Cruise on MARAZUL during the holidays in the Sea of Cortez!

October 1st, 2014

You need to visit Baja California Sur for your holiday. It is one of the purest natural environments in the Western Hemisphere. The area feels remote, yet is easily accessible with direct air service into La Paz, Mexico where you’ll meet your yacht.

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The Baja Peninsula contains one of the most biologically rich bodies of water on earth and much of the Sea of Cortez is part of the UNESCO world heritage Biosphere. The Islands of Espiritu Santo are home to more than 271 species of fish, 98 species of bird and 31 species of marine mammals – some of which are unique to this area.

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Some of the highlights that you can experience:

  • *Search for whales among the Islands of the southern Sea of Cortez, which is one of the best areas for spotting blue whales and bottlenose dolphin
  • *Experience awe-inspiring encounters with grey whales
  • *Snorkel and swim among curious sea lions at Los Islotes – this is one of the most aesthetic places to watch these fin-footed marine mammals
  • *Catch a world class Marlin
  • *Go on a kayak excursion and examine the island’s volcanic landscapes with its rugged cliffs and coves, which are deeply carved into Espiritu Santo, one of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez
  • *For the land lovers you can go bird watching (keep an eye out for brown pelicans, wandering tattlers, great blue herons and boobies), hiking and rock climbing, or you can explore the caves once used by local Indians amongst this land of flora and fauna.

Of course, you need a yacht to complete your experience, and our choice for you is MARAZUL, a 98’ Poole Boat Company priced at $50,000/week, plus expenses.

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This Poole Boat Company 98ft crewed motor yacht, MARAZUL, accommodating up to 10 guests in 5 cabins, is ideal for cruising the Sea of Cortez. MARAZUL is beautifully decorated in a contemporary style that is elegant and airy. There are many spots for relaxation and dining al fresco. After a day of fun you will truly appreciate a signature cocktail, and a luxurious soak in the on deck jacuzzi.

Contact Boatbookings now if you are interested in chartering MARAZUL or in Mexico. For more yachts and destinations, follow Boatbookings on Facebook, Google Plus & Twitter.

FORCE BLUE: The Ultimate Cannes & Monaco Event Yacht

October 1st, 2014

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What are your plans for your next corporate event - maybe you’re looking to do something larger than last year and make a real name for your company? Cannes hosts the world famous Film Festival, the prestigious Lions and popular MIPIM conventions, not overlooking Monaco and the unmissable Monte Carlo Grand Prix. Attending these events is one thing, but being at the heart of the action aboard your very own charter yacht is the way to do it properly. Welcoming FORCE BLUE!

Welcome your Guests in Style

As a 63m Royal Denship, one of FORCE BLUE’s best features is the amount of space she offers. The bow can be turned in to an on board nightclub with room for 600 guests to dance the night away, or 130 guests for formal receptions and 60 guests for a sit down dinner; FORCE BLUE can cater for a range of different styles of events. She is also perfect for hosting secret film viewings!

Spacious Saloon

FORCE BLUE provides you with plenty to do in your down time; as well as many water toys, there is a fully equipped gym and a stunning spa, complete with Turkish baths, mud bath, a hair salon, massage table and you can also have a manicure and pedicure.

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FORCE BLUE has already featured at key events, including the Venice Film Festival and numerous Monaco Grand Prix. On the topic of the Grand Prix, she has also been the chosen yacht for Bernie Ecclestone’s birthday parties. The crew have a can-do attitude, no request is too big. Top-class Captain Ferdinando is a natural leader to his crew and his experience in events means that he knows exactly how to deliver to your needs for your event.

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Are you ready to organise your event on the French Riviera? Contact Boatbookings today to work with one of our expert brokers and plan your event to perfection!

Our Top Yacht from the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

September 30th, 2014

Last week was the largest edition of the Monaco Yacht Show yet, and the Boatbookings team examined some of the finest and largest yachts available for your yacht charter. Our highlight of the show was M/Y NERO, a stunning 90m Corsair Yacht completed in 2008.

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Unlike any other modern motor yachts, NERO’s design is based on the glamour of the 1920s, so she has the appeal of a classic yacht but the luxurious amenities of the modern day. At anchor next to the other yachts at the show, her unusual design made NERO stand out for all the right reasons.

