Catch the Must-See Action of the Monaco Grand Prix Onboard these Top Luxury Yachts

Monaco’s Formula 1 Grand Prix is without a doubt one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world and this year the thrilling scene is sure to be action-packed.   The races run May 22nd through the 25th along the narrow twisting streets of Monte Carlo against the stunning backdrop of the Côte d’Azur. One of the premier ways to experience this glamorous event is during a luxurious yacht charter holiday, and while the Monaco Grand Prix is just one month away, there is still a great selection of  yachts available for charter.

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Luxury Yacht Charter in Sardinia: Playground of Princes

SARDINIA

Stimulating and relaxing, upscale and artisan, ancient and high tech, vibrant and pristine, Sardinia is an island of complimentary contradictions. A luxury yacht charter to enchanting ports of call on Sardinia and the surrounding islands is a unique and unforgettable journey. The stunning coastline will lure your luxury sailing yacht through crystalline seas to a pink and golden shore.

Meld into this summer destination of billionaires, super models, celebrities and royalty, who relish being a part of the glamorous scene. Seaside resort towns, such as Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, are lined with shops from the famous Italian houses of Gucci, Armani, Prada, Bulgari and Dolce & Gabbana. Evenings are spent sipping champagne at the posh Costa Smeralda Yacht Club or the exclusive Billionaires Club, prestigious establishments patronized by an assortment of jetsetters from around the world.

Charter guests can board their elegant charter yachts to easily escape the glitz and glitterati by sailing to one of many deserted beaches and pristine bays, or a marine park teaming with life or a nature preserves of breathtaking beauty. Set the course of your deluxe sailing yacht to explore the Neptune Caves in the north of Capo Caccia, or Bosa, a medieval town of architectural and cultural interest. Make time for a scenic drive through Sardinia’s interior, with snow capped mountain peaks, fragrant citrus valleys, and sweeping pasturelands.

Porto Cervo

Porto Cervo is a point of embarkation, or a must-experience port of call, for luxury yacht charters in Sardinia. This modern resort was fashioned to fit the vision of the jet-setting Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, who, bewitched by the translucent green waters of the island’s northeast region, purchased miles of coastal land from the locals, hired top international architects and designers, and created a medieval-Moorish style village.

The village is in the Old Port, Porto Vecchio, on the southeastern side of the harbor, and the Porto Cervo Spa, with its outstanding charter yacht amenities, is on the northern side of the harbor. Explore the narrow streets of the Piazzetta, with designer boutiques, contemporary galleries, upscale restaurants, champagne bars and trendy nightclubs. Visit Stella Maris, a beautiful little white church containing a painting that is thought by many experts to be an El Greco.

The prince’s dream development also includes a world-class golf facility, private villas and extravagant resort hotels, such as the Hotel Cala di Volpe. Featured in the 1977 James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the hotel offers a Presidential Suite at the rate of $32,736 per night, which ranks it number 7 of the “World’s 15 most expensive hotel suites” complied by CNN Go in 2012.

With required reservations, charter sailing yachts and luxury superyachts dock at the exclusive Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), which has superb amenities. The iconic Yacht Club hosts races and regattas throughout the sailing season, including the spectacular, biannual, Perini Navi Cup, an event generally exclusive to owners, but there are Perini Navi charter yachts that participate. The 2012 Audi Sardinia Cup, organized by the YCCS in conjunction with the TP52 Class and with the support of the European Soto40 Class, will be sailed in the waters of Porto Cervo between the 12th and the 17th June 2012.

A visit on a luxury yacht charter to Porto Cervo waters is an unforgettable experience. Whether crewing a race, appreciating the beautiful scenery from the sundeck, or being lavishly indulgent in town, this premier yachting destination is not to be missed.

Porto Rotondo

Porto Rotondo, a seaside village a few kilometers from Olbia, is another one of Italy’s premier yachting centers, a renowned luxury vacation destination and magnet for high-end yachting aficionados. Similar to the flourishing of Porto Cevo, it too was launched in the 1960s. Prominent architect, Luigi Vietti and his team of developers, constructed world-class marinas, resorts, boutiques and amenities targeting the well heeled holidaymaker. Porto Rotondo has a chic nautical ambience with a sophisticated, upscale atmosphere that is slightly less frenetic and a bit more intimate than Porto Cervo, with first rate facilities, spectacular beaches and unforgettable cruising grounds.

Noteworthy architects have contributed to the design and buildings of the village of Porto Rotondo, including artist Andrea Cascella, responsible for the controversial Church of St. Lorenzo (patron saint of cooks), which resembles an overturned hull. Inside, 200 remarkable wooden statues representing sacred scenes are aglow in votive candlelight. There is also a stately amphitheater built entirely of granite that offers lively summertime concerts and cultural events.

Olbia

Olbia is the main connection between Sardinia and the Italian peninsula, and the most convenient airport for embarking on a luxury yacht charter from Porto Cervo. Olbia has a very ancient history and archeological findings suggest that the port was possibly founded by the Punics, The city and environs contain ruins dating from Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements to the Roman Era and the Middle Ages. History buffs should hop on the tender of their charter yacht for a shore excursion to visit the National Archeological Museum.

 

Whether your charter party requires a superb megayacht, a luxury crewed catamaran, or a performance sailing yachtSunreef Yachts Charter experts will find the perfect yacht and crew.

Contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter professional for a comprehensive selection of charter yachts available in destinations worldwide.

Luxury Yacht Charter in Corsica: the Scented Isle Beckons with Distinctive Charm and Character

CORSICA

As your luxury charter yacht draws near the plunging cliffs and glistening beaches of Corsica, there are several chic seaside towns worth exploring. Corsica combines the best of Italy and France with stylish resorts and dramatic mountain ranges.

