A Day in the Life of an Intern – Part IX

This blog continues the ‘day in the life’ series, as a Boatbookings intern. A highlight of my internship was my first ever ‘fam trip’ (familiarisation trip) on board the M/Y SHAWLIFE on Friday 1st June. Fam trips are organised by yacht owners as a way for brokers to gain an understanding of the benefits of different yachts, such that they can better sell them to their clients.

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Crewed Motor Yacht, SHAWLIFE

Embarkation was at 10am in Port Vauban, Antibes, one of the largest ports in Europe! This quaint town is lined with stone walls and set between Nice and Cannes – the ideal location to start a day charter.  Here, I joined 6 other brokers on an unforgettable day along the French Riviera. After a quick tour by the owner of the stunning 2016 70ft motor yacht, we set off on our French Riviera adventure.  As we left Antibes, we headed up to the flybridge for a delicious brunch, including bacon, eggs, pastries, smoked salmon and fruit – all prepared by the fantastic crew!

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Leaving Antibes and heading past the Cap D’Antibes was choppy, but the sunshine and food more than made up for it and everyone was in good spirits. After the short cruise past Cannes towards Théoule sur Mer, we anchored very close to the shore to take in the scenery and enjoy the fantastic weather. The owner of the yacht was very keen to show us all of the highlights of the yacht, such as the beds that electrically convert from double to single – ideal for family charters, or groups of friends. He really wanted us to enjoy the yacht as much as he did – his passion was truly infectious.

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After a quick tour of the bay of Théoule, its restaurants and SHAWLIFE’s exterior from the tender, we headed to the Îles des Lérins, the stunning islands steeped in history and famed for their crystal-clear, cerulean waters. This was where the real fun began as the water toys were brought out and the champagne opened. We anchored here for the rest of the afternoon, enjoying the scenery, swimming in the cool water and trying out the sea bobs. After a late BBQ lunch, I was getting a little conscious of the time, as we were meant to be back in Antibes (and I had a flight to catch!).

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When it was time to leave, we cruised slowly through the islands before heading full speed towards Saint Laurent du Var, the nearest port to the airport. This was great fun, as we were going about 30 knots and we managed to see the fabulous 143-meter sailing yacht ‘A’, the largest private sail-assisted motor yacht in the world!

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We arrived at the port of St Laurent du Var for disembarkation and myself and one of the other brokers headed off to the airport. The day was a really great way to see exactly how clients finish their holidays, disembarking by the airport. SHAWLIFE truly is a stunning yacht and having been on board, she is definitely one of my favourite yachts based on the French Riviera!

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Intern Rob, enjoying the sunshine from the Flybridge!

Being able to meet other brokers, as well as the owner of this gorgeous yacht is an experience I will treasure and appreciate forever. Boatbookings gives interns a hands-on experience of the industry, offering responsibility that few other internships can beat. This is only topped by being surrounded by others who are passionate about their jobs and, of course, the opportunity to spend the day on a yacht!

Hire a Boat for New Year in Sydney!

Sydney Harbour is famed for putting on one of the most spectacular displays of fireworks to ring in the New Year in the world. Without doubt, the best way to witness this spectacle is from the comfort of your very own luxury yacht. Spend the day cruising around Sydney Harbour, swimming along the coast and relaxing on board, before dropping anchor for the evening’s events.

A yacht not only offers the advantage of uninterrupted views but also a great crew on board to take care of you and your guests, making New Year’s Eve the most memorable one yet. Take a look at our Australia Day Charter page to view all of the yachts available for a day charter around this magnificent coastline. Get in touch with one of our brokers to begin planning the ultimate celebration!

Our favourite yacht for New Year’s celebrations has to be Crewed Motor Yacht GHOST II – a stunning Gulf Craft motor yacht with a capacity of up to 100 guests whilst cruising at sea, and an incredible selection of water toys!

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Get in touch today and email charter@boatbookings.com or simply submit an enquiry so we can start planning an amazing evening in Sydney for you and your guests!

