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5 Cool Activities To Push Your Luxury Yacht Charter Over the Top

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Looking to throw a little wrinkle into the typical yachting holiday in the Western Mediterranean?  Our charter department put their heads together and came up with 5 cool things to do to make your next yachting holiday a truly unique experience.

 

SAMPLE Lobster at Le Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa – Corsica.

The French island of Corsica is often overlooked by charterers who spend most of their time exploring nearby Sardinia.  Corsica is downright beautiful, with a colorful history and unique culture and atmosphere. You’ll find an eclectic mix of old world charm infused with modern French style.

Corsica - Le Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa beach at Calla Marcella

 

For a truly gourmet French food experience, visit Le Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa. The elegant décor, stunning ocean views and private jetty make this a fantastic destination for a late afternoon lunch.  The seasonal creations of chef Pascal Cayeux, rival the finest fare in mainland France. Pascla creates gourmet twists on traditional fare, with vegetables and herbs from the kitchen’s own garden.

 

RELAX on the Beach at Cala Marcella – Menorca.

The interest in a Balearic Island yacht charter experience continues to grow each summer, as more yachts secure the required Spanish charter licenses to explore Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca.  While the nightclubs of Ibiza have their own appeal, the idea of a pristine beach sounds pretty food as well.

Balearic islands Menorca beach

 

Take for example the beach at Cala Marcella.  You’ll need your yacht’s tender to get there as this beach is only accessible by boat (lucky you).  On most weekdays, you can almost be sure to find a quiet spot on the white sands of Cala Marcella  [Tip: avoid the weekend, as crowds of local boaters invade this idyllic cove].  If you feel adventurous, bring a pair of walking shoes ashore, as there is a walking route that you can hike to the neighboring beach of Macaraletta.  Here, you can walk to the top of the cliff and experience some of the best ocean views in all of the Balearic islands.

 

EXPLORE the Blue Marino Underwater Caves – Sardinia.

At the base of the 110 meter high cliffs of Cappo Caccia, along the northwest corner of Sardinia, lies the entrance to the Grotto de Neptuno – a stalactite-filled cavern and saltwater lake.  Land-based visitors can enter by climbing down 654 steps from the top of the cliff to explore the underground grotto. You on the other hand, can simply have your captain nose your yacht into the entrance of the caves!

Blue Marino Underwater Caves at Cappo Caccia - Grotto de Neptuno Sardinia

 

For snorkelers and divers, the adventure gets deeper at the nearby Nereo Cave, considered the biggest marine cave in the Western Mediterranean.  With 10 entrances, arches and tunnels, novices can snorkel in waist high water while experienced/certified divers can dive down to depths of 35 meters.

 

REJUVENATE your Spirit at the Luminaria – Pisa

You’ve missed this event for this year, but it’s never too early to plan your 2017 summer charter.  Every June 16, on the eve of the feast day of Saint Ranieri, the city of Pisa is aglow with 70,000 “lumini” (candles in glass containers). The reflection along the Arno river is mesmerizing.  It’s a peaceful, tranquil setting and the warmth of the Pisa residents will touch your heart.  If this doesn’t remind you how the superyacht experience allows you to embrace diverse cultures, nothing will!

 

QUENCH your Thirst and Go Wine Tasting with Monks – Cannes

Just off the coast of Cannes, in the South of France, lies the small island of Saint Honorat. Here, visitors will find a very unusual vineyard, with 8 hectares of vines cared for entirely by the monks of the Abbey of Lerins.  The monks tend to every aspect of winemaking, from planting the vineyard, to harvesting the grapes, to making and bottling the wine.

Wine tasting with the Monks of Saint Honorat and the Abbey of Lerins in Cannes France

 

Truly unique vintages found nowhere else, we recommend the Saint Cyprien Viognier with a seasonal Mediterranean meal served by the monks in their own restaurant.  After dinner, you can finish the day with a tasting of the fruit liqueurs as you enjoy the company of the monks and their staff, in this peaceful Monastic enclave.

