The Cannes Film Festival has been at the forefront of celebrating popular culture, creativity and charisma every year since 1946. The event has come a long way in this time and in its 70th year, it’s time to look back to where it all started.
This week, all eyes are on Jaguar as they create, produce and showcase the most technologically advanced cars in the market today. Step back in time with the XKSS in LA, or be transported into the future with the new virtual reality headsets showing of their new P-A-C-E model. Indeed, Piaggio has stepped up their game and innovated an electric Vespa. Checkout these new environmentally friendly and technologically superior models, for a taste of which direction the automobile industry is heading.
The Amalfi coast is not only famous for its stunning scenery but also the wonderful Italian delights to be sampled at some of the best restaurants in the Med. There is a myriad of restaurants that offer amazing views over the Amalfi coast, boasting incredible food of traditional Mediterranean and typical Amalfi dishes.
The Hotel Belmond Caruso in Ravello offers stunning views over the bay and the ideal spot to relax by the pool and have a leisurely lunch; serving fresh, locally sourced dishes that accentuate the seasonal highlights of the coast, there is no better way to start your culinary experience of the Amalfi Coast.
Il Riccio on the Isle of Capri is a Boatbookings favourite, famed for its cerulean blue and white interior and exceptional seafood dishes. Overlooking the sea, the views are unparalleled and the Michelin Starred establishment has been frequented by the likes of Kourtney Kardashian; try the lobster and make sure to tuck in at the dessert bar.
Restaurant Conca del Sogno in Nerano combines the most delectable ingredients of land and sea to create wonderful dishes, served in a candlelit setting overlooking the horizon. Fish is the star of the show, with supplies of freshly caught seafood being an integral part of the menu.
We live in a practical age and yacht builders are striving to offer boats that are good ‘overall.’ The vast majority of new launches are based on two pillars: large interior and exterior space as well as fuel economy. Is this an indication that super yacht design is becoming monotonous? DEFINITELY NOT! Thank God for the Italians! In defiance of existing trends, a couple of Italian brands keep producing fast, sexy, powerful yachts. Introducing MY TOY — built by AB Yachts of Villaregio, MY TOY is true to the Italian tradition of iconic brands like Overmarine, Ferrari and Lambrorghini.
Situated almost in the middle of the West Italian Coast near the Rome and Naples area, are the tiny islands of Capri and Ischia, along with the even smaller Procida. These beautiful and unique islands definitely deserve a visit. Since the time of the Roman Empire, the islands have been the preferred seaside getaway of fashionable Romans — including their mighty Emperors!
All three islands combine the best of what the Mediterranean has to offer: lovely and tranquil ambiance, pristine architecture, warm climate, exquisite views, a cosmopolitan character, and above all an unfaltering sense of eternity. These are among the most posh places in the world, and have been for thousands of years!
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This week we’re turning our hands to the world of sailing, and the ultimate sailing experience. This experiences comes in the form of the stunning STATE OF GRACE. 39.4 metres of pure Perini Navi elegance, this sloop rigged sailing yacht is the first of a new series by Perini Navi in collaboration with New Zealand designer Ron Holland. Holland is famous originally for his racing designs, but more recently for the largest single masted sailing yacht in the world MIRABELLA V. From his vast experience, STATE OF GRACE has been delivered with a 50 metre mast and carbon fibre furling boom, but comes with a stunning contemporary interior with clean, comforting lines throughout.
When thinking of a luxury yacht charter vacation it is often crewed motor yachts that spring to mind and not catamarans, in many respects it’s easy to understand why. It’s true luxury crewed motor yacht charters and super yacht charter are an ultimate luxury vacation but they can be prohibitively expensive, that’s where the crewed catamaran comes into play!
Reasons to charter a Crewed Catamaran:
– Due to their width, they are very stable, not pitching and rolling on the seas as mono-hulls sometimes do (boats with just one hull sailing yachts and motor boats)
-A wide beam (width) also means that catamarans are extremely spacious – a 60ft catamaran has the same space overall as a 80+ Ft motor yacht,
– Modern catamarans have fly bridges similar to those found on motor yachts, offering a new dimension and element of space.
– Crewed Catamarans in the Caribbean are often ‘all-inclusive’ so there’s no need to worry about expenses.
– The only real minus points for catamarans vs motor yachts is the speed: where a fast m/y cruises at 25knots, a catamaran can only go up to 10-12knots – not a problem when you want to sit back, relax and enjoying the scenery.
Below is a small selection of our favourite crewed catamarans, just click on the picture or boat name to find out more!
Based in the Caribbean:
Based in the Mediterranean:
In a wet and cold January the summer can seem a million miles away, but don’t panic it will be here soon enough! It’s time to give you and your family something to look forward to and start planning a summer holiday, on a yacht of course!
Avoid the crowded beaches and escape to the Cannes Islands!
Whether you’re a sailor or prefer a motor yacht , or perhaps you don’t know and are looking for some impartial advice…Boatbookings.com is the place to start. Our experts are based all over the world with a particually strong representation in the Mediterranean. Not only do we know all of the yachts here, many of their crews and Captains, we also know the coastlines, islands and best places to spend an unforgettable day, a week or more!