Nikki Beach with a Michelin Star Touch

For four dates throughout July and August, the famous Nikki Beach along St Tropez‘s Ramateulle area will be graced by four Michelin Starred Chefs, showcasing their talents and creating culinary masterpieces for diners. This special treat is exclusively run at Nikki Beach; luckily we have day charters from Cannes, St Tropez and other locations on the French Riviera, so getting to Nikki Beach will be a breeze!

July 24th – Gilles Goujon

Gilles Goujon is the first chef to showcase his skills; he is the owner of the 3 Michelin Starred L’Auberge du Vieux Puits in Fontjoncourse and a perfectionist when it comes to producing his divine dishes. His speciality creations are exquisitely presented and envisioned with careful consideration of complementary flavours and true mastery.

July 31st – Jean François Piège

Head Chef of Le Grand Restaurant in Paris, as well as Clover and Clover Grill, Jean François Piège is renowned for his dedication to placing the ingredient at the core of cultivating his creations. He has an extensive history working in top restaurants and being inspired by famous chefs such as Alain Ducasse and Bruno Cirino.

August 7th – Régis Marcon 

‘Maître Restaurateur’ Régis Marcon is the owner of the three Michelin starred restaurant Le Clos des Cimes in Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid in the Haute-Loire. His cooking style places emphasis on French local produce such as mushrooms (the emblem of the restaurant), chestnuts and puy lentils. His culinary expertise is such to amaze all those who are lucky enough to sample his dishes at Nikki Beach, for one day only.

August 21st – Emmanuel Renaut

In 2012, Emmanuel Renaut was named ‘cooking chef of the year’; owner of three Michelin Starred Restaurant Les Flocons de Sel, he is a celebrated chef who is sure to surprise and tantalise each person who tastes his gourmet culinary creations. With veritable precision and attention to detail in everything he does, be sure not to miss this opportunity sample an amazing meal.

Our Cannes and St Tropez day charter yachts are the best way to travel to Nikki Beach in style and prepare for an incredible day filled with delectable food and stunning views.

 

La Vie en Rosé!

Rosé is undoubtedly the drink for warm summer days, with its pink hue and delicate palette perfectly complimenting blue skies and sparkling seas. France is known to produce some of the most exquisite wines in the world; from Provence to Bordeaux and Bandol, there are hundreds of unique wines to choose from. This is why we have rounded up a selection of stunning rosés that are suitable for sipping on your fabulous yacht charter, lounging along the Riviera, or to enjoy anywhere across the globe…

CHÂTEAU ROUBINE – Côtes de Provence Cru Classé 
InSpire rosé 2017
Tibouren 90%, rolle 5%, grenache 5%
Medium-pale in colour, with complex sweet, fruity flavours, it is fresh on the palette and has a long finish.

CHÂTEAU SAINTE ROSELINE – Côtes de Provence Cru Classé 
Roseline Chapel 2017
Mourvèdre 55%, cinsault 30%, Grenache 10%, rolle 5%
Incorporates an aroma of spices and exotic fruits, highlighted by lovely acidic notes of grapefruit and pale in colour.

CHÂTEAU BROWN – Bordeaux Rosé
Rosé 2017
Merlot 100%
A deep pink hue in colour, this wine is dominated by flavours of strawberry, with light hints of vanilla and cinnamon, creating a rich and intense flavour.

BAUDRY-DUTOUR – Chinon 
Marie-Justine rose 2017
Cabernet-franc 100%
This deep pink rosé gives notes of sweet fresh fruits make this wine ideal to accompany spicy dishes and fine cured meats.

JOSEPH MELLOT – Sancerre
The Rosé Rabault 2017
Pinot noir 100%
This elegant wine incapsulates floral notes with accents of raspberries, strawberries and redcurrants, giving a delightful flavour of fresh fruit, presented in a medium-pink hue.

DOMAINE DE FONTENILLE – Luberon
Rosé 2017
Grenache 50%, Syrah 20%, Cinsault 20%, Mourvèdre 10%
With delicate flavours of rose and peach, the wine offers a smooth touch and an intense culmination of flavours to match its pale rosy hue.

