Being uniquely situated at a cultural and geographical meeting point, Turkey benefits from the rich bounties of both European and Asian influence. This is a country with the calm disposition of the Mediterranean and the staggering architecture of its Islamic roots: its cuisine a glorious melting-pot of cultures, borrowing from Greek, Asian, Iranian, Middle Eastern, and Balkan recipes and flavours. The country’s history and architecture alone boast traits of influence from the Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman and Persian empires.
A typical day on a luxury charter yacht in Turkey combines an abundance of land and water activities. Look carefully and you’ll find stone tombs carved intricately into cliff-faces, sleepy hilltop villages and ancient ruins – relics of the mighty empires once in charge – nestled amongst the vegetation. Passages between islands can be short, enabling plenty of relaxed mornings spent island-hopping and lazy afternoons exploring little villages and towns. And if this all gets too much, you can climb aboard once more and soak it all in from the peace and tranquility of your private yacht charter.
The coastal towns of Turkey have become a favourite destination for luxury yacht charters, and when you rent a yacht in Bodrum you will not be disappointed. Famous for its nightlife, Bodrum has been likened to the French Riviera with an exotic twist, and is a mecca for foodies and party-goers. White washed cubic houses interspersed with palm trees create a peaceful style, while clear, warm waters are ideal for cruising and snorkelling.
Bodrum & Yalıkavak Marina: The Land of the Eternal Blue
For a summer of serenity and comfort, lifted by the perfect balance of luxury and adventure, one must look no further than the favoured Yalikavak Marina. Resting on Turkey’s stunning Bodrum Peninsula, Yalıkavak Bay has become a thriving destination for the Superyacht community and voted World’s Best Luxury Superyacht Marina 2018-2019.
Bodrum was aptly described as the “Land of the Eternal Blue” by Greek author Homeros. The city provides a historic backdrop to the jaw-dropping natural beauty that engulfs the peninsula, guarded by the 15th century Bodrum Castle at the entrance. Ideally situated to explore the treasures of the Aegean Sea, Yalikavak’s spectacular coastline is home to coves, bays and beaches aplenty.
Among the wonderful destinations in close proximity is the Greek Dodecanese Island of Kos, just 12 nautical miles from the Marina. Kos is a gleaming example of what can be discovered at just a short cruise away. Famous for its abundance of golden sandy beaches, vibrant Kos Town and Ancient Agora ruins, Kos is one of many Island gems that can be uncovered from the luxurious Marina base.
When a day’s adventure is up, what awaits at the Yalıkavak Marina are lavish facilities to cater for every holiday experience. Two hotels, the Beach and the Boutique, offer differing unique experiences both with the same exquisite attention all year round. Whether soaking up the magnificent sunsets from the Beach Hotel or settled in an authentic Bodrum house at the Boutique Hotel, you will have access to the world-class facilities of the Yalıkavak Marina.
In the on-site Casia Spa, guests can indulge in specialist treatments in an elegant and relaxing environment. The high-spec gym offers personal training and Pilates classes for a tailored experience, while the Y-Kidz club offers sports facilities for children. The hotel’s restaurant and café provide post-activity refreshment with a view.
The award-winning Yalıkavak Marina itself is sophisticated and stylish, accommodating all yachts up to 140 metres in 620 berths. Full maintenance and technical services are on hand to provide exclusive and personal assistance for your yacht while you enjoy the Marina’s incredible lifestyle. Around the Marina you will find over one hundred brand name stores, gourmet restaurants and enticing bars, or head to the EU Blue Flag private beach.
Recently opened in the heart of the Yalıkavak Marina is the Y-Lounge & Restaurant, the new culinary hot sport of Bodrum. An exceptional team of professionals deliver a gourmet menu and 5 star service all while you bask in the breath-taking view of Yalıkavak.
Yalıkavak Bay’s blend of luxury, history and adventure makes it no surprise that the Marina has become such a popular destination for the world’s most renowned superyachts. The allure of enchanting Aegean escapades from the base of the Yalıkavak Marina makes this an exciting destination for an unforgettable summer on the sea. The region is certainly a hotspot for luxury vacations
Best Time To Visit: Summer is a popular time to visit the peninsula, but book your charter at the end of summer to avoid the crowds. Temperatures stay warm until the end of October.Key Cruising Areas: Bodrum is surrounded by beautiful beaches and snorkelling spots teaming with marine life that can only be accessed by boat. Further afield, it is an ideal base to sail across and explore some of the northern Greek Islands such as Kos.
Don’t Miss: Get a real feel for Turkish life by visiting the weekly market. The busy, noisy atmosphere is all part of the fun, where it’s easy to get lost amongst the bustling stalls and towers of Turkish breads!
