The Ionian Islands Are More Than But A Dream!

The Ionian islands continue to be one of the most popular charter destinations each summer, and if you haven’t visited yet, they are well worth a trip.  The Ionian is a group of islands which run from the bottom of the Adriatic to the Peloponnese and are among the greenest in Greece, studded with olive groves.  Made up of twelve small and large islands, Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu (Kerkyra), Kefalonia, Lefkada, and Paxi are the large Ionian Islands. The smaller islands include Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos. With its mild winds, crystal clear waters and predictable weather patterns, the Ionian offers excellent and safe sailing conditions.

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ECSTASEA. The Ultimate Yacht to Match Monaco’s Ultimate Apartment

Monaco is the ultimate millionaire’s playground. A place where you can lose 1 million euros in the casino before driving away in your custom Ferrari and nobody will bat an eyelid. In terms of glamour and wealth, Monaco is pretty much unrivalled. This is underlined by the unveiling of the world’s most expensive apartment. For an estimated £240 million, you could own the top 5 stories of the brand new Odeon Tower. article-2729501-20A63F4C00000578-477_634x475 Square footage doesn’t come cheap in Monaco, with most apartments being very much on the small side. The super-sized flats in the Odeon Tower are therefore a diamond dozen in the Principality. Although you will have to wait until 2015 before you can move in, the wait just might be worth it when you slide out of your bedroom and into your pool 560ft above the ground.

Of course you will need the perfect yacht to go with your perfect apartment. Shortly ECSTASEA will even have a slide to match. This is by no means the only highlight however. ECSTASEA is 85m of pure extravagance and luxury and she is available to charter for the Monaco Yacht Show.

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On board, the attention to detail is astonishing, particularly given her size. She is decorated with an African tribal theme throughout providing a magnificent mix of down to earth simplicity and indulgent comfort.

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Above deck you’ll find plenty of space to spread out and work on your tan and when the time comes to cool off, slide into the sea before zooming around on a jet ski or bouncing around on one of the small armada of water toys.

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ECSTASEA really is the pinnacle of luxury. There is even a helicopter hangar, since leaving your helicopter on deck is obviously far too gauche. To charter ECSTASEA, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Boatbookings team.

Chartering with the Stars in Ibiza

The mid-summer parties in Ibiza are in full swing and it would seem that anyone who is anyone has upped sticks and set up camp in the Balearic Islands. Word has clearly got out that the best way to enjoy this slice of heaven off the coast of Spain is on a yacht. Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh has been spotted on the aft deck sunbathing topless and Neymar has decided that the best way to recover from a broken back is to kick back on the stunning PETARDO C.

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There’s something for all you Justin Bieber fans as well. Considering Orlando Bloom’s popularity rating’s are now sky high having punched the Canadian singer, it would appear there aren’t many of you, but alas, it seems like there are still a couple of people willing to put up with him. He’s been seen off the coast of Formentera, trying out the latest and most exciting water toy, the flyboard while aboard ECSTASEA, the 86m feadship, designed and formerly owned by Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich.

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Bieber is about as good on the flyboard as he is in a boxing match, however the same cannot be said of his guest, Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez who, when not cosied up next to her latest fling, Zac Efron, proves to be a comparative pro on the jet powered water toy.

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Rather than sitting at home and seething with jealousy, why not get out there and join them? JAZZ OF MONACO is a fantastic yacht for treating your friends and family. The 30m Benetti has an astonishing amount of outside space across 3 decks.

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Dine al fresco on the bridge deck before moving up to the fly deck to soak up some sun and then relax with a cocktail on the aft deck as the sun goes down. A week spent enjoying perfect days like this can be your’s for the excellent price of 53,000€!

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For a truly unforgettable week in the sun, charter Eddie Jordan’s pride and joy, the brand new, 2014 Sunseeker, BLUSH. Sunseeker’s 155′ flagship is exquisite from every angle.

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Above deck you are spoilt for choice. Each deck, forward and aft, is achingly cool, spacious and comfortable and there are few better ways to spend an afternoon that soaking in a jacuzzi, watching the world go by.

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The interior has been styled meticulously, furnished beautifully and finished with no expense spared. In all, BLUSH is amongst the most desirable yachts on the charter market.

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For a week that you will never forget aboard JAZZ OF MONACO or BLUSH, contact the Boatbookings team today.

