There’s a lot to love about Sea Raes – the new, fancy Sydney sister accommodation to Raes on Wategos, an exclusive resort overlooking what is possibly the prettiest beach in Byron Bay.
Firstly, its name is very cute. And secondly, the 95-foot floating retreat has the same easy-living Euro holiday vibes as the Wategoes Beach villa, thanks to Tamsin Johnson. In 2017, the Melbourne-born, Sydney-based interior designer was tasked with reimagining the interiors of the Byron hotel, and transformed it into one of the country’s great boutique holiday destinations. She’s brought that same sophisticated beach aesthetic to Sea Raes.
The super yacht came from Mallorca, Spain, and, after travelling to Australia earlier this year, it underwent a refurb. It’s now sailing around Sydney Harbour and has four two-person cabins that can accommodate up to 10 guests. Each cabin has its own ensuite – the master room also has a bath – LED screens and bluetooth sound systems. There’s a bar and barbeque area on the deck, and if you’re feeling active, it has two stand-up paddleboards, a range of skis, wakeboards, inflatable devices and snorkelling gear.
If you book the entire boat it comes with five or six crew members who will take care of everything – including an onboard culinary team directed by Raes executive chef Jason Saxby. Before he ran the kitchen at Byron, Saxby worked at a number of high-profile Sydney restaurants, such as Pilu, Quay and The Bridge Room. His team will be on call 24 hours, making Mediterranean-inspired meals and pouring drinks.
This summer, online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter is partnering with Raes so guests will also be able to dress the part. If you book the yacht from December 1, each guest gets a Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter voucher (we asked, but amounts haven’t been divulged) and access to its personal-shopping service. Additionally, everyone gets a Sea Raes beach bag and a beauty pack with full-sized products by 111Skin, R&Co, Slip, U Beauty and Ultra Violette.
Where you sail depends on your preferences and the weather. You can explore the hidden beaches of the harbour or charter a trip to Pittwater.
While there are lots of things to love, a night at Raes has never been an inexpensive option, and exclusive use of Sea Raes for a night has a hefty price tag: it starts at $18,000, plus GST. Booze is on top of that.
We’re thinking that’s not nearly as much as the Roys paid for their ridiculously luxurious boat in season two of Succession, but it’s still steep. Of course Sea Raes isn’t likely to come with all that scheming and plotting.