New Year, new chances for fantastic 2021 yacht charters in the Mediterranean
Make 2020 a distant memory and fill the Spring/Summer 2021 seasons with blissful sunny days on a Mediterranean luxury yacht charter.
There’s a charter ground filled with activities to suit everyone, whether its days of culture along the French Riviera followed by sunset beach barbeques, water sports in Croatia or Turkey and traditional food, drink and dance in Greece.
The highly trained crew will maintain rigorous health and safety standards on board, making a private luxury yacht charter one of the safest ways to travel during the pandemic. What’s more, the clauses in your contract will protect you should lockdowns and travel restrictions prevent you from commencing your charter.
The Spring/Summer 2021 season is already filled with bookings from delayed 2020 charters so don’t miss out – send your enquiries through an obligation free today.
Spain & the Balearic Islands
From bustling cities to equally thriving wildernesses, Spain has it all: Hike the trails and visit the vineyards in the Narbonnaise en Méditerranée Natural Regional Park, or head south to the Salvador Dali House Museum in Port Lligat. Gaudi, meanwhile, has left behind a riot of colour in Barcelona and visitors will easily fill the day with shopping, Michelin-quality dining and culture.
The Balearic Islands needs no introduction, made famous – or infamous – as one of the party capitals of the Western Mediterranean. Join the celebrations in the summer sunshine of host your own private bash onboard dockside or in an anchorage away from prying eyes.
Both Formentera and the Cabrera National Park have wonderful beaches for sunbathing and playing on the water toys, and the latter location has great hikes and ruins to spot along the way.
Palma is filled with impressive architecture spanning the centuries, and on Menorca there is a hedonistic mix of artistry and luxury amongst the galleries and cliff-side clubs such as Cova d’en Xoroi.
The French Riviera – also called the Cote d’Azur – stretches from Cassis to the west up to the principality of Monaco to the east. Although this stretch of picturesque coastline can be incorporated into a Balearic Islands or Italian Riviera charter, it stands on its own merits, which include magnificent galleries and museums to famous artists like Picasso in Antibes and Matisse in Nice. Shopping opportunities abound, as do chances to dine on Michelin-star quality cuisine, should you ever want a change from your on board chef’s marvellous creations.
Outdoor enthusiasts will cherish the time spent on Iles d’Hyeres, where nature is preserved, there a plenty of hiking trails and quaint villages to encounter along the way. Corsica has more beaches than it is possible to visit in a single season, and you can find the perfect sheltered place to spend an afternoon with the water toys, or anchor overnight for barbeques, dinners by candlelight and parties in the moonlight.
Gorgeous locations, amazing food, rich culture and high fashion… need we say any more? Italy practically sells itself as a destination, offering something for everyone and leaving the opportunity wide open for something new each day.
The Italian Riviera is a desirable destination for many, combining luxury shopping opportunities at Forte dei Marmi with the scenic beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cinque Terre and the Tuscan Archipelago.
Head to Naples and the Amalfi Coast for the dramatic sights of Mount Vesuvius towering over the metropolis, filled with cultural delights both old and new just waiting to be discovered. Take a day trip to Pompeii, cruise along the coast to Amalfi and clifftop Ravello, and visit Capri for the stunning Blue and Green Grottoes, the Gardens of Augustine, boutique shopping, a rich cafe culture and so much more.
This spectacular Eastern Mediterranean charter ground is highly prized amongst Scuba divers for its numerous wrecks, reefs and caves flourishing with wildlife. Snorkelers don’t need to venture far from the shores either, and whether you’re cruising along the Istrian Peninsula or surrounded by the islands of the Dalmatian Coast, there are plenty of opportunities to fish for your dinner and play about all day with the water toys. Luxury yachts can cruise from Venice and Slovenia to include treats from these destinations into your Adriatic Sea experience.
Golden sand beaches are common, and destinations like Pula are replete with amazing historic treasures: The Old Town alone has the Temple of Augustus, Agrippina’s House, the galleries in the extensive underground tunnels ‘Zerostrasse’ and the Contemporary Art Museum of Istria.
Include Dubrovnik into your Dalmatian Coast itinerary to see some of the magnificent locations that were used in the Game of Thrones TV series, and learn about the city’s own rich history on a cultural tour. Relax under the summer sun amongst the islands of the Kornati National Park, or cruise south to experience the majesty of Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor.
