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The Best Diving Spots Off Your Luxury Yacht

November 18, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Need some inspiration on planning a holiday? Explore the world beneath you on a luxury yacht charter voyage! Put world-class diving destinations at the very top of your yachting itinerary. Don’t forget to pack your diving camera. There’s everything from fascinating shipwrecks to kaleidoscope coral reefs, exotic marine life to underwater caves. Onboard a luxurious superyacht benefit from the skills of an expert diving instructor or if you’re experienced, do it alone and jump in from the yacht deck.

1. Virgin Islands – if exploring shipwrecks is your thing, then the Virgin Islands ticks all the right boxes. The sleepy Virgin Gorda Island is home to one of the most famous diving sites in the Caribbean, the wreck of the HMS Rhone, located off Salt Island. Many enthusiastic divers plan their entire yachting vacation around a trip to this famous site which has been in existence since 1867 when the Royal Mail steamer sank during a hurricane. What an adventure! If you love the spirit of sailing superyachts then Maltese Falcon for charter is an ideal option. Full selection on charter yacht available in the Caribbean you can check here.

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

88m megayacht Maltese Falcon by Perini Navi

88m megayacht Maltese Falcon by Perini Navi

2. MexicoMexico has a number of awe-inspiring dive sites which warrant a visit in their own right. Set sail for the coastal town of Playa del Carmen close to the Yucatan Peninsula. The majestic limestone bedrock is riddled with fresh water-filled skin holes called centos some of which are 14m deep. Explore the underwater caves, a true labyrinth for divers. Visit the Baja Peninsula close to Santa Rosalia and Espiritu Santos. You may be lucky enough to see the giant Humboldt squid which can grow up to almost 2m in length – wow! Why not charter the superyacht Mamma Mia for your next holiday

Diving in Mexico

Diving in Mexico

Mexico

Monumental underwater museum called MUSA, Cancun, Mexico

3. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia – no top ten diving spots would be complete without the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Considered as one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World, this underwater paradise is a fantastic diving destination from top to bottom, a perfect site for divers of all levels. Get your diving gear ready to explore the Coral Sea with visibility of almost 60m making it ideal for spotting sea snakes and sharks at a distance. It has the world’s largest collection of corals, sponges, molluscs, rays and dolphins. CharterWorld offers a large selection of luxury superyacht for charter in the area, for example the stunning motor yacht True North.

Motor yacht True North in Australia

Motor yacht True North in Australia

4. Vanuatu – like many regions in the South Pacific, Vanuatu is home to exciting diving spots. There’s the mighty shipwreck, SS President Coolidge, located off the coast of Espiritu Santo. This 22,000 tonne ship sank fully laden with war machinery during World War II just off the beach. For something a little different, how about diving around Tongoa and Million Dollar Point? It’s a great opportunity to explore the edge of a live volcano, how exciting will that be? The best way to reach all the islands of Vanuatu is on your own charter yacht, which CharterWorld can assist you with.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu

5. Rangiroa, French Polynesia – approximately 400 kms from Tahiti are the incredible islands of the Tuamotu Archipelago. They include a string of coral that encircles a luminous lagoon known as Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world. With more than 240 tiny islets over a 177 kms, it’s not surprising that this is one of the world’s most intriguing and diverse diving spots – awesome.

French Polynesia diving

French Polynesia diving

6. Egyptian Red Sea – the Egyptian Red Sea is ranked as one of the world’s best diving spots and a great destination for a luxury yacht charter with good reason. The eastern edge of the Sahara supports one of the most spectacular dive sites. Separated naturally from the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea has developed an individual reef system like no other. Diving, scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular water activities here so make the Egyptian Red Sea part of your yacht charter itinerary.

Red Sea, Egypt

Red Sea, Egypt

7. The Maldives – the best diving spots in the Indian Ocean can be found in the glorious tropical paradise of the Maldives. The channels here are full of caves, caverns and overhangs that hide soft corals, colorful sponges and unique invertebrates. There are plenty of sites to explore in this amazing region. Away from the reefs, you may be lucky enough to spot manta rays, eagle rays or different species of sharks. A yacht charter is the perfect way to enjoy the various adventures that diving sites offer.

