EAST MEDITERRANEAN | MY TOP 5 CHARTER CHOICES FOR SPRING 2018

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The air is clean, the water is clear and the temperature is around 27c. This part of the world has been a very popular chartering destination for many years and it is only getting stronger. Whether you are new to chartering a yacht or experienced, you always have an amazing time.

The East Med has pretty much everything you need for a getaway, amazing beaches in Mykonos and hidden coves along Turkey’s Aegean coastline. Croatia has small uninhabited islands that pepper the coastline formed of clear white stone with olive and cypress trees.  With so much natural beauty and warm waters, you can make full use of the scuba gear onboard your yacht and explore the coral reefs below which are full of life and color. This part of the world has history and scattered historical cities ensuring you have a truly unique chartering experience.

Here is my pick of superyacht for you to charter when considering the East Mediterranean.


ASYA

From €240,000 PER WEEK

Asya is perfect for individuals who want time away with their friends, to escape and reconnect. From the moment you step onboard, you are welcomed by a far eastern inspired interior, designed by Bannenberg & Rowell. There is plenty of room on the yacht, so much so that she can accommodate twelve guests in over five staterooms. Throughout the yacht, you will notice the fusion of silver oak, bronze and Macassar ebony. Asya has a wide range of leisure and entertainment facilities that will ensure maximum enjoyment onboard. 

THE CAPTAIN
Asya is captained by Varun Pakalapati who, from a young age, has had a strong connection with the sea. He is an ex-Sea Cadet and an ex-Honorary Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army (Sailing Team), with over 18 years of experience on the ocean. Having spent 9 years in the superyacht industry, Varun will ensure that your time onboard Asya is truly memorable.  

THE CHEF
The Mediterranean is well known for fresh and delicious dishes; reflecting that, Asya Chef Andrea Mocci certainly knows how to produce exquisite cuisine. With over 20 years’ experience in multiple five-star hotels and on-board superyachts, he prides himself on being an accomplished pastry chef with a passion for baking, specialising in a variety of bread and savoury pastries. Andrea discovered his passion for cooking at an early age and subsequently pursued formal training, gaining his culinary degree from the Gastronomic School in Sardinia.

Offered By: OCEAN INDEPENDENCE  |  +41 44 390 25 75  | enquiries@ocyachts.com


APOGEE

From €300,000 PER WEEK

For those of you looking for more of a social atmosphere and want to charter a yacht with a group of friends to kick-start the year, then look no further. From the moment you see Apogee you will want to get into your shorts and soak up the sun whilst drinking a cocktail. Apogee will make sure that you are smiling throughout your stay and this is not difficult with a twelve-person jacuzzi and a twenty-two-foot-long backlit onyx-topped bar which was modelled after Monaco’s Café de Paris and Miami’s Delano Hotel. With room for twelve guests across seven staterooms, there is more than enough space for your guests. If you want a five-star hotel that can move, then look no further than Apogee.

THE CAPTAIN
John Fleckenstein is the Captain of this vessel with over 25 years of yachting experience. His career on the seas started at the age of seventeen when he enlisted in the US Navy where he completed four years on the USS America, he later went on to sign up as crew for an Atlantic crossing on a 90ft motor-sail yacht, and the rest as they say is history, many sea-miles later he is truly a captain that will put you at ease.
 
THE CHEF
When you have a yacht like Apogee, you need a chef that can give you a luxury dining experience one evening and a family style buffet on another. Mark Andrews is the Chef who can do this. Mark has experience in a variety of restaurants, hotels, luxury private villas and wineries from around the world. When chartering in the East Med his own favourites, fresh fish and seafood, are in abundance making them a match made in heaven.
 

Offered By: TWW YACHTS  | +377 97 77 67 57 | yachts@twwyachts.com


IONIAN PRINCESS

From €125,000 PER WEEK

Elevating the private yacht charter experience to an inspired level of elegance, comfort and service and exquisite in every detail, IONIAN PRINCESS epitomises absolute luxury. Her exemplary interior is finished in the finest marbles with intricate inlaid designs that portray her mythic Greek heritage. 

