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The Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2019 Round Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wild Waters: Explore the Wilderness in Alaska

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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48 Hours Anchored in the Island-City of Singapore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cloud Atlas' Big Summer Refit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Charter Wild Waters: A Gander to the Galapagos Islands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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48 Hours Anchored in Colourful Buenos Aires

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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48 Hours in New York this Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chartering America's Largest Yacht Aquila

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interior Insight: The Sophistication of Skyfall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Festive Charter Onboard Benetti's .11.11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christmas Charter: The Best Superyachts this Winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Owner's Perspective: Sherakhan in Unchartered Waters

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 14:00
Owner's Perspective: Sherakhan in Unchartered Waters Available with Y.CO, 69.65m Sherakhan will be cruising Central America with no delivery fees this winter. The area is little travelled by superyacht; thus Sherakhan offers the opportunity to explore uncharted territory in a dynamic winter adventure. We speak with her owner, Jan Verkerk, who shares a privileged insight into Sherakhan's winter route...

Central America is a vibrant region bursting with beauty and history. The east coast yields the cerulean beaches of the not-too-distant Caribbean, whilst inland areas are carpeted with lucious jungle, active volcanoes and a mind-blowing diversity of fauna. Nestled in amongst this emerald expanse are sites of fascinating cultural significance steeped in Hispanic and Mayan heritage, from mountain-top villages to the crumbling temples of ancient civilisations.

Intrepid charterers will have the unique chance to explore the tropical highlands of Panama, the flora-carpeted ridges of Colombia and the glorious surf spots of Costa Rica. Also on the itinerary is the Mayan ruins of Belize, profusion of Cuban wildlife and the sprawling beaches of Mexico.

So why is this region such an exciting prospect for superyacht charterers? “South America is an emerging market, only a few yachts have been to these destinations,” explains Jan, “It offers privacy, untouched nature and traditional culture.” Central America is a completely off-the-beaten track cruising experience as of yet untouched by tourism, meaning that beaches are pristine and local heritage intact.

Furthermore, the unconventional nature of the region means that cruising is a highly dynamic, interactive and exciting experience. “A holiday to Central America is more like an exploration tour,” Jan tells us. “Guests will see things not normally seen in traditional destinations, such as local tribes living in traditional ways.”

“The Panama Canal is a bucket list item for a lot of people,” he continues, “But possibly the most spectacular place is the Sea of Cortez, where you can go diving with whale sharks. The wildlife, nature and scenery is mind-blowing.” Jan goes on to tell us about the aptly named Costa Rica, which is translated as ‘rich coast’, and the wonders of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao: “The ABC-islands are in the Caribbean, but offer a totally different vibe then the better known Leeward Islands.”

Sherakhan is the perfect yacht for exploring this far flung destination. Originally a merchant-educational vessel, she was built for sailing around the world, rather than merely the traditional conditions of the Caribbean.

“Sherakhan is equipped with a hull suitable for cruising in various water-conditions, is installed with low noise and low vibration engines, and is environmentally friendly so she can easily be taken to protected destinations,” Jan explains. She is the perfect yacht for the seasoned traveller, being as comfortable cruising South America and Antarctica as the balmy waters of the Mediterranean.

Sherakhan is a prime example of combining performance with exceptional onboard spaces. Her exterior is chic, cool and classic, with traditional aspects such as circular portholes for an old-world nautical touch. Interiors are equally impressive, with a cavernous atrium with overlooking mezzanine cast in wood, glass and chrome.  Inviting suede armchairs, bespoke dark wood furniture and shelves lined with curiosities remind that she is an eccentric explorer vessel with a distinctive personality.

Sherakhan is also unrivalled in terms of onboard additions and luxury features. “She offers a look-out house on the sun deck and a large jacuzzi with glass bottom,” says Jan, “Her dining room sits in an atrium fitted with a table for all 26 guests, and features like the spa and the gym make guests stay onboard a true dream come true!” As if this isn’t enough, Sherakhan also boasts an 8m water slide, two 7.3m tenders and three waverunners.

To complete the experience, a seasoned crew continually surprise with their expertise. “From themed evenings to amazing excursions, our crew guarantee that guests leave Sherakhan with wonderful memories for life,” Jan tells us. The award-winning chef and his team are also recipients of Jan’s high praise; he assures us that guest feedback for the onboard cuisine has been outstanding.

