We sailed along the coast of the stunning Cycladic island Syros. Syros boasts a mosaic of neoclassical mansions, of bourgeois and intellectuals, of “tarsanas”, the traditional shipyards, a miniature of the Scala Opera House housing the local theater, and heaps of rose flavoured “loukoumi” (Turkish delights), all inlaid in unique synchronization. This is the island where Greek tradition and western influence come to a harmonious marriage.
Ermoúpoli - meaning “the city of Hermes” - is the island’s capital town and has been the first important trade center of the country in the 19th century. Evidence of this glorious past can be seen on public buildings, on the characteristic houses and squares. Syros is not just another beautiful island, but an island with a vibrant culture and a strong passion for arts.
Start the day with a coffee on the roof terrace of boutique Hotel Ploes, a neoclassical mansion, which was once the private estate of noble families. Head to the Archaeological Museum of Syros that is housed in the majestic Town Hall of Ermoupoli. The fascinating collection comprises archaeological findings from Syros and the other Cycladic Islands, starting from the 3rd millennium B.C. Relax at the best and least inhabited beaches north of Kíni, like Delfini and Varvarousa, before dining at Oneiro. The team behind this gourmet restaurant ran some of the best places to eat in Santorini before moving here. The walled courtyard is magical and blues music sets the tone of the evening.
Last week we wrote about Mykonos. Now we’re arriving at this beautiful island, we’re already looking forward to the next sailing destination. This week we’re researching another island of the great Cyclades: Kythnos. It offers a pristine, unspoiled natural scenery with typical Cycladic houses and beautiful calm beaches to discover and interact with Mother Nature.
Renowned for the thermal springs with the therapeutic properties, the small village of Loutra has become a popular resort. The first king of Greece Othonas and his wife Amalia used to take their baths here, so this is definitely a must. After the visiting springs you can start exploring the picturesque villages of Chora and Driopida or go to Kolona, a unique beach that splits the sea into two, uniting Kythnos with the little island of Ag.Loukas.
For wining and dining you head to the beachside restaurant Gialos at Merichas that will take you on an exclusive journey into the world of gastronomy, enjoying a hearty lunch or a romantic dinner under the starry Cycladic sky.
Mykonos is the most exciting and cosmopolitan of the Greek islands and a not to be missed destination for any serious connoisseur of exotic adventure and jet set lifestyle. Anyone that wants to come here for a week of non-stop partying, self-indulgence and general fun is unlikely to be disappointed. There is also a large amount of culture and history that neatly offsets the more extravagant aspects of island life, as well as numerous beautiful beaches and a wide range of restaurants.
Start by visiting the famous windmills, ‘Little Venice’ and the picture-postcard chapel of Paraportiani in Mykonos town; then you can relax and get on with the sunbathing and socialising. Psarou Beach is famous for attracting celebrities from all over the world, while the private beach at the Santa Marina Resort is perfect for some peace and quiet and a luxury spa treatment.
A great place to kick off the evening is Caprice Bar for mojitos at sunset, then head to Matsuhisa Nobu's sushi restaurant at the Belvedere Hotel or dine at Phos, the most architectural restaurant on Mykonos that is created by LM Architects and is much a visual fantasy as a culinary one. Dance the night away at Paradise Club, an all-white disco mansion contained within an outdoor pool deck divided under covered porches and glitzy white VIP banquettes. Dance lovers descend on the space for summertime performances by artists like David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Roger Sanchez, Martin Solveig and Moby.
We’re sailing along the coast of Croatia this week and spending a lot of time on the stunning island Hvar, which is now rivalling St. Tropez, Ibiza and Mykonos as Europe's happening.
Want to visit the island as well? We have listed our hotspot discoveries below.
Head for Hvar town and moor in the bay amid the bustle and charm of this historic city. Make your reservation at beach club Carpe Diem and spend the rest of the day exploring. Perhaps enjoy the magnificent spa facilities of Suncani Adriana Hvar before you get ready for a night on the town, or call Hotel Amfora for a pick up so you can chill out on their private beach. Dine at Giaxa, a place to see and be seen, and then enjoy the best of what’s hot and happening into the small hours at Carpe Diem, one of the continent's hippest clubs. On a summer night under a full moon, the latest lounge music from New York and London sets the mood.
The summer is the season for relaxing. So why not sail to a beautiful spa for some treatments? We found this amazing spa on the coast of Greece.
Drawing its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and zoe, the Greek word for ‘life’, Amanzoe is situated on a hilltop close to the town of Porto Heli on the east coast of the Peloponnese. The resort offers panoramic views of the Peloponnese countryside and coastline, a private Beach Club in a picturesque bay and easy access to the cosmopolitan islands of Spetses and Hydra.
