Blubay 100′ ALLURES Luxury Sailing Catamaran: Performance, Polish and Panache

ALLURES is a performance sailing catamaran, perfect for charter in the enchanting French Riviera, Corsica and Sardinia. This cutting-edge, custom build was created by a passionate owner demanding high performance capability and maximum live aboard comfort. Built by the French company Compositeworks, ALLURES features four exceedingly spacious cabins and vast deck and social areas for unparalleled live aboard comfort.

This impressive build is one of the largest and fastest all-carbon catamarans in the world, and at 100′ one of only a few existing mega catamarans. Twin hull construction using high tech, lightweight materials allow this high performance sailing yacht to double as the ultimate luxury sailing yacht, the goal of the owner’s design brief. A shallow draft is ideal for reaching the secluded anchorages and smaller islands and inlets that characterize the region. The yacht is equipped with two Cummins QSB5.9 355cv engines and two Onan 22.5 Kw gernerators for power and comfort.

ALLURES features contemporary, chic interiors in leather, mahogany and fig tree woods with modern lines and an earthy organic color palette that creates a warm, sophisticated atmosphere. Styling and interior design were defined by the owner’s wife, an interior designer whose mandate required the infusion of a modern aesthetic within a traditional context.

ALLURES is simple to sail, so although this sporty catamaran can reach a maximum speed of 16 knots under power, she is rarely seen offshore when not under sail. Fully retractable daggerboards allow access to very shallow shoreline depths, hidden bays and secluded beaches, while providing the ultimate in safety and performance. Whether the client’s itinerary is town hopping or beach bumming, ALLURES transports charter guests with performance and panache.

ALLURES is a stylish yacht, elegant, refined, well known and highly popular on the Mediterranean charter circuit. Reaching maximum speeds as fast as 27 knots, ALLURES is as perfectly suited for Mediterranean fast cruising between the trendy towns of the French Riviera, or exploring ports of call in Corsica and Sardinia, as she ideal for social soirees or corporate entertaining at the dock.

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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.

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2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show Review: More People, More Merchandise, More Superyachts

The 2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show is being hailed as a success and a sure sign of a general upswing in the economy. With increased traffic and positive sales results, it appears that people are poised to fully express their passions for yachting.

This year attendance was up at the show, which attracted more than 50,000 people. It covered more space than ever, thanks to the addition of 40 in-water slips at Palm Harbor Marina at the show’s north end.

 

Foyer, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

More than $350 million worth of marine merchandise was on display, and the number of yachts with an LOA greater than 100 feet was up 35 percent from last year, distinguishing this show as one of the top in the country. Sunreef Yachts Charter experts toured many of the most distinguished charter yachts, including DIAMOND GIRL, PRIVATE LIVES, BLIND DATE, took copious notes, interviewed Captains and crews and sampled gourmet cuisine on board.

Although it is difficult to estimate exactly how lucrative the show will ultimately prove to be, many sales brokers claim pending sales and the rumor mill is hinting about the sale of

Toys, PRIVATE LIVES

one megayacht considered to be a real gem. Serious charter inquiries from qualified clients, including well known celebrities spotted on the docks, indicate that the future of the marine industry looks very bright indeed.

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Sunreef On Board Benetti Yachts 200′ Bejeweled Masterpiece, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, Owner John Staluppi’s latest, most technologically advanced and extravagantly decorated megayacht, was the must-see build for everyone attending the 2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is an outstanding collaboration between John Staluppi, Benetti Yachts, and Evan K. Marshall. Her elegant aesthetics are a stunning interpretation of the exclusivity of luxury yachting, defined by graceful shapes, dynamic lines and a powerful presence.

The in-house technical department of Azimut-Benetti, responsible for naval architecture and engineering, used high-resistance steel for the hull and light weight aluminum alloy for the superstructure. The displacement hull features a bulbous bow and a longitudinal skeg running from amidships to the stern, facilitating the 200-foot yacht’s ability to travel at a remarkable maximum speed of 16 knots, with an oceanic range of 4,800 nautical miles at 12 knots.