A true world explorer, Sherakhan is gracefully equipped for the interactive, dynamic and demanding routes of Central America. We know where we would like to be this winter!

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Charter Focus: A Mediterranean Spring with Cloud Atlas

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 15:30
Charter Focus: A Mediterranean Spring with Cloud Atlas During the spring/summer season of 2019, 46.02m Cloud Atlas will be cruising the Cote d’Azur, Italian west coast and all of the beautiful Mediterranean islands in between. Built by Lloyds and refit in 2016, we take a look at her charter appeal...

Cloud Atlas’ charter route represents an idyllic way to pass the warmer months. Winding along the picture perfect coastlines of this classic cruising destination, she encounters green-tinged waters, platinum beaches and ancient architecture. Charterers will have the opportunity to experience the hedonistic sanctuary of Cote D’Azur, the volcanic beauty of the Aeolian Islands and the rustic paradise of the Tuscan Archipelago.

The balmy beaches of this sublime Franco-Italian region are what make it a time-honoured retreat, however there is more to the area than meets the eye. Cloud Atlas offers the perfect opportunity to explore an established paradise in a fresh new capacity; lesser known Amalfi Coast destination Narano provides an authentic taste of La Dolce Vita, whilst cruising the cubiform villages of the French Riviera takes on a different meaning in Cannes, home of the annual film festival.

Available with Flying Charter, the 46.02m cruising vessel is perfect for the experience; she is small enough for intimacy, but possesses a sociable carrying capacity of 12 with further room for 9 crew. She harbours vast amounts of living room for a yacht of her size, making her an ideal space for friends and family to come together.

Charter guests are impeccably looked after by a crew of 9 expertly overseen by captain Daniel Giometti, a highly experienced seaman whose experience both with mercantile ships and luxury yachts compounds an unrivalled knowledge of the Mediterranean coasts. Guests are fed by chef Gabriele Spinosa, who combines his passions for cooking and seafaring by preparing mouth-watering delicacies onboard Cloud Atlas and whose culinary specialities span traditional Italian, patisserie and sushi.

The boat’s sleek exterior lines are complemented by the timeless marriage of white and wood, making her a classic sight as she cuts through royal blue waters. Her main deck boasts a large salon with a lounge that combines warmth and sophistication, as well as a separate formal dining area with fully outfitted bar.

Accomodation spans five gorgeous cabins; a master suite on the main deck with double bathroom and private jacuzzi, two double suites on the lower deck (one of which converts into a twin) and and two additional twins, all of which have beautifully appointed marble bathrooms.

Extensive outdoor spaces span three decks, and offer endless possibilities for both activity and leisure. There is a large jacuzzi, sun loungers and an outdoor bar for days spent luxuriating  in the sun, as well as exciting added extras that ensure guests are as entertained as they are relaxed. There is never a dull moment onboard Cloud Atlas; her garage is bursting with toys and a spacious swimming platform doubles as a beach club.

The onboard enticements are endless, and we can’t think of one reason why you wouldn’t want to spend the winter months cruising through the Med in the attentive luxury of Cloud Atlas.

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Destination South East Asia: Discovering Hidden Gems

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:30
Destination South East Asia: Discovering Hidden Gems Today we spent dreaming of warm hues blended with pastel blues, endless soft white sand and the sound of pure peacefulness. Alternatively, you could experience this first hand on your extraordinary charter across South East Asia, the ultimate winter retreat.

The Beauty of Burma
The main cruising area, the Mergui Archipelago, is located in far southern Myanmar (Burma), where 800 deserted islands lie in the heart of the sailing area. You can enjoy endless azure waters afar; dive from your yacht and swim amongst the colourful reef fish.

Whilst you’re submerged in warm crystal-clear waters and soaking up the sun which shines in Mergui all year round, cocktails are being made to order, fusing the tropics surrounding you. The weather alone makes Mergui an alternative getaway in the winter months for charterers eager to explore somewhere a little different; there are perfect weather conditions between December and February, with warm weather and steady winds of 20 knots across calm seas.

Discover the archipelago paradise where the sight of a human footprint is rare and majestic animals including gibbons, pythons, civet cats, huge monitor lizards and the rabbit-sized mouse deer roam. Look up, and you will find white-bellied sea eagles circling the islands.