The mountains of Corsica are ideal for hiking; the most famous and challenging is the legendary GR20 trail that cuts through the high central mountain peaks, often snow covered until June. Visit a local shop to sample the mouth watering assortment of cheeses and charcuteries found almost everywhere on the island. Try something different and uniquely regional such as the cannelloni al brocciu (a pasta dish) and fiadone (a type of cheesecake); both of which use the island cheese brocciu.

Circumnavigate around Corsica’s 1000km of shoreline on board superb megayacht and discover picturesque seaport towns like Ajaccio, dramatic plunging cliffs at Golfe de Porto and sparkling beaches and bays at Calvi. At the southern tip, Bonifacio, with its serrated limestone cliffs and cliff-top citadel, is the departure point for your luxury charter to head to Sardinia, Italy, and an entirely different world.

Ajaccio

Ajaccio is the island’s capital and is most famous for being the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Visitors will be immersed in the city’s unique historical palaces and buildings, winding Genoese alleys and fascinating museums. Take a stroll to Place Foch, a beautiful oblong square shaded by palm trees and surrounded by charming restaurants. Sample local delicacies and do a bit of people watching. Or return after dinner on board your deluxe charter yacht to enjoy the summer evening in Ajaccio, when the bars invade the walkways and bands play everywhere, and everyone dances in the streets.

Dockage is readily available for luxury charter vessels at the Bonifacio marina. From the deck of your charter yacht, marvel at the medieval style houses on the edges of the limestone cliffs. Throughout the island guests can view the spectacular wine vineyards; grape cultivation of Corsica dates back over 3,000 years.

Propriano

Propriano lies at the head of the Valinco Gulf and is now one of the most popular resorts in Corsica, due to the numerous beautiful beaches that are close by including the Plage de Lido, just 1 km from the town. The crew can navigate your elegant sailing yacht from beach to beach, for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing or playing in the sand. The coast north of the town is very built up and the renowned village of Campomoro is nearby, with its fine beach and lovely setting, it is always a very popular place with visitors to this region of Corsica.

Bonifacio

Bonifacio is separated from Sardinia by the picturesque Strait of Bonifacio that encompasses a marine park and a nature reserve and makes for a fascinating day of sailing aboard a luxury charter yacht. Bonifacio has the best and only harbor on the southern coast of Corsica and due to its strategic position on the Bay of Bonifacio has a remarkable past that includes two prehistoric sites, the earliest has been carbon dated to 6570 BC.

The town’s charm and proximity to idyllic beaches make it a popular tourist destination in the summer, with many vacationers arriving from mainland France. Bonifaccio is a town of immense charm and a wonderful destination to embark on a yacht charter or to incorporate as a stop on an itinerary. There are plenty of shops to visit and the regional cuisine is worth sampling if you venture to any of the colorful local bars and restaurants.

Porto-Vecchio

Porto-Vecchio is a popular seaside resort town overlooking a lovely harbor that is ideal for docking all types of charter yachts from head turning sailing superyachts to high performance power yachts. Originally built on salt marshes, salt continues to play an important role in the town and if you visit in September you can still witness the annual salt harvest from the Porte Gènoise.

Porto Vecchio is renowned for beautiful beaches and coastline just south of the town. The town boasts an attractive and busy marina with cafes and restaurants overlooking the harbor. The old town next to the Place de la Republique has some lovely ancient buildings pressing in on narrow streets. During the summer evenings especially, the streets of the old town come to life with music and entertainment and many Italians come to enjoy their holidays here.

Porto-Vecchio makes a fine base for exploring this part of Corsica on board a luxury catamaran. Palombaggia is a beach internationally renowned for its beauty. The mountainous landscape behind Porto-Vecchio has breathtaking scenery to explore, with craggy mountain tops, parasol pine woods and sparkling mountain lakes.

Bastia

Bastia is the principal port of the island and its principal commercial town, especially famous for its wines. There are three sections of particular interest to visitors: the old town, the citadel, and the old harbor.

The old town has an alluring charm defined by narrow streets and alleys lined with tall, crumbling buildings, dating largely from the 18th century and the old port that contrasts dramatically with the spectacular yachts moored in the harbor. Imagine that Victor Hugo lived here as a child. The walk to the citadel passes by the gardens and once posh houses of the Terra Nova district. Within the citadel of interest are the grand Governor’s Palace, the church of Sainte-Marie de l’Assomption and the Oratoire-Sainte-Croix.

The old harbor has many bars and restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. For a quieter evening, the promenading along the front and the Quai des Martyrs de la Liberation provide beautiful views of the harbor.

To the north of Bastia is Cap Corse, an interesting peninsula to explore with small fishing villages attractively set against a backdrop of mountains that run along the middle of the peninsula. Many of the villages are in remarkable craggy and picturesque settings, and there are several splendid viewpoints as around the peninsula, and also a few good beaches en route.

L’Île-Rousse

L’Ile-Rousse has a planned layout of straight streets, lined with expensive boutiques and restaurants, and exudes sophistication. The town is in a splendid setting, with popular Plage de Rindara beach to the south and scenic rocky islands to the north. The architecture here largely dates from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Disembark from your elegant power catamaran and enjoy a leisurely stroll through this very pleasant town.

The centre of the town is at Place Paoli, where a pleasant covered market offers interesting local fare and cooling shade under the palm trees. Central to both old and new towns, the old town, with its paved streets and old houses will be of most interest to visitors.

 

Whether your charter party requires a superb megayacht, a luxury crewed catamaran, or a performance sailing yachtSunreef Yachts Charter experts will find the perfect yacht and crew.

Contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter professional for a comprehensive selection of charter yachts available in destinations worldwide.