ÉLIE SUMEIRE – Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 
Rosé 2017
Grenache 60%, cinsault 30%, syrah 10%
A light freshness with plum notes and a lingering sweetness makes this wine very drinkable; the colour is pale with a coral hue.

ROSELINE – Côtes de Provence
Roseline prestige rosé 2017
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
A lively and intense rosé with a freshness associated with the vineyards of Provence, the flavour on the palate is lengthy and extremely pleasant.

DOMAINE DE LA MORDORÉE – Tavel 
The rosewood queen 2017
Grenache 60%, Clairette 15%, Syrah 10%, Cinsault 15%, Bourboulenc 5%
This rosé has a strong and intense colour, accompanied by complex floral aromas of white and red flowers and fruits, as well as minty notes, making its finish airy and light.

CHÂTEAU PILLOW – Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire
César with Sumeire rosé 2017
Grenache 60%, Syrah 40%
With a pale pink colour and a delicate flavour of citrusy grapefruit and pineapple, this rosé is underpinned by floral notes of carnation and hawthorn.

These delicious rosés are the perfect compliment to a day charter, week-long charter or a corporate event, as you sit on deck; the Boatbookings team would be happy to give recommendations to find you the perfect wine to accompany whatever you choose to do!

Events Not to Miss Along the French Riviera!

The French Riviera has always been a hub of activity with so many exciting events taking place each year. From the glamorous and world-famous Film Festival to the multiple lively Jazz Festivals, the French Riviera truly comes alive during the summer time.

Cannes Lions – 18th to 22nd June

Each year, this International Festival of Creativity invites professionals and brands operating in the advertising and creative communications industry to attend talks by recognised individuals from all over the globe, as well as network with one another and even win awards. The Festival runs for 7 days and is the largest gathering of its kind of professionals in this industry! If your company is interested in renting an event yacht for the Cannes Lions, get in touch today.

Les Nuits Carrées – Antibes – 28th to 30th June

Les Nuits Carrées is a 3-day long Music event that showcases 8 hours of live music every evening, situated in the stunning amphitheatre of Fort Carrée in Antibes’ old town. With live music genres including Metal, Hip Hop, Electronic and many more, this event is sure to be enjoyable for everyone!

Jazz Festival ‘Jazz à Juan’ – Juan Les Pins – 12th to 22nd July

The Jazz à Juan Jazz Festival is an annual music festival held in Juan Les Pins, near Antibes; with New Orleans as its sister city, Jazz is deep-rooted within the town, and Jazz artists from near and far come to play old and new classics for their audience.

Fireworks Festival – Cannes – 13th to 24th July

A Boatbookings’ Team favourite, the annual Fireworks Festival in Cannes is an awe-inspiring spectacle that entertains hundreds every year! The displays are put on by Pyrotechnic Teams from all over the world, including home country France, the Philippines, Finland and Argentina. The best way to watch the stunning shows each week is without a doubt on a Day Charter yacht moored in the bay of Cannes; classic Motor Yacht Argo is our recommended choice for a sunset cruise and fireworks show!

Jazz Festival – Nice – 17th to 21st July

The Nice Jazz Festival, held annually, is one of the biggest and most prestigious Jazz Festivals in Europe. It remains one of the Riviera’s biggest events; held in the cultural city of Nice, it has had artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong perform. Set in the Jardins des Cimiez, the event features several stages where groups perform for the 8 days of the event.

Les Plages Electroniques – Cannes – 10th to 12th August

Les Plages Electroniques is a music festival that takes place on the beaches of Cannes every year – with some huge names such as Kygo, Flume and Jax Jones having been featured and due to play this year, it’s a dance-music lover’s ideal festival! Running over a weekend, from Friday to Sunday, the festival is situated on a secure part of the beach by the Palais des Festivals and has music playing throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning, finishing at 5 am.

International Yacht Festival – Cannes – 11th to 16th September

In the sparkling bay of Cannes, nearly 600 yachts are displayed in water and on land either in the Old Port of Cannes or Port Canto. The Yacht Festival is one of the most popular in Europe; some shipyards even offer trips out to sea, so clients can get a real experience of the finest yachts in the market.