The World’s Best Yacht at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Following a thrilling Grand Prix last week in Hungary, Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap to team-mate Nico Rosberg to just 9 points. With the 2 silver arrows seemingly destined to trade blows at the top of the leaderboard right up until the end of the season, the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi promises to be an occasion not to be missed. Since its inaugural race in 2010, the Yaz Marina circuit has hosted the final of race of the calendar every year. The 5.5km track weaves through five star hotels and the stunning Yaz Marina and, with fireworks guaranteed on and off the track, there is no better place to crown a new Formula 1 champion.

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On a yacht, you couldn’t be closer to the action if you were driving the car yourself. At such a fantastic event, amongst the most glamorous and wealthy people in the world, you will be the envy of them all on MOGAMBO.

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Aft, her 3 vast decks are the perfect place to host a party for the race, with all of your guests being able to enjoy uninterrupted views of the action on the track.

During the day, there is no shortage of space to relax and recover from the party the night before; whether you are sipping on a cold drink while soaking in the jacuzzi or spreading out and soaking up the sun.

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Stunning, simple and sophisticated. The interior is no less impressive than the outdoor spaces. Even those well-acquainted with the finest luxuries can’t help but be impressed by the magnificent styling and the indulgent volume of space available on board.

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If you are interested in chartering MOGAMBO, please don’t hesitate to contact the Boatbookings team.

Leo DiCaprio Living the High Life on TOPAZ at the World Cup

The Fifa World Cup 2014 in Brazil got going with a bang last night as Neymar’s 2 goals guided Brazil to victory over Croatia, providing the hosts nation with the perfect start to their much anticipated campaign to become champions of the world once more.

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Once the final whistle was blown and the party really got started, Hollywood superstar Leo DiCaprio seemed to care little about dodgy referees and angry Croatians as he sauntered back to the 482-foot super yacht TOPAZ.

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DiCaprio has been keeping a low profile when out and about in Brazil but will have no such issues aboard the stunning 147m Lurssen. Owned by Sheikh Mansour, himself a football fan and owner of Manchester City Football Club, TOPAZ is the quintessence of luxury.

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New in 2012, TOPAZ offers everything that your heart could desire. The stunning vessel features a jacuzzi, 2 swimming pools, a cinema and even 2 helicopter pads. Rumoured to have cost $678 million, she will do doubt cater for all of the desires of DiCaprio and his 20 guests.

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TOPAZ is unfortunately not available to charter but that shouldn’t stop you joining in the fun and living the Hollywood lifestyle at the World Cup. There is still availability on a large range of stunning yachts, including this beautiful Numarine 78.

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To join in the carnival atmosphere in Brazil, contact the Boatbookings team today.

QUATTROELLE – The Latest Example of the Finest German Engineering

All over the Mediterranean things are starting to hot up for summer and what better way to enjoy the sun than on a brand new super yacht. German shipbuilder Lurssen have decided to kick the fun off early this year with the release of their new 88m yacht Quattroelle. The Germans don’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to having fun but, if this stunning new release is anything to go by, they’re certainly good at giving others the opportunity to have the time of their lives.

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From all angles QUATTROELLE is a beautiful boat. The helicopter pad on the front perfectly sums up the level of indulgent wealth that you can expect to find onboard and, the beautifully laid out stern will ensure that she turns the heads of envious onlookers at port.

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The outdoor spaces are superb. 3 upper decks at the the stern all have spacious seating areas in both sun and shade. Whether you are sitting back with a cocktail, dining al fresco or cooling off in the stunning pool, you will not fail to be impressed.

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The luxuries continue inside in the salons. Plush carpeting and quintessentially elegant furniture which wouldn’t look out of place in a country estate is all lit beautifully by large windows which offer stunning panoramic views in turn.

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The cabins are similarly well appointed and refined. Large, inviting beds stand in light and airy staterooms which are spacious and refined with a contemporary feel.

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QUATROELLE is just one example of the outstanding luxury available on the charter market. To find out about what else is available or for information about chartering a yacht please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Boatbookings team.

Join the Stars at the Cannes Film Festival!

