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Travel News For Week Starting Monday 27th February:


Spain to Abolish Carry-on Liquid Restrictions at Airports From 2024

Authorities in Spain plan to abolish the carry-on liquid rules in 2024, permitting passengers through some countries airports to take over 100 ml liquids in their hand luggage without being subject to restrictions.

According to the announcement of Aena, the state-owned company in charge of general interest airports in Spain, from 2024, liquid restrictions will be abolished at Madrid- Bajaras and Barcelona-El Prat airports,  SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

After Madrid and Barcelona, the scanners will be introduced at airports of Palma de Mallorca as well as Málaga-Costa del Sol from 2025 and in the year 2026 in Gran Canaria, Tenerife Sur and Fuerteventura, among others, Murcia Today report notes.

The same noted that travellers will also be eligible to leave electronics in their luggage after new 3D X-ray technology is installed. The new rules mean that passengers are also eligible to take their bottles of wine or olive oil in their hand luggage.

Aena said that it would make a significant investment in the Explosive Detection System for Cabin Baggage (EDSCB) projected to generate a 3D image of the content of suitcases. The new project is designed to save travellers time without compromising security in airports.


UK Issues Travel Warning for Travellers to France as Major Transport Disruptions May Occur

The British authorities have issued a travel warning for its citizens planning to visit France in the following weeks, due to a mass strike action expected to occur on March 7.

More specifically, Unions around France have warned that the mass strike action, might impact tourism and cancel flights, as it is the main target of the action.

“Several unions have called for cross-sector strike action and demonstrations across France on Tuesday, March 7. Industrial action may start the evening before a strike day and run until the morning after” – a statement regarding the action pointed out.

Looking back at previous strikes, many workers from the transport, education and energy sectors walked out, which caused major infrastructures to happen. Last month, the industrial action saw many transport workers walking out, which resulted in flight cancellations by Eurostar, Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways.


EU Postpones Launch of ETIAS to 2024’

The European Union has once again postponed the launch of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), this time for the year 2024, without giving an exact date, or even month.

The delay of the ETIAS roll out date has happened without any warning by the EU, by simply, changing the date in the EU Commission’s Migration and Home Affairs website to 2024, instead of November 2023, as it has been before. The EU Commission’s Migration and Home Affairs website now also lists travel-europe.europa.eu/etias_en as the official ETIAS website, and travel-europe.europa.eu/ees_en as the official website of the Entry/Exit System, (EES).

The latter was also supposed to become effective on May 2023, but it has been postponed for the end of the year. The exact date for the EES roll out remains unknown as well.


Air New Zealand unveils Economy Stretch product

New Zealand has unveiled a new economy product with additional legroom on its B777 aircraft.

The ‘Economy Stretch’ seats are located in the first four rows of the cabin, with 42 seats offering up to 39 per cent more legroom than the standard economy seat and 35-inch seat pitch (rather than 31 inches in standard).

Costing an extra NZD$175 for a one-way trip, the product is a revamp of the current economy seat with ‘sculptured upholstery’ and a flexible headrest. Passengers will also benefit from upgraded headsets and a pillow designed for long-haul travel, along with free advanced seat selection and early disembarkation.

The product will debut on the Auckland-Los Angeles route, operated by a B777-300, from February 27, though the airline hopes to introduce the product on its Houston route ‘as part of phase two’.

Chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty commented: “Customers have told us they want more room to relax, and at a competitive price. Economy Stretch answers this challenge, with some luxury for the legs all while enjoying our renowned in-flight service, Kiwi cuisine and wine, and seat-back entertainment.”

“Through innovations such as the Economy Skycouch and with Economy Skynest launching later next year, Air New Zealand continues to push boundaries in Economy travel.”

“The Economy cabin welcomes the most diverse group of travellers. The introduction of Economy Stretch means we are providing more choice for customers at an Economy price point that will meet the needs of families, solo travellers, as well as those just looking for that little bit extra of extra comfort.”


American Airlines Cuts Nearly 50,000 Flights From Summer Schedule

American Airlines has cut almost 50,000 flights from its summer schedule, with June and July being the most affected months. According to the airline, this is standard as it finalises schedules closer to the upcoming season.

As airlines worldwide prepare for a busy summer, many expecting to reach pre-pandemic levels, some must make cuts. Earlier this week, German carrier Lufthansa announced it was cutting more than 30,000 flights from its summer schedule. European airports are also placing daily passenger caps, like the ones imposed at London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol last year.

For any crew who have flights booked with AA in June and July, please keep in regular contact with the airline or your travel provider


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When is the 2022 2nd Thailand Charter Week?

Asia Pacific Superyachts announce the 2022 2nd Thailand Charter Week Dates

2022 Thailand Charter Week

Thailand Charter Week is Asia’s premier B2B charter event for yachts and superyachts, a luxury yachting event that provides a platform to luxury charter yacht companies, set in the stunning ‘Superyacht Hub of Asia’, Phuket Island.

The second edition will be held from the 16th to the 19th of November 2022 and will once again be hosted by the Phuket Yacht Haven Marina. Organisers of the Thailand Charter Week, the Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA), are looking to make the coming event even bigger following the successful inaugural edition held two years ago. Inspired by the Antigua Charter Yacht Show and the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona, the Thailand Charter Week 2022 will be the second international charter event for Yachting & Tourism industry professionals.


