RORC Caribbean 600 Yacht Race: Day 3

February 26, 2015

February 24, 2015 saw Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD 70 sailing yacht Phaedo3 cross the finish line of the 7th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 at 20:35:30 AST in an elapsed time of 1 day, 9 hours, 35 minutes and 30 seconds. Phaedo^3 yacht has broken the multihull race record, set by Claude Thelier and John Burnie’s ORMA 60 yacht Region Guadeloupe by 6 hours, 35 minutes and 35 seconds.

Phaedo^3, owner Lloyd Thornburg and crew celebrate on arrival after completing the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - © RORC/Ted Martin/photofantasy.zenfolio.com

Phaedo^3, owner Lloyd Thornburg and crew celebrate on arrival after completing the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 – © RORC/Ted Martin/photofantasy.zenfolio.com

“Fast, really fast,” commented a shattered looking Lloyd Thornburg as Phaedo^3 tied up in Falmouth Harbour. “Sailing with Michel Desjoyeaux has been an incredible experience. When I was driving, he pushed me out of my comfort zone and then got the guys to wind on the sails even more and the speed just kept climbing and my confidence and experience with it. Surfing at over 30 knots for hours is just an incredible experience. A big thank you to Brian Thompson for putting this all together in such a short period of time. This is right up there; a totally amazing experience!”

Jules Verne record holder, Brian Thompson spoke dockside: “We only left France two weeks ago so this has been a whirlwind preparation for the race, but I always knew that a MOD70 would be an absolute weapon on this course and what a welcome when we arrived; the superyachts blasting their air horns and hundreds of people on the dock making a lot of noise. It was like finishing the Vendee Globe!”

Phaedo^3 enjoy a flying start to their record breaking race © Richard and Rachel/Team Phaedo 3

Phaedo^3 enjoy a flying start to their record breaking race © Richard and Rachel/Team Phaedo 3

Michel Desjoyeaux has never done the RORC Caribbean 600 before: “I had never heard of this race before, but it is a great course for multihulls and I hope to be back. It would be even better if there were a number of multihulls racing, that would make it really special. As we rounded Redonda, I saw some yachts heading for Guadeloupe, they were only half way to the finish and I thought about the Figaro teams who have so far to go – aaaagh! – That must be hard for them.”

Hundreds of spectators packed the dock on Falmouth Harbour, Antigua with the party continuing well into the night to celebrate Phaedo^3’s magnificent achievement.

The crew of Phaedo^3: Lloyd Thornburgh (Owner), Romain Attanasio, Samuel Bason, Pete Cumming, Michel Desjoyeaux, Warren Fitzgerald, Sam Goodchild and Brian Thompson.

George David's Rambler 88 ©RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

George David’s Rambler 88 ©RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Rambler 88 takes Monohull Line Honours

George David’s Juan K designed sailing yacht Rambler 88 was the next boat to finish, at 06:35:12 AST on 25th February 2015, taking Monohull Line Honours for the RORC Caribbean 600. Rambler 88 was approximately four hours short of the monohull race record, set by George David’s superyacht Rambler 100 in 2011.

As with every competing yacht in the RORC Caribbean 600, Rambler 88 was met at the dock with a big cheer and cold beer by the Antigua Yacht Club volunteer team. George David, commented dockside. “Rambler 88 was ahead of the monohull race record for some time, but the wind angle on the long leg to Guadeloupe was tighter than in 2012. Back then in Rambler 100, we were reaching, hitting a speed of over 20 knots, but this year that wasn’t possible due to the wind angle. Rambler 88 is probably faster on every point of sail than the previous Rambler, but the weather really didn’t work for us this year. Rambler 88 is an exciting boat to race, powerful and really wet on deck. We have moved a step closer to harnessing that power and the wet conditions are easily managed with good foul weather gear! A special course and a very well organised race. The RORC should be congratulated once again for producing a great event.”

Multiple America’s Cup winner and Rambler 88 tactician, Brad Butterworth spoke dockside: “This is the first time I have done this race and it is an interesting course from a tactical and navigational point of view. The islands are really beautiful but we didn’t get much time to appreciate the scenery. However, apart from a few minor breakages, the boat has stood up very well and the different wind speeds and wind angles on this course have given us a lot of data and ideas which will go towards improving our performance. We have a big season planned and we have the potential to have a great 2015.”

The crew of Rambler 88: George David (Owner), Rodney Ardern, Silvio Arrivabene Stuart Bannatyne, Scott Beavis, Curtis Blewett, Brad Butterworth, Simon Daubney, Wendy David, Jan Dekker, Brian Giorgio, Nathan Hislop, Brad Jackson, Jerome Kirby, William McCarthy, Artie Means, Robert Naismith, Mark Newbrook, Dean Phipps, Andrea Visintini, Matthew Welling, Stuart Wilson.