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1-800 Yacht Charters offers summer itineraries from the Côte d’Azur to the ancient islands of Greece. For a sampling of our luxury yachts, visit our interactive website at 1800yachtcharters.com.

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Ever Wonder Why Lemon Is Served With Fish?

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LADY MARGARET

Recently, Anne, a friendly rival yacht charter broker, was in the islands inspecting yachts and meeting with crews.  While there, she had a chance to sample what she described as “mouth watering” salmon cakes, prepared by chef Bruna Tatarow onboard Horizon motor yacht Lady Margaret, a 64 foot Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel.   

 

LEMON WEDGES

Anne mentioned Bruna provided lime rather than the standard lemon wedges, and that got me thinkin’…

 

WHY LEMON?

WHY is lemon almost always served with fish?

I ran the question by the gang in our Puerto Rico yacht charter office (not sure why, but I figured our friends who live in the islands consume more fish than our meat-lovin’ team in the states). 

 

SAN JUAN ANSWER

The Puerto Rican team seemed to have an answer right away.  Maria, our office manager in San Juan, emailed this explanation:

“Originally, the lemon was served, not because it gave flavor to the fish, but because it was believed that the acidic juice of the lemon would dissolve any bones that might be swallowed.”

 

Photograph of a beautiful dinner prepared at a restaurant. The plate is dark. There is lighting on it. There is a tomato salad on the left side of the plate. There is a stack of fish held together with a toothpick and blackberry at the top at the top right side of the plate. There is a round dish of brown sauce between the salad and the fish.

Why is Lemon Used in Fish Dishes?

Wow…I had no idea…

 

Since I no longer feel as compelled to serve lemon with fish dishes, I’ll share with you Chef Bruna’s brunch-time recipe for spicy salmon cakes topped with a mango tartar sauce. Lime is her choice for tartness…
[Note: Thank you, Chef Bruna for the wonderful recipe and thank you,Captain Jan Robinson for the photo of the salmon cakes, from your Ship to Shore Cookbook.]
ENJOY!

Spicy Salmon Cakes with Mango Tartar

 

INGREDIENTS

Tartar Sauce:
·         1 cup peeled, diced ripe mango (1 large)
·         1/2 cup mayonnaise
·         1 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped
·         Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salmon Cakes:
·         Vegetable oil, for frying
·         1 lb cooked salmon, flaked
·         1 cup panko
·         2 eggs, lightly beaten
·         3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
·         3 tablespoons chopped shallots
·         1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         Freshly ground black pepper
·         1/3 cup cornmeal

 

DIRECTIONS

To make tartar sauce, whisk together the mango, mayonnaise, capers, and salt and pepper, to taste, in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Heat 1/4-inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Put the salmon in a medium bowl and break it up with a fork, watch for bones. Add the panko, eggs, parsley, shallots, cayenne and salt. Season with black pepper, to taste, and mix well. Form the mixture into 12 cakes and coat them with the cornmeal.  Carefully put the cakes in the oil, 5 or 6 at a time, and cook until golden brown; about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Arrange them on a serving platter and serve immediately with tartar sauce. 

YIELD

1 1/2 cups

HOW TO RENT A YACHT WITH GOURMET CHEF

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Top Yacht Charter Chef Calls Cooking a Way of Life

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Photograph of Chef Geoffrey Fisher. He is on a boat. He is wearing a white chef's coat. He has a big smile.

Chef Geoffrey Fisher

 

CHEF GEOFFREY FISHER

He has experience in the galley of a superyacht and the kitchen of a fine restaurant. Presenting Chef Geoffrey Fisher, 35.  He is a man who relishes the opportunity to blend creativity, talent and knowledge. In particular, to transform everyday ingredients into stunning, delicious creations.

Born in Manchester, England, is at the top of his profession, he continues to hone his skills. 