Discover the Most Prestigious Luxury Yacht Charter Destination: The French Riviera/Côte d’Azur

The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is internationally famous as one of the most prestigious yachting destinations in the world. From the Casino of Monte Carlo and luxury megayachts of Monaco, to the festivals and promenade of Cannes, to the Old Town and museums of Antibes, to the beaches and shops of St Tropez, the French Riviera beckons with infinite allure.
In the summer months, nearly every coastal town on the French Riviera has a harbor with shoulder to shoulder, head turning superyachts whose owners and guests represent international wealth, celebrity and privilege. These amazing ports of call are available whether you and your charter party require a superb megayacht, luxury crewed catamaran, performance sailing yacht, Sunreef charter experts will find the ideal charter yacht for you to explore these fascinating destinations.

The French Riviera encompasses the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, including the sovereign state of Monaco, from the Italian border in the east to Saint-Tropez and Hyères in the west. Whether clients opt to board their luxury superyacht in Cannes, a chic power catamaran in Saint-Tropez, or a classic sailing yacht in Monaco, an itinerary can easily reach all of these storied coastal towns.

The region, which has been populated since paleolithic times, began to flourish during the 18th century as an exceedingly fashionable, elite vacation destination. The mild, dry climate lured members of the British upper class in the late 18th century as a winter health resort. The arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century gave easy access to this international playground of royalty and aristocrats. In the first half of the 20th century, the Côte d’Azur became a mecca for artists and writers as well; Picasso, Matisse, Maughm and Huxley, to name a few.

In the 1950s, villages and towns along the picturesque Mediterranean coast became must-have locations for the second estates of foreign celebrities and privileged others. To this day, offering some of the most expensive real estate on the planet, wealthy foreigners continue to purchase property and to play a vital role, indelibly interwoven into the Riviera’s economy and social fabric.

Hyères

Hyères, the oldest resort on the French Riviera, has attracted a significant British aristocratic presence dating back to the mid 18th century, including stays by Queen Victoria. Today this vibrant town is the site of the Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival, a huge fashion and art photography event that has taken place annually at the end of April since 1985. The prestigious festival attracts cutting-edge artists worldwide and was among the first venues to recognize the talents of the Amsterdam-based fashion house Viktor & Rolf.  The city also plays host to the annual MIDI French Riviera Festival in July, a music festival now into its sixth episode.

There are many event charter yachts that are ideal for these festivals, as well as the many other important events that take place on the French Riviera each year. A luxury charter yacht is perfect as a hospitality suite for static charters, for corporate entertaining and as a sophisticated means to mix business with pleasure.

Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Legend has it that when Napoleon arrived here he heaved a sigh and dubbed the town the beautiful-place-by-the-sea, and so named this enchanting village that is situated between Nice and Monaco. Toward the end of the 19th century, as the Côte d’Azur developed into a world class destination for the wealthy, Beaulieu-sur-Mer became a favorite residence for European royalty and rich Americans. Isaac Singer, founder of the Singer sewing machine company, and eccentric James Gordon Bennett, Jr., publisher of the New York Herald, are just two of many well to do families that chose this location to build fabulous estates, still in evidence today.

Plan to disembark from your deluxe sailing catamaran or sporty power yacht to stroll around Beaulieu-sur-Mer, a real thrill to history buffs and enthusiasts of period residential architecture.  The Port de Beaulieu is always dotted with luxury superyachts and the convenient marina offers general yachting services.

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and lies about six miles south west of Monaco. The bay of Villefranche is one of the deepest natural harbors of any port in the Mediterranean Sea providing superb passage and anchorage for deep draft megayachts. The port, which was created in 1295 by Charles d’Anjou, is a charming place for the crew to dock your beautiful sailing yacht or power catamaran for the afternoon or overnight.

Popular with writers such as Katherine Mansfield and Aldous Huxley, Villefranche continues as a haven for creative artists who occupy quaint little houses reached by narrow alleyways that climb the hillside. Two of the more recent celebrities who have bought villas in the area are Tina Turner and Bono, and local venues accrue an eclectic mix of interesting personalities.

This picturesque medieval setting of red tile roofs and narrow cobblestone streets has also been the backdrop to many movies including; Captain Horatio Hornblower, Adventures of Captain Fabian, To Catch a Thief , The Count of Monte Cristo, An Affair to Remember, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Never Say Never Again, The Jewel of the Nile, The Bourne Identity, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and countless video clips and commercials.

Cap d’Ail

Cap d’Ail is a modern, thriving seaside resort with a lively shopping district on the Basse Corniche and quiet, fashionable residential quarters popular with commuters from Monaco. Plage la Mala is a glamorous beach inaugurated in 1933 in memory of the dancer Mala Kchessinska. Legend has it that here she strolled arm in arm with her lover, Tzar Nicolas II, the last Russian Tzar.

Ranked one of the best beaches on the Côte d’Azur, Mala is the perfect spot to dock your charter superyacht or sublime power catamaran for a leisurely afternoon swim. Venture into town for evening cocktails in a delightfully friendly party atmosphere after sundown. Although you are unlikely to rub shoulder’s with Cap d’Ail’s cherished noble lineage who have passed, the ancient line is carried on today by Le Haut Duc Vincent Mondiot.

Antibes

Antibes is a favorite destination for luxury charter yachts. Located between Cannes and Nice, there are no less than 48 beaches along the 25 km of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins. This is a delightful area for the crew of your beautiful sailing yacht to take you exploring by tender.

