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Mediterranean Summer: 12 Of the Best Luxury Events to Attend

May 17, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The first day of the Cannes Film Festival marks the start of summer charter season as the rich and famous flock from all corners of the globe to enjoy the Mediterranean at its zenith. From charity balls to sporting events and concerts that celebrate the burgeoning electronic and jazz genres, the French and Italian Rivieras will host some of the most prestigious events of the year – and you can be a part of the action.

It’s not too late to grab a last minute charter: Below we list 12 of the most important luxury yacht events throughout the summer months to please those who like to spectate and those who want to participate. Contact CharterWorld and see what our expert brokers can do for you.

May

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes 2017. Image credit: Cannes Film Festival

Cannes 2017. Image credit: Cannes Film Festival

Get up close to the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals Cannes and watch the glamour unfold from your very own private yacht. More than just lavish parties and fabulous frocks, the Cannes Film Festival is vital to industry networking and secures the future for many concepts to come alive on the silver screen.

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix. Photo credit: Larry Koester

Monaco Grand Prix. Photo credit: Larry Koester

Take a front row seat to all the action of the Monaco Grand Prix: with your own luxury yacht, you have the best seats at the event. Whether chartering privately or for a corporate event charter, your sun deck will come into its own as you dine alfresco or dip into the Jacuzzi while watching your favourite racer competing only metres away.

amfAR – Cinema Against AIDS 25th May

Raising over $190 million for research programs in the fight against AIDS, amfAR is vital in funding research and highlighting the ongoing struggle to combat AIDS globally. This prestigious event takes place at the opulent Hotel du Cap for its 24th year with the aim of developing a ‘scientific basis for a cure by 2020′.

June

Cannes Lions

A pop-up meeting space at Cannes Lions. Photo credit: Digitas Photos

A pop-up meeting space at Cannes Lions. Photo credit: Digitas Photos

Celebrating innovations and the ever-advancing state of healthcare, technology and entertainment, Cannes Lions is an exhibition dedicated to future visions and this year’s event estimates that over 15,000 people from 100 countries are expected to attend. Dame Helen Mirren and singer Demi Lovato are among the celebrity speakers, with award-winning designers, architects and media companies speaking at the event.

Cannes Lions runs from the 17th-24th of June – be sure to join in on this international festival of creativity on a luxury charter holiday for the very best in comfort, convenience and style.

Jumping International, Monte Carlo

Bertram Allen on Molly Malone V. Photo credit: Stefano Grasso

Bertram Allen on Molly Malone V. Photo credit: Stefano Grasso

Now in its 12th year, Jumping International Monte Carlo has become a favourite spectacle of the Mediterranean’s most elite and discerning spectators, attended by royal families, business magnates and celebrities. The event runs from the 23rd-25th June and the additional entertainment and variety of shopping in the city of Monte Carlo only increase the allure of this exclusive event.

July

Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival

Monte Carlo. Photo credit: Rodrigo Soldon

Monte Carlo. Photo credit: Rodrigo Soldon

Monaco is ideally situated between the French and Italian Rivieras, which makes it an easily accessed hotspot for superyacht charters whether they are looking to spend an entire week in port or get a taste of a single event and sail on to the next. The Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival takes place at La Salle des Etoiles, a concert hall made of glass overlooking the shining Mediterranean Sea while legendary talent and new singers with exceptional potential serenade the guests throughout the evening. This was the festival that brought Rihanna and Alicia Keyes into the public eye – and it could be your chance to see the next big names performing live at the start of their career.

Monaco Red Cross Ball

Red Cross Ball 2016 - Image credit to Croix Rouge Monégasque

Red Cross Ball 2016 – Image credit to Croix Rouge Monégasque

Each year, the Monaco Red Cross hosts a ball in gratitude to its many generous donors and showcases the immeasurable work that the funds have done on both a local and international scale. La Salle des Etoiles once again becomes the venue for a star-studded event, opened in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, President of the Monaco Red Cross. Following in the steps of tradition, the night begins with a tombola and an exquisite meal before the dancing gets underway. A magnificent fireworks display heralds an end to the evening before guests slip back to their superyachts to continue the party or sleep off the night’s exertions.

Ultra Europe Music Festival, Split, Croatia

Ultra Europe Music Festival. Photo credit: ultraeurope.com

Ultra Europe Music Festival. Photo credit: ultraeurope.com

Paced over 7 spectacular days across Split in Croatia, the Ultra Europe Music Festival is one of the largest celebrations of electronic music anywhere in the world. The islands of Hvar, Brac and Split all become the spectacular backdrop for fun and games, including a regatta at Bol on the 17th of July and a party of over 5,000 revellers at the spectacular Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort on Hvar the following day.

Nice Jazz festival

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue - Nice Jazz Festival

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Nice Jazz Festival

Nice hosted the very first jazz festival in 1948 and the city has long embraced its love of the genre, revelling in its international appeal that in turn produces an eclectic and thrilling event from worldwide talent. The five-day event takes place at the Theatre de Verdure, conveniently located near Nice‘s Port along the beautiful promenade.

August

La Biennale

Architecture at La Biennale. Photo credit: René Thorup Kristensen

Architecture at La Biennale. Photo credit: René Thorup Kristensen

A celebration of the arts in all its various forms, La Biennale in Venice is arguably the most diverse exhibition in the Mediterranean luxury yacht charter season: Art, Cinema, Architecture, Dance, Theatre and Music are all represented in displays, workshops and interactive events for all ages. Take a look at the mesmerising performances and see what it inspires in yourself.