The Maldives

The Maldives

8. Cayman Islands – these islands are a group of three islands all of which offer world class diving. Although Grand Cayman is the most established diving destination, for a more relaxed but equally as enthralling, there’s Little Cayman and for the daring, on the northern shore, Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson Point. These are sheer coral cliffs dropping 2,000m into a submarine trench. Many divers consider this to be the finest wall diving in the Caribbean. Some of the best luxury charter yachts will be cruising in the waters of the Caribbean this winter, and are available for charter!

85m luxury charter yacht Solandge built by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m luxury charter yacht Solandge built by Lurssen – Photo by Klaus Jordan

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

9. Sipadan Island, Malaysian Borneo – one of the more secluded diving spots can be found off Sipadan Island in the South China Sea. This island is less than an hour’s sail from the mainland, so it shouldn’t take your skipper long to get there. It’s an unbelievable magnet for studying fish from barracuda to horse-eye jacks as well as stunning green turtles which are accustomed to the presence of divers. At South Point you may encounter reef sharks, huge schools of trevally along with herds of parrot fish.

Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island

10. Surin and Similan Islands, ThailandThailand’s best diving spots can be found in the Andaman Sea. There are fabulous diving sites like Hin Daeng (Red Rock) and Hin Mouang (Purple Rock) in the south west, off the Surin and Similan Islands. The Surin Islands are also home to Richelieu Rock, a 30m dive famous for shark sightings and giant schools of fish. There are many wonderful photograph opportunities here.

Similan Islands

Similan Islands

Eye-catching Sunseeker Predator 108 Motor Yacht ICU Star of M6 and L’Equipe TV Shows

May 08, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The eye-catching Sunseeker Predator 108 motor yacht ICU has been recently the star of the filming of three television programmes in El Gouna on the Red Sea, in the fascinating Egypt yacht vacation location. The filming was an excellent result of the collaboration between Sunseeker Egypt and the international television production company 3W (What a Wonderful World).

The Sunseeker Predator 108 Yacht “ICU” pictured during filming in El Gouna, Egypt

The Sunseeker Predator 108 Yacht “ICU” pictured during filming in El Gouna, Egypt

The last week of April 2015 saw the striking superyacht ICU feature in all three productions. The TV company crew were in El Gouna to film a luxury destination show on El Gouna for French TV channel M6 and two special episodes of the highly successful French action show ‘Adrenaline’ for L’Equipe Television. During the shoot, luxury yacht ICU was moored outside the Sunseeker Egypt office on Sunseeker Island.

The eye-catching Predator 108 superyacht “ICU” will feature in shows for M6 and L’Equipe TV

The eye-catching Predator 108 superyacht “ICU” will feature in shows for M6 and L’Equipe TV

Sunseeker Egypt General Manager Craig Hume explains: “We were approached by the 3W producers who were looking for a luxury yacht from which they could film the TV shows and we knew their preference was for a Sunseeker. “ICU” was the obvious choice for both the Adrenaline shows and the luxury destination show, simply because it’s by far the most eye catching yacht on the Red Sea and has that real ‘wow’ factor. We approached the owner and captain, who both graciously obliged by donating the yacht with full crew for the period of the filming so we were extremely pleased.

The 3W filming crew onboard the Predator 108 motor yacht “ICU” in Egypt

The 3W filming crew onboard the Predator 108 motor yacht “ICU” in Egypt

The Adrenaline episodes will go live later this year. The M6 destination show, regularly watched by around 3 million viewers, will air on May 17, 2015.

The Red Sea in El Gouna provided a stunning location for the filming

The Red Sea in El Gouna provided a stunning location for the filming

Note: Original article appeared on the official Sunseeker Blog Book.

More info and images on Sunseeker.

New exclusive dealer for OTAM in Egypt

March 11, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

OTAM, the shipyard boasting 60 years of power-boating excellence, is delighted to announce that Planet Navis will be their new exclusive representative for Egypt. The company is located in the center of the Red Sea at Hurgada.

OTAM 80 Yacht underway

OTAM 80 Yacht underway

Planet Navis, founded in 1994, is a subsidiary of Marine Service Company and part of the Planet Group, with a core business of high performance luxury yachts. OTAM is therefore a natural partner and enriches their already substantial offerings of new and used vessels.

