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Barbuda is a wonderful luxury yachting destination which offers fantatic Barbuda yacht charter vacations in the Caribbean. Today, Barbuda Island offers the avid traveler an interesting mix of motor yacht or sailing yacht itineraries coupled with entertainment such as water activities, bird watching or simply enjoying the peculiarities of nature. It is because of all these activities under one roof that Barbuda Island has become the favorite yacht rent attraction in Caribbean. One can also go to popular attractions such as The Frigate Bird Sanctuary, which can be visited by tourists aboard the Barbuda Island super luxury yachts. You can also visit the other attractions such as the Martello Tower and the Highland House.

Henley & Partners stands firm with Hurricane Irma victims

September 13, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Henley & Partners, along with its managing partners and worldwide staff, has expressed its deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences with everyone suffering in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

View of Antigua from Shirley Heights

View of Antigua from Shirley Heights

Having witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Henley & Partners is working closely with partners and colleagues in Antigua and Barbuda to find the best way forward for delivering funds to those most in need as well as raise capital to aid in the reconstruction of Barbuda.

The company will continue its work to empower the youth of the Caribbean in conjunction with the Halo Foundation in Antigua: Three exceptional students are currently travelling to Nova Scotia, Canada, to take up scholarships at Saint Mary’s University after receiving the Henley & Partners Hero Scholarship and the Halo Foundation Hero Humanitarian Award.

Henley & Partners has a committed long-standing relationship to the Caribbean region and will continue to support its strong and resilient islanders throughout this difficult time.

Featured Destination: Antigua & Barbuda

October 10, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

When the yachting season in the Mediterranean eases up for winter, superyachts start to prepare for after-summer vacation among the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean Islands. The Caribbean has become a super-popular destination for yachting around Christmas, thanks to its warm climate, mesmerising views, on and off-water activities and friendly locals. With over 7,000 islands to explore, sea fishing, diving, kite-surfing, jet skies, parties, delicious food and white sandy beaches, yachters find it to be a perfect sailing destination. The peak season for visiting the islands is from November through to April, however, apart from a few rainy days tropical climate of the Caribbean attracts a large number of visitors all year around. 

The Caribbean Islands Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-Byew’dj) are located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The award-winning destination of  2015 and 2016 Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination, located half-way down the Leeward Islands, Antigua and Barbuda are the hub of the yacht charter activity catering to different vacation preferences. Not only honeymooners adore the islands for their panoramic views, luxury resorts and relaxing lifestyle, but also celebrities, photographers and travellers.

Caribbean Islands

Caribbean Islands

The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua comprises 108-square miles with rich history and spectacular topography that provides a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Antigua is a perfect choice if you prefer a mix of Caribbean parties, great sailing, stunning white sand beaches and sightseeing. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, is the ultimate celebrity hideaway. The island lies 27 miles north-east of Antigua and is just a 15-minute plane ride away. Barbuda is known for its untouched 17 mile stretch of pink sand beach and as the home of the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere.

Here are five reasons why Antigua and Barmuda are a perfect destination for your next yacht charter.

1. Yacht charter Oasis

With the end of the wettest season and low humidity, a large amount of yachts start to cruise around the islands in November. The average temperature in the area is approximately 27°C  (81°F) during the day, while nightly low temperature is 22°C (72°F).  In addition to that, warm trade winds attract visitors from all over the world to enjoy the sunny-islands lifestyle.

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Lighthouse Bay, Barbuda. Photo by ConciergeAuctions.

2. 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches — one for every day of the year

So many glistening beaches of various sizes provide an enormous selection for such a small island. Dickinson Bay, Darkwood Beach with great views of Monserrat, and Half-Moon Bay are great places to visit for mouth-watering food, swimming, snorkelling and walking.

Antigua by Mirjam Bleeker

Antigua by Mirjam Bleeker

 

3. “Mix and Match” type of vacation

Antigua and Barbuda are a perfect choice if you prefer a mix of Caribbean parties, great sailing and stunning white sand beaches and sightseeing. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. The Islands also offers amazing museums and galleries for whose who are fond of arts and history.

Superyachts in Antigua by Jason Jordaan

Superyachts in Antigua by Jason Jordaan

4. The centre of Luxury yachting events

Antigua’s events calendar includes the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week in April, where hudrends of yachts participate in yacht racing.  The Megayacht challenge, Antigua Yacht Charter Show and the Superyacht Cup are also on the must-visit list of events for boat enthusiasts.

Antigua Carnival. Photo by Luca Gargano

Antigua Carnival. Photo by Luca Gargano

Apart from that, it is highly recommended to attend the annual Antigua Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival, which is, indeed, provides a spectacular island experience.

5. Shopping and Dining 

If you are keen on some shopping, the islands have a wide variety of stores from local items to polished diamonds. Famous straw hats, batik, pottery and Caribbean rum are found in tiny little stores around the island. The amount of art galleries will not leave you indifferent to the local art. Jacqui O’s Love Beach and Pillars Restaurant & Bar are the two great eclectic restaurants specialising in fine dining. Le Bistro and Le Cap Horn are ideal choices for gourmands. There is a wide variety of other types of restaurants and bars with delicious food and beverages, and outstanding service.

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Caribbean craft. Photo by Richard Smith

The twin-island paradise offers visitors ideal temperatures year-round, a rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering cuisine and 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches.

As one of the most well known yacht charter grounds in the Caribbean,  Antigua has all the main types of yacht charters such as motor, sailing, bareboat charter, skippered, crewed yachts, catamaran, power boat, sailboat, luxury yachts and off-course the ever increasing super yacht charter.

CharterWorld offers a great selection of yachts available for charter in Antigua and Barbuda. To secure your charter in the Caribbean Islands or to find out more please contact our team at CharterWorld.

