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The Perfect Valentine's Charter Destinations

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:00
The Perfect Valentine's Charter Destinations Love is in the air this week, and if you’re stuck for an original idea to celebrate Valentine's Day, why not consider a romantic yacht charter? Here are our top picks for an intimate, impulsive getaway...

1. Cote d’Azur
Sipping champagne on the French Riviera is a failsafe option for old-school romance. Here, glorious natural beauty is counterposed by chic seaside enclaves buzzing with glamorous resorts and swanky restaurants. And why choose between the exclusive glitz of Cannes, the haute couture of Saint Tropez and the sumptuous eateries of Antibes when a West Med yacht charter can take you to all of them?

2. Italian West Coast
A charter beginning at the Italian Riviera and stretching down to the Aeolian Islands will yield unbridled beauty. The Tuscan Archipelago is a rustic paradise crystallised in time, whilst Corsica’s rugged terrain blazes with year-round sunshine. Sardinia, meanwhile, is an arcadia of rolling hills dotted with lemon groves. The soaring cliffs, crumbling villages and cerulean sea of the Italian coast is the perfect joint experience.

4. The Caribbean and Bahamas
A Caribbean or Bahamas charter is laid-back affair to be enjoyed at a different pace of life. Days are for languishing away, whilst evenings buzz with the infectious rhythm of the steel drum. Whether you’re cruising the crystal waters of the Exumas or enjoying the powder-sand beaches of the Leeward Islands, the region represents the perfect opportunity to put life on hold.

4. French Polynesia
The South Pacific is a less-chartered destination, but one which is gaining ground. White beaches, technicolour reefs and water of the most intense aquamarine make up the distinctive allure of French Polynesia. However, whilst the famous overwater bungalows are the luxury honeymooner’s dream, the hibiscus-flowers-and-grass-skirt vibe of Tahiti, Bora Bora and Tonga makes for an authentic island-living experience. 

5. Antarctica
If you are one of those couples who consider Valentine’s a hallmark holiday, why not book a yacht charter that speaks to your unconventional nature? Antarctica is a near-deserted continent of hulking icebergs, glittering shores and striking natural beauty. On the itinerary is Deception Island, a collapsed volcano that forms a natural harbour, Paradise Harbour, a spectacular glacier befitting of its name, and Lemaire Channel, a narrow waterway snaking between Antarctic cliffs. One thing is for certain: it will be memorable.

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Charter Focus: Burgess Presents Va Bene

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:00
Charter Focus: Burgess Presents Va Bene If you are thinking of chartering this year, Burgess might just have the yacht for you. At 47.8m the Kees Cornelissen built vessel, Va Bene is a perfect specimen for chartering - large enough for the luxe experience but small enough for intimacy.

Up to 12 friends and family can join you onboard Va Bene in what is sure to be an experience that you will treasure for years to come. Cosy communal areas, an expansive sun deck and an attentive, friendly and expert crew set the wheels in motion for the ultimate charter adventure.

Listed with Burgess, the yacht is notably family friendly, with a large selection of water toys, RYA qualified instructors and themed entertainment evenings ensuring that there is never a dull moment onboard. However, she also caters to the grown-ups, with versatile guest areas transforming into sophisticated settings for eating, socialising and entertaining.

With an outward appearance designed by The A Group and interiors masterminded by H2 Yacht Design, Va Bene has a striking silhouette. Built in 1994, her recently re-fitted spaces feature a timeless design of pale, limed wood to optimize the abundance of natural light which pours in, resulting in a light, airy and non-oppressive interior. With a separate dining room and large al fresco dining area on the aft deck, Va Bene prioritises both casual and formal communal settings.

Where the yacht really has the edge is in the wealth of entertainment facilities and extra features. The sun deck is able to transform into a dancefloor with a state of the art sound system, and also boasts a six-person jacuzzi. The aft section, meanwhile, entails a barbeque and vast sun pads that can be cleared to make space for gym equipment. Va Bene’s versatility also makes her a great yacht for charter - the full beam master cabin has a private study which converts to a children’s cabin with a pullman berth.

Va Bene will be cruising to the Mediterranean this summer, and Burgess are open to enquiries for winter charters.

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The Must-Sees of Miami Yacht Show

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:00
The Must-Sees of Miami Yacht Show From February 14-18, the biggest and best in boating flock to Florida for the annual Miami Yacht Show. This year, household names in build and brokerage will be docked along the glittering coastline in a turnout of epic proportions. If you are lucky enough to be living it up on the east coast, make sure to catch these beautiful boats…

Kismet
At 95.2m, Kismet is one of the biggest boats in show, as well as one of the most impressive. This custom Lurssen is the product of the collaboration of a host of award winners, including interior designer Reymond Langton and exterior stylist Espen Oeino. A specimen of uncompromised perfection, Kismet is known for her graceful silhouette and ‘Champagne and Caviar’ themed spaces. She is presented at the show by Moran Yacht and Ship.

Excellence V
Available for sale and charter with Burgess, 60.9m Excellence V will also be at the upper end of the size spectrum at Miami. However, Reymond Langton curated spaces work with sweeping exterior lines to create the interior volume of an even larger boat. This Abeking and Rasmussen build has everything that you would expect of the regarded German shipbuilder: class, quality and capability.

Minderella
Merle Wood & Associates bring this graceful 57.3m build to the shores of Miami - a timeless yacht which was originally built in 1986 and benefitted from a 2016 reift. The chic De Voogt naval architecture of this luxury Feadship won her a finalist position in the 2017 World Superyacht Awards, and is bound to stir interest at the show.

Lazy Z
Exhibiting with Burgess, this 51.4m build is a yacht of considerable capability. Since leaving the Oceanco shipyard in 2013, Lazy Z has gone through multi-million dollar refits in 2015 and 2017 which brought the yacht up to scratch mechanically and in terms of her design. The Baron Gurney/The A Group exteriors and Richard Hein interiors are well worth a look.

Kinta
Available for sale and charter with IYC, Kinta was built in the Prokestan/Turquoise shipyard in 2008. This 54.6m yacht is a shining example of the pedigree coming out of Turkey in recent times, and a standard bearer for the emerging market. A stunning 2011 refit by Jean Guy Vergas made Kinta into a completely new yacht - she now epitomises contemporary and sophisticated interior style, and is certainly one of the major players at Miami Yacht Show.