OTAM’s CEO Gianfranco Zanoni is satisfied with the new partnership: “The Red Sea is an important market where our product is highly valued. Thanks to the support of Planet Navis’ team of experts, we are able to guarantee long term sales and service assistance for all our Egyptian clients.”

Planet Navis’ Sales and Marketing Director Khaled Nabih said: “We are extremely pleased and honored to have been chosen by OTAM as their partner and preferred broker in Egypt. We look forward to catering to the elite clientele that approaches OTAM, not only during the purchase phase but also during the lifetime of their OTAM yacht, thanks to our strong post-sales assistance expertise for both pleasure and work boats”.

ART MARINE Marinas appointed as supervisor for management of Ayla Marina in Aqaba, Jordan

March 03, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

ART MARINE Marinas, the leading marina management company in the Middle East, has been selected as supervisor for the management of Ayla Marina in Aqaba, Jordan. This new 430 hectare community development is strategically positioned on the pristine shores of the fabulous Red Sea yacht holiday destination and is very close to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Ayla Marina in Aqaba, Jordan - a beautiful Red Sea yacht charter destination

Ayla Marina in Aqaba, Jordan – a beautiful Red Sea yacht charter destination

The Ayla project is a world-class destination that embraces tourism by creating recreational and residential communities around a series of man-made lagoons in Aqaba. Overlooked by the Marina Village, hotels and various residential and commercial developments, the Marina Lagoon acts as the site’s gateway to the sea. This expansive lagoon will have 294 berths in its final phase and will accommodate vessels up to 40 meters, in a mixture of permanent berths for the residents and temporary berths for visitors.

ART MARINE Marinas has been selected for the task of supervising the management and operation of the marina because of its extensive professional experience, excellence of services and knowledge of the region. AODC believes ART MARINE can enhance and develop the marina further and put Ayla’s project marina on the region’s marine recreational map. One of the targets is to make this project a world-class destination for the boats owners and the tourists from all over the world.

The Managing Director of Ayla Oasis Development Company, Eng. Sahl Dudin, emphasized that the partnership with ART MARINE is a strategic one and aims to provide premium marine services in Ayla Marina, the largest Marina in Aqaba and one of Ayla project’s major components. “We look forward to delivering exceptional marine services and luxurious experience to boat owners in Ayla through ART MARINE”, he added.

Bruno Meier, Chief Operating Officer of ART MARINE and Head of Marina Division, said: “The Ayla project is a fabulous holiday resort and without any doubt it will become one of the most sought after tourism destinations in the region. We are thrilled to have been selected for the management of this beautiful and unique marina. Besides of implementing our high standards of operation, we will also create a life style that will reflect the values of the Jordanian culture and hospitality.”

Opening of Sanlorenzo Egypt

November 06, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Sanlorenzo Egypt represents the all-new Sanlorenzo embassy, which has been recently inaugurated in the Hurghada region, a fabulous Red Sea yacht charter destination. The new brand representative has been opened thanks to the agreement with the local company Alkhalil Trading L.L.C., who will introduce the Italian Made-to-Measure motor yachts to the most demanding Egyptian owners.

T.Khalil-M.Viti

Picture of agreement: T.Khalil-M.Viti

The new Brand Representative office is located in Abu Tig Marina, in the El Gouna resort, a  popular yachting destination in the Hurghada region of the Red Sea. Sanlorenzo Egypt’s  Managing Director is Tarek Khalil, a mechanical engineer who founded Alkhalil Trading L.L.C. in  1994 and since then has been successfully involved in many areas of business across Egypt and the Middle East.

“I have personally been boating in the Red Sea for the past 25 years – says Mr. Khalil – The  marine service industry is already well established in the Hurghada region of the Red Sea and  Alkhalil Trading is instrumental in the development of the rapidly growing luxury boat market  across Egypt”.

For the last 5 years, Alkhalil Trading has been successfully distributing in Egypt boats up to 80 ft  and the addition of the Sanlorenzo motor yachts complement the current range of boats for  customers who seek an outstanding first class super yacht, made to measure according to their  personal requests and style.