“I push myself (sometimes) 16 hours a day,” says Fisher. “Being a chef is all about passion. If you don’t have it, don’t go there. It’s long, unsociable hours….not a job…a way of life. Being a chef, you learn something new every day, by working with other chefs, reading books, even watching cooking programs on TV.”

 

BACKGROUND

His lessons in cuisine and hospitality began early in life, as Fisher washed dishes in his parents’ restaurant in Lancaster, England. He watched the chefs and thought, “I could do that!” His mom and dad recognized his talent and encouraged him to get a formal culinary education.

 

FOODIE BACKGROUND

Fisher attended Lancaster & Morecambe College and took a three-year chef/catering course. As a result, he learned everything from general basics and waiting to theory and cooking. He won “best student chef” three years in a row and became runner-up in the national competition, Nestle Toque d’or. In between classes, Fisher worked for his parents in their restaurant.

 

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 

By age 24, Fisher was head chef at the Swag and Tails, a restaurant in Knightsbridge where he stayed for nearly four years. “It was here I learned how to deal with people, order food, costing and the unpleasant duty of how to fire people,” he said.

 

NEW ADVENTURE

Looking for a new adventure, Fisher decided to join a friend in Europe who was chef on the 47-meter Motoryacht Commitment, which happened to be on charter at the Monaco Grand Prix.  Another key point is that a week onboard and Fisher was hooked and started looking into a career in yachting.

 

LUXURY YACHTS

With a little help from the chef onboard sail yacht TWIZZLE,  Fisher landed a job onboard motor yacht WHEELS, and quickly learned charter chefs must be flexible. “I make a point of having a chat with them (charter guests) as soon as possible when they arrive to find out not only what cuisine they like, but also what they don’t like, or if they have any allergies. Talking with the guests is important,” says Fisher.

 

LUXURY YACHT 

Fisher also learned the pressure of working on a yacht for hire can be intense. 

“The pressure in restaurants is tense, but completely different on yachts. On yachts, it’s intense because you never stop cooking. When it’s not the guests, it’s the crew,” states Fisher.

 

WHEELS TO SLIPSTREAM

After his stint onboard M/Y WHEELS, Fisher joined the crew on motor yacht SLIPSTREAM, where he is still the executive chef.  As to his future plans, Fisher says,

“In time I would like to own a small restaurant in Malta. Inside the kitchen, it’s said you’re only as good as your last service. Through yachting, I always say, you’re only as good as your last charter.”

BEST CHEFS IN LUXURY YACHT CHARTERS

In conclusion, rent a private yacht and become a foodie! Enjoy the gourmet services of the world’s best chefs on a yaching holiday.  CONTACT US TODAY. 

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Yacht Charter Vacations: How is the Food?

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Photograph of a white plate with gourmet meal in the center, surrounded by swirled syrup around the meal.

 

CHARTER QUESTION MOST ASKED

Some clients choose a vacation on a crewed catamaran in the Caribbean.  Other clients choose a static event on a MIPIM yacht in Nice, France.  The question we are most often asked is, “How is the food?”

We have over 30 years’ experience in the luxury mega yacht charter industry.  We honestly answer questions about the food with a resounding, single word, “amazing!”

The reason that private yacht charter vacation food is so amazing is quite simple.  With the largest yachts in the world competing for a handful of clients, the onboard meals and presentation is critical. It must rival the fare of the finest 3-star Michelin restaurants.

THE SCENARIO

Wake up on your Monaco Grand Prix Yacht in Monte Carlo. A full day of sightseeing and F1 racing awaits you.  You are hungry!   Step into the galley and ask the chef what meals he or she has planned for the day.

We asked that of Chef Selina Stansfield onboard 180 foot superyacht MARIE.  She responded with this decadent, Race Day sample dinner menu.

 

Photograph of a table covered in miniature key lime pies in parfait cups with cucumber slices on the edges. The table is covered with a white tablecloth.  There are green key limes between the parfait cups.

