A bar with a view – Ibiza

Ibiza is truly one of the best destinations in Europe during the summer holidays for many reasons. Food, turquoise blue sea, beaches, sun, restaurants, and people – everything is amazing. Ibiza is an island with a doubled soul: the wild summer, devoted excesses with parties, festivals, and music which made it famous in the last 40 years. Where art and fashion merge with creating an environment where people can feel free to express themselves. On the flip side, there is then the more relaxed and quiet side that takes care of traditions and the uncontaminated nature of the island. Her volcanic soul, coupled with turquoise waters makes for a restful peaceful place – perhaps this is why it used to be a hippy island in the 60’s/70’s/80’s.

Here you can find the best side of both worlds and this perfect mix makes the island unique, fascinating and intriguing. If you decide to go cruising around the island you have to make sure to not miss the three following amazing bar/ restaurants. Perfect to spend some time with your family and friends and make unforgettable memories.


Amante

Located in the stunning Sol d’en Serra bay, this amazing beach restaurant offers lunch, dinner and a beach setting. During the day it is a quiet beach club, while in the evening it is a fine restaurant that offers you a tasty selection of contemporary Mediterranean dishes. The dishes are inspired by the modern Spanish and Italian cuisines and are composed of fresh meat or fish cooked in many different ways. Amante offers also some activities during day and night: Yoga and an open-air cinema.

The best time would definitely be when the sun starts going down. The bar and restaurant organised Aperitivi, with drinks and tapas. One of the main features of this location is the breathtaking view on the whole bay, what a better way to end your day in this unique location accompanied by this stunning view and a glass of wine. 


Sunset Ashram

Cala Conte is one of the most famous coves on the island. It is surrounded by sand dunes, rocky cliffs, and crystalline blue waters. This special gem also has the view that overlooks some small inhabited islands situated right in front, all reachable by boat! There are two main beaches with white sand, where you can relax under the Mediterranean sun.

Right next to the beach there is Sunset Ashram. It is a bar/restaurant where you can to enjoy some great drinks and fresh food. This is also one of the best places where you can enjoy the wonderful Ibizian sunsets. In the evening, the Sunset Ashram hosts various DJs playing during the spectacular sunsets, but it is above all a place where you completely relax, have a drink and watch the sky changing color while the sun disappears on the horizon.


Beachouse

If you want a place where to spend your day with music, food, beach and relaxing, Beachouse is the perfect location. Right next to the famous Ushuaïa Hotel & Club and the Hard Rock Hotel, this stunning beach/restaurant is situated in the most popular beach of Ibiza: Playa d’en Bossa. It is the longest beach on the island where some of the best bars and clubs are situated. House beach is definitely a must if you want to stay close to the “movida”. You can relax during the day by renting sunbeds and parasols and by attending some beach yoga sessions.

Just a few steps by from the Mediterranean sea there is the restaurant that offers lunch and dinner with typical, fragrant Spanish Paella or any fish based dishes. Thanks to the extensive menu of food and drinks you will be spoiled of choice! In the evening and during the night the atmosphere changes. Beachouse always hosts the famous international DJ’s and organizes the best parties. It is definitely a summer dream!

SUPERTOY – The unsung hero of the Riviera!

SUPERTOY – The unsung hero of the Riviera!


Boatbookings on M/Y SUPERTOY

Broker Cordy (4th from the right below) had the pleasure of a night cruise and dinner aboard SUPERTOY in July 2019, and was astounded by not only the yacht but also the devoted, diligent crew.


The Crew

Based in the South of France, Captain John (above) and his team have been together for over 6 years and they work together like a well-oiled machine. The service is attentive but discreet and totally on point.

Captain John (the middle gentleman) loves to take clients to anchor. In his own words, ‘That’s the idea of being on a boat, right?!’ So we were treated to a starlit dinner at anchor between the Cannes islands! There really is nothing more special than spending time on the water away from your day to day life and feeling like you have rejuvenated.


Service and Food

Chef Gary’s food is highly accomplished, hostess Edina is very professional and effortlessly ensured that we wanted for nothing during our time on board.

SUPERTOY is surprisingly spacious and offers incredible value for money. Her best feature is her huge flybridge area complete with bar and vast sunbathing pads.