Award-Winning 46m Motor Yacht ENTOURAGE now Available for Caribbean Yacht Vacations

October 08, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The award-winning 46,55-metre motor yacht ENTOURAGE is now available for Caribbean yacht vacations following her very successful Mediterranean charter season. Join Captain Ben and his outstanding crew of eight highly-professional and skilled members on a holiday of your dreams on board the 2014 Admiral Yachts-constructed charter yacht ENTOURAGE. Entourage is also available for Christmas and New Years yacht charters in pure luxury and style.

ENTOURAGE - Main Shot

ENTOURAGE - Main Shot

ENTOURAGE was delivered only a year ago and is still in a brand-new condition, offering spacious interior and exterior leisure and entertainment areas, with an expansive main-deck master suite, spreading the width of the yacht and offering such commodities as a private shower room, dressing and office/seating area.

Superyacht ENTOURAGE - Dining

Superyacht ENTOURAGE - Dining

ENTOURAGE Yacht - Main Saloon

ENTOURAGE Yacht - Main Saloon

Fitness conscientious guests will surely enjoy the benefits of an on-board gymnasium, as well as the health benefits of the Turkish steam room, located on the main deck.

ENTOURAGE sundeck - looking aft

ENTOURAGE sundeck - looking aft

ENTOURAGE -gym

ENTOURAGE -gym

Guest accommodation layout comprises two beautiful VIP and two convertible double rooms situated on the lower deck. All guests accommodation is equipped with private en suite bathrooms.

ENTOURAGE - Master Cabin

ENTOURAGE - Master Cabin

ENTOURAGE - master cabin - ensuite

ENTOURAGE - master cabin - ensuite

Guests holidaying aboard the fabulous ENTOURAGE yacht will find the 134-square-metre sun deck as the place to enjoy some leisure sunbathing, socialising or relaxing in the popular Jacuzzi. The sun deck also has a TV and a wet bar, as well as a massive selection of sun pads and beds.

ENTOURAGE - Sundeck Jacuzzi

ENTOURAGE - Sundeck Jacuzzi

Luxury yacht ENTOURAGE holds a variety of water toys and equipment to further enhance guests’ on-board experience. The boat holds a large 31ft tender, jet skis, sea bobs, kayaks, bikes and other equipment.

ENTOURAGE - Fwd deck

ENTOURAGE - Fwd deck

Guests comfort is ensured thanks to ENTOURAGE’s zero-speed and at-anchor stabilisers, exceptional WiFi and an economical fuel consumption.

Motor Yacht ENTOURAGE

Year:2014   L.O.A.: 47.00m (154' 2")  Beam:9.10m (29' 10") 
Max Speed:16.3 knots  Cruise Speed:12 knots  Engines:2 x CAT C 32 ACERT Commer 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:

LUXURY VACATION IN THE CARIBBEAN ABOARD A SUPERYACHT

Caribbean is renowned for being one of the preferred yacht charter destinations and a fabulous escape during the cold winter months. The Caribbean Sea is full of fabulous destinations to explore and enjoy, including Antigua, St Bats, Anguilla, St Martin, the British Virgin Islands or the US Virgin Islands, Grenadines, St Lucia, St Thomas, Martinique and many many more.

Jetty at Curtain Bluff - Photo Charmaine Spencer - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Jetty at Curtain Bluff – Photo Charmaine Spencer – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Sailing and motor yacht holidays in the Caribbean can be fully customised incorporating any activities, stopovers or events that you might like to take part in. It is a great destination for all types of yacht charter, be it a family holiday, a getaway with friends or a corporate get-together with your partners or colleagues. Caribbean offers both tranquil natural surrounding with crystal clear warm waters, great diving, fantastic sailing and fabulous grounds for various water sports, as well as plenty of bars, restaurants, night-clubs creating a lively and vibrant atmosphere.

Couple ScubaDiving - Photo Charmaine Spencer - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Couple ScubaDiving – Photo Charmaine Spencer – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

If you would like to know more about the lovely motor yacht ENTOURAGE or a list of the latest yachts available in the Caribbean according to your budget and other requirements, please contact out experienced charter team here. Our knowledgable team of brokers have access to all the yachts available and will put together a fully-personalised selection – free of charge.

66 yachts start 7th RORC Caribbean 600

February 24, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

An amazing number of 66 yachts started the 7th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, with hundreds of race fans watching the breath-taking fleet from Fort Charlotte and Shirley Heights. Following a classic start in 15 knots of easterly trade winds, the fleet powered past the Pillars of Hercules, heading for Green Island, where they will bear away and accelerate towards the beautiful Barbuda yacht charter destination, the only mark of the 600-mile course around 11 fantastic Caribbean islands.

A spectacular start to the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua as IRC Zero and Canting Keel class, including George David's Rambler 88 and John Elkann's Volvo 70, Maserati cross the line ©Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

A spectacular start to the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua as IRC Zero and Canting Keel class, including George David’s Rambler 88 and John Elkann’s Volvo 70, Maserati cross the line ©Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD 70 Phaedo3, with Michel Desjoyeaux and Brian Thompson on board, had a conservative start with Petro Jonker’s cruising catamaran, Quality Time crossing the line first. Phaedo3 lit the blue touch paper at Green Island, blasting through the surf at well over 30 knots. The lime-green machine reached Barbuda in less than two hours, well ahead of record pace and eight miles ahead of Peter Aschenbrenner’s Irens 63, Paradox.

In the second start, 19 yachts in IRC Two and Three started the 600-mile race. For most of the crews racing in the smaller yachts it will be three or four days before they complete the challenge. Ed Fishwick’s Sunfast 3600, Redshift, skippered by Nick Cherry, got a great start at the pin-end with Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48, Scarlet Oyster, judging the inner distance mark to perfection. Andy Middleton’s First 47.7, EH01 and Scarlet Oyster were the first yachts in IRC Two to reach Green Island and it is likely that these two will be neck-and-neck for the duration of the race. In IRC Three, Peter Scholfield’s HOD 35, Zarafa was leading on the water at Green Island. However the Two Handed team racing Louis-Marie Dussere’s JPK 10.10, Raging Bee was the leader in class after time correction.

