EXECUTIVE INDULGENCES 2009: Spoil yourself

Think about luxury boating for start. New Zealand’s boat building reputation is world class. Style, safety, performance and, particularly at the moment, value for money are as good at it gets here. And there are few more classy craft than the Rayglass Legend series, particularly the 4000 Legend which is the company’s top-end lifestyler. As Rayglass sales and marketing manager David Larsen puts it: “The 4000 caters for the widest range of boating activities without compromising performance, comfort, style and handling.”
Customer feedback shapes the evolutionary design of Rayglass boats. The company consults constantly with its customers to find design that delivers boat with the least number of compromises possible. This focus on the customer, on New Zealand’s often tricky boating conditions and on safety are probably what has kept the business performing at least up to budget, despite the economic downturn.
The Rayglass reputation for safety and performance is what has boating mad billionaires like feuding America’s Cup contenders Larry Allison and Bertarelli, the America’s Cup organisers, international coast guards and water-based enforcement services like police and customs, all buying Rayglass.
For life-stylers, these critical practical technical needs are delivered with style. The 4000 Legend is classic. If it were wine, you might call it vintage. And the integrated approach to performance, safety, efficiency, comfort and stunning design that has gone into its construction is what makes the Rayglass Legend series, from 4000 down, the choice for everyone from first-boat buyers to superyacht owners.
Designed for performance, predictability and typical Legend sea-keeping, the 4000 is sleek and stylish performer, according to Larsen. Ease of handling was always high design priority. And when it comes to galley presentation and the design of the sleeping accommodation, this takes some matching.
Boating is New Zealand lifestyle indulgence, and the Rayglass Legend series of craft have been designed and built to make every wave winner. You will find David at [email protected].

And when thinking about the boat, consider carefully where to come ashore.
Try living in an idyllic waterways canal lifestyle property … your boat berthed at your own private jetty out front. The house, of course, is positioned to take advantage of views across picturesque canals which rank among the very best residential canal developments in the world.
Hopper Developments is now delivering this lifestyle. It is the company behind New Zealand’s biggest waterways developments including Pauanui Waterways, Whitianga Waterways on the Coromandel Peninsula and Marsden Cove near Whangarei.
The company is now expanding its operations at these three sites into the luxury lodge market. Busy executives can treat themselves to an indulgent lifestyle with skippered game fishing boat at their disposal at each of these three locations. Homes can be fully serviced, including catering, or they’re available with more self-catered service option.
And, of course, helicopter commuting or flights to visit attractions in the area can be provided as part of the service. To find out more, go to [email protected]

Our next indulgence suggestion is fine dining at Auckland’s waterfront Euro Restaurant and Bar.
Constrained budgets mean when you do indulge in fine dining, or host corporate client, you don’t want anything left to chance.
After decade in action, Euro still commands its premier position as one of New Zealand’s most prestigious restaurants. In the heart of Auckland’s waterfront precinct on Princes Wharf, Euro offers dishes based on the best quality ingredients with simple yet beautifully married flavours.
High profile executive chef Simon Gault is as passionate about quality as ever, and his food reflects this; always well conceived and exquisitely presented. Euro’s dishes are designed around the best seasonal products New Zealand has to offer. Whether it be salmon from Akaroa or the finest Spanish jamon (ham), Gault has travelled to the source to find and learn about the best. As he says, “If you want to learn about gorillas you don’t go to the zoo do you? To learn about gorillas you have to go to the jungle.”
The service at Euro is impeccable. The table layout spacious and comfortable.
The wine list is one of the best with over 250 classic wines from overseas and the best from New Zealand.
Euro has an unforced style that other restaurants covet but never quite realise. It gained international acclaim when it became the first restaurant in New Zealand to make the World’s Top 60 in Conde Nast magazine.
Gault is, 10 years on, still doing what he always has because, he says, “our only goal in this restaurant is to exceed our customers’ expectations”.

Some of the best indulgences are pure and simple. great beer for example. You agree! Well try something new. Steinlager Edge is the newest addition to the award-winning Steinlager family. It’s New Zealand’s first full flavoured, mid-strength premium lager. And, as feel good bonus, it’s low in carbs, and has no additives or preservatives.
As mid-strength beer with 3.5 percent alcohol volume, Steinlager Edge sits between light and full strength premium beer offerings, so you can enjoy beer and still do more – like go for run afterward. Whether you’re away at lunch, or heading out for the night, Steinlager Edge is the perfect choice for execs who want it all.

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