September

Cannes Yachting Festival

Cannes Yachting Festival Banner

Cannes Yachting Festival Banner

A gathering of the luxury yacht industry’s greatest and growing talents, the Cannes Yachting Festival offers a glimpse the yachting’s future, from next year’s design trends to advancements in technology and the unveiling of new water toys. Whether you’re planning on buying your next superyacht or just curious to see what the 500+ exhibitors have to offer, the Cannes Yachting Show is not an exhibition that yachting enthusiasts should miss.

Genoa International Boat Show

Salone Nautico di Genova 2016

Salone Nautico di Genova 2016

Whether you are an owner, luxury charter guest or an industry professional, the Genoa International Boat Show is attended by Italy’s finest and most renowned yacht builders including Perini Navi, Benetti and CRN as well as international names, offering the perfect opportunity to compare luxury yacht facilities and products. This yachting exhibition over land and water covers more than 300,000m² total and this year’s event already has 1,400 boats registered with 400 available for sea trials. Ever wanted to see Feadship engineering up close? This could be your chance.

Monaco Yacht Show

MYS 2016 - Photo credit to © Monaco Yacht Show

MYS 2016 – Photo credit to © Monaco Yacht Show

Just as the Cannes Film Festival unofficially marks that start of the charter season in the Mediterranean, the Monaco Yacht Show is seen as the closing event in the superyacht social calendar and a winding down from the peak season. After the event, the private yacht parties run long into the night and the last of the summer holidays is seen off in style in one of the Cote d’Azur‘s most opulent and glamorous cities.

Charter Boats are Booking Up Early this Year: Don’t miss out!

March 23, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

With the winter behind us and the first signs of Spring popping up everywhere, most of us are starting to think about the summer vacations. To ensure you are presented with a good selection of the best superyachts available on the market this year, you shouldn’t hesitate too much. Charter boats are booking up early, and this trend has been going on for a few years now. Charterers are now thinking ahead, wanting to ensure that they will holiday aboard the best boat with the best crew and a fantastic range of amenities – just the way they have imagined it. The smart way to charter this year, is to get in early to ensure you don’t miss out on a great opportunity. Many superyachts are even offering Mediterranean ‘early bird’ specials if booked well in advance or offer off-season Caribbean and Bahamas getaways.

BRAND-NEW 74M CLOUD 9 SUPERYACHT AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER
Brand new CLOUD 9 available for charter vacations

Brand-new CLOUD 9 available for charter vacations

But don’t panic! Although there are boats that have only a limited availability left, there are still yachts with great options. The busiest weeks of the summer season in the Western Mediterranean are the last week of July and the first half of August were the availability might be limited; for the rest of the season, we still have some exciting offers for you to considers, including yachts that have been launched recently or are new to charter market.

THE DESTINATIONS

The Western and the Eastern Mediterranean remain the top places to cruise however, the Caribbean is also a fabulous choice, especially for American clients wanting to stay close to home, with many yachts remaining in the area following the busy winter season.

44M MOTOR YACHT G3 AVAILABLE IN THE MED
44m Heesen yacht G3 available for charter in the Med

44m Heesen yacht G3 available for charter in the Med

“Summer is great in the Bahamas, so if you have done the BVIs a few times and are looking for something new, there are great options in the Bahamas this year.” says charter broker, Trina Howes

The Bahamas are seeing an increased number of yachts staying and coming into the area this summer, as the islands provide fabulous cruising grounds, beautiful beaches, great weather and endless activities to undertake. Summer is great here, with plenty of things for young and young at heart, while enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and the many water toys offered by your boat.

78M AMARILLYS – THE BAHAMAS AND THE CARIBBEAN
78m superyacht Amaryllis available for charter in the Caribbean and Bahamas this summer

78m superyacht Amaryllis available for charter in the Caribbean and Bahamas this summer

Coming back to the most popular destinations, France and Italy are staying strong, with numerous chic harbours and beaches along the French Riviera, picturesque and lively towns along the Italian coast or the timeless allure of the nearby islands of Capri, Sardinia, Sicily or Corsica. There is no place like the Amalfi Coast and Naples to taste the Italian pizza or France to stroll along seaside promenades while popping into the most luxurious boutiques along the way.

“Classic destinations are still the most popular, with France and Italy leading. We are also having a few requests for Spain and the Balearics, thanks to the increasing number of yachts obtaining the Spanish charter license, ”  added by Nick Benazeth.

If Paella and passionate Flamenco have been on your mind for a while, then we have some good news! More and more vessels are obtaining their licenses to charter in Spain and the Balearics resulting in a much better selection of yachts cruising this area as there were a few years back.

36M UNBRIDLED FOR RENT IN THE BAHAMAS 
36m Motor Yacht UNBRIDLED

36m Motor Yacht UNBRIDLED

Croatia is still on the list of the most popular destinations, thanks to her amazing natural environment, pristine waters and hundreds of islands to explore, as well as the seemingly endless amount of UNESCO Heritage Sites to visit. Whether you like quiet bays or lively nightlife, you will find both.

The renowned Greek architecture, the islands, laid back lifestyle and hospitable locals, make Greece a lovely place to enjoy for a week or two; and while in the East Med, Turkey’s mesmerising coastlines will leave you breathless each time.