IONIAN PRINCESS is dedicated to delivering a highly exclusive experience and maximum comfort. The traditional style sofas are perfectly placed for you to enjoy the large TV for those quiet evenings with a nice glass of wine. You also have access to the onboard Gym, deck Jacuzzi and a plethora of water toys including wave runners, seabobs, water-skis and so much more. 

THE CAPTAIN
Harris Metaxas has over 25 years of dedicated sea serving experience and knows how to ensure guests enjoy a truly relaxing stay on board. Born in Piraeus in Greece, he has extensive local knowledge of the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Warm, welcoming and professional with a good sense of humour he is a fantastic captain.  

THE CHEF
Chef Panagiotis, with over 25 years of experience as a chef in five-star hotels, restaurants and yachts will exceed your expectations. With his extensive experience, no matter what your taste buds require, he is more than capable of delivering. He is a true food lover but when he is not in the kitchen, he enjoys traveling and learning from new cultures as well as expanding his cuisine skills.

Offered By: FRASER | + 377 93 100 490 | yachtcharter@fraseryachts.com


11.11

From €650,000 PER WEEK

This is one of the larger superyachts and she is special because she was built by one of our favorite yacht builders Benetti. There are three features we love about this yacht and the first is that the master suite has 180-degree views and your own private deck. This means you can have breakfast in bed whilst watching the sunrise. Second is the Art Deco interior which was inspired by Gatsby and third the sheer number of tenders and toys. At your disposal, you have an 8-meter limo tender, seadoos, seabobs and so much more. 11.11 can accommodate 12 guests in 6 state-rooms including one master and one full-beam VIP Suite. 
She really does have timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating featured throughout to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. 

THE CAPTAIN
Born in Auckland, New Zealand Vaughan Hill has been a crew member on 11.11 for over 3 years. From an early age, he was introduced to life on the water, especially as his family owned an H28 sailing boat. He was on the water before he could walk. 

THE CHEF
Head Chef, Richard Boxell joined only a few months after Vaughan, and like the captain he also has a very active life, traveling around the globe from Alaska, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, the Mediterranean, Central America and the Baltics. He has dived on world-class reefs, caught a 150lb Yellow fin Tuna, flown a helicopter, walked on a glacier, flown around an active volcano and driven an 800hp trophy truck.

Offered By: Y.CO  | +377 93 50 12 12 | monaco@y.co


WILDCARD

ETOILE D’AZUR

From $65,000 PER WEEK

Now there maybe some of you reading this and thinking I have done the eastern Mediterranean and maybe want an alternative and look no further than Etoile D’Azur which is available to charter by KK Superyachts in the Bahamas.

In January 2016 she has a refit at the Moonen facility in the Netherlands and given a stunning blue hull, giving her presence and oozing style.

This beautiful yacht spread out over two decks with a sundeck is known for its very fuel efficient, low vibration and quiet cruising ability.  It has an economical range of 4,500 nautical miles at nine knots, which comes from two six hundred horsepower Caterpillar C18 engines.

The yacht can accommodate eight guests across four cabins, which include a master suite, VIP, and two convertible twins. There is also space for four crew members. The highlights include onboard Jacuzzi, six-meter tender, two Jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, but there is so much more.

“To the best of my knowledge she is the first Moonen 97 to do so on her own bottom and the newly renamed Etoile d’Azur behaved beautifully all the way. We did three transatlantic crossings with the Moonen 84 so I have quite some experience. The owner and I believe that a good yacht is meant for such trips and Moonen’s are of course reliable, seaworthy and superbly designed.” – Captain Le Brun

Offered By: KK SUPERYACHTS  | +377 97 70 41 22 | kk-superyachts.com