Thanksgiving, Turkey and Malades Restaurant Bodrum

What’s your trick to preparing Turkey for Thanksgiving? All this talk about the celebratory bird has got us thinking about family celebrations, warmer climates and Turkey! The Turkish coastline boasts more than a thousand kilometres of shoreline, sharing the same crystal clear warm waters as popular neighbour Greece. With an abundance of history, archaeological sights and breathtaking views, the Turkish Riviera is a must visit during summer 2015!

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Thailand remains one of our top charter destinations. Find out why from our regional expert Kevin

Boatbookings.com expert in South East AsiaKevin has given us an update on the situation in Thailand, read on to find out why Thailand is still a safe and breathtaking charter destination.

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Kevin has lived in South East Asia for 12 years now, and has visited Thailand countless times over the years. Thailand is the country that he never tires of visiting. In particular the great scenery and food, happy, smiling people, nice beaches, good water sports are what makes it a special place. It really does have everything as a holiday destination, both sailing and non-sailing according to Kevin.

In light of recent events Kevin has spoken to many personal friends and Boatbookings suppliers and yacht owners over the last couple of weeks, to try to get a sense of what might happen going forward. Many of those people have lived in Thailand for many years, and have lived there through previous periods of instability.

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Kevin points out that a coup or martial law in Thailand, is not the same as it would be in many other countries. It is more like a change of government, and most prople just get on with their daily lives. He notes that you can see a few soldiers on the streets of Bangkok, but in the tourist destinations you would not know anything out of the ordinary was going on.

 From a tourist’s perspective, here are a few comments Kevin has received:

Tourism is rarely affected by these types of events. The exception to that was the airport closure in 2010, and no-one believes that will be allowed to happen again.

Government advisory announcements are always excessive. They have to be. Most government advisory notices over the last 6 months have said “don’t go to the protest sites”, rather than, “don’t go to Thailand”.

Airports, taxis, hotels, shopping malls, and tourism related services are all operating as normal.

The overnight curfew that was announced 2 weeks ago has been lifted in all sailing destinations, including Phuket, Koh Chang and Pattaya.

Yacht charter guests arriving as normal and sailing as normal.

 In short, come and enjoy Thailand and enquire today!

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For further reading:

You can see regular updates from the Tourism Authority of Thailand on their website:

https://www.tatnews.org

An open letter written by highly respected US born entrepreneur in Thailand:

https://phuketwan.com/tourism/open-letter-coup-nobody-wanted-thailand-needed-20444/

 

Blockbusting Boats! The Best Yachts from Hollywood Films

Yachting has long been considered the pinnacle of decadence, luxury and wealth and Hollywood directors’ perception is no different. Only the most indulgent of characters, be they evil villains, Russian billionaires or eccentric stock brokers are shown on yachts in Hollywood blockbusters. As such, and befitting such characters, some of the world’s most striking and exclusive yachts have featured in cinemas in recent times.

Daniel Craig;Berenice Marlohe

Nobody does cool quite like James Bond. He always drives the coolest cars with the most beautiful women. It is no surprise therefore that he is regularly seen aboard the most stunning of yachts.  It is no surprise therefore that Sunseeker has become as much a part of the James Bond series as Aston Martin and the Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred.

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With Daniel Craig as the star, outrageous gadgets and obscene vehicles have been replaced with simple and refined luxury. The villain of Casino Royale, Le Chiffre is introduced to us aboard a stunning Predator 108 while in the Quantum of Solace, General Medrano cruises across the Caribbean Sea aboard a Sunseeker Superhawk 43, a classic example of a chic and elegant Sunseeker.

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In Skyfall, Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe are seen aboard the beautiful sailing yacht REGINA. This classic sailing yacht, however is not restricted to Hollywood and is available for charter in Turkey.

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In Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla, Russian billionaire Uri Omovich claims that, “There are only 2 days when you enjoy a boat. The day you buy it, and the day you sell it.” The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort may well disagree. Leonardo di Caprio and co are featured partying hard and living the rock ‘n roll lifestyle aboard his beautiful 44.8m super yacht, LADY M (Naomi as she’s called in the film).

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White Knight, a classic displacement yacht, is a fine example of timeless luxury. Refitted in 2010, 8 years after Matt Damon was shot on her off the coast of Marseille in The Bourne Identity, she is a stunning yacht with a superb fly deck, complete with jacuzzi.

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 With the Cannes Film Festival starting next week, and the summer just around the corner, now is the time to charter a yacht and live like a film star. For any enquiries, please contact the Boatbookings team.

Our Top Luxury Gulets for Charter Part 2!

Gulets are always a popular choice for charter in the eastern Mediterranean, but with so many to choose from how do you know which one to go for? We have had a look and hand-picked some of the best gulets that we have to offer.

DEA DELMARE

Launched in 2009, DEA DELMARE was designed with peace and relaxation in mind. With expansive decks and spacious salon, you are welcomed in to this comfortable and calm environment.  This gulet is a beautiful classic motor sailor based in Turkey, her range of water toys will encourage you to take a dip in the warm Mediterranean waters.

GRANDE MARE


GRANDE MARE can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 cabins. This gulet has plenty of space to provide for a large group, whether you want a holiday with family or friends. If you enjoy the sun GRANDE MARE has large decks, so you can watch the world go by as you embark on your charter – perhaps a Blue Cruise takes your fancy?

Interested in chartering a gulet? Head to www.boatbookings.com, the leading online yacht charter broker and one of our Charter Specialists will get back to you shortly.
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Our Top Luxury Gulets for Charter!

Gulets are always a popular choice for charter in the eastern Mediterranean, but with so many to choose from how do you know which one to go for? We have had a look and hand-picked some of the best gulets that we have to offer.

NOUR

NOUR boasts spacious decks, perfectly suited to dining, entertaining and making the most of the summer sunshine. At 37 metres, she has plenty of space to accommodate people in to her four cabins with ease; there will be no risk of bumping your head on the ceiling! The 5 man crew will welcome you aboard this beautifully designed gulet.

LEVANTINE

Screen-Shot-2013-01-14-at-15.06.26LEVANTINE is a high deluxe gulet. With 4 en suite cabins, of which the owners and VIP cabin run the full beam, there is plenty of space for everyone on board. She welcomes the adventurous and energetic, not only will you find a great range of water toys, there is also a spin bike on board and mountain bikes for any land excursions. LEVANTINE is an unforgettable charter for any guest.

 

Interested in chartering a gulet? Head to www.boatbookings.com, the leading online yacht charter broker, or email us at charter@boatbookings.com and one of our Charter Specialists will get back to you shortly.

Watch this space for the latest industry show releases, news and gossip in the yachting world. If you liked the content on this page and our previous posts, please become a fan and like our Facebook page to receive up to date information on our publications.
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