The clear blue water and white cliffs of Corfu have sealed the reputation of the Ionian Islands, where yacht charters also go for Navagio Beach and its famed shipwreck on Zakynthos, not forgetting Myrtos Beach and Melissani Cave on Kefalonia.
The Cyclades is home to Santorini, where whitewashed seaside towns, windmills and red sand beaches make the background to a week of adventure under the Mediterranean sun. This romantic destination has a fantastic selection of wineries for something unique to your trip, and Milos is a gorgeous milky white beach surrounded by turquoise waters and Naxos and Paros have their own fantastic beaches and ruins to explore.
Amongst the Dodecanese Islands, Lipsi is an absolutely stunning landscape of slanting cliffs disappearing into white sand beaches that in turn sink into a brilliant blue sea. Kalymnos entices rock climbers and Scuba divers to its shores, whilst Nysiros has a volcanic ‘lunar landscape’, hiking trails and hot springs, and Rhodes is a prime destination for its story-rich ruins: The entire Old Town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Turkish Riviera is relatively unknown to the western world but has some absolutely magnificent locations for Scuba diving and water sports around Kas, with wreck dives, swim-throughs and stunning reefs to entice visitors into the water again and again. On land, both Bodrum and Fethiye have amazing museums and landmarks worth viewing, and there are plenty of shopping opportunities in the markets and shopping centres. When all you want is some peace and quiet with loved ones on board, your Captain will take you to a beautiful secluded anchorage to enjoy the scenery without interruptions.
Sailing for distant Turkish shores with luxury gulet Kaptan Kadir
Modern and majestic, 39m/127ft luxury gulet KAPTAN KADIR and her experienced crew of six are ready for adventure and indulgence in the Turkey charter grounds. S/Y KAPTAN KADIR was built in 2004 and refitted in 2019 so that she has been maintained to the highest standards and has kept up with the times. One of her most notable features is the on-deck Jacuzzi, and life outdoors is further celebrated with plenty of sunbeds and a variety of water toys.
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Beautiful classic luxury yacht Cetacea joins Caribbean & Bahamas charter market
The classic 1969-built luxury yacht CETACEA has joined the charter market and is now available in the Caribbean & Bahamas for family and friends groups of eight to enjoy a fun-filled festive holiday in ambient surroundings.
Built by Feadship in the late 60s and refitted extensively in 2014, 40.2m/132.1ft motor yacht CETACEA has kept all of her traditional charms while updating her for 21st Century appeal.
The wooden panelling within is complemented by traditional and neo-classical elements, creating a timeless appearance perfect for Christmas celebrations. The sumptuous sofas and air-conditioned surroundings make a comfortable environment to start the day or end with conversation over drinks.
The formal dining area aft combines the best of indoor and outdoor living, providing an abundance of light while offering a sheltered environment. The upper deck has a similar sheltered setting for guests to enjoy the views day and night, while the aft section provides a minibar and barbeque grill and plenty of sun loungers to sit back after a meal and take in the beautiful sights of the US Virgin Islands, the white cliffs of Long Island or the tranquil lagoon at the Bight of Acklins.
When the tenders are cleared from the deck there is plenty of room for hosting an event on board to watch the New Year fireworks over the harbour at St. Barths or similar locations throughout the Caribbean.
There is a great selection of high-quality water toys on board, and fishing enthusiasts will be particularly pleased with the deep-sea equipment and gear for bonefishing in the shallows. The rest of the collection consists of:
- 3 x inflatable paddleboards, and
- snorkelling equipment
2 x jet skis and 2 x Seabobs are available upon request, and throughout the cruise, guests have access to free weights and yoga equipment to maintain a fitness regime in the evening and while cruising.
The accommodation sleeps a total of 8 guests over 4 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom and 2 twin cabins. The Master suite is particularly desirable, making use of the full beam on the lower deck to offer a spacious environment furnished with a king-sized bed. The en-suite bathroom has a shower with a bench that also functions as a sauna. All cabins are finished to the highest standards and have the same traditional style as the shared guest areas.
Everyone onboard is served by an experienced crew of 7, who will take care of every detail along the way.