Pilates is taught in an impressively equipped studio by Alexandra, who begins any session with a thorough postural assessment. The spa speciality is the gentle, water-based body therapy Watsu. All the therapists are taught by aquatic bodywork specialist Steve Karle, and sessions take place in a soothing, light-filled pavilion. Watch the sky through the bamboo ceiling as the empathetic Sophia swishes you through the water in her surprisingly strong arms - she's very good at Thai massage, too.
Tranquility prevails in the rest of the spa, the design of which gives you the impression of being in a temple. A hammam has opened this spring, under the watchful eye of dashing spa manager Stavros, and for something more straightforward there's a menu of holistic facials and body treatments.
We had a great week on board of PH3! After the glamorous Film Festival in Cannes we’re sailing along the Côte d´Azur of France.
We stopped in the beautiful La Croix Valmer that has seven natural sandy beaches and is reputed for the quality of its swimming waters. It also has a large nature reserve and it´s a magnificent place for walking in the woods and along the coast from Gigaro beach to Cap Lardier. Here we had a stimulating morning run with stunning views, while the crew of PH3 prepared a tasty breakfast.
And after spending the night in one of the bays in Les Iles de Mediterranee, we are on our way to Saint Tropez! Here PH3 will participate in the Giraglia Rolex Cup that celebrates its 62nd edition and includes one of the most renowned offshore races in the Mediterranean!
We have a new discovery: the island Ischia. Capri's more mysterious and eclectic sister, just off the Amalfi Coast. Ischia feels like the Italy of ancient myths, with some of the oldest, and best thermal baths in the world, almost deserted beaches and mouth-watering fresh food.
Condé Nast Traveller tells us the best places to see, where to stay and in what restaurants to eat the tasty local cuisine, on this beautiful remote island. Ischa is a great place to indulge and to experience the southern Italy's immense, untrammelled backdrops. And the best way to get there? Sailing, of course!
When it comes to red-carpet glamour, few events compete with the Cannes Film Festival for sheer sartorial spectacle and star power. The A-list stars arrive in abundance, the ball gowns are greater and the jewels more extravagant.
The Film Festival is not only about films and celebrities. It is one of the premier yachting events of the Mediterranean summer season, with all the newest and largest yachts acting as platforms for get-togethers with the world’s best known entertainers. The PH3 was at the centre of attention with its innovative and striking design.
We were so lucky to host the producers, actors and entourage of the upcoming film that depicts the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken. We also couldn’t be happier with the weather and enjoyed a great lunch on deck!
Glitter, glamour, movie stars and champagne… enough reasons for us to hop on board of the PH3 and sail to Cannes for the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival. But this year we’re not only going there to stargaze, we also have a mission. We’re on our way to Cannes to welcome on board PH3 the producers, actors and entourage of the new movie about the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken.
We started our trip in Holland and sailed through the English Canal, down the risky Bay of Biscay, all the way around Portugal and Spain and are almost at our dazzling destination. We can’t wait to trade in our sailing gear for some high heels or a tuxedo jacket and mingle among the celebrities.
Are you getting curious about the PH3? We will be in the Old Port of Cannes.
Meet our experienced, immaculate, service-oriented and motivated fun crew from New Zealand: Vagn and Kerie!
Vagn Lewisham, Captain: Vagn is experienced in a wide range of aspect within the marine industry. From most recently working as a Captain on a 21 metre Sail Yacht, to previously working on a very prestigious yacht, traveling the world and participating in numerous regattaas and boat shows. "I have a good level of technical knowledge with a trained eye for detail. I am an intuitive all-rounder capable of helping within all departments of the vessel, and pssess an easy going manner and ready ability to interact with crew and quests of all ages."
Kerie Land, Chef & Stewardess: Kerie is passionate about delivering exceptional service. She's experienced in Mediterranean and South East Asian cuisine. "With experience in the Super Yacht industry working at a very high level, I have a sound understanding of the expectations of the industry. Due to my passion and knowledge of food I was soon recommended for a position as a Chef on board a 50 metre Sail Boat."
Yes! PH3 participates in the Giraglia Rolex Cub this year, in June. This race celebrates its 62nd edition and it includes one of the most renowned offshore races in the Mediterranean. Check our 2014 Calendar here
Italy is always a good idea, especially those beautiful coastal towns. That's why we totally agree with the list that Conde Nast Traveler pulled together. Read about Italy's prettiest coastal towns, take a look at the pictures and decide that you really must pay one of these summer spots a visit this year... with PH3, naturally.