Caribbean Jam Night of St. Maarten Heineken Regatta to be opened up by Asher Otto & Itchy Feet

February 26, 2015

The upcoming 35th St.Maarten Heineken Regatta will feature plenty of amazing changes. One of these will be the Saturday night party, which will be hosted by Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay, a beautiful St. Maarten yacht charter destination. This evening is expected to be a night filled with undeniable sex appeal and a line-up that boasts not one but two powerful female performers. Asher Otto from Antigua will perform onstage at 8:00pm, with her well known band Itch Feet. This winning combination will make sure to get the crowd jumping with a variety of music from rock, reggae, soca, pop and folk and make it a true Caribbean Jam.

Asher Otto

Asher Otto

Asher Otto was born and raised in Antigua and began her singing career at the tender age of four. Influenced by musicians such as Alicia Keys and Erica Badu, Asher has developed into a soulful artist who draws you in and keeps your head filled with the soothing sounds of her voice. Her stunning looks and smooth vocals make for a stunning combination. Can’t wait till Saturday the 7th? Please click on the link at the bottom to get in the mood now.

Itchy Feet was established in 2006 and quickly became a household name in and around Antigua. They have performed at many different events across the Caribbean and have opened for Maxi Priest. In 2011 Asher joined the band and the rest they say is “history”. The band is comprised of five members. Paddy Prendergast on guitar, keys and vocals while Tony Mayers plays bass. Jocelyn Beldman comes in on the keys as well as vocals and Darron Jonas plays the drums. Main vocals are sung by Asher Otto and together this group of five extremely talented musicians brings an infectious vibe to the stage.

Asher Otto & Itchy Feet will be bringing you hits like Daft Punks-Get Lucky, and many of your favorite songs, but of course with their own “island style” twist and completely in style with the theme of the evening ‘Caribbean Jam’. Their ability to put their own mark on popular songs is what makes them so much fun to listen too.

Finally on Saturday March 7th, once Asher Otto & Itchy Feet finish their performance, the stage will again be lit up with another Caribbean powerhouse, Tessanne Chin. Making it a double impact of leading, sultry Caribbean women who will most certainly bring their powerful vocals to the main stage.

Corsica Yacht Charter on board Superyacht CALLIOPE

February 26, 2015

A beautiful vessel cruising around beautiful places! Italy and France charter yacht Calliope is ready for summer cruising, offering unforgettable West Mediterranean yacht vacations, in the lap of luxury and opulence. Jump aboard and choose your preferred itinerary from amongst such renowned Mediterranean destinations as Naples, the chic French Riviera or the spectacular islands of Sicily, Sardinia and of course Corsica yacht charter. As shown in the below video by her builder Holland Jachtbouw, superyacht Calliope has everything that it takes to create a one-of-a-kind luxury yacht charter experience, satisfying even the most discerning of clients.

Calliope yacht was launched in 2010 and is an exceptional 42-metre gentleman’s yacht with immaculate style and comfort aboard. She has a modern-classic interior, boasting weathered limed oak and elegant classical architecture, combined with modern furnishing.

“I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had on Calliope this past week! The crew and service was absolutely amazing!!! They really make the experience what it is!”

Holland Jachtbouw Motor Yacht Calliope - Photo credit to Nicolas Claris

Holland Jachtbouw Motor Yacht Calliope – Photo credit to Nicolas Claris

One of the predominant features of Calliope is her offset spiral staircase, connecting all three of her decks. The panoramic vistas through the underside of these steps make it a true masterpiece.

Spiral Staircase Calliope Motoryacht

Spiral Staircase Calliope Motoryacht

Rhoades Young-designed interior incorporates a relaxed lounge and dining area on the main deck, which can be separated by a hidden shoji screen on demand. The Master stateroom has a private library, a comfortable full-beam lounge and his/her bathroom with dressing rooms. The suite also offers fabulous panoramic views of the yacht’s surroundings.

Main Deck Dining Area on superyacht Calliope - Interior by Rhoades Young Design

Main Deck Dining Area on superyacht Calliope – Interior by Rhoades Young Design

The bridge deck features mainly teak, with the sky lounge spreading most of the full beam. The entire aft deck and saloon unify into one inside-out area, thanks to the huge sliding doors that open to the aft deck. This spacious area represents a fantastic place to socialise and relax, while Calliope superyacht is at anchor.

Main Deck Aft - Calliope Yacht designed by Rhoades Young

Main Deck Aft – Calliope Yacht designed by Rhoades Young

“Everything was wonderful! Today we came back to reality and I am really missing everyone. It really was a perfect experience and we could not have asked for anything more. Thanks for all your help!”

