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Amels Brews Magical Elixir 4You…Yacht Charters Will Never Be the Same

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Thinking about a St Barts yacht charter this December on a comfortable, head-turning megayacht?  If you are, we have great news.

Two Amels Limited Editions 180 superyachts have just announced plans to head to the Caribbean this winter, and both will remain in the area through Spring 2017.

Amels motor yacht ELIXIR and yacht 4YOU, Limited Editions 180 models will be available this December, 2016 through April, 2017 for British Virgin Island yacht charter reservations, or further south in the area of St. Martin and St Barts.

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Built in 2012, Amels yacht 4YOU features a stunning contemporary Laura Sessa interior and sleeps 10 to 12 in 6 guest cabins.  The newer yacht ELIXIR, Amels 180 offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 cabins, and also boats a Laura Sessa interior with a bit more eclectic look than 4YOU.

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The Limited Editions AMELS 180 series is designed by naval architect Tim Heywood.  Ever-evolving, it is considered one of the most refined and smooth-functioning yachts in the 55-meter range. The Master suite is fitted with a folding balcony, with two more balconies attached to the main desk salon.  The roomy Sun Deck is 25 meters long with a luxury space of 155 square meters – quite possible the largest sun deck you’ll find on any 55 meter charter vessel this winter and spring in the Caribbean…

Rates begin at €275,000 per week — up to €310,000 per week for holiday dates…

To plan your own yacht charter vacation on 4You, Elixir, or any other yacht, contact yacht charter specialist Jim at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Destination Caribbean: Where is St Barts?

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Pop superstars Beyonce and Jay Z enjoy a boat ride

Want to experience a Caribbean yacht charter like a celebrity?  Then look no further than the exclusive island of Saint Barthélemy, better known as St Barts.

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Always sunny with very little rain, the tiny island has become famous for celebrity sightings, especially during the year-end holidays where all-night New Year’s Eve yacht hops and parties capture the attention of the global newswires.  


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Singer Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale relax ondeck

A playground for billionaire superyacht owners and pop culture icons, the scene in St Barts between Christmas and New Years is unlike anywhere else in the world.  From Mariah Carey and Sean “P Diddy” Combs, to Beyonce , Jay Z and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore – all have spent time lounging on the sundeck of a multi-million dollar luxury mega yacht charter vessel dockside in the island’s Gustavia marina.

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Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore seen leaving motor yacht A, to go ashore in St Barts

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So just where is St Barts, the island paradise dubbed, “Hollywood South?”

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St. Barts is a tiny island situated in the French West Indies.  Located 17°55’ north and 62°50’ west, just below the Tropic of Cancer, and north of the chain of the Lesser Antilles.  Puerto Rico is 240 km (about 160 miles) to the west. 

St. Barts lies 35 km southeast of Saint Martin, separated by the Saint-Barthélemy Channel. It lies northeast of Saba and St Eustatius, and north of St Kitts. Some small satellite islets belong to St. Barts including Île Chevreau, Île Frégate, Île Toc Vers, and Île Tortue. A much bigger islet, Île Fourchue, lies to the north of the island, in the Saint-Barthélemy Channel. Other nearby islets include Coco, the Roques (or little Turtle rocks), and Sugarloaf.  

Seven thousand kilometers separate St Barts from Paris, but it is just 2500 from New York (about a 4 hour flight).

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Why not rent a private yacht and join your favorite celebrities this winter for a week in a tropical paradise?  Contact the SailAway and 1-800 Yacht Charters destination professionals at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for more information.

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Mango Mango Yacht Services Provides Key Support to Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels

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Kevin Lawrie calls himself a “Facilitator.”  Many superyacht captains and managers  of private luxury yacht charter vessels feel they have a more fitting moniker for him:  “Miracle Man!”

Since 2015, Lawrie has operated Mango Mango Yacht and Villas Services, on the island of St Barts in the Caribbean.

Lawrie is a yacht agent, a rather non-descriptive title, but an integral participant in most private luxury yacht charter trips passing through St Barts and other nearby ports of call (e.g. Nevis, St Kitts, Anguilla, etc.).  A yacht agent’s services include assistance with immigration and port services, banking, provisioning, charter guest and yacht crew concierge services, medical arrangements, and yacht parts purchasing.