One of the best experiences to have on the French Riviera is, without doubt, renting a yacht for a day or a week! At Boatbookings, we have yachts to suit all needs and preferences – simply contact us today or email charter@boatbookings.com to start planning your trip!

Family Friendly Yacht Spots on the French Riviera

The French Riviera is famous for being sophisticated, glamorous and fast-paced; but it does have a calmer, more family-oriented side too, with activity centres, aquariums and family-friendly beach clubs with play areas, there is something for all ages.

We’ve rounded up a few of the best spots for families with kids so you can enjoy the Riviera to the fullest, with the whole family!

Vegaluna – Cannes

Our go-to beach club in Cannes for family-friendly events has to be Vegaluna. This classic beach restaurant has all the features of a glamorous beach-club on the Croisette but with families at its core. The beach has an extensive play area on the beach with slides, swings and a children’s menu. The seafood dishes at this beach club are fantastic, so the adults can enjoy Ceviche Tuna or Crab salad with a glass of Provence Rosé, whilst the children are entertained!

La Guerite – Île St Marguerite 

La Guerite is an incredible restaurant on the larger of the two Lerins Islands, Ile St Marguerite, just off the coast of Cannes. This gorgeous restaurant features al-fresco dining, a beach with sun loungers and exquisite Mediterranean cuisine crafted by chef Yannis Kioroglou. The menu is fairly high-end, however, it is sure to be worth it!

La Croisette, Cannes

The famed Croisette in Cannes is the ideal spot for strolling, people watching and taking in the sights of this buzzing town. It is also great for kids, as there is a permanent mini carnival featuring a carousel, small playground, small carnival games, rides and snack bars – all along the Croisette itself. Just head for the Palais-end of the Croisette.

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Always a favourite with families, the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco is perfect for a break during the day from the hot sun where you can explore the underwater world of the aquarium, with 6000 specimens of marine life featured – from sharks and starfish to jellyfish and tortoises!

Nice Château

Nice is one of the most historical cities in Southern France, with the picturesque old town, extensive shopping centres in the newer city centre and of course the Promenade des Anglais. A great activity for all ages could be a walk up to the Castle of Nice (or Chateau de Nice), which offers incredible views over all the Riviera’s largest city and port. Often a highlight of visitor’s trips to Nice, the beautiful park with ruins, pines and waterfalls is sure to amaze all ages.

Hopefully the above will have given you a few ideas for your next trip to the Riviera!
If you’re looking for a family day out on the sea, look no further than one of our day charter yachts. This has got to be the ultimate family day out (ok, we’re a little bit biased!) with options for swimming, snorkelling and paddle boarding! Cruise over to a secluded bay and the kids can swim and play with the water toys, whilst the adults lounge on the sunpads an enjoy a well-deserved glass of bubbly!

Contact us today to organise a yacht rental along the French Riviera; we have yachts in all the most popular destinations including Cannes, St Tropez, Monaco and more!

Where We’re Going This Summer

Winter is comfortably behind us, and summer has finally settled in, bringing warmer temperatures and longer days. Here at Boatbookings, we couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming vacations and the boats we’ll be taking to explore undiscovered islands and towns that await! We can plan your charter vacation too; just get in touch and email charter@boatbookings.com today!

Name: Ben, Charter Broker
Destination: Sardinia

The combination of the breath-taking Tavolara, chic Porto Cervo, the beautiful Maddalena and iconic Bonifacio are unbeatable. Sardinia is discreet and exclusive, the perfect yacht charter destination. I’d combine the quiet anchorages around Porto Pollo with beautiful Port towns like Porto Rotondo and Bonifacio. I’d go for traditional Italian coffee and breakfast at the Cafe du Port (Porto Cervo), then cruise into the Maddalena, swim at Caprera (Cala Coticcio), seafood lunch at La Scogliera (Isola Maddalena north, close to Cala Spalmatore) and then back to Phi Beach Club (Porto Cervo) for sunset. I would stay there, but you could also then go for dinner at Just Cavalli Porto Cervo and then onto Billionaire Club!