DINNER

Salad of balsamic marinated Italian figs with mozzarella di buffalo.
Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass, macadamia nut pesto, asparagus risotto.
Slow-baked hazelnut meringues with Valhrona chocolate mousse.

 

 

 

Do you like privacy, picturesque settings, and gourmet food?  Does your dream vacation include these items?  If so, contact a charter specialist at 1-800 Yacht Charters today. Book now here at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Yacht Focus on Wellness Travel

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Photograph of woman seated in a yoga pose on the deck of a yacht. The woman is wearing all white. Her hand, which is at the right side of the photograph, is in typical yoga pose with thumb and index finger touching to form a circle.

WELLNESS

The age of wellness is upon us.  Everywhere you turn, people seek to boost their wellness and make healthy living a priority in both daily life and travel.
 

YACHTS AND HEALTH

Taking a queue from this growing trend, the newest and largest yachts for charter are being designed and outfitted to accommodate adventurous, wellness-oriented travelers. 
 

WELLNESS TRENDS ON BOATS

Wellness trends on superyachts include the latest gym equipment, fully-staffed mini-spas, and healthier menu options.  The yachts and the overall charter experience are moving beyond the traditional yachting, for example, spa experiences throughout.

There is more onboard space for wellness. For instance, fitness areas and private deck space for meditation is typical now.  Galleys are stocked with fresh, all-natural foods.  Chefs accommodate foodies and draft more heart-healthy menus.

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

“The market has redefined the charter experience,” says Jana Sheeder, President of superyacht rental syndicate 1-800 Yacht Charters and SailAway Yacht Charters.  “We’re witnessing a renaissance – a shift from the traditional cruise mentality to a sea-based adventure that nurtures the body and feeds the soul.”  

 

TYPICAL YACHTS IN PAST

For years, the typical Caribbean yacht charter vacation focused on extremes, if not downright decadence.  Yachts would burn fuel at dizzying rates to motor from one tropical island to the next, and guests would feast on lavish meals and exotic fare. 
 
Now, the modern charter guest seeks to balance a respect for eco-sensitive travel with a desire to focus on wellness and health.
 

Sheeder is keenly aware of the shift in priorities. 

“The opportunity to truly relax and focus on mind, body, and soul is paramount to the modern charter customer,” she says.

 

CHEFS

Onboard the superyachts, chefs have revised their cooking styles and their menus. They now incorporate more organic foods, along with reduced sodium and lower sugar alternatives, to cater to the growing demand by charter guests for health-conscious meals.

ENTERTAINMENT

The nature of onboard entertainment is evolving as well.  Crews report guests spend less time watching TV and movies, and more time pursuing wellness activities.  Charter brokers report more customers now inquire about the availability of exercise equipment and spa services.


HEALTHY ACTIVITIES

New yachts are now built with large gymnasiums, as well as spa amenities and on some  vessels, beauty salons.  Older yachts are converting some cabins from sleeping quarters into workout areas or meditation rooms.
 

LADY BRITT SUPERYACHT

A shining example of this new commitment to wellness is the brand new Feadship yacht charter motor yacht LADY BRITT.  With accommodations for 12 guests, the 208 foot vessel exudes the luxury, style, and sophistication commonplace on modern yachts.  What stands out, however, is the onboard equipment and amenities dedicated to wellness.
 

HEALTHY ROOMS 

The yacht features a wellness spa (offering Elemis massage, beauty and hair treatments), a fully-equipped gymnasium (with Technogym equipment), an outdoor cinema, and an authentic Finnish sauna with a private meditation deck and access to the water.


HOW TO BOOK A WELLNESS YACHT CHARTER


Enjoy a wellness cruise in the Caribbean or Mediterranean onboard motor yacht Lady Britt.  Her rate is €445,000 per week, plus expenses.  Click HERE for more information about superyacht Lady Britt

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