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Türkbükü has been dubbed the St Tropez of Turkey. In the evening, sunbeds are replaced with tables as restaurants open along the jetties. Visit the renowned Amavi Restaurant for exquisite seafood, incredible views and live jazz.
Best Local Dish: Dessert is something of a social ritual in Turkey and the pastries are an integral part of traditional cuisine, not to be missed. Try a syrupy walnut baklava, or Levantine pastry, complimented by strong, bitter Turkish coffee.
Local Culture: There is no shortage of history in Bodrum. Visit the ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the nearby Bodrum Amphitheatre for a feel of the ancient world, then visit the Sultan Turkish baths for some traditional pampering!
Best Beach: Although you will not find many sandy beaches, the rocky coast of Bodrum creates stunning scenery. Follow the rocky coastline south to Barbaros Bay where you can sip a refreshing cocktail under wicker umbrellas.
Recommended: After a day of snorkelling and sunbathing on your yacht, head to Malades restaurant for a traditional meze plate then it’s time to sample the famous Bodrum nightlife. Halikarnas is an outdoor nightclub with views over the Aegean Sea which guarantees an unforgettable night.
Sitting on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, Fethiye is rich in historic sites, including Lycian tombs and sarcophagi. Known for its incredible blue waters, dramatic carvings hewn into rocky cliffs and tranquil lagoons, the lively city is a popular stop for superyacht charters sailing the Turquoise Coast. With a perfect combination of exclusive resorts and friendly locals, the city maintains the ambience of a Turkish seaside town. The markets are popular with locals and tourists alike for fresh fish and Turkish Delight, and the beautiful square is filled with charming cafes. Wandering through here you will quickly be invited in to drink strong Turkish coffee, it is said the coffee grounds will reveal your future. Private yacht hire is the ideal way to explore the incredible blue waters and sheltered beaches of the coast, a must for any traveller with a taste for adventure.
Best Time To Visit: May to October coincide with the warmer weather and low wind conditions.
Key Cruising Areas: Situated perfectly in the centre of the Turquoise Coast, there are many lovely ports to visit east or west of Fethiye. There is excellent sailing to be found in the gulf around the Twelve Islands of Fethiye.
Don’t Miss: Fethiye is famous for its markets, which are held every day of the week except Monday. Head to the bustling outdoor stalls to see fresh produce, colourful textiles and piles of fragrant spices. Make like a local and barter hard, pick up some fish to take back to your yacht where the onboard chef will prepare a custom meal for you.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Food is a huge part of Turkish life. In every street you will find cafes and restaurants overflowing with pastries, fragrant spiced fish and delicious breads. The waterfront offers a selection of upmarket choices, for a special evening try the Yacht Roof hotel for excellent food complimented by spectacular harbour views.
Best Local Dish: Turkey may be famous for the Döner kebab, but for a sophisticated meal that retains the elements of Turkish street food, seek out Saraphane, tucked into the wine cellar at the Ata Park Hotel. Try a salad of village leaves and herbs, with fried Hamsi from the Black Sea.
Local Culture: The old town of Paspatur is a great place to spend an afternoon. With ancient landmarks just around the corner – the impressive amphitheatre is just a stone’s throw away – this is the place to experience the authentic Turkish atmosphere. Head to the Old Turkish Bath for a traditional spa, the oldest in Fethiye.
Best Beach: Oludeniz has become one of the most iconic resorts of the area. The curved white beach is lapped by calm, impossible blue water with views out to the green-hilled peninsula. With lovely cafes or 5-star restaurants to dine at, choose an outside seat and soak in the views as the sun dips, silhouetting the paragliders that fill the sky.
Recommended: After a morning perusing the stalls at the bustling market, step aboard your yacht to unwind exploring the coves and beaches of the coast. Sail to the enclosed gulf of Skopea Limani, anchor in a secluded bay surrounded by pines. Spend the afternoon snorkelling, sunbathing and taking the onboard water toys for a spin before retiring to the aft deck to sip cocktails as the skies turn pink in the setting sun.
Once a quiet fishing village where it is said that Icarus landed after his doomed flight, today Göcek is a hive of activity. Surrounded by mountains and with a beautiful archipelago, the town is a magnet for sailors. Six modern marinas host charter yachts, and many hotels, restaurants and shops have sprung up, laying threads of glamour through the sleepy town. A luxury yacht charter to Göcek Bay is the ideal way to explore the many islands within it, where you will find countless deserted beaches that can only be reached by boat. The sheltered marinas look out across unobstructed views of green hills as the height of buildings in the town is restricted to maintain the stunning panorama. A private yacht vacation to Göcek will take you to incredible islands, stunning beaches, and traditional towns with a touch of elegance. Set in a private bay, it is easy to see why this place is fast becoming a favourite of the elite.
