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Luxury catamarans are increasing in popularity worldwide, both for yacht charters and as private yachts, as newer and better catamarans are being designed and built. Catamarans are still predominantly sailing yachts, by number, although there are some important larger motor yachts that are being designed and built, chartered and sold.

If you are interested in chartering a large crewed luxury catamaran for your vacation, please browse a selection of the charter boats here. You can also contact us for charter yacht offers or yacht sales directly here. If you are interested in the latest luxury catamaran yacht launches and designs have a look at luxury catamaran news here, at the bottom of the page. More About Luxury Catamarans

Interior images of first Sunreef 74 sailing yacht WILDBERRY

January 29, 2015

Luxury sailing yacht WildBerry is the first Sunreef 74 catamaran, launched by the prestigious Polish shipyard Sunreef Yachts in December 2014. Boasting an elegant and dynamic design, thanks to a sleek superstructure with vertical bows as well as limited freeboards, luxury yacht WildBerry is a striking multihull dedicated to long cruises, providing comfortable accommodation to up to 6 guests and a crew of 2 – 3 members. Below are the interior images of the lovely WildBerry, kindly provided by Sunreef.

Sunreef 74 catamaran WildBerry - Saloon

Sunreef 74 catamaran WildBerry - Saloon

WildBerry Yacht - Galley

WildBerry Yacht - Galley

Luxury yacht WildBerry - Cabin

Luxury yacht WildBerry - Cabin

WildBerry Yacht - Cabin

WildBerry Yacht - Cabin

Sailing yacht WildBerry - Bathroom

Sailing yacht WildBerry - Bathroom

Sunreef 114 sailing catamaran CHE awarded by Prominent Magazine

January 21, 2015

The prominent Boat International Magazine ranked the Sunreef 114 charter yacht CHE`s spinnaker among 10 of the best superyacht spinnakers ever. Moreover, sailing catamaran CHE was the only multihull in the ranking, what only confirms Sunreef`s position as the best Catamaran – Superyacht Builder in the World.

Sunreef 114 CHE -  Main

Sunreef 114 CHE - Main

Launched in 2010 by Sunreef Yachts, sailing yacht CHE is one of the largest sloop-rigged catamarans in the world. She is a high performance superyacht thanks to her streamlined contours, thin and sleek hulls and aerodynamic flat forms, which all together make cruising smoother. Thanks to its long and deep keel and low free board, the vessel can catch good wind and easily increase speed.

Sunreef catamaran yacht CHE will return to the Mediterranean this spring and is expected to be available for Croatia yacht charter, Turkey, Greece yacht holidays as well as yacht rental in some of the most beautiful and popular destinations of France and Italy.

Upcoming Spring Boat Show Season for Sunreef Yachts

January 20, 2015

The beginning of this year marks the start of the boat show season for the Sunreef Yachts Shipyard. The world renowned company specializing world in producing custom made luxury catamaran- superyachts constantly continues its international promotion by attending the most prestigious events all over the world.

New 115ft super yacht 115 Sunreef Power concept by Sunreef Yachts

New 115ft super yacht 115 Sunreef Power concept to be presented at the 2015 Dubai International Boat Show

Thanks to the growing interest in Sunreef Yachts and the popularity of the brand in the Middle Eastern Market, the shipyard once again decided to participate in the Dubai International Boat Show, which will be held between the 3rd and the 7th of March 2015 in the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi – Stand S-30, in the Superyacht Pavilion. At the venue, the Sunreef Yachts team will present the latest units of power and sailing catamaran – superyachts including the newest concept of the 115 Sunreef Power yacht, that stands out with its innovative and advanced design, as well as the sailing yacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE awarded in 2014 as the Best Sailing Boat of the Year by Robb Report China.

In April, Sunreef will exhibit at the Singapore Yacht Show 2015 and, for the very first time, will take part in the most prominent event in Australia – the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show held between the 21st and the 24th of May.

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Caribbean catamaran vacation charter yacht LIR’s huge success at Antigua Charter Yacht Show

January 15, 2015

The 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, held in the renowned Antigua yacht charter destination, located in the Caribbean, saw the 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran LIR hold two fantastic lunches to showcase the yacht’s beautiful interior and the crew’s outstanding capabilities of service, customer care and Chef Natalia Sanchez’s delicious menu offered to the group of international brokers attending the show. The Caribbean catamaran vacation charter yacht LIR is still available for the remainder of the Caribbean season, offering 15% off her usual rate for weekly holidays booked in January and February; including Tortola or St Lucia yacht charters. Following her season here, she will move to the Mediterranean, where she will resume her availability for Croatia yacht charter, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France as well as Balearics yacht vacation.