The concept design and exterior styling of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was entrusted to Benetti FB Line’s brilliant Stefano Natucci, who imbued the vessel with the instantly recognizable modern classicism that is a trademark of Benetti motor yachts. Innovative features of this quad-deck design include a VIP master stateroom and an Owners’ master stateroom. The unusual fly bridge, located above the sun deck, creates a spectacular panoramic private Owner’s deck that can accommodate helicopter landings and takeoffs, and can only be reached via controlled access from the main staircase and the central elevator.

The interior design and decoration of DIAMONDS

Designer Evan Marshall

ARE FOREVER are the work of the extraordinarily talented Evan K. Marshall of Usonia V, responsible for the interiors of previous Staluppi superyachts including THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH. Marshall designed sumptuous interiors, including all loose furniture, for comfort and visual impact. Furnishings throughout that epitomize luxury and refinement are embedded with thousands of Swarovski crystals that successfully mimic glittering, prismatic diamonds.

Shimmering foyers on each deck house the central spiral staircase that winds around the cylindrical glass elevator. Each foyer sparkles with reflective glass, thematic works of art, striking combinations of marble and onyx floor inlays, and burl wall panels framed by gold and silver leaf inlays.

The main deck layout includes living and dining areas and the VIP apartment. On this and all deck levels, social spaces incorporate elegant pieces of loose furniture and commissioned works of art with design motifs inspired by the ship’s name. The furniture appears to be freestanding, supported only by slender legs embedded with delicate Swarovski crystals set in polished chrome and gold-plate. The VIP master suite features a split-level layout with large panoramic forward facing windows, his and hers walk-in dressing rooms, an exercise room with adjoining sauna and a beauty salon with massage table. These spaces are self contained and can be separated from the stateroom for use by other guests.

The lower deck layout includes one twin stateroom and three king-size staterooms, two of which have walk-in wardrobes. The materials for the staterooms include elegant Madrona burl woods, gold and silver leaf inlays, rare marbles and onyx, and custom colored and embossed leathers. Notable features include lavish ensuite facilities, commissioned works of art representing Neoclassical, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods, faux stingray skin walls and trim, and silent air conditioning cleverly ventilated through crown molding.

On the upper deck of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is the spectacular sky lounge, featuring a unique automated indoor-outdoor dining area. With the flick of a switch electric doors convert the indoor space by opening the area to the aft cockpit, instantly creating an outdoor dining area. The full beam living area boasts a welcoming low bar, plush seating arrangement, a grand piano, game table and four televisions, (we are told Staluppi is a serious Nascar fan) that are concealed by original paintings embedded with Swarovski crystals. In each of the niched corners are four original sculptures inspired by the famous Quattro Fontane in Rome, that reveal John Staluppi’s passion for the sculptures of the artist Erté, renowned as a great master of Art Nouveau and Art Déco. They are reputed to be a very limited edition from the artist’s America Series quartet entitled “Liberty”, “Fearless and Free”, “Peace” and “Justice”, and produced using a bronze alloy casting technique.

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is superb luxury yacht that meets the most demanding charter requirements; palatial amounts of space, the very best materials and technology, the highest levels of service, and the utmost privacy and security. She will be available for charter through the Mediterranean this spring.

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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.

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Sunreef Experts On Board MI SUENO: 190′ Trinity Luxury Charter Yacht Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

Claire, the poised and charming Second Stewardess, recently escorted Sunreef Yachts Charter experts on a tour of elegant superyacht MI SUENO, a magnificent 190’ Trinity that launched in 2010. Claire, was so very gracious as to carry my purse for me, which I generally stash in a corner, in

Claire, up top with bag still in tow

order to be free to take photographs. It is an example of the flawless level of service to be found on board MI SUENO by her highly professional, dedicated and endearing crew.

The entrance through the foyer from the main aft deck is flanked by very large capacity, very well stocked, temperature controlled wine refrigerators. Row upon row of wines and champagnes stored here include the MI SUENO label of red and white wines from the namesake vineyard in Napa Valley, California. The inspirational rags to riches story of the Owner gives clarity to a double entendre, his personal dream serves as a true testament to the American dream.