Captain John also helms the boat from up here so it’s the perfect area to get to know the crew whilst cruising along the French Riviera.

Her aft deck table very comfortably seats all 10 guests and her interior volume is incomparable to her contemporaries.

We wholeheartedly recommend the fabulous SUPTERTOY. With some high season availability remaining, please contact Cordy to book your charter on board for summer 2019!

The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight, located between 2 to 5 miles from the Coast of Hampshire in the South of England. It is separated by the Solent, a waterway famous in the yachting world for hosting annual events such as Cowes Week Regatta and Round the Island Race.

Isle of Wight – Aerial Photo

The largest industry on the Island is tourism, with numerous passenger and car ferries, as well as a Hovercraft transporting people back and forth from mainland England throughout the year. Agriculture still plays a large part in the Island’s economy but transport costs have made it difficult for more traditional Island commodities to flourish. 

The Needles during Round the Island Race 2017

The iconic white cliffed Needles towards the West of the Island and the formidable forts that litter the Solent from WWll, are hugely recognisable and it what has helped ensure the Islands rich maritime history remains.

Seaview Old Man’s Fort

Onshore regattas such as Bembridge Dingy Week and the Seaview Regatta offer the chance for individuals to test their sailing abilities in a competitive setting. Even an annual cricket match that takes place on the Bramble Bank at low tide! Similarly to the IOW, Palma de Mallorca is another Island that makes up one of the several Balearic Islands and similarly has a rich yachting presence.

Annual Bramble Bank Cricket Match

Boatbookings offer exciting charters from bareboat to luxury in either motor yacht or sailing yacht alike. Get in touch with one of our friendly and professional Brokers today to enquire into your Summer adventure out on the water! 

Island hopping hotspots in Croatia

The Dalmatian coast is renowned for its culture, history, crystal blue waters and partying. Most of the islands are only accessible by boat which has made the Dalmatian coast come alive! Use your yacht to stop off and explore the most off the beaten track country that Europe has to offer.

Aerial view of Brijuni islands, Croatia

Broker Alice, having sailed on Croatia’s shores and explored the local bars and restaurants shares her top island tips and some photographs of her time in Croatia.


Split

Most yacht charters will begin and end in (and around) the historic town of Split. The city is often mistaken as being Croatia’s capital and is adorned with every jewel of Croatian history. The city is the home of the Roman Palace of Diocletian, a labyrinth of underground chambers, churches, bell towers and amphitheaters.

It is easy to get lost in this maze and to explore one of the best-preserved, ancient cities in the world. You will find world-class seafood spots on every corner, performing opera in ancient squares and many Croatian bars to choose from. Avoid the commercial city center and get lost in the old town. There is also a fantastic walk, taking you to one of the oldest churches in the world.


Stari Grad

Located on the northern side of Hvar island, Stari Grad is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in the Adriatic Sea. This town is one of the oldest towns in Europe and hosts culture, history and hidden bars. The bay is well protected and profits from a wealth of history, museums, hiking exploring or simply heading to a beautiful beach. There are even ancient caves and tunnels to visit if you are feeling adventurous!


Hvar Town

Hvar is quite rightly renowned for being Croatia’s, glamorous party capital. This destination is often frequented by superyachts, celebrities, and UBER boats.  Upon arrival, you will most likely be greeted by the sound of music stereos on superyachts and beach clubs. Oddly, there are some of the most beautiful lavender fields to explore! If you are looking to catch the sunset with a mojito in hand, Hvar is the place for you. There are water taxis to take you back to your boat that run throughout the evening so don’t worry if you don’t want to use the dinghy!


Vis

Spend a quiet day in this beautiful, well-preserved fishing village, Vis. The ancient walls remain and the bay is beautiful for a candle lit seafood dinner with friends and family! This island is practically uninhabited and there’s a strong chic-Bohemian vibe. It is also a fantastic sailing distance away from Hvar.  Up until 1989 this destination was cut off from tourists, there are still not many locals! Definitely visit Blue cave before heading into the marina, it is an absolute must-see!