Catamran yacht LIR

Catamran yacht LIR

The lunches, hosted by Captain Chris Stollery, Chef Natalia Sanchez, Deckhand Edd Collins and CharterWorld’s charter consultant Trina Howes aboard LIR yacht were held on the 7th and 9th of December with 16 brokers from various international yacht rental companies attending. Several of the brokers reported that it was the best lunch they had during the show. Captain Stollery entertained the group with stories about the yacht and his wonderful crew. He began with an explanation of how the yacht’s name came about before moving on to describe his career and background. Following this he introduced Edd, the deckhand who explained how he ended up in the yachting industry and aboard LIR catamaran yacht. A beautiful ‘Spanish Rose’ wine was poured freely during this conversation by the hosts, who made sure the glasses were never empty.

Luxury sailing catamaran yacht LIR - Chris, Natalie, Edd

Luxury sailing catamaran yacht LIR - Chris, Natalie, Edd

“The Paella was placed on the table with applause from all of the brokers. It looked stunning and it was quite a show.  Natalia then served it to everyone, making sure to scrape of the crispy bits from the bottom (the best bits).  The Paella was made with the finest ingredients and spices, some from her Grandmother’s vegetable garden in the form of dried sweet peppers. We could feel the love.” One of the brokers recalls.

The crew were around and present for the entire lunch, which helped everyone feel really welcome.  Trina Howes describes the experience: “Chris told us the story of how he met and “caught” Natalie, then Natalie told us stories of growing up in her family’s restaurants which explained her love for cooking.  It just felt like we were on charter with them, they were so friendly, relaxed and present and not just there to serve, even though they handled service perfectly.  All the brokers got to know the crew over lunch and I think they really enjoyed that aspect the most. The food was also amazing, which of course also helped.”

LIR yacht  - Chef Natalia

LIR yacht - Chef Natalia

Sailing yacht LIR is a 20,44m catamaran that was delivered in 2014 by the renowned Fountaine Pajot and Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design. She can accommodate up to eight lucky charter guests, in four spacious and comfortable cabins with en suite bathrooms. She is a fantastic choice for families or groups of friends, wishing to sail in style and ultimate comfort.

LIR - Alfresco aft deck dining

LIR - Alfresco aft deck dining

LIR - Natalia's Seafood Paella

LIR - Natalia's Seafood Paella

Yacht charter broker Amanda Brilliante described the boat and her experience aboard LIR during the show as: “…absolutely immaculate; tons of natural light, very spacious throughout and with a light and soothing decor reminiscent of the sea. She was beautifully presented – even in the midst of preparing for a broker lunch!

Lunch itself was amazing, especially in light of the fact that we had a gluten-free vegan onboard, so she “tweaked” the meal to suit and you would never even know.  I think we were all surprised at the delicious salad starter with tofu…it seems NONE of us are big tofu fans, including the vegan, so that was truly a triumph as we all found it to be (surprisingly) delicious.

Luxury yacht LIR - Master suite

Luxury yacht LIR - Master suite

But the star of the show was Natalia’s authentic Spanish paella…presented with a flourish and served “family style” on the table in a gorgeous (and HUGE) paella pan – something I’ve never seen even on “big boats”!  A stunningly golden rice, generously studded with peppers, shrimp and locally-sourced clams – properly served up by Chris with some of the “crusty bits” on the bottom of the pan.  Paired with several specially-chosen wines, it was simply a  wonderful presentation and a very, very special treat for them to share their culture with us.  We finished with a light and refreshing lemon-passionfruit granite…a perfect end to fantastic meal!

Aside from the meal, I must mention that the crew were absolutely adorable!  Chris, Natalia and Edd’s enthusiasm, the love for LIR and caring for guests were evident the entire time.  They are friendly and engaging, with great attention to detail, well spoken and just a joy to be around.  During our lunch each of them shared some history about themselves, their passions, and how they came together on LIR.  I just adored them, and could have happily remained chatting and laughing with them the rest of the afternoon!  They are the most bubbly, enjoyable, wonderful crew that I have met on any catamaran, ever and I would not hesitate to most highly recommend LIR and her crew to my clients.

