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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.