If you’ve seen it all and are yearning for something different, then South East Asia might be just the right destination for you. The selection of yachts is more limited, however, so do get in touch with us at your earliest to discuss your options. One thing is for sure, the Andaman Sea will leave you with a suitcase full of amazing adventure, incredible experiences and beautiful memories to last a lifetime.

IMPORTANT EVENTS

Let’s not forget about the events! In addition to the annual Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival, 2017 will see the most exciting regatta of all times: the America’s Cup. To be held in Bermuda this year, you can either rent a villa or a luxury apartment to stay in close proximity to the races, but nothing will ever compare to renting your own yacht to view this thrilling battle of the best. Look through some of the America’s Cup charter yachts or contact us for a full list and gratuitous advice.

SAILING YACHT MONDANGO 3 AVAILABLE FOR AMERICA’S CUP
MONDANGO 3 by Alloy Yachts – Image credit to Chris Lewis

MONDANGO 3 by Alloy Yachts – Image credit to Chris Lewis

BOATS AVAILABLE

The range of boats available for summer vacations is quite extensive and there is always something for everyone. The smaller vessels of high quality, measuring between 25-35m are booking very fast this year, as well as the mid-range boats: 45-55m. Larger superyachts and mega yachts still have a decent availability, however. Be it motor yachts or sailing yachts, it is always better to try to secure your chosen one before everyone else gets in. Browse Through Yachts & Read Latest Charter Articles

 CLOUDBREAK NEW FOR CHARTER
Cloudbreak - one of the new yachts on the charter market - Photo credit Anoldent

Cloudbreak – one of the new yachts on the charter market – Photo credit Anoldent

And if you are unsure about what you are looking for this year? We have you covered! Our team of senior brokers have perennial experience and extensive knowledge of the market. Based on the information you will provide, they will be able to send you a list of the most suitable vessels, respecting your budget, your style, your dietary requirements; as well as finding the best crew to fit your group and personality.

Being the largest specialist retail broker, CharterWorld will give you the charterer the impartial advice you need. We represent you directly and always ensure you and your guests are the priority, without being obliged to promote any given yacht by the owner or the manager. We pride ourselves on recommending vessels based on our own experience, knowledge and our clients’ previous feedback.

Top 10 Islands to Hire along with your Superyacht in 2017

March 07, 2017

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

Chartering a luxury superyacht is the ultimate holiday experience. No other vacation gives you such freedom whether it’s a family getaway, a romantic honeymoon or spending time with friends. It’s travel at its most luxurious and a totally unforgettable experience. Having access to your own superyacht is like holding the key to another world; sailing offers the perfect opportunity to discover exotic, remote and breathtaking islands. Here’s a list of the top ten islands you can hire as part of your superyacht holiday itinerary:

1. Brother Island, El Nido in the Philippines

This amazing dreamlike, Robinson Crusoe type island in the South East Asia is approximately 2,000 square meters with access to a small rainforest. It’s a totally private island where you can drop anchor during your superyacht charter voyage, enjoy massages and cocktails on the beach. Enjoy a touch of paradise on Brother Island in stunning accommodation. The island is in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines, which is covered with coconut trees, white sandy beaches and has views to die for.

AtitG - El Nido Palawan, Philippines

AtitG – El Nido Palawan, Philippines

2. Bird Island, Stann Creek, Belize

Bird Island lies inside a protected coral reef and offers some of the best snorkelling and fishing in Belize. The island is a short distance from Placencia village and is completely private. You will have the whole island to yourself with fine accommodation, kayaks, paddle boats and plenty of fishing equipment available. The crystal clear waters provide a safe environment for the friendly crew to moor your superyacht.

Bird Island, Placencia, Belize

Bird Island, Placencia, Belize

3. Guana Island, BVI

If you are looking for an outstanding service away for your superyacht for a couple of nights, then the incredible Guana Island in the BVI is a perfect option. Unwind listening to the ocean waves and after a relaxing private yoga session, while the mouth-watering local cuisine is being prepared by professional chefs. Those who lead an active lifestyle will enjoy the unlimited use of tennis courts, hiking trails and water toys available. White beaches, exotic fruit and cocktails – what could be better than having your very own spot of paradise?

Guana Island - photo credit: Gus Estrella

Guana Island – photo credit: Gus Estrella

4. Cousine Island, Seychelles

Available on an exclusive hire basis only, the Cousine Island in the Seychelles offers a perfect hideaway. It’s the ultimate superyacht private holiday island destination, comfortably accommodating up to twelve guests and six children. It’s hard to think of a more idyllic and peaceful retreat. This conservation-based island offers a fantastic beach, perfect seclusion and superb accommodation. After staying on Cousine Island, return to your fabulous superyacht for the next part of your journey.

Cousine Island, Seychelles

Cousine Island, Seychelles

5. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

During your exciting superyacht charter vacation, why not hire Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island resort? It’s private and luxurious, welcoming just thirty people at any one time. Famous celebrities like Kate Moss and Larry Page have chosen to holiday on this beautiful island. Kate Moss celebrated her fortieth birthday on Necker Island in the Caribbean while Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, got married there.

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

6. Son Saa Private Island Resort, Southern Cambodia

Have your superyacht skipper and crew set sail for Son Saa Private Island resort off the Koh Rong peninsula, near Sihanoukville in Southern Cambodia. This intriguing island stands in the middle of a 100-hectare marine reserve. It offers exciting water sports facilities, impressive spas as well as mouth-watering cuisine. Chill out on the untouched stretches of golden sands, then go for a swim in the clear calm waters teeming with tropical fish.