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Charter Focus: Around the World on Lili

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00
Charter Focus: Around the World on Lili Imperial Yachts introduce Lili: The Amels 55m embarking on a round the world charter tour. We speak to CA Julia Buklina, who reveals how this ambitious superyacht is redefining charter standards and what vessels like Lili mean for a shifting industry.

Lili began her circumnavigation in mid-December of last year in the Maldives, and will be cruising the Indian Ocean and the Seychelles until April. She then plans on heading to Thailand, before making her way to the Mediterranean for the summer of 2019. Finally, a year after her embarkation, she will cruise to the Caribbean - the best place to be during the bleak winter months.

Having ticked off many of the time-honoured cruising idylls in 2019, 2020 will be a year of adventure, with Lili setting out for some of the world’s less-chartered recesses. “Costa Rica or Ecuador already pinned on the map,” Julia tells us, “She will then cruise north during spring 2020 and explore Alaska through the summer, before heading south and visit the Pacific in August 2020.”

With trips planned in French Polynesia and Fiji, the preliminary plan for winter 2020/2021 is to scale the Oceanic continent until hitting New Zealand waters. Llittle explanation is needed as to why a Lili charter is ideal for those seeking new sensations at sea - not content with exploring just one far flung region, she is heading to all of them.

So why the need for cruises like Lili? According to Julia, the charterers of today have more exotic ambitions than their predecessors. “More and more clients are looking for unconventional and unusual places for their holidays. We’re seeing an influx in enquiries for wild and remote destinations,” she says.

Lili was the perfect boat for the job. She is, first and foremost, eminently capable of completing the task at hand. Julia elaborates on the aptitude of the Amels 180 model for the ambitious tour: “She was customized following the wishes of our client, and the result exceeds expectation.”

“Her layout is very unusual for an Amels 180,” Julia continues, “Lili has 6 cabins with two masters - one on main deck forward with private folding-down balcony, one on the upper deck aft with a private aft deck terrace, and four guests rooms.” An abundance of outdoor space means room for a 4m counter-jet swimming pool, whilst cosy indoor spaces entails a gym and cinema.

Lili also boasts a friendly crew, including a host of multi-skills specialists including a talented chef and an expert spa professional. Full diving equipment and seasoned dive instructor are also at the disposal of guests, who are able to explore the diverse depths of the unique waters that Lili will be cruising.

“With all these elements combined, Lili represented the perfect opportunity to push the boundaries and satisfy the enquiries of the most demanding charter guests,” Julia concludes. The 55m is bound for a stunning couple of years and we can’t wait for updates on her progress, as well as the progress of an industry teeming with a new demographic of charterers pushing the boundaries of traditional cruising.

Lili is available for charter.

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48 Hours in the Dreamworld of Dubai

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 17:45
48 Hours in the Dreamworld of Dubai As you cruise into Dubai Marina, skyscrapers towering overhead, you immediately feel the singularity of the place. Dubai is a self-contained world with endless things to see and do. However, if your cruise or charter only allows for two days, then look no further for best way to pass a dazzling 48 hours.

It is hard to believe that until recently the site of modern day Dubai consisted of arid desert. In the 1960s, a newly oil-based economy sparked a successful attempt to wrench a lagging region into the modern world, and culminated in a West-modelled metropolis being constructed as if out of thin air. Today, Dubai is a wonderland of soaring buildings, labyrinthine malls and ultramodern architecture; a veritable SimCity with a population of 7.8 million expatriates.

Once you have anchored your superyacht in the state of the art marina, it is time to check into one of Dubai’s ultraluxe resorts or hotels. Many of these are concentrated on Palm Jumeirah, the tree-shaped artificial archipelago whose birdseye aspect has made Dubai famous. At the apex of this landmark is a staggering staple of the Dubai skyline: Atlantis the Palm. Mythological architecture meets kitsch, under-the-sea decor in this palatial resort, and it’s perfect for a one night stay.

Your first day anchored in Dubai should be passed enjoying all that Palm Jumeirah has to offer. The island boasts a waterpark, two pools and a mile of your archetypal white sand beach, not to mention a palm-fringed lagoon where you can swim with dolphins. The ultimate adrenaline trip - skydiving above the unique landmass - is at your fingertips, and the archipelago is overflowing with high-end dining spots such as Nobu and 101 Dining Lounge. Cruising around Palm Jumeirah by yacht is also an option - the islands are yacht-friendly, with the Dubai International Boat Show running from 25th February-1st March.

On your second day, you should visit Burj Khalifa. At 830m, this is the tallest building in existence, and an observation deck on the 124th floor provides breathtaking aerial views. At the base lies Dubai Fountain - in the supersized spirit of the city, this jet, light and music choreographed water feature is the largest in the world. Another UAE institution is the Dubai Mall, a retail utopia that sprawls across 502,000 square metres and famously features an Olympic-size ice skating rink. It is a browsing and buying bonanza of such magnitude that it hosts its own ‘shopping festival’ in January and February.

Today’s Dubai might be a destination best known for putting ski slopes inside shopping malls, but behind the glitz and glamour there is an ancient realm steeped in culture. Traditional gold, spice and textile souks are located around Dubai Creek, and visitors can encounter the region’s past as a sleepy fishing village in the Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. It is well worth taking an afternoon to explore Dubai’s rich history.

There is something inherently fascinating about a desert outpost-turned-urban Shangri-la. Dubai represents a fantasy realised, and appreciators of luxury should not miss the chance to charter this outlandish metropolis, even if it is only for 48 hours!

48 Hours in the Dreamworld of Dubai Photos Courtesy of the Dubai Media Office Photos Courtesy of the Dubai Media Office Photos Courtesy of the Dubai Media Office

New World Experience Part 1: Mark Robba on Dunia Baru

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:00
New World Experience Part 1: Mark Robba on Dunia Baru “Dunia Baru was never built for charter.” began the superyacht’s owner and businessman Mark Robba. “I built her as a platform for my family to explore the 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and when we decided to offer her for charter the feedback was really amazing.”

Not built on a budget, nor with a time schedule, Mr Robba had the patience to create an Indonesian phinisi masterpiece; built with the elegance and drama required to reflect her surroundings. Mark explains, “Dunia Baru is a truly Indonesian yacht, down to her very soul. She was crafted by hand by the renowned Konjo Boat Builder, who have been building the finest phinisis for generations. Asmat wood carvers made incredible wall panels on board, while artisans from Bali did paintings and extraordinary artwork was collected for the yacht from across the archipelago.”