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Captain Nick has been on board since the yacht was launched, and there is no doubting his pride to work on such a yacht. His knowledge of the concept and attention to detail in NERO’s design is amazing, and it is obvious that he and his crew (complete with a ship cat!) want all the guests to enjoy being on board just as much as they do.

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NERO’s sprawling decks are not put to waste – almost every area of deck is put to use, whether for sunbathing, sitting in the Jacuzzi or swimming against the current of the pool on the bow. There is also a ‘snug’ on her sundeck, where you can enjoy the sunshine in an air-conditioned climate or a cosy evening meal.

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The interior is also as fantastic as the exterior. With curved walls and glossy oak and ash woods, you would not necessarily believe you were on board a yacht. The 6 staterooms include an owner’s suite spread over two levels as well as an impressive VIP suite – all 6 lavish staterooms have en suite bathrooms which are stocked with Bulgari toiletries.

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There is ample seating for dining both inside and out, as well as the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor cinema experience under the stars. Another feature of the yacht is the sweeping staircase that leads in to the library and is reminiscent of the famous staircase on board the Titanic. Another feature of NERO is the main salon, which was appears in the film Grace of Monaco, which highlights just how luxurious and glamorous NERO is.

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NERO is available for charter on the French Riviera and Italian Riviera, as well as Sardinia and Corsica. If you are interested in chartering NERO or another luxury yacht, send a charter request to Boatbookings and we will find the perfect yacht to suit you.

Large Group Day Charters in Phuket, Thailand

September 30th, 2014

There are many large groups looking to charter for the likes of private parties, post wedding cruises and corporate events, and people want something more than a standard cruise around Phang Nga Bay.

Luckily for you, one of our favorite Phuket charter yachts has just organised a new day charter activity package for groups of up to 100 guests.

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This is the largest catamaran for charter in Phuket, and they have found their own secret beach on a beautiful island in Phang Nga Bay.

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Some of the features of this fun day out include:

  • Jacuzzi crewed catamaran for up to 60 guests,
  • Second yacht either 20 or 40 guests,
  • Day cruise around either Phang Nga Bay or Naka Island and the Koh Yao islands, and sunset cruise back to the marina,
  • Lunch or dinner on the beach,
  • Games on the beach at their ‘special island’….volleyball, badminton, frisbee, beach cricket, table tennis and football,
  • Kayaks and stand up paddle boards are available to explore the mangroves at one end of the beach,
  • Jetskis, waterslides, speedboat tours of Phang Nga Bay, donut rides, wake boarding, water skis, etc,
  • The main yacht has its own jacuzzi on the flybridge, and also has a water slide, water park, and 2 floating bars,

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Are you looking for something more than just a standard day cruise around Phuket? Then this could be the yacht for you! Contact the team at Boatbookings if you are interested in chartering in Phuket.

Super Yacht of the Week: VICKY

September 28th, 2014

The largest yacht built by Baglietto to date, VICKY is our super yacht of the week. Baglietto are famous for creations such the extraordinary RC built for fierce fashion king Roberto Cavalli, as well as MY SPACE one of our favourite and most highly rated yachts. VICKY has a timeless elegance in her styling which stems from a sleek and sporty design on her super structure, along with stand-out grey hull with a striking red waterline.

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Offering extensive space over three decks, VICKY’s key offering is her huge fly deck jacuzzi with adjacent sun pads for relaxing in the summer sun of the Mediterranean or the Adriatic. Downstairs on the bridge deck comfortable shaded dining space looking out onto the multi-function helipad which doubles up as a fabulous lounging area is on offer. Also on the bridge deck is a beautiful contemporary sauna with lounge interior to relax and unwind following a day of activities and exploration. Whether it’s her extensive water sports collection or just some sunbathing, there’s an activity for everyone on this stunning yacht.

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The main deck boats a light and open layout with well-proportioned living space including dining, lounging and wet bar. The simple furniture, clean lines, neutral tones and splashes of warm colour create a warm welcome as you enter through the double doors on the main deck. Towards the front a full beam master suite sits with large windows flooding the room with natural light, fully equipped with king size bed, private salon, study and walk-in “his” and “hers” dressing areas.

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Downstairs a tranquil aquarium provides a gateway to four further cabins, all offering contemporary and relaxing en-suite living space, with some stunning individual marble features in all bathrooms.