For knowledge seekers, there are five museums in Antibes. Pablo Picasso spent six months here visiting a friend in 1946 and donated several works to the municipality that are kept in the Picasso Museum located in the restored Chateau Grimaldi. Of a more exotic bent, the Absinthe Museum is dedicated to the appreciation of this infamous liqueur. Follow up with a visit to the Absinthe Bar La Balade, a unique opportunity for those who dare to try this mysterious green liqueur, illegal in most places for its reputation to cause insanity.

Antibes offers excellent shopping in trendy boutiques, and in the old town a number of galleries include paintings of local scenes. If your charter power catamaran is docked in the harbor, a covered market nearby offers an enticing selection of meat, fish, cheese and vegetables. Here, gourmet restaurants feature traditional French cuisine as well as local specials focusing on fresh seafood and produce from Provence.

In April, the annual Antibes Yacht Show is dedicated to the brokerage and charter of larger yachts and in June, the Voiles d’Antibes is one of the world’s biggest gatherings of old teak and brass sailing vessels that converge on the port for one of the most regal regattas in the Mediterranean.

Nice

Nice is the second most popular tourist destination after Paris and the largest city in the French Riviera. The town changed hands many times, contributing to an architecturally and culturally rich heritage. Its strategic location and port gave the town great maritime strength throughout its history and today provide superb facilities for many magnificent charter megayachts, crewed catamaran, elegant sailing yachts and performance power yachts.

For visitors interested in archeology and history, one of the oldest human settlements in the world, Terra-Amata, is situated near Nice and dates from the Lower Paleolithic period. Since the 2nd century AD, the splendor of the city has attracted many famous painters and sculptors including Chagall and Matisse, and inspired composers and intellectuals such as Berloz, Rossini and Nietzche. Nice has numerous museums of all kinds, including an interesting Naval Museum.

Being a vacation resort, Nice hosts many festivals throughout the year, such as the colorful Carnaval de Nice, scheduled for February 15-March 6, 2013, and the 8-day long Nice Jazz Festival, attracting legendary jazz performers, it is regarded as one of Europe’s major jazz events.


Sainte Maxime

Just across the gulf from glittering Saint Tropez, plan to dock your luxury charter yacht in the harbor of Sainte Maxime, a captivating city to explore.The old town is lined with shops, markets, restaurants, bars and cafés just opposite the harbor. Stretch your sea legs along the charming shoreline promenade that passes manicured parks where locals compete at the popular French ball game of pétanque.

If your charter yacht is near the pier, head ashore to browse the interesting shops that include several marine shops and an upscale restaurant. Or anchor your stylish charter catamaran off of the city’s sparkling, white sand beaches to enjoy swimming or a visit to the beachfront casino. For lovers of nature, the Botanical Garden has walkways with plaques identifying regional plants and trees. Also, a bit of an excursion will lead you to the forested hills of the Maures mountain range with picturesque walking and hiking trails.

Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez is well known today for its famous celebrities and extremely wealthy summertime guests. The playground of jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires, it is renowned as the city where the iconic Bridgitte Bardot was “discovered”. Saint Tropez is considered a world capital of yachting and in the crowded harbor storied superyachts are docked side by side throughout the summer season.

This trendy town is more than glorious sandy beaches and magnificent yachts. Down historic cobbled streets, concealed by rows of cafes and gift shops, are the boutiques of some of the world’s greatest fashion designers. In the history of modern art Saint-Tropez also plays a major role, as the location where Pointillism and Fauvism emerged, Saint-Tropez has served as inspiration to legendary painters as well as fine artists of today.

Each September yachting enthusiasts anticipate Les Voiles de St. Tropez, a world-famous regatta held at the end of the month. All types of sailing boats, from traditional to modern, compete with each other in this very popular, international event.

 

Monaco

The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city state bordered by France on three sides and by the Mediterranean Sea. In 2011, Monaco maintained its status as the world’s most expensive real estate market, at $56,300 per square meter, with the highest rate of millionaires and billionaires per capita.

The architecture of the glamorous Belle Èpoque building and gardens of the Monte Carlo Casino have provided an inspired setting for several James Bond films and should not to be missed by visitors to the city. The beaux arts building was designed by the architect Charles Garnier, who also created the Paris Opera House.

Since 1911, Monaco has attracted crowds of spectators to the Monte Carlo Rally, and since 1955 to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. The Monte Carlo Rally was originally held at the behest of Prince Albert I and is, like the principality’s Grand Prix, organized by the Automobile Club de Monaco. It has long been considered to be one of the toughest and most highly regarded events in rallying. The Formula One Monaco Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. Magnificent charter yachts available for both of these events provide a superlative platform for spectators.

Cannes

Nineteenth-century Cannes is still present in the grand villas, built to reflect the wealth and standing of their owners and inspired by anything from medieval castles to Roman villas. In additional to palatial architecture, Cannes is famous for its luxury shops, restaurants and posh hotels. The city hosts the annual Cannes Film Festival, MIDEM, the foremost trade show for the music industry, MIPIM, the worlds largest property-related trade show, and MIPCOM and MIPTV, held in October and April respectively, the world’s most important trade markets for the television industry. In September, the Festival de la Plaisance is a popular event for yachting enthusiasts and is held held in both the Vieux Port and the Port Pierre Canto. The prestigious show brings together key players in pleasure boating and international luxury yachting.

There are many charter yachts available that specialize in event charters and offer a superb option to charter clients to act as hosts during these prestigious events. Highly professional, meticulously trained crews are as adept at catering to large scale affairs as to intimate parties. A luxury charter yacht is perfect as a hospitality suite for static charters, for corporate entertaining and as a sophisticated means to mix business with pleasure.

Whether your charter party requires a superb megayacht, a luxury crewed catamaran, or a performance sailing yachtSunreef Yachts Charter experts will find the perfect yacht and crew.

 

Contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter professional for a comprehensive selection of charter yachts available in destinations worldwide.

 

Romantic Celebrations, Exciting Family Vacations, Magnificent Destinations: Luxury Catamaran Charter in the Caribbean

Diving aboard Ocean Jedi is awesome!

Springtime is the perfect time to book a luxury catamaran charter in the magnificent islands of the Caribbean. The weather is picture perfect, the water temperature is about 80 degrees and excellent all-inclusive charter rates are available.

Now is the ideal time to charter a performance sailing yacht and embark on an unforgettable family vacation. Bond with loved ones by sharing exciting and educational adventures above and below the water line, while being pampered with first class service and fine cuisine.

Table for two aboard CATSY

Spring is the time of love, what more passionate expression of devotion than a honeymoon or anniversary charter aboard a private yacht. Sail to secluded bays in exotic Guadeloupe or the pristine beaches of Barbuda for a completely private experience. Enjoy divine meals with perfectly paired wines in the utmost romantic atmosphere of candles, rose petals and the gentle sounds of the sea.

 

 

 

KING’S RANSOM

Year Built: 2008

Builder: Matrix

Length: 76

Guests: 10

Crew: 4

Location: Virgin Islands

Rate: From $48,300

KING’S RANSOM has a very spacious layout with a warm and welcoming interior, a flybridge helm, huge trampolines and sophisticated aft deck arrangement, providing the ultimate atmosphere for either high energy sailing or complete relaxation. Guests will enjoy the broad beam and open architecture that works as well for a spirited cocktail party as for a romantic, formal dinner for two.

LADY ALLIAURA

Year Built: 2010

Builder: Alliaura Marine

Length: 75’

Guests: 8

Crew: 4

Location: St. Maarten

Rate: From $38,000

LADY ALLIAURA is a powerful catamaran that combines elegance, efficiency, classic styling and modern amenities to assure the perfect, Caribbean charter. This yacht is a great option for couples, equipped with one king and three identical queen cabins, several bars, and plenty of social areas on board to enjoy impromptu parties.

AVALON

Year Built: 2010

Builder: Lagoon

Length: 62’

Guests: 10

Crew: 2

Location: British Virgin Islands

Rate: From $26,0000

AVALON won the distinguished first place award for good reason, elected by charter professionals for Best in Show at the 2011 Tortola Charter Yacht Show. With her highly experienced crew and exceptional design, clients are assured a most unforgettable charter experience.

LADY BOU BOU

Year Built: 2011

Builder: Lagoon

Length: 62’

Guests: 6

Crew: 3

Location: Saint Marten

Rate: From $24,500

LADY BOU BOU, with comparable accommodations, is perfect for couples that enjoy chartering together. Whether anchored or underway, guests will appreciate the vast area provided by the 32-foot beam on this brand new 62-foot yacht.

 

CATSY

Year Built: 2008

Builder: Sunreef

Length: 62″

Guests: 6

Crew: 2

Location: Virgin Islands

Rate: From $22,500

CATSY was voted by industry professionals as Best Multihull Over 50 Feet at the prestigious 2011 BVI Charter Yacht Show. CATSY’s advanced naval architecture answers the need for superb comfort combined with unmatched sailing performance.

TIPUTA

Year Built: 2004

Builder: Alliaura Marine

Length: 59’

Guests: 8

Crew: 2

Location: Martinique

Rate: From $14,000

TIPUTA is a fully air-conditioned yacht with stylish beechwood interiors and modern furnishings with whimsical details that harmoniously combine luxury, sophistication and fun. This popular charter yacht has an expert crew, memorable cuisine, fine amenities and lots of toys for an unforgettable Caribbean adventure.

SOUL’S CALLING

Year Built: 2007

Builder: Lagoon

Length: 50’

Guests: 6

Crew: 2

Location: British Virgin Islands

Rate: From $14,800

SOULS CALLING is an innovative design with two deck seating areas, one up top with a second helm station as well as a unique front cockpit so guests can always find a special place to unwind while cruising through dazzling tropical waters. Whether stretched out on the front trampoline, in the spacious, covered back cockpit, or relaxing inside in the salon, there is always a gourmet snack, a game to play, a cozy nook for a book, a cold beverage, or a special signature cocktail waiting to be enjoyed.

HAPPY TIME

Year Built: 2010

Builder: Vision

Length: 45′

Guests: 6

Crew: 2

Location: US Virgin Islands

Rate: From $11,500

HAPPY TIME is time for sun and fun, time for sailing and playing in the azure blue waters and balmy breezes of the Caribbean, time to be pampered in luxury by a first class, private crew. This brand new yacht is designed by an owner dedicated to fun and to assuring guests on board will return again and again.

OCEAN JEDI

Year Built: 2009

Builder: Cata Ballotta

Length: 58

Guests: 6

Crew: 2

Location: US Virgin Islands

Rate: From $14,750

OCEAN JEDI is meticulously maintained and features creative, charming and often amusing touches and delightful amenities courtesy of a remarkably talented crew. This is an excellent option for high energy charter guests who enjoy sports, games and spontaneous fun.

HYPNAUTIC

Year Built: 2007

Builder: Lagoon

Length: 44’

Guests: 6

Crew: 2

Location: US Virgin Islands

Rate: From $10,500

HYPNAUTIC features a unique and very romantic master suite that occupies most of the starboard hull including a spacious sleeping area, a sitting area, plenty of storage space, and separate walk in shower. This elegant yacht is an excellent option for family and celebration charters.

Sunreef Yachts Charter features a comprehensive selection of megayachtssailing yachtsluxury catamarans and power boats for luxury crewed yacht charters in destinations worldwide.

For detailed information, rates and availability, please contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter Professional.

 

Mediterranean Top Rated Charter Catamarans: Perfect for Springtime Sailing Through the Most Prestigious Waters in the World

The Mediterranean yacht charter season opened this month with a fabulous array of available luxury charter yachts. While the height of the yacht charter season will be in July and August, spring is an ideal time for a luxury catamaran charter, offering a greater choice of berths and anchorages with fewer tourists onshore. Sail the coast of the French Riviera and discover 100 miles of extravagant and exclusive seaside towns including the famous ports of Monaco, Cannes, Nice, Antibes, and Saint-Tropez. Select an itinerary through the charming and sophisticated Italian Riviera and experience the culture, history, architecture, sophistication, and stunning beauty that has made the region legendary.  Charter in Croatia through the azure waters of the Dalmatian Islands, explore Spain and the Balearics, succumb to the exotic lure of Turkey and Greece, the cradle of civilization. It is springtime, and every port of call is in bloom.

Croatia, 10 Guests, From €45 000

East/West Med, 12 Guests, €55 000

BRADLEY is a tour de force in both performance and style, this extraordinary power catamaran is a floating estate that excels at live aboard luxury. Interior open architecture creates the ideal space for the entire charter party and multilevel exterior decks accommodate lovers of sun or shade.

IPHARRA evokes a warm and romantic atmosphere throughout. A superb layout, impressive styling, elegant interiors and unparalleled sea keeping ability will impress the most experienced charter clients.

West Med, 8 Guests, From €29 000

NAHEMA IV captures the essence of a classic yacht yet is designed with cutting-edge technology for superior accommodations and excellent sea keeping ability. Nahema IV stows plenty of toys for water sports fun including a 70hp tender that’s great for water-skis, wake board and banana, and for undersea adventure there is snorkeling and diving gear.

East/West Med, 8 Guests, From €30 000

SEAZEN II features sweeping exterior decks for unparalleled outdoor living and a vibrant interior design for an energetic yet serenely balanced atmosphere. SEAZEN II is engineered to impress, achieving excellent stability and thrilling speed without compromise to style and comfort.

West Med, 8 Guests, From €55 000

ALLURES  is a performance sailing yacht built for speed and first class comfort. The ratio of length to beam of this elegant superyacht allows for four exceedingly spacious cabins as well as vast interior social areas and an amazing flybridge for unparalleled live aboard luxury.

West Med, 8 Guests, From €40 000

ABUELO, boasting a dynamic red hull, sporty teardrop windows, sweeping decks and enviable flybridge, commands a bold presence in every port of call. Step aboard this high-tech yacht and be further overawed by the chic European decor and ABUELO‘s welcoming, open floor plan.

 

West Med, 8 Guests, From €39 000

DAMRAK II has such extraordinary build features, delightful toys and amenities, and highly professional yet completely endearing crew, that it is no wonder loyal repeat clientele book this yacht far in advance. The custom floor plan includes a master cabin with forward views and a spacious VIP cabin, making this an excellent option for two adult charter couples.

Greece, 6 Guests, From €22 500

MISS KIRSTY is the ultimate way to explore breathtaking landscapes and fascinating cultures in Greece and Turkey, where sailing is an ancient tradition. This Sunreef 62 has three spacious, nearly equal, queen cabins and guests are pampered with fine linens, complimentary bathrobes, deluxe products and first class amenities.

East Med, 8 Guests, From €22 000

IN THE WIND is built for high performance sailing based on optimal hull ratios with lightweight construction in composite materials for extraordinary stability and gripping speed. Creative interiors incorporate traditional Japanese design elements for a sophisticated and balanced ambience that further benefits from inspirational, sweeping views.

Spain/Balearics, 6 Guests, From €23 000

FIREFLY has beautifully appointed, cheerful interiors, but nothing rivals outdoor deck space on this stunning yacht. Guests delight in relaxing on the marvelous flybridge with plush sunpads and banquette seating in either sun or shade, or stretching out on the dual trampolines forward, another favorite spot to enjoy the pleasures of catamaran charter.

Sunreef Yachts Charter features a comprehensive selection of megayachtssailing yachtsluxury catamarans and power boats for luxury crewed yacht charters in destinations worldwide.

For detailed information, rates and availability, please contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter Professional.

 

7-Day Luxury Charter Yacht Itinerary in the Dazzling and Dramatic French Riviera

Nice waterfront

The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is internationally famous as one of the most prestigious yachting destinations in the world. Experienced charter guests know that nothing in the world can compare to the breathtaking scenery and splendid shore excursions that comprise a luxury yacht charter through the French Riviera. From the beaches and clubs of St. Tropez to the Festivals and famous Croisette promenade of Cannes, to the Le Grand Casino and Luxury Yachts of Monaco, the French Riviera beckons with infinite allure.

Day 1: Nice

Arrive at the Nice Cote d’Azur airport, transfer to your crewed charter yacht to settle in and refresh before an evening of exploration on shore. Nice is the second most popular tourist destination after Paris and the largest city in the French Riviera. The town changed hands many times, contributing to an architecturally and culturally rich heritage. Its strategic location and port gave the town great maritime strength throughout its history and today provides superb facilities for many magnificent megayachts.

Day 2: Saint-Tropez

St Tropez

This über chic town is well known today for its famous celebrities and extremely wealthy summertime guests. The playground of jet-setters, fashion models, and millionaires, it is renowned as the city where the iconic Bridgitte Bardot was discovered. Saint Tropez is considered a world capital of yachting and in the crowded harbor storied yachts are docked side by side throughout the summer season.

 

The trendy town is more than glorious sandy beaches and

The Old Port St. Tropez

magnificent boats. Down historic cobbled streets, concealed by rows of cafes and gift shops, are the boutiques of some of the world’s greatest fashion designers. In the history of modern art Saint-Tropez also plays a major role, as the location where Pointillism and Fauvism emerged, Saint-Tropez has served as inspiration to legendary painters as well as fine artists of today.

Each September yachting enthusiasts anticipate Les Voiles de St. Tropez, a world-famous regatta held at the end of the month. All types of sailing boats, from traditional to modern, compete with each other in this very popular, international event.

Antibes

Day 3: Antibes, Juan les Pins

Located between Cannes and Nice, there are no less than 48 beaches along the 25 km of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins. For knowledge seekers, there are five museums, including the Absinthe Museum dedicated to appreciation of this infamous liqueur. Pablo Picasso spent six months here visiting a friend in 1946 and donated several works to the municipality, which are now housed in the Picasso Museum located in the restored Chateau Grimaldi.

 

Antibes Port

Antibes offers some excellent shopping in trendy boutiques, and in the old town a number of galleries with art for sale include paintings of local scenes. Close to the harbor is a covered market that offers a magnificent selection of meat, fish, cheese and vegetables. Gourmet restaurants feature French cuisine as well as local specials focusing on fresh seafood and produce from Provence. The Absinthe Bar La Balade provides a unique experience for those who dare to try this mysterious green liqueur, illegal in most places for its reputation to cause insanity.

In April, the annual Antibes Yacht Show is dedicated to the

Cannes Port Rotonde

brokerage and charter of larger yachts and in June, the Voiles d’Antibes is one of the world’s biggest gatherings of old teak and brass sailing vessels that converge on the port for one of the most regal regattas in the Mediterranean.

Day 4: Cannes

Enchanting nineteenth-century Cannes lives on in the splendid grand villas still inhabited to the present day. Built to reflect the wealth and standing of their owners, these architectural wonders were inspired by anything and everything, from medieval castles to Roman villas. In addition to palatial architecture, Cannes is famous for its luxury shops, restaurants and posh hotels. The city hosts the annual Cannes Film Festival, MIDEM, the foremost trade show for the music industry, MIPIM, the worlds largest property-related trade show, and MIPCOM and MIPTV, held in October and April respectively, the world’s most important trade markets for the television industry. In September, the Festival de la Plaisance is a popular event for yachting enthusiasts and is held in both the Vieux Port and the Port Pierre Canto. The prestigious show brings together key players in pleasure boating and international luxury yachting.

Villefranche Port

Day 5: Villefranche

Villefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and lies about 6 miles south west of Monaco. The bay of Villefranche is one of the deepest natural harbors of any port in the Mediterranean Sea providing superb anchorage for megayachts. The historic port was created in 1295 by Charles d’Anjou.

 

Popular with writers such as Katherine Mansfield and Aldous Huxley, Villefranche continues as a haven for creative artists who occupy quaint little houses reached by narrow alleyways that climb the hillside. Two of the more recent celebrities who have bought villas in the area are Tina Turner and Bono.

This picturesque medieval setting of red tile roofs and narrow cobblestone streets has also been the backdrop to many movies including; Captain Horatio Hornblower, Adventures of Captain Fabian, To Catch a Thief , The Count of Monte Cristo, An Affair to Remember, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Never Say Never Again, The Jewel of the

Monaco

Nile, The Bourne Identity, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and countless video clips and commercials.

Day 6: Monaco

The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city state bordered by France on three sides and by the Mediterranean Sea. In 2011, Monaco maintained its status as the world’s most expensive real estate market, at $56,300 per square meter, with the highest rate of millionaires and billionaires per capita.

The architecture of the glamorous Belle Èpoque building and

Monte Carlo Casino

gardens of the Monte Carlo Casino have provided an inspired setting for several James Bond films and should not to be missed by visitors to the city. The beaux arts building was designed by the architect Charles Garnier, who also created the Paris Opera House.

Since 1911, Monaco has attracted crowds of spectators to the Monte Carlo Rally, and since 1955 to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. The Monte Carlo Rally was originally held at the behest of Prince Albert I and is, like the principality’s Grand Prix, organized by the Automobile Club de Monaco. It has long been considered to be one of the toughest and most highly regarded events in rallying. The Formula One Monaco Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. Magnificent charter superyachts are available for both of these events and provide a superlative platform for spectators.

Day 7: Nice

Depart Monaco for a leisurely return trip to Nice. Visit the old town before transferring back to the Airport, or extend your trip by a day to further explore the town and environs. For visitors interested in archeology and history, one of the oldest human settlements in the

Nice at Night

world, Terra-Amata, is situated near Nice and dates from the Lower Paleolithic period. From the 2nd century AD, the splendor of Nice has attracted many famous painters and sculptors including Chagall and Matisse, and inspired many composers and intellectuals such as Berloz, Rossini and Nietzche. Spend a few hours at one or two the varied and numerous museums of all kinds, including a Naval Museum. Being a vacation resort town, Nice hosts many festivals throughout the year, so check to see what special events might be taking place during your stay.

Sunreef Yachts Charter offers a comprehensive selection of megayachts, luxury catamarans, power boats and sailing yachts in the French Riviera and destinations worldwide. Please contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter professional for additional information, availability and rates.

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 19-24, Marvelous Yacht Charter Destination for Racers and Spectators Alike

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 19-24, is one of the worlds premier classic yachting events that brings a fantastic collection of boats and people together in the ideal sailing conditions of the [Caribbean](Location:26). For yacht charter clients, the event provides a unique opportunity to crew on a racing yacht, or luxuriate on a spectator yacht in the midst of all the action.

The race originated back in the 60’s, when classic yachts, gathered in English Harbor Antigua, first began to do charters and the captains and crews challenged each other to a race down to Guadeloupe and back to celebrate the end of the charter season.

By 1987, new yachts largely replaced classic yacht competitors in the Regatta. However, participation was revitalized in 1991 when Elizabeth Meyer brought her newly refitted Endeavour, and Baron Edmond Rothschild brought his 6-meter “Spirit of St Kitts”, and the sponsored Concours d’ Elegance was inaugurated. After a few years, Boat International Magazine took over sponsorship of the Concours d’ Elegance publishing features that brought worldwide recognition to the event. In 1996 the “Spirit of Tradition Class” was introduced, giving new yachts built along classic lines the chance to sail with their original sisterships.

Today the event attracts between 50 and 60 yachts including traditional island craft, classic ketches, sloops, schooners, and yawls, along with the spectacular Spirit of Tradition yachts, J Class yachts, and Tall Ships, resulting in a sensational spectacle of sail, in the ideal trade wind sailing conditions of the Caribbean.

Antigua is a very popular yacht charter destination for the magnificent sailing, legendary Antiguan hospitality, plenty of rum, sunshine, and great camaraderie, in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. All of this places the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in a destination class of it’s own.

Sunreef Yachts Charter has a wide range of charter yachts based in Antigua, in the Caribbean Leewards. Please contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter expert for detailed information, rates and availability.

Sunreef Yacht Charter offers a comprehensive selection of sailing yachtsmegayachtsluxury catamarans and power boats in destinations worldwide.

 

Oceanco’s 205 LADY LOLA: Regal, Refined, Romantic

Sunreef Yachts Charter experts went on board the eminently refined Grande Dame of megayachts, LADY LOLA, while she was poised in Fort Lauderdale for a brief respite before heading to the Bahamas. The tale of this much loved yacht begins with the build in 2002, contracted by Duane and Lola Hagadone, at the Dutch shipyard Oceanco. Conceived as a long range, highly private superyacht, award-winning LADY LOLA features naval architecture and exterior design by Oceanco and interiors by François Zuretti.

The abbreviated story of LADY LOLA is that she was sold by the Hagadones for a fine price in the middle of the decade, fortuitously prior to the tanking economy. She was on the market only a matter of days when a determined new Owner purchased the beloved yacht without a moment’s hesitation or negotiation.

Perhaps it was a small miracle, or an odd stroke of fate, that saw LADY LOLA up for sale for only the second time at the Monaco Boat Show in 2011. It just so happened that Mr. and Mrs. Hagadone were attending an important yet unrelated meeting in the same city. Surprised and delighted at the serendipitous timing of the show, they reviewed the beautiful megayachts lining the docks, and decided it was time to get back on board. But none could quite compare with LADY LOLA. And then they saw her majestically before them, and knew without hesitation, that this was destined to be a perfect family reunion.

To see additional photographs please visit Sunreef Yachts Charter Facebook album of LADY LOLA.

LADY LOLA is available for charter in the Caribbean Islands and Mediterranean ports of call. She is not available for charter to US residents while in US waters.

Please contact Sunreef Yachts Charter professionals for details.

 

Planning a Charter in Florida, New England, Mexico, the Bahamas or the Caribbean? Educational Fun Below the Waterline Begins with Free Fishinars from REEF.org

Maltese Falcon - Caribbean Charter

Luxury charter yachts and their crews lead charter guests to some of the world’s most extraordinary spots for snorkeling and diving. Take your underwater exploration to the next level by attending a Fishinar, presented by REEF, in the comfort of your living room. Fishinars are open to divers, snorkelers, and devout landlubbers alike. Participation is free but you need to register for each session you want to attend. No special software is required, just a web browser. You don’t need a microphone or a

webcam to be able to participate. Great for first-timers or those wanting a review. To see the current schedule and to register for one or more sessions visit REEF.org/resources/webinars.

Queen Angelfish - Caribbean

Highlights from the current calendar:

Yacht Charters in the Sea of Cortez:

April 18: QUE PASA? THE TOP 12 FISH OF THE NORTHERN SEA OF CORTEZ. Tropical Eastern

Pacific (TEP) region REEF Fish ID: Learn tips from REEF Expert and fish geek, Jonathan Lavan, on how to ID Sea of Cortez fish.

Lionfish on Bahamian Reef

Southern Atlantic and Caribbean Yacht Charters:

April 25: LIONFISH 101

Join REEF’s Special Projects Director, Lad Akins for an hour long update on the lionfish

invasion, biology/ecology, impacts and what is being done throughout the region. Lad’s talk will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

VICTORY - New England

New England Coastal Yacht Charters:

May 18: THE NORTHEAST’S DIRTY DOZEN

What those die-hard drysuit divers in the North Atlantic are seeing on their dives
A great way to prepare yourself for the Great

Annual Fish Count in July!

REEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the

OHANA - Bahamas

conservation of the marine environment by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active stewards and citizen scientists. REEF links the diving community with scientists, resource managers and

conservationists through marine-life data collection and related activities.

REEF’s marine conservation and citizen science programs currently operate in the coastal areas of North and Central America, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Our specific project regions include the Tropical Western Atlantic (Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico, and Mid-Atlantic States), Northeast US & Canada (Virginia through

Beagle VIII - Galapagos

Newfoundland), West Coast (California through British Columbia),Tropical Eastern Pacific (Gulf of California to the Galapagos Islands), and Hawaiian Islands.

Interested in luxury yacht charters in these regions? Sunreef Yachts Charter has a wide range of yachts with dive certified crew and even dive masters on board. Whether you are seeking a superyacht, luxury catamaran, power boat, or sailing yacht, contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter professional to make to find your perfect yacht and crew in destinations worldwide.