Bridge deck aft Calliope Yacht

Bridge deck aft Calliope Yacht

Corsica Yacht Charter

Belonging to France, Corsica is located in the Mediterranean Sea offering spectacular geographical diversity. From chic costal towns, beautiful bays and beaches right through to dense forests and breathtaking natural wonders, Croatia yacht charter offers something for everyone. Spend the day sailing and enjoying some of the fantastic bays around Porto Vecchio, said to be one of the most distinguished harbours in Europe. Continue south to the lovely Bonifaccio on the southernmost tip of the island and breathe in the irresistible fascination of this old town, dazzlingly resting atop an imposing cliff. Bonifaccio has plenty of charming restaurants and local bars to sample.

Corsica

Corsica

Leaning on the side of the most beautiful gulf in the world, Ajaccio protrudes elegance and charm. The Gulf of Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a place of alluring appeal, with pink granite rocks seemingly plummeting into the sea. The Golf of Valinco is a lovely bay on the west coast of Corsica. Here, set on a golden beach you can visit the delightful little town of Cappiciolo or you can visit the main town with lively ports, Propriano.

Your Corsica yacht holiday could include a lovely cruise to the La Maddalena Archipelago; a National Park between Corsica and Sardinia. The archipelago is made of Seven Isles of immense splendour and belongs to the protected International Park of the Bocche di Bonifaccio. These islands are practically intact, with pink granite and white or rose coloured sand beaches, surrounded by sparkling blue waters. More about Corsica…

If we have captured your attention and you would like to find out more about the beautiful Motor Yacht CALLIOPE or luxury yacht charter in general, please contact our experienced brokers here for free and unbiased assistance.

Sailing yacht ALCANARA with new full paint job by Absolute Boat Care

February 26, 2015

Sailing yacht Alcanara has been successfully re-launched from Port Adriano, following a full paint job on the hull and superstructure by Absolute Boat Care. The ABC varnishing team have also been on-board and re-varnished the entire cap rail and cockpit countertops as well as trim.

Sailing Yacht Alcanara - Image courtesy of Dubois Naval Architects

Sailing Yacht Alcanara – Image courtesy of Dubois Naval Architects

Superyacht Alcanara first launched in 2008. The 29.1m sailing yacht is a beautiful fast cruising sloop, built by S E Ward & Co and designed by the famous superyacht design company, Dubois Naval Architects. Alcanara also boasts a beautiful interior by well known Rhoades Young Design.

Along side the Alcanara yacht project, Absolute Boat Care are also running several other major winter projects and around twelve projects are taking place at any one time in the various shipyards around Spain and UK.

Gulf Craft chooses Garmin for new motor yacht Majesty 122

February 26, 2015

Gulf Craft, one of the world’s top 10 superyacht manufacturers, has selected Garmin as the supplier for the electronics, navigation, as well as safety equipment for the latest addition to their superyacht range, motor yacht Majesty 122. Launched in Kuwait at the beginning of this month, superyacht Majesty 122 will be presented for the first time to a global audience at the 2015 Dubai International Boat Show, running in the enchanting Dubai yacht charter location from 3 – 7 March.

Gulf Craft superyacht Majesty 122

Gulf Craft super yacht Majesty 122

Founded in 1982, Gulf Craft is the largest producer of fibreglass boats in Asia and Middle East. The company has chosen Garmin as its preferred electronics, navigation, communication and safety equipment supplier, providing integrated systems for the Gulf Craft range of Majesty Yachts as well as its Oryx and Silvercraft brands.

The new luxury yacht Majesty 122 comprises two decks of richly decorated interiors and a spacious fly-bridge, with accommodation for ten guests in five staterooms, and quarters for five crew.  The sumptuously designed interior is matched by its impressive exterior layout, including a large sun deck with folding balcony on the main deck seating area.  The Majesty 122 is designed to have an ocean-going range of 2,100 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots, with a maximum speed of 20 knots.

The Garmin equipment on board includes the state of the art Garmin 8000 Glass Bridge at both helms, dual xHD open array radars, autopilot, VHF and instrumentation systems.

Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft said, “We chose Garmin for the Majesty Yachts 122 because of our successful history working with the company on our Majesty Yachts range as well as our other brands.  Garmin’s equipment is sleek and sophisticated, offering ease of use with the high quality and reliability we expect in a world-leading product range.  With Gulf Craft yachts exported all over the world, the ability to provide first class sales, service and support facilities all over the world was also an essential requirement. Like Gulf Craft, Garmin is an innovative company that continues to push the envelope.”

Since it was founded in 1989, Garmin has grown to become a global technology leader in the automotive, marine, outdoor, mobile, fitness and aviation sectors.  It was one of the first companies to develop a marine GPS chartplotter and has since evolved a complete and integrated range of marine electronics products including autopilots, radar, AIS, sonar, instruments, communications, and onboard thermal imaging cameras, and portable devices such as wearable and handheld GPS, and action cameras.  Garmin maintains its high quality through ensuring all product development, software and cartography is carried out internally using proprietary technology.