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

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

Jonathan Bamberger’s Canadian J/145, Spitfire and Joseph Robillard’s S&S 68, Black Watch got the best start in the 15 strong fleet racing in IRC One. However, Jose Diego-Arozamena’s Farr 72 sailing yacht Maximizer, revelled in the upwind start to lead on the water at Green Island. Oyster 625, Lady Mariposa, sailed by Daniel Hardy had a great leg to Green Island as did James Blakemore’s Swan 53, Music which was leading after time correction.

The penultimate start featured 21 yachts racing in IRC Zero and Canting Keel, arguably the best fleet of offshore sailing yachts that has ever been seen in the Caribbean. A highly competitive start saw Piet Vroon’s Ker 51, Tonnerre 4, win the pin, while Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50, Privateer took the island shore route to perfection. Farr 100 charter yacht Leopard sailed by Christopher Bake, also had a great start, controlling the boats to leeward heading for the Pillars of Hercules.

Hap Fauth’s Maxi 72 luxury yacht Bella Mente had a sensational first leg of the race, rounding Green Island first out of the IRC Zero class, but all eyes were on George David’s sailing yacht Rambler 88, as the powerful sled turned on the after burners. George David’s new speed-machine could well break his own monohull course record; at Barbuda Rambler 88 was almost five miles ahead of the ghost track of the record set by superyacht Rambler 100.

Bella Mente, Hap Fauth's ©Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Hap Fauth’s sailing yacht Bella Mente ©Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Two of the world’s most magnificent schooners were the last class to start. Charter yacht Athos and super yacht Adela started their match race in the pre-start and there is no doubt that the battle of the titans will continue throughout the race. Athos won the pre-start in some style, chasing Adela downwind and away from the line, before rounding up onto the breeze and crossing the line over a boat length ahead of her rival. However, Adela was far better suited to the beat up to Green Island and led as the two schooners continued their rivalry towards Barbuda.

Note: Liquid, Pamala C Baldwin’s J/122 and Quality Time, Petro Jonker’s Du Toit 51 catamaran retired at the start following boat damage. All of the crew are well.

 

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

January 15, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

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

Falmouth Harbour Marina, Catamaran Marina and Antigua Yacht Club Marina now providing only ultra-low sulphur fuel to yachts

December 01, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association (ABMA) is delighted to announce that Falmouth Harbour Marina, Catamaran Marina, as well as Antigua Yacht Club Marina are now offering only ultra-low sulphur fuel to yachts. This is as a result of the joint efforts of the luxury yacht marinas and the ABMA in raising the issue of the fuel, previously supplied having a sulphur content higher than the legal requirements in Europe and, from the 1st January 2015, in the USA.

Photo credit by Kevin Johnson - Kevinjohnsonphotoraphy.com

Photo credit by Kevin Johnson - Kevinjohnsonphotoraphy.com

The last year saw ongoing discussions with the ABMA and West Indies Oil Company regarding meeting the specific requirements of the marinas. West Indies Oil Company has been instrumental in engineering a change in the fuel supply to meet European regulatory requirements. CEO Gregory Georges has confirmed: “Following a request from the marinas it was clear that West Indies Oil needed to deliver the new lower sulphur content fuel at the most competitive price, so that on arrival from their Atlantic Crossings or before leaving for other destinations yachts can re-fuel adequately while ensuring that the fuel is below the legal sulphur content requirements in other jurisdictions.”

Mr Georges goes on to say: “West Indies Oil Company is perfectly positioned to respond to such a request. An innovative solution was achieved by leveraging the existing fuel supply infrastructure which, in turn, negated the need for excessive financial investment. Further, we are proud to be adding another product line to our compliment of products and services.”

General Manager of Falmouth Habour Marina and ABMA Director Bobby Reis says: “We are delighted that West Indies Oil has been able to deliver a solution and in fact has been able to provide us with the lowest possible sulphur content level available on the market. This will help us to safeguard the vital yachting sector by ensuring that the availability of this fuel means that yachts do not have to leave Antigua for another island before they wish to, just to refuel.”

The ABMA is delighted that the fuel situation has been rectified before the upcoming Antigua Charter Yacht Show which takes place in less than two weeks and heralds the beginning of the very important international yachting season in Antigua and Barbuda bringing with it enormous economic benefits to the islands.

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR

October 15, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Experience a British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard the 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR and enjoy the exclusivity of your own crew and personalised itinerary, discovering the Caribbean’s most beautiful treasures. Luxury charter yacht LIR is a 2014-launched Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 catamaran, available not only for BVI yacht charter, but also in the rest of the Caribbean (and the Mediterranean during European summer season).  Her Caribbean yacht holiday destinations include the US Virgin Islands, Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St Barts, Anguilla, St Martin and many other fabulous islands and islets. We have spoken to LIR’s dedicated and professional Captain, Chris Stollery, who was kind enough to reveal what it is like to spend your vacation aboard a luxury yacht, and even talked to us about some of his personal experiences. Enjoy the interview below and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and your own customised itinerary.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

INTERVIEW WITH LIR’S CAPTAIN, CHRIS STOLLERY

Captain Chris Stollery talks to CharterWorld about the Berret Racoupeau-designed LIR catamaran, his years of professional experience as well as life aboard this fantastic vessel. The British Virgin Islands charter yacht LIR  measures 20.44 metres (67 foot) and provides comfortable and stylish accommodation in four spacious cabins to up to eight charter guests in total. All cabins have their own en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, and feature contemporary and elegant decor. The vast open plan living areas, both inside and out,  are ideal for relaxation and socialising with family, friends or colleagues. For endless entertainment and fun, she is equipped with a great range of water toys, such as diving and snorkelling gear, donut, wakeboard, paddle surf, kayaks etc. …

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What was your first encounter with yachts and how did you begin your career in yachting?