READ MORE: Thailand Visa Fee Exemption For International Arrivals Proposed


The B2B event encourages engagement between yachts, marine industry players, sponsors, and professional visitors in an intimate environment. International and local Charter Brokers, Luxury Travel Agents, Luxury Tour Operators, and Hotel Industry Professionals will be introduced to Phuket’s renowned charter yachts, experience Phuket’s famed hospitality and will enjoy a program of destination, activities, and sustainable yachting information along with local entertainment.

The Thailand Charter Week will include a fulfilling program of yacht inspections, presentations, discussions, yachting activities, plus business networking opportunities. For the first two days, charter yachts will be on display at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina. There will also be panel discussions and presentations about various subjects, such as Thailand destinations, marinas, cultural activities, etc.

The last day will feature a one-day ‘familiarization’ cruise aboard participating yachts to exciting charter destinations around Phuket and the Andaman Sea to help build and realize potential business and partnerships.

Thailand Yacht Charter Week

TBYA states:

“Our mission is to offer the most effective platform for your brand to capture and interact with the most relevant target audience.”

The Thailand Charter Week will welcome a wide range of charter yachts offering charters in various daily, weekly, and budget ranges. Most are based in the South-East Asian region for several years in destinations such as Phuket (Thailand), Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar), Langkawi (Malaysia), or the Indonesian Islands. TBYA will match charter brokers and agents with the right type of yacht and crew.

“After two years the wait is finally over as we see an international boat show return to the sunny shores of Phuket Island”, reports Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS), adding: “Event organisers are expecting lots of interest in the show as activities return to normal after the pandemic. It will be great to see Phuket buzzing again!”, enthuses Fernandes, noting the Thai government is encouraging high end and luxury travel.

“We are thrilled to welcome back international luxury yachts following Thailand’s lifting of all Covid border restrictions as of October 1st, making long stays easier for luxury vessels to cruise the beautiful islands of the Andaman Seas and the Gulf of Thailand”, reports APS co-founders, Gordon Fernandes, Captains Charlie Dwyer, and Scott Walker.

Now, with the kingdom fully reopened, international visitor and yacht arrivals are on the rise, international events and local festivals are being held and major international and regional airlines are resuming flights from countries around the world.


For more information, contact phuket@asia-pacific-superyachts.com




Thailand Visa Fee Exemption For International Arrivals Proposed

Asia Pacific Superyachts announced in June 2022, tourism operators reached an agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to propose a Thailand visa fee exemption for international arrivals. And, an eligibility extension for visitors from nations not requiring a visa to enter the country. This will be from a time-period of 30 to 45 days, during the second half of this year.

Phuket Phanghan Bay - Thailand Visa Fee Exemption For International Arrivals Proposed
Phuket Phanghan Bay

A joint meeting between TAT and more than 100 representatives from 10 tourism associations yesterday ended with five proposals that are expected to be presented to the subcommittee of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

“We are pleased Thailand has not only revised arrival rules and relaxed Covid measures for international visitors, but also that the country continues to move forward in their efforts to welcome back foreign-flagged vessels, to once again cruise these beautiful waters”, reports Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founders in Thailand, Gordon Fernandes & Jojo and Captain Charlie Dwyer.

“All tourists should have been treated on an equal basis. If possible, we should also provide a fee waiver for multiple entry to allow them to visit neighbouring countries during the same trip,” said Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association.

“This could be a good opportunity for us to lead the reopening of CLMV.”  – The CLMV countries are Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

TAT reports at present, Thailand grants a visa exemption to 56 countries whose citizens don’t have to apply for a visa or pay the 1,000-baht fee. But, the stay is limited to 30 days. However, most countries, including potential markets such as India, still require visitors to apply for a visa. As well as the requirement to pay an application fee for a stay of no more than 60 days.


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As the government previously extended the right to remain in the country from 30 to 45 days during the period when quarantine was required, if tourism operators want to seek another extension, it should not be an obstacle, said Mr Yuthasak.

“We totally agree with the proposal to waive the Thailand visa fee exemption for those who must apply for a visa, in addition to extending the length of stay for both visa-free countries and the VOA,” said Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association.

In addition to visa issues, the private sector also agreed to ask the CCSA to lift restrictions on night entertainment hours by returning to the same practices adopted by each area before the pandemic.

They also support the idea of promoting Thailand as a mask-free destination by revoking the mask mandate in all areas. Masks can be suggested for congested spaces or indoors. Private operators, such as hotels or restaurants, can make their own decision on whether to require their staff to wear a mask, according to the meeting.

Most representatives also agreed with the Tourism and Sport Ministry’s proposal to cancel the Thailand Pass system, meaning the only requirements for visitors to the country would be vaccine certificates and insurance; however this has yet to be determined.

Temperature checks at all locations should be halted as experience has shown this measure cannot practically identify those infected with the virus, said the representatives.


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Triple Bay Yacht Club: Saudi Arabia’s Luxury Yacht Club Revealed

Amaala has revealed the plans for the luxurious and futuristic Triple Bay Yacht Club. The project, which is located on Saudi Arabia’s North-Western coast is on track for a 2024 completion date.

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Image: Amaala

Designed by celebrated architects HKS, the 7,900sqm yacht club will be a full-service marina, offering a total of 120 berths for yachts up to 130m, as well as a wide array of facilities for Captains, and yacht crew. Guests arriving at the club can experience a lift that travels from the water’s edge to an exclusive sky lounge. In addition to the luxury sky lounge, Saudi Arabias yacht club will have plenty of areas for events, shopping, dining, live entertainment, and an amphitheater.

