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!

New Caribbean Air Charter Service!

Following the tragedy of IRMA and MARIA, we at Boatbookings have watched the Caribbean rebuild after the devastating effects of these natural disasters.

The ever-popular holiday destination, the Caribbean, (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the WORLD, has rebuilt its infrastructure from the routes up. This has paved the way to more visitors than ever before! We have been documenting it’s growth and are proud to say we have put hundreds, if not thousands of people onto the water since IRMA and MARIA struck.

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FLY BODE

Bode Aviation has launched a new Caribbean Air Charter service to the BVI. Their new private air charter service will trade as “Fly Bode Caribbean Air Charter” which offers an exclusive experience to start your vacation ahead of commercial airlines! This “On Demand” service will allow passengers to surpass the queues to get you to your desired island in luxury and style!

Fast Facts

  • Formed in 1994, based in the US.
  • Over 20 years of commercial and private aviation knowledge.
  • It offers flights to the British Virgin Islands (Tortola and Anegada) and other destinations in the Caribbean.
  • Private air charter.
  • Operating from their base in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Flights to commence on the 1st of November to the BVI’s and other destinations in the Caribbean.
  • Capable of carrying up to 6 passengers

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Destinations

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Thinking of a hot winter getaway? Speak to one of our team today to see how you can experience the beauty of the Caribbean.

The New 110 Sunreef Power Multihull Superyacht

Sunreef yachts continue to go from strength to strength. Since the commission of Rafael Nadal’s 80 Sunreef Power earlier in the year, the Polish superyacht manufacturers have just announced they will launch a larger model. The 100 Sunreef Power is due accommodate 8 guests in 4 suites and scheduled for delivery in 2021.

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The 110 Power will span four decks weighing in just under 500GT. She will feature distinctive automobile design with sweeping lines, lots of glass and expansive volumes throughout. We cannot think of a better yacht charter destination than island hopping in Croatia or the Balearics to really make the most of her design. You would love it!

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The 110 Power will continue to accommodate the growing trends of an extensive beach club on the aft deck and large tender garage to house your favourite water sports. The socialising spaces continue to impress with easy access to the bow through the main saloon giving you easy access to the bow. The Sunreef 110 Power will host up to 9 crew members to take care of your every wish. Watch this space!

#ItsbetterintheBahamas

Great Exuma Island

As the saying goes, life really is better in the Bahamas. After spending January sailing around the Bahamas, broker Alice provides an insight into why a yacht charter in the Bahamas is the only place to be to avoid the winter.


The Exumas

Exumas

Well-known for being the most exclusive island collection in the world, the sapphire-blue waters surrounding the Exuma islands make them a tropical paradise. These islands are home to Pablo Escabar’s sunken plane, the Bond famous Thunderball grotto, wild iguanas, Staniel Cay yacht club, swimming pigs, nurse sharks, and a national park!


The Abacos

Abacos

The word I would use to describe the Abacos is underrated. If you love sailing, sunset bars island hopping and world-class fishing conditions the Abacos is, without doubt, the best place in the Bahamas. The 120-mile long chain of islands are full of beautiful towns, golf courses and sunset bars to explore! Book your flights to Marsh Harbour to charter from this sailors paradise! Send us a message to find out how you can experience the Abacos!


Wildlife

Swimming pigs – don’t forget to bring some food!

From swimming with pigs, feeding grapes to wild iguanas on deserted beaches, snorkeling with tropical fish to spearfishing, the Bahamas has an abundance of wildlife. Don’t forget that the iconic swimming pigs are both habitats of the Exumas and Abacos so don’t write off the Abacos as a sailing destination as the pigs are there too! Contrary to popular opinion the swimming pigs are not native to the uninhabited islands, rumor has it that they were left by sailors others say that they swam from a nearby shipwreck! Whatever did happen, there are now between 20-30 very famous pigs in both the Exumas and the Abacos! Email Alice to find out what food they like best!


Sunset catching

Each island in the Bahamas has its own culture and feel, which also means that there are typically different bars on each island. The best sunset bars in the Bahamas include Grabbers and Mr P’s, there is even a full moon party once a month at Mr P’s. Be sure to order a rum cocktail whilst you watch the sunset over the Bahamas!