Son Saa Private Island Resort, Southern Cambodia

Son Saa Private Island Resort, Southern Cambodia

7. Islan Tagomago, Spain

No superyacht charter vacation would be complete without visiting Islan Tagomago in Spain. It’s regarded as the best private island for hire in the Balearics, only a five-minute boat ride from Ibiza. Islan Tagomago is the perfect paradise for people who enjoy absolute privacy and a touch of luxury in the Mediterranean.

Islan Tagomago, Spain

Islan Tagomago, Spain

8. The Brando, French Polynesia

Make The Brando in French Polynesia one of the top spots on your superyacht charter itinerary. The Brando private island resort, formerly owned by the famous American actor, Marlon Brando, is around thirty miles from Tahiti. The Brando is set to become one of French Polynesia’s most exclusive islands to hire.

The Brando, French Polynesia

The Brando, French Polynesia

9. Dolphin Island, Fiji

Dolphin Island in Fiji will provide you with a luxury castaway experience. Have the crew anchor your superyacht close by so you can discover this stunning fourteen-acre private retreat which offers guests a place of natural beauty and lush landscapes. Enjoy the stunning sea views from magnificent accommodation; it’s what dream vacations are all about.

Dolphin Island, Fiji

Dolphin Island, Fiji

10. Ile des Deux Cocos, Mauritius

Get the skipper to charter your luxurious superyacht to the Ile des Deux Cocos in Mauritius. This is a private island for people who don’t want to be too isolated. The Ile des Deux Cocos is only two hundred meters from its sister island, Lux Le Morne. Sheltered from the wind, the island has a beautiful stretch of powder white sand complete with palm trees.

Ile des Deux Cocos, Mauritius

Ile des Deux Cocos, Mauritius

Raise a glass to many Mediterranean Discoveries aboard ROMACHRIS II

February 20, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Based in Greece, 27-metre motor yacht ROMACHRIS II is ready for summer charters. Explore Italian treasures, from ancient Rome to the Renaissance. Admire the ancient historical sights in Athens. Laze in the light that inspired great painters in the South of France, and sample the world’s finest wines. Relax aboard your charter yacht and raise a glass to many Mediterranean discoveries.

ROMACHRIS II - Main

ROMACHRIS II – Main

Extremely comfortable and stylish fast yacht will be available for a magical vacation starting at €32,000 per week plus expenses.

ROMACHRIS II - Deck Salon

ROMACHRIS II – Deck Salon

Interior layout comprises of 4 cabins, which accommodate eight guests overnight. There are a master suite, a VIP and two twin cabins. Perfect for hosting some guests for dinner or a cocktail party while at a quay, ROMACHRIS II can entertain 12-16 guests.

ROMACHRIS II - Master Cabin

ROMACHRIS II – Master Cabin

The interior design of the yacht is very tasteful, with light Maple woods, soft colour palette and cream carpets. Since her delivery in 2001, ROMACHRIS II has been used as a private yacht, and has undergone a few maintenance works to ensure everything onboard was to the highest standards.

ROMACHRIS II - Aft Deck

ROMACHRIS II – Aft Deck

ROMACHRIS II is a fast motor yacht that reaches a top speed of 30kn, as she is powered by 2 MTU 1826 hp engines.

ROMACHRIS II - Swim Platform and Toys

ROMACHRIS II – Swim Platform and Toys

She also provides a fantastic selection of water toys. Every guest on board will surely enjoy a charter holiday aboard ROMACHRIS II.

To find out more about how to secure this superyacht for charter, please contact your preferred charter broker.

Luxury Yacht Charter Experience in Details: aboard M/Y Bina in St Maarten and St Barths

February 14, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

People around the world adore and admire superyachts, especially when it comes to unforgettable yacht charter experience. Have you ever wondered how a perfect day on a luxury superyacht would look like? We bring you all the insights into the world of luxury yachting aboard CHARTER YACHT BINA in St Maarten and St Barths, one of the most luxurious destinations in the Caribbean. Get inspired!

 Aboard Luxury Superyacht Bina: St Barths & St Maarten Charter Experience

Written by Roxanne Hughes / Breed Media

Bina at anchor: Shell Beac, St Barths. Photo by Taylor Chien

Bina at anchor: Shell Beac, St Barths. Photo by Taylor Chien

Stepping aboard 43m Bina in St Maarten, I’m handed a cold glass of Champagne and settled into the comfortable aft deck sofas while my bags are unpacked in my cabin. It’s Saturday afternoon and we’re soon to depart for St Barths where we’ll catch the sunset and enjoy our first meal onboard. What’s immediately noticeable is the inviting comfort of this boat; each exterior space offers relaxed lounge seating, and the saloons feel homely with cushions, blankets and artistic decor.

BINA - Main deck aft view

BINA – Main deck aft view

Bina’s Captain certainly knows all the tricks, dropping the anchor in the bay of Gustavia in perfect timing for us to watch the clouds turn pink over the island and the sun to blaze the horizon a fiery orange.

Bina aerial underway. Photo by Jeff Brown

Bina aerial underway. Photo by Jeff Brown

Having freshened up in my ensuite cabin, with a beautifully appointed bathroom that surpasses many of the finest hotels, we sat for dinner al fresco on the upper aft deck. This spot was a key part of the extensive refit work, repositioning the tender from this area to forward on the bow, thus creating space for a 12-seat dining table and sofa arrangement.