Dubrovnik

Further along the Dalmatian coast, prepare to fall in love with one of the oldest cities in the world. The ancient city walls around Dubrovnik protect this haven from anything coming in and from anything leaving. Throughout Croatia’s disturbed 20th century history, this city managed to keep every single charm and beauty. The shimmer of the Dalmatian waters and the ongoing orange roofed buildings make this location a must see before or after your Croatian yacht charter.


On land trip

When you are back on land be sure to visit the national park and go explore the local waterfalls. The Croatian waterfalls are not to be missed prior to or following your charter! Do get in touch with our team to secure your island hopping charter!

Summer 2020 on DRAGONFLY in the Grenadines

Have you been chartering in the BVI for years and tempted to try a new Caribbean island? With an increasing number of quality catamarans heading down islands during the summer months, there has never been a better time to consider a Grenadines yacht charter.

One of our favourite Lagoon 620 crewed catamarans, DRAGONFLY, has confirmed that they will be down in the Grenadines from June 2020. DRAGONFLY is one of the newest Lagoon 620s in the Caribbean with a vastly experienced crew in Christiaan and Hanrie, who always offer exceptional service, food and enjoyment for guests of all ages.

DRAGONGLY Feedback

“ The most amazing start to a year anyone could dream of – thank you. We have been absolutely spoilt rotten by your food, hospitality and endless activities for the boys and you have chosen a spectacular backdrop for showcasing your skills. Whether swimming with turtles, stingrays or tarpons, tubing or snorkelling on incredible reefs, we had a series of unforgettable experiences. Thank you so much Boatbookings, we can`t wait to come back! ”

The Grenadines are the perfect catamaran cruising ground. They offer stunning sunsets, long sandy beaches and some of the clearest waters in the Caribbean. Embark in Grenada and head for the peaceful anchorages of Carriacou, before kite surfing on Union Islands and visiting the famous Basil’s Bar in Mustique.

The Grenadines really do offer something for everyone. Contact your Boatbookings Broker today to start planning your next adventure.

FERRAGOSTO

If you decide to go to Italymid-August be ready to celebrate! One of the long-awaited days in the Italian Summer is the 15th of August, better known as Ferragosto.

It’s origin dates back to the Roman empire. It is a holiday established by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC. He wanted to provide a period of rest and celebrations after a long period of agricultural labor.

Now it’s about traditions, meeting with family and friends. Of course, being in Italy food plays an extremely important part of the celebration along with bonding and creating lasting memories. It is a day that people wait with enthusiasm.

If you find yourself in Sardinia, you must be prepared because wherever you are there will be loads of fun and interesting things to do and what a better way to celebrate this festivity on top of a boat.


PHI BEACH

This is definitely one of the best beach clubs in the Emerald Coast, located only 15 minutes from Porto Cervo. Here you can enjoy the beach experience during the day, the unique restaurant in the evening and the club during the night. It is also known for one of the best spots where to see the sunset. On the day of Ferragosto, they organize the best parties with great international DJs. It’s definitely a must if you find yourself cruising in the north of Sardinia at this time of the year. Perfect for both young and ….. people!

It is one of the most famous beaches in North Sardinia. Long 1km, it accommodates many different beach clubs and restaurants. You will be spoilt of choice. One of the main traditions during the 15th of August is to get together around a table and have a tasty Italian meal.

Considering this amazing location, a good suggestion would be Linguini Allo Scoglio, shrimps or salmon tartar. Liscia Ruja is definitely the perfect place where to go and spend your day with family and friends.


Another tradition of Ferragosto that is not to be missed is the amazing firework shows that many promoters organise during this day. It is a moment to gather together and relax in front of this mix of colours that explode in a dark blue Mediterranean sky.

What a better way than watching the fireworks from a boat.

Belize

The best charter ground for 2020? I’ll let you make up your own mind!


Geography

Belize offers the perfect alternative to the Caribbean and the Bahamas for a 2020 yacht charter. Located on the east coast of Central America this country profits from Caribbean shorelines, hundreds of unexplored islands, marine life, jungles and ancient Aztec ruins to explore.

This location is expected to grow in population and tourist popularity during the next few years, so explore this country before it gains traction. Belize, not only profits from unspoiled beaches and diving reefs it is also famous for its 200 untouched rainforests and atolls which comprise its archipelago of islands.

