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Valentine’s Day vacations: 10 yachts under 40m for a surprise getaway

January 31, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

It’s not too late to surprise your partner and organise a last minute charter for Valentine’s Day aboard one of these fantastic yachts under 40m/131ft. These cosy yachts are anything but cramped and offer the same great variety in modern and classic interiors and features as some of their larger counterparts, with some open yachts capable of twice their speed.

From cruising the Caribbean to exploring the wonders of Australia, the southern hemisphere is the perfect place to chase the summer sun, or instead discover the beauty of Europe ahead of the crowds with some of the charter options below.

1. Simple Pleasure – Stately interiors and a leisurely lifestyle

Sunseeker’s 30m/98ft luxury yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE has striking contrast interiors that separate each area according to function.

Motor yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

Motor yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

The forward formal dining area is well suited to any occasion; the dark earthy colours create a sensual atmosphere ideal for romantic breaks and the main salon to the aft is a perfect place to gather for drinks after the main meal, ready to receive visitors.

SIMPLE PLEASURE - Main salon. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

SIMPLE PLEASURE – Main salon. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

Sliding doors open out onto a sheltered aft main deck where guests will find sheltered seating and optional alfresco dining. Up on the flybridge, a retractable sunroof ensures that the seating area beside the bar receives just as much sun as the Jacuzzi and sundpads to the aft.

Luxury yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE - Sundeck. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

Luxury yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE – Sundeck. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

Built for performance, motor yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE is capable of a crusing speed of 21 knots and a top speed of 28 knots, making her an excellent choice for travelling the mainland and islands of Europe.

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 twin cabins
Crew: 5
Price per week: €59,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Mediterranean

2. Vervece – Deceive and delight

Built in in 1964 by Benetti M&B and refitted and relaunched by Palumbo Yachts in 2013, the unusual outer appearance of this converted 30m/98ft tug hides the modern majesty just inside: Beachhouse colours and soft, rounded furnishings create a bright and modern interior that will wow your valentine and any other guests along for the journey.

Tug VERVECE

Tug VERVECE

The formal dining area aboard luxury yacht VERVECE has a rustic charm befitting the untouched Mediterranean villages along the Amalfi coast and the sliding doors will bring a rush of sea breeze to the large living space. Out on the aft deck there is plenty of seating and sunpads, and a canvas can be extended over the area to provide shade.

VERVECE - Dining area attached to the main salon

VERVECE – Dining area attached to the main salon

The upper lounge is a cosy alternative for guests looking to break off from the main party and the upper deck has a table for alfresco dining for up to 8 people. Satellite television is provided in the main salon and throughout the guest cabins.

VERVECE - Spacious seating and sunbathing area on the aft deck

VERVECE – Spacious seating and sunbathing area on the aft deck

Accommodation: 9 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins
Crew: 6
Price per week: €35,000-49,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: Europe

3. La Docle Vita – Cool on the outside, warm on the inside

Seclusion or sophistication? Give your loved one both worlds: The Caribbean is a land of lush rainforests, volcanic islands and sparkling waters teeming with life – and that’s to say nothing of the modern metropolises that shine long after sunset.

M/Y LA DOLCE VITA

M/Y LA DOLCE VITA from Hargrave Custom Yachts

Hargrave Custom Yachts‘s 30m/98ft luxury yacht LA DOLCE VITA (ex.KING BABY) fits in effortlessly with her changing surroundings, offering a warm interior accented with high gloss wood and lit for late night entertainment.

Luxury yacht LA DOLCE VITA - Main salon

Luxury yacht LA DOLCE VITA – Main salon

In the main salon, the sumptuous sofas are perfect for curling up on while watching the widescreen TV together and the nearby bar offers easy convenience for guests throughout the evening, whether indoors or out on the aft deck seating.

LA DOLCE VITA - Sundeck

LA DOLCE VITA – Sundeck

The flybridge is the focal centre for outdoor entertainment, containing a spa pool, bar and alfresco dining along with the best views on board day or night.

Motor yacht LA DOLCE VITA has plenty of water toys, including:

  • 2 x Waverunners,
  • 1 x wakeboard
  • inflatable kayaks
  • beach games
  • snorkelling equipment
  • fishing equipment and
  • inflatable and towable toys

Her cabins are just as lavish as her main salon for a comfortable night’s rest after spending the day exploring with your partner.

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 1 double cabin, 1 twin cabins
Crew: 4
Price per week: $18,000-23,000 USD plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Caribbean

4. Aurora – Fine dining and high speed romance

There’s plenty to see in the Mediterranean and at a cruising speed of 22 knots and a maximum speed of 26 knots, 30m/98ft luxury yacht AURORA from Technomar will help you reach as much of it as possible.

MY AURORA. Picture credit: Technomar

MY AURORA. Picture credit: Technomar

Her spacious, sophisticated modern interior is filled either side with silver sofas under-lit for atmospheric evenings where darkness is preferred. Whether dining at the formal indoor table or dining alfresco on the aft deck, you and your guests will taste mouthwatering morsels from Chef George Georgie, who won the Category A Platinum at the Mediterranean Yacht Show 2016.

Alfresco dining on the aft deck aboard MY AURORA. Photo credit: Technomar

Alfresco dining on the aft deck aboard MY AURORA. Photo credit: Technomar

The spa pool and sunpads towards the bow are an excellent place to relax away from the main group and have one of the best views of anywhere on board.

Luxury yacht AURORA - Spa pool on the bow. Photo credit: Technomar

Luxury yacht AURORA – Spa pool on the bow. Photo credit: Technomar

Once you discover the clear waters of the Eastern Mediterranean, the on board selection of water toys will become irresistible: a jet ski, kayak, snorkelling and fishing equipment and towable toys will entertain the whole family.

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins
Crew: 6
Price per week: €42,000-49,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Mediterranean

5. Sea Quell – Explore the Caribbean at leisure

New Zealand builders Alloy Yachts created the beautiful 33m/108ft sailing yacht SEA QUELL back in 1992 and her refit in 2013 has modernised her appearance and technology for smooth sailing and plenty of excitement.

Alloy Yachts: SEA QUELL

Alloy Yachts: SEA QUELL

Her custom lighting adds a personalised touch to the spacious cherry wood panelled main salon, where guests can enjoy a coffee together before starting the day.

Main salon and dining area - SEA QUELL

Main salon and dining area – SEA QUELL

Romantics will adore the tiled hot tub, which is inlaid into her rich tonal decking. Steps lead up past the covered alfresco dining area to the cosy wheelhouse, where guests will discover another place on board to get together for close conversation.

Sailing yacht SEA QUELL - Hot tub

Sailing yacht SEA QUELL – Hot tub

Accommodation: 6 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 double cabin, 1 twin cabin
Crew: 4
Price per week: $40,000-46,000 USD plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Caribbean

6. Charisma – Overflowing with charm

Radiant both inside and out in her warm golden tones and ivory white, 37m/120ft motor yacht CHARISMA (ex.LIFESTYLE) from Danube Marine Consulting (DMC) is impressive both in artistry and functionality.

M/Y CHARISMA from Danube Marine Consulting

M/Y CHARISMA from Danube Marine Consulting

In the main salon, the eye-catching and atmospheric formal dining area sits in its own alcove on the far side of the room and the surrounding walls slide around to reveal or hide the galley behind.

Motor yacht CHARISMA - Main salon

Motor yacht CHARISMA – Main salon

Outdoor seating for alfresco dining is available on the main deck and the sundeck, where the Jacuzzi, wet bar and sunpads turn this outdoor space into the entertainment hub from afternoon long into the night.

Motor yacht CHARISMA - Sundeck

Motor yacht CHARISMA – Sundeck

The vast Master suite is located on the main deck and consists of a lounge area with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom on the lower deck. Every cabin has TV entertainment and ensuite facilities, so whether you charter as a party of 2 or a full party of 8, everyone receives the same superb entertainment.

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins
Crew: 5
Price per week: $75,000-85,000 USD plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Caribbean

7. Levante – Sail under the stars

Charter through the Caribbean and Central America this February aboard the immaculate modern catamaran LEVANTE from Sunreef Yachts. This 24m/80ft catamaran has the advantage of a shallow draft, allowing you and your guests to approach the shore closer than you would with a larger motor yacht.

Catamaran LEVANTE by Sunreef Yachts

Catamaran LEVANTE by Sunreef Yachts

Brilliant white interiors with striking black furnishings and flooring comprise the interior. The main salon and Master suite are located on the main deck.

