ITALY, THIS IS FOR YOU.

We all know the effects of what staying indoors can do to our wellbeing. From a young age, I was always told that the fresh, sea air was a healer for not only the body but also for the soul. It’s safe to say that a large majority of our clients are ‘outdoorsy’ people, and love being at one with nature. With lockdowns, travel restrictions and our daily lives interrupted, it can be hard to think that life was once full of discovery and beauty.

We say, don’t worry; the seas will just be as blue as they were before, the south of France rosé wine will taste just as refreshing at golden hour and the sun will still rise after this pandemic runs its course.

For some gentle weekend or evening reading, you can explore these incredible places through our handwritten itineraries. Whether you are are doing some homework for your 2021 expedition, or just want to escape reality for 10 minutes: we have an itinerary that suits you. We recommend making a hot cup of tea (or coffee), snuggling up on the sofa and let your mind wander to a sailing destination of your choice.

It seems prudent to list the Italian Amalfi Coast itinerary below – with all the heartbreaking news coming from our most beloved sailing countries this itinerary is a tribute to the country we know and love.
ITALY, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU.

Day 1 – Naples

Lgbt sailing boat tour

Embark your Amalfi Coast catamaran charter in Castellamare di Stabia. Depending on your time of embarkation, you can either sail towards the city of Naples for a fun-filled night exploring the bustling Via Chaia. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the beautiful city of Naples, try some fantastic pizza and enjoy the stunning views of Vesuvius that loom over the city.

Day 2: Procida to Ischia

Today you will sail to the island of Ischia, known for its lush and varied landscapes and being the largest island in the Bay of Naples. You can visit the thermal springs at Negombo Bay or close to Ischia Sant’Angelo. These magical wellness centres have been used to promote health for millennia. One of our Brokers favourite anchorages is next to the Aragonese castle, the original protection of the island that rises out of the sea. 

There are also many beautiful beaches that you can anchor your Amalfi Coast crewed catamaran off for a day of snorkelling and playing with the water toys. In the evening, be sure to try the local wines Biancolella and the red Pere’e palumno along with a selection of wonderful fresh fish. Our favourite high-end restaurant on the island is Indaco in the village of Ischia Lacco Ameno. This Michelin starred restaurant is renowned for their modern take on Italian classics, and you will enjoy waterside dining with spectacular views. 

Day 3 and 4: Ischia and Capri

These are the days that you’ve always been dreaming about! Set sail from Ischia Sant’Angelo to Capri, which is around 20 nautical miles and will take approximately three hours. Your first stop will be anchoring off the north side of the island, where we would recommend a quick stop at the magical Blue Grotto. This is on everyone’s bucket list and you will soon realise why. The Blue Grotto is ideally located next to our most recommended lunch spot on the island, Il Riccio Capri

After lunch, explore the surrounding caves on the south-east coastline, before anchoring on the south side of the island next to the magical Faraglioni rock formation. This is the most iconic bay on the Amalfi Coast and the perfect place to spend the evening at anchor.

We’d really recommend a romantic dinner on board, taking in the spectacular sunset and endless ocean views. If you want to go ashore to explore the island, you cannot beat sitting in Capri’s Piazetta for your Aperol Spritz before having dinner in one of the many excellent gastronomic restaurants. Our Brokers recommend sitting on the terrace of Villa Verde and sampling their excellent Squid, fresh fish and the local Fallanghina white wine. If you’re in the mood to dance the night away, you have to try Anema e Core for a truly authentic and unforgettable night on Capri. 

Day 5: Capri to Nerano, Positano

Leaving the beautiful island of Capri, you will sail towards Nerano for your first glance of the magical Amalfi Coast. Marina del Cantone in Nerano is a popular holiday destination dating back to the time of the Ancient Romans. Emperor Caesar loved it and we know you will too!

After a fun morning enjoying the calm waters, snorkelling and paddleboarding, it must be time for lunch! Conca del Sogno is the most popular restaurant and for good reason – it’s delicious! There are some excellent restaurants to try in Nerano and if you’re looking for something extra special, Quattro Passi cannot be missed.