One of our favourites in the list: Manarola! One of the oldest towns in the Cinque Terre, known for its fishing, wine-making, and excellent hiking in the hills and vineyards above the town. Have a look at the CN top 10!
Just like the moviestars on the red carpet, PH3 will sparkle in Cannes this May! She will be in Port the Cannes during the Cannes International Film Festival!
To the east below the Old Town of Cannes lies the Vieux Port, or Old Port, also known as Port Cannes I (built in 1957). To the north the port is bordered by the pretty Allées de la Liberté. In the mornings the fine Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) is held here. The Rue Félix-Faure and the Rue d'Antibes are the town's main shopping streets.
Once a small fishing village, Cannes is now a glamorous seaside town. Especially because of the Cannes Film Festival, entertaining the rich and famous. During the festival, fans can see actors, celebrities, and directors up close and in person on the red carpet and steps of the famous Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette.
PH3 benefits from the latest B&G instruments. The Zeus navigation system provides sailors with easy access to features for sailing navigation and allows total control of navigation on-board. In short: it keeps PH3 always on the right course!
This is also a part of the PH3. Can you tell what it is?
A picturesque view on PH3 in tropical waters. We're already looking forward to this spring and summer! Genoa, Monaco, Cannes, Sardinia... here we come!
A PH3 picture to make you smile... Lots of family fun on board of PH3.
Number one in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is.....: the Caribbean Sea (British Virgin Islands)!
The British Virgin Islands are a hidden treasure in the Caribbean. Here you can find the perfect mix of Caribbean style bars, including the legendary Willy T's (the coolest bar you will go to) and amazing beaches. Read more about this wonderful sailing destination
Number two in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is: the Andaman Sea (Thailand).
The Andaman Sea offers a great variety of islands with stunning beaches, breathtaking limestone cliffs and world class snorkelling opportunities. It is an amazing destination for yachtsmen and young adventure seeking travellers. Let's go sailing the Andaman Sea! (and eat some delicious Thai food while we're there..)
Number three in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is: the Saronic Archipelago (Greece).
At the Saronic Archipelago you will experience a great mixture of sailing and partying in a picturesque environment. It's the prime yachting area in Greece. These islands are not far from Athens and are composed of Angistri, Aegina, Methana, Poros, Salamina, Spetses and Hydra – all of which have a lot to offer visitors: natural beauty, clean sandy beaches, small deserted islets to explore and, of course, excellent Grecian food! Best time to go? From 28th June until 23rd August!
Number four in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is: the Adriatic Sea (Croatia).
The Adriatic Sea offers truly great sailing: perfect conditions and spectacular scenery. This sea contains more than 1300 islands and islets, most along the Adriatic's eastern coast—especially in Croatia. All countries along the Adriatic coast (except Albania and Bosnia–Herzegovina) take part in the Blue Flag beach certification programme for beaches and marinas meeting strict quality standards including environmental protection, water quality, safety and services criteria
Number five in the top 5 best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week is: the Aeolian Islands (Italy).
The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. The Islands are a popular destination in summer, and attract up to 200,000 visitors annually. Also, the Islands are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The largest island is Lipari, other islands include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo.
It's a perfect sailing destination. Take a chance to sail around these beautiful islands off of the coast of Sicily, swim in crystal blue water, party with the Italian jet set and watch lava run from spectacular volcanoes!
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From 19 - 21 November 2013, METS will take place in Amsterdam RAI. This annually held exhibition of equipment, meterials and systems from all sectors of the marine leisure indyusty is the world's largest. The show is organised by Amsterdam RAI in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), and welcomes more than 1,250 exhibitors from over 90 different countries.
SuperYacht Pavilion the show also displays products and services for luxury superyachts.
It's a unique platform for yachting industry professionals and provides the perfect platform to network, exchange ideas and do business. Are you going? Get your free entry voucher
The five best sailing destinations for 2014 according to The Yacht Week are...
1. British Virgin Islands
From Caribbean style bars and amazing beaches to great food and perfect sailing conditions: every destination has something special to offer. In the next weeks we will show you the details of the abovementioned locations, so stay tuned!
Extreme weather and storm warnings for several parts of Europe.. so hold on tight for this hurricane Monday!
PH3 is on a strict carbon diet! She benefits from the first all-carbon mast with in-mast furling system, full carbon rigging and many other innovations related to weight saving. She's light as a feather!
We'd like to give you an impression of our wonderful experience at Les voiles de saint tropez! What a great race and fantastic week it was..
An impressive birds eye view on PH3! Full power thanks to her 360 m² Gennaker by North Sails and her glorious carbon Hall Spars mast 31 meters above the water!