Main salon inside S/Y LEVANTE

Main salon inside S/Y LEVANTE

The spacious deck provides a large outdoor space for sunbathing on the sunpads and sheltered alfresco dining, and the upper deck provides plenty of seating for visitors and acts as a viewing platform while your captain natigates to your next destination.

Catamaran LEVANTE - Aft deck dining and sunpads

Catamaran LEVANTE – Aft deck dining and sunpads

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabin, 1 twin cabin
Crew: 4
Price per week: $50,000-58,000 USD plus expenses
February charter grounds: Caribbean and Central America

8. Tess – Timeless comfort and style

Sail through paradise and enjoy life in the moment together. 24m/78ft sailing yacht TESS (ex.SPEEDY GO) is a classic 1986 yacht built by Mag France and last updated in 2012.

Sailing yacht TESS by Mag France

Sailing yacht TESS by Mag France

There’s plenty of deck space for sunbathing together and the cockpit will seat 8, making it an excellent spot for alfresco dining for groups large and small.

Luxury yacht TESS - Cockpit

Luxury yacht TESS – Cockpit

When you want a shady retreat, the stylish salon is a cosy environment with plenty of skylit seating and nearby lamps for more concentrated light where you need it.

TESS - Main salon

TESS – Main salon

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins
Crew: 3
Price per week: €18,000-23,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: Malta

Luxury yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE - Sundeck. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

Luxury yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE – Sundeck. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

Motor yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

Motor yacht SIMPLE PLEASURE. Photo credit: Sunseeker Yachts

9. Play the Game – It’s worth the risk to try something new

28m/92ft superyacht PLAY THE GAME from Sunseeker Yachts was built in 2014 to offer every guest the same high quality experience, both in communal areas and cabins. To this end, all accommodation has cutting edge entertainment systems and an en-suite bathroom with jet showers.

Luxury yacht PLAY THE GAME by Sunseeker

M/Y PLAY THE GAME by Sunseeker

The elegantly decorated main salon and dining area is sure to become a favourite spot for all charter guests: Warm, welcoming and bright, her aft sliding doors open wide to bring in the natural scents and sensations of the Balearic Islands. Outside, there is an alfresco dining table and a soft sofa where the two of you can watch the sun disappear over the horizon.

Luxury yacht PLAY THE GAME - Beautifully styled main salon

Luxury yacht PLAY THE GAME – Beautifully styled main salon

Luxury yacht PLAY THE GAME  has an excellent selection of water toys for high-speed fun and relaxation in some of Spain’s most idyllic beaches, bays and coves. With a cruising speed of 21 knots and a maximum speed of 29, she is the perfect choice for charter guests wanting to see everything the Balearic Islands have to offer.

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP staterooms, 1 double cabin, 1 twin cabin
Crew: 4
Price per week: €49,500-54,500 USD plus expenses
February charter grounds: Balearic Islands

10. Paradise – Not just a name

Built by Horizon Yachts in 2014, 35m/116ft motor yacht PARADISE has luscious modern interiors that bring together art and functionality for top of the line living spaces perfect for socialising and entertainment.

Motor yacht PARADISE by Horizon Yachts

Motor yacht PARADISE by Horizon Yachts

The main salon and formal dining area provide a bright and spacious area for all guests to enjoy. The wet bar is perfectly situated for serving evening gatherings both inside and out on the aft deck, where guests can observe sea turtles and manta rays swimming past Australia’s coral reefs.

Luxury yacht PARADISE - Main Salon

Luxury yacht PARADISE – Main Salon

Luxury yacht PARADISE has an excellent selection of toys for enjoying the Great Barrier Reef at its best:

  • 2 x jet-skis
  • 2 x surf boards
  • 1 x kayak
  • fishing equipment
  • snorkelling equipment
  • scuba diving equipment and
  • inflatable and towable toys

While on the move to your next fantastic destination, cool off in the beautiful deck Jacuzzi and take in the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean with your loved one. Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember aboard luxury yacht PARADISE and enjoy dining alfresco accompanied by the choice on board drinks selection, then watch the first stars sparkle into view above the ocean.

Superyacht PARADISE - External seating

Superyacht PARADISE – External seating

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 2 twin cabins
Crew: 6
Price per week: $125,000 USD plus expenses
February charter grounds: Australia

Treat your Valentine: 10 Opulent Superyachts for a Romantic Charter Holiday

January 26, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Give someone close to you the experience of a lifetime this Valentine’s Day and cruise around the world’s most beautiful waterways aboard a stunning superyacht. Bespoke interiors, candlelit dining and luxurious Jacuzzis await the romantic couple, to say nothing of the brilliant orange sunrises over sapphire waters, or nights spent under glittering stars.

There is a vast selection of yachts for charter over February with a week-long charter ranging from tens of thousands of Euros up into the millions. Below is our sample of what the charter market has to offer.

1. BACCHUS – Revelry, pleasure and leisure

Luxury yacht BACCHUS (ex.CHEVY TOY, ESPRESSO III, BURNA, POSITIVE CARRY) is a craft that lives up to its name in every way: her decks are dedicated to music, fine dining, entertainment, and of course, what would a motor yacht named BACCHUS be without her very own wine cellar?

Motor yacht BACCHUS

Motor yacht BACCHUS

This 43m/192ft motor yacht from Trinity Yachts was built in 2005 and refitted in 2015 with the latest in cutting-edge technology and entertainment. Her main salon features a grand piano while the skylounge is the hub for video entertainment. The views from the skydeck will showcase the very best of the Caribbean and not to be outdone for activities, superyacht BACCHUS has a bursting toy chest to match her well-equipped gym and yoga facilities.

Luxury yacht BACCHUS - Wet bar and wine

Luxury yacht BACCHUS – Wet bar and wine

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 4 VIP staterooms
Crew: 9
Price per week: $150,000-160,000 USD plus expenses
February charter grounds: Bahamas, Caribbean, Florida and Cuba

2. JOY ME – Unbridled passion and colour

This 50m/164ft beauty comes from Croatian builders Philip Zepter Yachts and her unabashed use of colour creates an arresting appearance before you even set a foot on board.

Superyacht JOY ME

Superyacht JOY ME

Each room feels like a modern art exhibition, and the brilliant white walls and furnishings set off the colour accents nicely while at the same time enhancing the natural light. On the lower deck there is a gym, Finnish sauna and Hammam Spa with views out over the sea.

MY JOY ME - Salon

MY JOY ME - Salon

There is plenty in the toy chest for exploring on land and water and as a yacht designed for parties, motor yacht JOY ME has a top of the range audio visual system across her decks for entertaining long into the night.

Motor yacht JOY ME - Exterior

Motor yacht JOY ME – Exterior

The sun deck has a 3.5 metre Jacuzzi and the lighting creates an atmospheric location for evenings under the stars. Whether you decide to charter as a couple or invite guests to join you, every cabin is just as cheerful and expressive as the rest of superyacht JOY ME, for a charter just as memorable as your loved one.

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 4 double cabins
Crew: 12
Price per week: €139,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Mediterranean

3. HIGH COTTON – Fast travel and seductive style

At the other end of the budget is the immaculate open yacht HIGH COTTON, built by Westport Yachts in 2008 and refitted in 2013. Capable of a cruising speed of 17 knots and a top speed of 24 knots, she is the perfect choice for couples looking to discover as much of Florida and New England, or the Caribbean and the Bahamas as possible within a short vacation.

HIGH COTTON - Formal Dining

HIGH COTTON - Formal Dining

At 34m/112ft luxury yacht HIGH COTTON has immaculate, interiors created from rich wood panelling and turquoise blue accents against white furnishings. Your loved one will be impressed with the formal dining and alfresco options against a backdrop of lush jungles, ivory sands and clear waters filled with vibrant tropical fish.

The Jacuzzi and wet bar on the sundeck under the canopy make a perfect place to unwind and sun loungers and seating give plenty of opportunity to it back, take in the sea breezes and enjoy each other’s company.

HIGH COTTON - Sundeck 2

HIGH COTTON - Sundeck 2

Her water toy chest has plenty to offer an entire group of 8, including Seabobs, inflatable paddleboards and jet skis. Whether the group consists of two people or 8, widescreen TVs both inside and out on the aft deck and sundeck will entertain with a wide selection of films available from Kaleidoscape.

