Luxury Yachts in the Maldives for Christmas and New Year

September 1st, 2014

In early 2014, the Maldives government introduced new regulations for foreign visiting yachts. Previously, foreign yachts were only allowed to stay for 90 days, but that has now been extended to 180 days or more, making it a more attractive cruising destination for large charter yachts.

Here are a few yachts that are making visits to the Maldives later this year:

After moving to Phuket 18 months ago and completing several successful charters in Southeast Asia, this beautiful Broward 121, fully refitted before arriving in Thailand last year, will be making its way to the Maldives in December. Captain Krill has many years experience chartering in the Med and Caribbean, and has thoroughly enjoyed his first year in Asia, and is looking forward to exploring the amazing clear waters of the Maldives.

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Trinity superyacht KERI LEE III is one of the most luxurious charter yachts to be found anywhere, with an amazing collection of water toys and entertainment facilities….2 jet skis, a gym, 10 person jacuzzi, sea bobs, kayaks, game fishing tender, water skis, dive compressor and a movie theatre in the sky lounge!!  She has spent the last 12 months in Thailand, is heading to Myanmar and Sri Lanka for October-November, and then moving south to the Maldives in December, before returning to the Med for the summer of 2015.

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There are also more and more luxury yachts based in the Maldives, and you can see a selection of them on our Maldives page:

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Escape to The South of France for a Gourmet Sejour on Motor Yacht NAJADE!

August 29th, 2014

If you love your food, NAJADE is the yacht for you!  Chef Christophe Fischbach uses the finest ingredients and naturally grown regional products to create wonderful meals heavily influenced by his travels worldwide.  Boatbookings charter broker Cordelia recently visited this yacht for lunch and was treated to the incredible menu below:

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The stunning Feadship NAJADE was launched in 1965 and has been meticulously maintained, making her look like she was launched just yesterday.  Her tasteful decor exudes a feeling of luxury and gradeur.  Her top deck is a truly marvellous place to relax and soak up the sun.  Her 5 cabins will accommodate up to 9 guests. A multitude of watertoys including kayaks, paddleboards, waterskis and donut will keep you entertained for hours.

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So why not take advantage of the low season rates at this quieter time of year and escape the daily routine for a week of food and fun on board NAJADE. The sun is still shining on the French Riviera and your itinerary can include all the hotspots of this popular destination. Contact one of the team at Boatbookings to assist you in booking your stay on board NAJADE.

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September Days at Bâoli Beach Club

August 27th, 2014

The Cannes beach club scene is as popular and sought after as Pampelonne Beach in St Tropez, with the addition of the Croisette and its world class shops at your beckoned call. Bâoli Beach Club is located in front of the Marriot hotel and just a stones throw away from the more popular Carlton, Martinez and The Majestic hotels. With a miles worth of private beach clubs to choose from, why would you choose Bâoli Beach Club over the very popular Z Plage, Plage 45 or Vegaluna?

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Settle into the comfort and refreshing space of your lounger, whether it be on the wide golden beach or on the exclusive Bâoli pontoon. Enjoy an exhilarating morning of swimming, water sports and fresh juices! Everything quietens down for lunch where you can enjoy some of the finest sushi on the French Riviera prepared right in front of your eyes; also on offer is the freshest fish imaginable as well as French classics done with a refreshing Miami twist. After lunch is when the party really gets started – the arrival of the DJ signifies the beginning of the daily Bâoli party where people flock for the atmosphere and delicious cocktails after a long day of shopping on La Croisette. A classic Riviera beach club experience, with a welcome Miami twist of hospitality and service!

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There is no better way to arrive in Cannes than by your very own private charter yacht. One of the most sought after yachts in the area is the majestic Mangusta 92 Scratchbased out of Mandelieu La Napoule. With a striking gun-metal grey hull, Twin 16V 2000 MTU engines and spacious bow and aft lounging spaces, it is hard to find a better looking yacht with impressive performance on the French Riviera.

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Scratch DecksSeptember is the perfect time to charter in the South of France and there are many special offers not to be missed. Contact us for more information on chartering this September, whether it is on the French Riviera, for Ibiza closing parties or last minute getaways to Italy, Croatia or Greece.