Now available for charter, Dunia Baru is a rare superyacht that has been purposely crafted to fit with one destination. “South East Asia has so much to offer visiting superyachts,” Mark shares, explaining the reasoning behind a destination-built vessel... “We've explored the waters around Malaysia, Thailand, Palau and the Mergui Archipelago, but honestly, we could spend the next 20 years in Indonesia and still find new things.”

What’s slightly, less-rare, however, is the conversation on South East Asia as a growing yachting destination. Seeing the traffic first hand, Mark describes, “It is a booming yachting destination as well and an increasing number of foreign flagged superyachts are coming here. There is so much to explore.”  But, as the experienced owner explains, only Indonesian flagged boats are allowed to charter in these remote waters. Dunia Baru of course, makes this list.

So with a vessel more than fit for purpose we asked the question, why Indonesia? “It is astonishingly beautiful here. And, unlike the beautiful places in the Med or Caribbean, it is still an untouched paradise. You can find yourself in remote bays or anchored off of deserted beaches without another vessel in sight. You could pass a whole charter without seeing another soul a part from the people on your yacht,” surely what every superyacht owner or charterer wants?

Aside from the off-radar ability of the country’s 1,700 islands and islets, Robba mentions a handful of other major draws which include the natural diversity of the renowned Coral Triangle, housing some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, as well as birdwatching and animal-spotting… not to forget the Balinese Beach Clubs.

So with a one of a kind built vessel in an other-wordly location, Mark continues this conversation in Part 2, explaining the unusual charter experience on board…

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Charter Focus: M/Y Khalilah with SuperYachtsMonaco

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 10:00
Charter Focus: M/Y Khalilah with SuperYachtsMonaco SuperYachtsMonaco will be the worldwide Central Agent for stylish yacht Khalilah, they have announced. The 49m yacht is the debut from Palmer Johnson’s SuperSport series, and the largest to be privately built entirely in carbon composite.

Khalilah was delivered back in 2015 when she made waves as a cool, stylish and innovative yacht on the charter scene. She is instantly recognisable for her sleek and curvy exterior, designed by the in-house team at Palmer Johnson, as well as her revolutionary hull design. The SuperSport vessel is a sporty build with a distinctive gold flair, harbouring vast deck spaces with spa pool and huge beach club.

Styled by the Palmer Johnson design team, Khalilah’s interior is understatedly stylish with a playful twist. The main deck salon is zen-like in its ambience, with a sprawling seating area and Karelian birchwood bar stunningly offset by the ocean backdrop revealed by floor to ceiling windows.

The yacht can host 11 guests overnight in 5 en suite staterooms, each possessing its own look. In this way, the yacht’s accommodations resembled that of a boutique hotel, with all spaces uniquely styled and bespoke.

An ultra-modern galley on the main deck has an open-plan bar area, whilst the upper deck boasts a skylounge with a cool-contemporary loft vibe and an eye-catching colour scheme of bright white punctuated with pops of colour.

As well as her iconic aesthetic appeal, Khalilah is a fun-packed charter, possessing the latest water toys including a jetpack, hoverboard, wakeboard and jet skis, plus a custom 7m gold tender.

In terms of her performance and capabilities, she is top of the range - a fast displacement yacht with an impressive cruising speed of 18 knots.

With SuperYachtsMonaco has her new Central Agent, Khalilah is currently based in the South of France and available to charter from €245,000 in the Western Mediterranean.

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48 Hours Chartering in Antigua & Barbuda

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 10:00
48 Hours Chartering in Antigua & Barbuda The idyllic shores and sailing waters of Antigua & Barbuda have been popular with the yachting community for decades. Today, the three main harbours house the world’s largest superyachts; whether they are visiting to attend the famous annual Charter Yacht Show or using the marinas as a winter home, here’s how to spend 48 hours on charter around the islands…

No trip to Antigua & Barbuda would be complete without a visit to the historic Nelson’s Dockyard. On arrival, pick one of three fantastic marinas to berth (Falmouth Harbour, Antigua Yacht Club or Nelson’s Dockyard itself) and hop off-deck to discover all that this national park  and cultural heritage site has to offer. Explore the Dockyard Museum before enjoying lunch in the picturesque setting of the Pillar’s Restaurant at 18th Century Admiral’s Inn.

After lunch, take a short trip to Clarence House for a real colonial experience. Built in 1783, the stately property perches on the hilltop providing panoramic vistas. A previous resting spot for members of the British Royal Family (including King William IV, Princess Margaret and Prince Harry), tours are today available to the public. Soak in the Georgian architecture and restoration efforts which have been carefully considered to provide period charm. It’s also a fantastic wedding venue!

When dusk arrives on your first day, enjoy the cooler temperatures by taking a hike up the Goat Path. Aptly named, this nature trail which ascends from the dockyard will give you a boost of energy before revealing the most dramatic view of the coastline - it’s especially good at sunset. As you descend, you’ll feel a real connection with Antigua and be more than ready for an evening of well-earned indulgence.

In fact, the English Harbour region provides plenty of options for dining on land. On a Thursday, head to South Point for twinkling harbour views and live music accompanied by delicious sushi. For a more Mediterranean experience and extensive wine list, head to Catherine’s Cafe on the stunning Pigeon Beach for unrivalled service and atmosphere.

Wake up on Day 2 of your Antiguan adventure with an early morning cruise over breakfast to Carlisle Bay. Anchor in the resort’s quaint bay and enjoy the morning on land. Take part in choice of activities available in the properties day visitor pack. Whether it’s a massage in the resort’s peaceful spa or a one-on-one tennis lesson with the on-site pro, Carlisle Bay provides all the luxuries with one of Antigua’s best beaches as it’s base. Have lunch on the beach before catching a tender back to your yacht.

Your final afternoon in Antigua should be spent enjoying the water at anchor. Spend hours circling your vessel via jetski, cutting through the blues and greens of the ocean. Alternatively, try your hand at paddle boarding on calmer waters. Fancy snorkelling? You might even spot a turtle, just make sure you’re back on board for sunset drinks on deck before an evening you won't forget at Sheer Rocks restaurant, just along the coast from Carlisle Bay.

Nevertheless, spending 48 hours in Antigua & Barbuda isn't quite enough experience everything the islands have to offer. For more on how to enjoy this location by superyacht, take a look at our luxury destination guide InDepth.

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The Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2019 Round Up

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:00
The Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2019 Round Up For the 57th year, Antigua’s southern shores welcomed yachts from across the globe to take part in their Annual Charter Yacht Meeting (AYCM). For the past week, the region’s three naturally protected marinas hosted almost ninety superyachts and hundreds of brokers from far and wide to celebrate the art of charter and examine the market in true Caribbean style.

