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3 Jaw Dropping Yachts At the Monaco Yacht Show

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MONACO YACHT SHOW

From September 28 through October 1, some of the most expensive and largest yachts for charter will come together at Port Hercules, Monaco for the 2016 installment of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Three of the largest private yacht charter vessels offered for hire by 1-800 Yacht Charters will be in attendance.  Here’s a quick glimpse (please try not to drool):

Tankoa motor yacht SUERTE

SUERTE superyacht underway

 

Imagine any over-the-top amenity, and chances are this 227 foot superyacht has it.  The penthouse master stateroom offers 180 degree views, a private study, and private deck with a hot tub (of course).  Other guests who wish to soak shouldn’t feel snubbed – there’s another hot tub with a waterfall located on the aft sundeck.   [Rates from €525,000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]

 

 

 

 

 

International Shipyard Ancona yacht OKTO

OKTO superyacht aerial running shot showing swimming pool on back deck

 

At nearly 218 feet, this vessel is more luxury day spa than yacht.  Built for wellness yacht charters, she features a massage/beauty/therapy room (a beautician and massage therapist are part of the crew), guest elevator, indoor cinema room, and a 20ft swimming pool (salt or/ fresh water, heated or cooled, with contra flow current). [Rates from $400,0000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN

MARTHA ANN superyacht

 

Make sure your feet are clean when you walk across the interior carpets – they’re silk and valued at $17 million dollars. This 230 foot yacht offers 7 guest cabins, and a classical-style interior by famous designer Francois  Zuretti. A large Jacuzzi “Swim Spa” on the upper aft deck double as a lap pool, with an adjacent wet bar with 11 stools – 4 of which are underwater in the spa. [Rates from €600,0000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, we help plan The Superyacht Experience™ for you.

For further information on yachts listed for rental, please fill out our online form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today.

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COVID-19 UPDATE RE ITALY YACHT CHARTER VAT

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RECENT NEWS

COVID 19 update from 1-800 Yacht Charters.  In specific, Italian tax authorities have postponed new laws designed to increase VAT on Italian yacht charter vacations. The postponement appears to be in response to the effect of Covid-19 on tourism.

Fortunately, private yacht charter vacations remain exempt from the tax increase until November. Accordingly, 1-800 Yacht Charters will continue to Deliver the Superyacht Experience™ to their clients at a lower-than-expected tax rate.

Profile photograph of a white yacht anchored in a marina.  She is the largest yacht in the marina. There are many small boats behind her.  There are mountains in the background.  The sun is setting in front of the yacht, so she is bathed in golden light.

 

 

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN

Tax increases were first announced in December 2019. The conversion of Law Decree n. 124/2019 (by Law n.157/2019) and the 2020 Italian Budget Law (Law n. 160/2019) enact new value-added tax (VAT) measures. The law set the VAT rate at 22% for Italian luxury yacht charter vacations. That law is postponed until November 1, 2020. The old rates will remain in place. VAT is set at 6.6% for yachts over 24 meters. VAT is set at 8.8% for yachts under 24 meters.

 

IN SUMMARY

In other words, private yacht charter vessels and crews can still welcome-aboard guests in Italy at a favorable VAT rate below 10%. The Superyacht Experience™ will continue this summer. Tourism in Italy suffers from Covid-19 shortfalls. Italian authorities are hopeful favorable VAT rates will stimulate tourism. New (higher) VAT regulations will be in effect after November 1st, 2020. 

 

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Italian VAT applies to all charters embarking in Italy. Special limitations apply to yachts registered in Italy. Government fiscal agents require an appropriate amount of cruising to qualify for the reduced VAT. For example, at least one crossing from Corsica or Sardinia to mainland France or Italy qualify for the reduced rate.

Italian-flagged yachts are not subject to this limitation.  Specifically, no long-distance crossing requirements exist.

 

Profile photograph of a yacht at anchor in a quiet harbor.  There are mountains covered in mist in the background. The yacht is facing the right side of the photograph.  There is a jetski zipping around in the water at the back of the yacht.

 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS 

In conclusion, certain Covid-19 protocols remain in place.  Requirements include masks in public areas.  In addition, no Covid-19 test requirement exists, although quarantine requirements may exist for some origins.  For example, public transportation is operating, and restaurants are open.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Our team stays on top of all Covid-19 updated information. For instance, we provide a list of available yachts and “summer saver discounts.”  Call our team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 for immediate response.

Important to note, travelers from the USA face possible travel restrictions to Italy. Don’t let this stop you. You can still enjoy The Superyacht Experience™.  Stay safe, and remain closer to home this summer.  We’d love to plan a yacht charter vacation for you like this one!