HKS designed the club with an infinity pool at the top, simulating an aft deck, as a nod to the boats that will dock there.

“We were clear from the outset that we wanted to create a building of its place, with the design drawing inspiration from local landscapes and culture, alongside the nature of the marine lifestyle,” Dan Flower, HKS design director and lead architect for Amaala Yacht Club.

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The exterior designs of Triple Bay Yacht Club

The luxury development firm Amaala is helming the project, which is already well underway. Amaala is managed by The Red Sea Development Company, which also has a further two projects in the works. An extension from the Triple Bay Yacht Club is an “Art, culture and conservation site,” dubbed The Coastal Development, and “an exclusive enclave of luxurious resorts and residential estates,” named The Island.

Amaala offers an unparalleled opportunity to shape a new tourism destination and a new home for yachting on the Red Sea. It is a privilege to be involved as designers of this iconic yacht club, which is a centrepiece for the marina and set to evolve the guest experience,” commented Kevin Underwood, global head of hospitality at HKS.

Key features of Triple Bay Yacht Club for Captains and Crew include:

  • 120 berths for yachts up to 130m.
  • A terrace restaurant.
  • An infinity pool.
  • Deck and rooftop cabana lounge.
  • A 10-hectare basin for hosting yachts of up 130 metres in length.
  • An 80 metre Quai d’honneur for accommodating events

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Triple Bay Yacht Club – Berthing facilities


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Maison Del Gusto: 5 Reasons For A Chef To Choose Basmati Rice

Maison Del Gusto: “Being gourmet selectors for high-end yacht chefs and private chefs, we’re passionate about educating not only chefs, but Captains, crew, and food enthusiasts about the foods we source. This month’s food blog focuses on rice to give you some knowledge on the top 5 reasons for a chef to choose basmati rice.”

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In many Asian cultures, rice is synonymous with food. Today more than 3,5 billion people, including virtually all of East and Southeast Asia, depend on rice for sustenance. It’s also being cultivated on every continent except Antarctica! Since people began trying their hand at farming 12.000 years ago, rice has fed more people over a longer period than any other crop. Because of this, it’s becoming closely linked with the evolution of human society, both as a commercial product and as a community builder.

Basmati rice is also mentioned in all the scriptures of Asia’s ancient civilizations, being involved in the religious and secular ceremonies of many countries, from birth, through marriage, to death. But if you think that rice is just rice, think again! You can find so many different varieties of rice. However, there’s no other rice quite like the Basmati. Basmati rice is very long and slim grain rice, that has excellent cooking qualities and it’s full of flavour!

Fun Fact: It’s only grown in Northern India and Pakistan, as no other rice can be labeled as basmati.

So, what makes basmati rice so special? – Gourmet selectors, Maison Del Gusto share 5 reasons for a chef to choose Basmati:

  1. Believe it or not, Basmati is a super grain that is gluten-free and low in fat. While cooking it expands more than twice its dry length and unlike other types of rice, the grains only expand lengthwise. The reason for this is that it allows them to retain their characteristic length and slenderness when cooked. One other thing you should know is that basmati rice has a low to medium glycemic index, meaning that energy is released at a slower rate which leads to a more balanced energy level. Interesting, right?
  2. Furthermore, Basmati is a story of taste. The word ‘Basmati’ comes from the Hindi word for “ the fragrant one” and fittingly too. In terms of mouthfeel and taste, Basmati rice has an intensely spicy, nutty flavor with a floral aroma that offers the palate a whole different experience.
  3. Many say that basmati rice is like fine wine – it only improves with age. It is actually aged for as much as a few years! Which helps to dry the rice fully, and keep those grains fluffy and separated in a pilaf. Next time you have some in your pantry, take a look at the colour of your basmati.  We say to do this because the best Basmati isn’t pearly white, its grains have a slightly golden hue, but in any case, should not be gray. The Basmati relies entirely on nature for its special characteristics…
  4. If you’ve ever cooked this rice, then you’ll know what we mean when we say that Basmati rice is a dream to cook! The open texture of Basmati allows the grain to absorb other flavors, making it a sociable partner to a whole host of recipes; From pilafs and curries to soups and other delicious dishes
  5. The final reason for a chef to choose basmati rice is that basmati requires love and attention. There is only one Basmati harvest a year and the plant requires specific weather conditions to mature and flourish. It is much taller than other rice, so it can suffer very easily from wind damage. Basmatis’ delicate make-up explains the constant need for vigilance and care by the farmer. Yet, allows the plant to develop its complex, unique flavour and characteristics.

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Co-founder of Green Saffron Spice, Arun Kapul recommends these top tips when making rice:

  • For every cup of rice add 2.5 cups of cold water
  • Bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer and leave half-covered to cook for 12-15 mins – no stirring!
  • When there is about a tablespoon of water left, remove it from the heat and cover. Then, leave it to stand for 3-4 mins – the rice will separate and the grains will point up happily!
  • Add a little sea salt to taste, sprinkle on some chopped coriander or chives, fluff with a fork, and serve!
Note – For perfect, fluffy grains every time leave the spoon in the drawer and use only the finest quality.