Get in touch with us today to make your dreams a reality! With a range of day charters, bareboat sailing, and fully crewed yachts we are able to find something for everyone!

Super Yacht of the Week: IRISHA

This week we are introducing to you IRISHA, an easy pick for Super Yacht of the week due to her sleek, sporty and stylish appearance.  With a cruising ground of the celebrated Sardinia, as well as the fabulous French Riviera, she turns heads along the coastline with her sparkling metallic blue hull. 

IRISHA is a desirable length, at 51m, as she is sizeable enough to enjoy luxury and spacious areas, yet not too large to get into most ports and anchor far away from shore. With a top speed of 25 knots, you could enjoy a day of cruising along the Riviera, visiting the glamorous Monaco and vibrant Cannes in one day. 

IRISHA’s all glass cockpit is a feature you will immediately notice, which allows light to spill through the interior. Head to La Maddalena Archipelago, a beautiful set of beaches in Sardinia, and watch them get closer as you laze around in your private Jacuzzi on the top deck.  On the bow, a second seating area is the ideal place for admiring the views, such as the dramatic cliffs of Bonifacio. 

Pull up in a prime spot berth in a destination of your choice, and set foot in the quaint and colourful towns, have a beverage on the harbour or do a spot of shopping, whatever takes your fancy! The crew of 9 are on board to ensure you are having the best possible time, including recommending the hotspots as they know the area well. If you are looking to unwind, IRISHA boasts a wellness area, complete with sauna and a massage table is located in the beach club.

The interior of IRISHA is lavish, elegant and oozing with glamour. The 5 cabins are unique, yet share a commonality of sophistication. Enjoy the natural light, exquisite detailing and plush furniture. Wake up in the master, and step onto the French balcony to soak up the surroundings in the morning. The main saloon is also a popular spot for a nightcap, board game or watching the latest films or sports matches.

If you seek peace, tranquillity and harmony, this is where the name IRISHA derives from, so you are sure to find on this private yacht! Contact us now to put in an enquiry, so you can arrange a memorable summer.

Super Yacht of the Week: SEVEN SINS

The moment you board SEVEN SINS you will share our enthusiasm for this super yacht, she is 52m of incomparable luxury, from the dining, lounging and relaxing options. The pictures speak for themselves and illustrate the bespoke experience you will enjoy either in the Caribbean Islands or the western Mediterranean.

Our favourite feature has to be the large infinity pool that glistens on the aft deck! This is one step ahead of most yachts that have only a Jacuzzi, as you can fully take the plunge on the comfort and privacy of your yacht. Just below, there is a fantastic beach club, so you can anchor off the coast of Villefranche or Cannes where you can enjoy panoramic views as well as complete isolation to avoid the busy beaches. 

The Caribbean is also a cruising ground for SEVEN SINS; imagine sinking into the smooth and inviting waters from the luxury of your sun lounger. You can’t get closer to the water than that! 

The crew will willingly tender you ashore to explore the quaint towns of Eze, or the infamous Monaco, so you can have a coffee in the lovely Café de Paris and stroll around the F1 racetrack. When you are ready to return to your private yacht the chef will begin to prepare a delectable dinner. This is one of the many perks of chartering, a fantastic meal prepared around your preferences, in an exclusive and wonderful setting. Dine on the large aft deck table, with a gorgeous backdrop of colourful houses, hilltops and a sunset.

SEVEN SINS welcomes up to 10 guests in 5 stunning suites, each one being meticulously appointed and fully customised.

The best motor yachts get booked up fast, naturally, so get your enquiry in soon so we can help secure SEVEN SINS for you!

Super Yacht of the Week: HERE COMES THE SUN  

M/Y HERE COMES THE SUN at sail – Image Credit: Yachtfolio

HERE COMES THE SUN is a fitting name for a yacht that explores the sun-filled destinations, as well as brings the sunshine wherever she cruises. This 83m Amels beauty claims Super Yacht of the Week for a variety of reasons; her exotic cruising areas, outstanding deck features and unique wellness and spa amenities. She explores sought after destinations of South America, Alaska and California in the summer, before heading over to the French Polynesia, New Zealand and Seychelles in the Autumn/Winter. This sets her apart from other yachts with a riveting itinerary and chance to explore undiscovered gems.