“We are very proud – continues Mr. Khalil – to represent the iconic Italian shipyard in Egypt and  look forward to introducing Sanlorenzo to our Egyptian customers. We are confident that the  Sanlorenzo made to measure philosophy will become an exclusive opportunity in this market for  the discerning customers who are looking for a truly unique motor yacht”.

Sanlorenzo Egypt will provide after-sales service support on-site through the existing Alkhalil  Trading service centre, in order to support both existing and new customers throughout Egypt.

Unmistakable style and sophisticated design place Sanlorenzo motor yachts at the peak of international yacht business. The Italian shipyard, in over 50 years of history, has now become synonymous with excellence both in terms of refinement and attention to detail. Today, Sanlorenzo has reached the second position in the world ranking of the top builders over 24 meters (Global Order Book 2014).

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Sanlorenzo.

ART MARINE Marinas becomes Manager and Operator of Soma Bay Marina

April 07, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

ART MARINE Marinas, the leading marina management company in the Middle East, is proud to announce that it has become the official operator and manager of Soma Bay Marina. This luxury superyacht marina is nestled in the fabulous Middle East yacht charter destination – Egypt.

Soma Bay Marina in the breath-taking Middle East yacht charter location - Egypt

Soma Bay Marina in the breath-taking Middle East yacht charter location - Egypt

Soma Bay is a large coastal resort on the Red Sea in Egypt; in addition to its variety of diverse luxury hotels, residential developments, and stylish marina, it is home to a world-famous spa and golf course and coveted dive and kite spots. The marina with 44 berths can accommodate vessels up to 40 meter, and a large extension is planned for the future.

ART MARINE Marinas has been selected for the management and operation of the marina because of its unmatched professional experience, excellence of services and knowledge of the region. Soma Bay Marina assigned ART MARINE as the operator of the marina in order to enhance and develop the marina further and put Soma Bay on the map. ART MARINE Marinas will offer its high standard of marina management and operation to the berth holders of this exclusive marina, thus creating a new ultimate destination for the boat owners in the region.

Soma Bay Marina

Soma Bay Marina

Ahmed Dabbous, General Manager of Abu Soma Development Company, said: “Given their internationally recognized experience and quality, and their keen environmental standards, ART MARINE is the right partner for the development of Soma Bay Marina. It is our objective to expand the number of our berths significantly to accommodate bigger boats and yachts. We are confident in becoming an international destination that offers unique homes and quality vacation destination – ART MARINE was duly chosen for this and is fully committed on meeting this goal.”

Bruno Meier, Chief Operating Officer of ART MARINE and Head of Marina Division, said: “Soma Bay is a beautiful holiday resort, and we are proud to have been selected for the refurbishment and management of its boutique marina. Like for all the marinas in our network, we will implement our high standards of operation, however, we will also create a unique “flavor” for the marina, and make it one of the most sought after destination in the Red Sea.”

Ingemar participates in development of a new superyacht marina in Jordan

April 18, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Ingemar participates in the Ayla Oasis project in Jordan, which will bring a new prominent residential tourist centre currently under construction at Aqaba on the Red Sea. The company is responsible for the design as well as building of the floating structures for the new Marina. With the studies, planning, design and tender technical documents by ATM (Applied Technology & Management, Inc), the project of the Ayla Oasis Development Company is expected to radically transform the region.

A new superyacht marina under construction in Jordan

A new superyacht marina under construction in Jordan

With only the basin shape as starting point, ATM developed the marina concepts, segregated user dock layouts and provided the superyacht strategy. ATM’s market study provided the first justification for the inclusion of superyacht capability in this marina project, and provided direction to improve the engineering designs of the basin and access to accomodate superyachts. ATM is also reviewing the shop drawings on behalf of the Owner and providing support throughout the construciton process.

This huge project, whose objective is to offer a high profile alternative to other Red Sea destinations such as Sharm el Sheik and Hurgada, will cover an overall area of approximately 460 hectares overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba and is surrounded by two mountain ranges which connect the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dead Sea.

The new complex will feature a series of lagoons and artificial islands, 5 luxury hotels (1540 rooms), 3000 residential units, an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman (the famous professional golfer and golf course designer), a nine-hole course, a tourist port with multiple private moorings as well as many commercial units, entertainment and recreational facilities.