Oyster Yachts announces new management

February 26, 2015

British luxury yacht manufacturer, Oyster Yachts, is delighted to announce the appointment of Jane Wilkinson (née Arden) as Head of Marketing and Simon Haynes as Finance Director. Both will be based at Oyster’s new headquarters in Southampton.

New management at Oyster Yachts

New management at Oyster Yachts

The new appointments follow the recent relocation from Ipswich, restructure of the successful British business and the expansion of their production facilities. With the current order-book now at 32 yachts, Jane and Simon join Oyster’s Management at an exciting time and their collective experience reinforces the momentum and growth of Oyster Yachts.

Commenting on the new appointments and location, Oyster CEO David Tydeman said: “The relocation of the Oyster headquarters to our long established Shipyard in Southampton creates a simpler structure than our previous operating model of out-sourced sub-contracting. Recruiting Simon and Jane into the senior team is part of ensuring we have the right skills to deliver this new focus and to build up the close links we need between the Southampton yard and our sister shipyard in Norfolk; I am delighted they have joined us.”

Jane joins Oyster from P&O Cruises where she developed and led the Marketing and Planning, working to establish a ‘through the line’ communications strategy.  With previous roles at the luxury holiday group Cadogan, Europe’s largest entertainments company – Merlin and Plastimo UK, Jane has extensive knowledge of Marketing in B2B and B2C environments in the luxury and marine industries.  An energetic marketing professional with strong global experience and instinct for business improvement coupled with Jane’s background in digital marketing, form the top line of her expertise.

Having started her career at the Royal Southern Yacht Club as Assistant Sailing Secretary, Jane has a broad understanding of the yachting scene, with marketing roles at the Tour de France a la Voile, GBR Challenge for the America’s cup and with the winning Alinghi team in the 2003 America’s Cup.

Jane Wilkinson said: “Having a personal interest in yachting and a strong match to the professional skills required for this position, I am relishing working for such an established international brand and leading the Marketing and Communications for the whole business.  I look forward to developing a further integrated and cohesive marketing approach, with particular emphasis on the digital platform.

“The forthcoming Oyster BVI Regatta in April, Private View at St Katharine Docks and Owners’ Dinner in May, will also give me the opportunity to meet the extended Oyster family!”

Establishing the role of Head of Marketing, Jane’s first recruit for her new team sees Kate Porteous join as Marketing and Communications Manager with further roles selectively being filled in the coming months.

Heading up the Finance function at Oyster, Simon Haynes has recently been appointed as Director and is managing the commercial accounting and financial operation of the business.  Simon’s background spans over 15 years working as a senior finance professional across a number of SME, private equity and listed companies including De La Rue – the world’s largest commercial banknote printer and security print solutions provider and Talaris/Glory Global Solutions – the market leading provider of cash-handling solutions to the financial, retail and gaming industries on a global basis.

Simon has a track record of delivering results and supporting business growth through the setting of business strategy, support of business development activities and driving improvements at an operation level as a key member of business teams.

Commenting on his new role Simon Haynes said: “This is an exciting and very appealing role at Oyster and I was delighted to be able to accept the opportunity to join a global brand within the exclusive, high quality yacht market.  I believe my experience in a variety of operating environments and business sectors will help drive further success and I am pleased to be playing an integral role in securing future results.  I look forward to exploring our strategic options and driving operational efficiencies as I take up the financial reins at Oyster Yachts.”

Both Jane and Simon’s appointments will further strengthen the new HQ and team at Oyster’s premises in Saxon Wharf, Southampton.

Croatia Yacht Charter – UNESCO Heritage Sites to visit

February 26, 2015

Laced with bountiful nature and beautiful beaches, Croatia is quickly becoming one of the trendiest destinations to visit. Boasting a wealth of UNESCO world heritage sites, steeped in old folk lore and harmoniously blending chic city life with a laid back vibe, this is the perfect place to charter on a luxury superyacht Starfire. There is no doubt that embarking on a ‘Croatia yacht charter’ is the best, most comfortable and luxurious way of discovering the treasures of this alluring Eastern Mediterranean destination.

Croatia

Croatia

Croatia Charter Yacht Starfire offers plush surroundings and every luxury you could need to cruise across the gentle turquoise waters, bask in the balmy climate and sip some of the finest old world wines. Watch spectacular sunsets from the sprawling sun deck, tender to the numerous hidden coves and let Captain Sputh and his dedicated crew show you to magic of the medieval towns, glistening lakes and sweeping plains that make Croatia a UNESCO treasure chest to explore.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Old Town

The Pearl of the Adriatic will take your breath away as soon as you spy the terracotta rooftops sunbaked and gleaming on its dramatic cliff top location. Dubrovnik is one of the most popular places to swing by on a Adriatic yacht charter vacation with its main allure lying in the Old Town. The golden age of the 16th century may have past but Dubrovnik is making its revival as it nestles comfortably behind the ancient city walls. Meander the marble streets, shield your eyes from the extravagance of the baroque churches and admire the majestic Sponza Palace. Pull up a chair at the oldest wine bar in town – D’Vino and sample some of the highlights of Croatia’s vineyards.

