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Altesse – Catamaran

A Customized Vacation

  • 56 foot sailing catamaran
  • Accommodates 8 guests
  • 4 queen cabins or 3 queen cabins and 1 set of single beds
  • Diving available for certified divers

Lagoon has once again struck gold with the layout and luxury of this Lagoon 560 catamaran.  A unique feature of this yacht is that guests can choose 4 queen cabins or have one of those cabins as a set of bunk beds to accommodate 2 families or single persons.  Altesse has also been customized with an extension to the flybridge offering more space that includes an extra BBQ and dining area that can sit all guests.  An additional “champagne deck” also offers a spacious area for sunbathing or relaxing. Altesse’s crew Richard and Sarah are an award winning crew with experience and in 2012 were named Crew of the Year.  They have been married for 12 years and are the perfect team working together.  Guests immediately fall in love with this professional dedicated crew.  Richard is a passionate sailor and diver master.  He knows the BVI like the back of his hand leading more than 200 scuba dives.  He has also competed internationally as a lifeguard.  Sarah is a professionally trained culinary chef.  Sarah prides herself on getting to know her guests needs and making them feel special in every way.  She is not only a world class chef, but an experienced sailor as well.  She is a qualified yacht captain; this husband and wife team makes your charter unforgettable.  

$22,000-$29,700 per week

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Top Notch!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We all want to thank you for this amazing week. The BVI are indeed one of the most beautiful places on earth. Beautiful islands, perfect beaches and many things to do. It’s a perfect combination of relaxing and being active with watersports and amazing hikes. Your catamaran, Altesse, is perfect, the best we saw during the whole trip. You can comfortably sit on the front sofa area, in the shady cockpit, on the special champagne deck, or on the flybridge with the breeze. Also the rooms are big and comfortable and way beyond our expectations. TOP NOTCH! Like always it is the people that really make the difference. Your service, your cooking and your good mood is beyond exceptional. But really special is your personal touch: you try to find out what we want and fulfil our wishes even the ones we didn’t say out loud. And you for that! You are also an inspiring couple. The life choice you both made, the joy you have in the ‘small things in life’, the body language between you two when you are sailing, the tender care that Rich takes of the boat….we could go on. Thank you so much! We will remember you and this experience forever and this certainly not be our last visit to your paradise!

Like a Presidential Suite!

★★★★★
5 5 1
This boat is like the presidential suite at the world's finest hotel. The food similar to a 5 star restaurant, it's every single meal exceeding all of our expectations. The planning of the itinerary and the sailing felt like we were guided by locals who knew the greatest treasures of the land. But we have learned that the best and most special part of life are the people you meet along the way. Sarah and Rich, you are special, kind, generous, professional, outgoing knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile. This trip was fabulous, but extra-special as we were so fortunate to spend our time with the two of you. See you next year!

Many Special Memories

★★★★★
5 5 1
This has been a FANTASTIC trip. Many special memories will stay with us. Highlights include; The baths with its stunning granite rocks. Devils Bay, not only because of the beautiful colour of the water, but also because of the COLD CHAMPAGNE that you brought to us as the perfect time. The marvelous snorkeling sites you guys points out, in particular the Indians and the Caves. You are an amazing couple! Thank you for making us feel as if we were at home. Sarah, thank you for being such fun and feeding us with exquisite dishes. Rich, thank you for all your guidance for the scuba team and for helping sailors enjoy the sailing. We are coming back next year, so we will not say 'adios', we will say 'hasta luego'.

So Accommodating!

★★★★★
5 5 1
All of the amazing meals will be greatly missed next week when we are home, as will Richard and his ability to always find the best anchorages. You were both so willing to accommodate our every whim. We will miss the most amazing turquoise water, white sand and spacious boat we could imagine. You are both, without question, deserving of the "crew of the year" award and we are so glad it was you who were at the helm.

A Five Star Hotel on the Water

★★★★★
5 5 1
Thank you so much for the wonderful trip introducing my husband and children to the beauty and wonders of the BVI and sailing. First and foremost the boat is spectacular - roomy, tastefully decorated and spotless - a five star hotel on the water with Sarah, a top rate chef providing interesting and delicious meals all week long. Secondly, your knowledge of the islands and various activities including paddle board races, snorkeling spots and hints, coaching on helming the boat, hikes and the history of the islands brought true enjoyment for all. Lastly thank you for your kindness and patience with our young, large group - you made it a trip that none will forget.

Best Vacation Ever

★★★★★
5 5 1
I think I speak for the entire group when I say this was the best vacation ever. We loved the incredible snorkeling with beautiful fish, coral, turtles and rays; We loved the pristine beaches, with us often as the only inhabitants; We loved the hiking and indescribable views; We loved our daily briefs, discussing the itinerary for the day and awaiting the menu to see what each meal was for the day.; We loved how beautiful and immaculate you kept the boat; and we especially loved Captains cocktail hour and hearing about your travel and adventures, with your knowledge of the BVI making our trip; and finally, the meals....OMG! It is impossible to pick a favourite meal as each was so special on its own. We are in great awe of the skills you show creating three gourmet meals (plus evening "nibbles") every day. What a great week!!

