Film Festival Fun for the World’s Most Glamorous

Cannes Film Festival is now in full swing, with the world’s most glamorous Hollywood stars, social media icons, artists, models and creative individuals attending premieres, parties and the most amazing events in the French Riviera.

With the Film Festival being a full 2 weeks long, the famous attendees have had some time to explore their playground in the South of France.

Live like one of the celebs and charter a yacht for the day from Cannes!

Here, Bella Hadid tucks into a juicy hamburger as she is being prepped and primed for a night of revelry. 

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Oscar-winning Actress Lupita Nyong’o with her gal pals Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing snap a selfie on board a yacht.

Get on board. #355Movie #??355 #CannesYouHandleUs

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Bestie to Bella, Kendall Jenner, enjoys a spot of tennis at the luxurious Cap Eden Roc Hotel in the Mediterranean Sun.

feel me #ARKYN #createdwithadidas #adidasAmbassador @adidasOriginals

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Actor Michael B. Jordan is all smiles on the Red Carpet of the Palais des Festivals as he heads to a premiere!

Thank You #CannesFilmFestival Felt good to be back!

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Model Elsa Hosk leans over the balcony of her Hotel to take in the view over Cannes.

Ready for day 1?

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If you want a taste of the celebrity life, why not rent a yacht for the day from Cannes and explore the French Riviera, including St Tropez, Monaco and Antibes? Enquire today and let us organise an incredible day out for you!

The BVI – 6 Months after Irma – A Charter Paradise Springs Back to Life!

We just returned from a trip to the BVI, so that we can report first person on the progress that has been made since Irma hit these beautiful islands in September. Bottom line, the BVI was hit hard by hurricane Irma, but has bounced back quickly and still offers all of the fabulous reasons why it has become one of the top charter destinations in the world with fewer crowds!

Overall BVI Charter Readiness

Throughout the BVI there is a buzz of activity as resorts, restaurants, and bars spring back to life. Newly planted palm trees are everywhere. Restaurant owners are painting and re-roofing their beloved establishments. The foundations for chartering are all back in place and working:
Yachts – fleet owners quickly fixed the yachts that had minor damage, ordered replacements for those that were total losses, and moved yachts from other ports in the Caribbean. There are plenty of yachts for charter in nearly all categories.
Provisioning – Provisioning stores are open for business and well stocked. You should be able to get everything you need.
Beaches and Snorkeling – There is no problem finding a great beach or snorkeling area on any of the islands. Coral and Fish were unaffected by the storm, and the beaches have been brought back to life. White Bay (JVD) and Devils Bay (Virgin Gorda, next to the Baths) are pristine and gorgeous. The beach at Deadman’s Bay is fine, but many of the palm trees have been destroyed and there is work being done on the Peter Island Resort so it’s not as pretty as it once was. That will no doubt be improved as the Peter Island renovations are sure to bring in new Palm Trees.
Trees and Plants – Irma was the most powerful storm to ever hit North America – with sustained winds above 180 MPH. This force blew nearly every leaf off of every tree and bush, and destroyed many of the tallest palm trees. The green islands were completely brown right after the storm and many buildings that were unnoticeable now are clearly visible. The good news is that these plants are growing back quickly, and most will soon be in full foliage. Many of the missing palm trees are being replaced by imported new ones, which will take a few years to grow back to their original height. But the good news is that nature renews quickly, and has made major progress already.
Resorts – All resorts on the island are still essentially closed – including sailor friendly ones such as Bitter End and Peter Island. So many of the amenities they offered – spas, massages, fancy restaurants, etc. are harder to come by. On the positive side, Oil Nut Bay, which used to be exclusive and off limits to charterers, now serves a daily lunch and if you eat lunch you can use their pool and beach facilities for free, including their hobie cats. Well worth a visit!
Bars and Restaurants – Excellent news here – most of the famous beach bars are now back open, including Pirates, Myetts, Foxy’s and the Soggy Dollar. The Soggy Dollar Bar has been completely rebuilt, including bringing in many new palm trees. The Painkillers haven’t changed, and there are fewer day tourists from other islands so you can actually get a seat on the beach or chat with the bartender. They released an amazing book that chronicles the rebuilding process they went through. As mentioned above, most resort restaurants are still closed, so upscale dining is not what it once was, but will be coming back by next season. Corsairs on JVD is being completely rebuilt, so for now it’s best to dine at Foxy’s. Willy T #3 has been ordered and will soon be replacing Willy T #2, which is sadly still beached at the Bight.  ** New – we have a page that lists all BVI resorts, bars and restaurants that are open and closed, for each island **

Status of the Major Islands

Tortola

Road Town is still visibly damaged and recovering from the storm.  You can still see many destroyed catamarans and monohulls in the harbor (see above).  Cane Garden Bay sustained damage but Myetts is back open with live music, food and drinks.  Sopers Hole and the West End is best avoided, although Pussers is back open while it continues to rebuild.

Norman Island – 1/2 of Pirates is open and in great shape!  The second half is being actively worked on and should be open very soon. You can definitely get fritters and great drinks at sunset. As mentioned above – Willy T’s is still beached, but a whole new boat has been built and is arriving soon.

Peter Island

Because the Peter Island Resort is essentially the only business on the island, the fact that it is closed means that the island is a bit desolate. Deadman’s bay is not as beautiful as it once was because many of the palm trees are gone (see above), and there are signs warning people to stay away from the resort.  There are still plenty of sea turtles to see, but I’d be reticent to stay there until the resort re-opens – which is currently scheduled for late 2018.