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Equestrian Lifestyle Meets The Sea

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Photograph of a rider on horseback. The horse is jumping toward the right side of the photograph. The horse is brown with a black mane (hair on its neck). The rider is dressed in professional riding clothing and helmet. There is a company name and mission statement below the horse that reads, 1-800 Yacht Charters Where Equestrians Go To Unwind

THE LIFESTYLE

Janet Winters is the author of The Barn Goddess Chronicles, a blog celebrating the equestrian lifestyle.  Winters refers to the lifestyle as, “…a journey of adventure, discovery and community…We never know what any particular ride will be like.

That spirit of adventure bonds the equestrian and yachting lifestyles together. Indeed, each time we “climb aboard” – whether it’s a steed or a luxury yacht – we have the chance to immerse ourselves in adventure. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

THE DESTINATION

It’s hard to imagine a luxury yacht charter destination that beckons to equestrian travelers more than the Mediterranean. The Eastern “Med” includes Greece and the Aegean Sea. The Western Med covers the French Riviera and Italy’s western coast, as well as the islands of Corsica and Sardinia.  The scenery is breathtaking.  In fact, everywhere you turn, you see hills and mountains that look down on uncrowded beaches and turquoise-green waters.

Remember the classic film, The Black Stallion? (Oh, who could forget!!??)  The young, shipwrecked boy and his newfound equine friend are inseparable.  It is a magnificent friendship. They spend much of the first part of the film exploring an uninhabited beach and frolicking in the sea.

Those mesmerizing scenes take place on the beautiful island of Sardinia.

Silhouette photograph of a boy on the right side of the picture, bending down to feed his horse (left side and center of picure). They are on a beach. The ocean is behind them. The sun reflects off of the ocean. There is a cliff to the left side of them. Very picturesque. From the movie, The Black Stallion

 

Just look at the color of the water!!!!
Photograph of a black horse running on the beach. The horse is in the foreground, on sand. It is running toward the left side of the photo. The ocean is in the background and ranges from light blue to turquoise to dark blue water

GO, GO, GO – FEI MONACO

Are you familiar with the places to see and the things to do during a yacht charter in the Med?  Please don’t worry if your answer is “no.”  Our team will create a bespoke itinerary for you. It will be based on the activities you enjoy.

For example, we created a Equestrian-Friendly yacht charter itinerary that kicks off in Monaco at the annual FEI Monte Carlo, Port Hercules Standard Show (June 25-25).

Day 1: Monaco

The FEI show jumping arena is set up right in front of the marina!  Your superyacht will serve as your floating hotel while you attend the event.

Try to envision the sequence of your day.

First, you wake up and enjoy an open-air breakfast, on deck. Everywhere you look you see beautiful yachts, docked side by side. Second, you take the short walk to the FEI arena for an exciting day of world-class show jumping. When you need a break, your crew is standing by – ready to serve you a freshly-prepared lunch. No one but you and your family and friends are onboard. Third, when the jumping is over for the day, you and your guests return to your luxury yacht. After all, it’s time for an impromptu and oh-so-casual cocktail hour!

Without a doubt, it’s hard to imagine a more convenient vacation arrangement for watching the FEI show…  This is the Equestrian Lifestyle at its best…

Now, its time to explore Monaco and then set off for adventure. Let’s look at the rest of your 7-night itinerary:

Day 2: Monaco

Monaco is the second smallest state in Europe. The only city, Monte-Carlo, is synonymous with all things luxury – casinos, resorts, superyachts, exclusive parties, and exotic cars. You and your family and guests can enjoy activities such as:

-Helicopter rides over the city
-A test drive in a F1 race car
-Lunch at Le Vistamar, at Hotel Hermitage*
-Dancing the night away at the exclusive nightclub, Jimmy’z.

*Additionally, other beautiful lunch options include Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Au Grand Inquisteur

Finally, the dining experience at 3-Michelin star restaurant, Louis XV is not to be missed. This fine establishment features the unique food interpretation of international renowned executive-chef Alain Ducasse.

Day 3: Pampelonne Beach, St.Tropez

Pampelonne Beach is the sandy locale that fuels St Tropez’s fame.  Over 20,000 people a day visit this beach in the peak of the summer (July/August). Even so, you’ll never feel overwhelmed as your private superyacht is at anchor, just a few yards from the beach. You decide how much interaction, if any, you want with the local community and tourists. The top beach clubs/restaurants worthy of a visit are Nikki Beach, Bagatelle, Cap 21, Les Murenes, and Le Club 55.

 

WHAT AWAITS YOU…

Day 4: ????

Are you wondering, “What’s in store for day four?” Just what is on the horizon for the rest of the week?

Adventure awaits, and it all starts with a click of your computer mouse.

In other words, we need to hear from you!

Please CLICK HERE and send us an email.  We will send you the complete 7-night sample itinerary.

Our sample itinerary begins your charter in Monaco and ends in picturesque Portofino.   That is along the Italian Riviera.  Use the comment box below to simply request our “Sample Mediterranean itinerary for Equestrians on Vacation.”