I sailed with my family for pleasure until I was eight years old when my brothers introduced me to the dinghy class. Since then I have been involved with different projects as crew, in charge of deliveries, maintenance and trimmer during regattas.

When I was eighteen years old I decided that the sea was my passion, and a perfect way to keep travelling and meeting people around the world. For this reason I followed my career path for two years obtaining different commercial certificates, and today, I continue updating and upgrading my knowledge and certificates.

What attributes does one need to run a yacht?

The ability to connect with all kinds of people to make them feel comfortable.

Be positive and kind with guests, to create a nice atmosphere on board.

Show good manners at all times. Be a leader whom people trust onboard to conduct all kinds of activities.

Entertainment and team work are key within the crew for success.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

There are many aspects to working as a Captain on a Luxury yacht. What is the most pleasurable part and what, on the other hand, is the most challenging?

The most pleasurable part is showing people amazing places on the sea, the inland or under the water, and observe how they enjoy their holidays. It is challenging to please everyone and  to be lucky with the weather.

Can you tell me about the most memorable or magnificent experience you have had on the water?

The most recent experience was after a perfect sailing day from Capri to the Aeolian Islands, just arriving at the Stromboli Island with a fantastic sunset at our stern and seeing the constant flowing of lava coming from the crater toward the sea ahead of us.

Last year in Montenegro sailing the salt water lakes, where we felt as if we were sailing in the fjords. We also really enjoyed diving around the wrecks from the Second World War.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

As an active person I love to go with Natalia to wild places to practice Kite surfing,  diving, find various adventures like renting a bike to discover new and different places and things to do. I also like to meet local people to share experiences with and have fun.

LIR - Water toy fun

LIR - Water toy fun

You work together with Natalia Sanchez, Stewardess and a talented Chef. Can you introduce her to our readers and charter guests?

Natalia, without a doubt,  is the person on board who naturally loves to take care of all the small day to day idiosyncrasies, starting by connecting with guests to please them right from the beginning. Regarding Victoria 67 Catamaran LIR she is always giving that little touch to the interiors to be seen by the guests as if each day was the first day of their charter.

In the galley she is a real surprise due to her love of cooking based on the fresh food found daily wherever we might be, to complement the main dishes. As she has a strong background in catering she can improvise all week in different ways depending on each day’s needs or likes of the individual guests.

In the water she loves to teach people using the wake board, snorkel or jump into the water to tighten the stern line to a tree. Natalia always goes with the dinghy to find the local markets, to buy fresh food in the mornings and during sailing she helps me with everything, including skippering when needed.

In a few words Natalia is a joy on board and always smiling.

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

LIR yacht spends the European season in the Mediterranean and moves to the Caribbean for winter. What is your favourite place in both of the destinations?

In the Med the top one has to be the Aeolian Islands in Sicily and Montenegro in the Eastern Mediterranean as an interesting destination with plenty of things to see and do.  The Balearic Islands are also a fantastic place for a yacht charter.

In the Caribbean the British Virgin Islands as a well-organized place with a lot of different itineraries for a week’s charter, depending on the guests’ preferences. Grenadines are a great destination for guests whom prefer the wild and natural habitats.

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

For those less experienced in yacht charter, what can guests expect when embarking on a holiday aboard LIR? Can you describe a typical day aboard charter yacht LIR / how do you determine a yacht charter itinerary?

First of all, we greet our guests with a really nice welcome cocktail, then we introduce ourselves, explaining our roles as a crew, followed by the captain. We continue with a safety briefing explaining how to behave on board a vessel at sea. We need to find out if any guests have allergies so that they can inform us of the best way to assist in case of an emergency.

Before taking them to their cabins, establish if any guests are sensitive to seasickness to allocate them the stern cabin.

Normally, before dinner, we talk about my suggested itinerary so that the guests can discuss this during dinner.

The following morning, during breakfast, I normally take the chart to the table to explain my initial plan and be ready to change it according to our guests’ suggestions.  Following this I would set up a plan for the week, showing them the weather forecast and making sure that they are aware of the fact that if the weather changes the itinerary might change as well; this is to avoid possible misunderstandings during the week.

Before setting off, I will invite the guests for a swim to cool down and get used to the local sea conditions.

Normally on the first day I do a check dive for the divers, so that we are ready once we have arrived at the nice spots.

Lunch should be light and fresh, followed by an afternoon sailing, water sports, beach time, dive or siesta before cocktails.

Dinner time is when guests will find the cockpit and dinner table properly dressed.

After dinner we usually offer drinks, followed by the crew going to bed. Normally, for safety reasons, each night one of us will stay up until the last guest has retired.

Then improvise day by day by asking and recommending the options of each island, cove, village etc., and change the itinerary according to the weather conditions.

LIR - Salon tea

LIR - Salon tea

Would you recommend LIR to families with children as well as couples holidaying with friends?

Yes, why not, we love children and we are prepared with different equipment for them. We have experience with different types of charterers, from couples that don´t know each other to groups of guests invited by the company where they work or just families, friends etc…

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

We have water sports for all ages excluding diving. When the child/children are older than 16 years and depending on the situation, I can, as a fully qualified dive instructor, conduct a Discover Scuba diving program. In addition we have plenty of films, games etc…

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What would you say to clients that never chartered a yacht and are considering it, as opposed to staying at a luxury resort or a hotel?

On a boat there are many aspects that make a big difference as opposed to a hotel. Just arriving at the marina, where the boat is waiting for her guests, is a fantastic and more personal experience. The crew is ready and waiting for you, and that feeling of exclusivity and luxury is priceless.