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 4 double cabins
Crew: 5
Price per week: $49,950 USD plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Mediterranean

4. ROMEA – When no expense is spared

Whether you are celebrating your paper anniversary or your golden anniversary, superyacht ROMEA from Abeking & Rasmussen is the ultimate in luxury on the Caribbean and guests will be hard-pressed to discover everything she has to offer in only a week-long charter.

Motor yacht ROMEA by Abeking & Rasmussen

Motor yacht ROMEA by Abeking & Rasmussen

Built in 2015, this 82m/268ft yacht has timeless interiors made from pale wood and infused with natural light. Begin your day together by dining alfresco on the skydeck before taking a dip in the pool or heading to the secluded Caribbean beaches surrounding the Virgin Islands.

A finalist in the 2016 World Superyacht Awards and Showboat Design Awards, her entertainment is top of the line, from the cinemas on the main deck and upper deck to the bursting toy chest filled with wind surfers, scuba diving equipment and much more.

(Video Credit: perfect)

Motor yacht ROMEA’s beauty room and spa make her an excellent choice if you are going to pair your luxury getaway with a glamorous event or anniversary, ensuring that you always look your best for the occasion.

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins, 2 Pullman berths
Crew: 23
Price per week: €875,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: Europe

5. FIREBIRD – The romance of sailing

If you haven’t yet discovered the joy of sailing yachts, now is the time: 27m/88ft luxury yacht FIREBIRD from Oyster Marine was only built in 2016 and this modern marvel has all the modern conveniences of HD TV, a film and music library and plenty of water toys including paddleboards, water skis, diving and snorkelling equipment for exploring coral reefs together.

Sailing Yacht FIREBIRD - Main

Sailing Yacht FIREBIRD - Main

Make use of her deck space and sunbathe or dine alfresco while you charter past some of the most picturesque and historical towns Europe has to offer.

Sailing Yacht FIREBIRD - Navigation station

Sailing Yacht FIREBIRD - Navigation station

Accommodation: 6 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins
Crew: 3
Price per week: €45,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: Europe

6. OCEAN PARADISE – Your dream come true

Benetti’s 55m/180ft luxury yacht OCEAN PARADISE was built in 2013 and in the same year won the World Yacht Trophies for Best Interior Design. A finalist at two other awards shows in 2014, her quality will impress not only your significant other but any friends and family that join you on your luxury escape.

Superyacht OCEAN PARADISE

Superyacht OCEAN PARADISE

Every angle offers a new discovery and her tranquil surroundings are ideal for intimate conversation and socialisation. Her generous facilities include a beach club, dance floor, spa pool and as an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, superyacht OCEAN PARADISE can make your Valentine’s Day even more memorable as you learn a new skill together in the bays of some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches.

Motor yacht OCEAN PARADISE - Main salon

Motor yacht OCEAN PARADISE – Main salon

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins, 2 Pullman berths
Crew: 12
Price per week: €255,000-290,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: Europe

7. LAUREN L – Invite everyone to celebrate your occasion

Why celebrate your love alone when you can surround yourselves with friends and family? 89m/290ft luxury yacht LAUREN L from Cassens Werft  is one of the few yachts in the global charter fleet that can accommodate over 12 guests overnight and while moored, she can host up to 150 guests effortlessly. The ample decking area is perfect for a large party and guests can arrive via helicopter with the touch and go helipad.

Main Salon Bar

Main Salon Bar

Her classic styling make her a perfect choice for any formal occasion in the Mediterranean and there’s plenty of activities to entertain, from the movie theatre to the children’s playroom.

Away from the bustling cities, the toy chest has plenty on offer and superyacht LAUREN L is an Approved Water Sports Centre, so you and a loved one can bond while learning a new skill.

No guest will be at a loss for something to do: a sauna, steam room, spa and beauty room will release tension from tired muscles and heading home after the vacation feeling good as new.

Library

Library

Accommodation: 40 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins, 2 Pullman berths
Crew: 45
Price per week: €695,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Mediterranean

8. HOKULANI – High performance in glimmering gold

You won’t be able to tear your eyes away from this superyacht: her golden hull is nothing compared to the treasures aboard, however, and her interior layout has been expertly designed for a warm and inviting feel. Sink into the sumptuous sofas and enjoy time alone together while enjoying a cocktail from the wet bar.

Hokulani - Main salon

Hokulani – Main salon

As beguiling as the interior is, the main aft deck is truly magical, made even more so by the lush charter locations on offer from the Caribbean to Miami. Whether you intend to dine alfresco or lounge together on the spacious seating, the deck lighting and flora set the ambience for an evening of enchantment under the Caribbean sky.

46m/151ft open yacht HOKULANI was built by Palmer Johnson in 2007 and last updated in 2012. At a cruising speed of 22 knots and a maximum of 28 knots, she is the ideal yacht for guests short on time but not a sense of romance and adventure.

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins, 2 Pullman berths
Crew: 8
Price per week: €140,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: Caribbean, Miami

9. MALTESE FALCON – An awe-inspiring sight and the world’s largest sailing yacht

Combine performance and luxury and charter the world’s largest sailing yacht in the Caribbean this Valentine’s Day. At 88m/289ft, sailing yacht MALTESE FALCON from Perini Navi is a presence to be reckoned with, winning 10 awards in 2007 for her amazing interior and technical excellence.

Maltese Falcon -  (2)

Maltese Falcon - (2)

Filled with luxurious lounging spaces and beautiful dining tables inside and out, this magnificent mega yacht will entertain effortlessly while on the crystal waters of the Leeward Islands and while dockside, host parties in her magnificent modern interior.

Maltese Falcon -  (12)

Maltese Falcon - (12)

Capable of a cruising speed of 16 knots and a maximum speed of 19 knots, this stunning sailing yacht is faster than most motor yachts half her size and proof that sails aren’t necessarily just for guests who prefer leisurely travel.

Maltese Falcon -  (13)

Maltese Falcon - (13)

Not just an RYA Approved Water Sports Centre with a large toy chest selection, superyacht MALTESE FALCON has plenty of on board amenities, from the deck Jacuzzi and largest outdoor cinema screen to a gym and an on board massage therapist for extra pampering.

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom 4 double cabins
Crew: 17
Price per week: $400,000-440,000 USD plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Caribbean

10. SAVANNAH – Art gallery and work of art

As the world’s first hybrid superyacht, 84m/274ft SAVANNAH was an eagerly anticipated addition to the charter fleet. Built in 2015 by renowned Feadship, her innovative technology and cutting-edge design won her 6 awards in 2016, including:

  • Holistic Design Award (Showboats Design Awards)
  • Motor Yacht of the Year (World Superyacht Awards)
Feadship motor yacht SAVANNAH - Interior

Feadship motor yacht SAVANNAH – Main salon

Featuring a semi-submerged lounge, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi integrated into the deck, motor yacht SAVANNAH is designed for guests to experience their charter location in fine detail.

Superyacht SAVANNAH - Semi-submerged lounge

Superyacht SAVANNAH – Semi-submerged lounge

The internal open plan layout creates a wonderland of visual delights using LCD walls, spiralling lights and glowing outdoor fires. Each room is its own unique space while effortlessly flowing into the next in the open plan layout.

If you and your partner would prefer to explore the Caribbean islands, luxury yacht SAVANNAH comes with a fully stocked toy chest that includes mountain bikes and sail boats for exploring on land and sea.

MY Savannah - Main salon

Motor yacht SAVANNAH – Alfresco dining in the skylounge

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 4 double cabins
Crew: 24
Price per week: €1,000,000 plus expenses
February charter grounds: The Caribbean

8 Impressive Superyachts for New Year’s charter

November 14, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The start of 2017 is fast approaching and what better way to begin the year with a bang than by watching the fireworks over the Hong Kong Harbour or the London Eye from the sundeck of your own luxury yacht? To inspire your own selection, here are eight impressive luxury yachts currently available for charter through the Christmas and New Year period, with some special features and centrepieces that you won’t soon forget.

Whichever yacht you want for charter, be sure to book in advance: availability disappears quickly as the holiday season nears.

LAMIMA – The largest wooden sailing yacht in the world

Enjoy the services of a highly skilled crew aboard sailing yacht LAMIMA

Enjoy the services of a highly skilled crew aboard sailing yacht LAMIMA

Begin 2017 with a different experience and sail Thailand and Indonesia aboard sailing yacht LAMIMA. Built in 2014, she is the largest wooden sailing yacht in the world at 65m/194ft. Her traditional Indonesian appearance contains the conveniences of air conditioning and wi-fi while removing the majority of modern-day distractions so you can relax and enjoy the uninhabited islands and glassy blue lagoons that set the backdrop for your relaxing massage.