 

To conclude, basmati rice is one of the most widely used ingredients in many cuisines across the globe. Its unique taste and aroma is the driving reason for its worldwide popularity and success. If cooked properly, the taste of Basmati Rice will not fail to satisfy your taste buds so wait no more and order your packet of Basmati rice today through Maison Del Gusto Superyacht provisioners.


*This article was written in collaboration with Maison del Gusto, Monaco’s premiere purveyor of gourmet food. Please contact MDG on +377 97708711 or by clicking here, for a selection of multi-award Basmati rice.


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Understanding Indonesias New Visa For Yachts

Indonesias new visa allows easier entry for yachts

Indonesia is easing access for yachts to enter into Bali, Batam, Bintan and Nunukan. Starting with the requirement to quarantine being lifted for arrivals, by air or by sea. And good news for foreign-flagged yachts too, as Indonesias new visa means easier entry for yachts, as the country slowly gets back to pre-Covid times.

Indonesias New Visa allows easier entry for yachts - Superyacht Content
Image by Diamond Sanur yacht marina, Bali

Captain Thomas Taatjas of Asia Pacific Superyachts Bali adds:

Most importantly, Indonesias new visa that is being rolled out soon that would give 180 days straight away with no extensions. This is exciting news as the previous one needed time consuming extensions at immigration offices every month. It’s was previously a real a pain for people cruising”,

*Also noting Visa on Arrival is currently available only at the airport and not seaports, including Bali.

President Joko Widodo recently issued a Presidential Decree regarding visa-free facility for visitors from 90 countries. As well as, a Presidential Decree for easy access for foreign yachts to enter Indonesia –  Reported the chairman of the Committee of Public Policy of the ministry of transportation, retired admiral Dr Marsetya.

In neighboring countries especially Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand the number of yacht and cruise ship visits was far higher. This is because procedures to get entry permits are easier there; Especially, with regard to custom, immigration, quarantine and port clearance.

What are the current travel restrictions for Indonesia?

There is no longer a quarantine when entering Indonesia. Nor is there is no longer a PCR test on arrival, and VOA has been reinstated for many countries” – Captain Thomas Taatjas

*Noting APS will continue to advise and ensure clients are aware of the last-known situation for entering Indonesia. Additionally, he notes foreign yachts are no longer requested to have a CAIT (Clearance, Approval for Indonesia Territory) permit to enter the country.

What is the best time of the year to visit Indonesia by Superyacht?

Year round cruising is possible because Indonesia spans both sides of the equator – meaning it has both north and south hemispheres. Indonesia lies between 10⁰N and 10⁰S; meaning it it’s out of typhoon and hurricane range. Southern Indonesia (8⁰S parallel, Komodo, Bali, Java Southern Sumatra, etc) is best between May and October; the Northern Hemisphere (Raja Ampat, Sulawesi, Papua, etc) is best between October and May.

This year-round advantage of the largest tropical archipelago in the world gives Indonesia the potential to be the best cruising destination in the world.

It just needs the infrastructure to follow” – Captain Thomas

The Southeast Asian country is is home to more than 17,500 Indonesian islands for you to cruise around! You’ll be amazed at the diversity, culture and the personality of each and every island. There is a reason why Indonesia’s national motto is “Unity in Diversity”…


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Thailand’s Borders reopen for Yacht Charter

It has recently been announced that Thailand’s borders will reopen for yacht charter, after their initial closing in March 2020.

As of this month, Thailand’s borders have reopened to visitors who are fully vaccinated and hold a Thailand Pass under their Test and Go Scheme. As well as this, other travel restrictions have been relaxed; including restrictions regarding mandatory quarantine periods.

See the updates on Thailand’s travel restrictions below:

Why you should visit Thailand by Superyacht - Thailands borders reopen
Phi Phi Islands, Thailand. Photo by Evan Krause

With Thailand’s borders reopen, travellers are now allowed into the country if they:

  • Have a Thailand Pass (must be fully vaccinated)
  • Possess a medical certificate indicating a positive result not less than 14 days, and no more than 90 days before departure
  • Quarantine in prepaid accommodation. This has been reduced to one night only. For those arriving by yacht, a stay aboard is sufficient.
  • Hold a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure
  • Take an additional PCR test on arrival, with a further ATK Self-test administered on days 5-6

In regards to the Thailand Pass, it is heavily advised that travellers submit their registration at least 7 days ahead of departure, as the current processing time is 3-7 days.

Visiting Thailand

The news comes as a great pleasure to yacht crew, as the World’s third Superyacht destination has an array of amenities to offer. From tropical temperatures to idyllic scenery; high mountain peaks to gold-sand beaches, Thailand has it all. Thailand is a superyacht destination where you’ll never be short of things to do and see! To find out why head over to our recent article on ‘the top reasons to plan a trip to Thailand.’

As well as visiting Thailand by Superyacht, it’s an ideal location for yacht crew to visit on holiday. More to the point, it’s an ideal, peaceful getaway that’s great for mental health and shifting your mindset. The tropical island of Koh Tao is the home to a popular retreat amongst yachties – Deishaview.  Perhaps you are dealing with big life changes or feel like you’ve hit a plateau in your life? Thailand’s no.1 retreat allows you to regain your thoughts and connect with others who may be feeling the same way.

All in all, with Thailand’s borders reopened, it’s time to start considering your 2022 travel plans.

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Deishaview Retreat – A Yachtie’s Idyllic Escape To Thailand

Have you reached a plateau in life? Or maybe you’re just feeling unmotivated in recent times.