Belize needs to be caught and captured before it loses its unique and natural beauty. There is a variety of crewed catamarans, motor yachts, and bareboat sailboats and cats to choose from for your next Belize vacation


What to expect from your island-hopping adventure in Belize

Shallow, turquoise waters, rainforests, world-class fishing, Creole influences, island hopping, line of sight sailing, trade wind sailing conditions and barrier reef snorkelling conditions.

Scuba diving in Belize is a must and includes some of the best coral gardens in the world. The colors of the fish and coral are the most notable aspects of the reef. The reef also offers protection from large open swells! Highlights of the sailing itinerary include Tobacco Cay, Queen Cay, Lagoon Cay, and the Great Blue Hole.

This destination is perfect on a catamaran, either a bareboat or a crewed catamaran. Having a local influence on your Belize charter is the best advice to find out every hidden gem Belize has to offer.

Some of the islands are only home to a few local individuals which give the authentic life of Belize a true feeling of uniqueness. This is a location not to miss out on and to catch whilst the island life retains authenticity.

Belize is accessible, primarily from the USA and once in the country, there are many internal flights to get you around easily.


Cruising information and certifications

The cruising permits in Belize are slightly stricter than those of the Caribbean so be sure to speak with your broker about this prior to booking as you will be required to obtain a temporary certificate of competence alongside your passport prior to securing your yacht charter. A temporary certification of competence is obligatory for all bareboat charters in Belize.

Perfectly picturesque Poros.

Broker Lambros explains his favourite area in the Saronic and why.


Poros.

I have sailed the Greek islands all my life and they are all beautiful – each in its own special way!


Santorini.

The Cyclades are rough and have a special sparkle under the sun – particularly their whitewashed square houses and the blue church domes.


Kefalonia, Melissani Cave.

The Ionian Islands are tranquil and remind me of the South Italian Coast – I especially like the trees which hug the coastline.


Greece, Sporades islands – Skopelos

The Sporades Islands have a unique and untouched sea life.


Rhodes, Lindos.

The Dodecanese Islands are a gateway to Asia Minor and combine many of the characteristics of the rest of the islands – most of all, summer never seems to end in the Dodecanese.


Sunset over Poros.

I currently have a very busy working life and time is of the essence, so whenever I find some time to take my boat to sea, I head to Poros island. In just 2 hours cruising from Athens, Poros offers a protected port, excellent anchorages and a selection of wonderful restaurants.


FRESH FISH

My absolute favorite fish restaurant is MAISTRALI, on the very edge of the Poros canal. This is actually an “ouzeri” serving a plethora of traditional “mezes”, Greek delicacies which are meant to go with ouzo:  grilled octopus, fresh fried calamari, sea-urchin salad, small fried fish and many more surprises that Antonis, the joyful owner prepares on a daily basis. But of course, this is always depending on the fresh catches of the local fishermen that day! If you contact Antonis in advance, he can source big fresh fish (caught the same day) and grill it for you.


MEAT LOVERS

For meat, I always go to Dimitris Family Bucher Shop Taverna. It is a bit hard to find, as it is situated within the maze of small narrow roads on the upper neighborhood of Poros – it takes a brisk 5 minutes’ walk to get there. The food, however, will reward every meat-lovers’ appetite. Excellent, fresh and aged cuts from locally grazed beef, pork, and lamb, grilled by one of the owners’ sons! They also have a decent selection of Greek wines.


SWEET TOOTH

For dessert, I recommend going to Bessalas – right next to Maistrali, at the Eastern edge of the Poros Port. This is where all the locals get their sweets and this is always a great guarantee for high quality.


Contact now our expert broker team and start planning your Greek motor yacht , sailing yacht or catamaran charter.

Summer is here and the Greek islands are sunnier than ever!

New Years Eve in St Barths

The months between December and March are the best time to visit the leeward islands of St Barths, Anguilla, and St Martin. You can choose from 20 beaches in St Barths, including the beautiful Colombier beach on the West side of the island, accessible only by boat. St Jean, Flammands and Grande Club De Sac are also a must on your charter.

St Barths not only offers beautiful beaches, fine-dining restaurants, beach bars and some of the clearest waters in the world it also offers an unforgettable New Years Eve. In the yachting world, St Barths is well known as the best place to charter a yacht for an unforgettable introduction to the new year with one of the best New Years Eve parties in the world. Think superyachts, fireworks, fine dining beach clubs and celebrity spotting. A-listers including Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna and Jay Z often drop in at St Barths to see in the New Year in true style.