 

HOW TO BOOK YOUR EQUESTRIAN YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, we paraphrase fellow blogger Janet Winters.  “Let your equestrian lifestyle lead you to the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Here, a journey of adventure and discovery awaits.”  Indeed it does – onboard your own private charter.  Enjoy The Superyacht Experience™ by 1-800 Yacht Charters

Please click here to fill out our online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  We will research details for you, monitor the Covid-19 situation, and look for specials for you and anything new in the industry — for whenever you are ready.

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Top 4 Things To Do in Sardinia

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Photograph of a man and a woman riding bicycles on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Beautiful scenery. As if they are on a yacht charter and are adventuring on bikes above the yacht

SARDINIA YACHT CHARTER

Planning a luxury sailing charter?,   Or a week cruising on a motoryacht?  Sardinia is truly a cruising paradise. Specifically, with crystal clear waters and quiet anchorages.

Last week, we introduced our readers to the enchanted island. In other words, through our blog post called Sardinia’s location off the coast of Italy.

WHAT TO DO IN SARDINIA

Today, we take a look at the island, itself.  We surely recommend top four things to do in Sardinia.

VISIT THE TOWN

1.  Visit BOSA.  Away from the coast, much of the countryside is mountainous.  It has innumerable charming villages and hotels.  In addition, restaurants and incredible views.  Along the coast, however, is a special small town worth a visit. It is Bosa.  This 12th century town is situated on the west coast.  Specifically, north of Oristano, in a valley on the Temo.  It is the only navigable river in Sardinia. 

The city is overlooked by the Castello Malaspina.  The castle dates to 1112.  To the south of the Castle, specifically on the north bank next to the bridge, is the Bosa Cathedral.  This structure is from the fifteenth century. Inside is a splendid interior of marble statues.  Additionally, nineteenth century frescos.  The nearby Bosa Marina Beach is regularly voted the cleanest beach in Italy.

Travel Tip

Are you arriving via a luxury mega yacht charter vessel?  If so, the Bosa Marina is just 2 kilometers from the town of Bosa.  The marina accommodates yachts up to 50 meters.  Most of the slips are for smaller yachts. For this reason, call in advance to secure a reservation. Especially during peak summer periods. 

 

RIDE THE TRAIN

2.  Ride the TRENINO VERDE.   In the summer, the Trenino Verde tourist train runs from Palau. Further, south through the mountains.  It is a beautiful route. For example, it meanders its way slowly through the hills.  It is a way to see the interior of Sardinia.  One of the stops is the small village of Sant’Antonio di Gallura. It is a true farming village on a hillside. Finally overlooking the Diga Liscia lake. The old center of the village is charming.  It groups around the piazza and church of Sant’Antonio.  The town has few visitors in the summer. However, it is a typical Gallurese working village.  If you prefer to be surrounded by local residents rather than other tourists, this is the place for you.

 

Travel Tip

Stop by the Capichera winery.   Pick up several bottles of their famous Classico white wines.  These wines feature dry, rounded and mouthfilling flavors of juicy, aromatic fruit. In addition, a long, lingering finish, rich in tangy minerals.

 

SEE THE BEEHIVES

3.  See the NURAGHI.  They look like man-made beehives.  The Nuraghi are stone dwellings dating back to the bronze age.  They only exist on Sardinia. The exact use of these structures remains unknown.  Scientists speculate they were possibly used as religious temples. On the other hand, possibly as military strongholds.  There are over 6000 of these stones on the island.  The most famous Nuraghe is Nuraxi su Barumini.  In specific, it is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  Barumini is located at approximately 60 kilometers north of Cagliari.  This is the capital of Sardinia.

 

EXPLORE THE PARK

4.  Explore PARCO NAZIONALE dell’ ARCIPELAGO di MADDALENA.  La Maddalena is a national park located in the north of Sardinia. On clear days, you can see the coastline of the French island of Corsica.  Moreover, from the most northern island of La Maddalena, Isola Razzoli. Luxury sailing charter guests love this destination as most of the islands in this archipelago can only be reached by boat.  Here, visitors glimpse unspoilt nature and stunning views.  In addition, the kindness of friendly, local residents.

Travel tip – hire a local guide for a hiking excursion.  A handful of residents trained and licensed are environmental hiking guides leading hiking tours of the islands.   Scuba is another popular adventure in the archipelago and several dive operators have shops on La Maddalena including Area 11 Diver and Scuba Point.

Dazzling beaches, clear water, ancient fortress cities, and modern port towns make Sardinia a “must” stopover for any Western Mediterranean yachting vacation.

 

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR SARDINIA?

Help us round out our list from a “Top four” to a “Top five”  review.  In specific, of the best Sardinia has to offer.  Tell us your favorite thing to do there!  Contact  the 1-800 YACHT CHARTERS destination team with your travel tips for sightseeing in Sardinia.

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