#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!

The Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel | Greece Yacht Charter

Should we fly in on the morning of embarkation day or the night before?

The Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel makes your decision simple. New and ready for summer 2019, you will unwind in unadulterated luxury, sampling world class Japanese cuisine and be completely relaxed ahead of your summer Greek yacht charter.

C/O Four Seasons Hotels – Astir Palace Hotel

The Astir Palace Hotel is perfectly positioned to make the start of your holiday simple, located just 20 minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from Agios Kosmas Marina. Set on top of a hill, you will enjoy unrivalled views over the bay of Vouliagmeni with the Saronic and Cyclades islands just a short hop away.

C/O Four Seasons Hotels – Astir Palace Hotel

Summer is fast approaching and Greece is more popular than ever before. Your Boatbookings brokers will recommend the best yachts with experienced crews, aligned with your preferences and requirements. Whether you’re looking for one of the finest crewed catamarans, sailing yachts or luxury motor yachts, we will assist in planning an unforgettable yacht charter vacation this summer.

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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Picture credit: Yachtfolio

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.

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!

Places to Wine and Dine in St Tropez

St Tropez rose to fame in the 1950’s due to its feature in Brigitte’s Bardot’s successful film “Et Dieu Créa la Femme” (And God Created Woman), and it has since been a hotspot for celebrities, VIP’s and yacht charterers alike. What used to be a peaceful fishing village is now a thriving tourist destination with a diverse array of restaurants, bars and clubs – providing the perfect place to stop on your French Riviera yacht charter holiday!

L'Opera St Tropez, Boatbookings Luxury Yacht Charter
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Be Seen in Cannes this Summer

Cannes is at the centre of all things glamorous on the French Riviera. If you are planning a holiday here this summer, here are some of the most fashionable spots to visit. Being based in Cannes, we can give you recommendations on all the best destinations for food, drinks and stunning views.

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