Many of the new residences and hotels will have private moorings and independent access to the Marina (a tidal lagoon); there will also be other units which will overlook two upper lagoons (the Upper and Middle Lagoons) with white sandy beaches which will be used exclusively for swimming and recreation but with no motor-boat access.

Ingemar‘s role, for Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua SpA which won the contract for the civil and electromechanical works, will be crucial for the 31 hectares of the tidal lagoon which flows directly into the Gulf of Aqaba: water from the two upper lagoons (the Upper and Middle lagoons) which cover approximately 53 hectares, will flow down into the Tidal Lagoon over a series of waterfalls and cascades. These two upper lagoons will be fed by a system of pumps and lifting apparatus taking seawater directly from the Gulf and pumping water at about 10 cu.mts. per minute.

Ingemar is currently finalizing shop drawings for the works and programming construction of the pontoons, fingers and equipment for the marina all of which will constitute the principal landings for the Ayla Project. The marina will have approximately 300 berths to host yachts between 10 and 35 m.

Ayla Oasis Project in Aqaba, Red Sea

Ayla Oasis Project in Aqaba, Red Sea

The floating structures, with an overall surface area of more than 7000 sq.mts. and extending for approximately 3 kms, will be of aluminium alloy supported by unsinkable floating units in concrete and expanded polystyrene, finishings in eco-friendly exotic hardwood, all anchored to the lagoon bed by fixed pilings.

The project, supervised by ATM, includes a wide range of floating structures differentiated according to their position in the Marina and their specific functions.

The west zone, close to the Marina’s entrance, will accommodate a floating service platform for fuel pumps and waste pump-out system.

To the south, between the residences, there will be 3mt wide pontoons with floating fingers of between 12 and 20mt lengths and 1.5mt or 2mt widths, with or without mooring poles. The pontoons will be custom-made and shaped so as to follow the horseshoe-shaped design and inserted within the available spaces.

The south-east zone is where the storage depot will be (including a small workshop for repairs) and motor yachts. The pontoons will have no fingers but will be equipped with 4 floaters to ensure stability and comfort.

Continuing anti-clockwise there will be the first zone for med-moorings, equipped with 2.5mt wide continuous floating pontoons.

The northeast zone will have the greatest number and longest fingers made up of 3mt pontoons equipped with four floating elements and fingers up to 20mts.

The pontoons in the northern zone complete the project and will in part be installed during the second phase of work: these comprise pontoons and fingers for mooring craft of up to 40mts in length.

Access to the pontoons will be along walkways in aluminium and up to 24mts in length: this will mean a comfortable incline allowing pedestrians easy passage.

The project and construction of the pontoons meets the highly demanding contractual specifications from the point of view of design loads, their combinations and the quality of the finishings.

The diversity of the construction solutions respects the specific requirements according to the great variety of applications within the marina.

The marina basin is currently dry, since work is underway to finish driving the pilings to the lagoon bed and constructing the landing supports for the access walkways.

The flooding of the lagoon is expected to be carried out at the end of April and completion of the pontoons will be by the end of this year.

The first of these huge areas, called “Marina Village” will be completed by 2014 and will include approximately 250 residences, a super-luxury hotel, retail and commercial units. The next area to be developed, named the “Arabian Venice” will have all the characteristics of a true ‘Arabian Venice’.

The area where the Ayla Project will arise is famous for the spectacular coral reefs typical of the Red Sea, as well as its vicinity to the awe-inspiring city of Petra and the archeological site of Tal Khalifeh, an Iron Age settlement also mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures.

The project, with an overall estimated cost of US$ 1.2bn., is being promoted by the Ayla Oasis Development Co. (Ayla), the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and the Jordanian Royal Corps of Engineers. Excavation of the lagoons meant clearing about 9.5 million cu.mts of earth which has been used to model the area of Ayla Heights and the golf course.

The entire site is administered by the Ayla Oasis Development Co., sponsored by the Saudi investment company ASTRA (Arab Supply and Trading Co.): a group of companies having diversified holdings in everything from trading, manufacturing, contracting medical and healthcare and real estate. It also has extensive experience in the tourist sector being a major shareholder in Zara Investment Holding Company (ZARA), the largest tourism investment company in Jordan.