Literally Immaculate

★★★★★
5 5 1
It's hard to review the Altesse if only because we don't want anyone else to know how great it is!! But here's what I thought: The Altesse was literally immaculate! Richard and Sarah take real pride in maintaining it perfectly everyday- it was extremely conducive to a diverse array of preferences and activities with plenty to do. A serious highlight of the trip was that Sarah's an incredible chef. The food was perfectly tailored to our preferences with no effort spared and each dish was total perfection- I'm talking about picture worthy food! Even Richard pitched in on the grill a couple times and it was fantastic. Richard is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and just sailing in general- he has great ideas about anchorages,and takes pride in taking folks to places he thinks they'll love-he taught us to water ski-makes great pain killers and has some great stories! There really is no describing how perfect it was- and I can't imagine that there's a better crew or even a better pair of humans to spend your vacation with than Sarah and Richard Bowman." As long as they are on the water we will be back every year at least once.

Just Magical

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our trip on Altesse was magical. Of course the BVIs provide the foundation, with natural beauty at every turn, but to top it off Altesse is lovely and immaculate, with open deck spaces and multiple, comfortable cushioned areas for conversation, reading, sunning and afternoon naps. The four staterooms are spacious, comfortable and private.

Truly Special

★★★★★
5 5 1
Thanks for a great week aboard Altesse! Highlights for this group included fun games for the kids, lounging and jumping of the champagne deck, tubing and paddle board surfing, teenage dinghy driving, the "miracle" of the watermaker and of course the daily institution of captains cocktail hour. That said, Captain and Chef Rich and Sarah are the reason our vacation was truly special. They are a seamless team, radiating intelligence, warmth and charm on a daily basis. They attended to our every need, even before we knew we "needed" it. They guided us to stunning anchorages and wonderful snorkeling/dive sites. Sarah's meals were each an event; delicious, creative and beautifully presented. We could write MUCH more, but there is no need to add to perfection! We will definitely sail with Rich and Sarah again.

Altesse stands by herself

★★★★★
5 5 1
Thanks for a truly extraordinary and memorable week. We couldn't have conceived of a more perfect vacation/50th birthday and anniversary celebration with our dearest friends. You two are the perfect team - a phenomenal marriage of grace, energy and exceptional capability. From Sarah's 5 star cookery; Captains cocktail hour and itinerary to Richard's handling of the yacht; dive mastery; and your combined tour guiding, there simply aren't enough superlatives to capture all the perfect moments. Your home -Altesse - stands by herself: gorgeous and enormous, and your neighborhood - the BVI - what a match! It was a pleasure and a privilege to get to know you and share the week. You guys are awesome and no doubt our paths will cross again!

Trip of a lifetime!

★★★★★
5 5 1
This trip was the trip of a lifetime! I never dreamed how spectacular it would be. Your attention to detail and hospitality can't be beat. The food was amazing and the boat was impeccable! Thank you so much for celebrating our 40th birthdays. Thank you so much for an amazing week, it was beyond my expectations. Everyone should experience this at least once in their life!

Absolutely Amazing

★★★★☆
4 5 1
Absolutely amazing week aboard Altesse. Fabulous boat!!!The best catamaran in the islands. Crew was phenomenal! Captain answered all my 700 questions and the food was top notch. Gourmet meals three times a day, each one better than the last. Had an amazing trip. Already planning our next adventure aboard.

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Amenities

AMENITIES

  • Air conditioning and fans
  • Swim platforms and showers
  • Heated deck showers
  • Watermaker and generator
  • Free Broadband WiFi Internet Access
  • Digital HD flat screen TV
  • Custom made “champagne deck” large multi person sunbed in rear of cockpit
  • Full surround sound system
  • DVD and CD players
  • iPod docking station
  • Cockpit and flydeck speakers
  • Cockpit ice maker
  • Barbecue cockpit and flybridge

WATER FUN

  • 14.5’ rigid inflatable boat w/70 hp engine
  • Water skis for adults & kids
  • Knee board, wake board, & inner tube
  • Snorkeling gear
  • 8 person floating sun island
  • 2 x Stand Up Paddleboard’s
  • Inquire for SCUBA diving options

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Model:  Lagoon Catamaran
  • Year:  2013
  • LOA:  56′
  • Beam:  31′
  • Draft:  4’11’
  • Engines:  2 x 110 hp
  • Flag:  BVI
Your Crew

Altesse crew

CAPTAIN RICHARD & CHEF/FIRST MATE SARAH

Sarah and Richard are highly experienced, award winning charter crew who have completed more than 100 charters in the BVI and been presented with an award for Crew of the Year in 2012. Even more important than that their clients love them and want to keep sailing with this professional, enthusiastic and dedicated couple.

Richard is an accomplished yacht captain, sailor and divemaster. He has sailed extensively in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, but has developed an in-depth knowledge of the BVI, allowing him to adapt the charter to suit the guests on board and show them less frequented coves and bays as well as the hitting the top BVI spots at the best time of day. He has led more than 200 dives in the BVI and knows a large number of dive sites suitable for all levels of diver. Richard also competed internationally as a life guard, so always ensures everyone enjoys the water with the knowledge there is someone on hand to help if they feel ‘out of their depth’. Richard loves sharing his passion for sailing, diving, nature and the water with guests, ensuring they get the very most out of their trip.