Thank you again for a wonderful respite!

Catamaran LIR - Water toy fun

Catamaran LIR - Water toy fun

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LIR

The luxurious charter yacht LIR is still available for the remainder of the Caribbean season, offering 15% off her usual rate, for weekly holidays booked in January and February; including Tortola or St Lucia yacht charters.

After her season in the Caribbean, LIR yacht will move to the Mediterranean, where she will resume her availability for Croatia yacht charterTurkeyGreeceItalyFrance as well asBalearics yacht vacation. Please, contact our brokers for more information, dates and destinations available.

St Lucia Yacht Charter

St Lucia is renowned for some of the most dramatic scenery amongst the Caribbean islands, with plenty of attractions and places to visit. Most of St Lucia is mountainous, boasting rich rainforest as well as volcanos Petit Piton and Gros Piton. St Lucia charter yacht visitors will enjoy the area’s golden beaches in the North and more volcanic in the South. One of the places on the ‘must-visit’ list during St Lucia yacht vacation is the Pigeon Island. Here you can explore the ruins of Fort Rodney, constructed by the British in the 18th century. Once at the top you will be able to enjoy the mesmerising 360° views. Rain Forest Adventure Aerial Tram is another attraction, found in the Castries Waterworks Reserve near Banbonneau. Here, eight-seater gondolas take visitors up and down the mountainside for a very relaxing and unusual experience, amongst giant ficus trees and happily fluttering hummingbirds. More about St Lucia yacht charter …

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Tortola Yacht Charter

Tortola is the largest and the most populated island of the British Virgin Islands and its white-sand beaches attract many holiday makers each year. You can choose to simply sunbathe and relax swimming in the crystal clear waters, explore the ancient ruins or savour the palatable local cuisine. There is a wide variety of activities to engage in, including swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, diving or enjoying the selection of water-toys offered by your Tortola charter yacht. You can also visit the protected anchorages at the Brandywine Bay, Cane Garden Bay or Trellis Bay, which is also known as the boater’s paradise. Read more about Tortola yacht charter …

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Knierim celebrating 50 years of yacht building

January 07, 2015

Knierim boasts an outstanding reputation among international yacht owners. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Knierim stands for everything that is top of the range in the boat builder’s craft. In its second generation, the yard has focused on building individual high-tech yachts, comprising the unique German America’s Cup racer Germany I (2006) as well as the 31-metre catamaran TÛRANOR Planet Solar (2010), driven by solar energy alone.

The world's largest solar catamaran Planet Solar designed by Knierim

The world's largest solar catamaran Planet Solar designed by Knierim

The success story began in 1965 on the real estate occupied by a former lifeboat shed on the Eastern bank of the Kieler fjord. Günter Knierim’s yacht and boatyard serviced and repaired solid timber fishing cutters.

However, it wasn’t very long before they concentrated on sporting boats. Plywood hulls were developed and even entire yachts laid down at Kiel. In the 70s, the quarter-tonne “Vagabund”, with a chine hull, was the prototype for three successors. The first quarter-tonners, made from moulded plywood, the “Attacke” and the “Kninispri”, followed and took the Mini Tonner world championship in the South of France in 1983.

In 1999, Gunnar Knierim, who won the Admirals’ Cup in 1993 on Willi Illbruck’s Pinta and had learned about refined composite technologies at the Admiral’s Cup in New Zealand, took over as managing director. Two years later, he relocated the company to a colossal area on the Kiel Canal. To date, this courageous step has produced some 30 new builds, ranging from comfortable cruise ships for sailing round the world to high-tech racing yachts. The number of employees rose to around 45.

First and only German Americas Cupper ever since GERMANY I yacht

First and only German Americas Cupper ever since GERMANY I yacht

Jointly managed by Knierim and the businessman Steffen Müller, the shipyard then became a member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN Working Group. With its 26-metre Maxi UCA, the fastest ship across the Atlantic in the 2003 DCNAC race, it scaled new heights. Germany 1, the first German America’s Cup campaign contender in 2006, was a high-tech prestigious build, just like TÛRANOR Planet Solar, a solar-powered catamaran, significantly designed by KNIERIM in 2010.  With a length of 31 metres and a beam of 15 metres, it is to date the largest waterborne craft powered purely by solar energy, and is CO2-neutral into the bargain.