Alice in Wonderland Head

MI SUENO features styling and engineering by the Trinity team and yacht designer Patrick Knowles has applied his extraordinary visual ability to interiors. His soothing and contemporary color palette pivots around tones of earth and sea. The furniture arrangement in the main salon creates a congenial area conducive to conversation. The sophisticated elegance of the formal dining room is enhanced by the original work of modern art that spans one wall. This undulating painting, along with panoramic views on port and starboard sides, intensifies the sensation of being afloat.

We continue forward toward the master compartment, pausing to admire the day head Claire fondly calls the “Alice in Wonderland” bathroom. The master suite includes a full size, walk-in wardrobe and, in a somewhat unusual layout, separate his and hers facilities on opposite sides of the hall. Hers includes a spacious Jacuzzi tub with a view.

The living space is arranged behind and below the forward facing bed. A plush sofa to starboard is positioned for reclining opposite a flat screen, pop up TV and to port is a fridge with a mini bar. This self contained compartment is a privacy option that makes MI SUENO ideal for romantic charters. Claire described laying rose petals across the bed and all the way down the corridor to the delight of a couple that chartered for an amorous weekend.

Guests on board MI SUENO are accommodated in four luxurious king bed suites including a palatial VIP. There are also one queen and one twin with Pullman cleverly concealed behind artwork, which is the best option for children that always dislike sharing a bed with their siblings.

The skylounge bar is covered in striking variegated tiger marble that receives many

Chef Rob Mitchell, Sous Chef Sara Watson

Lobster Mango Salad

compliments. These rich, warm tones of brown and gold are integrated throughout the salon furnishings. The protected aft deck is where guests prefer to dine, it is fully air conditioned and features a flip down television that rotates 360 degrees. Today guests are treated to a jazz duo and an irresistable array of finger foods that include lobster mango salad and Kobe beef sliders. Chef Robert Mitchell, with restaurant experience that includes head chef at Gautreau’s in New Orleans, impressed everyone with his creative cuisine.

High up on the spectacular sundeck guests can enjoy a variety of activities including the practice launch of biodegradable golf balls from a patch of astro turf into the sea. This deck level is also the stage for “tiki parties” that include water balloon fights in which everyone dons pirate costumes and the crew of 14 challenges the guests to battle. The elliptical trainer and other workout equipment is housed on this level, as well as the Jacuzzi, splash pool, and forward facing bar with magnificent views.

MI SUENO is perfectly equipped to make charter guests’ dream a charter a reality. With a highly skilled, professional, lighthearted and fun loving crew of 14, guests are truly given a royal treatment. MI SUENO is currently finishing up the charter season in the Caribbean and will be spending the summer in the Mediterranean, based out of Antibes, France.

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Circumnavigating Sicily on a Luxury Charter Yacht: Three Seas, 500 Miles, Many Millenniums

Palermo

Prepare for an intimate journey into this land of extraordinary art and culture, fantastic landscapes and renowned cuisine. Sail 500 miles around Sicily and sample the finest local food and wine, explore fascinating sites on the coast and islands and navigate the bewitching waters of three seas: the Tyrrhenian, Ionian and Mediterranean.

Day 1: Depart from the capital city of Palermo to San Vito Lo Capo, a small town nestled between spectacular mountains, famous for the international Cous Cous Fest and dotted with charming seaside restaurants.  Enjoy a classic dinner of fish couscous complimented by a fine local wine.

San Vito Lo Capo

Erice

Day 2: Sail from San Vito to the historic town of Erice located 750 meters above sea level. There are two castles and impressive ancient ruins worth visiting. Savor luncheon al fresco at anchor on your luxury charter yacht before navigating to Favignana, popular for diving and snorkeling. Dive into the ocean in the afternoon then prepare to explore the town and anchor for the night.