To date the Societa’ Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua SpA, winner of the 1st phase of the contract at an estimated value of US$230 million, has substantially completed the consolidation of earthworks, preparation of the lagoon-bed, the hydraulic and electromechanical works for pumping seawater up to the “Upper and Middle Lagoons”, as well as preparing the foundations for the buildings in the centre of the Tidal Lagoon (Marina Islands) and the Middle Lagoon (Arabian Venice), the road systems, infrastructures and basic networks.

The Managing Director of Ayla Oasis, Mr Sahl Dudin, said “We are seeing a strong interest on the part of Middle Eastern investors and in particular from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait” going on to add “Ayla will create new job opportunities in the Aqaba region and in Jordan with approximately 4000/5000 permanent new jobs and which, according to a study carried out last year, will generate a further 20,000 jobs.”

Lorenzo Isalberti, President of Ingemar, commented on the new Jordanian commission with some pride. “After a really difficult competition with our international competitors we clinched this new assignment with much satisfaction and enthusiasm. This is an important challenge for Ingemar, with a client that is one of Italy’s major construction companys, and it is a hugely important job to do within a very limited timeframe. Participation in this extraordinarily important project is a tremendous honor and a huge responsibility for our company. This new venture in Jordan, along with other ongoing installations in Turkey, Montenegro and Kuwait, is confirmation of our strong presence in the southern Mediterranean and of our firm belief that there will be development of the nautical industry in the Middle East.”

Red Sea Resorts El Gouna and Taba Heights offering luxury yacht marinas

June 20, 2011

Written by Mike Smith

El Gouna and Taba Heights, two luxurious resort towns on the Red Sea, are growing to provide the perfect mooring for luxury yachts of all sizes.

Abu Tig Marina in El Gouna, open since 1999, is a prestigious anchorage for both visiting and resident yachts in the Red Sea. Due to unprecedented demand for space, the Marina has recently expanded and now provides dedicated mooring for super yachts. The new North Basin can accommodate an additional 106 vessels from 6m to 80m.

El Gouna

El Gouna

The Marina recently added El Gouna Yacht Club to its repertoire, complementing the marina services with social activities and access to private rooms reserved for members.

Exciting projects underway at Abu Tig Marina include a power boating and sailing school recognised by the Royal Yachting Academy, channel dredging to improve access from the sea and the addition of a new dry storage facility for 100 craft.

Taba Heights Marina, located on the east coast of the Sinai Peninsula, was the first official port of entry into the region. Maritime visitors now have direct access and secure moorings, making the Gulf of Aqaba a very appealing destination to sail to. The marina currently has 11,500 square metres of water area, with capacity for 50 yachts. The location of Taba Heights Marina is integral to its popularity, as it overlooks four countries – Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Day trips to Petra and the Dead Sea are available, making it the ideal base from which to explore the region, all while moored in a luxurious resort town with superb amenities.

Spread across pristine islands, unspoilt lagoons and ten kilometres of sandy beach, El Gouna is the Red Sea’s premier leisure destination. Renowned as Egypt’s most environmentally-friendly resort, El Gouna is committed to the long term sustainability of its beautiful scenery, award-winning architecture and breadth of accommodation.

Situated against a natural backdrop of untamed desert, cinnamon mountains and vibrant sea, Taba Heights claims an exceptionally picturesque location on the Sinai Peninsula. With an idyllic climate, the destination boasts an array of luxury five-star hotels, award-winning architecture and golf courses and some of the world’s best diving, making it the ideal leisure retreat year-round.

More about Taba Heights in the Red Sea:

Taba Heights is a picturesque, year-round resort ideally situated in one of the most beautiful spots on the Sinai Peninsula. The resort’s village and hotels meld smoothly into the breath-taking natural backdrop of untamed desert, cinnamon mountains, and vibrant sea.