Sailing ketch LAMIMA - Main

Sailing ketch LAMIMA - Main

Unwind in the spacious Main saloon with a cocktail from the wet bar, or take in the fresh air from the seating on the main deck while learning about the local history and culture from your guide. When you want to get up close to the pristine beaches and sea life, the water toy chest has jet skis, paddleboards, Indonesian canoes and snorkelling and scuba diving equipment. Guests can even earn their PADI diving card while on the trip.

The crew of luxury sailing yacht LAMIMA exemplify how the staff are as much a part of the luxury charter experience as the yacht itself: from expert chefs to yoga teachers, onboard tour guides, masseuses and dive instructors, the skills available are unrivalled in a crew of 19, ensuring that every guest has a fantastic experience.

Accommodation: 14 guests: 5 double cabins, 2 twin cabins

Crew: 19

Price per week: €160,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Southeast Asia – Thailand and Indonesia

 

TIARA – Bedouin heaven and Thai splendour

Alfresco dining aboard the magical luxury sailing yacht TIARA - the largest sailing yacht from Dubois to date

Alfresco dining aboard the magical luxury sailing yacht TIARA – the largest sailing yacht from Dubois to date

The second luxury sailing yacht on our list, 54m/178ft custom built TIARA is a PADI Certified Training Centre Yacht, and what better place to learn to dive than surrounded by tropical fish in Thailand?

S/Y TIARA

S/Y TIARA

Built by New Zealand based Alloy Yachts in 2004 and refitted in 2013, the exterior features design work from the renowned Dubois Naval Architects.  Combined with the internal styling of John Munford, superyacht TIARA has exceptional flow between its indoor and outdoor spaces in authentic Art Deco style.

The main aft deck has plenty of room to host an open-air special occasion, or as a helipad for ferrying guests to and from the mainland. As the evening quietens down, the bedouin tent can be set up as comfortable and atmospheric cinema seating, or for a memorable New Year’s honeymoon under the stars.

Vavona burl, Honduras and flame mahogany create a rich interior that is welcoming while at the same time an excellent environment for formal occasions and corporate yacht charters. Two working fireplaces are located in the main saloon and the Master suite and Art Deco furnishings, statuettes and detailing can be found throughout the rooms.

Custom sailing yacht TIARA has plenty of water toys on offer and with her experienced PADI diving instructor and kite-surfing instructor aboard, there is no better luxury yacht to couple a memorable new year location with lifelong new skills.

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 2 Pullman beds.

Crew: 10

Price per week: €180,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Southeast Asia

 

LADY BRITT – Effortless style in silver and gold

Rest and rejuvenation aboard superyacht Lady Britt

Rest and rejuvenation aboard superyacht Lady Britt

Built by Feadship in 2011, 63m/207ft superyacht LADY BRITT has all the elegance and innovative design elements that took her to the finals in the 2012 World Superyacht Awards and Showboats Design Awards.

M/Y LADY BRITT

M/Y LADY BRITT

Designed for entertainment, her deck can be converted into a stage and used as an outdoor cinema.

Light, airy and full of beautifully crafted furnishings designed for comfort and relaxation, luxury yacht LADY BRITT is an ideal choice for a restful retreat from the New Year’s crowds. Featuring a wellness room with massage facilities and a sauna, she has everything to compliment a day of adventure on the ocean, exploring with her Laser Pico sail boats, kayaks, windsurfers or scuba diving equipment.

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 4 double cabins, 2 twin cabins

Crew: 16

Price per week: €445,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: The Bahamas and the Caribbean

 

W – What more could you need?

Motor yacht W - Formal dining area ready to see in the New Year

Motor yacht W – Formal dining area ready to see in the New Year

Built by Westport in 2014, 40m/140ft motor yacht W is a glimmering white attention-getter with all the facilities of a luxury holiday and the comforts of home life. Her rich mahogany interior features elegant, black and white furnishings with a splash of colour to draw the eye. Relaxing and airy with plenty of bright lighting to carry your special occasion long into the night both indoors and outside, luxury yacht W is a perfect choice for a New Year’s charter in the Caribbean.

Make use of the deck space all day long with plenty of sunning space at the front of the pilothouse deck. Relax at the bar on the main deck and watch the latest sports live on the outdoor TV before enjoying smoky taste of barbequed meat and fish cooked by your expert on board chef.

Westport Motor yacht W - Main

Westport Motor yacht W - Main

Both the main deck and the flybridge have plenty of seating for alfresco dining, with the latter having the advantage of sunbeds and a sizeable Jacuzzi for a truly laid-back day in the sun.

It’s the toy chest where superyacht W truly shines: She has no end of entertainment on board for group outings, including:

  • 2 x 3-seater jet skis
  • 2 x Seabobs
  • 4 x paddleboards (stand-up)
  • 2 x 2 person kayaks
  • Waterskis
  • Beach games
  • Fishing equipment
  • Scuba diving (only with Rendezvous Diving)

For land, there are even 3 mountain bikes to help adventurers see the most of the lush Caribbean islands visited.

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 2 twin cabins

Crew: 7

Price per week: €114,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Bahamas and Caribbean

 

MARIE – A St. Barths Bucket winner

The dining area and outdoor living space aboard regatta-winning S/Y MARIE

The dining area and outdoor living space aboard regatta-winning S/Y MARIE

Built in 2010 by Vitters, 55m/180ft luxury sailing yacht MARIE already has a prestigious history as a winner of the St Barth’s Bucket and a finalist at the World Superyacht Awards 2011 and the Showboats Design Awards 2011 for her exterior and interior design respectively.

Whether you’re out on the ocean or pulling into harbour, you’re sure to be noticed with her large sails and striking crimson and black hull from Hoek, who are also responsible for her exterior and interior design. The cockpit dining features sumptuous red seating complimented by solid wooden surrounds. The area is excellent for intimate dining between 8 guests from morning to evening and its shaded lounging area will allow guests to spend as much of the charter outdoors as possible.

Sailing Ketch Marie  - Image credit Tom Nitsch Image

Sailing Ketch Marie – Image credit Tom Nitsch Image

Inside, guests can pass by the wet bar and descend the staircase to reach the Main saloon, where a grand piano awaits for nightly entertainment. Portholes and skylights allow for natural lighting whichever room guests choose to occupy, from the Master suite complete with library and seating area to the formal dining area.

There is plenty of deck space for lounging in the sun, or make use of the water toy chest which contains a wakeboard, a jet-ski, an inflatable trampoline, snorkelling equipment, fishing equipment and more.

Not only does sailing yacht MARIE have an excellent variety of water toys, she also has 2 scooters to let guests explore the islands independent of any local transport. Begin the New Year aboard this competitive yacht and when you return home, you and your guests will have an enviable vacation story to tell.

Accommodation: 8 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 twin cabins

Crew: 8

Price per week: €189,000

New Year charter grounds: Bahamas and Caribbean

 

ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM – From one underwater paradise to the next

You won't miss the winter chill aboard luxury  yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM

You won’t miss the winter chill aboard luxury yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM

Enjoy the classic cruising experience on a beautifully designed luxury yacht with 49m/161ft motor yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM. Built by Trinity Yachts in 2005 and refitted in 2013, this splendid yacht has a laid back atmosphere and impressive detailing that adds to the ambience of every onboard area, from the dining area to the hallways and the guest rooms.

In the main saloon, rest and relax in gorgeous wood-panelled surroundings with a drink from the bar and turn your Christmas meal into a night to remember at the grand dining table, able to seat all 10 guests in comfort with plenty of elbow room.

Yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM - Main

Yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM - Main

Dine alfresco and watch the glitter of lights upon foreign shores as you see in the New Year and celebrate from the flybridge with a fully-stocked wet bar and watch the fireworks over St Martin from the Jacuzzi. Begin the 1st of January as you mean to go on and take advantage of the large beach club and swim platform, dividing your day into relaxing in the shade and swimming amongst the corals and undulating sands which are home to thousands of unique species of fish as well as sea turtles, docile nurse sharks and dolphins.

Looking to keep fit or learn a new sport as a New Year’s resolution? Tackle it immediately with the impressive toy chest aboard ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM. As an approved RYA WATER Sports Centre, every guest can learn how to use the water toys on their vacation, gain certification and learn a new skill for the start of 2017.