Virgin Gorda

The Baths and Devils Bay are still as gorgeous as ever, as shown on the picture at the top of this article. Unfortunately, however, Virgin Gorda was hit directly by the full force of Irma, and many parts are just beginning to rebuild.  The iconic Bitter End was a total wreck, and they are only now beginning to rebuild. Most of the resort will need to be reconstructed from the bottom up.  Saba Rock began reconstruction in April when we were there, and there are hopes it will go quickly, although no timeline has been announced.

Don’t be discouraged, however!  For a fantastic day by the pool in a luxury resort, head over to gorgeous Oil Nut Bay Resort, pictured above.  If you eat lunch there, you can use their facilities including the pool and beach toys.

Anegada

Surprisingly, Anegada shows the least damage of any of the main islands in the BVI. It’s basically back to normal. The restaurants are all open and fully functional and Cow Wreck Bar is happily serving Dark and Stormy’s.  When we were there, the harbor was full of catamarans, and the restaurants were full and lively.  Plus we saw the above magnificent sunset!

Jost Van Dyke

Foxy’s is open and fully functional, in fact we spoke with Foxy and he was in great form! The Saturday night barbecue was in full swing. In White Bay, the famous Soggy Dollar Bar has been fully reconstructed.  You have to play ring toss on a newly erected post instead of the famous old tree (see above), but the charm of the bar is still there and the beach is as beautiful as ever.

Summary

The BVI is up and running and still has all of the attractions that have made it one of the most beloved charter areas in the world. It took a massive hit, and is bouncing back.  It’s not perfect, however, and will still take many months to restore all of the resorts. It was special for everyone in our group to observe the power of nature, the resilience of the people, and the fundamental beauty of the islands. And we knew that every dollar we spent was helping with the rebuilding process. We highly recommend heading to the BVI as soon as you can – it’s fine and getting better every day!

Book an Unbelievable BVI Break

Look no further than the BVI for a yacht charter destination that offers an activity to suit everyone in your group. With everything from thrilling party scenes to untouched reserves ideal for diving and snorkeling, you can guarantee that each charter guest will have an amazing and memorable trip.

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White Bay – BVI

If you’re lucky, the dates of your charter will fall around the famous BVI Full Moon Parties. Not to be confused with the rowdier Thai event, you can enjoy island music, fabulous food and cocktails under the light of the full moon.

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The Heart of Cycladic Beauty

Set your sights on the Cyclades for next summer! January is the prime booking time for your catamaran Antiparos, so let us match you to the ideal cat before the best boats sail away! The reasons to visit the Cyclades are endless; the hidden beaches, whitewashed clifftop towns, authentic cuisine and welcoming locals are merely a few! Let us tell you about an island which is an undiscovered paradise in the heart of the Cyclades…Sit back in the Greek sunshine and enjoy lunch in a typical taverna Continue reading

Have You Missed the Boat?

You have been busy with work and life in general and have not given a thought to how you are going to spend your precious summer holiday. The weather has warmed up and suddenly a Mediterranean sailing holiday seems like just what you need to get away from it all! Although it is true that June is a little bit late to book your bareboat yacht charter for the summer,  there are some great deals and some destinations that will be easier than others to find the right boat. All is not lost….

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Surf the Wicked Waves of Tahiti!

There are some amazing surfing destinations to be found in the South Pacific, including Tahiti and Fiji, and it is no accident that many professional and amateur surfing competitions are held in these places.

Water sports are an integral part of any South Pacific sailing holiday, including diving, surfing, snorkeling, kiteboarding, game fishing and many, many others, and Tahiti has more than its fair share of exciting surfing locations to explore while on your Tahiti yacht charter holiday! Or just watch the experts during the many competitions throughout the year.

Photo credit from Taapuna Blog
Photo credit from Taapuna Blog

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BVI: Idyllic Itinerary Ideas

The Caribbean is one of the most interesting areas in the world for yacht chartering and the British Virgin islands represent the pinnacle of the Caribbean chartering experience. It is hard not to like the BVI: sandy beaches, excellent snorkeling, beach party bars, upscale moorings at internationally famous hotels, places of interest, and, of course, beautiful sailing and captivating sunsets. Read our BVI sailing itinerary so you can start planning your memorable trip! GalleryImage_1515_3023

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My Top Three Caribbean, Bareboat Hotspots

If you are looking into a bareboat charter holiday in the Caribbean but you are not sure where to go, let me guide you, or at least help you to narrow it down to three!

Let’s start in Abacos with a bareboat charter in the Bahamas.  Just 112 kilometres east of Palm Beach, Florida lies the Bahamas, a sailing paradise of warm breezes, white sandy beaches and colonial houses nestled amongst the palm trees.

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Why Pick Phuket?

There cannot be many better ways to explore and admire the stunning scenery around Phuket than on your own private charter catamaran. Lots of space, with or without crew, a catamaran hire Phuket is definitely the way to cruise these beautiful sailing grounds. Try something new this year and venture out of your comfort zone, into a tropical paradise brimming with culture and excitement! Float past the Thai islands with the limestone cliffs looming over, whilst you sip coconut water and lounge on the trampoline of your catamaran…phang nga bay Continue reading