Going on a transformational retreat can allow you to learn more about yourself and provide you with the tools needed to cope with changes in your life. For instance, many yacht crew will have to face the transitional period of returning to land for work after years at sea. Which, is not easy for many and often leaves yachties feeling lost. Deishaview – Happy healthy home retreat, in the heart of Thailand, will help you to re-connect with yourself and overcome any mental blocks you may have.

About Deishaview

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Deishaview Location

Deishaview Healthy Happy Home is a transformational retreat center in Thailand. They operate immersive group-coaching programs designed to help you understand why you’re feeling a certain way and how to change that for the better. Breakthrough is their signature retreat, designed to challenge the fundamental beliefs you hold about the world and who you are so that you can unlock new possibilities in your life and experience more joy, enthusiasm, and connection.

Located in the tropical paradise island of Koh Tao, in the southeast Gulf of Thailand. The venue is secluded and peaceful, set in the hillside away from the town and overlooking the jungle, ocean, and neighbouring Islands.

Yacht crew, as well as professionals from all fields who wish to learn about themselves, improve their quality of life and create unforgettable memories/friendships, are welcome to sign up to Thailands leading transformational retreat. 

However, it is especially relevant for individuals who are:

  • Facing a major life transition – such as a change in relationship or employment status – and wondering what to do next.
  • Looking to build confidence and improve leadership and communication skills.
  • Feeling lost, stuck, or less engaged in work, life, or relationships; perhaps longing for change without knowing what it could be.
  • Clear on the changes they want to make in their life but struggling to implement or maintain them.

Most of us are going through life on autopilot; doing the same things in the same places with the same people, day in day out. Thinking the same thoughts, and feeling the same feelings. We also live to some degree inside our defense mechanisms; unconsciously regulating our thoughts and our feelings to project the personality that we believe the world wants to see. In a manner of speaking, we are out of touch with who we truly are. And, this not only impairs our ability to see clearly what we want to do with our life, but it is also a major source of anxiety and stress. – CEO, Alex Johnson.

Attending a retreat such as Breakthrough creates a space for the mist to clear, and to reconnect with who we are and what we really want. 

Where did Deishaview start?

Meet Alex Johnson - The Founder of Deishaview
Alex- Co-Founder of Deishaview

Deishaview Healthy Happy Home has come about as a result of the life experiences of its Founders. Alex talks about how he was living the life he had dreamt of; earning hundreds of thousands annually whilst working part-time hours and traveling the world. But, found himself feeling more unhappy than ever before. This started a journey of self-inquiry and exploration into the factors influencing happiness and stress in our society. Through this process of discovery, he was able to find a greater sense of purpose, joy, and clarity in his life.  Deishaview Healthy Happy Home has been created to facilitate similar journeys of self-inquiry for its guests and to help people find peace with themselves and go on to have life experiences and create the impact in the world that they truly desire.

 

Yacht Crew focused FAQ with the founder of Thailands transformational retreat:

 

Life after yachting is often tricky and many yacht crew ends up asking themselves these 3 questions: Where do I go next? What jobs can I go into that will provide me with a reasonable income? Where do I even start? – How can a transformation retreat help crew that are feeling this exact way? 

 

A transformational retreat can help crew in this situation on a few levels. First of all, these questions are often coming from a place of stress and anxiety. Decisions around big questions such as “what to do with my life” really want to come from a place of confidence, self-knowledge, and opportunity. Rather than from a mindset of fear and scarcity. Often our mood can make the difference between our life looking like a half-empty glass of warm beer, or a tray full of ice-cold espresso martinis.

Deishaview retreat will help you to distance yourself from the noise and the stressful thoughts and feelings,  perpetuated by your default environments and routines. And then, from a place of confidence and inspiration, you can set about reflecting on your life, your values, your passions, your dreams, and creating an empowering vision for the future. Not forgetting, building a plan to achieve it. I am yet to come across a program that is more effective at achieving this than – Deishaview Breakthrough. 

What will a typical day look like on the 2-week retreat programme at Deishaview Retreat? 

Each day is different depending on the group schedule and your personal volunteer schedule. Group sessions take place 5 days per week in the late afternoon and each attendee has volunteer duty 4 days per week at various times.  A typical day looks something like this:

07:30 – 09:00: Breakfast

*You may rise earlier if you wish to join for morning yoga, watch the sunrise, or if you are on Breakfast duty which starts at 06:45.

09:00 – 11:00: Group outdoor excursion (e.g. swimming, kayaking, or hiking) or volunteer duty at the beach or the animal clinic

11:00 – 12:00: Free time, or preparing Lunch if you are on duty

12:00 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 16:00: Free time

16:00 – 18:00: Group session

18:00: Dinner

After dinner, the rest of the evening is free time, with the option to join the Deishaview retreat group guided meditations, sunset excursions, and jam sessions.

What would you hope people take away from their experience?

A deeper sense of compassion and understanding toward themselves and others. But also to experience a shift in the views they hold toward the situations and circumstances in their life, in order to experience more joy and to see more opportunities instead of problems.

How is Deishaview Breakthrough different from all the other retreats out there?