Accommodation: 10 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP staterooms, 1 double cabin, 1 twin cabin

Crew: 10

Price per week: €164,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Bahamas, Caribbean and Florida

 

AQuiJo – The world’s largest sailing ketch

The impressive architecture of sailing yacht AQUIJO makes the ideal location to see in New Year's Day

The impressive architecture of sailing yacht AQUIJO makes the ideal location to see in New Year’s Day

Wherever you sail the beautiful 86m/282ft custom sailing yacht AQUIJO, you’re bound to be noticed. Following the modern maxim of bright, clean and uncluttered surroundings, sailing yacht AQUIJO is exquisite in its simplicity. Her focus is placed on breath-taking architecture and the practical use of her surroundings to create an atmosphere of intimacy and adventure befitting a luxury sailing yacht heading to the Caribbean.

A sundeck on the flybridge takes full advantage of the summery Caribbean weather while showcasing the charter ground’s beauty to its full extent.

The formal alfresco dining seats up to 20 guests for open air nighttime entertainment.

There is plenty of room in the beach club’s indoor Jacuzzi, lit from above by the skylight in the floor of the main deck, or guests may prefer the sauna and steam rooms to chat while relaxing.

Incomplete without a selection of water toys, luxury sailing ketch AQUIJO has plenty for entertainment in the waves, from sunrise to sunset:

  • 2 x Kayaks
  • 2 x Paddleboards
  • 2 x RS Aero Sail Boats
  • 8 x Scuba Diving Equipment
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • Wake Boards
  • Towable Toys
  • Water-Skis

Delivered only this year, sailing enthusiasts shouldn’t miss this opportunity to charter this brand new and exceptional craft from Oceanco and Vitters, who have paid attention to every minor detail when it comes to living space arrangement, amenities and entertainment.

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 3 VIP staterooms, 1 double cabin, 1 twin cabin and 1 convertible

Crew: 17

Price per week: €400,000 plus expenses

New Year charter grounds: Caribbean

 

JOY – The brand new flagship from renowned yacht builders Feadship

Yacht JOY Gasswork Detail - Copyright Feadship

Delicate detail in glass and metalwork can be found throughout superyacht JOY

Visit the warmth of the Seychelles in luxury and style whilst the northern hemisphere struggles for daylight hours. Brand new to the charter market as of September 2016, Feadship’s 70m/230ft flagship JOY is ready to charter to Indian Ocean destinations this coming winter.

Featuring exterior design work and engineering by Bannenberg & Rowell, superyacht JOY consists of wide decks, a spacious beach club and plenty of uninterrupted views from the upper deck. Impressive as both a corporate event charter, a venue for a special occasion or a holiday getaway, the impressive stylistic features both outside and in will leave a lasting impression.

Superyacht JOY

Superyacht JOY

The interior is tastefully decorated by Studio Indigo to modern standards, using a neutral colour palette, textures and patterning to great effect. These stylistic elements are epitomised in the spiral staircase and lift that connect the floors, from the airy and light suites up to the gym and the sky deck.

The main saloon provides an inviting area to socialise: every seating area is positioned for maximum natural light throughout the day from the floor to ceiling glass panes.

A range of water toys can be found in motor yacht JOY’s toy chest, including water skis, jet skis, wakeboards, towable toys and equipment for fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Accommodation: 12 guests: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 5 double cabins, 1 twin cabin

Crew: 17

Price per week: €600,000

New Year charter grounds: Indian Ocean

To find out more information and available dates before the festive season, contact CharterWorld now.

Remember When available for Caribbean charter this winter

October 12, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN

From November onwards, 49m/162ft REMEMBER WHEN will be available for charter to Caribbean destinations such as Antigua and Barbuda, the Antillies and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Built in 2011 and maintained to a high standard annually, luxury yacht REMEMBER WHEN is elegant and unmatched in the scope of her facilities and water toys on a yacht of her size: Designed for entertaining large gatherings, the unique Jacuzzi has ample space for 10 guests on the fore of the sundeck, with access made easy across the floors via a lift.

Take in the exotic vistas of the Turks & Caicos Islands that experience summer year-round and relax on the sunpads with a cocktail from the wet bar, or enjoy the subtle smoky flavour of a barbecued meal.

Luxury yacht REMEMBER WHEN - Sundeck

Luxury yacht REMEMBER WHEN – Sundeck

For sedate evenings and a retreat from the summer sun, the bridge deck saloon has timeless grandeur and comfort: Plush sofas are arranged for easy socialisation and the nearby wet bar has plenty of choice on hand. The VIP stateroom is also located on this floor, conveniently located for the best views anywhere on board while enjoying an alfresco meal.

On the main deck, inlaid stone flooring leads from the spacious Master suite through the hallway to the main saloon, where the mirror-like American walnut table and ambient lighting offer a welcoming space for special occasions.

Motor yacht REMEMBER WHEN - Main saloon

Motor yacht REMEMBER WHEN – Main saloon

The impressive toy chest contains enough equipment to keep any guest entertained, from scuba diving and snorkelling equipment to jet skis, kayaks, Seabobs, paddleboards, wave-runners and even a Laser Pico sail boat.

At a cruising speed of 11 knots and a maximum speed of 17 knots, motor yacht REMEMBER WHEN will take you to all of the secluded beaches of the Grenadines without missing an opportunity to watch the sea-life pass by.

The American walnut fittings makes for an inviting and refined interior throughout the 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 2 pullman beds, which altogether can accommodate for up to 12 guests. The crew quarters can comfortable accommodate up to 10 crewmen for a relaxed atmosphere throughout the charter.

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN - Master suite

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN – Master suite

Superyacht REMEMBER WHEN is available for charter from €230,000 this winter to locations throughout the Caribbean. For more information about on-board amenities and destinations, contact a CharterWorld broker today.

The Safest Place to Charter a Private Luxury Yacht

August 17, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

With the recent turmoil in the world, and ever changing political landscapes, cruising on a private yacht is surely the safest way to travel. Not only that but it is the ideal way to see the most beautiful and fun coastlines of the world. A yacht brings both comfort and safety, privacy and freedom. There’s no better way to enjoy a holiday. This is one reason why the yachting industry is booming.

However, in this ever changing world, the safety of some locations is ever evolving. Even though a yacht charter is surely the safest way to enjoy your holiday, I have decided to rank which areas are likely the safest of the safe. I’ve scored the 10 safest places to cruise on your private yacht subjectively, according the following criteria: weather & seas, infrastructure & health care and lastly, violent crime.

The Top 10 Safest Places in the world to enjoy a yacht charter:

Caribbean Yacht Charters by Alexis Andrews

10. French West Indies

A beautiful part of the wider Caribbean cruising area, the centrally positioned French West Indies includes the likes of Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Isle de Saints. This corner of the Caribbean is as ‘classic Caribbean’ as anywhere because so you get the full package of near faultless beaches with white soft sand. It’s certainly not unknown to visiting superyachts, but there are still many a secluded cove to tuck up in and relax at anchor or jettison your gear and dive in for a swim. There are also unspoiled and authentic fishing villages on offer, lush inland rain forests, rugged peaks, exotic fruit & flowers and even hot springs. Natural beauty does not come at the expense of safety here as this part of the Caribbean is mostly know mostly for only petty crime and theft and the Caribbean somehow seems a long way removed from many of the current political problems of the world.

“This part of the world suddenly feels nicely isolated, and thus insulated, from the sometimes crazy problems emanating from globalisation and troubled world politics. It’s almost a taste of a simpler and more naive version of the world as it once was.”

Far flung sailing destinations can be an experience of a lifetime

Far flung sailing destinations can be an experience of a lifetime

9. Thailand

Thailand is the land of the smile, and it also has a fairly well-established yachting industry and infrastructure for South East Asia. In addition, there are some amazing areas to visit on you yacht like Puket, Krabi, Phang Nga Bay, Koh Phi Phi and Ko Lanta and the Similan Islands might be places that your yacht charter broker suggests you consider. There are not a huge number of luxury yachts permanently available in Thailand but there are always superyachts passing through on a world tour that you might like to consider renting.

The Bahamas offers superior ocean landscapes

The Bahamas offers superior ocean landscapes

8. Bahamas

The Bahamas always feels to me like a clean and fresh part of the Caribbean. It certainly doesn’t tend to be as overcrowded as some parts on the water. Safety is pretty good here in terms of crime and what a magnificent place to charter a yacht, especially a yacht with a shallow draft so you can get into all those special bays and beaches. If you like the water and like sea creatures this is the place to come.