Five courses of dinner later, with the culinary skills of Bina’s Chef truly showcased and enjoyed – including a pasta parmesan prepared at the table for us in the parmesan wheel itself, and a chocolate sphere which melted away under a hot chocolate sauce to reveal the treats inside, we retired to the saloon for drinks before bed.

Bina Twin Cabin. Photo by Jeff Brown

Bina Twin Cabin. Photo by Jeff Brown

My cabin was the guest twin. Bina can sleep up to 12 guests in her three full-beam doubles and two twins (all ensuite). The clever design offered more wardrobe and storage space than my home bedroom, and the lighting, air con & window blinds were easily controlled at the touch of a button.

Whilst we slept, the boat was repositioned to Shell Beach, a bay around the other side of Gustavia port. Waking up in new surroundings is one of the great pleasures yacht charter offers. I rose early, unable to bear missing out on a single minute of sunshine and luxury, and sure enough, there’s the smiling crew ready to greet me – coffee poured and a breakfast buffet ready to go.

BINA - Water toys

BINA – Water Toys. Photo by Breed Media

Anchored here, close to the beach, the yacht’s ‘toys’ were unpacked – an inflatable slide, jet ski, stand-up paddle boards and Flyboard jetpack were all laid out for our enjoyment. Bina has a ladder that extends down from her swim platform, enabling for easy access to and from the water, and enjoying these water toys under the watchful eye of the crew, I was confident our group’s fun antics were safely overseen.

Having worked up an appetite, we were tendered ashore for lunch – to a restaurant right there on the beach, ‘Shellona’. This casual St Barths bistro has an air of effortless chic; feet in the sand, lobster on your plate, rose in your glass and a view of your superyacht is hard to beat.

Shellona, Shell Beach, St Barths. Photo credit Roxanne Hughes

Shellona, Shell Beach, St Barths. Photo credit Roxanne Hughes

While ashore, we made the most of St Barths’ array of stores, which encompass everything from Chanel to beachwear boutiques. It’s a spot popular with celebrities, models and the jet-set, but the streets here feel paved with an understated glamour, as opposed to glittering gold. You never know who may be stood next to you at the counter in Lolita Jaca (one of my favourite stores), but an understated nod that you both know the secrets of St Barths is all that’s called for.

Bina had now been brought into Gustavia harbour and was on the dock awaiting our return. Berthed alongside several other superyachts, Bina stood out for her aesthetic proportions and tasteful, easy styling.

Bina Sky lounge. Photo by Jeff Brown

Bina Sky lounge. Photo by Jeff Brown

We took to the top deck – Bina’s ‘sky lounge’ to take in the view from the Jacuzzi with a late afternoon cocktail in hand. Pleased with our sun-kissed skin and laughing over those falls from the Flyboard jetpack and excitement earlier in the day, we can only conclude that yacht charter aboard Bina offers all the finest things in life; great food, good company, and a front-row seat to the sunset of your choosing.

If you are interested to find out more about chartering motor yacht Bina, please contact one of our friendly charter brokers at CharterWorld. Our very experienced brokers have a lot to offer regarding specific experience, advocacy and advice for charterers or new to yacht charter, before and during their booking and holiday.

 

Top 10 Spectacular Beaches to take your Superyacht

January 18, 2017

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

With so many spectacular beaches to see during a Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You will want to get the most out of Caribbean sailing, so take your yacht to the Virgin Islands. Close your eyes, imagine lying on a tropical beach in the Virgin Islands far away from the maddening crowds and jam-packed tourist resorts. There are many wonderful secluded beaches to choose from with easy access, ideal when you’re on a crewed superyacht charter. Get your skipper to sail to these incredible destinations:

 St. Thomas: Rising Sun Super Yacht. Photo by Scott Smith


St. Thomas: Rising Sun Super Yacht. Photo by Scott Smith

1. Trunk Bay, St John

Donated to the US National Park Service by Laurance S Rockefeller, this beautiful beach and its coral reef remains one of the Virgin Island’s most breathtaking and well preserved attractions. Its famous 225 yard long underwater snorkeling trail offers a spectacular photograpic opportunity, so don’t forget your camera. Your Virgin Islands sailing vacation wouldn’t be complete without visiting Trunk Bay, St. John.

St John Trunk Bay

St John Trunk Bay

2. The Baths in Virgin Gorda

One of the largest islands in the Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda is said to have been named the “fat Virgin” by Christopher Columbus. This was due to the island’s profile on the horizon that looked like a woman lying on her side. The Baths is a wonderful natural park full of white sandy beaches with tidal pools, arches and awesome grottos formed by gigantic granite boulders.

The Baths in Virgin Gorda

The Baths in Virgin Gorda

3. Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

The most popular beach in the Virgin Islands, it offers silky, sandy white beaches, palm trees and mouth-watering great food. Sailing here on a crewed yacht charter ensures having a good time in this fabulous spot. Try barefoot island dancing in the evenings and cool tropical drinks at the beach bars.

Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

4. Magens Bay Beach, St Thomas

It is the most charming beach in the Virgin Islands. Two peninsulas protect the shore from strong waves and erosion, making Magens Bay Beach the ideal spot for swimming. This nearly three quarter mile long beach is known for its pebble-free sand and remarkably calm waters. You can usually see turtles, tarpon and other fish. Legend has it that Sir Francis Drake waited here for ships to plunder.