Covering six days and spanning from the historic Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour to the Falmouth Harbour and Antigua Yacht Club Marinas, the show marks the beginning of the season for this sleepy island solace. We sat down to speak with the show’s Chairman, Paul Deeth, to find out more.

Paul began by speaking about the long history of the show; “1961 was the first official charter show in the Caribbean - one of the first pretty much in the world - and it’s been growing in numbers and strength since then.” Of course, with Nelson’s Dockyard as the historic setting, it’s no surprise that the yachting community has always favoured this location.

“The show in length gets bigger every year and in the tonnage,” he continued. “You know, the numbers are good… we’re in the 80s again this year, it’s looking very good [...] 300 brokers are attending the show which is great!” But it’s not just the location that draws the industry to this show…

New and exciting superyachts have chosen to exhibit their charter-ability here for years, with this year as no exception. Paul explains, “There are some new boats, one is GO, a Turquoise, and that’s brand new to the charter market, so there’s a lot of buzz around and that’s one of the great things about the Antigua show.”

In fact, the docks had a number of particular exciting superyachts on show this year. Alongside GO’s dazzling blue hull, Oceanco’s Alfa Nero stood proud at 82m in Falmouth Harbour, showcasing it’s inviting infinity pool for all to see.

Sherakhan also attended, her classic lines and 70m ‘go anywhere’ hull, providing the perfect contrast to the more modern vessels. The largest in the show was Lurssen’s 90m Phoenix 2 an expansive and extraordinary superyacht that is home to 27 crew for the ultimate charter experience.  

Returning next year for the 58th edition the confirmed dates for the show are 4-10th December 2019. But for more on this year’s events, watch our round-up video and see the interview in full, above.

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Wild Waters: Explore the Wilderness in Alaska

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:00
Wild Waters: Explore the Wilderness in Alaska For those seeking a truly magical charter adventure, look no further than sailing up to the rugged wilderness of Alaska. Wild and unspoiled, Alaska sparks the imagination and brings out the adventurous spirit in everyone. An untamed country of breath-taking beauty, her geography ranges from towering snow-capped mountains to icy fjords with crashing waterfalls, to blossoming meadows and quaint villages gathered under the Northern Lights.

May to September is peak season in Alaska is when the days are longest and the temperatures are warmest, making it the best time to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities. For those seeking a short land-based stay whilst in the northern-most American state, take the opportunity to stay at one of the most remote and luxurious lodges in Alaska.

Reachable only by air, Ultima Thule is located in the heart of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, which provides access to some of Alaska's most spectacular wilderness and the largest area of protected land in the world – almost the same size as Switzerland. Ultima Thule is a luxurious, family-run lodge composed of five guest cabins accommodating a maximum of 12 guests.

Bearskin rugs, plush sofas and plump cushions adorn each cabin, inviting guests to sink in at the end of a day of explorations. Jaw-dropping mountains and crystalline glaciers surround this remote haven, where adventures are plentiful and every day is completely unique. Excursions into the wilderness include flight safaris, kayaking, fishing, sledging on glaciers and tucking into picnics in isolated mountain hideaway spots. 

Alaska has so much more to offer, and adventure is around every bend in this incredible charter destination. Take a trip to Mendenhall Glacier to discover the incredible ice caves that lie beneath the ground. Enter the partially hollow Mendenhall glacier by kayak, and then ice climb over the glacier to uncover the otherworldly naturally azure lit caves with a guide, who will explain how these caves have come into being over hundreds of years.

Venture to the incredible Denali National Park and Preserve, a rugged patch of jagged peaks, lush forest and mirrored lakes, to attempt the gravity-defying hike up Mount Denali. The pinnacle of Alaska, the United States, and North America at 20,237 feet above sea level, Mount Denali is a statement climb for any eager mountaineer.

The standard route in recent years is the West Buttress Route, a 16-mile route with over 12,000 feet of elevation gain. Climbers should be in excellent physical condition, and aware that they will be spending up to three weeks in incredibly harsh and extreme conditions. Be warned – this climb is only for the brave and prepared.

Denali National Park and Preserve also has slightly less extreme activities to partake in; from guided hiking and kayaking on mirrored glacier lakes to skiing or snowboarding down the snowy sides of the Alsakan mountain range and even trying your hand at dog-sledging.

Another fantastic Alaskan opportunity along your charter is the chance to go flightseeing – going up in either a small helicopter or seaplane across the mountain range and skimming across the lakes to see some of the most spectacular views of Alaska’s best scenery.

The wildlife is certainly not to be missed either in this colder climate – from the heated luxury of your superyacht you can watch whales diving and surfacing, the bobbing heads of seals and sea lions and the incredibly cute hand-holding sea-otters.

On land, there are some incredible and rarely-sighted species to keep an eye out for on your travels; arctic foxes frolicking in the snow, majestic golden eagles circling the mountain tops, huge brown and grizzly bears fishing for salmon in the spring and the fantastically impressive caribou and moose treading the flowered plains of Alaska. 

From holding your breath as you watch a grizzly lumber up a mountainside, to gasping with delight at the incredible views that break through the fir trees as you approach a glacial lake lined with mountains, Alaska is guaranteed to take your breath away. An incredible space when adventure and wonder come hand in hand, Alaska is most definitely a charter destination which should be on your 2019 bucket list of adventures.

Discover more stand-out charter destinations in our Destination Guides here.

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48 Hours Anchored in the Island-City of Singapore

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 13:00
48 Hours Anchored in the Island-City of Singapore Welcome to the most expensive city in the world – the futuristic and glamorous Singapore. The setting of the recent Hollywood hit Crazy Rich Asians, this compact city calls itself home for over 500 millionaires, and it is little wonder why so many of the Asian elite choose to spend their lives here.

For those who have pulled into Singapore's Marina Bay for a short stopover, experience in this short 48 hours what the residents of Singapore experience every day - sumptuous food, incredible views, indulgent shopping sprees alongside a dose of culture and a pinch of surrealism.

Once anchored at Marina Bay, make your way to one of the most luxurious hotels in Singapore for your 48-hour stay on land. The Parkroyal on Pickering is located metres from Chinatown and a short stroll from the Marina.

A feature which is exclusively reserved for club room guests is the rooftop Orchid Club lounge, which features a sweeping 360-degree view of the city skyline, and beautiful birdcage poolside cabanas. The entire hotel is bedecked in plant life and the interior is sleek and modern, with a naturalistic colour scheme and bespoke art. 