Located in close proximity to three different countries: Israel by land, Saudi Arabia and Jordan by sea; Taba Heights is the ideal port of call, especially now for seafarers who wish to take a voyage up the Red Sea and cruise the Gulf of Aqaba

The breath taking natural setting is complemented by an offering of lavish five-star hotels. Worldwide hospitality leaders provide an unparalleled experience in relaxation and leisure. Each hotel offers an astonishing array of services and comforts set in innovative, state of the art facilities designed for those who wish simply to sit back and enjoy.

Swimming pools, massage, gourmet cuisine and awe-inspiring views are only a few of the features offered across the board at Taba Heights.

More about El Gouna marinas:

Drop anchor in El Gouna, where two marinas and a pristine harbor town offer seafarers the Red Sea’s best in service, comfort and style. Boasting multiple marinas, comprehensive services, and an aesthetically unified harbor town designed by Italian architect Alfredo Freda, El Gouna has quickly become a favorite docking place for pleasure craft traversing the Red Sea.

Abu Tig Marina:
The first purpose built yacht marina in the Red Sea, Abu Tig is in a league of its own among Red Sea marinas both for its standard of services and harbor town which houses El Gouna’s most exclusive shopping and dining. Abu Tig has been the harbor of choice for several international yacht rallies, such as the Med-Red, Vasco de Gama, and Blue Water rallies.

Abu Tig Marina Extension:
The expansion of the existing marina is already underway; a new and larger North Basin for the Abu Tig Marina which will cater to the rapidly-expanding mega yacht market by offering berthing for vessels up to 60 meters in length.

Abydos Marina:
El Gouna’s second marina has a capacity of 40 vessels and harbours El Gouna’s many diving boats. It offers dry dock and repair services, with a ship lift for vessels up to 19 meters, and it has a diesel fuel station, electricity lines, channel-6 VHF and a maintenance centre.

40m Luxury Red Sea Charter Yacht ‘Seven Spices’

May 26, 2011

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Independence and private cruising in luxury, is what this sexy 40 metre Motor Yacht SEVEN SPICES offers to her discerning charter guests. Not only she boasts ultra-spacious accommodation for up to 12 guests, charter yacht Seven Spices is also fully equipped with the latest scuba diving equipment.

Charter Yacht Seven Spices available in the Red Sea - Image credit Luxury Motor Yachts Inc

With a launch scheduled for this month, M/Y Seven Spices will be the only super yacht available in the Red Sea offering unique accommodation in 6 spacious and hand-crafted luxury suites, rather then the usual 12 cabins. Her charter guests will be looked after by an international mixed gender crew of 10 professionals, providing an outstanding and top quality service.

Al Fresco dining on board of the Red Sea charter yacht Seven Spices - Image Luxury Motor Yachts Inc

Al Fresco dining on board of the Red Sea charter yacht Seven Spices - Image Luxury Motor Yachts Inc

Accommodation for 12 guests includes a 45 square metre Royal Suite with private panoramic views, lounge area with 55” SD TV, in-room breakfast bar, mini-bar, his & her workstations, walk-in wardrobe, ultra king-size double bed and a luxury double basin bathroom. The full beam Sky Suite has 40 square metres and features a private lounge and beautiful sea views. Also a mini-bar, dressing table, work station, 55” 3D TV entertainment system and a direct access to sun-deck. All of Seven Spices’ suites are individually hand crafted and feature a contemporary international design, latest in-room entertainment systems including 3D LED TVs, Blue Ray and Media Centres.

Superyacht Seven Spices for charter in the Red Sea - Image credit Luxury Motor Yachts Inc

Superyacht Seven Spices for charter in the Red Sea - Image credit Luxury Motor Yachts Inc

Motor Yacht Seven Spices provides full scuba diving equipment for 12 divers and 2 dive guides. The equipment includes NITROX compressors, BCD’s, fins, masks, wetsuits, consoles, dive computers, Nitrox Analysers, underwater torches and other useful stuff. There is also additional diving related material, such as Red Sea marine life, Dive Site Guides and Maps, Scuba Diving course material, Nitrox training videos etc.

Motor Yacht Seven Spices Sky Suite - Image credit Luxury Motor Yachts Inc

Motor Yacht Seven Spices Sky Suite - Image credit Luxury Motor Yachts Inc

For those who wish not to dive, there is choice of kite surfing, wind surfing, water skiing, under water video photography, as well as other activities. Al fresco dining for 16 on the sky deck with Spa Pool, sky bar and sun loungers offer another great way to unwind and relax.