Best Time To Visit: The hot season runs from June to September, with little rain or wind throughout the summer making ideal sailing.
Key Cruising Areas: The five islands of Yassica Adalari archipelago are beautiful to sail around and provide safe and sheltered swimming. There is also excellent sailing to be found in the gulf around the Twelve Islands of Fethuye.
Don’t Miss: It is said that the island of Saytanli Ada was the home of the devil. When he couldn’t get into heaven, this island was the closest he could find on Earth. Sail around the Yassica Islands, where pine-covered hills rise from warm, shallow waters and see why this may be the closest to heaven on earth.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: The marinas offer many options for fine dining and elegant waterfront bars. Owned by the well-known restaurateur Omer Salur, Omer’s place is located in the D-marin marina offering stunning views. Order Omer’s speciality mezze platter and enjoy in the traditional way with a glass of Raki.
Best Local Dish: Amigo’s is a floating restaurant, accessible only by boat. Take your tender out and be greeted by the owner, who will chat to you as waiters bring you bread from village bakeries and traditional stew of wild boar.
Local Culture: There are some stunning ancient Roman and Lycian ruins that lie along the coastline. The ruins of Cleopatra’s Baths in Manastir Bay sit half-submerged in crystal clear waters, in an idyllic anchorage surrounded by pine trees. Follow with a sail to Tomb Bay to see Lycian Tombs hewn into the rock face.
Best Beach: The twelve islands are mostly uninhabited and so the many white sand beaches that are dotted along their coasts have the feel of a desert island. Take your pick from the many secluded beaches and come ashore to relax.
Recommended: Sail out to Aquarium Bay in the gulf to spend a pleasant few hours snorkelling in the azure waters. Appropriately named, the area teems with fish. While you freshen up in the comfort of your private yacht, the crew will sail round to Kizilada Island where you can enjoy a dinner in the Lighthouse restaurant prepared from locally sourced ingredients and with spectacular views of sunset over the islands.
Perfectly situated in the centre of the Turquoise Coast, Marmaris is the superyacht centre of Turkey. With a long history in sailing, the port is now an excellent marina and the town offers everything from incredible history to a lively night scene, brimming with Mediterranean hedonism. World-class diving, beautiful beaches and clear water are complemented by the particular charm of Turkey, making this one of the best sailing destinations. On a luxury yacht charter to the Turkish Riviera you will sail along white sands with turquoise seas, ideal for water sports and swimming. Step ashore to explore ancient forests, historical sites dating back to 200 BC and traditional markets.
Best Time To Visit: Turkey offers the longest sailing season in the Mediterranean, with ideal conditions from April to October.
Key Cruising Areas: Marmaris is perfectly located in the middle of the Turquoise Coast, with the ports such as Fethiye, Gocek and Antalya a short sail away. It is also a great base to explore the Greek Islands.
Don’t Miss: Marmaris is famous in the diving world, with over 50 world-class dive sites. For a unique dive, head to Baca Cave where the conical cave is home to shoals of cardinal fish. Depths range from 5 to 50m making this an excellent dive site for all levels of experience.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: The port has long been a stop for superyachts and celebrities, and the dining options cater perfectly for discerning clientele, with a large range of high quality restaurants offering Turkish and international food. Many of the hotels have excellent restaurants, and the waterfront is lined with eateries and bars. Try Kahveci Alibey for fine dining, a beautiful wine cellar and delicious cocktails.
Best Local Dish: Mezze is a stable of Turkish cuisine. Plates of aubergine caviar, stuffed vine leaves, selections of goat and sheep milk cheese complimented with nuts and dukka make a delicious light dinner washed down with local raki. In the back streets of the marina, Dedes is touted as the best Mezze in Marmaris!
Local Culture: The iconic Ottoman castle and fortress are must-dos for the area, and an impressive example of Turkish past. Visit the perfectly preserved constructions, then take a trip to the historic Bedestan covered market.
Best Beach: The long beaches of Marmaris offer soft sands and clear waters, but for a short day trip sail to Cleopatra Island. Dip your toe in waters with an interesting story – the famous golden sands were, according to legend, brought here from Egypt by Antony and Cleopatra who used to swim here.
Recommended: Marmaris is the place for adventures and experiences – as you sail into the port you will see the sky above the mountains dotted with the tiny forms of paragliders. As one of the highest commercial take off points in the world, this is the place to enjoy a once in lifetime flight over the stunning forested mountains of the national park. Look out over glittering coves and green hills then, with the adrenalin still pumping, immerse yourself in the buzzing atmosphere as the evening warms up in the waterfront bars.