The tropical paradise island of Koh Tao, in the southeast Gulf of Thailand - Deishaview retreat group sessions
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Deishaview Breakthrough is unique because it is an experience built entirely around the individuals attending.  We do not teach a particular topic such as yoga or meditation. The subject matter of Breakthrough is YOU – and Your life. We provide the space, the resources, and the questions for each individual to reflect on their lives, and bring to the table whatever is important to them over the course of the programme. On top of that, group sizes are small and intimate with no more than 10 participants and the entire event is facilitated by a dedicated coach

 

Why do you think this would be interesting for people in the Yacht Industry?

Having connections with people in the yachting industry, I understand it’s all go and which often leads to a lot of stress. Since the pandemic, there’s been an increase of yachties wrestling with anxiety and uncertainty regarding their future. Most yacht crew won’t remain in that role forever, which has left them questioning themselves about their “life after yachting”.

In a lifestyle where we flicker between busy, stressful work and then overly indulgent behavior in our free time it can be easy to lose contact with who we are beneath all the noise. And that’s really what Breakthrough is all about. It’s about taking ourselves out of the environments and routines that have become our lives, disrupting our default patterns of thought and behaviour, and reconnecting with who we really are and what we really want.

Not only could this help people from the Yacht industry feel more optimistic and clear about their future, but it’s also guaranteed to help them feel more grounded, with a deeper sense of self-understanding and compassion. 

Are you interested in what the Deishaview retreat can offer?

Contact them via WhatsApp: +49 1522 2518445

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Why You Should Visit Thailand By Superyacht In 2022

Thailand has always been a popular destination to visit. With tropical temperatures and scenery ranging from mountain peaks to golden-sand beaches, it’s easy to see why. With fresh news of the country becoming the world’s third superyacht destination, we are listing some of the top reasons to plan a February trip to Thailand.

Marvel at the natural beauty

Thailand offers a wealth of natural beauty for visitors. In the North of the country are high mountains and dramatic scenery. Here, you can also find one of Thailand’s most popular national parks, Doi Inthanon. It is famous for its waterfalls, trails, bird-watching, and spectacular viewpoints. The park is also home to Doi Inthanon Mountain, Thailand’s highest mountain which has an elevation of 2,565 metres asl.

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Doi Inthanon National Park. Photo: Bharath Mohan

One of Thailand’s lesser-known beauties is Morakot Cave, which resides in the Gulf of Thailand on Ko Muk Island. The cavern, which is lined with stalactites leads to a gorgeous sheltered cove covered with dense foliage. You have to be prepared to travel through the dark cave to reach this secret hideaway, but that is part of what makes it a truly inspiring place. If you’re lucky you may see the inhabitant monkeys

Some other highlights of the country’s natural beauty include:

  • Kui Buri National Park – This beautiful park lies to the West of Thailand and is regarded as the best place to spot wild elephants in the country.
  • Similan Islands – An archipelago off the coast of Southern Thailand that boasts crystal waters, beautiful beaches, and coral reefs.
  • Freedom Beach – A secluded paradise found on the west coast of Phuket, Freedom Beach is a 300m stretch of white sand that sits between lush jungle and deep blue waters.

Enjoy the sunshine

February falls in the middle of Thailand’s dry season, which spans from November to early April. The dry season is generally considered the best time to visit Thailand. As well as being dry, it’s also the hottest time of year in Thailand, with temperatures ranging between 32-36 with up to nine hours of sunshine a day on average.

Following monsoon season in …, Thailand’s landscape is lush and vibrant. This makes visiting at this time of year especially exciting as you can see a huge array of the country’s flora. Consider visiting in early February to catch the end of Thailand’s sunflower season, for example. The best places to see the sunflower fields are in Lop Buri and Saraburi, just a short drive northeast of Bangkok.

Lop Buri Fields. Photo: Mark Lehmkuhler

Visit Thailand for the 2022 Thai Yacht Show

For those looking for a fun day out, look no further than the 2022 Thai Yacht Show, which is taking place in March. With over 50 yachts and 100 brands on display, visitors will be spoilt for choice during the four-day event, enjoy many activities from live music to sailing lessons. The event takes place in Phuket which, which experiences some of the highest temperatures in the country in March. You can find out more about the Yacht Show here.

Royal Phuket Marina, location of the 2022 Thai Yacht Show. Photo: The Private World

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Winter Superyacht Escapes

As we know, travelling in 2021 has been more challenging than in previous years. However, if we take the extra steps required for these extraordinary times, there is no need to miss out. With forecasts expecting an extremely busy 2022, make sure to book these winter superyacht escapes before you miss out.

The Med season is drawing to a close, or maybe you’re finishing up a boss trip in Chile and are wondering which destinations to suggest next to your boss? Look no further as Superyacht charter specialists West Nautical have put together five of the most stunning suggestions for winter superyacht escapes:

Caribbean

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The first place we often think of when we hear the word paradise is the Caribbean. It is the ultimate destination for relaxation and beauty.

If guests seek some winter sunshine and entertainment, these Islands are the place for their winter superyacht escapes! With over 5,000 islands to explore and limitless open water, the Caribbean is an ocean lover’s playground. Thrill-seekers can enjoy water sports and diving in the reefs and cays. If that’s not your guests’ scene, they can lay back and relax on one of the secluded white-sand beaches.

Visit Gustavia Harbour in St Barts for fantastic shopping, nightlife, restaurants, and European comforts. Enjoy the golden sunset in St Lucia or retreat to the deserted beaches of Anegada, surrounded by their native pink flamingos. The options are endless! Want off the beaten track activities? Why not suggest a day diving at Sculpture Park, a famous dive site in the oceans of Grenada. Or a hike to the Dunn waterfalls in Jamaica. 