Luxury yacht Hana in Italy

Luxury yacht Hana in Italy

7. Italy

Italy is perennial, seemingly almost lost in time sometimes. Italy in the heart of the Mediterranean is also a yachting smorgasbord, offering both culture and natural beauty. Think picturesque bays, amazing food ideal temperature and great nightlife. Think Capri, Sardinia, Portofino. Italians generally have a strong culture and an even stronger sense of community, and in many ways it’s a connected community that makes a place safe. Italy is a yachting powerhouse in the middle of Europe and as yet this country hasn’t specifically been affected as much as many neighbouring countries by recent world events.

Sailing an Oyster 100 superyacht

Sailing an Oyster 100 superyacht

6. Balearic Islands

Perhaps the most relaxed of the major Mediterranean yachting destinations, the Spanish Balearic Islands with great cities like Palma de Majorca have been the heart of sailing in Europe for many a year. Not only is there great sailing here but it’s a bit more low key than some of the other more glitzy Mediterranean hotspots. If you want to charter a sailing yacht, come here because there are plenty to choose from and the is more steady breeze than most other parts of the Mediterranean.

Tropical yacht charters are an evergreen delight

Tropical yacht charters are an evergreen delight

5. Fiji

Not only one of the most beautiful places on earth but also quite possibly one of the safest to visit on your charter yacht. The locals in this South Pacific cluster of magical islands are warm and friendly, with the biggest smiles of anywhere in the world. ‘Bulla Bulla’ is the local’s greeting and it comes with sincere friendliness. Like the rest of the South Pacific, Fiji does get cyclones during the cyclone season but if that time of the year is avoided the weather is nice and safe. Fiji has seen plenty of recent investment in infrastructure from new luxury resorts and marinas to roading. Moreover, despite being so wonderfully isolated, access to the first world countries of New Zealand and Australia is only a 3-4 or so hour flight away.

Heesen Yacht Galactica Star

Heesen Yacht Galactica Star

4. Croatia

It wasn’t a very long time ago that Croatia was only a new and developing yachting location after years of debilitating war. Competing with the rest of the Mediterranean, there was a lot of ground for the country to make up in terms of attracting luxury holiday makers to this beautiful location with thousands of islands. Well Croatia succeeded in not only attracting superyacht clientele to their home but in flourishing as one of the most requested luxury charter destinations in the world. Debrovnick, Korcula, Havar, Split, Sibenik are some of the most well-known and respected hot spots, but there are many others dotted along this amazing coastline. Croatia offers friendly locals, wonderful nightlife and generally a secure and safe environment.

New Zealand is known for sailing and whales

New Zealand is known for sailing and whales

3. New Zealand

The land of the long white cloud is very politically settled and safe and what’s more the locals are also known to be extremely friendly. This together with the fact the country is considered ‘First World’ with a modern first class heath system, means New Zealand is near the top of the safest yachting destinations. It has also seen a huge lift in general tourist numbers recently due to its many interesting and beautiful sights and its relative isolation and safety. While on a luxury yachting holiday you might visit the Bay Of Islands, the Coramandel and even the Marlborough Sounds (in the South), it’s also worthwhile to travel off the yacht inland to visit luxury destinations like Queenstown where you might rub shoulders with the world’s rich and famous. New Zealand has a world class superyacht maintenance infrastructure, so there are plenty of visiting superyachts to take advantage of. And if you like yacht racing like the Kiwis you could enter the Millennium Cup near Auckland.

Monaco means luxury yachting!

Monaco means luxury yachting!

2. Monaco

Anyone who has been to Monaco for more than a day or two knows there is a lot more to the Principality than just fast cars, superyachts, and the rich and famous. The Monégasque locals look after each other well and they also look after their guests. Accordingly, security has always been taken very seriously here and it’s hard to imagine a better protected population in Europe. Of course Monaco has first class infrastructure and the weather is generally mild Mediterranean. Monaco has gone from strength to strength as both a destination for superyachts cruising in the Mediterranean and as a service area with its large marina and luxury yacht focused economy.

Benetti in the Caribbean

Benetti in the Caribbean

1. The BVIs

The British Virgin Islands is a Caribbean yacht charter powerhouse which is popular for many reasons. There are hundreds of successful charters enjoyed here every year. But it’s also relatively very safe. The amazing beaches, bays and climate go a long way but there is also good supporting infrastructure. Crime is moderate for this part of the world and the weather is typically very easy and consistence outside hurricane season. The Caribbean Islands generally score very well with their relative safety, with only some exceptions only as a minority. This part of the world suddenly feels nicely isolated, and thus insulated, from the sometimes crazy problems emanating from globalisation and troubled world politics. It’s almost a taste of a simpler and more naive version of the world as it once was. The BVIs give a yachtsman a smorgasbord of tropical Caribbean delights to explore, Tortola, Peter Island, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, to mention a few of the most famous.

Please get in touch with CharterWorld the leading luxury yacht charter expert, to experience the delights of a superior charter holiday. Here are some very happy people who have already.

Facilities expand to meet demand in Dutch superyacht market

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

25 luxury yacht deliveries are expected from Dutch yacht builders in 2016. In 2015, Dutch shipyards launched 22 superyachts – six more than the year before – and totalling a worth of €1.18 billion. On top of the 22 launches in 2015, members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group also received 24 new superyacht orders, which was an increase of more than a quarter compared to 2014.

Feadship - New Amsterdam facility location

Feadship – New Amsterdam facility location

The recent increase in demand for superyachts has created an atmosphere for expansion in the Netherlands. Feadship has recently announced it will open a fourth manufacturing and refit facility in Amsterdam, and fellow members of HISWA Holland Yachting Group are finding creative solutions to the escalation in orders and deliveries.

“There are a number of key reasons why the superyacht industry in the Netherlands has come through the global downturn in rude health,” Jeroen Sirag, export director for the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, comments. “One critical factor has been a longstanding commitment to investing in the future during both good times and lean, with Dutch yards keen to ensure they retain their globally recognised lead in quality and innovation. The same applies to the Dutch equipment suppliers who consistently seek new ways to ensure their first-class products and technologies adorn the finest superyacht builds both in the Netherlands and further afield.”

Heesen Yachts has expanded to meet growing demand from clients for larger superyachts by constructing a new 85 metre dry dock in Oss. The facility is expected to be operational by October this year. The sailing yacht sector has also seen expansion: Royal Huisman and Holland Jachtbouw have both increased their build hall capacity.

Heesen Yachts - GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Heesen Yachts – GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Dutch marine equipment supply companies are also making significant changes. Hydromar Marine Equipment moved to a new production facility during 2015 to strengthen its relationship with Cramm Yachting Systems as they continue to make and market superyacht hydraulics. Van Berge Henegouwen has not only moved into Amsterdam offices which include a professional workshop and testing facilities, they have also opened a new office in Antibes, France to be ‘closer to the yachts and… improve support and service for our customers’.

Van Berge Henegouwen isn’t the only company expanding abroad as Huisman Maritiem, Heinen & Hopman add offices and facilities across the Mediterranean and De Keizer opens its seventh location in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“All these new initiatives and investments showcase how the members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group are looking to continue offering the best possible services to their clients,” concludes Sirag. “Equally important, of course, is the industry-leading experience and skills of the workforce at the various yards and supply companies. This remains the backbone of the Dutch superyacht cluster and the number one reason why Holland continues to rule the waves.”

P/R: Sunseeker to recruit over 200 skilled staff in UK

June 21, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Popular luxury yacht manufacturing company Sunseeker has announced plans to increase its staff at its UK headquarters and main assembly facility in Poole, Dorset.  Originally looking to recruit 100 new employees, that figure has more than doubled to ensure its future models for 2016 onwards to ensure timely delivery and outstanding quality.

The following is a press release from Sunseeker International.

Press Release

SUNSEEKER TO RECRUIT 225 NEW SKILLED STAFF AT ITS UK MANUFACTURING FACILITIES

Sunseeker International has announced that it is now looking to recruit 225 new skilled staff, an increase on its original plan for 100 new employees to support the introduction of several new models planned for 2016. The new roles will be based at its manufacturing operations in Dorset, covering construction trades including Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrical, Boat Building, plus Engineering trades including Mechanical Engineering, and Composites – GRP Laminating and GRP Finishing.

