robb Report
If you’re not yet convinced that maximalism is back, Iwan and Manuela Wirth are about to change your mind. Switzerland’s art-dealing power duo is giving the white-walled minimalist look of their Hauser & Wirth galleries a break and pivoting hard into the delightful world of color—and clutter—with their Scottish Highlands hotel, Fife Arms (thefifearms.com).
The Wirths first made their talent for eccentric country estates known a few years ago when they opened their six-room Durslade Farmhouse on the edge of the sleepy English village of Bruton. Their latest foray into hospitality (a soft opening was underway when Robb Report visited in December) lies within the heavy stone walls of the old Duke of Fife’s coaching inn, in the small Cairngorms town of Braemar. It’s an evolution of the couple’s penchant for the peculiar, where empty walls are anathema and every nook and cranny is crammed with eye candy: here, a stuffed stag perched atop a plinth; there, one of Picasso’s Musketeer paintings; overhead, an 1874 watercolor by Queen Victoria depicting the head of a deer shot by her Scottish attendant John Brown.
The Italian marque takes top honors for the third year in a row, this time with its 650 hp super sport utility vehicle. Here’s how the entire field finished.
via The Lamborghini Urus is the Robb Report Car of the Year for 2019 — Robb Report
Head far—really far—away to these remote winter retreats.
via 8 Off-the-Grid Destinations That Will Help You Reset This Winter — Robb Report
From six-figure complications to extraordinary dials, these are the best watches kicking off the new year.
via Here Are the Best Men’s Watches from SIHH 2019 — Robb Report