After unpacking and taking in the view from the Orchid Club Lounge, it is time to explore. Head to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark for fantastic views of the city and an opportunity to bathe in an infinity pool at the top of the towering building. After this gravity-defying experience head over to the Gardens by the Bay for an even more surreal adventure.

Here, you can take a step into the future by walking amongst contemporary architecture designed to look like towering, glowing trees. The view from the top of these futuristic is second only to the view from your dinner destination.

Perched atop the grand and glam Marina Bay Sands casino resort, Spago by Wolfgang Puck impresses with a dazzling panorama of Marina Bay. The views are complemented by the Spago Dining Room’s three-course Sunset Menu, which includes dishes like hand-made agnolotti with sweetcorn, honey miso broiled black cod and salted caramel soufflé.

After a wonderful night's sleep in the sound-proofed rooms of the Parkroyal, prepare for a morning of retail therapy. Make your way to ION Orchard, one of the most upmarket and high-end design shopping centre in central Singapore. Splash out in some of the luxury stores such as Gucci or Prada and with any spend over $5,000, you will receive a complimentary limousine ride back to your hotel after lunch. 

Some of the best dim sum in Singapore can be sampled at multi-award-winning Taste Paradise in ION Orchard. The menu consists of over 40 varieties of dim sum, including both traditional and more innovative creations such as their famous XO carrot cake and braised foie gras with blueberry reduction.

Now is the time to head to the opulent SO Spa on Senotsa Island for an afternoon of luxurious pampering and relaxation. Amidst gentle waterfalls, lush vegetation you can discover the unique spa garden, which features three pools for your enjoyment - a cerulean-tiled lap pool, a float pool with cascading waterfalls and a mud pool where you can enjoy the detoxifying effect of Moroccan rhassoul clay. After this afternoon of pampering, you will feel suitably ready for an exciting last night back in the centre of Singapore.

The best place for a traditional Japanese dinner can be found at Lau Pa Sat, an open-air hawker centre filled to the brim with tiny stalls selling exciting plates and savoury nibbles. Eat as the locals do in Singapore's most famous food market, which blends history with striking architecture and sensational local food into one delightful experience.

From here, make your way to the grand 1880's exclusive members club. An eclectic design style of contemporary industrial mixed with opulent Asian tradition makes for an incredibly beautiful place to unwind or liven the crowds. Lounge on hand-stitched leather sofas as you sip on a beautifully blended martini with a Sinagpore twist, and amongst the VIP's of Singapore you can plan your next trip to the city of dreams. 

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Cloud Atlas' Big Summer Refit

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:00
Cloud Atlas' Big Summer Refit Flying Charter have announced that Cloud Atlas is undergoing a significant refit in preparation for a busy summer season. The refit will be completed for summer 2019, when she will re-emerge from the steel shed in her best shape ever, ready to provide unforgettable charters to lucky guests.

The owner of Cloud Atlas has a very specific vision for the new and improved yacht. The entire lower deck will be revamped; they envision a soothing space perfect for winding down to a level of zen appropriate for a summer charter. As a celebration of her reemergence onto the high seas, Cloud Atlas will be charging no delivery fees for the first charter booked from every port between the Amalfi Coast and the South of France.

Cloud Atlas is an impressive 46m from Lloyds Ships. Built in 1990, she benefited from a 2016 refit which entailed a 4m hull lengthening to create space for a brand new water toy garage, as well as a total overhaul of the main engines and generators.

The vessel’s graceful lines create an overall impression of fluidity, whilst a unique glass feature blurs the boundaries between indoors and out. She is light, airy and non-oppressive, moving away from heavy-duty luxury and towards uncluttered chic.

A spacious salon with comfortable lounge, formal dining area and fully equipped bar comprises a wonderful entertainment and leisure area on the main deck. Another standout feature is the sky lounge on the upper deck; a warm and welcoming space consisting of a TV area with plush seating and wraparound windows yielding panoramic views.

Cloud Atlas has five cabins to accomodate guests: A master suite on the main deck with vanity and jacuzzi bathroom, and two double suites on the lower deck, both of which have beautifully appointed marble bathrooms and the latest entertainment systems.

Her outdoor spaces span three decks and covet extensive facilities to guarantee that guests are constantly relaxed and entertained. A sprawling sundeck houses a jacuzzi with solarium and shaded seating, whilst the upper deck boasts alfresco dining and outdoor bar. Sunbathing and lounging spaces dispersed throughout.

The 46m is as much an experience for the active charterer than the leisure-seeking. Her garage is full of toys, and a spacious swimming platform doubles as a beach club.

Cloud Atlas will undergo her second refit before the summer of 2019. The main salon, lower deck and wheel house will be totally revamped, and the decor will experience a start to finish renovation for a completely fresh look. The layout of the cabins will also be changed.

We can’t wait to lay eyes on the new and improved Cloud Atlas this summer, who will undoubtedly emerge from her restoration one of the most formidable, impressive and enviable vessels on the market.

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Charter Wild Waters: A Gander to the Galapagos Islands

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:30
Charter Wild Waters: A Gander to the Galapagos Islands This is not the Bahamas. This is not the Caribbean. The Galapagos Islands are not your typical island paradise in appearance nor in their inhabitants. Known to be the home of ancient tales, this isolated group of volcanic islands looks more like the moon than an idyllic scene from a postcard. But for those who are willing to seek out the wonders of the islands, they will uncover a treasure trove of experiences in this secluded wonderland.

Lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most varied and rare wildlife known to man. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. Darwin’s work also helped to alert the world to the need to preserve these islands from degradation by humans.

Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, protecting the wildlife while allowing you to experience the environment much as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, this should not be taken for an itinerary, but merely as suggestions for how best to explore the islands.

Home to an astonishing variety of endemic species — enough to inspire a theory of origin that would change the world — this archipelago is also one of the few places on earth where adventurers can observe unafraid wildlife up close.

Travel to Santa Cruz Island to meet the island’s most famous inhabitants; the endangered Giant Tortoises, which can live up to 200 years, at the Charles Darwin Research Station. This iconic national park hosts incredible wildlife research and conservation projects including the giant tortoise breeding program. On this island, you will also find fascinating underground lava tunnels to explore with a naturalist guide.

Kayak from here to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water and frigates. For an even more breathtaking experience, journey to the tiny island of Sombrero Chino, which gets its name from its appearance reminiscent of a Chinese hat. The island’s cove offers excellent swimming and snorkelling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks, stingrays and colourful seahorses. 