Indonesia Honeymoon Yacht Charters

August 25th, 2014

For those newly weds that are looking for a real adventure on their honeymoon, Indonesia provides a unique combination of stunning scenery, amazing underwater diversity, and land based cultural experiences. Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, straddling the equator with over 17,000 islands and 80,000 km of coastline to explore. Many of the islands provide an amazing variety of volcanic scenery, marine life and enticing cultures, as well as sailing and diving adventures that are not to be missed.

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This crewed sailing yacht has recently been lovingly converted into one of the most luxurious sailing yachts in Southeast Asia, offering private honeymoon cruises to the Komodo and Raja Ampat areas of East Indonesia. She has been transformed into the most romantic sailing yacht in Indonesia, with only one cabin for you and your loved one.

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From Antique art and sculptures, the finest silk fabrics, private spa therapist, and the finest wines; all are on board your own private charter yacht as it explores one of the most undiscovered archipelagos in the world. Find your own private beaches, eat al fresco under the stars and swim in some of the most tranquil waters in the world. You will be left with enough memories to last a lifetime.

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Chartering a crewed sailing yacht is an amazing experience to start married life, so indulge yourselves! Indonesia is a fascinating and growing charter destination, for all of the reasons listed above. Boatbookings.com knows the region and boats, and can find you the ideal charter yacht, be it sail, motor or catamaran.

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The next Asia blog will be highlighting Wedding yacht charters in Phuket, Thailand. We not only have unrivalled expertise in the very best yachts for honeymoons, but also stunning yachts for the big day itself! Get ready for large entertaining spaces, personal masseuses, jacuzzis and much more in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world!

An Insight into the BVI this Winter

August 22nd, 2014

According to Charter Director, Allison Cecilio, why should you choose just one island when you can explore as many as your heart desires!  The stunning 50-plus islands and cays that comprise the British Virgin Islands have two great assets, they are easily accessible and its virgin beauty.  They have been known for years as a “sailor’s paradise” and what better way to explore these islands than on your own private charter catamaran.  Discover one of “Nature’s Little Secrets” with your family and friends this January on one of the best holidays of your life; you’ll treasure every memory!

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One of my favorite places to visit in the BVI’s was Saba Rock, which is located in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda.  Saba Rock was originally the home and scuba diving headquarters of the legendary scuba pioneer and treasure hunter, Bert Kilbride. In 1997 John McManus bought the island and with the help of local architect, Paul Wattley, they created the paradise it is today.

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It is primarily a restaurant and bar with wrap around seating that ensures all diners a fantastic view, especially at sunset when the happy hour offers great drink specials. The food is absolutely delicious and make sure to have one of their signature drinks!  There is also plenty to explore on this one-acre island that includes the mini museum/gift shop, which displays many of the artefacts that Bert Kilbride salvaged and the small aquarium that contains the last anchor of the Rhone.

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There is no better way to vacation in the BVI’S other than by boat and there is no better choice than the newly launched luxurious sailing catamaran, Tell Star 62. Add a very energetic, popular and talented crew, and the journey is guaranteed to be unforgettable. The new Tell Star, a 62 Lagoon, has a very spacious modern open layout with wonderfully expansive decks for enjoying the gorgeous turquoise waters of the BVI.

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The large windows allow plenty of natural light in the interior as well as amazing views of the picturesque coastline. She accommodates 8 guests in 4 luxurious, well appointed cabins: 3 with queen berths and 1 with two twins. The master suite features a walk-around bed with private sitting area and direct access to the cockpit.

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The aft deck offers a spacious lounge area and outdoor dining with magnificent views. From the aft deck there is easy access to the water via the wide steps on each pontoon. The foredeck with its two large trampolines is a favorite area for sunbathing and lounging while under sail. The expansive fly bridge is yet another wonderful spot to take in the spectacular scenery with a hard top bimini providing shade from the sun.

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Captain Chad Van Roden and his brother Chef Tyler Van Roden are known for wow-ing their guests with extraordinary yachting vacations. Their personalities are most welcoming, ready to do everything possible to ensure an unforgettable charter. They are joined by Elizabeth Rapp as hostess/stewardess to complete the 3-person crew.

The Boatbookings team know the very best crewed catamarans to meet your requirements. Moreover, our first hand experience of the boats, crews an destinations will ensure that you have a unique and memorable experience. Learn more about your charter today!