After producing the Knierim Runabout 36 yacht tender in 2013, the yard, last year, launched the 18.30 metre long Knierim 60 a truly speedy giant sailing yacht. An extraordinary 53-foot boat, which will be publicly unveiled shortly, is currently under construction. The keel for a 57-foot long high-tech racing yacht has also been laid. Since 2005, the prototype hulls and decks together with rudders, keels, bulkheads and other structural components have been milled independently in the yard’s own subsidiary, KNIERIM Tooling, on state-of-the-art 5-axis machines.

Knierim Runabout 36 superyacht tender

Knierim Runabout 36 superyacht tender

Two of these are more than 30 metres long, 8.50 metres wide and four metres high. They also provide extraordinarily precise shaping for wind power system rotor blades, in aerospace and shipbuilding, as well as large industrial parts and deck equipment for mega yachts. They have also been producing direct female tooling for a long time.

Spread over more than 20,000 square metres, the company provides winter storage, refit services, repairs, conversions and paintwork. KNIERIM Yachts n’ Technics was founded to cover the entire range of yachting equipment. “We don’t want to do anything other than build good boats”, is the company’s watchword. The self-made claim as an incisive philosophy for the next 50 years.

Launch of first Sunreef 74 sailing yacht WILDBERRY

January 07, 2015

The last days of December 2014 saw the Sunreef Yachts shipyard launch the first unit from the all-new line of sailing catamarans – the Sunreef 74 sailing yacht Wildberry. The main characteristic feature of luxury yacht Wildberry is the elegant and dynamic design, which has been achieved thanks to a sleek superstructure with vertical bows as well as limited freeboards.

Sunreef 74 sailing yacht Wildberry at launch

Sunreef 74 sailing yacht Wildberry at launch

The new Wildberry yacht has impressive living space and a fully open 35m2 saloon, which is located on the main deck, and offers spectacular panoramic views. The unit is designed to accommodate up to 6 guests and 2-3 crew members. The yacht can be easily maneuvered by only 2 people.

Sunreef 74 yacht Wildberry is a private multihull dedicated to long cruises. On the flybridge there is a large lounge area with a sofa and a table that is adjustable in height, which can be lowered and turned into a couch. The cockpit, which also provides comfortable dining and relaxing space for guests, can be accessed from the sundeck. The spacious hulls contain a 20m2 master cabin with a king-size bed, a wardrobe and a bathtub, as well as 2 guest cabins (including one VIP), comfortable crew quarters with a double bed and a fully equipped galley. The lower deck includes a laundry room and storage space for water sports equipment. As the Owners are planning a long journey, the catamaran has been intelligently designed and offers plenty of additional storage space for food supplies and water toys.

Launch of luxury yacht Wildberry

Launch of luxury yacht Wildberry

One of the greatest advantages of the new Sunreef 74 line is the short time of manufacturing, which is only seven months. In the near future two more Sunreef 74 units will be launched – sailing yacht 19th Hole and Blue Deer yacht, which are twin catamarans that will be available for luxury yacht charter.

In 2014, Sunreef 74 has replaced the Sunreef 70 line.

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Latest 130m catamaran project by Uldas Design

December 23, 2014

Uldas Design from Turkey has unveiled their latest 130m catamaran project, destined for a well known client and planned to be built in the near future. Boasting a 50-metre beam, the impressive 130m Uldas mega yacht project features the look and feel of a futuristic, luxury resort or hotel.

Latest 130m catamaran concept by Uldas Design

Latest 130m catamaran concept by Uldas Design

The amenities on board the 130m Uldas superyacht concept also reflect this resort style. They include multiple helidecks, restaurants positioned both inside and outside, several large swimming pools, a dedicated concert and dancing area, cafes, as well as seaside cabins.

130m Uldas super yacht concept from above

130m Uldas super yacht concept from above

Founder of Uldas Design, Selahattin Uldas, says: “I decided to design the platform in a way which loops from front to back, top to bottom. My aim was to design a resort which looks like a mega structure both from the inside and from the outside.”

130m Uldas luxury yacht concept

130m Uldas luxury yacht concept

Sailing catamaran Sea-Voyager 83’ concept

December 22, 2014

Luxury sailing catamaran Sea-Voyager 83’ concept has been developed by the Latvian-based design studio, Sea Voyager. Superyacht SV83’ provides maximum comfort both outside and inside.