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Successful Candidates will be based at Sunseeker’s Poole headquarters and will be instrumental in helping to build boats like the stunning 116 Yacht above.

Commenting on the recruitment drive, Sunseeker’s CEO Phil Popham said: “We are pleased to announce these recruitment plans which give a clear signal of the positive times ahead at Sunseeker. We have a clear and robust business plan to invest in long term growth and sustainable success, backed by our majority shareholder Wanda Group whose stable ownership and strong financial backing enables us to plan and invest for the future. Our forward order book for 2016 and beyond is looking very strong, currently up 55% over the same period last year.

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‘Come and join the family of over 5000 employees worldwide that help to make Sunseeker the inspirational brand that it is.’

Expanding our highly skilled workforce is a key part of our planned investment, and with the introduction of a number of new boat lines in 2016 we are able to recruit 225 new skilled staff to support future growth. This recruitment drive is underway and will conclude in the first half of the year, bringing our total employee number to around 2,150.”

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With 17 stunning models currently being built by Sunseeker, they are constantly striving to bring innovation and new ideas to the marine industry.

Fantastic yachts available in the Spanish Balearic Islands this year

June 15, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

From the bustling bars and restaurant nightlife to the brilliant colour contrasts of the Mediterranean landscape, the Balearic Islands are a haven for thrill seekers and artists alike. Take the time to unwind surrounded by the beauty of the Spanish Balearic Islands this August on one of the luxury yacht finalists for the 2015 World Super Yacht Awards: THUMPER.

Sunseeker 40 Metre Yacht THUMPER - Photo by Jeff Brown

Sunseeker 40 Metre Yacht THUMPER – Photo by Jeff Brown

The 40m/131ft luxury motor yacht was built in 2014 by Sunseeker, who also took charge of her internal and external fittings. The result is a stunning white, silver and topaz interior which plays with matt and gloss textures to great effect. The salon and dining area exude timeless elegance which will impress any guest, and the stunning Balearic sunsets from the deck area and verandas will make alfresco dining a compelling choice.

The Beach Club feel continues through the Sky Deck of the 40 Metre Yacht “THUMPER”

The Beach Club feel continues through the Sky Deck of the 40 Metre Yacht “THUMPER”

Feel the tension ease from your tired muscles as you lie back in the deck Jacuzzi, surrounded by the rich environment of the Mediterranean coastline. As a certified RYA Training Centre Yacht, any guest can learn how to use the jet skis, water skis and other water toys on offer. The satellite TV and Wi-Fi will also provide ample entertainment for both adults and kids.

Able to host up to 10 guests in 5 well-presented suites and cabins as well as 9 crew, THUMPER presents the finest in luxury yacht charters. THUMPER is currently available for charter from the 24th of August at a rate of €165,000 per week, and a low season rate of €155,000 later in the year.

Admiral Regale 45 WJ superyacht Flying Dragon (ex Capri)

Admiral Regale 45 WJ superyacht Flying Dragon (ex Capri)

The powerful and striking FLYING DRAGON is an impressive 44.8m/147ft luxury yacht with grand modern interiors inspired by the Far East, making it a great choice as a corporate event charter. Another finalist at the 2015 Super Yacht Awards, FLYING DRAGON came close to winning the Naval Architecture Award for Semi-Displacement motor Yacht. The Jacuzzi and sun-pads on the upper aft deck are a great spot for some peace and quiet as guests take in the afternoon sun or stargaze far away from the busy nightlife towns. The shaded lower aft deck presents an opportunity for alfresco dining, or this large open area can be put to use for hosting parties in true Ibiza fashion.

FLYING DRAGON - Main Salon

FLYING DRAGON – Main Salon

FLYING DRAGON is ready for entertainment on the water and comes with a collection of water toys, including a Waverunner, two sets of water skis and four sets of scuba gear for proper exploration of the reefs and lagoons. Able to accommodate 10 guests and 8 crew, FLYING DRAGON promises a relaxing experience and exceptional service for only €130,000 per week (plus expenses). Contact CharterWorld for more information.

 

Sunseeker 'Casino Royale'

Sunseeker “CASINO ROYALE”

CASINO ROYALE by Sunseeker is a 33m/108ft luxury charter yacht that was refitted only earlier this year. Exuding warmth in contemporary style, the saloons are a welcome retreat after a busy day exploring the rich history and Catalan culture of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

Sleeping up to 8 guests over 4 beautifully lit suites and cabins, CASINO ROYALE will bring comfort as well as style to your Balearic Islands yacht charter. Capable of an impressive cruising speed of 22 knots and a maximum speed of 45 knots, luxury motor yacht CASINO ROYALE is an excellent choice for anyone with a tightly packed itinerary across multiple islands.

A bargain at €65,000 per week this summer, CASINO ROYALE is sure to attract attention with its sleek design and powerful engines.

MADNESS - Sundeck

MADNESS – Sundeck

The 33.4m/110ft superyacht MADNESS is another luxury motor yacht looking to charter the Balearic Islands in the upcoming months. The beautiful sundeck is packed with a Jacuzzi, table seating and a bar for entertainment and fine dining. Socialise in the warm island air no matter the time of day, or the weather: the awning on the top deck folds back to let in the sun or to protect against light rain. Hosting up to 8 guests in 5 bright and luxurious cabins, the interior fits in seamlessly with the Mediterranean colour palette found on each of the islands.

MADNESS is prepared for fun in the water, with the options of a kayak, two bladefish, water-skis, a number of inflatable toys and snorkelling equipment for the whole party. MADNESS is available from €75,000 plus expenses and is ready to charter for your Mediterranean getaway today.

Sunreef Yacht Ipharra

Sunreef Yacht IPHARRA

Glide into port aboard the luxury sailing catamaran IPHARRA and turn heads with her impressive modern build and timeless elegance. A finalist in the Showboats Design Awards 2001 for both her naval architecture and her internal layout, IPHARRA is sure to astonish outside and in.

Catamaran Ipharra by Sunreef - Cockpit

Catamaran IPHARRA by Sunreef – Cockpit

The spacious suites will ensure that all 12 guests will be comfortable in any of the 5 cabins and the choice of tenders and O’Brien brand water toys will provide hours of entertainment. Charter her today at the bargain price of €55,000 per week, plus expenses and turn your trip to the Balearic Islands into everlasting memories.

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2016’s top last-minute summer charter deals

June 14, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Summer has arrived, temperatures are on the rise and the 2016 yacht charter rates are tumbling. With up to 25% off on some yacht charter deals, there’s never been a better time to visit your favourite holiday destination, or to discover a new one. Take your friends and family to Monaco, or the natural brilliance of Maine and reap the rewards of living in the spur of the moment with these exceptional last minute charter deals in locations across the globe.

 

New England

Famed for the vivid colour changes in its autumn leaves, New England has an abundance of natural beauty throughout the seasons. Summer is the perfect time to visit the rocky coves of Maine, or the sandy beaches of Massachusetts. Each location has a wealth of history and treats visitors to an easy-going attitude and friendly hospitality.

 

Motor yacht KATYA exterior

Motor yacht KATYA

45.72m/150ft Delta luxury superyacht KATYA was refitted only last year and has exceptional surroundings and entertainment options for up to 12 guests: each cabin contains a flatscreen TV and a large selection of water toys. This beautiful tri-deck full-displacement motor yacht presents plenty of alfresco dining options and the outdoor sundeck contains a Jacuzzi for unwinding in the sun or under the stars. KATYA is available at the special summer rate of $150,000 per week.

Luxury Yacht COCKTAILS - Aft Deck

Luxury Yacht COCKTAILS – Aft Deck

47.8m/157ft superyacht COCKTAILS is the ideal luxury charter for up to 11 guests looking to spend quality time entertaining together. COCKTAILS comes with a nine-foot projection screen for outdoor movie nights, a karaoke machine in the Skylounge, two tenders and a great selection of water toys. With a Jacuzzi, wet bar and sun pads on the sundeck, COCKTAILS lives up to its name with plenty of entertainment choices. At $150,000 per week – a reduction of $35,000 per week – luxury superyacht is a bargain.

Yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM

Yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM

At 49m/161ft, Trinity superyacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM is the largest of the three New England luxury yacht charters currently discounted for summer. The 5 beautifully presented staterooms can sleep up to 10 guests and her entertainment options include an extensive movie library and an impressive water toy selection, which includes WaveRunners, Seabobs, inflatables, and fishing and snorkelling gear. At an introductory charter rate of $165,000 per week this summer only, ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM is an opportunity not to be missed.

