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Demanding guest asks to restyle yacht on Below Deck Down Under episode 5

Below Deck Down Under episode 5, "Something's Fishy," Tumi Mhlongo, Madga Ziomek
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It looks like Erica Rose and Charles Sanders have some competition as the most high-maintenance guests in Below Deck history!

In the fifth episode of Below Deck Down Under season 1, viewers are introduced to the charter's primary guest Karim Gharbi, who is the founder of a "top-tier global concierge company"—so you know he expects the finest service around. 

Things were off to a rocky start from the beginning when third stew Magda Ziomek dropped a tray of champagne flutes just as Gharbi — dressed in nothing but a robe from Monaco and large sunglasses — and his guests boarded the yacht. "Greeting us empty-handed?" he whined.

Then, during the boat tour that chief stew Aesha Scott routinely gives new charter guests, Gharbi derided the luxury yacht's furnishings. "So many angels everywhere. This boat is a bit like Versace, it's a bit '80s," the primary complained. "There's literally like an elephant in the room. This needs a makeover!"

The complaints continued when he was shown the king-bed guest cabins, to which he exclaimed: "Oh dear! It's the smallest room I've ever been in."

"The room is lovely but I don't like these little angels," Gharbi tells Scott about some decorative statues found in his cabin. "They just freak me out, so if you can just get rid of them? Feels a little bit like a horror movie."

He also has issues with the vases of faux flowers set on his nightstands. "Yeah, I can't do fake flowers, can you have it?" Gharbi says, handing her the vase for removal. "I can't do fake people and fake flowers. And fake fashion designers."

"I have never been into a hotel room before and been like, 'Oh my god, that's the statue they chose?" Aesha quipped in a confessional. "If you're that bougie, buy your own bloody yacht!"

Fans react to Karim Gharbi on Below Deck Down Under episode 5:

Below Deck fans universally agreed with Aesha's takedown of the episode's primary charter guest, dubbing him "ridiculous," "self-important" and "so obnoxious." 

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Below Deck Down Under is on Peacock in the US and Hayu (opens in new tab)in the UK. 

Christina Izzo
Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York. 


When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.