Medieval Split

Medieval Split

Medieval Split

From the outside the city of Split may not boast much in terms of world wonder with its rising apartments and bustling port herding in the ships. Yet, for those who tiptoe inside the UNESCO wonder of Diocletian’s Palace will find the touch of the emperor in its wining marble streets spilling over with glass fronted boutiques and cozy shops. Set against the backdrop of the rising mountains and green trees rolling down to the pretty beaches and charmingly cool harbour front, you can certainly soak up the artistic vibes blended with heaps of history in the medieval wonder of Split.

National Park Plitvice Lakes

National Park Plitvice Lakes

National Park Plitvice Lakes

Enter the world of jewelled colours in the breath taking beauty of the UNESCO heritage site of the Plitvice Lakes. With sixteen mirrored lakes poised perfectly against the lush green background and bounty of natural flora you can traverse the waterfalls, dip your toes in the cascading pools and take a boat trip to explore the local wildlife that populates the shores. Swimming may be of the cards but the colours, the soft breezes blowing across the waters and the sheer splendour of Mother Nature is plenty to appease all your senses and more.

Starigrad Plain

Starigrad Plain

Starigrad Plain

Explore onboard superyacht STARFIRE

Explore onboard superyacht STARFIRE

Wine lovers on a Croatia superyacht charter holiday will enjoy travelling back in time to witness the Starigrad Plain, the tangle of sweeping vineyards and plump olive groves have kept their original image intact since the Ionian Greeks tended the boughs and branches back in the 4th century. Gazing out across the rich and fertile pastures you can still see the crumbling ruins of old stone shelters and ancient techniques employed. Soft greens, etches of reds and a complete tapestry of textures makes the plain a delightful place to explore. Hailed a UNESCO site in the 70’s you can sip some of the finest wines and taste an array of freshly produced olive oils that ooze flavour on the tongue.

Motor Yacht STARFIRE - end your day with a hot bath

Motor Yacht STARFIRE – end your day with a hot bath

Situated in the Mediterranean, Croatia is a European gem that is well worth exploring with its myriad of choice; and nature lovers, gourmand adventurers and history buffs will lose their heart on the gold and blue shores. Starfire superyacht is the perfect vessel to take you on a Croatia yacht charter and show you this wild world. Every day can be a different adventure, but you can always return to the soft cotton sheets, bubbling hot tub and champagne on ice of a luxury superyacht.

Motor yacht Starfire

Motor yacht Starfire

About Charter Yacht STARFIRE

Built by the prestigious Italian yacht builder Benetti and the latest refit in 2012, motor yacht Starfire is an outstanding 54-metre charter yacht, available for Croatia yacht charter and other yacht charter vacations around the Mediterranean this upcoming summer. She boasts comfortable accommodation for up to 12 charter guests in six spacious cabins. The master stateroom features a large king size bed, an en suite bathroom with a spa pool bath tub, a shower and a head. There are also two queen bed cabins as well as two cabins with twin beds and a pullman bunk. The final cabin provides another king sized bed, an en suite with a bath tub, a shower and a head. Crew aboard Starfire is accommodated separately, to allow for undisrupted privacy aboard. See more images and read more about STARFIRE YACHT here…

Yacht STARFIRE -  Cinema on Sundeck

Yacht STARFIRE – Cinema on Sundeck

C&N’s Grand Harbour Marina nestled in The Maltese archipelago – a Destination like no other

February 26, 2015

Camper & Nicholsons’ Grand Harbour Marina is a state-of-the-art superyacht marina, nestled in the fantastic Malta yacht charter location. Malta is ideally placed at the crossroads between the Adriatic and the Aegean, unveiling the wonders of this World Heritage Site.

C&N's Grand Harbour Marina - a beautiful Malta yacht rental destination

C&N’s Grand Harbour Marina – a beautiful Malta yacht rental destination

Boasting three UNESCO World Heritage sites, premium facilities, world-class diving, glittering hidden coves and 300 sunny days a year, Malta – and its sister islands Gozo and Comino – aren’t just a pit stop to other salubrious locations in the Adriatic and the Aegean. They’re captivating destinations in their own right.

Malta is, in fact, Queen Elizabeth’s favourite Mediterranean island, and Europe’s most popular filming destination. Dubbed ‘the Mediterranean’s mini-Hollywood’ by The Times of London, many of the islands’ highlights feature in Hollywood blockbusters, including Captain Phillips, featuring Tom Hanks, Gladiator, featuring Russell Crowe, and Troy, featuring Brad Pitt. Not to mention the hit series, Game of Thrones.

Moor at Camper & Nicholson’s Grand Harbour Marina and you’ll soon discover why this island trio is deserving of far more time and attention than an overnight’s stay.