Chosen Yacht: PORTHOS SANS ABRI – with a yacht owner that has picked the best crew from his fleet of yachts, you are in excellent hands with Captain Carlo. He knows the area inside out, so whether you’re looking to relax, water sports or party, he will take you to the best spots. Contact: ben@boatbookings.com 

 

Name: CordeliaCharter Broker
Destination: Ibiza and Palma

The craziness of Ibiza is a lot of fun and there is an abundance of great beach clubs – Blue Marlin, Juan y Andrea, Lio for the night, then head over to Formentera for a change of scenery. I would be travelling with my family, so would want to visit Mallorca for a quieter time in beautiful bays and the national park Dragonera. The stunning natural beauty of this area is breathtaking and spots are best accessed on a boat, with secluded bays offering us some downtime from the buzzing vibes of Ibiza!

Chosen Yacht: QUASAR – she has the best crew who have been together since last summer; their deckhand loves the water toys, there’s a fabulous chef that makes the best fresh tuna tacos and Captain Ian knows all the more remote spots in Ibiza, not just the obvious places. The yacht is in great condition and has lots of exterior space to kick back and relax as you soak up the sun. Contact: cordy@boatbookings.com

 

Name: EveProduct Manager
Destination: Greece

Having spent just a short weekend in Greece last month, I am super keen to go back again. Greek people are all so friendly and welcoming, the food is amazing – particularly the baklava and souvlaki – and the weather is always hot hot hot! In particular, I want to go sightseeing in Athens and visit some of the islands – some more rural like Milos, and some more for partying like Mykonos, as Greece is so versatile!

Chosen Yacht: BARENTS SEA – Barent’s sea has had a full refit and is so modern, gorgeous and has the most amazing stewardess and chef, who will go above and beyond to ensure an exceptional charter. Her interior is stunning, with a true feel of a luxury floating hotel at your own disposal! Contact: eve@boatbookings.com

 

Name: Eleanor, Sales and Marketing Executive
Destination: French Riviera

Having moved to the Cannes office for the summer season, I’ve adored being in the South of France – it’s perfect for relaxing on the beach and the French Riviera has all the beach clubs, bars and incredible restaurants you could ask for, so no need to go elsewhere! I would do a Day Charter from Cannes to St Tropez or Monaco during my time off, as I think exploring the coast by yacht is unrivalled. I’d spend the day cruising with the music going and drinks flowing with friends, before having lunch at one of the glamorous Beach Clubs; then swim and use the water toys on board before returning back to Cannes for an evening out at Baôli, our favourite club.

Chosen Yacht: REHAB – she is ideal for cruising along the hotspots of the French Riviera and has plenty of deck space for tanning and chilling with friends. Inside there’s a great seating area, too, for sipping champagne whilst on the water!

Contact us today for more information about any destination you might like to charter in – we can plan an amazing trip for you!

Our Favourite Cannes Beach Clubs

Cannes is known for its luxury lifestyle, with the Croisette being the hub of high-end couture brands and ultimate celebrity spotting destination. Along this promenade, there are so many beach clubs to choose from; we’ve rounded up our favourites and why so you can make the most of your time on the in Cannes!

Hire a yacht for the day from Cannes to experience the Riviera to the fullest!

Vega Luna

Great for: Families with children and larger groups

Vega Luna is located in the middle of the Croisette, opposite the InterContinental Carlton Hotel; it boasts a large seating area for dining undercover, and many sun loungers, perfect for larger groups. It is always very popular with families as it is child-friendly, with a kids menu for those under the age of 12.

Maema Plage

Great for: Lower prices and a relaxed atmosphere

Maema Plage is a firm favourite amongst the Boatbookings team; it is located further from the centre of Cannes, past the Radisson Blu Hotel, making it less busy and more inexpensive than the other Beach Clubs along the Croisette. Their Thai Salad and House Burger are delicious and food always comes quickly and is freshly prepared! Sun loungers are only €12 for the whole day, starting at 9am til closing time at 6pm.

