The world looks so different when your toes are in the sand
As a Superyacht stewardess, providing excellence in service is just what you do and providing a luxury dining experience on the sand is one way, which will create lasting memories for your guests.
Your guests are probably used to dining in luxury so it is your job to provide them with beautiful experiences, something that they just can't do at home.
Before you start gathering everything you need, consider what you want from the dining experience for your guests. It could be the sight of the sun setting on the horizon, the evening breeze, or the view of stars and the moon late in the night.
Having the best possible moment for your guests in mind will help you find the perfect location. This could range from the sandy stretches with a graceful touch, to rocky ocean shores and to a place where the last rays of the sun are most visible as they disappear into the horizon.
The logistics of setting up a luxury dinner on the beach from a yacht can be a little bit of a challenge. However, remember you are professional superyacht crew, and making magical moments for your guests comes naturally to you.
You will need to consider the following items when planning this dinner.
Lighting is an essential factor because you will not have a power source. Candles, hurricane lamps and tiki lamps are a great way to add ambience and practical lighting to this remote area.
Dinner candles are selected depending on your preferences. The most common candle styles include those that are 100% beeswax, bayberry tapers, colonettes, dollars, tapers and Aristas.
The candles could be patterned, coloured, and preferably non-scented (you don't want this messing with the delicious menu that the chef has prepared).
Other essential factors included when setting candles are holders and warmers. Choose your most preferred warmer from a list of Aurora pewter, hurricane black, hurricane oil, hurricane rustic brown and the brushed bronze.
This is a tricky one because you will need somewhere to store this furniture. And as we all know, space on a superyacht is a precious commodity. Therefore, the obvious statement here to make is that the furniture must be able to fold away.
The chairs should be strong, firm to the ground, padded to improve comfort, meticulously neat, heroically arranged and not make screeching sounds due to movements. great choices when purchasing the furniture would be a royal palm beach solid wood chair, Moseley, fine view, parsons, Caravella, Chastain side chair or Aubrey.
Attractive chairs welcome you to the table and make the mealtimes more inviting the above image clearly demonstrates this point nicely.
The dinner tables should be stable to the ground and large enough to accommodate your guest's needs comfortably. Linen should cover the entire table and add to the attractiveness of it. The colours and patterns of the soft material should blend perfectly.
Your chef is probably very good at what she/he does. However, the challenge here will be to create a menu that is up to standard, but with limited resources. I mean the tender runs back and forth to the yacht's galley would be a real mood killer.
Therefore the foods, drinks and music should blend excellently with the location and as best you can with the resources that you have available to you.
You are going to have to ask the deck department to help you with achieving a luxury dinner on the beach. First, you may need them to scout out a super romantic location. You will also need them to help you to carry all of the items your need ashore. Moreover, finally, you will need help setting up this romantic dinner.
Set the service tables away from the guests, make sure you have adequate lighting and make sure the chef has as much help as possible.
The crew demonstrate a degree of confidence, maintain physical and verbal neatness, be attentive, fast acting and approachable. Lastly, A sparkling smile and a sharp eye will help you gauge the right level of service for this unique location.
The sand may brush off and the salt may wash away, but the memories will last forever.
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