Hottest Superyacht Summer Destinations


With spring mornings close at hand and the watery sunlight seeping through the window, all thoughts turn to dreamy summer escapes. Spending the sultry days and balmy nights discovering the seas is the very epitome of a luxury vacation and aboard the superyacht charter MY Starfire you can lavish, lounge and lap up the beauty of bountiful adventures in the heart of the ocean. Whether sipping cognacs on the opulent deck as you snuggle under cashmere and explore the Fjords of Norway or taking the Jet Ski out to tear up the golden soaked Dalmatian Coast, spending summers on MY Starfire with Captain Carl Sputh is all about perfecting the art of embracing experience and the sublime pleasures of the sea. From the Azul shores of St Bart’s to cultural discoveries in Croatia these are the hottest superyacht destinations trending for summer 2015.



The secret seems to be out and this summer will see plenty of affluent superyachts gliding into the chic and pretty port of Dubrovnik to admire its UNESCO heritage wonders. Yet there is more to Croatia then its startling capital sitting between the shadowy mountains and the sapphire sea, the fragrant collection of crumbling coastline boasts beauty and brains for discerning yachters.


Rovinj, with its gulls frantically crying around the spiraling church tower, its old world harbor and its picture perfect cobblestoned squares seems to be a postcard of the Mediterranean taken from decades ago. With its colorful tapestry of archipelago islands close by you can take the two person kayak from MY Starfire’s prestigious collection of toys and cut yourself loose for gourmet picnics on secluded shores.



Walk in the footsteps of Sofia Loren on the glitzy shores of Sveti Stefan, watch the lights glisten across the water as you sip champagne cocktails on the Bay of Kotor and duck into chic little boutiques in the medieval town of Budva. Montenegro is quickly becoming one of the most sought after destinations to explore by superyacht yet still remains relatively untapped by the hordes of tourists.


Spend the day diving into the gem like waters and indulging in an onboard massage from the luxury masseuse on MY Starfire. As you slip into a dream you can breathe in the rich evocative scents of mimosa and Lebanese cedar that roll down the wooded hills of Montenegro to embrace the salt whipped sea.



There is something utterly romantic, bright and ever youthful about the shores of Sicily and even in 2015 the love affair seems to continue. Whether it’s the citrus scents splashing on the shores, the crumbling pale buildings swallowed by wisteria or its elegant vineyards where you can sip marsala and dream of the deep history that ebbs and flows into every nook and cranny of this isle.


Exploring the shores of Sicily on MY Starfire seems to capture summer in her finest dress, from hitting the heady markets in the morning to dining on fresh Sicilian seafood in the upper deck. You can spend days exploring the foothills of the famous Mount Etna, playing in Palermo and paddling in the pristine waters that surround your superyacht charter.


St Bart’s

The Caribbean has long been a staple in the world of superyachts and it’s good to see that despite years of tempting sun seekers to its shores that destinations like St Bart’s can still be refreshing. This is the ultimate playground for guests on MY Starfire, this is the place of dreams where milk white sands are sugary underfoot and splashing in the sea feels like welcome rain on your skin.


This is certainly the place to grab the snorkel or even ask the crew to arrange for a personal diving instructor and to swim with turtles, dolphins and hundreds of marine beauties in this underwater paradise. As St Bart’s is such a divine yacht destination you can expect to live the life of luxury when you step ashore with beautiful boutiques, colorful charm and exotic spa resorts waiting to welcome you.



Tumbling waterfalls, razor toothed rocks and endless fjords winding like emerald ribbons through the thick pine forests make Norway an exquisite superyacht destination for those who want to go back to nature.


Soaked in the romance of MY Starfire you can cuddle beneath cashmere blankets with a bottle of champagne enjoying the midnight sun, you can dive from the deck into refreshing waters beneath the silver veiled mist of waterfalls for the ultimate morning and you can step ashore on remote, wild islands dotted with pastel colored huts. From the fairytale shores of Alesund to the boutique beauty of Bergen, Norway is gearing up to be the go to destination of the year.



Article by: Carl Sputh

Captain Carl Sputh spends the majority of his time at the helms of MY Starfire, a 178′ superyacht for charter. When ashore, he enjoys traveling the world, driving his custom Triumph motorcycle and learning to fly helicopters.