The stars have arrived, champagne corks are popping and fireworks light the night sky. The Cannes Film Festival 2014 is very much underway. The latest news from the red carpet is that, amongst the star studded line-up of Nicole Kidman, in town promoting the centre-piece of the festival “Grace of Monaco”, Cate Blanchett and the notorious lothario, Dan Bilzerian, Blake Lively is stealing the show, embodying Bardot, South of France sex appeal in Chanel Coutour.

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Widely regarded as the start of the season, with the festival in full flow, Cannes is absolutely buzzing. With the lion’s share of the wild parties taking place in the Old Port, there is no better way to experience there is no better way to experience the Film Festival than on a yacht. There is still availability on some amazing yachts, including CLARA ONE, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Boatbookings team and get yourself down to Cannes.

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The stunning 31 metre, Arno Leopard, ALEON is similarly available for charter immediately. Stunning, sporty lines make her really stand out from the crowd while her top speed of 43 knots leaves a day out in St Tropez or a night out in Monaco just a short cruise away.

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The open aft deck is superb. The huge sunpad is the best place to show off your sexy tan either while cruising or while at anchor. Further seating provides the opportunity to dine al fresco or just sit back, relax and let lazy afternoons melt away. With a further sunpad located on the forward deck, there is enough space for all of your guests to find their favourite spot, spread out and relax.

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Her interior is refined, elegant and contemporary and, with a permanent berth amongst some of the French Riviera‘s most stunning yachts in Cannes‘ Port Canto, she is a great choice for a charter this summer. With the Boatbookings team based in Cannes, there is nobody better placed to get you the best deal onyour dream charter in the South of France.

Kevin’s Favourites at the Singapore Yacht Show 2014

The yachting industry in Asia is bigger than ever and well on its way to booming. With ever more yacht enthusiasts looking to explore the Far East in search of something new and exciting, more of the world’s most impressive yachts are making their way east. This was abundantly evident at the recent Singapore Yacht Show last week. Whilst not yet as big as some of the yacht shows in Monaco and Antibes for example, the Singapore Yacht Show is a great place to get aboard some truly amazing yachts with many yachts offering guided tours; giving you the chance to see what super yachts are all about.

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In our preview blog a couple of weeks ago, CLOUD 9 was touted as one of the potential highlights of the show. Boatbooking’s charter expert in Asia, Kevin, was lucky enough to look around her and reports that she most certainly lives up to the billing. Massive amounts of light streams into an indulgently spacious yacht whilst the garage stocks every water toy known to man.

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Kevin has also been raving about KERI LEE III. The owner’s wife is an interior designer and, judging from the finish found on board, she won’t be out of pocket any time soon. Better resembling a grand mansion than a yacht, KERI LEE III is decorated impeccably with original artwork, French antiques as well as glorious marble linings and the most inviting of salons.

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No expense has been spared in order to create a yacht which is quintessentially luxurious throughout. A magnificent spiral staircase connects the three stunning interior levels. The sky lounge is nothing short of jaw dropping, featuring everything that you could possibly want for the perfect day.

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Dine al fresco, lounge in the sun, cool off in front of a film in the jacuzzi and then clear everything away, turn the music up and dance the night away. KERI LEE III has it all and sums up what luxury yachting is all about.

Brand New Prestige 500 Flybridge – THE top boat for a South of France day charter!

A  luxury day charter on the French Riviera is one of the best ways to experience the glamour, fun and sun of this famous stretch of coastline. Whether you’re staying in a hotel, a villa or you permanent residence is on the Riviera; a day charter should be a must for you this summer!

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The beautiful Ile Saint-Marguerite

The brand new Prestige 500 Flybridge is the perfect yacht for your luxury day charter. Spacious, sporty and with an eye catching modern design she’ll be turning heads up and down the Riviera this summer.

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Elegant and powerful!

Cannes is the perfect place to start your charter, cruise out to the Lerins Islands, and spend some time enjoying the crystal clear waters that surround them before cruising to St Tropez where your table at Club 55 or one of the other famous beach clubs is waiting for you. Moor off the famous Pampelonne beach before taking the tender direct to the restaurant, enjoy a delicious lunch and rub shoulders with the world’s A-List before boarding  your yacht and slowly heading back to Cannes perhaps stopping for a refreshing swim en-route.

Cruise the Riviera at speed this summer!
Cruise the Riviera at speed this summer!

 To speak to one of our experts about a charter this summer in the South of France, or anywhere else in the world enquire today!