Magens Bay, St. Thomas

Magens Bay, St. Thomas

5. White Bay, Jost Van Dyke

A ribbon of snow coloured sand and turquoise waters await you here. The beach is fringed by low palms, sea grapes and one or two rustic buildings. The beach is cut in half by rocks where you can follow a path over them or swim around them, to a stress free bar, wow that sounds great. The offshore reef is also a great place for snorkeling, so don’t forget your snorkeling gear.

White Bay, Jost van Dyke

White Bay, Jost van Dyke

6. Sandy Point, St Croix

Two miles long makes Sandy Point, St Croix the largest beach in the Virgin Islands. It has shallow and calm waters. St Croix is a geological exception on the islands because it’s a sea mountain and not part of the Puerto Rican shelf. It is an ideal nesting site for endangered sea turtles, especially leatherbacks. Did you know that the final scene of The Shawshank Redemption was filmed here?

Sandy Point, St Croix

Sandy Point, St Croix

7. Loblolly Beach, Anegada

This jewel of an island is almost completely surrounded by white sandy beaches. It’s protected by an ancient reef a few hundred yards offshore. Snorkeling is excellent here and the beach is usually deserted. If you want a bite to eat and a cold drink, there’s a great little restaurant close by. Yet again another great reason to sail around the Virgin Islands.

Loblolly Beach, Anegada

Loblolly Beach, Anegada

8. Jack and Isaac Bay’s Preserve, St Croix

These twin beaches are home to fragile bays, rolling hills, steep valleys and wind shaped ecosystems. They are two of the best places to visit on a Virgin Island sailing vacation. The awesome coral reefs have over 400 species of fish making it a paradise for snorkeling enthusiasts. The beaches are beautiful and pristine with powdery soft sand while the water is calm.

Jack and Isaac Bay’s Preserve, St Croix

Jack and Isaac Bay’s Preserve, St Croix

9. Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada

Cow Wreck beach is simply spectacular. Conch shells line a little bar at the point where Cow Wreck beach is located on Anegada. You can easily walk there from where your yacht charter is anchored, what better way to enjoy the views of the turquoise ocean and the blue sky. While not necessarily a famous snorkelling spot, this beach captures the hearts of all who visit.

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada

10. Caneel Bay, St John

Saving the best till last perhaps. Caneel Bay is a string of seven beaches and a Rosewood Resort. Caneel means “cinnamon” in old Dutch, it’s known to be one of the most breathtaking resorts in the Virgin Islands. There are open-air restaurants and old sugar mill ruins. There’s also an exciting variety of activities here like snorkelling, wind surfing, diving, sea kayaking and even tennis.

Caneel Bay, St John

Caneel Bay, St John

Charter destination Sanremo: A city of song

January 17, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

If you’re planning a romantic getaway in 2017, the Mediterranean is an unmissable destination filled with live music, cosy bars and restaurants and atmospheric streets that create unforgettable enchanted evenings. Of note at this time of the  year is Sanremo, known for its music concerts and festivals and as a well established port for luxury yacht charters through the Italian Riviera.

Sanremo - Portosole and La Pigna

Sanremo – Portosole and La Pigna

The city of Sanremo is located between Nice and Genoa on the Italian Riviera and has a centuries old reputation as a tourist destination, visited by Austrian and Russian royalty and writers and artists from across Europe. Nowadays, Sanremo attracts tourists from worldwide and its marina Portosole has 780 berths and can cater for superyachts up to 90m/295ft in length. The soft sand beaches are a major attraction of the area but not the only reason to visit Sanremo:

The Ariston Theatre hosts the annual Sanremo Music Festival

The Ariston Theatre hosts the annual Sanremo Music Festival

Music

February marks the start of the musical calendar with the Sanremo Music Festival (known in Italy as the ‘Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo’), which was the inspiration for the Eurovision song contest. The home of the festival is the Ariston Theatre, which transforms to put on a dazzling show and select the artist who will represent Italy for Eurovision. Other events throughout the year include:

  • June – European music festival
  • July – Rock festival
  • August – Jazz festival
  • and from October until May the Symphonic Orchestra plays at the Sanremo casino.

The next music festival is due to take place on the 11th of Ferbuary, ensuring that Sanremo is well worth a visit during a Valentine’s charter along the French and Italian coastlines.

Sanremo - La Pigna alleyways

Sanremo – La Pigna alleyways

History

La Pigna (The Pinecone) is the name given to Medieval castle and walled settlement built on the hills of Sanremo. The streets are too narrow for cars drive along and this pedestrianised area is composed of picturesque churches, shops and restaurants, offering culture and entertainment throughout the day and long into the night. Of note is the Madonna Della Costa Santuary situated at the highest point of La Pigna. Built in the mid-17th Century, tourists will discover an impressive cobblestone mosaic, art and statues from the period spanning all the way up to the 19 Century.

Sanremo Cathedral - Ceiling

Sanremo Cathedral – Ceiling

The Queen Elena Gardens on top of La Pigna

The Queen Elena Gardens on top of La Pigna

Gardens

Sanremo is also known as ‘The City of Flowers’ and hosts a floral parade at the end of January, while the approach of Valentine’s Day is marked by a burst of colour in the street markets. The Gardens of Queen Elena can be found upon the hilltop above La Pigna and parks such as Villa Zirio, Villa Ormond and Villa Nobel are scattered through the city all the way down to the Portosole marina.