How to spend your New Years Eve in St Barths


New Years Eve Regatta
The annual New Years Eve Regatta takes place around the island of St Barths. This regatta is a fun-regatta and welcomes a glass of champagne across the start-line.


Spend the evening in one of the best restaurants in St Barths
The cuisine offered on the island is a distinct combination of sophisticated French fine dining and Caribbean influenced street food. Gustavia is home to restaurants such a Bagatelle and Bonito. Both restaurants combine elegance with the rustic nature of the Caribbean. Other restaurants to visit on the island are Le Gaiac at Toiny or Le Bartolomeo at Grande Cul de Sac. After dinner head over to Do Brazil or the Eden Rocks Sands bar to be a part of one of the globes most exclusive parties. 


Nikki Beach New Years Party
Celebrate the New Year on a beach with copious amounts of Rose and Champagne. Dance the night away at Nikki Beach with performances from famous singers. If you manage to do so, get an invite to the private members club Le Yacht Club and celebrate at an after party!


Set sail to St Martin or Anguilla on New Years day
The islands of St Martin and Anguilla are only a short sail away from St Barths. If you want to find a secluded beach or a cove to anchor up on New Year’s day, look no further than heading to the pristine beaches of Anguilla or St Martin! Anguilla and St Martin are renowned for being diving hotspots and are more tranquil than St Barths! If you wish to spend your New Years day relaxing and watching the sunset on a white sand beach then look no further than this location to begin 2020 in the best way. St Barths is truly is one of the world’s best charter destinations. Boatbookings knows the region and boats and can find you the ideal charter yacht, be it Super or Mega Yacht, crewed, sail, motor or catamaran.

Contact Alice today to find out how you can spend your charter in the stunning St Barths.

Amalfi Coast Legends

Declared a World Heritage site from UNESCO, the Amalfi Coast is considered one of the most stunning coasts in the world, rich in nature, history, and culture.

It is not only known for good food, amazing wine, and stunning beaches, but the ancient traditions and legends are what mainly characterize this corner of paradise.


Li Galli Islands – Mermaids

Li Galli it’s an archipelago in front of Positano composed of three islands. It is not possible to get on the islands because they are private, but you can circumnavigate them trying to peek inside the villa that was built on the bigger island from the French architect Le Corbusier.

Positano

Around the islands, there are amazing small bays with crystalline blue water, the perfect place for you to stop for a swim and relax under the Italian sun. While relaxing, close your eyes, you might hear the mermaids singing. In Greek mythology, the legend tells that the islands are inhabited by mermaids who used to bewitch the sailors with their sea chant, causing them to wreck against the rocks. One of the only ships who managed to not get destroyed was one of the heroes, Ulysses. 


Amalfi – A love story.

This stunning village rich of artistic and natural beauty is considered the capital of the coast. The turquoise sea, the beaches, and the food make this place a must for anyone who visits the cost. The name and story of the village derived from a mythological love of which the protagonist is the half human half god, Hercules.

The legend tells that the son of Zeus, Hercules fell in love with the beautiful Ninfa Amalfi and immediately wished to marry her. Unfortunately, their love didn’t last for long because the Ninfa died young. Hercules then decided to bury the beloved in a land that was worthy of such great beauty. He started searching and came across a small little village whose luxuriant nature and unique landscape enchanted him. Thanks to this the village took the name Amalfi.


Faraglioni Rocks – Anger

One of the most iconic sights of Capri Island is the Faraglioni Rocks. Three towering rock formations in the South-East of the island. The only way to reach this incredible attraction is by boat. As soon as you get there you will find yourself in front of 100 meters high rocks surrounded by a crystal-clear sea where you can anchor, basque in the Mediterranean sunshine and enjoy this unique landscape.

The word derives from the Greek pháros “lighthouse”. In the Greek poem “Odyssey”, Homer tells that the three rocks were thrown by the cyclopes Polyphemus due to his wrath towards hero Ulysses. In recent years great fires were then lit on the top of the rocks during the night, to warn the sailors of the obstacle.