A Day in the Life of an Intern Part VIII

Whoever said the life of an intern was filled with those horrible jobs that nobody else wants to do? A sunny September’s day saw broker Ben and I heading off to the glamorous St Tropez for an amazing day at sea aboard the beautiful KIDI ONE.

Strolling through St Tropez, it’s not hard to see why so many return to this stunning town year after year. St Tropez is a beautiful little fishing village at first glance, however, through the windy cobbled streets, lined with charming terracotta buildings lies a vibrant shopping capital. Designer boutiques nestled into petite, classically French buildings with shuttered windows and golden walls. Eventually the narrow, windy streets open up to the port, a fascinating juxtaposition of beautiful, quaint buildings against immense, modern Super Yachts and bustling bars. St Tropez truly is a sleepy, fishing village that has been brought to life and doused in glamour and I was instantly enchanted.

Upon meeting our fellow travellers, a lively and welcoming group of brokers from other companies, I was gifted with a beautiful little bracelet to commemorate my day at sea in St Tropez! We were all split between 3 beautiful yachts NEGARA, OF VILLA ROMANA and ours, KIDI ONE. KIDI ONE glided toward us, effortlessly cutting through the water, a vision in sparkling white with royal blue detailing. KIDI ONE was beautiful, with the theme of turquoise running throughout the exterior, hints of blue in the salon and then glossy, cherry brown and crisp white with splashes of gold spreading elegance and class throughout the guest cabins and bathrooms, the photographs truly do not do it justice.

Ben and I sat on the sun pads on the bow of the yacht and the views were breath taking, stunning yachts, towering mountains flourishing with green and the sparkling sea, St Tropez is paradise. Finally, we came to a halt and anchored beside Plage de L’Escalet, the hillside teeming with lavish villas and the sea, an incredible shade of turquoise. Now it was time for water toys! My first choice, the humble paddleboard – easy! Or so I thought. My first attempt at standing up resulted in my first plunge into the icy cold water, the September Sea is beautiful and wonderfully energising. I powered through, yet round 2 was still unsuccessful and resulted in another soaking, perhaps paddleboarding is not for me. On to the big boy toys, the Sea Bob, whizzing across the surface of the sea was the most incredible feeling, though I didn’t dare dive beneath the surface, it was an amazing rush to skim across the surface of the water like a human jet ski, that’s a new one for the Christmas list!

The afternoon was spent munching on Foie Gras sandwiches, sipping wine and getting to know everyone in an incredible setting. Too much food and too much fun resulted in a quick power nap on the sundeck in the warm glow of the sun – bliss. After an amazing day in dazzling St Tropez we finally cruised back to dry land.

Being able to meet so many wonderful people and experience such an incredible yacht in the most enchanting place was truly surreal and an experience I will never forget! Boatbookings internships are definitely not your average internship, with so much responsibility making way for valuable experiences and, of course, it doesn’t hurt getting to charter for the day on a stunning luxury yacht!

Sizzling Hot on The Storm in St Tropez!

St Tropez is the most sought after destination on the French Riviera. From the pretty quaint port set in the old fishing village to the wide sandy Pampleonne beach, it is easy to see why, as with an abundance of cool, trendy bars, restaurants and beach clubs you are spoilt for choice! We have the ideal yacht, based in St Tropez, to take you cruising to the French Riviera’s finest spots…

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Super Yacht of the Week: MOONRAKER

Mangusta are well-known for making large luxury yachts that go fast. Their latest launch, MOONRAKER, is no exception and is perhaps their largest, fastest yacht to date. In the world of yachting where anything is possible they have created a 163ft yacht that can achieve speeds of 40 knots! A sensational yacht just for the thrill seeker then, but step onboard for the relaxation and tranquility that awaits…

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September Days at Bâoli Beach Club

The Cannes beach club scene is as popular and sought after as Pampelonne Beach in St Tropez, with the addition of the Croisette and its world class shops at your beckoned call. Bâoli Beach Club is located in front of the Marriot hotel and just a stones throw away from the more popular Carlton, Martinez and The Majestic hotels. With a miles worth of private beach clubs to choose from, why would you choose Bâoli Beach Club over the very popular Z Plage, Plage 45 or Vegaluna?