Luxury sailing yacht Sea-Voyager 83' concept

Luxury sailing yacht Sea-Voyager 83' concept

Exterior

For Sea Voyager team, navigation is a synonym of space and freedom. That’s why they imagined a multi hull that would provide a maximum comfort outside. A special attention was brought to the deck development, in order to allow everybody to fully enjoy the sailing, while aboard.

SV83' superyacht concept - Cockpit

SV83' superyacht concept - Cockpit

Superyacht Sea-Voyager 83' concept - Cockpit

Superyacht Sea-Voyager 83' concept - Cockpit

Interior

Sea voyager team has also ensured that the interiors of the super yacht SV83’ concept provide maximum comfort and luxury. The main concern was to allow guests to navigate all the year, in the same comfort they enjoy in their principal residence. A particular attention was paid to the development of the Owner’s cabin. This features a personal office, which is adjusted in a way to benefit from the latest technologies, in order to offer the possibility to manage one’s business from whatever place in the world.

Sea-Voyager 83' yacht concept - Lounge

Sea-Voyager 83' yacht concept - Lounge

SV83' Yacht Concept - Owners Cabin

SV83' Yacht Concept - Owners Cabin

Exclusive Interview: Southern Italy and Aeolian Islands Yacht Charter aboard Sailing Catamaran OMBRE BLU

December 22, 2014

Melissa and Francesco Candiani of the luxury sailing catamaran OMBRE BLU talk to us about the unforgettable experience to look forward to when embarking on a Southern Italy and Aeolian Islands yacht charter. Charter Yacht OMBRE BLU is a modern Lagoon 500 crewed catamaran, created for deluxe, high-performance cruising. Savour the authentic Italian hospitality and ‘Dolce Vita’ while discovering new and exciting places along Italy’s finest coastlines. In addition to Aeolian Islands you can explore other beautiful places such as Sicily, Amalfi, Capri, Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, Southern Sardinia, the Emerald Coast (Costa Smeralda) or the Tuscan Isles.

SY OMBRE BLU - Profile

SY OMBRE BLU - Profile

The idea of yacht charter took shape in 2004 when Melissa Down, an Australian expert in marketing and event organising, and Francesco Candiani, an Italian lawyer from Venice, joined forces.

Since her launch in 2008, luxury catamaran Ombre Blu has enriched lives of over 300 charter guests with unforgettable memories to be cherished for a lifetime. Melissa and Francesco, you are the owners as well as the crew aboard this fantastic charter yacht. What made you decide to embark on this adventure?

“Though we lived thousands of kilometres apart, fate brought us together at a regatta in the Fiji islands. Our parallel destinies had finally crossed. Then and there,  we decided to put our jobs on hold and enjoy an experience in contact with the most fascinating of natural elements: the sea.”

In that same year Melissa joined Francesco in Italy.

“Our shared passion for the “Bel Paese” and exquisite hospitality led us to create an exclusive project: to present the very best of Italy by sea!”

Catamaran OMBRE BLU - Entrance

Catamaran OMBRE BLU - Entrance

Can you describe luxury yacht Ombre Blu to our readers? How many guests is she able to accommodate and what spaces are there for guests to relax and socialise, while they enjoy their stay aboard?

“Ombre Blu is a 51 ft. long (15.54 m) and 26 ft. wide (8.54 m) fly-bridge catamaran. Ombre Blu can accommodate up to six people very comfortably; it has three queen-size guest rooms, all with private bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi connection. One can relax on the sofa in the salon, fitted with satellite television, DVDs.  Relax on the cushions in the aft cockpit, on the flybridge or in the forward cock-pit on the huge trampoline nets, whilst listening to the state-of-the-art stereo system, apple Tv, airport express and Francesco’s expansive music collection (which could play non-stop for 3 years!).”

OMBRE BLU yacht - Accommodation

OMBRE BLU yacht - Accommodation

“Just as in the best Italian homes, Ombre Blu yacht offers every comfort, especially the galley, which is designed to offer a real tour of Italian food and wines.”

Melissa and Francesco’s goal is to offer extraordinary sensations and emotions – flavoured with the salty tang of the sea – that combine discovering the lesser known corners of the peninsula with warm Italian hospitality and the flavours of authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

Catamaran Yacht OMBRE BLU

Catamaran Yacht OMBRE BLU

What are the advantages of chartering a catamaran as opposed to a monohull?

