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.

Racing on the East Coast of England

August 8th, 2014

The summer sailing season is in full swing and while for many charterers that means heading to the Mediterrean for blue skies and turquoise waters, there are those among the Boatbookings team that like to brave the chillier waters of the United Kingdom.

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Once a year on the East Kent Coast the annual Swale Smack and Sailing Barge Race takes place in the River Swale. Run by the Kentish Sail Association each race draws together perhaps the biggest fleet of historic vessels that can be seen at any one time anywhere in the county.

This year saw a particularly early start to the race with the first boats setting off at 6:00 am.  Cries of “don’t worry, we’ll be home and on the gin by 11” proved false as a particularly light and fluky wind saw to it that it was one of the longer races we have had for several years.  After drifting round the first two marks, the wind began to pick up for the homeward journey and the competition really began.  Leading our class we were cruising nicely towards some silverware when a halyard snapped and down came the topsail.  One sail change later (we like to think executed as smartly as aboard a JCLASS but probably not), we were speeding along again and over the finish line well ahead of our competition. Prize giving and celebratory drinks lasted well into the night because in the end, isn’t that what we all go to sea for?

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The Boatbookings Team cater for all of your yachting wishes and requirements, from sailing regattas to super yachts. Our team provide hands on experience, expertise and unrivalled knowledge in all areas, ensuring that your charter is as memorable as possible.

Be Launched into a New World of Yachting by Baia’s New Out of This World ASTRO!

August 5th, 2014

We are over the moon about the landing of Baia’s new ASTRO on the charter market.  With her futuristic saloon she offers lounging areas like we’ve never seen before – her stunning glass roof evokes inside/outside living which leads seamlessly to her aft deck through the fully disappearing partition.

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Her illuminated seating area on the bow is the perfect spot to watch the skies of Cannes light up during the fireworks festival!

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Cruising at supersonic speeds of 40 knots, she will whizz you around from Cannes to St Tropez like a rocket.  If you have been wishing on a star to stand out from the crowd, her stratospheric paintwork is sure to wow!  For all you thrill seekers out there, ASTRO offers wakeboards, waterskis, seabobs and a towable donut.

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She still has high season availability on the French Riviera.  Beat the rush and secure your charter on board this truly individual luxurious motor yacht.

Chartering with the Stars in Ibiza

August 4th, 2014

The mid-summer parties in Ibiza are in full swing and it would seem that anyone who is anyone has upped sticks and set up camp in the Balearic Islands. Word has clearly got out that the best way to enjoy this slice of heaven off the coast of Spain is on a yacht. Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh has been spotted on the aft deck sunbathing topless and Neymar has decided that the best way to recover from a broken back is to kick back on the stunning PETARDO C.

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There’s something for all you Justin Bieber fans as well. Considering Orlando Bloom’s popularity rating’s are now sky high having punched the Canadian singer, it would appear there aren’t many of you, but alas, it seems like there are still a couple of people willing to put up with him. He’s been seen off the coast of Formentera, trying out the latest and most exciting water toy, the flyboard while aboard ECSTASEA, the 86m feadship, designed and formerly owned by Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich.

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Bieber is about as good on the flyboard as he is in a boxing match, however the same cannot be said of his guest, Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez who, when not cosied up next to her latest fling, Zac Efron, proves to be a comparative pro on the jet powered water toy.

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Rather than sitting at home and seething with jealousy, why not get out there and join them? JAZZ OF MONACO is a fantastic yacht for treating your friends and family. The 30m Benetti has an astonishing amount of outside space across 3 decks.

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Dine al fresco on the bridge deck before moving up to the fly deck to soak up some sun and then relax with a cocktail on the aft deck as the sun goes down. A week spent enjoying perfect days like this can be your’s for the excellent price of 53,000€!

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For a truly unforgettable week in the sun, charter Eddie Jordan’s pride and joy, the brand new, 2014 Sunseeker, BLUSH. Sunseeker’s 155′ flagship is exquisite from every angle.

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Above deck you are spoilt for choice. Each deck, forward and aft, is achingly cool, spacious and comfortable and there are few better ways to spend an afternoon that soaking in a jacuzzi, watching the world go by.

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The interior has been styled meticulously, furnished beautifully and finished with no expense spared. In all, BLUSH is amongst the most desirable yachts on the charter market.

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For a week that you will never forget aboard JAZZ OF MONACO or BLUSH, contact the Boatbookings team today.

The World’s Best Yacht at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

August 1st, 2014

Following a thrilling Grand Prix last week in Hungary, Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap to team-mate Nico Rosberg to just 9 points. With the 2 silver arrows seemingly destined to trade blows at the top of the leaderboard right up until the end of the season, the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi promises to be an occasion not to be missed. Since its inaugural race in 2010, the Yaz Marina circuit has hosted the final of race of the calendar every year. The 5.5km track weaves through five star hotels and the stunning Yaz Marina and, with fireworks guaranteed on and off the track, there is no better place to crown a new Formula 1 champion.

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On a yacht, you couldn’t be closer to the action if you were driving the car yourself. At such a fantastic event, amongst the most glamorous and wealthy people in the world, you will be the envy of them all on MOGAMBO.

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Aft, her 3 vast decks are the perfect place to host a party for the race, with all of your guests being able to enjoy uninterrupted views of the action on the track.

During the day, there is no shortage of space to relax and recover from the party the night before; whether you are sipping on a cold drink while soaking in the jacuzzi or spreading out and soaking up the sun.

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Stunning, simple and sophisticated. The interior is no less impressive than the outdoor spaces. Even those well-acquainted with the finest luxuries can’t help but be impressed by the magnificent styling and the indulgent volume of space available on board.

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

Last Call for Sardinian Availability in August!

July 29th, 2014

Sardinia in August – one of the trendiest holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. Dazzlingly beautiful with the breath-taking National Park of La Maddalena, along with the hotspot of Porto Cervo and the cool quaintness of Poltu Quatu and Porto Rotondo. There’s no better time to take an exciting getaway or a romantic escape than August, whilst the skies are blue and the seas are even bluer! We bring you two local yachts with unrivalled knowledge of the area, perfect for your last minute getaways this year.

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JACO is a sleek little sport yacht with bags of space! Her modern interior combined with spacious flybridge and aft decking dining mean that you have plenty of space for all the family to take in the sights and sounds of stunning Sardinia. JACO offers sleeping space for up to 6 meaning that the whole family can get onboard this August. She is available from 15th August onwards and the owner is keen to fill her calendar!

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Fill the gap on SASCHA and get a great deal! The stunning 2008 Dominator 780 looks like new, has a great crew and her calendar reflects it with only 22nd to 30th August now to be filled. The owner is keen to have the calendar full and will welcome offers on SASCHA in Northern Sardinia.

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A stunning location, two stunning yachts and calendars to fill. Contact the Boatbookings.com team today for more information on charters in picturesque Sardinia.

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