The World Heritage hit list

For an archipelago is so small, it’s remarkable that Malta and Gozo lay claim to three world heritage sites. What’s even more extraordinary is how easy it is to visit them all.

First on the list, the Maltese capital, Valletta – soon to be European Capital of Culture in 2018. With the whole city designated a world heritage site, strolling through its ancient fortifications will take you back in time. Be sure to stop at the Upper Barrakka Gardens for a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour.

Continue your journey through the past in Malta’s south. Here you’ll find the megalithic temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, commanding hilltop positions overlooking the sea. Then, just a short trip inland are the Tarxien Temples. You’ll also find the Ġgantija Temples in Gozo, notable for their gigantic Bronze Age structures.

Finally, don’t miss the Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni. Older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids, the 5,000-year-old underground prehistoric burial site, is made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers set over three different levels.

The civilization that created this incredible structure left no other record of itself other than the Hypogeum and no real clues as to why they constructed it. With only 8 visitors an hour allowed in, a visit to this atmospheric site is indeed a privilege. This is a very popular site, so pre-booking is essential, at least a week in advance.

Sun worshipping, cove exploring and diving

Malta’s size, at just 17 miles long by 8 miles wide, means you’re never far from stunning beaches, hidden coves and pristine waters. What’s more, in Gozo and Comino, you’ll have views out to the sea almost everywhere you go.

Malta’s most popular beaches are Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa and Golden Bay. But if you want peace and seclusion, you’ll find exactly that at the island’s tip. In Gozo, the red sandy bay of Ramla l-Ħamra has to be its prettiest beach.

On the coast, don’t miss the azure allure of the Blue Grotto caves, where a scene from Troy was filmed. Regular boat cruises leave from the tiny harbour of Wied iż-Żurrieq. Equally striking is Gozo’s most famous landmark: the Azure Window. A 100-metre high natural arch, hollowed out of the coastline, which appeared in the hit TV series Game of Thrones.

Malta is also home to some of the best diving in the Mediterranean. Go beneath the waves to discover extraordinary underwater landscapes, ranging from labyrinthine caves to wartime wrecks.

Sports and activities

If you’d like to get more active, Malta offers excellent sporting activities. But your stay won’t be complete without a trip to the prestigious Marsa Sports Club – just a 5-10 minute drive from the Marina. It has a top-notch golf course, cricket, squash, pool, tennis courts and fitness centre.

It’s also home to The Malta Polo Club, which hosts games every Wednesday and Saturday at 5pm.

Dining and wining

From rustic Maltese classics to Michelin-starred dining, Malta caters for every appetite and occasion.

The Tartarun Restaurant in Marsaxlokk is a must for fish and seafood, and Chukkas at The Malta Polo Club boasts a fantastic meat menu. However, don’t set sail without eating at Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar. This opulent 19th-century stately home is one of the island’s most desired filming locations, and has featured in the film The Count of Monte Cristo and the BBC drama, Byron.

For wine lovers, a memorable trip awaits at Meridiana in Ta’qali – the only winery on the island to have its own estate. Here you can tour the vineyards, learn about the estate’s history, and sample internationally acclaimed wines made from grapes grown exclusively in Maltese soil. The estate’s covered terrace, overlooking the vineyard and surrounding hills is an idyllic setting for a wine tasting.

Just 5 to 10 minutes from the Marina is the Marsovin Cellars in Paola, too. Built by the Knights of St. John, over 100,000 bottles and 220 oak barrels are aged in these 400-year old cellars. Sip some Marsovin delights and enjoy an authentic insight into the history, production and true culture of Maltese wine.

Peace and quiet

Away from the madding crowd, The President’s Kitchen Garden in Attard is the perfect place to unwind in the tranquility of Malta’s most historic gardens. With an animal park, two children’s play areas, an educational programme and café – there is plenty to engage and entertain the little ones while you enjoy the distracting beauty of the grounds.

A stone’s throw away is Malta’s finest historic stately home, Villa Bologna. Soak up its architectural grandeur with a guided tour, and wander through the enchanting Baroque gardens. It also has an on-site ceramic workshop where you can appreciate and buy hand-painted earthenware.

If you’re looking to sample more Maltese artistry, a trip to Crafts Village in Ta’ Qali is a must. Best known for its ceramic, pottery and glass, you can watch the makers in action and purchase some exquisite pieces to take home.

Year-round events

Beyond the islands’ physical charms is their overflowing calendar of events. From the anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta in November, to the prestigious Trophée Bailli de Suffren in the summer, there’s an event for every taste.

Seven reasons why to berth in C&N’s Limassol Marina

February 26, 2015

Nestled in Cyprus, Camper & NicholsonsLimassol Marina represents one of the most exclusive superyacht marinas in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination. Cyprus has something for everyone, thanks to its year-round sunshine as well as breath-taking natural beauty and is famous for its marine parks and world-class golf courses.