During the entire trip guests will not need to organise any visits to places they would like to see, adventures to be part of  nor take care of their dinner bookings.  On board LIR, the crew will take care of all the guests’ needs at any time.  LIR is well equipped with amenities and water toys, where guests can enjoy water sports, diving, snorkelling, going to the beach for a picnic or just relaxing in the hammock with a cocktail.

With reference to the food, LIR has a high quality galley where the chef cooks to the same standard as a luxury restaurant on land. There is no need to go out, unless of course the guests wish to go ashore.

The crew is well trained and qualified in all aspects, so that guests will receive an exclusive and professional service.

Holidays at sea are a totally relaxing experience where, in one week, there is enough time to satisfy almost everyone’s wishes and expectations.

A yacht can, for example, access coves that would result impossible to reach from land and the landscape is constantly changing  during a yacht charter, compared to staying in a hotel in one place the entire time.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What do you think makes LIR unique, compared with other catamarans on the market?

What makes LIR special is the happy and totally professional ambience on board the most beautiful catamaran designed and fitted out to date. LIR is also the latest Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 yacht and she was designed by Berret Racoupeau. At the moment it is the second unit afloat and possibly the only one offered for charter, as well as being a brand new catamaran launched in spring 2014.

“It could not be better. Chris – Great captain, smart, well-educated knows the area and very helpful. We saw much more things than last time we’ve been here. We owe this to Chris. Natalia – We never ate so well before. We had good chefs before, however, Natalia did a great job every day through the whole charter. She is a great chef and very nice! Steward – Connor is very helpful and friendly. Great team and nice cat! Maybe it was the best crew we’ve ever had.“

Charter Guests chartering Catamaran LIR in Italy, July 2014

Anegada -  Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

A FEW WORDS  ABOUT BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT VACATIONS

British Virgin Islands are located east of Puerto Rico and northwest of the Leeward archipelago, in the popular winter yachting destination, the Caribbean. BVI yacht charter is characterised by relaxed sailing around the world’s finest sailing destinations, snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear waters or simply enjoying the sun, light warm breeze and the tranquil sandy beaches.

Jost Van Dyke, a small and picturesque island, is amongst the most popular islands to visit on a BVI charter yacht vacation. The island is a perfect destination for those wanting to escape the busy holiday resorts, boasting lush green forests teaming with wildlife  as well as white sandy beaches.

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Tortola, representing the main island of the British Virgin Islands, is famous for great tourist attractions and its natural beauty. Thanks to the island’s volcanic origins, Tortola is defined by rugged spine formations that merge with lesser ridges that undulate towards the sea. It is a treasure trove of natural wonders and breathtaking panoramas, and a great place to depart and explore other nearby destination including the Norman Island, Peter Island, Virgin Gorda, Marina Cay or the above mentioned Jost Van Dyke.

Situated 4 kilometres from Tortola, Peter Island is a good place to enjoy nature trails and hiking, in addition to scuba diving and snorkelling. There are various turtle species that survive in this region as well as other underwater wonders. For dining, there are a number of fine restaurants offering a good selection of international cuisine.

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, Virgin Gorda is another sought after destination for a British Virgin Islands boat rental. This tranquil island is not frequented by very large crowds, thus offering pristine coastline with beautiful azure waters and fantastic beaches. It is renowned for some of the finest beaches around the world!

On the whole, BVI offer unforgettable holiday experiences and undoubtedly the best way to enjoy its numerous heavenly islands is by embarking on a yacht rental. Follow the link for more detailed information about Caribbean yacht vacations and don’t hesitate to contact our experienced brokers to find out more about chartering catamaran LIR or any other vessel that best suits your budget, style and desires.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Note: Victoria 67 Catamaran yacht LIR will be present at the 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, to be held from 5th to 11th of December. Please, contact us for the possibility of viewing this outstanding vessel.

Superyacht Dining

August 14, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

A wealth of luxury is offered to today’s superyacht owners as well as guests when dining in, or eating out.  However, it may be argued that there is no restaurant, resort or bar that can provide the level of personalisation received by guests on a superyacht, making eating meals on board a favourable option for many.

A restaurant in paradise

A restaurant in paradise

A luxury superyacht is a guest’s opportunity to have their own gourmet restaurant with a five-star chef to meet their every culinary need.

When choosing a charter yacht, brokers can often provide sample menus from which to choose. Preference sheets are also provided for charters, which allow guests to be clear about any dietary requirements, allergies and preferences they have. Chefs and crew are accustomed to meeting extremely unique diets for luxury yacht charter guests as well as owners.

Luxury restaurant table

Luxury restaurant table

Casual meals can also be prepared if a more relaxed environment is required, especially at breakfast and lunch times, where eating out on the deck is a more popular choice.

However, it is more than likely that the superyacht will be berthing throughout the cruise to allow owners and guests to enjoy the nearby locations and a popular choice for an activity is dining in some of the world’s most luxurious and astounding restaurants.

Restaurant by the sea

Restaurant by the sea

Marinas themselves often have highly rated restaurants and dining services, and are in close proximity to some of the world’s most famous and luxurious restaurants.

Luxury restaurant

Luxury restaurant

Examples of luxury restaurants near marinas

Cambusa Italian Restaurant in St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda

Located in Catamaran Marina, this restaurant offers ancient Italian traditional food in a relaxed atmosphere; the main highlight being the open kitchen, where the two Italian chefs prepare food right in front of the customers. The setting is also something to experience, with views over the coastline and marina.

Oceana in St. Thomas, Caribbean

Showing a fine example of the local seafood and using fresh ingredients to create innovative dishes, Oceana offers guests a truly unique experience. The setting completes the experience with guests treated to scenic views of the sun setting over the Caribbean Sea.

La Casitta in Santa Maria, Sardinia

Offering a private oasis with golden sands, blue water and fine food for lunch, the island of Santa Maria and the restaurant La Casitta is a popular choice. Guests dine on a terrace overlooking the gardens where the produce is grown for the restaurant.

