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.

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“ 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.


Introducing Byblos Beach

Cap Camarat is a cap located in the southern part of the peninsula of Saint Tropez. For its wealth of flora and fauna is one of the protected coastal areas of France.

Introducing Byblos beach in St Tropez, a new addition to Pampelonne for this summer!

Colorful historical Old Town of St Tropez, a popular resort on Mediterranean sea, Provence, France

Food

Byblos beach is set to become one of the hottest spots on the Riviera this summer. Food is created by the same chef as in the hotel, executive chef Rocco Séminara, and the pastry chef, Stéphane Marin. Together they will offer light and tasty creations with a distinctively Mediterranean flavor. Made from top quality produce including mouthwatering ceviche, fresh vegetables, grilled meat, a range of olive oils, homemade ice cream and sorbet to name a few.

Vibes

With the same chic and elegant vibe as in the main restaurant, Byblos Beach is sure to be a hit with the many holidaymakers that flock to the Riviera every summer. The signature color scheme of orange, splashes of yellow and bespoke wooden furniture is sure to relax all her visitors for a long lazy lunch in the sun.

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Eco-aware

She is priding herself on being eco-friendly with her water and electricity consumption being eco-orientated and the use of plastic prohibited, so you can dine in style and know that you are being kind to your surroundings.

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Cocktails

They will have relaxing musical afternoons with early evening cocktails concocted by head barman Mathieu Tourtet served with tasty and original canapes.

Contact

Contact one of our brokers now to secure your yacht charter to head to the new Byblos beach in St Tropez.

S/Y A

It’s not every day you bump into one of the worlds most famous superyachts in St Tropez, so yes, naturally I had to write a blog about one of the most defining moments in my marine career.

S/Y A with her various balconies and tender on display. Note the oval shaped windows!

Who owns sailing Yacht A?

Andrey Melnichenko. A Russian Billionaire from humble beginnings who’s involved with fertiliser producer EuroChem Group and coal energy company SUEK.

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S/Yacht A with a 80ft yacht motoring past.

How much does SY A cost?

Rumors from 200 Million USD, to a staggering 800 Million USD. It’s hard to find the exact figure, but I think we can all assume it was further towards the 800million mark than the 200mil mark!
What do you expect when a yacht has 8 decks? Furnished to the highest standard, pushing boundaries at every corner. She even has a stone statue on her port side balcony. Creative, playful and fascinating ingenuity.

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Measurements

Sail area: 3,747 meters
Tonnage: 12,558
LOA: 134m 468ft (Same as two Boeing 747’s lined up.
Cruising speed: 16 knots
Mast height: From water line, 100 meters, taller than London’s’ famous Big Ben.
The total length of fiber in the sail: 754 miles.

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Design

The underwater windows had to be tested at 10 times the working pressure. GLY built a steel tank and bolted on the observation pod windows then moved this assembly to Bodensee on the southern border of Germany and sunk it to the bottom of a 120 meter-deep hole to create the adequate pressures. The nearly foot-thick windows passed the test.

One of my most favorite features is not visible from above the water – it is below. A ‘snug’ in the keel space. An incredible piece of engineering and so incredibly thought out. Germany’s GL Yachtverglasung created the yacht’s glass. They actually produced the longest piece of curved glass ever made: a 1.8-tonne, 15-meter bulwark forward on the bridge deck.


Mirazur – The finest French Riviera restaurant.

Not sure where to eat on the French Riviera? Add this one to your list!

3 Michelin starred restaurant, Mirazur, has been crowned the world’s best restaurant at an awards ceremony in Singapore! Mirazur which is located in Menton on the French Riviera won the annual competition organized by the world’s 50 best restaurants.

Mirazur is nestled at the foot of the mountains overlooking the sea and surrounded by lush vegetation. The large windows running around the 1930s rotunda building offer panoramic views of the sea.

Mirazur’s Argentine chef, Mauro Colagreco, is inspired by the sea, the mountains, and the garden and offers culinary delights such as salt-crusted beetroot from its own garden with caviar cream.

Their ethos is to use in-season produce including gatherings of the forest such as plants, flowers, fruits, and wild mushrooms, vegetables from the garden or local market. Fish is sourced from the local fisherman and meat, poultry and dairy from hinterland farmers.

Be sure not to miss this wonderful restaurant during your French Riviera charter 2019. Contact one of our brokers today to book your charter.