The experience for guests began with an invitation in the form of a boarding ticket, promising a special journey that transcended boundaries and time. Upon arrival at the ‘port’, guests made their way to the main dining hall – a stunning floating platform on water, designed in the Art Deco style of an early 19th century steam liner. The journey began when The Spirit of Conquest “set sail” for France from Kuala Lumpur, the birthplace of the Original X.O in 1870, then to the Orient – China, and beyond to the United States, Italy, Russia and Japan.
Guests were entertained not only by the sight of the “ship” mooring at each country next to famous landmarks via projection screens flanked on three sides of the dining hall, but also live performances. With precision timing and choreography, each course of the dinner – created by chef Lee Anne Wong – was also served to guests at each “destination.” More than 400 guests attended Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows 2013, which raised the bar once again to provide an unparalleled showcase of The Original X.O cognac.