New culinary concepts by Michelin-starred restaurant chefs for Ilma

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's second ship signs Chef Trabocchi and Chef Mina

Beach House interior render on Ilma

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has unveiled an array of innovative culinary offerings aboard Ilma, the eagerly anticipated second ultra-luxury superyacht in its fleet. Earmarked to set sail on its maiden voyage from Monte Carlo to Rome on 2 September 2024, Ilma invites guests to discover five versatile dining venues, a refreshed in-suite dining program, seven bars, and a signature wine vault.

New highlights include Seta su Ilma by Chef Fabio Trabocchi, a modern Italian fine-dining restaurant, and the Beach House, a vibrant open-air eatery featuring a Pan-Latin and Caribbean menu created in collaboration with Chef Michael Mina. Notably, this marks both Chef Trabocchi’s and Chef Mina’s first ventures at sea.

These concepts will complement Memorī, which will serve contemporary Pan-Asian dishes; Mistral, which will offer Mediterranean flavors; and Tides, which will present a regionally inspired menu. A well-rounded beverage program throughout the yacht will enhance all dining experiences.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Ilma at sea during recent sea trials

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“Our guests turn to The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection for enriching sensory experiences, not only within the destinations we travel to but also throughout their time spent onboard,” said Jim Murren, Executive Chairman and CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

“The internationally inspired culinary program on Ilma introduces yet another extraordinary dimension to our journey of discovery, reinforcing our dedication to unparalleled voyages at sea.”

With a distinctive mix of intimate specialty restaurants and casual poolside eateries, the dining and beverage offerings aboard Ilma provide a breadth of options to satisfy every palate. Creative menus reflect global inspirations while showcasing the finest ingredients, transporting guests around the world. Guests will embark on a sensory journey with an extensive cocktail menu, shaped by the breathtaking shores and charming landscapes of the ports of call where Ilma will sail, complete with a selection of premium non- alcoholic options.

Sophisticated interiors cultivate a serene ambiance, while alfresco spaces embrace life on the water, allowing guests to enjoy the fresh sea air and panoramic views of stunning coastlines and the oceans.

Ilma's Seta du Ilma, render

Drawing inspiration from Fabio Trabocchi’s Italian heritage and expertise in Italian cuisine, Seta su Ilma, named after the Italian word for “silk,” will emerge as a premier dining destination. Seasonal tasting menus will feature a contemporary interpretation of Italian cuisine, nodding to regional flavours. Dishes will range from fresh seafood to homemade pasta, all impeccably paired with fine wines. Delectable accompaniments from the Amalfi Coast will further enhance the warm dining experience. A deep cellar of Italian whites and reds will form the core of the wine list.

Seta su Ilma will welcome diners each evening with a seven-course tasting menu, while on select afternoons, lunch with a five-course tasting menu will also be offered. This specialty dining experience aboard the yacht is exclusively available to guests for an additional fee, with an optional wine pairing available.

“The Seta su Ilma experience will be inspired by my love for the sea in the magnificent setting of The Ritz- Carlton Yacht Collection,” said Fabio Trabocchi, Founder/Owner of the celebrated Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants.

“The exquisite Italian coastal cuisine will be our inspiration for a journey of elegance and timeless beauty as part of La Dolce Vita.”

Trabocchi is known for multiple award-winning establishments including Fiola Miami and Fiola, his downtown Washington D.C. flagship restaurant, which earned its sixth consecutive MICHELIN star in 2023.

Ilma will offer a comprehensive selection of dining options and premium beverages included in the fare for a multifaceted and enriching culinary journey. At the Beach House, bright, airy interiors will flow into an expansive outdoor pool deck, creating an effervescent setting for enjoying Pan-Latin cuisine alongside craft beers, bold wines, and an elevated tequila selection.

Ilma's Beach House interior, render

This beach club-inspired venue will meld globally influenced flavours in a relaxed yet upscale atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and connecting. The menu, developed in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina, will be inspired by the bold, fire-born flavours of South and Central America while highlighting ingredients from the Caribbean with light, refreshing shareable bites, such as grilled meats, seafood, and ceviche.

“The Beach House will be the ultimate culinary complement to Ilma,” said Michael Mina, notable chef and founder of The Mina Group.

“I have always been fascinated with the powerful flavours and vibrant energy of the countries that make up Latin America and the Caribbean, and I have dreamed of bringing an array of their ingredients together one day,” Mina said.

“I am thrilled to be collaborating with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to introduce this new restaurant to Ilma’s guests,” Mina added. His Group manages over 30 chef-driven concepts across the United States, showcasing the best of food, wine, and spirits.

Guests at the Beach House can indulge in lunch and dinner, as well as signature brunch events, enhanced by lively programming in a dynamic blend of spaces, including an inviting outdoor splash pool furnished with sun loungers, pool chairs, lounge seating, and dining areas. As night falls, the energetic venue will evolve into an intimate evening retreat, with Latin-inspired live music, percussionists, and nightly sunset rituals.

Ilma's Mistral Grill, render

In addition to these two new culinary concepts, Ilma will feature Memorī, Mistral, and Tides. Memorī will bring a modern spin to authentic Pan-Asian cuisine in a sleek environment anchored by an open twelve- seat sushi bar. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, guests can savor a diverse array of composed plates with bold flavours and creative ingredients, from Japanese bar snacks, sashimi, and tempura to dumplings and Wagyu cuts, all within a sophisticated setting with both indoor and outdoor seating. A selection of sake, Champagne, Japanese whiskeys, and plum wines will accompany the inventive dishes.

On Deck 10, Mistral will celebrate timeless Mediterranean fare with traditional breakfast dishes in the morning, followed by handmade pastas and pizzas, crisp salads, and fresh seafood, along with grilled steaks and chops complemented by an extensive wine list as the day cascades to evening. A picturesque perch for a casual lunch, romantic dinner, or cocktail overlooking the water, this indoor/outdoor venue will offer some of the best views on the yacht.

Tides will offer seasonal menus inspired by the diverse regional flavours and techniques of the destinations that Ilma explores, evolving throughout the voyage.

Ilm's Tides, render

For Ilma’s inaugural season in the Mediterranean, the menu will capture elements of Greek, Italian, and Spanish regional cuisines. As Ilma makes the crossing to the Caribbean, the menu will transform to feature elements of the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Southern Caribbean islands. Nestled behind Tides and Seta su Ilma, Dining Privée will provide an intimate and elegant enclave for celebratory dinners and other special events, which can be arranged for an additional fee.

At the heart of Ilma will sit The Living Room, a welcoming space where guests can greet the day with freshly roasted coffee and baked pastries at the espresso counter each morning. As the day progresses, The Living Room Bar will pour specialty cocktails, fine wines, and Champagne accompanied by a live pianist.

In the evening, it will transform into an ideal spot for enjoying canapés and an aperitif before dinner followed by late-night entertainment. When guests wish to dine in the comfort of their suite or on their private terrace, they can enjoy In-Suite Dining options. These menus encompass breakfast, all-day, and evening selections offering a variety of classics from the different onboard restaurants.

Ilma will feature 224 spacious suites accommodating up to 448 guests, sailing curated itineraries in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Northern Europe—a first for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Slated to make its 2025 debut, Luminara will join Ilma and Evrima on voyages to secluded harbours and iconic cities.

See ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com.

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