If you decide to take a mooring buoy overnight in Nerano, you have to treat yourself to dinner at Quattro Passi. If you decide to cruise down to Positano for the evening, we don’t blame you! Positano is the gem of the coastline and renowned for being a world heritage site with a buzzing atmosphere. Positano is the busiest and most popular town on the Amalfi Coast, so expect crowds in July and August, but it’s still well worth a visit. With a plethora of restaurants to try, Da Vincenzo is renowned for offering quality authentic Italian cuisine, whilst La Sponda at Le Sirenuse Hotel is extra special. Party the night away at Music on the Rocks for an unforgettable end to your time in Positano.

Day 6. Amalfi Coast

Good morning from Positano, and what a sight she is! Enjoy the tranquillity and calm of the morning as you sip your morning espresso and took into your favourite cornetti.  When you’re ready, set sail down the Amalfi Coast towards Conca dei Marini, one of the unsung heroes of the area. This is the perfect place to swim before enjoying lunch at anchor.

We recommend heading straight to Amalfi to make sure you arrive in time for a place in the small marina. Amalfi is one of the only ports on the Amalfi Coast and is by far the nicest, so don’t miss out. Spend the afternoon ambling down the quaint streets sampling the famous Gelato, or perhaps a Limoncello or two! The famous Italian liquor is made here using produce from the neighbouring hillside, so it would be rude not to sample! For the active charter guests, you can embark on the Hike of the Gods to take in the spectacular coastal views. Don’t forget your camera!

Head back to your crewed catamaran and get ready for dinner. If you would like to eat ashore, there is no better restaurant than Eolo Restaurant in Amalfi, which balances authenticity with a creative flair for a mouthwatering spectacle. Mooring in Amalfi also gives you the opportunity to head up to the mountain town of Ravello, where you could enjoy drinks on the terrace of the Belmond Hotel Caruso and a spectacular dinner. If you’re in the mood for dancing, you have to try the popular Africana club, which is one of the most iconic nightclubs in Italy. 

Day 7: Amalfi to Sorrento

Your final day onboard will give you the opportunity to sail along the length of the Amalfi Coast, so make sure you have your camera ready! You will sail past Positano to the beautiful Li Galli islands for your last lunch onboard. Whether you choose to have a Caprese Salad, Paccheri with Swordfish or a whole baked Sea Bream, we know you will have been blown away by the food onboard this week. In the afternoon, sail to the town of Sorrento with its stunning architecture, welcoming vibe and wonderful restaurants.

From Marina Piccola, walk to the smaller port of Marina Grande where you will discover some wonderful cafes and bars. Piazza Tasso is the place to spend your evening. With the street closed off to cars, Piazza Tasso is perfect for people watching and your favourite Aperitivo. Sorrento is home to some wonderful restaurants and there is nowhere better than Il Buco, which is a firm favourite amongst our clients. Terrazza Bosquet in Sorrento is another popular choice; wherever you decide to go, you will definitely have a fantastic final meal with your friends and family. 

Day 8: Disembark in Sorrento

Today, say goodbye to your wonderful crew and catamaran and head back to the airport. If you have time before your flight, we would recommend stopping in at Pompeii on the way to the airport to see the impressive ruins. Your Boatbookings Broker can organise a private tour with an English speaking guide, who will bring this ancient city back to life! We know that you will have loved your time on the Amalfi Coast and you will tell all your friends to book for next summer! 

Your need-to-know guide to yachting in 2020

Boatbookings is recognised for its industry knowledge and professionalism. We are independent and our sole focus is to ensure you charter a yacht which matches your requirements. Don’t leave your vacations and corporate events to chance, leave it to the professionals. We are proud of our client testimonials and look forward to working with you in 2020.

Charter Broker Ben has highlighted the experiences you should book in the first 3 months of 2020 to make this year extra special. We can’t wait to supercharge your holidays! 

January 2020

With almost 80% of the prime summer dates and reputable catamarans already booked, it’s essential to move forward in January and proceed with your summer island-hopping adventure in GreeceCroatia, and the Amalfi Coast

Choose Greece’s Saronic Gulf for warm hospitality, Croatia’s Kornati National Park for isolated anchorages and the Amalfi Coast for mouthwatering cuisine. Selecting a catamaran will provide extra stability, low fuel consumptions and massive volumes to holiday in style.