“OMBRE BLU (Italian for Blue Shadows) is a Lagoon 500 Catamaran.  MCA commercially registered and flying the British flag, she is the perfect vessel in which to cruise in absolute comfort and safety. The main advantage of the catamaran, over a monohull is its stability, which is due to its width.  It is really like a beautiful floating apartment. She is light, modern and airy. She sails wonderfully and does not heel-over like a monohull, which means that you can enjoy all the same comforts of land on the sea (such as drinking from our beautiful hand-made wine glasses from Venice!).”

Italian hospitality is famous throughout the world and Melissa and Francesco have made it their seal of quality by opening up their personal experiences to guests and sharing, their knowledge of the most beautiful places that Italy has to offer by the sea, of the people and the local culture.

Luxury yacht Ombre Blu is available for Mediterranean yacht charters, precisely in Italy. What destinations are included in her itineraries and is there a particular reason for which you have chosen these areas?

“To make the experience really special there is the opportunity to select your route, with itineraries that are tailor-made to suit the client’s wishes. Ombre Blu sails from the Aeolian Islands off Sicily to Amalfi, Capri and Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, and from Southern Sardinia to the Emerald Coast and the Tuscan Isles.  And when you go ashore, we will put at your disposal all our knowledge of our favourite places, from fine restaurants to wine cellars that open up their doors to reveal how some of Italy’s most famous wines are made: Malvasia delle Lipari, the Biancolella of Ischia, or the Vermentino and Cannonau from Sardinia. We also offer a selection of gourmet itineraries that enable you to discover special and rare gastronomic treats as well as products made by craftsmen according to ancient traditions, such as the ‘Michelin Star Chef’ itinerary on the Amalfi Coast & Gulf of Naples where guests will experience the flavours of three of Italy’s best Michelin Star restaurants in a week.”

Charter Catamaran OMBRE BLU - Alfresco dining

Charter Catamaran OMBRE BLU - Alfresco dining

Francesco is the Captain as well as the Chef on board. Being Italian, he must have the love and passion for food running through his veins! What specialities and types of dishes can guests expect during their holiday?

“Francesco is the king of the kitchen, giving his guests a taste of Italian tradition in recipes that have been handed down by his family. His two sisters in fact own restaurants in the Veneto, where they have become famous for cooking dishes based on seasonal products.”

“The ingredients are selected by Francesco in person and prepared each day according to the tastes of his guests. Combining the flavours of refined cuisine – yet with a genuine home-made appeal, he brings into play various colours, flavours and textures. The art of hospitality is particularly evident at mealtimes: the menus are accompanied by wines that have been specially chosen for the cellar on board in order to offer a real taste of Italy’s various wine regions. The sparkling wine is that much-loved favourite, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. from Bisol, the finest example of Prosecco.”

“Melissa, on the other hand, is in charge of hospitality and attention to details, from the preparation of the table – matched with the colours of that day’s dishes – to the selection of books available in the lounge. Melissa is also passionate about fitness and a masseuse: fine dining is, therefore, coupled with the opportunity to remain in shape and eat healthily.”

OMBRE BLU catamaran

OMBRE BLU catamaran - Cuisine

In addition to being an excellent Chef, Francesco is also a PADI Master Dive Instructor. What does it mean for charter guests?

“Ombre Blu combines the authenticity of a unique, personalised experience with the services of a boutique hotel. Francesco is also a certified PADI master diving instructor, able to accompany into the underwater world both beginners and more experienced divers who wish to improve their level.  Many of our younger guests take their very-first dive, then go on to complete their Open Water Course during their stay on board. Their new qualification arrives to them at home in the post!  Ombre Blu also offers scuba diving in unusual places in order to explore the seabed and look for wrecks, as well as scooter diving, digital underwater photography courses and night diving.”

Luxury yacht OMBRE BLU - Scuba Diving

Luxury yacht OMBRE BLU - Scuba Diving

One other fantastic advantage of chartering Ombre Blu is the luxury of having a personal Massage Therapist aboard. Can you tell us more about this service?

“Surrounded by nature, Ombre Blu guests experience the ultimate in relaxation during their sunset massage, carried out with scented oils on a professional table.

Melissa, is a qualified massage therapist and an expert in toning, relaxing and therapeutic massage, ideal for regenerating the body and mind. She studied Remedial and Sports Massage in Australia and then worked as a contract therapist on Superyachts.”