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Why not take the opportunity to charter VICKY in an undiscovered location next year? VICKY is the perfect yacht for exploring the unspoilt coasts of the Adriatic, whether it be on the party isle of Hvar or the rich history of Split and Dubrovnik. With beach clubs around to rival those on Pampelonne Beach it’s no surprise Croatia is getting busier every year, don’t miss out and get in early! Contact us today for more information.

FOREVER: The Perfect Crewed Yacht for your Mexican Adventure

September 27th, 2014

Following on from yesterday’s post on Christmas and New Year in Mexico, FOREVER is the perfect yacht to take you there.

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After an extremely successful show at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival, the iconic Sunreef 60′ power cat is currently one of the most talked about yachts in her class. Combining the space, comfort and fuel economy of a catamaran with the speed and range of a motor boat, the Sunreef 60′ power cat is ideal for the modern day green charterer who demands the very best quality!

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When you’re selecting the perfect charter yacht for your next vacation, you will want to have a dedicated crew with unrivalled expertise. Aboard FOREVER, you will be mesmerised by Captain Julian’s expert recommendations for the most secluded coves, private beaches, premier dive sites, and the best ancient Mayan ruins on the Yucatán peninsula.

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Aft Dining

After a busy day exploring the impressive Mexican coastline, there is no better way to spend the evening than in your very own private restaurant on the aft deck! Sample the finest local fish and seafood, cooked in an elegant yet simple manner. Why not start off with a simple salmon tartare, complemented by a creamy avocado guacamole – a classic fusion of French technique with local Mexican ingredients. Chef Fabrizio’s Italian routes and classical French training are the perfect base for creating exciting new flavour combinations, providing you with plenty of unforgettable opportunities.

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The final part of the jigsaw in this winning combination of quality yacht with a celebrated crew are the myriad of water toys. Whether you simply want to cruise into secret coves and anchorages on the tender, try your hand at water skiing or make full use of the onboard diving equipment in one of Mexico’s renowned dive centres, your charter on FOREVER will stay with you for a lifetime!

Tenders & Toys: 
William tender for 8
Inflatable Kayaks
Water Skis
Diving equipment for 4 people + 1 for dive master
Snorkeling Equipment
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Contact the Boatbookings Team today to discuss your next charter plans. Follow us via our newsletter for the latest yachting trends, as well as the finest charter yachts in the most sought after holiday destinations.

 

ALEGRIA – one of the best 5 cabin crewed catamarans in the BVI

September 26th, 2014

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Presenting ALEGRIA, a brand new Fountaine Pajot Sanya 57 catamaran: accommodating up to 10 guests in 5 double cabins: this is one of the very few 5 double cabin catamarans in the Caribbean, based in the BVI.

Captain Nathan, chef/mate Penny

Our Broker Director Lambros has had several clients onboard ALEGRIA and has nothing but superlatively positive comments for her crew: “Nathan and Penny are the perfect crew for such a lovely catamaran; they really raise the standards of crewed catamaran chartering in the BVI’s; professional, polite, knowledgeable, they are perfect for families and all-adult clients alike.

Huge aft deck with al-fresco dining area

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ALEGRIA has spacious exterior areas,  which makes her perfect for a sunny winter BVI relaxation. There is plenty of room for you to enjoy the almost endless summer.

Contact Boatbookings today about chartering ALEGRIA, while she still has selected dates available for the winter season!

Magical Mexico this Christmas and New Year

September 24th, 2014

What are your plans for Christmas and New Year – maybe you’re skiing in the Alps or sunning in St Barts, or perhaps you fancy escaping the crowds and finding your own paradise in Mexico? With direct flights from London, Paris and Dusselforf, as well as Miami, Los Angeles and New York, Cancun is much easier to get to than many of her Caribbean rivals.

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You would be mistaken to think that Cancun is all about 5* all-inclusive hotel complexes. The Yucatán Peninsula was a major part of the Mayan Empire, which saw the construction of iconic ancient settlements, such as Tulum, Uxmal and the world wonder Chichen Itza. In well under an hour, you will have left the airport and embarked upon an adventure of a lifetime.

Isla Mujeres

First stop, Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is within touching distance of the Mexican mainland, but feels a million miles away. Deserted beaches, crystal clear waters, unbeatable sunsets and the very best local cuisine make for a brilliant first impression of the real Mexico.

