Following her second successful charter season in Caribbean this winter, our 82m flagship superyacht for charter RoMEA, via her Captain, shared with us some memories about their recent and past trips in the areas. To understand the Luxury Yachting 360-degree experience, you must feel all the flavors of your journey on board. We sat with her Captain who shared his BVIs (British Virgin Islands) memories, between fantastic sceneries in the area and a wonderful and memorable Christmas charter we had the privilege to organize with his crew for their guests in 2016. Being a masterpiece in her range is not an easy task to achieve: RoMEA is the pure expression of luxury lifestyle at sea, the ultimate charter experience to indulge yourself. From her impressive exterior areas including Cinema, panoramic aft decks and Jacuzzi, to marvelous interior fitted with two giant salons (one convertible in an incredible Cinema room), a luxurious Beach club or a 6-cabins layout including the highly luxury Master suite, nothing is comparable to a charter experience on board RoMEA. Her experienced crew, with now numerous seasons between Mediterranean, Middle East and Caribbean, knows how to fit any request on board, at any time. We are pleased to offer you this BVIs log: just relax and enjoy, before being one of her guests.
IY: What did your most recent BVI itinerary involve?
We were in the BVIs for a week over Christmas last year and that’s the ideal length of time to take in all the most famous highlights. We did Guana Island, then Virgin Gorda, along with one of the anchorages there called North Sound. That’s right next to Necker Island, Richard Branson’s place. And we did another part of Virgin Gorda called the Baths, plus Peter Island, Norman Island and an island called Jost Van Dyke.
IY: What kind of experience do the BVIs offer?
Right from the first moment, it’s a very distinctive type of charter. Our guests fly into the airport on Beef Island – and that’s fantastic, because you can meet them directly off the plane, before walking them down a little track through the woods to a rickety old wooden dock, where two beautiful superyacht tenders are ready to go. It’s then a ten-minute tender ride to the yacht, which is anchored in White Bay in Guana Island – and the journey itself is really special, because you go past turtles and stingrays and the guests are excited before they even reach the yacht. It’s a unique arrival and it really sets the tone for the rest of the week.
IY: So is it quite a rustic and intimate place to cruise?
Very much so. It’s nothing like the French Riviera. The airport staff wear Caribbean shirts and are super-friendly and approachable. You’re straight into the heat and the humidity and there might be a shower for five minutes to remind you that you’re in the Caribbean, but that’s actually good fun because everybody gets a bit wet and carries on. For clients who favour that traditional Caribbean family vibe over the razzmatazz shore-based stuff, it’s a wonderful region – but it does mean that a lot of what you do tends to be based on or around the yacht.
IY: RoMEA must be the perfect platform for that kind of self-sufficiency.
Absolutely. In a place like the BVIs you have to be self-sufficient. We’ve got a gym and a spa on board and we’ve got a huge variety of food available from three different chefs. You also need to be able to mix it up every day to keep things fresh. You have to maximise the local environment – the reefs, the snorkel spots, the unique natural features – and incorporate that into your daily planning.
IY: What about your most memorable destinations?
Virgin Gorda is great. In the North Sound anchorage, we did a stand-up paddle-board safari into the mangroves. There’s all sorts of bird-life in there and that’s something the adults really enjoy. We also had a couple of teenagers who we took kite surfing around Necker Island; and in the evening we had a party ashore with a fire pit and a DJ – so it’s a real family-friendly place, where you can hit every age group in one day. It’s very exciting (and really quite rare) to be able to achieve that.
IY: So what kinds of activities did you organise?
There’s a famous place called Norman Island where, according to legend, pirates buried 30 chests of silver coins. It became the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, so we used that local history to create a pirate-themed day. We had a massive treasure hunt on the yacht and we made galleons out of the kayaks, so the kids could paddle into the caves and search for chests of silver coins that we had concealed there the night before. That’s the difference between chartering a regular boat and chartering a unique platform like RoMEA. We have the crew numbers to pull off some quite elaborate events, sometimes with an educational slant for the kids, but with the parents and the grandparents involved too. It’s like a full-on production and those special moments make for far more profound memories than just sitting on a boat, drinking wine and looking at the view.
Were there any special moments that linger in the mind?
Our Christmas barbecue party on Peter Island in 2016 was wonderful . We had local fishermen coming up the beach on Christmas morning with loads of fresh lobster that went straight on the barbecue; we had two massive marquees set up and we had the whole beach to ourselves. There wasn’t another boat in sight and you never get that in the south of France unless it’s January, so it had a really exclusive feel. Aside from that, snorkelling with turtles is quite special; and if you have divers on board, diving the wreck of the Rhone, which sank in 1857, is also very cool.
IY: Is there anything else a charter guest might want to know?
Jost Van Dyke is not to be missed. It can be difficult when the winds get up but the sand is like white powder. It has two headlands and a little bay and it forms a natural Jacuzzi called the Bubble Pool. Cruise Ships go there so it’s not a secret but it is unique. If you can anchor in there, it’s pretty amazing. Going in May, when the wind is at its lightest, is particularly good. Even so, you should pack a raincoat to cope with the odd shower; and you should watch out for the famous rum punch cocktail, known as the ‘Pain Killer’. The Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke is the place to go to sample them – and you have to give them a try. They’re absolutely savage but they’re all part of what makes this place so special.
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