Vini da Arturo in Venice, Italy

This restaurant features an award winning menu that hasn’t been touched in decades and offers a purely local feel. Famously, the likes of Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio have eaten here and fallen in love with the unique aura that surrounds the restaurant.

Restaurant Nautika in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Often visited by celebrities and royalty, this restaurant offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and the old Croatian fortresses. Its combination of history, cosy seating and views has given Nautika the reputation of being one of the world’s most romantic restaurants.

Whether dining in or eating out, it’s not merely feeding a hunger, it’s an entire experience that can offer mouth-watering delights, spectacular views, a luxurious ambience and unforgettable memories.  The choice is personal, both have their pros and cons, but if a truly personalised and intimate experience is sought, this is where eating on board has the edge.

Caribbean Leeward Islands Superyacht Charter

September 24, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Now is the time to start planning for your winter getaway in warm, tropical locations, such as the beautiful Caribbean Islands. Caribbean superyacht charter is a sought-after way of vacationing for discerning travellers wanting to unwind, sailing in the pleasant warm breeze or sunbathing on paradise-like beaches of the Leeward Islands, British Virgin Islands or the Windward Islands, amongst others. Leeward Islands superyacht charter is one option that will surely exceed your expectations. Situated half way down the eastern Caribbean chain, the islands include such breath-taking destinations as Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, St Barths, St Kitts and Nevis, St Martin or Guadeloupe.

White sandy beaches in the Caribbean

White sandy beaches of the Caribbean

Cruising the Caribbean Leeward Islands you will come across a fascinating blend of cultures. In the southern part, such as St Martin and Antigua, a Dutch influence can be felt, whereas Les Saintes have that magic French atmosphere, with Antigua being, without doubt, British. Leeward Islands yacht vacation is well known for magnificent tropical landscapes, beautiful white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters and mouth-watering cuisine. There is also plenty of excitement to take in, including fabulous night clubs of Antigua and classy restaurants of St Maarten. St Barths is the hot spot of the Leeward Islands. The island’s village of Gustavia is Swedish influenced with French culture. It has some of the best restaurants, clubs and shopping in the Caribbean.

Photo credit Nevis Tourism Board

Photo credit Nevis Tourism Board

BELOW IS A SELECTION OF FABULOUS LEEWARD ISLANDS BOAT RENTALS, FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND THE FULL LIST, PLEASE CONTACT OUR CHARTER BROKERS HERE.

61m ISA Superyacht MARY JEAN II

Mary Jean II yacht is a beautiful 61,70-metre superyacht launched by the well known Italian shipyard ISA (International Shipyards Ancona) and launched in 2010. Her well conceived exterior, naval architecture and engineering are by ISA and her elegant, contemporary and classy interior has been created by Mark Berryman.

MY MARY JEAN II - At Anchor With Jetskis

MY MARY JEAN II - At Anchor With Jetskis

Some of the most important feature aboard this vessel include the wide open spaces, both inside and out, large lobby main saloon and bridge deck lounge, a superb sundeck with a generous spa pool pool, barbecue, a bar, al-fresco dining and an array of sunbathing areas, a tender garage, a gym, an excellent selection of water toys as well as an exceptional cruising performance. Accommodation is offered to 12 charger guests in seven individual staterooms, including 5 double, 2 twin and two convertible cabins. There is a professional crew of 16. More about MARY JEAN II yacht …

MY MARY JEAN II - Aft Deck Dining

MY MARY JEAN II - Aft Deck Dining

60 m LURSSEN luxury superyacht OASIS

Launched in 2006 by the prestigious German shipyard Lurssen, motor yacht OASIS boasts innovative design, with luxurious details and interior designed by Glade Johnson. Her sweeping views evoke an elegant ambience with no shortage for sumptuous and spacious living space.

Motor yacht OASIS

Motor yacht OASIS

Amongst her many exceptional features belong an open-air sundeck with a built-in bar, a Spa Pool and barbecue, as well as a professionally equipped gymnasium that can be converted into a private nightclub. Accommodation is provided to 12 charter guests in 6 splendid staterooms. More about OASIS yacht

Oasis - Top Deck Spa Pool Pool

Oasis - Top Deck Spa Pool Pool

55 m AMELS LE 177 Motor Yacht SPIRIT

This beautiful Amels Limited Editions 177 motor yacht SPIRIT was launched in 2011, with exterior design by renowned Tim Heywood and interior by the well known Italian design studio Nuvolari Lenard. Spirit offers her guests spacious sun deck, a wonderful entertaining space for up to 100 guests on the top deck also featuring a professional teppanyaki grill.

AMELS Limited Editions 177 superyacht

AMELS Limited Editions 177 superyacht

In addition, there is a custom made hot tub, placed at the bow as well as an epicurean style galley. Accommodation is provided to 11 charter guests in one master suite, two VIPs, one double and one twin cabin. More about SPIRIT yacht

50m HEESEN Motor Yacht INCEPTION

With a sleek profile, luxurious interior and a number of exterior deck spaces available for relaxation and entertainment, the Heesen motor yacht INCEPTION is a fabulous vessel to spend you upcoming Caribbean yacht holiday on board of. Her impressive and ultra modern interior, boasting combination of ebony wood with black steel accents, luxurious grey fabrics and brown leather, was designed by Mark Wallace.

INCEPTION -  Main

INCEPTION - Main

Comfortable and spacious accommodation is provided to 12 charter guests in one master stateroom, one VIP, tree double cabins and one twin cabin with two pullman berths. There is also an excellent selection of water toys and extras on board. More info about INCEPTION yacht

INCEPTION -  Formal Dining area

INCEPTION - Formal Dining area

49 m CHRISTENSEN Superyacht ODESSA

Measuring 160 feet and built by the prestigious Christensen shipyard, ODESSA superyacht is another fabulous Caribbean charter superyacht able to accommodate up to 12 charter guests in 6 deluxe cabins. She is managed by a crew of 10. This striking vessel, featuring a black hull and silver painted superstructure, is sure to get the attention wherever she appears.