Limassol Marina - a glamorous Mediterranean yacht holiday location

Limassol Marina – a glamorous Mediterranean yacht holiday location

Your gateway to the island’s charms

From the marina you can step ashore straight into the heart of the old town. A maze of little streets lined with old shuttered houses radiate out from the Byzantine castle where an array of stylish boutiques, elegant restaurants and buzzing bars are laid out before you.

Limassol Marina is perfectly located for exploring not just the town of Limassol but this entire historic island. The verdant mountains of the Troödos region are within easy reach. Hike or bike the countless nature trails weaving their way through lush pine forests, past crashing waterfalls and Byzantine churches.

  1. Bountiful beaches

There’s no shortage of gorgeous beaches either. Some 57 of them have been awarded blue-flag status of which Pissouri Beach is just one. Located between Paphos and Limassol and close to Cape Aspro and Aphrodite’s Rock, it’s a lovely stretch of sand lapped by clear, calm waters. You’ve plenty of tavernas close to the beach and at the nearby Pissouri Village, where you can sample traditional Cypriot food. There are various watersports on offer as well as a small dive school offering scuba diving lessons.

Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean

Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean

Some 2km west of Limmasol is Kourion Beach, backed by Kourion’s spectacular Greco-Roman Amphitheatre. It’s a great spot for windsurfing as it faces the open sea making for exhilarating conditions. Closer still, and just a 10-minute drive from Limassol, is Ladies Mile, a popular beach with families thanks to its shallow waters and four-mile stretch of sand and pebbles. And if you prefer your beaches somewhat quieter, Avdimou Beach is hard to beat. You need a car to get to it, but it’s worth the trip just for the sense of away-from-it-all tranquillity.

  1. Travel back in time

Cyprus has some of the finest archaeological sites one could ask for. To the east of Limassol lies the ancient kingdom of Amathus, while to the west lies Ancient Kourion with its breath-taking Greco-Roman amphitheatre perched on a cliff-top. Or for something more recent, explore Limassol’s medieval Byzantine castle where Richard the Lionheart is said to have got married.

Cyprus

Cyprus

  1. Sample the local flavours

Standing at the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus has a rich and diverse culinary heritage. In Limassol you’ll be spoilt for choice, with restaurants ranging from Italian, French and Spanish to Chinese and Japanese.

Some of the finest food you’ll eat here, however, is the traditional Cypriot cuisine. And there’s no better place to enjoy its fresh flavours than in the tavernas of Limassol.

Limassol is also the centre of the wine industry, and a tour of the local wineries surrounding the city is a must. One of the most famous is the Castle of Kolossi, birthplace of the sweet dessert wine ‘Commandaria’, the world’s oldest named wine still in production.

Cyprus - a lovely Mediterranean yacht rental destination

Cyprus – a lovely Mediterranean yacht rental destination

  1. Experience the nightlife

Known as ‘the town that never sleeps’ Limassol’s nightlife attracts visitors from around the world. From buzzing cafés and fashionable cocktail bars, to live music venues and hip beach bars plus clubs featuring world-renowned DJs. In Limassol, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do.

  1. Shopping therapy

Limassol Marina offers a superb range of high-end shops and designer boutiques featuring brands such as Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith, Nicole Farhi, Paul Shark and Diesel. Or, just a stone’s throw from the marina, in Limassol town, you’ll find yet more chic designer shops on Makarios Avenue. Anexartisias Street is the place to go for anything from clothes and jewellery to local souvenirs.

  1. Take to the waves

Located on the south coast of Cyprus, Limassol enjoys one of the mildest Mediterranean winters, making it the ideal year-round yachting destination. It’s also one of the finest cruising locations in the lovely Mediterranean yacht holiday destination.

There’s a beautiful local coastline on your doorstep, with a multitude of secluded bays. One of the most beautiful is Konnos Bay. Protected by a wide sweep of cliffs that shelter it from the prevailing winds, its clear turquoise waters lap the picturesque Blue Flag beach. Ashore you can follow the nature trails though Cavo Greco, a national forest park. Fontana Amoroza, part of the Akamas Peninsula, is another stunning bay where, according to legend, Goddess Aphrodite used to swim. Go swimming in the clear, blue waters or explore the amazing sea caves. There are numerous picturesque harbours such a Kyrenia, with its Byzantine castle and historic buildings as well as plenty of chic marinas.

Limassol is also the perfect jumping off point for the cruising destinations of Greece and the Greek Islands, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt and Turkey as well as the Suez Gateway to the Red Sea.

Whether you like to laze in the sun or get out on the water – water-skiing, paragliding or canoeing, there’s a beach that’s just perfect. The warm, clear waters and lack of strong tides and currents also make the island a diver’s paradise. Check out the Zenobia wreck off the coast of Larnaca, considered the finest dive site in the Mediterranean.