VIDEO and PHOTOS: 142m Mega yacht NORD returning from the Baltic Sea
The 142m mega yacht NORD (ex Opus and project Redwood) was captured by the yachting enthusiasts DrDuu returning from the Baltic Sea on a foggy day. NORD is amongst the largest vessel in the world, recently delivered by the German shipyard, Lurssen. The multi-award-winning design studio Nuvolari Lenard is responsible for her striking, majestical looks on the outside as well as her bespoke interior design. The yacht accommodates up to 36 guests over a massive 20-suite layout.
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Feadship’s amazing eco-explorer sailing yacht concept
Dutch shipyard Feadship and Merveilla Yachting Co. have teamed up to create a cutting-edge luxury ECO-EXPLORER yacht concept that is capable of harnessing the power of the wind and sun as well as underwater turbines to generate its own energy.
This offers an unrivalled degree of autonomy in addition to extensive living areas onboard – an ideal combination for luxury yacht charters the world over.
The environmentally friendly ECO-EXPLORER is designed with a mast system with wings that harnesses twice as much power as a typical sailing yacht rig. The wings are operated by computers to adjust to conditions automatically, thus creating an entirely new category of yacht.
The ECO-EXPLORER will appeal to Owners who want the experience of a sailing yacht but with a top speed in excess of 20 knots while the heeling is completely controlled by computer. The weight reduction was realised with less fuel required due to the wings, and energy sourced through renewable sources on the go: Underwater turbines, wind turbines and solar panels regenerate the kinetic energy.
The design takes inspiration and experience from off-shore racing yachts along in addition to Feadship design principles for fast and safe ocean travel. The beam of 17m/55.7ft provides an abundance of interior space, plus exteriors which include an aft beach club and 15m/49ft swimming pool.
The fresh air flows in from the bow and the stern, providing air conditioning within. The interior has been designed for natural air circulation by implementing cutting-edge tubular structures, reducing the energy consumption required for air conditioning by one third.
Altogether, the ECO-EXPLORER uses 50-70% less fossil fuel than a yacht of similar size and over three times the range in fair winds and fair weather.
In pictures: The Jeff Brown photoshoot of superyacht O’Pari from Golden Yachts
Jeff Brown‘s latest photoshoot of the beautiful luxury yacht O’PARI has been released, showcasing this 2020-launched beauty in all her glory.
The 94.6m/310.4ft vessel from Golden Yachts features the interior and exterior styling talents of Studio Vafiadis and comes with a wealth of amenities to entertain in remote locations or right in the heart of the social scene in popular destinations such as the French Riviera in the Mediterranean.
Life in the open air couldn’t be more rewarding, with a spa pool for large groups on the bridge deck surrounded by sunbeds, and there’s easy access to the sundeck above for a beautiful alfresco dining setting and bar in the shade, while the lounge with cinema setup, the Jacuzzi and more sunbeds await in the sunshine.
The upper deck is a sensational alfresco dining and lounging area that has effortless flow with the sky lounge.
The interiors offer the utmost luxury from top to bottom, including a beach club with sauna and steam room designed with subtle downlighting and custom mosaic tile walls.
The brilliant contemporary chandelier is shown off to full effect in the formal dining area, as is the plush main salon with its sophisticated neo-classical elements and top-quality audio-visual systems, such as the widescreen TV that pops down from the ceiling.
The accommodation is shown off at its finest, from the voluminous and light-filled twin cabins to the opulent master suite with its own private lounge. The marble-finished en-suite bathroom is seen in all its finery, using wooden surrounds and natural tones and textures for a serene ambience.
Luxury yacht O’PARI is currently available for charter this winter 2020. Click here to see more images of her incredible onboard spaces, as well as a list of her state-of-the-art amenities.
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Damen superyacht La Datcha delivered and off on world-wide adventure
76.9m/252ft luxury expedition yacht LA DATCHA has been successfully delivered to her Owners and has now commenced her worldwide cruise visiting some of the most amazing charter destinations, including the exotic Maldives or Seychelles, then the ever so expansive Russia or Antarctica and also Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands.
She was launched earlier in the year and underwent sea trials before delivery. Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture produced her naval architecture and exterior styling in collaboration with the shipyard, while the interiors are by Vasiliy Shprits Studio.
