Operating in the Caribbean
There could be no better place for Ratna and Paul to meet than on a sailing holiday in the Caribbean. They have now been married for close to 10 years. Keen travelers, they have seized every opportunity to go sailing in most parts of the world, including the Mediterranean, North and South Atlantic, Indian Ocean, South China sea and the beloved Caribbean waters. Having worked for many years in the IT industry, they decided to turn their passion for sailing into a way of life, and Spice and Soul was born in 2004.
Born in Malaysia, Ratna was brought up in a boarding school in the UK. Ratna holds diplomas in music and catering. Having lived in various countries during her childhood and worked in the family restaurant business, Ratna has developed a love of good food from all over the world and has a passion for meeting and entertaining people. Ratna caught the sailing bug later on in her life and has obtained the RYA day skipper license.
A British national, Paul has lived in France, Belgium, Germany and Singapore and holds a master of science degree in physics and a diploma in marketing. He has been sailing for as long as he can remember, starting off with the family sailing dinghy, and gradually moving on to larger yachts. A water sports fanatic, Paul is a PADI certified scuba diver and is a qualified skipper to the RYA yacht master standard.
Ratna and Paul look forward to welcoming you on board and sharing with you their love of the Caribbean, gastronomy, and sailing.
SAYANG can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet.
Alternatively, Sayang's two forward qeen cabins may be merged to form one large Master King Suite.
Likewise, the aft guest suite may be converted to two twin berths.
SAYANG is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
Guests aboard SAYANG in mid July, 2016, said:
Ratna and Paul,
Thank you very much for a wonderful week sailing in the beautiful BVIs. You are lovely hosts, enjoyable companions, and a consummate professional sailing team. We always knew we were in good hands. Ratna, your meals were delicious, particularly your wonderful Asian curries. Paul, we learned so much about the islands, their history and inhabitants. Thanks too for the sailing lessons. It will take a few more trips before we are confident on our own, but we enjoyed our time at the helm.Lovely getting to know you both. Thanks for giving us a wonderful 25th anniversary trip.
Stephanie and Henry Bond
Guests aboard SAYANG in early July, 2016, said:
Thank you for a wonderful time in paradise. Our families will cherish the memories forever.
Greg, Seattle, WA, USA
Dear Paul and Ratna,
Thank you for so very much for providing such a memorable and outstanding sailing experience for our family. In the sun and the rain, in the wind and the calm, we all created memories we will cherish forever! Ratna – Yum! The food you prepared was excellent – and Paul – your navigation and recommendations for island hopping, snorkelling, etc. were greatly appreciated.
Thank you. Lauren, Natalie, & Suzie, Seattle, WA, USA
We enjoyed sailing with you. Thank you so much for sharing your islands with us, and your beautiful boat. Our family will cherish this holiday.
Alex and Jim, Central Pennsylvania, USA
Mid-June, 2016, guests aboard SAYANG said:
Dear Paul and Ratna,
Thank you so much for an amazing 9 days aboard the beautiful yacht Sayang! We have loved every minute of it, and your knowledge, skill and professionalism played a big part in that. Ratna, the food was wonderful and you did a brilliant job in catering for one vegan and one non-vegan! I think we all discovered some new favourites! Paul, your knowledge of the islands is superb and we really appreciated the quiet, beautiful and calm anchorages you found for us. See you soon!
Richard and Emma Barkey
Warwickshire & London
Guests aboard SAYANG in early April, 2016 said:
Dear Paul and Ratna,
Thank you so much for the fantastic trip and tour of the beautiful BVI. Of course the food was exceptional and your company also! We loved your malay flair with the meals. Good coffee and good beds!!!
William and Joyce Price - Charlotte, NC,USA
Unforgettable is an understatement. I have been wanting to do this for years and I could not have imagined a more perfect trip.
Carly Price - New York, NY, USA
Dear Paul and Ratna,
Thank you for a wonderful trip. It has been a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget. Every meal was a fine dining experience.
Ginny Martin - MS, USA
Guests aboard SAYANG in mid-March, 2016, said:
So many things stand out about this trip! Our family made some incredible memories here with you and your beautiful boat! The food was so very good! The hospitality was first rate! But I think one thing that really stands out for me is how passionate you are about your work, this boat and these islands. “Purists” is the word that comes to mind. This was greatly enjoyed by my entire family but very much appreciated as parents of young children. A great example! Thank you, come visit us in Houston!
Becca and Scott Schwinger
I will try to make a short list: amazing food, awesome bedrooms, high luxury, outstanding crew. Obviously hands down best vacation ever, …etc., ….Charles Schwinger
I absolutely loved the pace. Nice to take a break from the busy schedules. Loved the destinations and activities, but my favourite part of the trip may have been the food. How Ratna made all of it in that kitchen amazes me! Ratna and Paul were so sweet and helpful! Gonna miss staying on the boat! Thanks Paul and Ratna!!