 

Marsala

Day 3: Favignana is famous for bluefin tuna caught using ancient Arab techniques, and caves of calcarenite rock. Visit the tuna factory, do a bit of shopping and play in the sparkling sea. In the afternoon depart for Marsala, a short distance of 10 miles. Drop anchor in Marsala Lagoon and visit the windmills of Mozia Aperitif. Visit the old town at sunset for spectacular views and explore the ancient market of Marsala.

Porto Empedocle

Day 4: The cruise from Marsala to Porto Empedocle passes 66 miles of spectacular coastline. There are several port towns and lovely beaches that are perfect for shore excusions. Moor in Porto Empedocle that lies on the coast of the Strait of Sicily and is steeped in culture and history.

Day 5: This morning visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. The Greek pre-socratic philosopher Empedocles was a citzen of this ancient Greek colony. Sail to Cala dei Turchi with its sweeping sandy beach and towering cliffs in a picturesque cove, the place of ancient Arab pirate landings in Sicily.  The surrounding sea is incredibly transparent and offers superb grotto diving. Cocktails and dinner on board your elegant crewed charter  yacht and a night transfer to reach Marina di Ragusa.

Ragusa

Day 6: Ragusa is listed with seven other cities in the Val di Noto as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is a thrill for history, art and architecture enthusiasts, with origins that can be traced back to the 2ndmillennium B.C.  From the noteworthy collections of the Hyblean Archaeological Museum to fabulous Baroque and Rococo architecture, Ragusa is an extraordinary destination.

Day 7: Depart Ragusa for Syracuse via Portopalo di Capo Passero, whose strategic position has fostered it’s development since ancient times as a crossroads of civilization and culture for seafarers that bravely challenged the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the artisan shops and markets and marvel at eclectic architectural styles. In the evening enjoy a romantic dinner at a harbor restaurant in Ortigia.

Ortigia

Day 8: Syracuse, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an amazing repository of Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and is mentioned in the Bible because the Apostle Paul spent time here. There are also wonderful museums, shops and restaurants offering far more to do than can be done in a day.

Giardini Naxos

Day 9: Navigate to Taormina where the yacht will moor in the picturesque Bay of Giardini Naxos, a popular seaside resort. The village of Taormina is perched on a cliff overlooking the warm waters of the Ionian Sea. Visit the ancient Greek theatre, remarkable for its state of preservation and location. Stroll among buildings and churches centuries old, lively bars, fine restaurants and antique shops, all of which contribute to Taormina’s allure. Taormina is approximately a forty-five minute drive away from Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna.

Messina

Day 10: Depart for Messina, the third largest city on Sicily. Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC, Messina is characterized by landmarks, museums, restaurants, shops, beautiful fountains and splendid squares at every turn.

Day 11: Embark upon the 35 mile passage through the Straits of Messina to Capo di Milazzo, a thin peninsula that extends into the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is the site where several civilizations have settled beginning in the Neolithic age, and the site of Ulysses shipwreck and fated meeting with Polyphemus. The port of Milazzo is a departure point for ferries to the Aeolian Islands and Naples.

Aeolian IslandsNaples.

Day 12: The magnificent Aeolian Islands are well worth a week long charter in and of themselves. This volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea is a very popular tourist destination with good reason. Here the weather will help decide which islands to visit and what adventures to pursue.  Visit the fascinating pumice quarry and plan for an excursion to Capofaro Malvasia Resort, situated under the lighthouse from which it takes its name, on Salina, the Aeolian Island with the greenest and most luxuriant vegetation. The Regaleali Estate is renowned for Tasca d’Almerita award winning wines and a restaurant offering typical Sicilian dishes prepared with estate grown produce.

 

Cefalu

Day 13: Depart the Aeolian Islands for the 55 mile journey to Cefalu. Enjoy a delicious lunch on board while docked in the Bay of Cefalu. The town is one of the major tourist attractions in the region with a young atmosphere and lively nightlife. The villages are attractive for artistic, cultural and historic reasons. Dinner can be enjoyed at a local restaurant on the sea.