ISTANBUL YACHT CHARTER GUIDE
Turkey is a country of exotic charm. Rich with history and culture, Istanbul is a destination steeped in history, where East meets West in a wonderful fusion. Discover hidden coves and fantastic cruising around the port city with a private yacht charter to Istanbul. Put ashore to experience the vibrant energy of the city – visit relics of Ottoman empires and amazingly well-preserved Byzantine churches, bustling markets overflowing with colorful fabrics and wafts of aromatic spices. In Istanbul, tradition sits side by side with modernity, the architectural wonders are interspersed with luxury villas and excellent restaurants, creating a city which really does have it all. Within a day you can go from bartering with locals and sharing stories over a strong, bitter Turkish coffee, to walking through the humbling atmosphere of the Blue Mosque, and finish the day indulging in a 5-star spa.
Best Time To Visit: Turkey offers the longest sailing season in the Mediterranean, with ideal conditions from April to October.Key Cruising Areas: The islands and ports of the Sea of Marmara make for an interesting sailing vacation. Venture west and you are met with a plethora of islands of the Aegean Sea, with Turkish ports such as Bodrum, Fethiye and Antalya a short sail away. Istanbul is also a great base to explore the Greek islands.
Don’t Miss: Istanbul is full of incredible cultural sites and wonders of eras past. One that simply cannot be missed is the Blue Mosque. Said to be named after sailors who saw the colors of the sea reflected on the mosque, this is an awe-inspiring example of architecture and art, and the surrounded areas are brimming with culture and interesting sights.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Whether it is grabbing a feta cheese pizza from a market to eat sitting on a wall surrounded by the buzz of local life in the warm Turkish evening, or a delectable meal at a stylish restaurant, the flavors and atmosphere of Turkish dining are a highlight of the country. The old town of Sutanahmet boasts many of the best establishments – book a table at Giritli for a simple yet elegant evening, specializing in seafood.
Best Local Dish: The Turkish cuisine is an exquisite blend of influences from Asia and the Mediterranean, and a huge part of the culture. Persian influences result in traditional dishes such as bulgur wheat and sour cherry salad, and Turkey is known for its desserts – be sure to sample a baklava or kaymakli kayisi with a strong Turkish coffee. For Ottoman favorites including “the Sultan Likes It” – a traditional lamb stew with aubergine – head to Asitane, and enjoy dinner in the courtyard garden.
Local Culture: The wonderful and unique atmosphere of the country with its accents of Mediterranean, Asian and Persian traditions can be felt from the moment you step off the plane. The city is filled with well-preserved historical sites, some of the most impressive include the stunning Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cister and the Grand Bazaar. The Hagia Sophia museum is a must see, with history dating back to ancient times.
Best Beach: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while for the serenity and tranquillity of Saklikoy. Stepping ashore on the unspoiled, private bay with beautiful turquoise waters, you will feel instant relaxation. Wrecks and reefs also make it a good spot for diving.
Recommended: Explore the Prince’s Islands. Ideal for those traveling by private boat, the island of Burgazada has two lovely beaches. Enjoy the sun and stunningly blue sea at Çamakya, then for a magical evening take a horse drawn carriage ride around the island and up to Kalpazankaya Restaurant. Dine on fantastic meze or fish dishes with local raki flowing and beautiful views as the sunset throws shadows across rocky islets.
A Cyprus luxury yacht charter offers an exciting combination of Western and Eastern culture to offer a unique vacation. Perfect for both the beach dweller and the explorer who wants to climb mountain ranges, see ancient churches and monasteries or scuba dive in blue lagoons. The island of Cyprus is a destination with endless possibilities to experience something new.
Cyprus Luxury Yacht Charter Guide
Found in the East Mediterranean, the stunning scenery and preserved history of Cyprus, makes it a popular charter destination. The island’s largely undisturbed coastline featuring golden beaches and crystal clear waters are incredibly peaceful, as most of civilisation is found in the hills and mountains. Cyprus’s location in the east of the Mediterranean means superyacht cruises enjoy a typically sunny climate. In midsummer, Cyprus is one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean due to its proximity to Asia.
Cyprus Luxury Yacht Charters
The location of Cyprus, means it is an ideal charter location for yachtsmen looking to sample a rich mixture of culture and a variety of activities. Cyprus offers an inviting combination of luxury accommodation, Championship golf courses and traditional villages, ancient Byzantine churches and monasteries to provide an extraordinary charter experience.
Charter Itineraries in Cyprus
Cyprus lies south of Turkey, north of Egypt and southeast of popular superyacht destination Greece therefore offer many opportunities for exploring a variety of different cultures in East Mediterranean. Particular highlights on the island are Akamas featuring a blue lagoon and the bath of Aphrodite trail, Cyprus’s largest mountain range – the Troodos, and Cyprus’s capital city Nicosia which remains full of history.