- Monaco harbour – Stunning by night
Our top 3 recommendations for an unforgettable Mediterranean charter this summer:
The South of France still remains one of the most popular holiday destinations for families, couples, celeb hunters (and the celebs themselves!) in the world and it’s easy to understand why…This stretch of hallowed coastline still conjures up images of times gone by, effortless elegance, an abundance of glamour and wealth, all thats changed is the yachts, they’re even bigger now! We fully appreciate that not everyone is a Premiership footballer or film star, at Boatbookings.com we cater for all budgets, groups and tastes.
Charter the superb Super Yacht EMOTION – recently visited by the Boatbookings team
RHINO is a sleek and sexy motor yacht perfect for the glamour of the French Riviera
We’ve been talking about Sardinia for a while now, we can’t fault it, great boats, breathtaking scenery and friendly people. With two airports Sardinia is easily accessible from mainland Europe with regular connecting flights from Rome. Crystal clear waters, gorgeous mediterranean weather and a yacht to match, whats not to like?
Sardinia’s proximity to Italy the Italian and French Rivieras and Corsica make it a great place to start a charter, why not combine all three destinations. In a week or longer a trip to the glamorous French Riviera to visit St Tropez, Cannes or Monaco could be something to consider whilst taking advantage of the lower rate of Italian VAT.
Gorgeous Sunseeker Predator 92 BALTAZAR ready for charters in Sardinia this summer
LADY CAROLA – recently visited by the team, great for families with an exceptional Captain
With several different islands to visit, Greece is an extremely versatile charter destination.Why not check out Mykonos in the Cyclades Islands, Corfu or Kefalonia in the Ionian Islands or Rhodes in the Dodecanese Islands. ‘Island hopping’ can be a fantastic way to see the sights, history and sample all that Greek Island culture has to offer, including the fantastic cuisine! For a sample 14 day sailing itinerary in the Cyclades islands click here!
Luxury catamaran NOVA – perfect for seeing the Greek Islands
XTREME – packed with water toys, great for thrill seekers!
To secure your first choice yacht in your preferred Mediterranean destination, enquire today and one of our experts will be in touch with you to discuss your charter and to ensure that you get on the best yacht at the best price,
Dutch yacht builders Heesen are renowned within the industry as one of the top Super Yacht builders, their principle motto is ‘The Performance of Luxury’, this has certainly been upheld within the plans for the new 70m Fast Displacement Super Yacht. This state of the art Super Yacht will be the largest to date in Heesen’s already highly prestigious fleet.
The majestic new Heesen 70m
The Owner has decided to appoint Espen Oeino International to design the exterior lines and Sinot Design for the yacht’s interiors.
Espen Oeino: “Espen Oeino International is delighted to collaborate with Heesen Yachts and Sinot Design on what will be Heesen’s largest yacht to date and our first joint project. EOI has put particular emphasis on respecting Heesen’s distinct external appearance whilst incorporating the client’s specific wishes into the design.”
Sanders Sinot: “Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design is privileged to be working with Heesen Yachts…we are looking forward to a wonderful collaboration. Sinot is working on the interior design with a collection of materials that are luxurious and refined, but at the same time will provide a relaxing environment”.
The stunning 65m Heesen, hardly the ‘little sister’ of the new 70m
This most impressive 70m yacht will accommodate 12 guests in 6 opulent staterooms. Most notable will be the huge 85m squared Owner’s suit to be located on the main deck complete with dressing room, spacious bathroom and study. Four further guest cabins will be located below deck, with the VIP cabin on the bridge deck boasting stunning views.
This incredible yacht will also feature a large aft deck infinity pool, beach club, elevator, touch and go helipad and gull winged doors for the tender garages – truly a yacht of the future! Staying true to the Heesen model, this yacht will defy the norm when it comes to Super Yacht performance; three main engines that will drive two wing propellers and a central booster water-jet that are expected to give a trial speed of over 30 knots – incredible for a yacht of this size!
As we travel back to Cannes and reflect on what we saw and learnt from the Paris Boat Show, one yacht still stands out, the Lagoon 39. Lagoons have quickly become the most popular catamarans to charter and after being on board one of their latest models; it’s easy to understand why.
Lagoons are designed with the needs of families in mind. They’re designed to be spacious, practical, stable but luxurious, exactly what the majority of our clients are looking for.At over 6ft Charles from the Boatbookings.com team usually dreads being on board catamarans and sailing yachts for fear of continually banging his head on low ceilings and door frames, on the Lagoon 39 he didn’t have to bend down once!
The vertical saloon windows ensure that even tall charter guests like Charles can stand up straight and enjoy the view; the story is the same in the cabins and bathrooms. Full height showers, self-contained thanks to stylish sliding glass doors mean that the bathroom can be kept dry. This particular Lagoon was an owner’s version with a whole hull given over to the owner’s accommodation. A large cabin and double bed, small study area with desk and couch as well as a large bathroom mean mum and dad will have plenty of space and privacy. There are two further double guest cabins sharing a spacious shower room, great for kids or couples.
Outside there is a spacious aft deck dining area with seating for 6-8 comfortably, the open plan nature of the main saloon and galley mean that whoever is on cooking duty can still join in the fun and conversation with those outside.
We have a considerable fleet of Lagoon catamarans located all over the world. Catamaran charters are particularly popular in the Caribbean, but they are also a fantastic and relaxing way to see the Mediterranean, or Asia for that matter!
No sailing experience, no problem! We have many Lagoons and other catamarans available with skippers or full crews who will look after you and your guests and ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime.
Enquire with one of our experts today and we will get you on the best boat, that suits your needs at the best price for the best experience possible!