Take a panga (small Asian fishing boat) ride along the dramatic cliffs of Genovesa to El Barranco. Also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, this 90 feet steep cliff face has narrow stairs carved into rock. Choose to disembark and climb these stairs to the Palo Santo forest, which is full of birds, including Nazca boobies, Galápagos doves, mockingbirds and storm petrels. With some luck, you may even spot a short-eared lava owl.

This destination is perfect for those travelling by luxury superyacht, as accommodation is easily located wherever you decide to anchor around this maze-like archipelago. However, for those looking for a night on land where one can be immersed in the unique eco-system, Scalesia Lodge offers a luxury safari-like tented camp experience. With fabulous views over the island and a secluded location, Scalesia will allow guests to relax and enjoy these magnificent islands at their own pace.

La Loberia and Punta Carola are just two of the most ideal spots for serious surfers to catch some waves along the Galapagos shores. The crystal clear waters and balmy temperatures make for hours of uninterrupted fun on the white sand beaches that frame the islands. From here, you can make your way back to your luxurious superyacht to unwind after a day of exploration and adventure, with a cocktail in hand and the final image of a gold and rose dyed sky as the sun sets on the Equator.

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48 Hours Anchored in Colourful Buenos Aires

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:00
48 Hours Anchored in Colourful Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is a vibrant, beautiful city, full of colour, music and passion and is the perfect place for a stopover on your charter along the South American coast. Become enamoured with the vibrant and electric capital of Argentina this November, which is when Buenos Aires truly comes to life. Set off on outdoor market strolls, admire the abundance of historical architecture and indulge in an authentic Argentinian alfajore outside one of the hundreds of cafes that shine under the dazzling lights of Puerto Madero.

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, make sure to moor at the Yacht Club Argentino - the most prestigious private yacht club in the country - in the port of Buenos Aires. The yacht club has a clubhouse, seven days free mooring for visitors and workshops for repairs. This is the best place to stop when clearing into Buenos Aires either from another Argentinian port or from overseas. 

Venture to the classy neighbourhood of Recoleta to stay in the city’s best hotel. Decked with crystal, antique fireplaces and home to an impressive art collection, Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt may be the most luxurious address in the city. Built in the 1930s, the hotel is inclusive of 165 stately rooms and luxurious suites set amid a central courtyard where high tea is served each afternoon.

Once settled, set out to the streets of Buenos Aires. Stroll through neighbourhoods such as glamorous Recoleta and fashion-forward Palermo, and get lost in the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, Eva Peron's final resting place. Make your way to the fun-filled district of San Telmo for the truly joyful experience of the San Telmo Festival.

San Telmo Festival draws over 12,000 people each week. There are antiques, artwork and other treasures laid out along the pedestrian street of Defensa. There’s also Sunday night milonga in San Telmo’s Plaza Dorrego where you can see people dancing in the street. 

In the evening, visit one of the most important opera houses in the world, Teatro Colón which first began operating in 1857. Now fully restored to its former glory, you can now enjoy symphonies by famous orchestras, operas and ballets in the majestic building.

The next day is race day at the Argentina Open Polo Championship. You won't want to miss this only-in-Argentina classic, once called the World Series for the sport of polo. Occurring every November and December on the most prominent racetrack in Buenos Aires, the annual event transforms the city into a haven for the ultra-glamorous.

Make your way along the cobbled streets of Palermo to the Campo Argentino de Polo in your finest attire to enjoy a day of elegant conversation, fine champagne and thrilling races. The eight-team event is hosted by the Asociación Argentina de Polo and draws influential business leaders and socialites, including members of royal families from around the world.

Afterwards, head to opulent restaurant, Casa Cavia, for the most coveted reservation in the city. At the Belle Epoque mansion, chef Julieta Caruso serves delicious Asian-inspired dishes like edamame and herbs steeped in lemon broth, with each dish paired perfectly with cocktails by bartenders Lucas López Dávalos and Flavia Arroyo.

After 48 hours in this magical city, you can continue on your charter knowing with certainty that you'll be back again soon. Buenos Aires captures the hearts of all who visit her colourful streets and interact with her friendly, exuberant and passionate locale. 

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48 Hours in New York this Christmas

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 16:00
48 Hours in New York this Christmas New York City could never be fully explored in just two days, but a 48-hour charter stop-off in the Big Apple will prove to be the best dose of seasonal magic for your charter trip. For those on a North American charter or on their way to warmer climates over the Christmas period, New York has its own unique blend of hustle and yuletide which should be at the top of everyone's wish list.

During the holiday period, New York City is resplendent, bedecked in twinkling lights, bright tinsels and a thick layer of snow carpeting the pavements and muffling the sounds of traffic, creating a white wonderland akin to Lapland. Christmas in New York City has been the central focus of hundreds of Hollywood productions, and for good reason. From the glamorous department store window displays to the 30-foot Christmas trees that glow from hotel courtyards, the scene is perfectly set for your festive-filled stopover.

Hopping off your superyacht for the perfect land-based overnight stay, look no further than the Lotte New York Palace on Madison Avenue, or the Peninsula New York in Midtown. These landmark hotels mark the upper crust of New York luxury, and their festive traditions make for an elegant and magical experience for the whole family. The Peninsula includes a ‘Night Before Christmas’ package at this time of year for children, which includes a candy cane scavenger hunt, a biscuit decorating kit and even an in-room gingerbread playhouse. Meanwhile, the Palace welcome children to post their wish lists to Santa in their huge Santa mailbox in the hotel’s central lobby.

Wrap up warm and venture out onto the snow-lined streets of the city towards Fifth Avenue to experience the warm glow from the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, all of which compete to produce the most extravagant festive window displays each year. Seek out ideal gifts for your loved ones in Macy’s and whilst there visit the iconic Santaland, the 13,000 square foot indoor wonderland, complete with prancing reindeer, singing snowmen and even visit Santa himself inside his grotto.

Go for a spin at the Rockefeller Centre Ice Rink, the iconic ice skating rink from Home Alone 2 with incredible views of the city skyline and which is open until midnight. After a session at this celebrated attraction, continue your quintessentially festive day with a visit to Sant Ambroeus and La Maison Du Chocolat, two upmarket cafes famed for their hot chocolates, only a short walk from the skating rink.