CERVO, Zermatt – understated authentic Swiss Alpine luxury

CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort in the legendary ski town of Zermatt redefines authentic luxury Swiss hospitality with a contemporary and inherently understated identity. While guests can ski right up to the entrance, the resort has been conceived by young hoteliers Daniel and Seraina to be much more than a ski oriented resort. Its two restaurants, bar and outdoor terrace overlooking the Matterhorn have firmly positioned CERVO as a lifestyle destination for non-residence seeking an exceptional luxury experience, both in service and quality of offerings.

Daniel Lauber wanted to be an hotelier since childhood. After studying at the Swiss Hotel Management School Lucerne, and training at international five-stars in both the United States and Switzerland, he broke ground in 2009 with CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort—his family-owned ski chalet that he converted into a 35-room hotel with his wife and chef Seraina. Nowadays, although he seems forever present, Daniel manages a team he built around personalized and attentive service. The passion to be part of Cervo’s team and witnessing high levels of customer satisfaction are the key drivers behind the performance of the very young team.

Local materials like felt, loden, and stone converge with vintage curios in the main building, a converted 1950s chalet that still has its original wooden floor. A predominantly hunting theme is omnipresent throughout the interior design concept of the entire resort. The curved, stylized antlers of a deer appear sporadically throughout the complex (‘cervo’ in Italian means deer).

The second restaurant of the resort, Ferdinand, launched recently, is defined by Alpine casual dining – raclette, fondue and BBQ.  The atmosphere is hip, Ferdinand offering a taste of the cosmopolitan life in Zermatt. All products at Ferdinand are local, sourced either from the Valais region or elsewhere in Switzerland. I was impressed not only by the quality of dishes but also by the friendly, efficient and very intuitive service with a homey feel.

My room, the Deluxe Spa Suite, probably has the most spectacular mountain views, with a lavish terrace, a strategically placed jacuzzi providing the ideal romantic or relaxation spot. The bathroom also featured a state-of-the-art Spa shower which could also turn into a steam-bath. The sweeping panoramic views were blissful admired from the hand-made King Size, Hästens bed, probably one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in my recent travels. Other important details: Molton Brown amenities with a candle in each room, working fireplace in all suites, complimentary mini-bar, complimentary high-speed wi-fi internet throughout the entire resort.

For my first visit to Zermatt, I must admit I was truly surprised by the overall laid-back feel of the town and the lack of the overt luxury, which some of the other famed Swiss resorts rely on. The ”show off”’ factor driven by luxury shopping (major international brands) and fancy F&B outlets are replaced in Zermatt by family-owned Swiss food & beverage outlets and retail stores, mostly with ski equipment. The only well represented luxury retail segment in Zermatt is watches, with all major Swiss luxury brands represented, including a Patek Phillippe mono-brand corner. Zermatt is certainly for those seeking privacy and lack of show-off.

More photos are available on our Facebook page. A video preview of the Spa suite can be watched here.

Oliver Petcu in Zermatt

Cervo Boutique Resort, Zermatt



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Luxury Loama Resort opens on Maamigili island in the Maldives

Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili is a teardrop-shaped private island that was once the playground of ancient kings; part of the northernmost and largely undiscovered Raa Atoll and representing the final frontier of the Maldives, where absolute seclusion can be secured.

As for the resort’s anticipated Spa, guests can enjoy treatments in either the Beach Villas surrounded by the beauty of Maldivian skyline or in one of the glass-bottomed Ocean Villa rooms offering views into crystal clear waters below during a well deserved massage.

The resort’s over-water villas perch elegantly on poles above the shimmering turquoise shallows of the Indian Ocean, while its beach villas offer contemporary style with charming and authentically Maldivian touches. Each room comes with its own Maldivian name that reflects its heritage, history and significance in the culture of the Maldives. Elaborate roofs of thatched coconut and traditional Maldivian ornamentation help immerse guests in a culturally rich environment, while modern conveniences such as an outdoor deck and rain showers add a touch of contemporary sophistication.

As a tribute to the opulent ancestry found in the Maldives the resort has established the Maldives’ first gallery of contemporary Maldivian art, Loama Art Gallery, in a stunning over-water pavilion near the resort’s main arrival pier and with the blessing of the National Art Gallery of Maldives in Male.

It already houses an important collection of artefacts from key periods of Maldivian history, from an extensive collection of 15th century Chinese porcelain to the discovery of a pair of 11th century sunken baths on the island.

The resort features six gastronomic havens, each offering a distinct epicurean experience.

Loama Resort opens in Maldives at Maamigili
Loama Resort opens in Maldives at Maamigili

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