Among her amenities are an observation deck, a dive centre, a gym, Jacuzzi, and accommodation for up to 12 guests in 2 Master suites and 4 VIP staterooms convertible to twins, plus crew accommodation for 24. The vehicles onboard include a 3-person submersible, two snow scooters and two helicopters.
E/Y LA DATCHA will now cruise to the Indian Ocean to visit destinations such as the Maldives & Seychelles before cruising on to Russia in spring 2021. Her itinerary includes Central America and Antarctica towards the end of 2021.
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Croatia awaits with luxury charter yacht YOLO
Savour the winter warmth and sunshine in the Croatian charter grounds aboard 48m/157.6ft luxury yacht YOLO. Built in 2019, she has a classic appearance but all the modern conveniences a group of 38 could desire. There are 18 en-suite guest cabins on board, and a crew of eight to provide fast and professional service to everyone.
Superyacht YOLO has extensive outdoor areas for dining and lounging: Starting with the main deck aft, guests have a shaded outdoor space to observe the beautiful Istrian Peninsula and destinations such as Pula and Rovinj. Below, the lower deck swim platform offers easy access into the sea via a swim ladder, and the water toys will be ready and waiting once guests are at anchor.
The upper deck is another shaded outdoor area where a sofa lines the sides, and drinks tables provide a place to gather in small groups or large for fresh air and refreshments at sundown. To enjoy the sunshine on board throughout the day, the sundeck is laid out with numerous sun loungers and a Jacuzzi to let the tension melt away.
The selection of water toys lets the group get up close to some of the best sights of the Dalmatian Coast, from beautiful reefs in crystal clear waters to pale cliffs and white sand beaches. Amongst the collection is:
- 1 x jet ski
- 2 x kayaks
- 2 x paddleboards
- water skis
- snorkelling equipment, and
- and inflatable, towable toy
The gorgeous interiors exude a contemporary atmosphere throughout and nowhere is this more apparent than in the formal dining room: Circular tables and matching chairs create intimate dining areas beneath a trio of dangling lights, and the ceiling spotlights can be turned off for evening ambience. The buffet setting allows guests to select from a range of options to meet any dietary requirements and preferences, and the forward bar has a large selection of spirits and soft drinks to suit all ages and occasions while the widescreen TV will keep the group up to date with the latest news and sports.
The lounge areas are furnished with overstuffed sofas and armchairs in a bright and cheerful cerise that make for a relaxing environment for conversation, reading or watching a film on the widescreen TV.
The guest accommodation combines traditional elements with the latest contemporary styling and comforts for recharging in peace and getting a perfect night’s rest. The accommodation sleeps a total of 38 guests in 18 en-suite cabins, consisting of 12 double cabins, 4 twin cabins and 2 triple cabins. All have a hairdryer, safe, LCD TV, air conditioning, surround-sound system, Wi-Fi and an en-suite bathroom with a sink, toilet and shower.
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54m explorer yacht LATITUDE special charter offer in French Polynesia
Don’t miss your chance to explore French Polynesia for the remainder of 2020 aboard the 54m German-built Hitzler Schiffsweft ocean-going yacht LATITUDE, now offering a great deal, for divers or fishing enthusiasts. Launched in 1973 and refitted in 2020, she offers accommodation for 12 charter guests, in 6 cabins. The yachts naval architecture is by Consunav Consultancy & Engineering Ltd, while the interior styling is the work of Kalmar Brazil.
Her interiors are spacious and contemporary, featuring neutral and bespoke tones throughout. The main salon is an open plan offering a lounge, seating, cocktail bar and formal dining. Above this room is the master stateroom with a private balcony, while further accommodation is on the lower level. On deck, LATITUDE has plenty to offer guests wishing to make the most of the Polynesian climate.
There is an expansive aft deck boasting sun loungers, umbrellas and direct access to the swim platform. Steps lead up to a large pool, seating areas, sunning and alfresco dining. On the very top deck, there is a wonderful yoga retreat for up to 8 yogis. The yacht is well-equipped for fishing and diving, she has a plethora of water toys, sauna, gym gear and so much more, the perfect escape for any discerning charterer.
- Extensive 2020 refit
- Open plan salon and dining
- Fitness gear
- An assortment of water toys
- Upper deck master cabin
- Large pool/jacuzzi
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