February 2020

The half-term holidays are just around the corner and it’s time to start planning the major 2020 holidays. You have to book your BVI Crewed Catamaran and St Barths Motor Yacht charters for New Years now, or you will miss out on the quality yachts, experienced crews and your flights!

If you want to try something different, go diving in Indonesia’s iconic Raja Ampat, try surfing in New Caledonia or embark on a Thai culinary adventure from Phuket. There’s still time to book your last-minute Spring Break 2020 getaway to swim with the pigs in the Bahamas.

March 2020

You really should have finalised your dates for your summer Mediterranean motor yacht charter by March, or you will only have a handful of yachts to review.

Private yacht charters are bespoke and everyone has their own style. We can adapt any itinerary to suit your group; the French Riviera can cater to those looking for everything from Provencal farmhouse dining to Michelin starred restaurants in Monaco. Alternatively, escape the jet-set and explore the fortified towns of Corsica and dive into Sardinia for peace and tranquillity. 

The world is your oyster and we want you to make the most of it in 2020. Our Broker Team continues to travel the world in search of the most picturesque anchorages for water sports, sampling the best regional restaurants and making helpful contacts so your ideas become reality. 2020 will prove to be the best holiday season yet!

Fine Dining on the Amalfi Coast

What is the world’s favourite cuisine? Suitable for all ages, tastes and dietary requirements, Italian gets our vote. When chartering a yacht along the Amalfi Coast, you will sample the unique cuisine of Campania. The area is world-famous for lemons and San Marzano tomatoes, as well as fresh octopus, sea bream and shrimps. An Amalfi Coast yacht charter delivers excellent restaurants in each town, but which ones should you visit for summer 2020?

C/O Quattro Passi Nerano

Quattro Passi, Nerano

Quattro Passi in Nerano overlooks the stunning Marina del Cantone in Nerano. Nerano is the first village you will explore on your Amalfi Coast motor yacht charter. First impressions are everything and Nerano will not disappoint!

C/O Quattro Passi Nerano

Chef Antonio Mellino holds 2 Michelin stars for his gourmet cuisine at Quattro Passi. His cuisine focuses on local produce, most prominently lemons and tomatoes. The Michelin guide praises Mellino for his “ability to extract maximum aromas from lemons and tomatoes is unique, lending extraordinary flavour to his dishes.” We know you will be dazzled so book your table for summer 2020 now!

La Sponda at Le Sirenuse Hotel, Positano

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. A favourite for engagements, honeymoons and anniversaries, you will definitely impress your better half. La Sponda at Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano is famous for being one of the most romantic restaurants on the Amalfi Coast. Whether you choose to dine on the terrace or under four hundred candles inside, the views are spectacular.

Chef Gennaro Russo’s menu is based on fresh local ingredients and inspired by the great culinary traditions of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. His motto is “respect for the territory, for local traditions and local ingredients”. His risotto is to die for!

The Boatbookings Brokers know the best restaurants on the Amalfi Coast for every taste. The best yachts and restaurants are booked well in advance so speak to the team today to plan your Amalfi Coast adventure for summer 2020.

Broker Ben’s 2020 Yacht Charter Tips | Sardinia

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to get your family and friends to start planning for the new year. Forget contemplating whether you can stick to dry January or Veganuary and put some life changing plans into place. Spend quality family time together and inspire your children with the history of Europe, showing them the natural beauty of the Mediterranean. A Sardinia yacht charter has everything to make 2020 an unforgettable year.

Sardinia is Italy’s best kept secret. Offering the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, geological phenomena, mountains for hiking and cycling and some of the most delicious cuisine found anywhere in the world, you will be stunned! It’s for these reasons that our Broker Ben continues to go to Sardinia every summer!

What would a typical day look like on your Sardinia yacht charter?