As darkness draws closer, now is the time to indulge in a glorious Christmas dinner, choosing from any number of incredible menus across the city. Ideally located within the Peninsula Hotel, the Clement restaurant offers a beautifully detailed and delectable three-course Christmas feast for your enjoyment. Appetizers include a raw bar, bespoke salad mixing station, and a selection of cheese and charcuterie. Entrees include prime beef tenderloin, turkey, and a glazed turbot fillet, and there is a dessert buffet to complete this incredible banquet.

To finish off this magical bolt-on across your magical charter, consider taking a trip to The New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, to see "The Nutcracker" performed by The New York City Ballet. To experience this beautiful classic in such a festive city will prove to be truly spectacular, and a fantastic way to round off your short but sweet trip to the city that never sleeps.

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Chartering America's Largest Yacht Aquila

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 15:00
Chartering America's Largest Yacht Aquila Currently available for charter with Burgess, 85.6m Aquila is the largest boat to take to American waters since the 1930s. As if this legacy wasn’t intriguing enough, she also happens to be one of the most distinguished boats on the market.

Aquila was built in the Derecktor shipyard and cruised under the name of Cakewalk until a drastic refit in 2016; exterior styling was overhauled by Redman Whiteley Dixon whilst Susan Young gave the interior a sparkling makeover. After 12 months of renovation implemented by over 1000 employees, the vessel emerged from the steel shed impeccably revised and infinitely upgraded.

The new and improved Aquila is as impressive in her capabilities as she is in her size. An abundance of deck space is divided to serve various purposes: The forward sun deck houses a jacuzzi, bar and luxurious treatment room, whilst all four decks aft volunteer a plethora of spaces for al fresco dining, relaxation and socialising. Finally, a DJ booth, AV system, smoke machine and light show occupies a dedicated party deck; confirmation that there is something for everyone onboard an Aquila charter.

The pervasive feeling inside Aquila is one of tranquility. The shades and shapes that comprise the interior decor are eminently soothing, with a dominant palette of icy silvers, polished woods and crisp whites. This unfussy collaboration is given a touch of homely authenticity in the form of patterned furnishings and soft lighting. Meanwhile, a 11.2m waterfall chandelier cascading through four levels of decks ensures that luxury is not lost; a gorgeous byproduct of this distinguishing feature is the shards of refracted light that are strewn across the marble floor.

In terms of accommodation, Aquila offers a luxury seven stateroom layout to accommodate 12 consisting of a master stateroom, 4 double and 2 twin staterooms. There is also plenty of room to accommodate a sizeable crew of 28, who secure the smooth running, maintenance and service of the boat.

Other aspects that make Aquila a charter representing something bigger and better is her 85 inch screen cinema room and a completely remodelled 60m private deck that overlooks the bow. The luxurious list continues: The 85.6m entails a massage room, hair salon, gym, two massage rooms and chic ‘London Bar’. Exterior spaces are equally entertaining, with a vast beach club where an enticing collection of water toys reside. For fun packed days at anchor Aquila offers guests the usage of numerous tenders, waverunners, jetsurfs, sea kayaks, seabobs, waterskis, snorkelling gear and much more.

Aquila is available for charter with Burgess in the Bahamas and the Caribbean during the winter season and the West Mediterranean in the summer season.

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Charter Wild Waters: Thrill-Seeking in the 50th State

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:00
Charter Wild Waters: Thrill-Seeking in the 50th State One of the most idyllic of America’s 50 states, Hawaii has always been an escape for superyacht owners seeking sun, sand and the soothing sound of gentle waves. However, for those daring to experience it, Hawaii’s wild side can be found in the technicolour reefs and towering volcanoes that beckon adventurers from miles around. To discover the best crystal-clear waterfalls to dive from, and the toughest mountain paths to tackle on the side of active volcanoes, read on…

In Hawaii, life flows smoothly, the easy-going and low-key attitude of the locals infecting everything. Despite this casual relaxation for which many come to Hawaii to experience, one can just as easily spend a morning on the beach with a coconut drink to an afternoon traversing a towering sea-cliff, metres from the Pacific Ocean. This casual flippancy between repose and rush in Hawaii is a constant attraction to superyacht owners looking to break up their conventional charter routine.

Take the opportunity to go hiking across ancient lava flows in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or to scale the Pali Puka trail, a short but dangerous hike which offers sensational views of Oahu’s windward coast and vertical drops which will take your breath away. Learn to surf, the ancient Hawaiian sport of 'wave sliding,' on the North Shore, known worldwide for its epic breaks and incredible death-defying surfer stunts.

Go snorkelling or dive with giant manta rays and sea turtles in the azure waters off the coast of Maui at the Molokini Crater. For the true daredevils, take your diving gear over to Hulop’oe Bay to dive amongst the sharks at 'The Cathedrals'. Named the best cavern dive site in the Pacific by Skin Diver magazine, this aquatic phenomenon is sure to get your heart racing as you swim through shimmering light between the cavernous natural arches whilst the reef sharks play below. 

Kayak to a deserted offshore island such as Lanai to visit the Garden of the Gods, or take your superyacht for a turn around the islands to watch for whales and Hawaiin monk seals. For those seeking a more relaxing saltwater sensation, try your hand at stand-up paddling in the shallows or horseback-riding on the shore. 

Back on land, try riding horseback with the paniolo, Hawaii's cowboys, or discover some of the hidden beaches away from the crowds that can only be reached by an extreme hike. Waipio Valley Beach on Big Island is sheltered by 2,000 foot high cliffs and is a gruelling hike from the top to the inky shores at the bottom. You'll be rewarded with the incredibly soft inky black sand that frames the clear turquoise waters, and to top it off, you can experience first hand the incredible spectacle of the tumbling Kaluahine Waterfall. 

Whatever your pleasure, Hawaii caters to any and all of your adventure fantasies whilst retaining its natural relaxed vibe. So you can be sure that after an eight-hour hike across an active volcano, you can don your swimsuit and take to the white sands of the beach to truly relax afterwards. 

Discover our Destination Guides for more off-the-beaten-track adventure spots like Hawaii here. 

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Interior Insight: The Sophistication of Skyfall

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 11:10
Interior Insight: The Sophistication of Skyfall Step onboard and take a peek at the sumptuous M/Y Skyfall crafted by Trinity Yachts in 2010. Recently refitted in 2015, the 57.90-metre superyacht showcases an entire interior upgrade designed by Patrick Knowles featuring ample space for up to 17 guests.

Skyfall’s interior marries her voluminous exteriors designed by Geoff Van Aller, which provides plenty of deck space and a beach club for water sports when the semi-displacement superyacht is anchored.