Bussana Vecchia is the renovated artist's village northeast of Sanremo

Bussana Vecchia is the renovated artist’s village northeast of Sanremo

Galleries and museums

Art lovers will find plenty of galleries within this ancient city, some clearly marked by tourist signs and others treasures waiting to be discovered off the beaten path. The nearby village of Bussana Vecchia was brought back to life by artists from a ghost-town state in the 1960s and an artistic community has a strong presence here, offering art for sale and organising artistic events and performances.

Cycling in Sanremo

Cycling in Sanremo

Sports

Visitors looking to spectate or participate in sports can expect to find sailing competitions throughout the seasons and there is an 18 hole golf course a short drive away. Cycling along the waterfront is also a favourite way for visitors to see the city and stop off at tourist attractions along the way.

The Sanremo Casino is popular amongst visitors and the Symphonic Orchestra performs here from October - May

The Sanremo Casino is popular amongst visitors and the Symphonic Orchestra performs here from October – May

The temperate climate of the Italian Riviera is a boon that makes Sanremo a year-round tourist destination. The city is busiest during spring and summer, with autumn and winter being the off-peak season.

As destination filled with cultural treasures and history both past and in the making, Sanremo is a wonder along Italy‘s coastline. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the city offers atmosphere and entertainment to any romantic charter.

The Top 10 Most Expensive Marinas

January 11, 2017

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

Many billionaires choose to dock in some of the world’s most expensive marinas. If you’re thinking about taking a yacht holiday, where is the place for you and yours to be seen? There’s nothing quite like mooring in expensive marinas especially if it’s a place where many famous celebrities hang out. Most marinas offer world class facilities which can be part of the fun during any type of vacation. Take the opportunity to see fantastic superyachts moored in and around popular marinas, experience fine dining, boutique shopping and breathtaking views close to the marina itself. Check out the world’s most expensive marinas:

1. S. Capri, Italy

Italy is the most expensive place in the world to berth a superyacht. The Italian resort of Capri averages daily mooring fees for superyachts at around 2,900 Euros to moor a 24 metre plus boat. It has ten superyacht berths in total and an average local property price of 11,688 Euros per sq/m. Peak period here is during May for the Rolex Capri Sailing Week. Known as one of the Med’s most luxurious getaways for the wealthy, the tiny mountainous island of Capri off the Amalfi Coast, has a small marina, so expect space costs to be at a premium.

S Capri Italy

S Capri Italy

2. Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy

Dazzling Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda is ideal for the rich and famous. Founded by the Aga Khan in the 1960s as a village retreat, Porto Cervo in Sardinia now attracts the richest of yacht owners. Average daily moorings for superyachts are around 2,500 Euros, there are sixty superyacht berths available. Average local property prices are about 9,500 Euros per sq/m. The Deluxe Fair in June is a peak period event while the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Regatta in September is also a major attraction.

Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy

Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy

3. Portofino, Liguria, Italy

Originally a small fishing village, Portofina in Liguria, Italy has now become a famous playground for the super rich. This idyllic marina attracts royalty as well as movie stars from around the world. Average daily mooring fees for superyachts are in the region of 2,350 Euros, there are six superyacht berths. Average local property prices will set you back approximately 17,650 Euros per sq/m. One of the highlights and peak periods in the year is in May for the Portofino Rolex Trophy.

Portofino

Portofino

4. Ibiza Magna, Ibiza

Ibiza Magna is considered to be one of the most exclusive marinas in the world. The breathtaking Ibiza Magna on the Balearic Islands is a magnet for the young, rich, famous and well connected. Average daily mooring fees for superyachts are about 2,300 Euros with twelve superyacht berths available. If you’re interested in properties in the area, average price of a local property is approx. 8,000 Euros per sq/m. Peak periods, September closing dance parties.

Ibiza Magna, Ibiza

Ibiza Magna, Ibiza

5. St Tropez, Cote d’Azur, France

This is a playground for beautiful models, millionaires and jet setters. It was made famous in the 1950s by Brigitte Bardot and has now become an iconic and wealthy hang out. An average property costs about 13,500 Euros per sq/m. while average daily mooring fees for superyachts are around 1,300 Euros. St Tropez offers thirty berths for superyachts. Peak periods are generally, International Polo Cup in July and the Giraglia Rolex Cup in June.

St. Tropez

St. Tropez

6. Port Hercule, Monaco

The Principality of Monaco is home to more millionaires per capita than any other place in the world, what a thought. Here average daily mooring fees for superyachts in Port Hercule are about 1,200 Euros, number of superyacht berths twenty. Average property prices are in the region of 33,800 Euros per sq/m. Peak periods in Port Hercule comprise the Monte Carlo Rally in January, Monaco Grand Prix in May and the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Port Hercule, Monaco

Port Hercule, Monaco

7. Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

The magic of Miami Beach is yours if you plan your waterfront stay at the Miami Beach Marina. It has easy accessibility to great sailing, cruising and fishing. It’s only a short drive from downtown Miami where you can enjoy boutique shopping, gourmet dining and vibrant nightlife. There are 45 superyacht berths in the marina, daily average mooring fees 883 USD. Average local property prices are about 9,500 USD per sq/m. Peak periods, Art Basel in Miami Beach in December and the Miami Boat Show, February.

Miami Beach Marina

Miami Beach Marina

8. Port de Cannes, Cote d’Azur, France

If you’re thinking about attending the world famous, week long, Cannes Film Festival, there’s a waiting list of at least a year. With this in mind consider making a reservation well in advance of your visit to Port de Cannes marina. The Cannes Film Festival takes place every year during May. Average daily mooring fees for superyachts are around 655 Euros, there are 35 superyacht berths in the marina. If you’re interested in buying a property here, local property prices are about 13,500 Euros per sq/m.