  1. Take to the fairways

You’ve a good choice of golf courses on the island, each with their own distinct style. The idyllically situated Elea, just 2km from Paphos, is part of a luxury development and was designed by Sir Nick Faldo. If you like plenty of bunkers then this is the course for you. Also close to Paphos is the 18-hole Aphrodite Hills course. Designed by American golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, it’s laid out over two plateaus, making it one of the best, most challenging courses in the Mediterranean. Secret Valley Golf Club is set in a spectacular valley where the dramatic rock formations change different colours in different lights, while Minthis Hill, set in the grounds of a 12th-century monastery offers incredible views and a superb clubhouse.

Dare to go beyond this summer…

…And experience everything that Limassol has to offer – from the traditional to the contemporary, and the ultra simple to the uber luxurious. As a place to live and a place to sail, Limassol will take some beating.

Dukley Marina – The splendour of Montenegro

February 26, 2015

A member of Camper & Nicholsons1782 Club, Dukley Marina is a five-star superyacht marina, positioned in Budva, a breath-taking Montenegro yacht charter destination, nestled in the Eastern Mediterranean. Dukley Marina offers berthing for 300 yachts, measuring up to 70 metres in length.

Dukley Marina - a beautiful Montenegro yacht holiday destination

Dukley Marina – a beautiful Montenegro yacht holiday destination

It’s not every day that you can moor right beside the stone fortifications of a 3,500 year-old town. But in Budva, you can. From here, the dramatic charms of Montenegro are yours for the taking.

Part of the prestigious Dukley complex, with its super luxurious residences, and beach lounge, itself a study in beach-side sophistication, Dukley Marina is the ideal place to start your foray in to Montenegro.

Budva is bustling in summer, with visitors flocking to the many music and theatre festivals, gourmet fairs, and regattas hosted along the Budva riviera’s scenic 11km shoreline.

Dukley Marina

Dukley Marina

Sample some of that dramatic coastline for yourself with an array of stunning beaches right on your doorstep – such as Kraljicina plaza, Milocer or Jaz, all just a short drive out of town. Even closer to base, visit Bečići beach, or take a local water taxi across the bay to St Nicholas’ island, known by the locals as ‘Hawaii’. This verdant, uninhabited island is popular with locals and visitors looking to escape the midday heat.

Back in Budva, lose yourself in the quiet neighbourhoods of the old town, with its cobblestone squares, medieval cathedrals and Venetian heritage at every turn. Or wander the selection of boutiques, wine bars and cafés. When you get peckish, stop off at Demizana, just on the edge of the historical centre of Budva. Here you can savour superb seafood in the cooling shade of palm trees.

At night the town comes to life, buzzing with activity. Sip cocktails in one of the many charming bars and then, if you’re in the mood for dancing, ascend to the thronging Top Hill club, overlooking Budva below. With a capacity of 5,000 and a number of visiting DJs, it’s the best place to dance the night away.

Budva, Montenegro

Budva, Montenegro

Venture further afield

There’s no shortage of rugged beauty or things to see and do in this country. If you have time, venturing beyond Budva is an unforgettable experience. Here is a small selection of things to do.

Southern delights

South of Budva on Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered: the Aman Sveti Stefan 5-star resort. The entire island of this once fortified 15th century village is now a playground of uber-luxury. It has 50 cottages, an elegant 8-suite villa, and grounds spanning 3 beaches, 3 pools, a spa and myriad restaurants.

Nearby there’s also the newly opened and highly acclaimed Italian Casa Mira restaurant. Run by an Italian couple who are deeply passionate about their food, you can enjoy sumptuous dishes made with super-fresh ingredients, a well-stocked wine cellar and outstanding views over the Adriatic.

Northern lights

In the opposite direction, heading north from Budva, is the magnificent Njegoš Mausoleum monument. Sitting on Lovćen National Park’s second-highest peak, it’s home to the tomb of Montenegro’s greatest hero. Even though you can drive to the top, you’ll still need to climb the final 461 steps yourself. But when you reach the top, you’ll be duly rewarded with dramatic views stretching almost the entire country.

If you have time, further northeast is the must-see Đurđevića Tara Bridge. Built over the deepest canyon in Europe, it’s an extraordinary 365 meters long and 172 meters above the water. If looking at its impressive design isn’t enough, you can organise an adrenaline-charged bungee jump off it or a flight along Europe’s longest zip wire.

Other Montenegrin musts include:

  • Durmitor – Go kayaking in Europe’s grandest canyon
  • Bay of Kotor – Explore this stunning fjord-like coast with its gargantuan cliffs and the beautiful historic town of Kotor
  • Stari Bar – Get transported back in time among these centuries-old ruins set amid tranquil countryside
  • Cetinje – Once the royal capital of Montenegro, today Cetinje is a delightfully sleepy town