ODESSA -  Main

ODESSA - Main

Her sumptuous interior design was created by Giorgio Armani, in minimalist styling with elegant furnishings. This tri-deck yacht’s exterior areas are vast and boast a huge spa pool on the centreline of the sun deck and spacious deck space to the aft of the sun deck, as well as comfortable seating in the shade of the bar. There is an array of water toys, including a 23ft Chris-Craft runabout, a 16ft Nautica inflatable, a 15ft sailboat, two personal watercrafts, two SeaBobs and much much more. More about ODESSA Yacht

ODESSA -  Fordeck

ODESSA - Fordeck

41 m HEESEN Motor Yacht SEVEN SINS

SEVEN SINS yacht is a tri-deck, full displacement luxury vessel accommodating her charter guests in 5 beautiful staterooms and offering plenty of space for relaxation and socialising on her vast deck areas. Some of the main features include the Spa Pool spa, an aft water toys garage and a sauna.

SEVEN SEAS -  Main

SEVEN SEAS - Main

Renowned Omega Architects are responsible for her superb exterior styling and elegant interior design, boasting beautiful semi-gloss cherry wood panelling throughout. The yacht’s ten large windows in the main saloon and dining area enable spectacular sea views. Her upper deck has an al fresco dining option  for 12 guests, whereas her sun deck has a table for ten, a Spa Pool and sun mattresses. More about Seven Sins superyacht

SEVEN SEAS -  Main Salon

SEVEN SEAS - Main Salon

39 m WESTPORT 130 Luxury Yacht ARIOSO

Built by Westport Yachts USA, luxury motor yacht ARIOSO is a truly refined Caribbean charter yacht representing style, stability and exceptional service. She is ideal for family charters or for a group of friends. The boat features a tasteful and vast interior as well as exterior, with accommodation for 10 charter guests in 5 comfortable cabins.

ARIOSO

ARIOSO

‘Arioso’ means ‘airy’, which is well fitted considering her spacious open architectural footprint. Her guests are welcomed to relax in the Spa Pool located on the bridge deck or savour the dishes prepared by her talented chef, grilled on the bridge deck, as well as enjoy the many outdoor seating and relaxations areas, including the wet bar and the swim platform. More about Arioso yacht

Motor yacht ARIOSO - Alfresco dining

Motor yacht ARIOSO - Alfresco dining

38 m HAKVOORT Super Yacht PERLE BLEUE

An absolutely beautiful yacht, constructed by Hakvoort with interior design by Donald Starkey, PERLE BLEUE boasts many outstanding features making her a fabulous vessel to rent in the Caribbean. Her interior combines casual Asian tones with homeliness and simplicity, boasting two comfortable saloons, each with a unique interior theme.

PERLE BLEUE superyacht

PERLE BLEUE superyacht

The yacht accommodates up to ten charter guests, in one sumptuous Owner’s suite, situated on the main deck and 4 guest suites, all beautifully furnished with a combined Asian and beach-house theme. She is maintained and managed by a professional and friendly crew of 7. More about PERLE BLEUE yacht

Luxury motor yacht PERLE BLEUE Skylounge.

Luxury motor yacht PERLE BLEUE Skylounge

33m DUBOIS Motor Yacht XO OF THE SEAS

Designed by the world renowned Dubois Naval Architects studio and built by Ustaoglu Shipyard, super yacht XO OF THE SEAS is a stable and comfortable rental yacht able to accommodate 11 charter guests in five de-luxe cabins, with a modern and elegant interior. The yacht features light cool neutral tones and expansive windows for ample natural lights.

XO OF THE SEA

XO OF THE SEA

There are ample teak deck areas to enjoy. The aft deck boasts a generous and partially shaded area, with al-fresco dining option and additional seating. The extended swim platform allows for convenient access to the water. The large flybridge features another al-fresco dining table, comfortable seating, large sun pads and a luxurious spa pool. More about XO OF THE SEAS yacht

XO OF THE SEAS -  Sundeck

XO OF THE SEAS - Sundeck

29 m JOHNSON 95 Super Yacht GO

Build in 2011 by Johnson the luxury superyacht GO features elegantly comfortable interior with sophisticated décor and an open plan dining and salon area. Her spacious exterior living includes the shaded aft deck and a gorgeous varnished table, full length seating and outdoor upholstered lounge seats with ottomans.

Yacht GO -  Main

Yacht GO - Main

Above the flybridge is the ideal place for entertainment and socialising, with a cocktail bar, al-fresco dining, sun-pads and chaise lounges and optional bimini. There are plenty of water toys available, including a wave-runner, kayaks, wakeboard or towable tubes pulled behind a 45 MPH Nautica. More about GO yacht

Yacht GO -  Formal Dining

Yacht GO - Formal Dining

TOP LEEWARD ISLANDS CHARTER DESTINATIONS

ANGUILLA charter vacations

Anguilla is renowned for its lovely white sand beaches, gourmet restaurants, de-luxe resorts, astounding villas and very friendly local people. At Flat Cap Point you can snorkel under the cliffs amidst a marine conservation area and at sunset watch the pelicans dive for a meal or catch a view of the endangered ocean tropic birds that nest on the island. Another fabulous diving site are the Prickly Pear Cays, full of caverns, ledges, barracudas and nurse sharks, as well as ship wrecks, including a 1772 natural sinking of the Spanish galleon El Buen Conjsejo.

Photo credit to Anguilla Tourist Board

Photo credit to Anguilla Tourist Board

ST MAARTEN / ST MARTIN yacht charter

On St Martin you will find a fusion of Caribbean-style beaches with European food and flair, thanks to St. Maarten’s Dutch and French side. The two sides share beautiful beaches, hilly terrain, a host of coves and bays, yet each side has it’s own distinctive pace and personality. The Dutch side boasts art galleries, jewellery stores, casinos and nightlife. The French side is quainter, hosting the village of Grand Case offering plenty of great restaurants.