Another incredible destination in the Caribbean is the British Virgin Islands. They provide an array of beaches, natural seawater pools and coral islands. They have to be seen to be appreciated! Made up of over 60 islands and islets, guests will experience white sand beaches at every turn. Beach bars are located in many popular bays should your guests want to escape the yacht for a drink. There are also many unexplored and uninhabited locations for those moments when guests are looking for ultimate privacy. The BVI’s are one of the world’s most idyllic locations.  It has year-round warm weather and the opportunity to partake in various activities like kite surfing or going on a world-class reef or wreck dive. 

 

Maldives

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Nestled within the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a tropical nation of 26 atolls. Made up of over 1,190 coral islands and islets, the Maldives offers some of the best cruising in the world. Guests will experience a journey of discovery. Winter superyacht escapes here incorporate white sand beaches, secluded anchorages, and a laid-back pace of life.

The Maldives are the perfect location for a diverse holiday. They are filled with natural beauty, exceptional cuisine, and relaxation at the height of luxury. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in a vast array of water sports activities, including diving, snorkelling, jet-skiing, and paddle boarding. Each island has its own unique beauty making this destination picture-perfect for those Instagram ready holiday snaps.

Suggested activities include a day of snorkelling, diving with stingrays, turtles and a large variety of fish. Or, guests can enjoy an aerial view of the islands from a seaplane. Island hopping and visiting one of the Maldives’ five-star resorts for the day always goes down a treat. Or maybe guests want to spend their whole charter on board in complete privacy. 

Antarctica

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For guests looking for an unforgettable winter escape off the beaten track. Suggesting a yacht charter in Antarctica will provide a life-changing adventure. One which very few get to experience. 

Antarctica offers an abundance of wildlife and untouched natural scenery that cannot be found anywhere else on the globe. Guests can take part in a nature trek or go ice diving with a specialist instructor. There really is no other place in the world like Antarctica.  This unique destination boasts some of the world’s most exquisite and captivating landscapes that remain largely unexplored. Guests lucky enough to cruise these waters will be some of the few to witness its awe-inspiring nature. They will experience ice waves and astonishing wildlife, including whales, seals and penguins—all basking in the 24-hour sun.

Not to mention, guests will tick the 7th continent off their bucket list. 

Cuba

Winter Superyacht Escapes
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An exotic, enchanting and exceptional destination. Cuba is the ultimate place for those who want the serenity of the ocean waves, paired with the vibrant atmosphere of city living. La Havana has a magnificent culture to explore. With its brightly coloured buildings and classic cars.  If guests want lively nightlife, then Cuba is the place for them. Havana is jam-packed with bars and nightclubs. They can dance the night away, listening to live music, all with a fresh mojito in hand! It’s the perfect location for adventurous yachting enthusiasts. 

Crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, and great nightlife. What’s not to love? 

Seychelles

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Located just off the east coast of Africa, Seychelles are a group of islands renowned for their beaches, palm trees and beautiful landscapes. This archipelago is made up of 115 islands comprising some of the oldest granite islands and low-lying coral atolls and reefs. The Seychelles have a fantastic advantage for cruising because each island is just a short trip away. This provides a range of options to create a diverse holiday and one filled with adventure and relaxation.

The Islands are home to some of the rarest flora and fauna found on Earth. Each island slopes from emerald green rain forests down to white-sand beaches. Then, into turquoise oceans. Seychelles are the first country in the world to officially protect more than 50% of its land within two UNESCO world heritage sites and national parks and nature reserves. 

 

Enquire now!

If you have guests looking to charter a superyacht in one of these luxury destinations, contact Yacht charter specialists, West Nautical. They can offer yacht charters in all areas of the world. Visit their website here: West Nautical – West Nautical. For yacht charter enquiries, email charter@westnautical.com or you can now chat directly with their team on WhatsApp on +44 191 478 9920. 

Alternatively, if you are looking to take your yacht to one of these destinations, click here to find an agent to organise a trip to one of these fantastic destinations: Are You Choosing The Right Superyacht Agent? – Superyacht Content.

 

 

 

 




Three Perfect Days – Island hopping in Thailand

We have all missed the excitement and freedom that travel gives us, so to take us back to our pre-pandemic times we’re going to take you on three perfect days of Island hopping in Thailand.

Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations. This paradise is filled with tranquil beaches, exotic cuisine, spectacular temples with interesting historical stories. There are endless remote islands surrounded by stunning scenery, some of which are only accessible by boat. 

There’s no better way to travel the globe than from the deck of a private superyacht, with the sea breeze in your hair and a new location every day, chartering a yacht allows you to explore further afield and find the most secluded anchorages and private beaches that are ideal for people searching for the ultimate escape.

Between November and early April is the ideal time to visit Thailand. This is the driest and warmest season of the year, with temperatures ranging from 32 to 36 degrees Celsius. Every day, you’ll get up to nine hours of sunshine, which means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sunbathe or take part in a range of water sports.