Sarah is the epitome of the perfect First Mate and Chef. She has professional culinary training, but it is her passion and love of food that makes her the amazing chef that she is. She loves nothing more than to cook food which people adore and is happiest when she is adapting her menu to suit the tastes of those on board. Like Richard, she is fantastic with people and makes everyone feel comfortable and at home. Her biggest motivation is finding the extra personal touches that turn a great vacation into an unforgettable experience. She is extremely energetic and enthusiastic, and loves the outdoors. Sarah is always up for an adventure, whether it’s sailing, running with guests, hiking, diving or snorkeling. She is extremely neat and tidy, but as a qualified boat captain she also knows how to sail a boat and get her hands dirty when needed.

Sarah and Richard have been married for 12 years and work together perfectly as a team. This outgoing and friendly English couple create a unique environment on board; making others feel welcomed and part of their team. Their top notch professionalism shows from raising the first sail to catering to every individual need of those around them. They both take great pride in their work, and it shines through. Everyone who comes on board wants to come back and sail with them again and again.

Sample Menu

BREAKFAST

  • Baked French Cinnamon Toast served with warm maple syrup and natural yoghurt
  • Eggs Florentine served with grilled asparagus, crispy bacon and homemade Hollandaise sauce
  • Blueberry, Strawberry and Mango Pancakes served with honey and natural yoghurt
  • Huevos Racheros
  • Freshly Baked Banana and Walnut Loaf, served with hot Croissant and Pain au Chocolate
  • All served with Fresh Tropical Fruit, Continental and American Cheeses, Bagels, Toast, Granola and yoghurt.

LUNCH

  • Grill seared Tuna Nicoise Salad served with an Italian Garlic and Herb Dressing and Crusty French Bread
  • Seafood Risotto served with a Zesty Lime and Green Leaf Salad
  • Beef Tenderloin Kebabs served with Curried Rice, Blackbean and Roasted Red Pepper salad and Homemade Banana Salsa
  • Moroccan Spiced Chicken Tangine served with jewelled cous cous and and a mint and aubergine salad
  • Warm Thai Shrimp Salad served with spicy peanut rice noodles with fresh vegetables and sesame wontons

SNACKS

  • Filo wrapped prawns served with a sweet and spicy sauce
  • Individual skewered mozzarella caprese
  • Warm cheese and artichoke dip served with grilled pita slices
  • Grilled stuffed apricots, wrapped in bacon and drizzled with honey
  • Baked Courgette batons with a creamy onion dip

STARTERS

  • Caramalised Onion and Brie Filo Parcels served with a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
  • Asian Style Tuna Ceviche
  • Twice Baked Cheese Souffles served with a warm chive sauce
  • Goats Cheese, Roasted Tomato and Thyme Tart
  • Petit Pois and mint soup served with crisp pancetta

ENTREES

  • Roulade of Salmon and Sole served with a Crème Fraiche and Dill Sauce, Garlic Roast Potatoes, Sautéed Vegetables with Ginger and a Green Leaf Salad
  • Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Porcini Mushrooms wrapped in Palma Ham, served with Potato Dauphinoise, baby vegetable bundles and roasted broccoli
  • Baked Mahi Mahi topped with a sundried tomato and bacon crust served with coconut rice and a warm plantain salad
  • Grilled Fillet Steak with Creamed Butter Beans and Leeks and a Rocket and Blue Cheese Salad
  • Scallops wrapped in Pancetta served with Herby Puy Lentils and Wilted Spinach

DESSERT

  • TarteTatin served with homemade honey and mascarpone ice cream
  • Individual summer berry trifles parfait
  • Rich Chocolate Mousse served with Baileys Whipped Cream and Chocolate leaves
  • Poached Peaches served with a Raspberry and Vanilla coulis
  • Hazelnut Torte with Crème Anglais
Pricing

$22,000-$29,700 per week

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Use of the yacht with our Professional Captain and Chef
  • All Onboard Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizer, Dinner and Dessert
  • Snacks – Fresh Fruit, Popcorn, Granola Bars, Chips, Chocolate and more
  • Beverages – Water, Juices, Sodas, Coffee, Beer, Wine and a Fully Stocked Bar
  • Onboard Water Sports
  • Basic broadband Wireless Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • SCUBA diving:  please inquire for any additional charges
  • Cruising taxes and permits, BVI license and port fees
  • Fuel for the yacht and dinghy

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Shore activities such as dining, shopping or special off yacht excursions
  • Premium Beverages & excess alcohol consumption
  • Airport Transfers
  • BVI individual fishing licenses
  • Crew gratuity – 15-20% of the charter cost scaled up or down for level of service

*Prices are subject to change at any time

** Epic Yacht Charters BVI provides the most updated information on yachts available but cannot guarantee any details are 100% correct until we verify with the specific yacht.

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