Whilst the sunny weather plays a vital role in catching that golden glow, the surrounding islands are nothing short of supreme nature. Not only is there an extensive list of activities to enjoy such as swimming, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving, but visitors to this paradise can indulge in fresh, locally sourced food. A broad range of fresh fish can be sourced directly from the sea whilst sailing or when sitting close to the shore.

Last minute business meeting? Book the meeting room at one of Myanmar’s yacht club and resort, Ngwe Saung, take a dip in the swimming pool or dance the night away at Skipper’s nightclub. More facilities include a spa, gym and ballroom. The activity centre at Ngwe Saung yacht club and resort offers a variety of activities such as fishing, water sports, snorkelling, excursion boat tours, SUP, banana boats and diving.

The Flavour of Phucket
Following your stop off in Myanmar you could sail further south and feel the warm tropical weather of Phuket; the charter destination gem of Thailand. There is no doubt the Thai culture, cuisine and landscape have enticed charter goers developing Phuket into a world-class cruising destination. You will find several marinas on the Phuket Island; exploring a myriad of outstanding charter possibilities around the Andaman Sea

Award-winning marina, Royal Phuket Marina, is situated on the east coast of Phuket and the Aquaminium condominium features the world’s first penthouse with its own on-water private yacht garage. Within the marina, you will find prestigious properties, the Royal Villas, with their own direct-access private yacht berth. The leisure and lifestyle hub offers a serene setting for guests to enjoy exclusive residences, fine dining, boutique shopping as well as a health club and spa.

If you want to sail across silky waters onboard a larger yacht, why not visit Phuket Yacht Haven on the northeast coast of Asia’s premier island retreat. The marina has deep-water access with 6-metre draft capacity and allows the marina to berth yachts of 100 metres. Why not take a plunge in the pool, located at the condo or let off some steam in the newly equipped gym of 120 sqm and yoga room. Relax in one of the marina’s residential units which are comprised of seven apartments and studios ready to rent.

This is just a taste of the rich and awe-inspiring nature of South East Asia. A drop in the ocean, the region offers an alternative retreat during winter months and countless charter opportunities for friends and family to explore the many islands waiting to be discovered. Visit our South East Asia Destination Guide to find out more...

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An Alternative Winter Adventure Onboard Titania

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 11:00
An Alternative Winter Adventure Onboard Titania There is a certain appeal to spending an afternoon languishing in the sun or immersing yourself in balmy waters during December. Though the Caribbean may be the go-to destination for winter rays, this season is the perfect time to consider a charter in some of the most sumptuously sun-baked spots elsewhere in the world.

Available for charter with Burgess, charter-magnet Titania is heading to the cruising area of Southeast Asia very soon for an alternative adventure. During the coming winter season, she will visit Thailand via Abu Dhabi and the Maldives, but will also be available in Myanmar and the Andaman Islands. An untouched charter paradise, Southeast Asia promises tropical beaches, jungle-clad islands, and astoundingly clear waters containing a rainbow myriad of biodiversity. Best seen by superyacht, Titania is the perfect platform to enjoy.

The 73m Lurssen is one of the most successful charters on the market for a reason - her services are incredibly comprehensive. The highly experienced crew know the region like the back of their hand and will guide you through incredible ‘off the beaten track’ docking and diving spots. Titania further offers an onboard masseuse, fitness instructor, beautician and two head chefs who are masters of exquisite Asian cuisine for the ultimate immersive experience.

Externally, Titania is a sight to behold. Her gleaming exterior offers smooth lines and a streamlined shape, emanating a tasteful timelessness that is replicated inside. Interiors have the feel of hailing from a more elegant, sophisticated and opulent era; the living room exudues glamour and glitz yet still offers a modern and bright appeal. 

The theme is fully taken up in the bedrooms, which boast polished wood patterns piped in gold for that all important splash of class to ensure guests are in luxury at sea. Carpets, sofas and bedding are cast in rich cream and punctuated with royal red, with recessed lighting providing a contemporary Art-Deco edge. The plush comfort of Titania’s interior is continued in grand bathrooms with trimmings such as a rounded bath and golden taps.

A stunning deck offers mattress-like recliners for slow days spent under the Southeast Asian sun, as well as a vast dining table for breezy lunches or candlelit dinners. The soothing wooden deck spaces have persistent threads of blue and gold to honour the style of her nautical surroundings. Finally, a show-stopping outdoor underlit pool area is encircled in marble, which by evening takes on a charming rose-gold hue.