For those less experienced in yacht charter, what would you say are the main reasons to endeavour on this new adventure?

“With Ombre Blu sailing becomes not only a way to get to know the sea and the splendid views of Italy’s coasts but also a way to enjoy a real Italian experience, getting to know the people that live in these places, their culture and their way of life: an itinerary with a different panorama every day, without ever having to pack and unpack your bags.  On your own personalised and flexible itinerary, everything is taken care of from the moment you arrive!”

“Your own private yacht is your passport to discovery of Italy and its magical islands…”

Lagoon 500 catamaran yacht OMBRE BLU - Sardegna yacht vacations

Lagoon 500 catamaran yacht OMBRE BLU - Sardegna yacht vacations

Romantic getaways or a family yacht charter? Would you recommend Ombre Blu catamaran yacht to both, families as well as couples holidaying with friends?

“The privacy and tranquility aboard Ombre Blu, and the professionalism of its hosts provide the perfect environment for a romantic getaway or a special family time.  The Ombre Blu experience offers something special for everyone!”

What activities would you suggest for families with small or teenage children?

“There are many activities to be enjoyed, both aboard and ashore.  On board activities include, scuba diving, water skiing, wakeboard, tubing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.  Along the coastline, there is a world of nature, history and culture, including caves, archeological sites, museums and ancient castles.”

OMBRE BLU Catamaran - Kids helping

OMBRE BLU Catamaran - Kids helping

Every group of charter guests is different, with individual desires and expectation. How do you determine a charter itinerary? What is a typical day aboard charter yacht Ombre Blu?

“Before deciding the itinerary, from the moment of the initial enquiry, we ask the client to answer a range of questions such as: what is the demographic of the group, reason for the trip, if they have been to Italy before and where, what are the interests of the group, have they sailed before, how much time they envisage spending ashore/aboard and how they would describe their ‘ideal’ Italian vacation.”

“Based on these answers, we suggest the itinerary that (based on our experience) we think would suit best and then begin to formulate the details based on the number of days they have at their disposition.”

On a more personal note, can you tell us about the most memorable or magnificent experience you have had since on board Ombre Blu?

“The most memorable/magnificent experience was in mid 2014 at the island of Stromboli, this magnificent mountain is the only volcano in the world with constant activity for over two thousand years.

Viewing the frequent eruptions by day is spectacular enough, but at night, it becomes a totally different and unforgettable experience.

Guests can take the guided climb to the top of the crater, or view the flaming colour of the magma in comfort whilst sipping cocktails aboard OMBRE BLU.

In 2014, Stromboli experienced an extra-ordinary period of eruptions.  With our guests, we watched rivers of red lava and rocks spewing down into the sea, from the comfort and safety of the yacht.”

Catamaran Yacht OMBRE BLU - Relaxing in the trampolines

Catamaran Yacht OMBRE BLU - Relaxing in the trampolines

Last but not least, what do you believe makes Ombre Blu unique, compared with other catamarans on the market?

“Ombre Blu is much more than a cruise: it is an opportunity to get to know Italy through a unique experience, tailored exclusively for our guests.

Ombre Blu is also unique, in its offer of All Inclusive itineraries, designed to offer the very best ‘regional, local experience’ in the precious time our clients have available to sail with us.”

ABOUT OMBRE BLU YACHT

Named ‘Blue Shadows’ in Italian, OMBRE BLU is a fantastic Lagoon 500 catamaran measuring 15.54m (51’) launched in 2008, which is fully equipped for Italy yacht charter adventures in style. She was designed by Marc Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost using the latest technology in modern design. The yacht boasts of excellent seaworthiness and performance. Her wide sweeping windows give sense of spaciousness and bring plenty of natural light into the saloon. Light oak Alpi wood-work and laminated wenge floors give OMBRE BLU yacht a modern and relaxing feel.

The social forward cockpit offers al fresco seating for dining and full panoramic views forward. Amongst the highlights is her helm station on the flybridge. This is a superb space with access from each side and a long six-seater bench.

Accommodation aboard is provided in three spacious double cabins, each with a private en suite bathroom and air conditioning. A total of six charter guests can be accommodated aboard.