Stepping upon the aluminium built superyacht; guests are welcomed with soft neutral carpet lined across the three-deck layout. An array of relaxation spots onboard Skyfall includes a large saloon with comfortable seating embellished with elaborate velvet deep-blue-sea cushions, a spacious formal dining area for 14 guests and the entertainment feature of a 50-inch home theatre television screen.

Bright turquoise details are eye-catching against dark wood furnishings creating a characterful and distinctive interior. Bold chandeliers create a warm atmosphere as you wander through each section of Skyfall. Ornaments including embellished starfish, seashells and dolphins create a close sense of connection with the sea, that feel every inch the charter one could desire. 

Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to the seven-stateroom layout, including a spectacular split-level master suite located on the main deck with open views out to see. Likewise, it's king size bed, private study, private lounge, his and hers baths and 280-degree views are just the winning details of Skyfall that distinguish her from the crowd.

Two double VIP suites below have king size beds while and two further doubles have queen size beds. What’s more, all cabins have a 42-inch television screens and en-suite bathrooms facilities.

M/Y Skyfall is for sale and charter with IYC. Charter cruising areas include the Caribbean during the winter and the Mediterranean during the summer.

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A Festive Charter Onboard Benetti's .11.11

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 14:00
A Festive Charter Onboard Benetti's .11.11 This winter, formidable Benetti build .11.11 will be cruising a range of well-loved charter destinations, and has plenty to offer charter guests seeking sumptuous solitude onboard. The 63m yacht, which was built in the Italian shipyard in 2015, will be taking groups of up to 12 guests to the paradise waters of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Cuba (she also possesses a Croatian charter license) over Christmas and New Year, and represents an idyllic way to pass the festive season...

The 63-metre spectacle .11.11 is one of the standout vessels currently storming the charter market, reflected in the accumulation of numerous accolades including a World Superyacht Award and Asia Boating Award in 2016.

Distinctive exteriors consist of a unique axe bow whose vertical blades make for a seamless cruising performance. Her interiors, meanwhile, are like stepping back in time, having captured the glitzy sophistication of the Art-Deco era.

Gatsby-inspired spaces from the owner’s personal design team include a mirrored bar with 3-dimensional geometric patterning, bold artworks, stainless steel, Italian marble and custom furnishings. Combine this with expert craftsmanship, high onboard standards and excellent service provided by Captain Vaughn and his crew, and you have the perfect charter vessel.

Luxurious on-the-water living includes a sprawling private owner’s deck with a master suite consisting of white leather upholstry, glossy dark wood surfaces and sweeping 180-degree views. The suite opens out onto a private sundeck with jacuzzi, steam room and massage room. Other key features onboard include a full beam main-deck, 4 further deck cabins including 2 convertible twins and an Italian stone bar and terrace on the sundeck.

A .11.11 charter is guaranteed to be as entertaining as it is relaxing; an enticing arsenal of water toys include seadoos, seabobs, kayaks and a wide selection of towables and inflatables. She also houses an 8m custom Limo tender for exploring oceans and running ship-to-shore in any one of her beautiful destinations. Guests will never be want of things to do aboard this glorious vessel.

The Benetti fleet member .11.11 is sure to grant your festive wishes, wrapped up in 63-metres ready to take on the ocean.

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Christmas Charter: The Best Superyachts this Winter

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:00
Christmas Charter: The Best Superyachts this Winter When the sun retreats, charterers traditionally migrate to the balmy climes of the Caribbean and Bahamas, yet these staples of winter escapism are witnessing increasing competition from less established paradises. Whether you are looking for a traditional or innovative charter, we provide the low down on some of the up and coming cruising grounds this Christmas period.

Conventionally Caribbean with Sycara V
Golden sands and aquamarine seas are visions realised by a charter onboard Sycara V, which will be cruising to the Caribbean and Bahamas this winter under the management of IYC. Having undergone a refit in 2017, Sycara V’s Pure Design exterior styling and Craid Beale interiors have never looked or performed better.

The 68m Nobiskrug is a penthouse-style yacht characterised by a casual ambience and abundance of natural light, boasting impressive dining and lounging areas including a foredeck terrace. 12 guests are accommodated in 6 spacious staterooms, and have free reign of an air conditioned gym, stylish bar and countless other luxurious amenities. A combination of the craftsmanship of the build and the timeless bliss of a Caribbean/Bahamas charter makes Sycara V a surefire success for winter cruising.

A Southeast Asian Escape with Titania
A standard bearer for the pedigree of the shipyard, 73m Lürssen yacht Titania will be available for charter in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia this winter with Burgess. This part of the world strikes the perfect chord between archetypal tropical paradise - think rainforested peaks and aquamarine waters - and somewhere that is slightly off the beaten track.

Titania boasts outstanding exterior areas and interiors comprising opulent lounging, dining and sleeping spaces. She offers large deck spaces for relaxing, socialising and entertainment, 7 comfortable staterooms and unparalleled luxury extras such as a gym, spa and pool. Her indoor spaces abound with warm woods and sumptuous fabrics and are flooded by natural light pouring in through floor to ceiling windows; a glorious feat of design by François Zuretti.

Off the Beaten Track with O'Neiro
Although the Caribbean and Mediterranean are a failsafe option for a winter charter, one could equally argue that variety is the spice of life. From Golden Yachts, 52.7m O’Neiro will be cruising the regions of Egypt and the Red Sea this winter. The Eastern Mediterranean and Northeastern Africa are an ancient and relatively unchartered realm offering beaches and deserts in equal measure.  

Overseen by Burgess, O’Neiro is an intimate charter for 14 guests representing something a little bit different. She does, however, retain all of the luxurious trimmings of a superyacht cruising the Med, from a large jacuzzi and extensive water toys to majestic cabins and the latest in audio visual systems.

Tropical Trails with Martha Ann
Although there has arguably been a shift towards experiential charters in remote corners of the world, this does not mean that traditional havens have fallen out of favour. 70m Martha Ann is a case in point; the Lürssen build will be travelling to the Caribbean and The Bahamas this winter with Burgess.

Martha Ann is an impressive vessel with commanding naval architecture by Espen Oeino and award winning interior design by François Zuretti. Even for a large yacht she boasts impressive volume, offering 13,000 square feet of lavish living space over 5 sprawling decks. Interior spaces feature the irresistibly chic combination of mahogany, marble and onyx, with bespoke furnishings hand picked by the owner. A swim spa and a packed toy garage complete the ultimate charter package. 

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