Titania also comes complete with a state-of-the-art gym, a range of exciting water toys for running ship to idyllic shore, and inflatables including a huge 13m slide plunging from the sun deck into the sea, making Titania fun for all the family. Cruising undiscovered territories this season, contact Burgess to experience all this and more.

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MYS 2018: Antigua on the Superyacht Scene

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 16:00
MYS 2018: Antigua on the Superyacht Scene As MYS draws to a close, we are joined in the Breaking News Centre by Paul Deeth, Chairman of the Antigua Charter Show, and Eloise Green, Anchor Concierge and Superyacht Services, to tell us a little about the beautiful island of Antigua.

Antigua is hugely popular destination, and it is easy to see why. An idyllic Caribbean paradise, the island is set apart in its retention of a quiet, authentic charm. "People come here for the sun, sea and sand," says Eloise, "But also because Anigua is one of the islands that has been able to maintain its charm. It has not overdeveloped itself."

Antigua has been a magnet for the superyacht community for years. The island boasts 365 beaches (one for every day of the year); a volume and diversity that is incredibly suited to the superyacht lifestyle. "Sometimes you go to the beach and you have it all to yourself," Eloise tells us.

Keen to showcase the island's charter appeal, Peter tells us how to make the most of the Anitguan coast with the perfect route: "The best place to start is Nelson's Dockyard for the whole historical aspect, then you go to the Caribbean side, and there are plenty of places to stop there. Then you go to Barbuda, where there is 11 miles of beach with nobody on them. Then you go around the east side to Green Island and back to English Harbour." 

As Chairman of the Antigua Charter Show, this is Peter's area of expertise. Founded 57 years ago and having grown to become the largest charter show in the world, this industry event is a broker staple. "We are kind of a melting pot where brokers come from America and Europe to meet each other," Peter tells us.

Having broken into the industry around 15 years ago, Antigua is well equipped to facilitate superyacht owners. "Antigua has grown to facilitate the boats with bigger marinas," says Peter, "The boats have got bigger, there are more people, but otherwise it hasn't changed that much." Antigua's lifestyle industry and luxury sector is also suited to yachting, boasting some very high end resorts and the restaurants to go with them.

Once the base of Admiral Nelson, Antigua's maritime history lives on in the form of nautical tourism, and becoming part of it is a highly alluring concept.

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Something Different in Scandinavia: A Unique Charter

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 15:00
Something Different in Scandinavia: A Unique Charter Scandinavia is a northern European region extending from above the Arctic circle to the Baltic Sea, making it the largest peninsula in Europe. Consisting of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland, this is a charter destination representing something distinctly different.

Whether urban crawls or outdoor adventures are your thing, trendy Scandinavia has it all. Urban centres are vibrant and cosmopolitan with half-timbered buildings painted primary colours and impeccably dressed locals. Meanwhile, rural adventures offer dizzying mountains, jagged fjords and the enchanting Aurora Borealis. Couple this with enviable standards of living, and it comes as no surprise that the region’s nations are generally considered among the most livable, safest and happiest on earth.

The Scandinavian fjords and archipelagos are best explored on water, and a yacht charter is the most exclusive way to do this. The best time to charter Scandinavia is between April and August, however a heated boat and warm clothing can make for a stunning cruise in an icy wonderland.

An ideal Scandinavian yacht charter goes from east to west, beginning in Finland and ending in Norway; a route which yields protected sailing areas, uncrowded anchorages and remarkably temperate weather in the summer months. Turku, Finland, is a well established yachting base, and there are more than 6,500 Aland islands between the coast of Finland and Sweden (many of which are blissfully completely deserted). Sweden is home to three spellbinding archipelagos: Stockholm, St Anna’s and Grynt, whilst the Baltic Sea is the hub of the Scandinavian yachting scene. Norway’s coastline offers numerous jaw-dropping fjords to cruise, and during the summer months you can do so under the disconcerting midnight sun.

Whilst locals are descended from Vikings, a seafaring people who once ravaged Europe, modern-day Scandinavia is considered the pinnacle of a civilized society. This is in many ways a land of opposites, with stop-you-in-your-tracks natural grandeur and old-world Nordic charm existing alongside an unpretentious worldview.

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