SY OMBRE BLU - Anchored

SY OMBRE BLU - Anchored

A FEW WORDS ABOUT SOUTHERN ITALY AND AEOLIAN YACHT CHARTERS

Southern Italy features some of the finest coastlines in the Western Mediterranean and Sicily’s Aeolian Islands are no exception. This volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily is well worth discovering aboard an Aeolian charter yacht, so you can fully appreciate it’s beauty from the comfort of your own vessel. The largest island is Lipari and its port is lined with quaint shopping streets and small Italian fresh food markets. Other islands include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea. As mentioned in the interview, one of the highlights of chartering in this area is viewing the eruptions, both during the day or at night. A truly unforgettable experience!

Luxury OMBRE BLU catamaran yacht- Anchored

Luxury OMBRE BLU catamaran yacht- Anchored

In addition to the Italy’s Aeolian Islands, OMBRE BLU is also available for rent to discover the popular Amalfi Coast, Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, the island of Capri, Southern Sardinia, the Emerald Coast or Tuscany.

The rates listed on OMBRE BLU catamaran yacht’s listing here are standard charter rates that include only the yacht and the crew, based on 7 nights. All expenses are extra. OMBRE BLU is special in that it can offer specialised all-inclusive packages, such as spa and well-being, walking and volcanoes, cuisine and wine, or dive packages. Please, enquire about the rate and other details by contacting our charter consultants here.

Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives reports on some of the world’s finest superyachts visiting the Maldives

December 22, 2014

The world’s finest yachts visiting the enchanting Maldives yacht charter destination in 2013 and 2014 included such outstanding vessels as motor yacht Annaluxury yacht Aquamarinacharter yacht Archimedescharter yacht Cloud 9charter yacht Damrak IIM/y PacificM/y Talisman Cmega yacht VavaM/y AldabraM/y EcstaseaM/y PelorusM/y SamaxM/y Diamonds Are Forevercharter yacht Delma;charter yacht Keri Lee; as well as M/y Mayan Queen. All of these have used the services of Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives as their local agent.

Superyacht MY Legacy at Kuda Bandos Island  'Picnic Island' - a fabulous Maldives yacht holiday destination

Superyacht Legacy at Kuda Bandos Island 'Picnic Island' - a fabulous Maldives yacht holiday destination

Guests explored the natural and unique beauty of the Maldives, visiting many of the country’s wondrous attractions and ‘favorite spots’ of APS Maldives GM, Mohamed Hameed. Favored locations include the penultimate ‘Robinson Crusoe’ experience at the Malé Atoll at Kuda Bandos, of which Mohamed says, “This is a breathtaking island and ideal for a private beach picnic on your first day.”

Another personal favorite of Mohamed’s is Olhahali, a beautiful island that lies at the northern tip of North Malé Atoll and is the locale of the Olhahali Cave. Hameed reports: “This is a fantastic place along with a couple of small caves, presents the main attraction, an enormous cave – 40 metres long at a depth of 25. In addition, the reef here hosts moray eels, stingrays, turtles and puffer fish. Napoleons, white tip sharks and eagle rays are often seen out in the free water and boasts of a long pristine white sandy beach.”

Luxury motor yacht Anna in the Maldives

Luxury motor yacht Anna in the Maldives

A not to be missed experience takes one to a breathtaking island, home to the luxurious Anantara Kihavah Villas. The resort welcomes visitors with an extraordinary feature – a panorama of aquatic life at the world’s only underwater restaurant and wine cellar! Those dining can gaze at hundreds of colourful fish and even large turtles passing right by the windows while enjoying the culinary art and wine. Ending a journey might be to experience the pristine natural beauty of Baa Atoll at Nibiligas & Mendhoo Islands, a perfect finale to a cruising journey.

Remarking on the visiting guests, Mohamed said, “These wonderful yachts cruising in the Maldives (in the atolls) housed private and charter guests onboard with a few exceptions. Many of the guests told us they enjoyed the Maldives and expressed their determination to return in the near future for another holiday.”

Luxury charter yacht Sea Jaguar

Luxury charter yacht Sea Jaguar

Other news of yachting in the Maldives was announced by APS Maldives, of their new charter yacht, the sleekly stunning 31 metre Maiora luxury charter yacht ‘Sea Jaguar’. Management and bookings are out of the APS Maldives office, with yacht charter starting as of December 15, 2014. The APS Maldives team welcomes inquiries and is happy to share information with those interested in a cruising journey in the Maldives.