Z Plage

Great for: Afternoon drinks and the best music

Z Plage is Hotel Martinez’ Private Beach Club, at the left end of the Croisette near Port Canto. It features a chic ‘Rotonde’ circular bar that is perfect for cocktails or some Provence Rosé. Sun loungers are available for the day for those wishing to bronze themselves before dipping into the cooling waters of the sea!

O’key Beach

Great for: Friendly staff and tasty seafood

O’key Beach is also located on the further side of Cannes past the old town and therefore is usually less busy than other beach clubs along the Croisette. The staff are friendly and some incredible seafood dishes include the Lobster Spaghetti, Salmon Burger and Seafood Pasta; portions are generous and the wine is delicious!

Rent a boat for the day to Cannes and we can book sun loungers and lunches for you at any beach club you like; just get in touch today and we’ll organise everything for you.

French Riviera 3 Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Juan Les Pins to Santo Stefano Al Mare

Welcoming you on board at 12 noon, your crew will be ready to get you settled in on your yacht. Onc will serve you a delightful lunch on deck as you depart from Juan Les Pins. Cruise towards Roquebrune Cap Martin, and take in the stunning natural beauty of the Medieval Castle and mountains in the distance.

Moor in the bay and take the chance to dive into the stunning blue waters of this natural inlet, or perhaps relax on the foredeck of your yacht as you soak up the afternoon sun, before cruising to Santo Stefano Al Mare. Take the time to freshen up and have a relaxed drink on your aft deck before heading to Aigua Beach and Restaurant for dinner; enjoy some incredible Italian cuisine and stroll the beautiful promenade at dusk.

Day 2 – Santo Stefano Al Mare to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Enjoying a leisurely breakfast on board, leave Italy behind and head back towards France. St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is your next stop, but first, stop along the way to take a dip and try out the water toys on board! For lunch, your chef on board will have prepared a delicious meal for you to enjoy before you arrive at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Take in the views of Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Eze, mooring near Paloma Beach; head onto land and settle in for the afternoon at Paloma Beach with some cocktails before swimming in the sparkling waters.

Day 3 – Cap Ferrat to Billionaire’s Bay, disembark Juan les Pins

Wake up to a lovely breakfast on board, as you relax whilst cruising towards Billionaire’s Bay for a swim. Head back to Juan les Pins; sadly this is where you must disembark at midday after your incredible charter! Make sure to contact Boatbookings in future and leave us a review on social media; we love to see your pictures.

Monaco Grand Prix: Formula 1 Heads Home

The Monaco Grand Prix is without doubt one of, if not the most, prestigious events in the Formula One Racing calendar. Having been named the home of F1 Racing, as the residence of a number of F1 drivers, it is also the host of the Historic Grand Prix, which has already taken place.

From Thursday 24 May to Sunday 27 May 2018, all eyes are on the racetrack that runs through this billionaire’s playground, with tensions high as it is renowned to be one of the most challenging to navigate.

Favourites Red Bull and Ferrari head to Monaco with high hopes, whilst Mercedes have some concerns over the manoeuvrability of their car on the slow, tight track around the Principality. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is 17 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari following wins in the past two races, but with doubts from the team, it is unclear whether Mercedes will remain in pole position.

Take a look at @boatbookings on Instagram for updates as we follow the qualifiers and final race, live from the French Riviera!

The ultimate way to experience the race is undoubtedly from a berth in the Port on your very own luxury yacht charter; away from the commotion of the crowds, sit back and relax as you watch the high-speed entertainment on board a stunning charter yacht. Book now for the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix; bookings must be secured by November to ensure a spot in the lively Port. Our favourite yacht TOBY is ideal for a weekend at the F1 Race; enquire now so we can plan an amazing charter for you!

Get in contact today to organise your charter for the Monaco Grand Prix; take a look at our French Riviera Day Charter Page to discover more about chartering for the day in this iconic region of France, including St-Jean Cap-Ferrat, Cannes, Antibes and St Tropez.