EuropeanLife Magazine March 2017 - Page 36

TRAVEL · IN THE PICTURE · FLOATING ON THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA ST. KATHARINE Only ten minutes away from the centre of Barcelona you can find the St. Katharine. A luxurious and unique B&B boat, recognised for the excellent service and peaceful su r rou nd i ngs, a nd offer i ng a completely d i fferent accommodation experience in Barcelona. The St. Katharine is an 80-foot yacht that stands proudly in Barcelona’s Port Forum Marina. The yacht has been converted into a luxurious B&B boat with accommodation for up to ten people, who can enjoy the glimmering Mediterranean water and gentle rocking motion of the sea just 200 metres from the beach, and only 10 minutes on the metro from the centre of Barcelona. With its peaceful surroundings, spacious sundecks, excellent service, delicious meals and the opportunity to book the 34 St. Katharine exclusively, with even a 24-hours butler service, this is a perfect venue for a wonderful holiday in Barcelona or even for business travellers wanting something a bit different. As it offers a five-star service, free ADSL, free parking, and is walking distance of the large CCIB conference centre of Barcelona, the St. Katharine is an ideal location to stay during busy working days or even use it as venue for brainstorming sessions or private meetings. The Dutch couple Cas and Irene Pijpers rescued the boat from its former incarnation as a fleet tender supply ship in the Royal Navy. The boat was built in 1969, originally named the Denmead A363 and stationed in Portsmouth. It would have accommodated up to 125 troops en route to their submarines. In 1994 it was then decommissioned by the Navy.