Guests aboard Sayang in late February, 2016 said:
Dear Paul and Ratna,
Thank you both for a wonderful experience. One week went by very quickly. You both are great hosts, passionate and very friendly people. This was my first sailing experience and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Ratna, you are a great host, excellent food, and very caring. Paul, I was very pleased with your passion for sailing and patience. Overall, it was a great experience. Definitely want to bring my family sailing. I would recommend you guys to anybody who wants a sailing experience.
Dr. Ramesh V. Kare, Westford
Sayang,,,, Sayang is a name I will never forget. I was in the BVI before, but I never saw the BVI before. Paul and Ratna exposed all the hidden beauty. Ratna’s cooking was incredible. Paul’s seamanship is equally superb. Swimming and snorkelling every day and the food, did I mention Ratna’s cooking? Watch out for the Suzy fish!!!
Jonathan Chachko, Cream Ridge, NJ
Sayang! Outstanding and unforgettable. Paul and Ratna are so passionate. We were always looked after and made comfortable. The food was beyond expectations. I very much appreciated the opportunity to take the helm t/o the entire trip. And thank you for showing us the BVI gems.
David Beanland M.D., Concord
I will keep this short and sweet. You guys are AMAZING!
Robert Gilardetti MD, Boston
New Years guests aboard SAYANG with Paul & Ratna said:
Thank you so much Paul and Ratna for such an amazing time. A very special thank you for keeping my anxious mother sane - not an easy task! Your food and hospitality was more than I could have ever asked for, and I will miss every minute of this amazing adventure! Thank you again.
Guests aboard Sayang/August.1st-7th.15 said:
Dear Paul and Ratna,I am the granddaughter of a pilot and am not comfortable on the water. I married a man who grew up on the water - sailing, water skiing, fishing, surfing.You have turned a reluctant sailor into someone who appreciates the beauty of the water and the sailboat catching the wind. Paul, I appreciate all the history you taught us about the islands and the capable way you handle your boat. Ratna, your cooking was amazing. It made the boat seem like a luxury hotel. Thank you both for sharing your home with us and for helping us make some amazing family memories! Please call us if you ever visit Texas.Tracy Wilkerson Paul and Ratna, This was a ‘bucket list’ item for our family, and you both made it all that I had hoped it would be. It made a huge difference having such an experienced, competent, knowledgeable and educated crew, with whom we had many interesting conversations, and in whom we felt well taken care of. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us (the boat and the BVI). Please get in touch with us if you are ever near Houston.Richard Wilkerson Poem by Will Wilkerson and Ota: Snorkel a fish, blue fish, a way to goCast up my lucky blue hat. Tortola?No-News-Norman, O lose the night quiets on to the Pillar of Salt.Peter dog? Peter dog island? I’m sure the rain will comeOn and on around the bendI hope it’s not the Bitter EndAh! To lick the salty red shells of Anegadaand live to tell the tale!
Guests aboard Sayang/July 25th-31st.15 said:
Thank you for making our first family experience on a yacht SO amazing! Teaching us to helm, the history and stories of the B.V.I, special places to snorkel, things to see, putting up with certain fears of jellyfish and sharks! Endless patience and good humour. Hope to see you and Ratna in Northumberland.Love from Jo, Simon, Ed, Millie and Hetty RiddellNorthumberland, United Kingdom We loved seeing the pod of dolphins and canoeing with them - very special and magical! Thank you for our sailing lessons - a patient teacher! We loved the en route history lessons!Ed, Millie and Hettie xxx
Guests aboard Sayang/July 16th-24th.15 said:
Thank you for listening to our “style” and creating an amazing experience in the BVI. Quiet anchorages, beautiful sunsets, peaceful sails, fascinating snorkeling, and intellectual conversations!Looking forward to sailing away again…… until……Blessings and LIVE every moment Rachia and VickiePensacola, Florida
Guests with Paul and Ratna in mid-June, 2015, said:
Dear Paul and Ratna, Thank you so much for a wonderful time and great adventures. Loved our great meals. Thank you again.
Bob and Teri
Fort Myers, FL
To Paul and Ratna,
Thanks for showing us all the beautiful islands of the BVI. Loved all the inside scoops. Food was great too! Had a great time.
Anne and Brett
June 6, 2015 Guests aboard SAYANG, the Jeanneau 54 sloop with Paul and Ratna said:
The last day of the greatest vacation ever. Reflecting on the highlights. Feeling like we experienced all the BVI has to offer, while knowing there is so much more.
When we return, it will only be with Paul and Ratna, as it was the crew that made the vacation. Though we don't have experiences to measure this by, it would be difficult to imagine a captain more focused on providing an experience of genuine pleasure. We were continually in awe of Ratna's ability to create fine dining out of the air. We all agree that meals on the boat were better than meals on shore - which were also delicious.
Thanks to Paul and Ratna for making the BVI the BVE (Best Vacation EVER).
The Bartlett Party - Kim and Curt Shannon, Jeff and Stacy Bartlett, Adrienne and Brandon Baker, Margaret and Charles Murray
Fort Worth, TX, USA