Day 14: Time to return to Palermo and bid your captain and crew farewell. If possible plan to spend at least a day here in Sicily’s cultural, economic and tourist capital.  Visitors delight in the extraordinary restaurants, splendid Romanesque and Gothic

Bay of Palermo

architecture, palaces, museums and theatres and fine shopping.

Sunreef 70 crewed power catamaran ABUELO is  ideal for a charter adventure in Sicily.

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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.

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Sunreef Yachts Cocktail Party at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show On Board DAMRAK II: A Stellar Event

Sunreef Yachts hosted a marvelous cocktail reception on board the exquisite power catamaran DAMRAK II at the 2012 Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. More than 75 prominent Sunreef yacht owners, industry journalists, sales and charter brokers and friends attended the successful event, which provided a precious opportunity to welcome new faces and reunite with many long term colleagues and friends. The party, which was held on the evening of Friday, February 17, featured a selection of especially selected Polish beer, in honor of the shipyard headquartered in Gdansk, Poland, in addition to fine wines and champagne. Hughes Catering, a company with extensive yachting industry experience, expertly catered the affair.

The Sunreef Yachts team from both the US and Gdansk offices staffing the Sunreef display at the show were delighted with the opportunity to entertain esteemed guests. The highly skilled and endearing crew of DAMRAK II was also available to answer all questions regarding the yacht and share their exciting experiences yachting in the world’s most popular destinations from the Caribbean and the Mediterranean to the South Pacific.

While many guests enjoyed lounging on the spacious flybridge of DAMRAK II under a blanket of stars on a perfect Miami evening, others enjoyed the plush cushions and seating arrangement on the aft deck. DAMRAK II, with an LOA of 70 feet and a beam of 30.5 feet, easily accommodated the welcome number of attendees wishing to relax on board, with room to spare.

Photo Credits: Leland Larsen

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Trinity 157ft. Luxury Charter Yacht COCKTAILS: An Intoxicating Superyacht from Bow to Stern

Sunreef Charter Experts were delighted to have the opportunity to tour COCKTAILS, a magnificent Trinity 157, while she was docked at Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale. COCKTAILS (EX Janie, Chevy Toy) launched from Trinity Shipyard in 2004, underwent an extensive refit in 2011, and emerges with a very stylish new look.

While the aesthetic is contemporary, the liberal use of white leather, fabrics, paneling and marble impart a classical Greek tone. The contrast of this alabaster palette with the liberal use of rich, dark woods makes a striking presentation.

Entering from the aft deck, the length of the main deck stretches forward in an uninterrupted majesty of space. Somewhere far forward in this open architectural layout is the formal dining arrangement. Although there is no physical separation between these two areas, the eye is pleasantly fooled.

Accommodations for 10 guests include a sumptuous king size master suite, two king size guest suites, one queen guest suite and a guest with two single beds and a Pullman. The master features a handsome dual bathroom with Jacuzzi tub designed with a Victorian traditionalism that extends throughout the suite.

The sky lounge on COCKTAILS is a casual social space with game table, state-of-the-art entertainment system, fully equipped bar and spectacular views through oversize windows. However, it is the alluring sundeck where guests will likely spend as much time as possible.

Forward, an arc of plush sun pads with some 40 throw pillows for back support surrounds the Jacuzzi, while aft lounge chairs near the marble top bar each have a side table perfectly positioned to hold a signature tropical cocktail with fresh fruit supporting a miniature paper umbrella, or a vodka martini.

On our visit, COCKTAILS highly acclaimed chef prepared a tantalizing array of seafood appetizers including shrimp, lobster, clams and oysters, prepared in various indescribably delicious ways, and so apropos for an evening on the water.

COCKTAILS promises to be an extremely popular charter yacht that will delight the most discriminating charter clients. The professional crew of nine is superbly skilled in the art of service and know how to cater to the individual needs of their esteemed guests. With elegant surroundings, the renowned sea keeping abilities of Trinity yachts, and  styling that will turn heads in any port of call, COCKTAILS is an unparalleled charter option.

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