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A Day at Bâoli Beach Club

Settle into the comfort and refreshing space of your lounger, whether it be on the wide golden beach or on the exclusive Bâoli pontoon. Enjoy an exhilarating morning of swimming, water sports and fresh juices! Everything quietens down for lunch where you can enjoy some of the finest sushi on the French Riviera prepared right in front of your eyes; also on offer is the freshest fish imaginable as well as French classics done with a refreshing Miami twist. After lunch is when the party really gets started – the arrival of the DJ signifies the beginning of the daily Bâoli party where people flock for the atmosphere and delicious cocktails after a long day of shopping on La Croisette. A classic Riviera beach club experience, with a welcome Miami twist of hospitality and service!

Scratch Mangusta 92

There is no better way to arrive in Cannes than by your very own private charter yacht. One of the most sought after yachts in the area is the majestic Mangusta 92 Scratchbased out of Mandelieu La Napoule. With a striking gun-metal grey hull, Twin 16V 2000 MTU engines and spacious bow and aft lounging spaces, it is hard to find a better looking yacht with impressive performance on the French Riviera.

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Scratch DecksSeptember is the perfect time to charter in the South of France and there are many special offers not to be missed. Contact us for more information on chartering this September, whether it is on the French Riviera, for Ibiza closing parties or last minute getaways to Italy, Croatia or Greece.

INDULGING on a Day Charter on the French Riviera!

Charles, Cordy and Tom from the Boatbookings.com team in the South of France were lucky enough to enjoy a day out on INDULGENCE OF POOLE yesterday, a beautifully maintained Mangusta 86 motor yacht based in the heart of the Old Port of Cannes. Following our day out, we cannot recommend her highly enough for day, weekend and week-long charters on the French Riviera and in surrounding areas.

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The team were warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic captain Yanko and his partner and chief stewardess, fresh canapés and some lovely wines were enjoyed following a viewing of the two large master and VIP cabins with double beds and two further twin cabins, comfortably accommodating two. INDULGENCE is also perfect for meetings with her large saloon and separate dining area seating 12 for a more formal venue. On the aft deck, they said goodbye to Cannes on a beautiful Monday morning and sped along the coast to the beautiful bay of Theoule where we anchored for the day. A delicious lunch onboard was enjoyed by all – the refreshing classic of Parma ham and melon, followed beautifully roasted chicken with garlic purée and chocolate cheesecake with crème anglaise to finish!

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After soaking up the sun, taking a swim and enjoying the extensive water sports inventory we headed back to Cannes where Yanko showed us that INDULGENCE can match the newer Mangusta cruising at an impressive 29 knots! A thrill for everyone, whilst enjoying the comfort of a much larger yacht.

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We cannot recommend INDULGENCE OF POOLE enough for your family vacations on the French Riviera this summer, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on her all-inclusive packages.

INDULGE yourself this summer with a luxury yacht charter – VAT included!

In the South of France VAT of 20% usually applies to all crewed charters, so Boatbookings.com are delighted to  be able to offer exclusive VAT included and all- inclusive rates on one of our favourite South of France crewed motor yachts this summer!

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Cruising!

INDULGENCE OF POOLE is a Mangusta 86 that has been constantly updated and maintained to ensure that she is in pristine condition and with a fantastic, positive crew. For a yacht of her size, INDULGENCE has unrivalled levels of space. Her large flybridge features plenty of comfortable seating, as well as a jacuzzi!

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Cool off in the Jacuzzi

A large and elegant dining table can be found on the aft deck providing the perfect spot for Al-fresco dining and relaxing breakfasts in the sun!

The perfect lunch spot!
The perfect lunch spot!

The package rates are outlined below:

PACKAGE RATES (inc VAT):

Day Charter for up to 8 guests €7,250 (inc VAT)
To include: Meals, a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks along with fuel and berth costs for a trip out to Iles de Lerins for the day.

Two Day Charter for up to 8 guests €14,500 (inc VAT)
To include: Meals, a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks along with fuel and berth costs for two days out as prescribed by the Captain.

Three Day Charter in and around Cannes for up to 8 guests €21,750 (inc VAT)
To include: Meals, a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks along with fuel and berth costs for a prescribed itinerary as agreed by the Captain.

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The beautiful Ile Saint-Marguerite

 Get in touch today with our expert South of France team about chartering INDULGENCE OF POOLE, or another fantastic yacht anywhere in the world!