 

ECSTASEA. The Ultimate Yacht to Match Monaco’s Ultimate Apartment

August 20th, 2014

Monaco is the ultimate millionaire’s playground. A place where you can lose 1 million euros in the casino before driving away in your custom Ferrari and nobody will bat an eyelid. In terms of glamour and wealth, Monaco is pretty much unrivalled. This is underlined by the unveiling of the world’s most expensive apartment. For an estimated £240 million, you could own the top 5 stories of the brand new Odeon Tower. article-2729501-20A63F4C00000578-477_634x475 Square footage doesn’t come cheap in Monaco, with most apartments being very much on the small side. The super-sized flats in the Odeon Tower are therefore a diamond dozen in the Principality. Although you will have to wait until 2015 before you can move in, the wait just might be worth it when you slide out of your bedroom and into your pool 560ft above the ground.

Of course you will need the perfect yacht to go with your perfect apartment. Shortly ECSTASEA will even have a slide to match. This is by no means the only highlight however. ECSTASEA is 85m of pure extravagance and luxury and she is available to charter for the Monaco Yacht Show.

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On board, the attention to detail is astonishing, particularly given her size. She is decorated with an African tribal theme throughout providing a magnificent mix of down to earth simplicity and indulgent comfort.

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Above deck you’ll find plenty of space to spread out and work on your tan and when the time comes to cool off, slide into the sea before zooming around on a jet ski or bouncing around on one of the small armada of water toys.

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ECSTASEA really is the pinnacle of luxury. There is even a helicopter hangar, since leaving your helicopter on deck is obviously far too gauche. To charter ECSTASEA, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Boatbookings team.

A Hidden Spot of Paradise on the French Riviera – Enter Zelo’s World!

August 18th, 2014

When chartering on the stunning French Riviera, it goes without saying that you should embrace the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle and enjoy a long lunch at one of the famous beach clubs that attract the rich and famous every summer. If you’re looking for something different to the usual spots on Pampelonne Beach or La Croisette why not try something a little different? Introducing Zelo’s World…

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Tucked away in the secluded bay of Beaulieu, Zelo’s Beach is a stand-alone club with a dark, wooden and welcoming exterior. Walking in you are greeted by friendly service and a super-trendy nautical blue and white theme. Heading down into the lounge area you’ll find ample seating with stunning views of the dramatic cliffs climbing up to historical Èze village. On the beach, a variety of loungers, sun beds, regular beds and beds for 4 are available meaning whatever your group the helpful staff will set something up for you. On the menu is a fabulous range of sushi, fresh salads and the all-important catch of the day. The party generally gets started around 4pm with an in-house DJ and extensive cocktail menu for those looking for something a little more upbeat.

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Beaulieu is the perfect destination for your charter whether you’re beginning your day in Cannes or Monaco. Enjoy some water sports in the stunning bay of Èze, followed by moving west where the Zelo’s tender service will pick you up for lunch. One of our favourite day charter yachts of the moment is HIGH ROLLER. A new addition to the yacht charter market, this 32 metre Baglietto truly stands out from the crowd with her sleek grey styling and unusual glass ceiling. Extensive water sports options on board make this an exceptional day charter experience that you cannot find on other yachts.

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HIGH ROLLER has a special reduced rate for the remaining dates of the 2014 season, enjoying a €6,000 weekly discount or €1,000 per day! Contact us for more information on chartering this stunning yacht with highly dedicated crew.

Catamaran Yacht Design: From The America’s Cup to the 2014 Cannes Boat Show

August 15th, 2014

The humble catamaran was originally designed by the natives of Polynesia and Micronesia. Their raft like structure was stable enough to withstand the heavy waves of the South Pacific, which meant that they could successfully sustain their community. In the second half of the 19th Century, the American naval architect Nathanael Herreshoff took inspiration from the natives’ designs to create the twin hulled sailing vessel that we are all so familiar with today. Herreshoff revolutionised yacht design, producing a succession of unbeatable America’s Cup yachts between 1893 and 1920.

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Catamarans have come a long way since the 19th century, but their fundamental design remains the same. Fountaine Pajot catamarans are synonymous with innovation, technology and luxury. Nevertheless, the founding fathers have never forgot their passion for sailing, or their desire to produce the very best sailing catamarans possible. The 2015 Saba 50 is no different, illustrated by the superb layout which creates a natural flow aboard the yacht. Lines of communication are clear from the front to the back, ensuring direct contact from the cockpit, the helm station and the lounge deck. The ingenious layout makes everyone feel at ease, providing an heir of conviviality between all charter guests and crew.