 

Kevin Lawrie, Mango-Mango yacht facilitator

 

YACHT SERVICES

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, explains the vital role yacht agencies like Mango Mango play in the yacht charter industry.

 

“Our responsibility is to deliver The Superyacht Experience to our clients,” says Sheeder. “The hiring of the yacht is just one component of a successful charter.  Our goal is to use the yacht as the platform to deliver an unequalled and flawless vacation for our clients.  While the captains of the yachts are responsible to create an itinerary for the clients, it is often the yacht agent who coordinates the logistics for the yacht before it arrives at a particular destination.”

 

Lawrie and his Mango Mango team can:

  • Arrange dockage for a yacht days before arrival in St Barts, and once in port, assist the crew in clearing the charter guests through customs
  • Order provisions.  Crews will often send Lawrie a list of provisions requested by the onboard guests, and Lawrie will make arrangements for these items to be delivered to the yacht
  • Organize onshore activities.  Captains will call Lawrie before arrival with a list of activities the charter guests wish to enjoy while in St. Barts

 

“A captain and his crew need to focus on the safe operation of the yacht while the charter guests are onboard,” explains Sheeder. “You don’t want a captain or the crew spending time on the phone or Internet trying to organize sighstseeing tours, arranging dockage, or making restaurant reservations.”

This is where Lawrie and Mango Mango excel.  Many important details are handled by yacht agents.  When performed well, it’s a seamless, professional process – invisible to the charter guests.  All the charter guests see is an empty slip in a marina, ready for their arrival.  As they disembark, a driver is standing by, with a car or limousine – ready to take them where they want to go.  There’s no need for charter guests to stand in line at the local customs office, because Lawrie has already cleared the passengers, using passport details forwarded to him via email by the yacht’s captain.  Fuel and fresh provisions will be delivered to the yacht, so when the charter guests are ready to depart for the next port of call, the yacht and crew are ready to go.

Many times, a yacht owner who normally keeps his/her yacht in the Mediterranean will decide to re-position to the Caribbean for the winter season.  Often, the crews of these yachts are not familiar with the islands of the Caribbean, and are at a loss when it comes to necessary yacht services – fuel bunkering, entry requirements, foreign currency exchanges, etc.   For these yachts and crew, Lawrie is truly a miracle worker.  Sheeder points out, “Not only does Kevin handle the typical yacht services, he’s available 24/7 for the little things that seem to pop up out of nowhere.  If a crewmember suddenly breaks a tooth, Kevin will jump right in and secure an emergency appointment with a local dentist.”

 Scott Macahonic, Chief Officer of M/Y Spirit understands the value of a local yacht agency like Mango Mango: “We have used Kevin numerous times over the last two seasons in St.Barths, and I can’t even tell you the number of ‘potential guest situations’ he has gotten us out of! New Year’s eve table reservations, 20 person taxi with no warning, coconuts immediately, fresh fish when needed. You name it…he’s helped us always in a professional, quick and friendly manner. We will definitely be using him the next time we can get back to the beautiful island of St.Barths.”

  

VILLA SERVICES

Mango Mango has expanded their services to also include villas. They provide:

  • Villa Management
    • Arrangement & coordination of all contractors (pool, garden, plumbing, electric)
    • Administration & payment of all accounts & services for the villa
    • Housekeeping, chefs, babysitting & personal security services
    • Meet & Greet at the airport / yacht / ferry
    • Freshest products provisioning
    • Exclusive concierge services

 

ST BARTS OPEN-4-BUSINESS

While recent hurricanes Irma and Maria brought much destruction to the Caribbean including St Barts, Lawrie states the island is up and running and ready for visitors. “St Barts is effectively open for business this winter season,” says Lawrie, “and we would love to see you down here and we can promise that it will be a memorable season offering you the same level of professionalism as usual and you will be welcomed with open arms and a warm smile wherever you go ashore.”

Well said, Miracle Man!

 

For up-to-date information about scheduled post-hurricane restaurant and hotel openings in St Barts, or to rent a luxury villa, contact Mango Mango Yacht and Villa Services at + 590 690 77 81 13 or email: hello@mangomangosbh.com

To plan your Superyacht Experience on a St Barts yacht charter vacation, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 or via our convenient online form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .

Hurry.  Yachts for your Caribbean Yacht Charter holidays are booking quickly!

 

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