Island Life

For a truly authentic experience, make sure to visit El Por Chuc on Calle Abasolo. You may know the difference between an empanada and a quesadilla, but can you differentiate tacos from panuchos, salbutes and tostadas? After a long lunch washed down with Mexican fruit waters or your favoured alcoholic beverage, you may still not know the difference but you can be rest assured that you have had a memorable lunch!

Isla Mujeres Beaches

There is no better way to spend an afternoon than enjoying the golden sandy beaches and shallow waters on the northern side of the island. Kick back and relax with an ice cold Modelo or fresh fruit Daiquiri before one of the best sunsets that you are ever likely to see. You will be sure to have a very memorable time, but the Mayan Riviera has so much more to offer.

Isla Mujeres Sunset

Whether you want to explore the peaceful islands of Isla Contoy and Holbox to the north or delve a little deeper into the stunning marine life around Playa del Carmen to the south, Mexico is the perfect destination for your next yacht charter. Contact the Boatbookings Team to round off your year in style!

The British Virgin Islands: Your Own Sailing Adventure

September 23rd, 2014

It’s officially autumn, or fall, in the northern hemisphere, and many of us are starting to see the temperatures drop. If this is the case for you, why not think about the light at the end of the tunnel, and organise your winter holiday or spring break in the British Virgin Islands?

Boats moored in White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, BVI

The home of the bareboat yacht charter, crewed catamarans are also highly popular in the BVI – but don’t worry, you can always choose a motor yacht if sailing isn’t your thing. It’s almost always summer in the Caribbean, so there will be no need for your woolly hat and gloves here!

Now, we know that there is plenty to see and do in the British Virgin Islands, but what about the islands’ history which has made it the place it is today?

The beach at Dead Man's Bay, Peter Island

The British Virgin Islands were, once upon a time, popular with pirates after its discovery as the English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Danish all attempted to gain control. The country’s pirate history has been remembered through the names given to bays and islands; Captain Norman, a pirate who was hanged by the Spanish Guarda Costas is the name behind Norman Island; “Black Sam” Bellamy is the inspiration behind the name of Bellamy Cay, the islet he used as a base which gives a good vantage point across the Sir Francis Drake Channel – again, named after the English hero of the Spanish Armada.

Snorkelling at the Caves on Norman Island

Blackbeard, the famous pirate of legend, is also noted in the names of two islands, Great Thatch and Little Thatch. These names come from one of the other names the pirate was known by, Edward Thatch, and Dead Man’s Bay on Peter Island gained its name from the story of Blackbeard’s marooned men who then tried to swim to safety on Peter Island but drowned in their attempt.

Dead Man's Beach, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

Of course, the British Virgin Islands are said to have inspired R.L. Stevenson in his writing of Treasure Island, and if you want to come and explore the culture and history, and see these namesake places yourself, a yacht charter with Boatbookings will provide you with your own unforgettable island adventure. And don’t worry – these pirates are long gone!

Mexico Bareboat Charters: New Base Opening October 2014

September 22nd, 2014

Here at Boatbookings.com, the bareboat team are constantly on the search for new and exiting places to go sailing, so it is with great excitement that we learn of a new charter base opening in Mexico.

Enjoy the glorious beaches of Mexico

A small fleet of charter yachts comprising of monohulls and catamarans will be available from La Paz. Described by famed French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau as “the world’s aquarium” and “the Galapagos of North America”, this beautiful region combines stunning desert vistas with world-class sailing in the Sea of Cortez. La Paz may be the region’s commercial and political center but this city has retained its’ laid back coastal vibe.  Meaning ‘peace’ in Spanish, La Paz is set amongst ancient laurel trees, coconut and date palms and is surrounded by the beautiful yellow desert.

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Start your charter from the exclusive Costa Baja resort which offers a full service marina, dive shop, supermarket and various restaurants, before heading out to the Sea of Cortez which has been drawing sailors to the peaceful corner of Mexico for generations.  Set sail on the sporty Dufour 455 or choose from a range of Lagoon catamarans or a power cat - the Sea of Cortez awaits!

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Whet your appetite with our 7 day sailing itinerary in Mexico perfect for your bareboat charter. If you have any more questions about chartering in Mexico, contact Boatbookings today!

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