Take advantage of the special summer rates for New England and contact CharterWorld now.

 

The Bahamas

Famous with sun seekers for its glorious weather and lavish boutiques, the Bahamas is a classic destination for a motor yacht charter this summer. Take in the islands, lagoons and reefs which make up these unique seascapes from these amazing luxury superyachts, now available at a reduced rate this summer.

 

AMARULA SUN - Main saloon

AMARULA SUN – Main saloon

The 50m/164ft AMARULA SUN is packed full of features, from a grand concert baby piano and skylounge fireplace to her exceptional choice of water toys, tenders and gym equipment. Her deck is fully equipped for barbecues and alfresco dining, with a Jacuzzi that seats up to 8 guests and plenty of sunbathing space. Sleeping up to 12 guests in her 5 staterooms, AMARULA SUN is a model choice for families and friends looking for a holiday in the sun. Luxury charter yacht AMARULA SUN is available for $195,000 this summer (excluding hoidays), but only if booked before July 31.

Luxury yacht TEMPTATION - Exterior

Luxury yacht TEMPTATION

Charter your dream summer season getaway on 37.5m/123ft TEMPTATION for only $60,000 per week until August 31st. This charter yacht is an excellent choice for outdoor living due to its alfresco dining options and comprehensive range of water toys (including 2 deluxe WaveRunners, child and adult water skis and a 36-foot centre console Yellowfin tender). TEMPTATION sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 opulent staterooms designed for comfort.

Charter bookings to the Bahamas are expected to fill up quickly: avoid disappointment and contact CharterWorld soon to find out availability for these beautiful luxury yachts.

 

The Mediterranean

Perhaps the most popular destination for luxury yacht charters across the globe, the Mediterranean coastal economy has long developed to cater for visiting charter yachts. From relaxing spa resorts and five-star dining experiences to luxury tours through stunning area of natural beauty, the Mediterranean has everything to create treasured holiday memories. There are many offers for motor yacht charters in the Mediterranean this summer, but not all cover both the east and west Mediterranean. Below are 2 sought-after superyachts willing to go the distance.

Mondango 3

MONDANGO 3

Throughout the summer of 2016, 56m/185ft luxury sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 is offering exceptional discounts for her size. Built in 2014 and able to sleep 10 guests over 5 cabins, MONDANGO 3 combines size and versatility with modern comfort. The longer you book aboard MONDANGO 3, the greater the discount:

1 week: €190,000 (15% discount)

2 weeks: €358,000 (20% discount)

3 weeks: €504,000 (25% discount)

Charter this outstanding luxury sailing yacht for low season prices this summer and enjoy an unforgettable holiday in the Mediterranean.

Luxury charter yacht DREAM - 60M

Luxury charter yacht DREAM – 60M

The 60m/197ft Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht DREAM is offering a 10% rate discount when guests book a charter for 2 weeks or more during August (€350,000) and September (€330,000). Live your Mediterranean adventure in modern style and comfort aboard luxury yacht DREAM. The sundeck provides a tranquil atmosphere for sunbathing, soaking in the Jacuzzi or alfresco dining surrounded by uninterrupted views. Her water toy selection will ensure that guests are never bored, with everything from kayaks and fishing equipment to an inflatable trampoline. Popular with families, DREAM provides everything for a fun-filled holiday in the sea and the sun.

 

Western Mediterranean

From Portugal to Italy, the Western Mediterranean coastline covers a great array of cultures and cuisines. The old world boasts some of the richest history in the world, built up with architectural wonders which represent the ideas and ideals of the people who inhabit these lands. Whether you are seeking a quiet natural retreat or a roaring city break, these luxury yacht charters will ensure your journey will be made in comfort and style.

Dream - Al fresco dining - Skylounge

DREAM – Al fresco dining – Skylounge

Although available throughout the Mediterranean until the end of August, superyacht DREAM is offering the chance to charter the islands around Sicily and the Aeolian Islands or Capri and the Amalfi Coast at the reduced rate of €349,000 per week only between 20th June and 1st July. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity on this stunning luxury sureryacht.

Super Yacht AUSTRALIS

Super Yacht AUSTRALIS – Sundeck

Until the end of June, 48m/157ft luxury charter yacht AUSTRALIS is providing a special last-minute discount rate for charters in the West Mediterranean. At €149,000 per week, guests receive a saving of €19,000 per week. With a full selection of water toys and tenders for guests, alfresco dining options and an impressive open and shaded sun deck, AUSTRALIS is a great modern getaway for up to 10 guests.

Kanaloa - saloon

KANALOA – saloon

Having received a full refit only last year, 48m/157ft luxury charter yacht KANALOA is ready to return to the seas of the West Mediterranean to show her guests around the best beauty spots. Until the end of June, KANALOA will take 11 guests for the reduced rate of €125,000 per week.

Superyacht HANA - Sundeck

Superyacht HANA – Sundeck

43m/140ft luxury motor yacht HANA offers another last-minute deal for June, at a rate of €120,000 per week. Accommodating up to 10 guests in her serene and modern surroundings, HANA is a popular choice with small parties looking for all the mod-cons and the benefits of an approved RYA water sports training centre.

Find out more about these amazing last-minute offers and contact CharterWorld today to reserve your place.

 

Eastern Mediterranean

From Croatia to Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean is filled with exotic sights and sparkling waters for the ultimate yacht charter vacation. There are plenty of weekend antique markets to explore, surrounded by ancient temples and dramatic coasts. The cities have more choice and adventure than a modern tourist could take in through one visit, leaving much reason to return again and again. Throughout the summer of 2016, three luxury yachts are available for charter at discount rates in the Mediterranean.

EMOTION (Ex Emerald Star) - Flybridge

EMOTION (Ex Emerald Star) – Flybridge

The 42.6m/139ft luxury yacht EMOTION is available in the Adriatic at a 15% discount this summer. Her plain modern interior makes her perfect for entertaining close friends or family, or as a location for a corporate event. Capable of hosting 11 guests over 5 lavishly styled rooms, luxury superyacht EMOTION has elegance to spare.

Superyacht PRIDE

Superyacht PRIDE

For €130,000 per week, guests can board the 45m/147ft superyacht PRIDE for their Eastern Mediterranean adventure. Sleeping 12 guests through 6 cabins, PRIDE is a great yacht charter choice for friends and family looking for alfresco dining and living under the Mediterranean sun.

Motor yacht Alexandra - Saloon

Motor yacht Alexandra – Saloon

Luxury superyacht ALEXANDRA is known for providing Greek charters and her crew are therefore no strangers to the secret hideaways of the Eastern Mediterranean. Sleeping up to 12 guests in 7 rooms, ALEXANDRA offers plenty of comfort and chances for relaxation in her stylish salons and on deck Jacuzzi. The gym and water toys will satisfy anyone looking for fun, fitness and adrenaline both in and out of the water. At only €150,000 per week, luxury motor yacht ALEXANDRA is sure to turn a dream holiday into a reality this summer.

If you are looking to charter a particular superyacht not listed above, contact CharterWorld for the latest rates for the 2016 summer season.

Luxury superyacht HANA offers 20% discount for Mediterranean charters

June 11, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

At 43m/140ft and able to accommodate up to 100 guests dockside, superyacht HANA is the perfect venue for corporate events throughout the Mediterranean.

Luxury charter yacht HANA

Luxury charter yacht HANA

Accommodating up to 10 guests during travel, HANA contains a large master suite with its own veranda, three double cabins and two twin cabins. With contemporary interiors designed by Claude Missir, grand deck spaces and hi-tech amenities, HANA is sure to leave a lasting impression. Light wood and pale colours enlarge the spaces and make the peaceful indoor lounges perfect for reading and relaxing before a meal in the elegant dining area.

The Jacuzzi offers unbroken views of the local scenery and there is plenty of lounging space to soak in the sun or enjoy a cocktail at the bar. The fully-equipped gym will ease the guilty consciences of any guests who have overindulged and a large swim platform creates easy access to the warm Mediterranean waters.

Superyacht HANA - Sundeck

Superyacht HANA – Sundeck

Not only is HANA equipped with a variety of water toys such as wakeboards, jet skis and water skis, she is also an approved RYA water sports training centre – perfect for learning new skills and activities.

Until the end of June, luxury superyacht HANA is offering charters around the Mediterranean at the reduced rate of €120,000 per week (plus expenses). Book now to avoid disappointment.