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The Saba 50 offers magnificent living spaces, which fold out onto the majestic decks. Interior architect, Isabelle Racoupeau, incorporates natural materials with light fixtures and fittings to create a comfortable ambience. Her deck spaces combine trampolines with al fresco dining and sunbathing spaces galore, perfect for the contemporary catamaran charter guest. The brand new catamaran series is available in either a 6 cabin layout or our favoured maestro version, with 3 grand guest cabins and a spacious master owners suite.

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The brand new series of Fountaine Pajot catamarans are available at a boat show near you! The next available date to view this fantastic new series is at the 2014 Cannes Boat Show, held between the 9th and 14th September. We will be at the show to view all of the best catamarans, sailboats and motor yachts available for charter. Watch this space for up to date yachting news, show updates and yacht charter exclusives.

 

The Most Fashionable Hangout at New York Fashion Week this year!

August 13th, 2014

Whether you’re in the uber chic Upper East Side or in the famous “Garment District,” where you will find its hub of showrooms and numerous fashion labels, it becomes quickly apparent that New York is both the United States’ largest city and also its fashion capital.

This year is seeing US fever, with the Hamptons again being the number one hot spot for New Yorkers to quit the big smoke for a while and enjoy some peace, tranquility and the all-important pool parties! The Hamptons attracts America’s elite from celebrities to Presidents taking their summer vacations, nestled away in the quaint villages are opulent country homes in beautiful colonial style offering some of the most premium real estate on the market with average property prices hitting an all time high of $2,130,000.00 last year according to Miller Samuel Inc.

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Back in New York September sees this already buzzing city filled with ecstasy as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week comes to town, showcasing New York’s favorites such as Carolina Herrera and Donna Karan but also bringing to light incredibly talented young designers such as August Getty and Alon Livné. This is a week not to miss on any fashionista’s social calendar, with some of the city’s largest parties boasting the most impressive guest lists on the planet.

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The best and most exclusive way to throw a party is to do it on the water. One of the most stylish on the market is award-winning ARIANNA, a stunning 50m yacht from Delta Marine offering volumes seen on yachts much larger than 50 metres. Her interior is bright and modern with gorgeous design touches that set her apart from the rest. It is because of this that ARIANNA has been given the title “the largest 50 metre yacht on the market.” She also boasts a multi-national crew who have covered the world in their time and boast experience as well as exceptional feedback.

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With over 7,500 square meters of living space, ARIANNA is the ultimate place to host a party, do business or kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the exclusive Hamptons. She’s available this summer in the Hamptons and around New England and is currently open for your Fashion Week enquiries. Contact us today for more information on chartering in the glittering USA this fall.

Cracking Deals in Exotic Paradise

August 11th, 2014

The tried and tested charter destinations in Europe; the Amalfi Coast, Ibiza, and the French Riviera to name but a few, are as popular and magnificent as ever. For those of you looking to get off the beaten path however, look no further than Thailand. Full-moon parties still attract young travellers in their hundreds but away from Kho Phangan, you’ll find untouched, white sandy beaches and blissful tranquillity.

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Some of you will have read about political unrest, but rest assured, the nation has returned once more to being a peaceful, paradise in the Andaman Sea. Even during the coup, tourist hot spots remained popular and unaffected as flights and charters all went ahead as normal. Now the coup is over, there is no further unrest and travellers should have no hesitation in visiting this stunning country.

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Although relatively new to the world of yachting, the charter market in Thailand has stunning boats on offer. With special offers in Phuket including free days on bareboat charters, and superb discounts on Azimuts and Ferrettis, there has never been a better time to charter.

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With brilliant sunshine guaranteed year-round in Thailand, the Ferretti 680 is a terrific charter yacht. The aft deck is a wonderful place to dine al fresco while enjoying the cool sea breeze. For lazy afternoons working on your tan, there are large sunpads both on the forward deck and on the flybridge.

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Below deck she is spacious and comfortable. Traditionally styled and with large windows, the saloon is the perfect place to spread out in the evenings and watch a film before retiring to the large, well-appointed cabins. This Ferretti can also accommodate up to 24 guests for day charters, so feel free to spoil your friends and family alike.

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If you are interested in chartering in Thailand, please don’t hesitate to contact the Boatbookings team.

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