The Arrival of the New Benchmark for Superyachts

Leonardo di Caprio was in the news again this week after his quest to win his first Oscar once more ended in disappointment. Nominated for his role in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, di Caprio plays Jordan Belfort. For most of the 3 hour film, Belfort lives a life of staggering decadence, epitomised not in the least by his luxurious superyacht, known to us as LADY M. Belfort lost his ship in a storm before losing everything else when convicted and sentenced to prison.

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Belfort’s life of indulgent luxury is now at an end… Your’s doesn’t have to be.

In February of this year Mangusta launched the latest of their 165 range. This 8th hull in the series, the 165 E (standing for Evolution) is Mangusta’s most refined yacht to date. The 50m flagship is capable of doing up to 40 knots, making her not only the fastest yacht to come out of the Overmarine Group’s wharf, but the fastest Maxi Open yacht ever to be built.

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Since 2007 , Mangusta 165 superyachts have been the industry benchmark and this 8th incarnation is no different. Overmarine said of her that, “She knows no rivals in terms of comfort; the volumes of the yacht can be compared to a three-deck vessel of the same dimension, although this cannot be gleaned from the outside owing to her pure lines and sporty profile. The extraordinary combination of linear stress and expression of line gives this model an elegant character which is simultaneously distinctive and powerful. She is a masterpiece of distinctive, elegant, timeless design, conveying balance and dynamism.”

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From the outside the 165 E is stunningly beautiful. She is elegantly simple yet sleek and sporty. It is the interior where the Evolution really takes your breath away though. More than 10 different kinds of rare and valuable wood and lacquering, at least 7 types of marble, mother of pearl and onyx, to name but a few, all contribute to an interior of unreserved luxury.

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Much has been written about the salon windows. Requested specifically by the new owners, the single pane of glass provides unrestricted, panoramic views whilst letting in plenty of natural light. The entire yacht is created entirely at the Overmarine Group’s own plants, as is standard for all Mangusta yachts, ensuring only the best quality. The new 165 boasts the pinnacle on onboard quality and comfort: soundproofing, vibration control, ergonomic layouts. Everything has been painstakingly designed, built and tested to create one of the most unforgettable yachts. See it for yourself later this year at the Monaco Yacht Show.

The best of the best at Cannes Boat Show – Day 2

Friday at the Cannes Boat Show was another exciting day meeting with our great industry partners and checking out great boats currently on the charter market! The day began being whisked out by tender to visit two sublime luxury motor yachts based on the French and Italian Rivieras, safe to say we were not disappointed.  VANQUISH_main_1First on the list was VANQUISH, a stunning and extensively refitted Palmer Johnson 120. On approach to this absolutely stunning yacht we noticed how she stood out from all others in the bay of Cannes with her flawless cream hull and distinctive Palmer Johnson lines. On embarkation everything only improved, we were welcomed warmly by the captain who is both enthusiastic about the boat and making sure everyone on it has a great charter experience! The international crew on this boat speak over 6 languages between them, meaning they can accommodate guests of all nationalities. VANQUISH continued to impress with three light, spacious, modern and luxurious double cabins and fully convertible en-suite pullman cabin. As well as this, she has a massive range of water toys including a large twin engined tender, sea doos, water skis, diving equipment, wakeboard, fishing gear, inflatable pool and a whole range of towable toys too! We left this gorgeous boat wondering what was missing… and realised it really does have everything!

ABILITY_main_1 Next was the completely different but equally mesmerising ABILITY, an eye-catching monochrome Mangusta 130. We were again warmly welcomed by a fantastic crew and a wonderful range of refreshing drinks before being shown the stunning, luxurious interior of this performance cruiser. The saloon was sexy and exciting with its range of black and white furnishings, heading downstairs the boat becomes warm and woody with a full-beam master cabin and 3 spacious guest cabins. Outside we were shown the huge foredeck, full of flexible outside areas to soak up the sun and enjoy this fantastic boat. The excitement isn’t just on the eyes, this sporty motor yacht has a cruising speed of 28 knots! We’ve only had fantastic responses from charterers onboard ABILITY, her reputation on the French Riviera means berths in the hottest parts of the coast are not a problem. Perfect for the image-conscious getaway!

The Cannes Boat Show is drawing to a close this weekend, but this year has been another resounding success, showing why Cannes is truly a hub of yachting excellence!