ST BARTHS yacht holidays

Known as the St Tropez of the Caribbean, St Barth yacht charter offer sublime beaches, stunning geography, exceptional bars and restaurants as well as plenty of designer shops and boutiques. The island’s capital, Gustavia is a small quaint town resembling a typical Swedish village.

St Barth iin the Caribbean

St Barth iin the Caribbean

ST KITTS Yacht charter

Situated on the north of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, St Kitts is a relatively small, divided into two halves. The North of the island is immensely lush and green, while the South is more rugged. The coastlines are dotted with traditional West Indian villages, churches, agricultural plots and the occasional windmill or brick chimney from old sugar estate works.

NEVIS yacht charter

Nevis is green and serene, and is one of the last unspoiled destinations, proudly carrying the name “Queen of the Caribbees.” The waters of Nevis are post card crystal clear, in the hills the comical green vervet monkeys chatter, in the sea the whales cruise by. Stroll around and see the architecture of eras gone by: churches, windmills and refurbished Great Houses.

Photo credit to Anguilla Tourist Board

Photo credit to Anguilla Tourist Board

BARBUDA yacht holidays

Barbuda belongs to the very few Caribbean islands that are and will remain positively deserted, with only a small number of exclusive resorts and villas. Barbuda’s history has been intimately connected to that of Antigua for centuries. Yacht charterers can take a trip to Barbuda’s Frigate Bird Sanctuary located on the island’s northwestern lagoon, accessible by boat.

Photo credit Nevis Tourist Board

Photo credit Nevis Tourist Board

ANTIGUA yacht charter

Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands, providing Leeward Islands charter yachts with steady winds, with a network of safe harbours and protective nearly unbroken wall of coral reef. Antigua boasts a beach for every day of the year with plenty to discover. Some of the finest resorts are based here and it is also a home to super luxurious mega yachts, sailing yachts, charter yachts and superyachts for the winter season.

Being the most popular winter charter destination, there is a large number of outstanding superyachts, luxury yachts, sailing yacht and motor yachts of all sizes and different price ranges available to rent for a Caribbean Leeward Islands yacht vacation. For more information about this area or other destinations in the Caribbean, such as the Windward Islands, or the British Virgin Islands, please contact our brokers here.

First Class Healthy Dining aboard Caribbean catamaran charter yacht MATAU

December 13, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Design and luxury alone is not enough when chartering a luxury yacht and searching for that perfect  vessel to take you on that perfect holiday. It is the entire charter experience that counts, including the crew, the dining experience and the presentation … one of the yachts currently available in the spectacular Caribbean has just what is needed!  Chef Robin Thompson’s 2nd place for Healthy Dinner Competition and Stewardess Casey Barnes’ 1st place table setting at the recently held Antigua Yacht Show guarantee that you will receive a first class service and be presented with healthy, mouthwatering dishes aboard the luxury catamaran charter yacht MATAU while enjoying the warm Caribbean climate, pristine beaches and azure waters in comfort and luxury.  Catamaran MATAU is currently available for Christmas charters in the Caribbean at a rate of US$ 43,900 per week plus expenses and for Winter Charters at US$39,900 per week, per 8 people.

MATAU

MATAU

The Privilege 745 sailing catamaran MATAU was launched in 2005 by Alliaura and her sleek lines were designed by Marc Lombard. Featuring functional flybridge, contemporary décor as well as spacious cabins, MATAU is an excellent vessel to take you around the Caribbean islands and a real head-turner.

MATAU Salon

MATAU Salon

Marc Lombard’s design experience and excellence is reflected on the ample volume created by the bridge deck helm station. All sail handling system and controls can be operated from here, leaving the aft cockpit uncluttered and entirely to guests entertainment as well as al-fresco dining.

MATAU Lounge Bar

MATAU Lounge Bar

The bridge deck of the charter yacht MATAU is utilised to full advantage with spacious seating area, table and sunbathing platform, allowing charter guests to enjoy the surrounding views.

MATAU Entertainment

MATAU Entertainment

Practically and elegance continue throughout the interior of the MATAU catamaran, with the decor created in art-deco style, using pale wood, white leather upholstery and sophisticated black and red accents.

MATAU Master Stateroom

MATAU Master Stateroom

Elegant and comfortable accommodation is offered to eight guests in four spacious cabins. The Owner’s cabin is the most impressive, boasting large, king-sized centre-lined bed and a private en-suite, furnished with a luxurious full-sized Spa Pool. The three additional cabins are also very spacious and include queen-sized beds as well as private en-suites.

MATAU Guest Cabin

MATAU Guest Cabin

Luxury sailing catamaran MATAU is available for Caribbean Christmas yacht charter for US$ 43,900 per week plus expenses and for US$ 39,900 for the rest of the winter charter season (8pax). For more information, please contact our professional charter brokers here.

MATAU Cockpit

MATAU Cockpit

Diving in the Caribbean

Diving in the Caribbean

Cruising Caribbean aboard a luxury charter yacht

The most popular winter yacht charter destination, the Caribbean, offers its visitors plenty of places to explore and activities to enjoy. Escaping the chilly European winter, you will be greeted by beautiful warm weather, spectacular beaches, interesting cultures and an ocean laden with treasures, from small beach ridden coral atolls to impressive mountainous islands. The best way to experience Caribbean is to rent a luxury sailing yacht, a catamaran or other luxury superyacht.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Some of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean include, Anguilla, St John, Exumas, Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Dominica, St Kitts, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Spanish Virgin Islands, Antigua, Tortola, St Martin, Martinique, St Barts … amongst many others. For more information about these areas and the yachts available for charter, please contact our friendly team at CharterWorld.