The islands of Koh Tao, Koh Pan Nang, and Koh Samui are yacht charter paradises. Providing the ideal combination of leisure and action for any vacation. So let us take you through some of the best experiences you can enjoy on each of these beautiful islands:

Koh Tao

 

Koh Tao

The greatest diving location in Thailand is Koh Tao, which means Turtle Island. This 21 km² island holds white sand beaches and hills from which to take in the scenery on a morning stroll. While diving in Koh Tao you’ll get to see vibrant coral reefs and a diverse array of aquatic animals which of course includes turtles. This island should be on every divers bucket list.

Suppose you enjoy pina colada’s and consider yourself a foodie. Koh Tao offers a great variety of restaurants and nightlife with a diverse range of cuisines and dining styles to choose from. 

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Koh Pha Ngan

This unspoiled island is Thailand’s fifth-largest and is only 12km from Koh Samui or  70km from the mainland.

Here you will experience lush tropical jungles, long white sandy beaches, and an option to enjoy one of the 20 dive sites, comparable to its neighbouring island of Koh Tao.

The island is famous for its Full Moon parties, which transform its beaches into open-air festivals where visitors can dance the night away. Just one street back from the beach, you will find a wonderful strip of restaurants where you can enjoy a calmer evening sampling Thailand’s delicious cuisine.

Koh Pha Ngan’s must-do activities will allow you to spend your holiday enjoying the island’s natural beauty. From beaches and waterfalls to viewpoints at the top of its many hills, this piece of paradise is extraordinary.

Anchored in one of the island’s many secluded bays. Spending the day paddle boarding or enjoying your favourite beverages on board is the ideal way to appreciate this beautiful island.

Koh Pah Nang

 

Koh Samui

Explore the island by scooter, visit a coconut plantation, or spend an afternoon at an outstanding elephant rehabilitation sanctuary. Koh Samui is one of the largest of the three islands.

Angthong National Marine Park is a must-see while you are in Koh Samui this untouched archipelago of 42 islands features limestone mountains, luscious jungle, pristine beaches, waterfalls and hidden coves meaning you will see some exotic wildlife and sea creatures and enjoy the true ‘get away from it all’ feeling when in this wonderful part of the world. 

If you are more interested in history, there is a wide variety of activities and sights to see throughout Thailand. In Koh Samui they have mummified monks and the famous Big Buddha, which is especially impressive at sunset.

As one of the world’s most exotic and exciting locations, Thailand should be high on anyone’s bucket list.

Koh Samui

 

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About West Nautical:

West Nautical sell, charter and manage superyachts from their head office in Newcastle upon Tyne. The business currently employs a team of 21 staff throughout their offices based in the UK, Russia, France and Cyprus.

Their approach and attitude is transparent, refreshing and focused on providing value-added services delivered simply, elegantly and affordably. Visit our website here – https://westnautical.com

For yacht charter, sales or management; please contact Managing Director Geoff Moore Geoff.moore@westnautical.com 

 




Round The World, With MY Cloudbreak

In 2016, shortly after her delivery from the Abeking & Rasmussen Shipyard, 75.28m MY Cloudbreak embarked on an extensive programme of world cruising, visiting the Earth’s furthermost corners. Designed for extreme exploration and custom-built for guests with a passion for the great outdoors, Cloudbreak is named after a legendary surfing reef in the South Pacific. The ideal superyacht for modern explorers, Cloudbreak is fully equipped for epic adventures in the most remote destinations on the planet.


Her Voyage

Cloudbreak began her voyage in Iceland and from there cruised to Greenland, Alaska, British Columbia (Canada), Chile, Patagonia and on to Antarctica.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A N T A R C T I C A just the tip of the iceberg! @abekingyachts @superyachtsmonaco @espen.oeino #yachtlife

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A Team Effort

For Second Officer Tristan Najbicz and rotational partner Seth Dafoe, the men behind the camera, documenting Cloudbreak’s adventures has developed a natural creative talent and become an important part of their job role, but it’s very much a team effort. 

“I’d never even flown a drone before joining Cloudbreak! Everything is filmed and photographed by the crew. From Chief Officer Brandon Whitson to the deckhands, it’s not unusual to see any of us flying the drones or shooting footage with our Canons, Digital SLRs, GoPros or iPhones. Most of the aerial footage is shot by myself or the Chief Officer, as we’re on board most of the time, and close-up action footage usually comes from the deckhand’s GoPros, which are attached to the hip to capture anything and everything!”

Says Tristan. For Tristan, his favoured media content are their most recent edits, as they’re the ones drawing on the full scope of the team’s experience and editing skills.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tristan’s advice for other superyacht crew looking to capture their charters and trips in similar fashion, is simply to film everything and from as many different angles as possible. “There’s a saying that ‘slow is pro’ – when it comes to drones and rotational shots, keep it slow and steady for a professional outcome. Time lapses also add a great dynamic, slowing down and speeding up real-time footage, and of course you need some music! Music can make or break a video, consider the transitions in a song and its beat,” adds Tristan. From Antarctica, Cloudbreak went on to visit South Africa, the Seychelles and Madagascar before a period spent in the Mediterranean’s more familiar waters touring Italy, Spain, Montenegro, Croatia and Turkey, then onto Norway.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Heading East, Cloudbreak then made her way to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. Next on the agenda is Asia, with Cloudbreak available for charter in exotic Thailand and culturally diverse Malaysia. Cloudbreak is offered for charter via SuperYachtsMonaco, with rates from €750,000p/w. To learn more about the yacht’s forthcoming itinerary and for details about joining the journey, contact SuperYachtsMonaco with all enquiries.


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