Embark on PORTHOS SANS ABRI with Captain Carlo and set sail into the Maddalena Archipelago. Your first stop would be at Cala Coticcio on Caprera island where you could swim to the beach with the Seabobs. Step back onboard for aperitivo time and a small of glass of wine. A nice 2014 Capichera Vendemmia Tardiva Vermentino IGT will go down a treat! Cruise through the cerulean waters of the Maddalena and stop at La Scogliera for lunch.

Where should we go for lunch?

Located at the heart of the Maddalena Archipelago in Porto Massimo, La Scogliera is the must visit dining experience for summer 2020 in Sardinia. Get ready for the freshest fish, seafood and Italian classics, as well as Sushi, Poke Bowls and Ceviches. It continues to be the the standout seafood restaurant for yacht owners and celebrity alike, so let’s get your table reserved now!

And after lunch..?

After a long lunch and more swimming, head to Phi Beach club and take in one of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see. Stay onboard for an al fresco dinner at anchor under the stars. Life really doesn’t get much better, and that’s just one day! Spend one week onboard and this will be the feedback you will share:

“ Thank you for a week of a lifetime on board Porthos. You know we’ve loved it because we have not stopped smiling. Laughing and howling with excitement as we arrive at the next stunning location, and play with the latest sporting kit, and eat the next delicious meal. We have, quite simply, had the best time. You have made it extra special by going the extra mile in every way. The children’s meals, kayaks made from paddle boards, gluten free chips, unexpected stops at bays and endless, endless trips on the alligator. 
Watching the children having the time of their lives and the grown ups too, is quite something… Thank you for all of it, you are all stars. We will be back! ”

Stay tuned for more top tips to make 2020 the best year to date!

Autumn, I’m falling for you.

The joys of summer, overcrowded ports, expensive prices, stressed out waiters, delayed planes? These are surely the worst parts of a summer holiday or charter in the Mediterranean. Forget the worst aspects of a yacht charter and look at a charter for the Autumn. 

Autumn sailing > Summer sailing

Sailing across the Mediterranean in Turkey, Croatia or Greece can be a better experience than a yacht rental at the peak of the summer season. These countries offer very mild weather in the Autumn and the wind tends to drop off from the high winds in August.

Warm waters and low season prices

The Mediterranean climate allows for warm September waters for swimming, private bays for swimming and more available yachts available last minute. The experience is different from that of the high season summer experience with a more relaxed atmosphere on every island. It is also easier to see a local way of life and to be able to make a reservation at your favourite restaurant on the day, rather than the week before!

Alice’s best places to charter a yacht this Autumn

Croatia

Split- Dubrovnik 

This one-way itinerary provides the opportunity to see the two historically fuelled cities of Split and Dubrovnik. Sailing between the two cities has scope for everyone, from partying at all night clubs in Hvar to exploring the national park at Mijet near to Dubrovnik this itinerary has something in there for everyone. It is very difficult to get a one-way charter during the peak of the high season however during the Autumn, many owners take the boats from Split to Dubrovnik and would be very happy to accommodate a one way. Your broker will organise this bespoke yacht charter for you and plan your itinerary.

Greece

The Cyclades Islands 

Contrary to popular opinion, the Cyclades are not the place to go to in the summer. The prevalent Meltemi wind dominates the Cyclades and often makes it very difficult to travel between islands. Santorini, Mykonos, Milos, and Ios are without a doubt the most breathtaking islands in Greece however it is difficult to get the right winds in summer to have an enjoyable charter. with the heavy winds in June, July and August. By late September, the winds have died down, the tourists have disappeared and the striking white roofs can be enjoyed from your yacht. Catamarans are widely available and are significantly less experience.

Sardinia 

Known as one of the most glamorous places in the globe, the Costa Smerelda is the new place for the A-listers and yacht charters! Boutiques, 5* hotels and some of the finest Italian restaurants are available in Sardinia. You can also hop over to southern Corsica and visit the striking port of Bonifacio. This is a perfect Autumnal destination due to the quieter ports, less crowded beaches and extremely blue waters at this time of year. Sardinia converts into more of a traditional experience during the Autumn.

Contact one of our expert brokers to plan your Autumn charter today!