Dining on board of M/Y Seven Spices - Image by Luxury Motor Yachts Inc

Dining on board of M/Y Seven Spices - Image by Luxury Motor Yachts Inc

Seven Spices Yacht offers a perfect RED SEA charter holiday experience. From the Scuba Diving Safari with best dive sites for certified divers, Snorkel & Diving Cruises for mixed group of divers and non divers and those wanting to learn to dive, to Family Cruising with a wide variety of family activities. Other then these, there is also a possibility to do a Water Sports Cruise with destinations suitable for water sports, Corporate Cruising specially designed for Corporate entertaining as well as Private Cruising with private and secluded destinations. Of course there is a wide range of possibilities. Seven Spices and her crew will do their best to satisfy all of their guests’ dreams and requirements.

Yacht Seven Spices Private Dining in the Sky Suite - Image credit LuxuryMotorYachts

Yacht Seven Spices Private Dining in the Sky Suite - Image credit LuxuryMotorYachts

Hurghada superyacht Marina, Egypt to be managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas

October 21, 2010

Written by Chelsea Smith

Hurghada Marina, Egypt has a new Harbour Manager and signed a ten year operations contract with Camper & Nicholsons Marinas

Hurghada Marina to be managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas

Hurghada Marina to be managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas is delighted to extend its marina portfolio to include Hurghada Marina in Egypt and to announce the employment of William Bowman as the marina’s new Harbour Manager. This latest signing means C&N now has a presence in the Red Sea to add to current locations in Malta, Italy, Turkey, Grenada, and Cyprus and St Kitts (under construction).

For Hurghada Marina, this association means being encompassed by the renowned Camper & Nicholsons Marinas brand and its strong reputation in the marketplace. With C&N’s history dating back to 1782, Hurghada will benefit greatly from the knowledge, experience and expertise of the oldest name in yachting. A key aspect of the operations contract will be to ensure the service and facility levels meet the very high standards expected from C&N customers around the world.

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas now operating Hurghada Marina

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas now operating Hurghada Marina

William Bowman joins C&N Marinas with over 15 years project management experience in the marina industry. As Harbour Manager, Bowman will manage the enhancement works to be carried out imminently to align Hurghada Marina to C&N’s exacting standards. This includes construction and fitting-out of new washrooms, laundry and Capitainerie with relaxation areas.

Hurghada Marina, with 200 berths capable of taking vessels and superyachts from 10m to 80m LOA, is situated inside Hurghada City on the western coast of the Red Sea near the entrance to the Gulf of Suez. Since opening, the marina has had a large impact on the city with its chic, waterfront bars and restaurants and retail offering; providing visitors with a fantastic, relaxing atmosphere for year round alfresco dining and shopping. In total, the development covers some 120,000m2 and including 100 established retail outlets.

Hurghada City has been a thriving maritime port for generations and offers plenty of variety and sophistication. Only at Hurghada Marina can you enjoy the contemporary Red Sea yachting scene, from the vibrant environment of an authentic Egyptian city port.

Hurghada Marina is owned by an experienced group of Egyptian businessmen with 5 star hotel interests in the Red Sea. General Manager of the holding company, Mr Namazi Mekkawi, said „We are very pleased to be working with Camper & Nicholsons Marinas. We understand the importance of a successful partnership with a marina operator with a brand and reputation such as theirs. C&N Marinas has a total dedication to maintaining superior standards and service levels. While they work with the utmost professionalism and understanding of the international yachting market, it is clear that they are sensitive to local cultures and traditions. We look forward to seeing the difference in our marina and the benefits to our customers.‟

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas is excited about the new 200 berth superyacht marina on the Red Sea, increasing berthing destinations available to yachts of all sizes. Operations Director, James Beaver, regards Hurghada as a strong complement to the company’s network. “We are familiar with yacht owners demanding the highest service standards in the marinas they visit” he said. “What we are now seeing is that marina owners and investors are also seeking similarly high levels of professionalism in marina management. We are delighted to be working with Hurghada Marinas shareholders to satisfy the demands of both investors and customers.”