Port de Cannes, Cote d’Azur, France

Port de Cannes, Cote d’Azur, France

9. Port of Gustavia, St Barts

This port is considered around the world to be one of the most expensive marinas you can berth a yacht. A combination of fine beaches, designer shops, exclusive restaurants and relaxing cafes make the Port of Gustavia, St Barts, so attractive. Spot a famous celebrity onboard their yacht as you sip your favorite cocktail. Peak periods here are usually centered around the Port of Gustavia Christmas and New Year parties. There are fifteen superyacht berths with an average daily mooring fee of 500 USD. Want to buy a property? Average prices of local properties per sq/m 13,000 USD.

Port of Gustavia, St Barts

Port of Gustavia, St Barts

10. Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

Located alongside the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 race track, the Yas Marina is designed as the Middle East’s answer to Monaco. It acts like a magnet for the rich and famous as well as people who like to be seen. Expect to pay 421 UAE dirham for daily mooring your superyacht in one of the forty superyacht berths. Average price of local properties are around 9,000 UAE dirham per sq/m. Peak period is definitely the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.

Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

If you would like to charter a superyacht in any of those popular locations around the world contact your preferred charter broker. CharterWorld provides the best service and unbiased opinion.

8 days Charter For The Price of 7 Aboard Superyacht TATIANA

January 09, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Luxury yacht TATIANA offers 1 extra day free during June charters in the Western Mediterranean. Plan your summer vacation now and contact your preferred charter broker to secure this stunning superyacht. Tatiana is a perfect charter yacht, see for yourself.

Motor Yacht Tatiana - a Bilgin Superyacht

Motor Yacht Tatiana – a Bilgin Superyacht

Tatiana was launched in 2011 by Bilgin Yachts and was nominated for the best exterior stylising and design awards. In 2015 this 45-metre luxury yacht was refitted, incorporating some incredible changes to her sundeck styling, contemporary living spaces and new addition to her water toys range.

Main salon on board of yacht Tatiana by Bilgin Yachts

Main salon on board of yacht Tatiana by Bilgin Yachts

The main salon is wide open with an incredible light-colour palette, which creates a calming atmosphere. Some opulent materials and fabrics, such as oak panelling, wedge and onyx turn the salon into the main social space of the yacht, and is ideal for a get together after a long day cruising in waters of Italy, France and Spain.

Al freasco dining area - Bilgin Yacht Tatiana

Al freasco dining area - Bilgin Yacht Tatiana

M:Y Tatiana by Bilgin Yachts - Pool

M:Y Tatiana by Bilgin Yachts - Pool

The upper deck provides incredible vistas, while guests relax in a large Jacuzzi soaking up luxury lifestyle. Another sunning and relaxation space is the sundeck with another Jacuzzi and sunpads. The charter guests will enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the fully-stocked bar while catching some sun rays.

Master Suite - Bilgin superyacht Tatiana

Master Suite - Bilgin superyacht Tatiana

A private charter vacation aboard luxury yacht Tatiana would be prefect for a group of 12. There is a master suite with a separate spa area, study and private terrace. Further accommodation is provided over 5 staterooms, including a VIP cabin, 2 double and 2 twins rooms.

Yacht Tatiana by Bilgin yachts - tender

Yacht Tatiana by Bilgin yachts - tender

Some extra entertainment for both kids and those who are young at heart there is a fabulous selection of water toys. A large swim platform will allow an easy access to the water.

If you would like to find out more regarding luxury yacht Tatiana and to take advantage of this limited time offer please contact your preferred charter broker.

Alternatively, you can view a full selection of superyachts available in the Mediterranean.

STATE OF GRACE for Charter for St Barths Bucket 2017

January 04, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

One of the most exciting events in the superyachting community the St Barths Bucket will be held from 16 till 19 March 2017. Sailing Yacht STATE OF GRACE provides an incredible opportunity to all yachting enthusiasts, professionals and first-time charter guests to participate in this thrilling event. The 39.4m metre superyacht offers an incredible accommodation and a highly professional race crew.

Sailing Yacht STATE OF GRACE

Sailing Yacht STATE OF GRACE

State of Grace is the first sailing yacht in Perini Navi‘s new fast crossing series. She features a 1,192 sq m sail plan and innovative control systems. Her 50m mast and furling boom are made of high-tech carbon fibre.

luxury-yacht-state-of-grace-exterior

State of Grace – Exterior

Beautiful interior and well-planned layout create a very welsomcing atmosphere. Her split-level salon includes broad skylight. A master cabin features a private gym and Turkish Bath.

state-of-grace-yacht-cabin

State of Grace – Cabin

The spacious cockpit area with detachable bimini has comfortable seating and adjustable tables, and is ideal for entertainment and relaxation.

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State of Grace – Interior

Water toy selection is vast, and also includes a fishing chair with full deep-sea fishing equipment.

To secure this sailing yacht for charter for St Barths Bucket 2017 or for any other dates please contact your preferred charter broker. CharterWorld provides highly professional and unbiased service.

Sailing Yacht STATE OF GRACE (hull C.2180)

Year:2013   L.O.A.:40m (131')  Beam:9.4m (30'84'') 
Max Speed:12 knots  Cruise Speed:  Engines:2xCAT C18 500 Kw diesels 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew: