ABUELO: Captain Arnaud de Battisti and His Crew!

Luxury charter catamaran ABUELO is cruising the Caribbean charter region this winter and visiting such exotic and sun-kissed locales as St. Lucia, St. Martin, the Bahamas, BVI and USVI. With a recent crew change, Captain Arnaud de Battisti is proud to present Chef Morgan Dalido and Hostess Géraldine Galas. This friendly and attentive trio are sure to turn any charter retreat aboard ABUELO into sheer pleasure!

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Treat Yourself to Unrivalled Fun and All-Around Sun with Sunreef Yachts Charter this Winter

Although winter equals plenty of fun for all alpine sports enthusiasts, most of us fear short gloomy days and lack of natural light. To avoid winter blues, Sunreef Yachts Charter rises to the occasion and has for you a selection of top-rated catamarans available in worldwide locations offering onboard luxury, more-than-you-can-imagine relaxation, water sports fun and basking in the sun.

Our luxury catamarans will be available for charter not only in the popular charter region of the Caribbean but also in the South Pacific. Visit St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Lucia, Tortola, Antigua, BVI, USVI, Bahamas or Panama, to name a few, or head over to the southern hemisphere and visit natural wonders of New Zealand while sailing the plush coast of the Bay of Islands.

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Elegant Explorer 120′ PRIVATE LIVES, Ramp 8; Slip 829-840 Palm Beach Show

PRIVATE LIVES, a 120’ luxury expedition motor yacht, will be available for viewing to qualified clients attending the Palm Beach International Boat Show this week. Built by the Turkish shipyard RMK Marine with naval architecture, interior and exterior styling by the Dutch design team at Vripack, this elegant yacht is designed and constructed for transoceanic adventure without sacrifice to style and comfort. The yacht, currently based in the Mediterranean, is available for sale or charter.

Distinctive and rugged, PRIVATE LIVES is built for the high seas and decked out for the high life.  The main deck houses the grand salon, dining room, fully equipped office and master suite. Contemporary traditional interiors are arranged for ease of circulation and maximization of space. The handsome color palette is augmented by rich wood paneling that together enhance a nautical theme.

Luxury charter yacht PRIVATE LIVES has a very special layout designed to take full advantage of living at sea with voluminous decks and spectacular views. The main deck master suite features king bed, dual bathrooms and breathtaking floor to ceiling windows. The upper deck houses four other guest suites, two queen doubles, one with shower and one with bath, and two twin cabins with showers. There is a sauna forward on the upper deck. The aft deck is an expansive outdoor area that serves to extend living space.

Crewed charter yacht PRIVATE LIVES offers plenty of options for leisure diversions while cruising to some of the world’s most hard-to-reach places. State-of-the-art entertainment equipment allows for excellent audio and visual options. Guests will also enjoy uncluttered and serene deck spaces with plenty of lounging for sun worshippers or relaxing in the shade, as well as options for al fresco dining.

Explorer yacht PRIVATE LIVES offers excitement for guests of all ages, interests and abilities. Sport fishermen will thrill to an aft configuration that houses two fighting chairs and extensive fishing gear. Luxurious superyacht PRIVATE LIVES is also equipped with a 20ft custom Novurania inboard tender, perfect for exciting shopping, dining and exploration ashore, a 19ft Boston Whaler with twin Yamaha engines, two 2-man wave-runners, a Sunfish sailing dinghy, two Hummer mountain bikes, snorkel and dive gear, water-skis and tows.

This elegant expedition yacht with steel hull and aluminum superstructure is designed to go the distance safely and economically. PRIVATE LIVES features low fuel consumption and offers silent and vibration free running with a range exceeding 5,000 nautical miles.

Power yacht PRIVATE LIVES has a top speed of 13.5 knots and cruises comfortably at 10.5 knots. Her talented, dedicated and delightful crew of seven provide superb service and expert navigation. The winning combination of unique expedition yacht and extraordinary crew assure guests of the ultimate charter experience at sea, at anchor and in port.

Follow this link to view luxury charter yacht PRIVATE LIVES detailed information. Contact Sunreef Yachts Charter expert to make an appointment for an escorted to of  this magnificent yacht at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

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Chef Sony Namdev On Board Luxury Charter Yacht CHE: Conch Salad Inspires Healthy Eating with Gourmet Flair

Chef Sony Namdev mastered the art of cooking while working as a chef in various resorts and yachts in Malaysia, Japan and Australia. His world travels have resulted in an exceptional and original blend of Indian, Creole, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French cuisine. His dishes tend toward exotic and trend toward very healthy. A charter on on board performance catamaran Sunreef 114 CHE is as delicious an experience as it is delightful.

Conch Salad with Turmeric Vinaigrette

(may substitute with fish)

 

Ingredients:

300 grams of Conch meat or deep fried fish

10 cherry tomatoes

1 medium red onion

½ green pepper

½ red pepper

½ yellow pepper

Coriander

Green onions

 

 

Turmeric Vinaigrette

1 tsp. minced ginger

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. brown mustard seeds

salt& pepper

Olive oil

1 whole lime

 

Preparation:

Boil the conch meat for 45 minutes to 1 hour in salted water

Slice and reserve

Slice all vegetables Julienne style

For the vinaigrette toss together all the ingredients, heat the oil and add to

the mixture

Cool down and add lemon juice

Mix, the conch meat and vegetables and add the vinaigrette

Sunreef Yachts 114 luxury sailing catamaran CHE offers an unparalleled adventure that guests wholly become a part of, a genuinely interactive experience in the capable hands of an extraordinary Crew that in combination produce the ultimate dream charter vacation. Che is available for charter in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Sunreef Yachts Charter features thousands of premier charter yachts, including superyachts, performance catamarans, sailing and racing yachts and power yachts, in destinations worldwide.

 

Virgin Islands Adventure: Spending 7 Nights Aboard a Private Luxury Yacht Charter

The Virgin Islands, named by Christopher Columbus for the legend of St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins, are a spectacularly beautiful group of islands. Breathtaking scenery, ideal climate and comfortable cruising conditions equal paradise for Luxury Crewed Yacht Charter clients who have the opportunity to explore living reefs, white sand beaches and charming towns, all within close proximity to one another. Presented here is a sample seven night itinerary designed with something for everyone.

Day 1: St. Thomas to St. John

Board your luxury charter yacht in St. Thomas, USVI and enjoy a delightful lunch on the aft deck and a leisurely sail to Francis Bay on St. John. It is nearly always possible to find a lovely secluded spot on this vast, white sand beach. Launch the yacht toys and spend the afternoon playing and swimming in crystal clear, turquoise waters. Snorkelers head for the deeper waters just beyond the shallow fringing reef along Francis Bay’s rocky north shore to view an amazing and rich variety of marine life. Stroll along beach or follow the Francis Bay Trail that runs along the salt pond behind the beach and is an excellent place for bird watching, especially early in the morning. Return to the the yacht to enjoy signature sunset cocktails followed by a delicious dinner under the stars.

Day 2: St. John to Jost Van Dyke

Leinster Bay, St John, offers a morning of spectacular snorkeling or hiking. Most agree that Waterlemon Cay, just offshore from the east end of Leinster Bay, is the best snorkeling on St. John. Explorers and hiking enthusiasts can walk along the many island trails where visitors are likely to spot feral donkeys and small herds of goats that roam freely through the bush. History buffs should take the Brown Bay Trail that leads to some of the most extensive ruins on the island of St. John.

In the afternoon set sail for the Jost Van Dyke, first stop in the British Virgin Islands. Foxy’s is one of the world famous beach bars where visitors can divulge in authentic Calypso island revelry. Join a “jump up” party and mix with visitors and locals, sample island cuisine, microbrews, and potent tropical rum drinks.

Day 3: Jost Van Dyke to Tortola

Sail around Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit and Green Cay for a morning of exploring, beach combing and spectacular snorkeling in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Sandy Spit is a picture perfect “deserted island” and the marine life surrounding the island is breathtaking. Next cruise to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, a magnificent stretch of beach with charming local bars, a couple of excellent restaurants and a small rum factory.
 Overnight in Cane Garden Bay or head to West End, Tortola and a shore excursion to Pusser’s Landing for a “Painkiller” and some island shopping.

Day 4: Tortola to Norman Island

The Bight at Norman Island is renowned for legends of hidden pirate treasure yet to be found. Norman Island, rumored to be the basis for the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Treasure Island, is a popular snorkeling destination where deep, dark caves provide a magical experience. The island is privately owned and the only permanent inhabitants are wild goats. However, an old barge named the “Willie T” operates as a risque bar and restaurant known for seriously wild partying, mostly after dark.

Day 5: Norman Island to Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda is world famous for its geologically mysterious Baths, where huge boulders descend into pools and grottoes that are fascinating for visitors of all ages to explore. Board your yacht for lunch and a picturesque cruise to North Sound, Virgin Gorda, to visit the Bitter End Yacht Club, a premiere luxury water sports resort with a variety of activities available including kitesurfing, boardsailing, diving and hiking. The Bitter End Spa is rated “A World’s Best” by Conde Nast Traveler.

Day 6: Virgin Gorda to Peter Island

Enjoy a morning swim then cruise to a serene beach on Deadman’s Bay and a colorful coral reef at Great Harbor. Spend the afternoon and/or evening at Peter Island Marina, Resort and Spa for an upscale island experience. This is a beautiful setting in which to meet fellow yachtsmen and elite travelers, enjoy five star formal dining and world class facilities.

Day 7: Peter Island to St. John

Launch the yacht’s water toys and have some water sports fun either above or below the water line. Divers will thrill to the 1867 wreck of the British mail steamer R.M.S. Rhone, laying on the ocean floor encrusted in coral. In the afternoon, sail to Cruz Bay, the main town on St John, to clear U.S. Customs. For guests who enjoy shopping and shore excursions, this charming city features island architecture, quaint boutiques and restaurants and historical points of interest. Guests who prefer the surf, head to nearby Christmas Cove on Great St James Island for afternoon snorkeling and other watersports fun. The final dinner on the aft deck of the yacht, bathed in the balmy Caribbean breeze, is a moment to savor.

Day 8: St. John to St. Thomas

Enjoy an excellent breakfast on deck and go for a final swim before setting sail for St. Thomas. Say a fond farewell to the crew as the dream of returning to the spectacular Virgin Islands begins to take shape. Guests that have an extended stay of a day or two will find St. Thomas an enchanting island with excellent attractions, restaurants and duty free shopping.  

Please contact Sunreef Yachts Charter professionals to explore the many exciting possibilities of Luxury Yacht Charter in the Caribbean and Destinations worldwide.

These and many other Luxury Charter Yachts are available for charter in the Virgin Islands.

OLGA

PARADISE

BIG CITY

INSPIRATION

DAMRAK II

Luxury Yacht Charter Destinations in the U.S. Virgin Islands Offer More Than Spectacular Cruising

St. Croix

The US Virgin Islands are part of a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, 1,100 miles southeast of Miami. On the three main islands, Saint Thomas, Saint John and Saint Croix, yachtsmen will find unparalleled cruising and more. Discover secluded white sand beaches and lively local beach bars, snorkeling trails and shipwrecks, world class spas and golf courses, tax free designer shops, local art galleries and five star restaurants, all within close range. 

The historic main island towns are characterized by picturesque pastel buildings, charming

Cruz Bay

shops and restaurants flavored by a local cultural with a diverse history. Named by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the islands have been controlled by many European powers over the succeeding centuries including Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, and Denmark-Norway. Each has left a legacy still evident in local customs, culture and cuisine.

The US Virgin Islands is renowned for vast white sand beaches, including Magens Bay, touted by National Geographic Magazine as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Cinnamon Bay, Salt Pond Bay and Trunk Bay. Strategic harbors, including Charlotte Amalie and Christiansted, which have great historical

Megans Bay

importance serving explorers, pirates, settlers and kings. Today, vast protected areas are owned by the National Park Service, including more than half of Saint John, nearly all of Hassel Island and many acres of coral reef, making the USVI a nature lover’s dream destination.

Yacht charter guests will delight in shore excursions that provide unique cultural experiences. Enjoy historical tours, culinary

Christiansted

encounters, artisan fairs, local markets and live music. Visit galleries and shops where artisans and crafters present functional and decorative pieces that masterfully capture the island aesthetic. Restored great houses, reincarnated as museums like the Haagenson House on St. Thomas and Whim Museum on St. Croix, provide a glimpse into the past, displaying skillfully created mahogany pieces, delicate linens and original art.

 

Charlotte Amalie

A land excursion up through winding hills and along mountainous roadways guarantees breathtaking panoramic views, each seemingly more dramatic than the previous. In St. Thomas, Drake’s Seat, is the famous vantage point from where Sir Francis Drake used to observe his fleet. Just below Drake’s Seat is Magens Bay Beach, and to the west is MountainTop, which soars 1,500 feet above sea level. Plan to consume a signature “World Famous” Banana Daiquiri at this high altitude shopping 

Charlotte Amalie

complex. Another well-known attraction on the other side of town is Paradise Point, which has a state-of-the-art tramway that ascends 700 feet for a bird’s eye view over Charlotte Amalie Harbor and beyond.

For history and archeology enthusiasts, each of the three main islands has well preserved sites and museum artifacts. Fort Christian is a Danish-built fort in Charlotte Amalie that houses the St. Thomas museum. Governor Jørgen Iversen Dyppel led thesecond expeditionary force from Denmark to St. Thomas, where he arrived on 25 May 1672 and initiated the construction of the fort. As the oldest standing structure in the U.S. Virgin Islands, this fort has served as a town center, a government building, and a jail. The museum holds artifacts and art of the Danish period

Fort Christian, 1671

On St. Croix, the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preservecontains the only known site where members of a Columbus expedition set foot on what is now U.S. territory. It also preserves upland watersheds, mangrove forests, and estuarine and marine environments that support threatened and endangered species. The site is marked by Fort Salé, a remaining earthworks fortification from the French period of occupation, about 1617. The park also preserves prehistoric and

Sunreef 62 In The Wind

colonial-era archeological sites including the only existent example of a ball court in the Caribbean. 

Contact Sunreef Yachts Charter professionals for information on luxury charter yachts worldwide. Our brokers have first hand knowledge of popular charter destinations and know intimately the yachts and crews available for charter in the region. It is the goal of everyone on the Sunreef team to personally insure that our clients are always matched with the perfect yacht and ideal crew.  

PUMPKIN FRITTERS: A Taste of the Virgin Islands

PUMPKIN FRITTERS: A Taste of the Virgin Islands

 On a visit to one of the local restaurants in St. Thomas, where recipes are handed down through generations, we managed to obtain this delicious recipe for  pumpkin fritters. This dish can be sweetened with maple syrup or cinnamon sugar for breakfast or dessert, or served as an excellent compliment to meats and spicy main courses.
Pumpkin Fritters

1 ½ cups mashed pumpkin
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ¼ cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
Oil for deep frying
Remove seeds and stringy fibers from center of pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin to smaller pieces for quicker boiling. Place in a pot and cover with water. Boil until pumpkin is fork tender. Drain water and scoop out pumpkin from outer shell. Mash with a fork. In a mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, vanilla, baking powder, milk and flour and stir until ingredients are combined. An electric mixer is not recommended. Drop by the teaspoonfuls into hot oil and fry 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Makes 12 fritters. Per fritter: 115 calories, 6 grams fat, 3 milligrams cholesterol and 86 milligrams sodium. Bon Apetite!