Download Boatbookings’s brand new iBook ‘Yacht Charter 101’ on iTunes for FREE!

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Boatbookings is very pleased to announce the publication of our new  iBook – Yacht Charter 101:  Planning the Perfect Charter Vacation. Now you can read all about luxury yacht chartering from the comfort of your iPad.

The book has covers the basics of planning a yacht charter, provides extensive information on all of the key yacht charter regions, and discusses contracts, pricing and how to choose the right yacht for you.  We are  offering you the download of Yacht Charter 101  free as our way of helping give you the information you need to go on a yacht charter this year.

The Founder of Boatbookings.com has used  his vast expertise of the yachting industry to create a concise yet comprehensive guide to chartering a luxury yacht anywhere in the world. The book is written for  first-time charterers but also valuable for any experienced charters who are thinking about a new destination or type of boat.

The Chapters are: The Allure of a Yacht Charter, Types of Yacht Charters, Charter Destinations, How to Charter a Yacht, Next Steps and an Extensive Glossary

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The Destinations chapter covers the key ports in the Caribbean (including the BVI, Grenadines, St Barths, St Martin, Bahamas, etc), Mediterranean (including the French  Riviera, Corsica, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Spain), SouthEast Asia, Tahiti  and more, with pictures of the charter areas and notes about things to do, the cuisine, climate and best times to charter.  Download Yacht Charter 101 as  a trusted source of yachting info.

Yacht Charter 101: Planning the Perfect Charter Vacation is available for free download on iTunes now!

A Day in the Life of an Intern, Part V

The Sacs 680 Rib for charter around Cannes and AntibesFollowing on from 'A Day in the Life of an Intern Part IV', Part V will keep you informed as to what else the interns have been up to, including more time spent sailing around Cannes! Now that the summer season is in full swing, the atmosphere is heating up and everybody is looking to get out on the water.

So, some of the interns did! We jumped at the chance to spend a morning on a bareboat with skipper and we took the brand new Sacs 680 Rib out for a spin from Golfe Juan. It really is worth doing the trip, so we know exactly what our clients get when they charter, and it is a great experience.

We headed out from Port Gallice, and at Ben's request, our skipper BaptisteBen tried to take a turn at skippering the boat! sped up. We flew across the water, at 45 knots, past Palm Beach in Cannes, around to the Iles de Lérins; it was an exhilarating ride, with the wind in your hair (or in Charlotte's case, her hair in her face!).

We anchored between Ile Sainte Marguérite and Saint Honorat, where the water is as crystal clear as the waters in the Caribbean Sea. Of course, we took the chance to swim, but as it was still early June the water was still quite fresh! Still, the sun was shining and we couldn't miss out on the turquoise water. We headed away from the islands, and back towards Cannes to have a look at the Croisette from the sea, it's good to see it from a different perspective!

Swimming in the turquoise waters between the Iles de Lérins

We stopped off at Billionaire's Bay, or translated from French 'Fake Money Bay' at Cap d'Antibes, home to the famous Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, where many of the big names stayed during the Cannes Film Festival. One of the morning's highlights had to be when we inflated the donut, and all took turns at being towed along behind the boat, at speed; our skipper was definitely trying his hardest to get us in the water! It is obvious why people look for a long list of water toys on their charter, as we had so much fun with just the donut – we can't wait to try and get our hands on a jet ski!

Charlotte sitting in the donut before being towed behind the boat.

The most recent Newsletter - Do Something Different on Your Next Yacht CharterApart from spending our weekends out at sea, we do like to get our heads down in the office as well. Charlotte has been spending her time working away on the Boatbookings Newsletter. She works with all of the Brokers to get their suggestions for their favourite yachts of the moment for all of our worldwide destinations, and brings together all the yachts, destinations, descriptions and images to put in our newsletter.

It's quite a task to bring it together, working with the whole team for the yacht choices, the layout, inputting all the information and bringing together the final edit, before sending it out to our subscribers. See our most recent Boatbookings Newsletter here.

Boatbookings.com provide a truly unique Internship program and there is no better place to learn about one of the worlds most luxurious sectors than in the South of France. If you are interested about enquiring about our internships or would like to apply, please contact our Managing Director, Capucine De Vallée: capucine@boatbookings.com

From the Deck to the Dock: Specialty Onshore Lodging For Ocean Lovers

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Poseidan Undersea Resort

When it comes to land lodging, discriminating yacht charter clients often seek more than a simply convenient hotel room.  For yachtsmen who need to be on or near the water, here are some amazing properties that are especially enchanting.

Guiding ships into port may be where lighthouse hotels got their start but now they offer lodging, from budget to posh, guaranteeing dramatic

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landscapes and locations on some of the world’s most exciting and perilous harbors. If you are planning a yacht charter in San Francisco, The East Brother Light Station consistently ranks in the top ten lighthouse hotels worldwide.

Jules Verne LodgeGuests will snuggle down in luxurious private bungalows 40 feet below the water line at the proposed Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji.  Spend a couple of days in a fantasy environment characterized by vast amounts of clear acrylic for stunning underwater views. Or, if you are chartering a yacht in Florida and the Keys, step back in time at the Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo. Operated as a “living museum” from the Golden Age of Diving, the lodge offers guests of today a one-of-a-kind experience of yesteryear.

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Houseboats of Kerala

For an exotic adventure above the water line a houseboat offers comfort and cultural rewards. The Houseboats of Kerala provide a glimpse of rural Indian life. Located near the Malabar coast of India, These comfortable, converted rice boats are designed for overnight stays and daytime exploration of scenic waterways.

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Sala Silvermine

Scandinavia is an increasingly popular yachting destination due to its breathtaking scenery, quaint harbors and endearing culture. Before or after a yacht charter in Sweden the adventuresome traveler can book a hotel suite at the Sala Silvermine, or in a grounded Boeing jet, or a former prison.

Why go for the ordinary when you can opt for the extraordinary? Extending your yacht charter with an alternative lodging option provides a unique opportunity to connect with a region’s culture and history in a way that is both intimate and exhilarating.

Here is an excellent link to explore the innumerable options for Luxury Yacht Charter and Yacht Charter Destinations worldwide.