 

The exterior of this Tim Heywood masterpiece is jaw-dropping to say the very least. Stroll to the bathing platform after an al fresco breakfast and stretch out on the comfortable sunbeds, with a dazzling backdrop of your chosen cruising area.

The infinity pool onboard M/Y HERE COMES THE SUN – Image credit: Yachtfolio.

When you need a refresher, head to the main deck where you will find an ‘Instagrammable’ infinity pool. Once the yacht is underway, a popular spot is the sundeck which offers shade, sunbeds and a Jacuzzi with panoramic views of the ocean and captivating coastline.

The interior of HERE COMES THE SUN is equally lavish. The owner’s suite is a marvel, with panoramic windows providing gorgeous views to wake up to in the morning. The interior matches the lively splashes of orange that ooze through the exterior, adding to the vibrant atmosphere of the yacht. The natural woods create a calming and neutral tone, which adds sophistication and a contemporary feel.

 

In case you aren’t relaxed enough, this yacht boasts a private deck wellness and spa! Get sweltering in the sauna and steam room, enjoy a massage or workout in the gym to stay in shape. To top off this relaxation, enjoy an evening in with a theatre room to screen the latest premieres in the comfort of your private yacht and great company.

If you are looking for an indulgent, majestic and glamorous voyage, HERE COMES THE SUN is the yacht for you. If you agree with our enthusiastic opinions, enquire with a broker to find out more.

HERE COMES THE SUN is available for charter in many fantastic destinations: the Caribbean including the Bahamas and Windward islands, the South Pacific including Fiji and French Polynesia and Australia! In the summer she is even based in the East Med, in Greece, Italy and France. She is for charter starting at €1,200,000 per week plus expenses. Please contact Boatbookings for more information on superyacht charter.

Super Yacht of the Week: O’PTASIA

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The imposing O’PTASIA – Picture credit: Yachtfolio

O’PTASIA translates to ‘exhibiting one’s self to view’ which is an appropriate name for this luxurious yacht which is certainly worth showing off! This 85m new build has an unrivalled array of water toys and exhaustive entertainment facilities from the waterfall Jacuzzi pool to the beach club and helipad.

Starting from the exterior, her four decks provide ample space for relaxing, socialising or whatever suits you. The flybridge is the highest deck, a favourite spot for soaking up the Croatian sunshine on the numerous sunbeds available. One of her most sought after features is the generous sized waterfall pool, so you can cool off whilst floating past idyllic islands in the summer breeze. One deck down you will discover a large round table, with panoramic views of the stunning scenery, be it island hopping in Greece or exploring the Croatian coastline. Here, you can enjoy a sunset dinner created by your private and talented chef, and served by the attentive and friendly stewardesses.

O’PTASIA can cater for a variety of charter experiences. If you are looking to stay active she boasts a fully equipped gym on the bridge deck, and exhilarating water toys such as a Seabob or a Wakeboard. Alternatively, if you are looking to unwind and enjoy a tranquil trip, the wellness and spa centre, endless sea views and lavish lounging areas make the perfect spots for reading and relaxing.

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Moving inside, you will be equally in awe of the contemporary and captivating interior. The sophisticated design seeps throughout the yacht, with the cream and dark wood contrast creating a pattern of modernity. Being a new-build, each room is immaculate with state-of-the-art equipment throughout. The Saloon is a popular area to settle down into the stylish sofas for a cinematic screening, or enjoy a nightcap before retiring to the sumptuous cabins.

The crew of 26 are experienced, professional and eager to have guests on-board to explore the exotic surroundings and showcase this spectacular yacht. They will ensure your charter experience goes beyond expectations, with their can-do attitudes and yachting backgrounds. As O’PTASIA hosts up to 24 guests, you can either ‘live your best life’ and host a party or celebration, or keep it intimate and have this vast yacht for a close group.

As you can see, pictures speak louder than words and O’PTASIA is an overwhelmingly stylish yacht that is ready to explore desirable destinations. She is everything that a luxury yacht should be – entertaining, impressive and unique. So enquire now to find out more and be bowled over by her charm and grace.

O’PTASIA is available for charter out of Greece, Croatia and West Med from €800,000 per week plus expenses. Please contact Boatbookings for more information on superyacht charter.