A beautiful day at Les Voiles de St Tropez! Sailing with North Sails!
PH3 is at Les Voiles de St Tropez for the race! Here, 300 of the most beautiful boats in the world come together from Monday 30 September until Friday 4 October. This event honours racing as well as the finest traditional boats, with an amazing rendezvous of yachts. First run 26 years ago, the regatta gathers together the most extraordinary modern sailing boats alongside the most beautiful traditional yachts. A host of racers and sailing enthusiasts come from all the corners of the globe to do battle in the bay of Saint-Tropez. Goooooooooo PH3!
Smart dolphin! If you're not able to sail on board of PH3, than swim in front of it! ;-)
This year’s Cannes International Boat show closed its doors yesterday, on September 15. We were there! During the event, Contest Yachts was showcasing the PH3: their 72CS luxury yacht. We welcomed several brokers and interested parties on board and showed them her striking specifications. The collage gives you a good impression: Cannes was fun!
Brokers, join us for cocktails & canapés next Friday, at the Cannes Boat Show!
The PH3 is fully Lloyd's certified. Lloyd’s Register has been involved with the classification of sail and motor yachts for more than 150 years and its rules are derived from principles of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. They provide assistance from concept development, through design and construction to operation. Besides, ships are inspected on a regular basis. This includes inspections of the hull, the condition of hatch and door seals, safety barriers and guard rails. A Lloyd's Certificate thus ensures that the yacht complies with construction and safety standards. This helps in realizing safe and luxurious yachts, like the PH3!
The Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes is renowned for world premieres, sea trials and stunning display of the most impressive yachts. The 36th edition of the Festival de la Plaisance takes place from 10-15th September in the glistening bay of Cannes. PH3 will be there!
A nice collage, just to remind you of how to enjoy every moment of luxury on board of PH3!
PH3 is a small superyacht that offers superb comfort and luxury, just like any of the superyachts over
100 ft. / 30 m. Furthermore, her slightly smaller size enables guests to enjoy the ultimate sailing experience!
Did you know that sailing yacht PH3 is also on Pinterest? We've collected the most beautiful views for you, and give you an insight into our sailing yacht specs, regattas and more. Follow and pin with us!
Have a look at the pictures of the Rolex Volcano race @ Capri and see the PH3 crew in action!
You can view the album here.
Our bed is definitely better, but this view at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort.. It's an amazing suite.
Our super speedy carbon regatta XTender (8.3 m) is never far away!
Weight: 1140 kg
Top speed: 45+ knots
With a stereo system and LED courtesy lightning, carbon wakeboard pole and customized modular interior for diving.
This is the PH3 crew in preparation for Race 1, during the Rolex Capri Sailing Week Volacno Race 2013.
The famous Italian island of Capri and the beguiling Tyrrhenian Sea provided the host setting for this Volcano Race, which came to a close on Friday 24 May following a week of close-fought inshore and offshore racing. Constantly changing and challenging conditions ensured enthralling sailing for the fleet of Maxi yachts.
Have a look at the other photo's of the event!
Have a look at the brand new PH3 container: her home away from home ;-)
The PH3 in Capri: always ready for action!
We'll be in Capri during the Rolex Capri Sailing week from the 16th till the 24th of May. The PH3 sailing team will participate in the Rolex Volcano Race! This race comprises two days of inshore racing off the island of Capri before a 300-nautical mile offshore race which takes the fleet on a scenic journey around the active volcano of Stromboli. Will we see you there? Cheer for us; NED8385! We're looking forward to it!
One of PH3's hidden treasures: her stainless steel folding anchor.
The PH3 arrived in Marina Villa Igiea in Palermo today!
Beautiful Capri! We'll be there for the Rolex Capri Sailing week from the 16th till the 24th of May! Will we see you there? We're looking forward to it!
The famous Cannes Film Festival will take place from 15th to 26th of May. The first edition of this International Film Festival took place on 20 September 1946, and it was held every May from 1952 onwards. While early editions of the Festival were primarily a social event, the appearance of stars on the Festival’s red carpet and increasing media coverage quickly earned it a legendary international reputation. Are you going to Cannes and do you want to enjoy it even more? We would love to welcome you on board of the PH3!
We were sailing the Maltese waters and saw these dolphins leaping from the water.
Full power thanks to North Sails, with her glorious carbon Hall Spars mast 31 meters above the water!
We're in love with our panoramic view of the old city of Malta, the sea and sailing yacht PH3!
Did you know that the PH3 is a small superyacht? She's offering superb comfort and luxury, just like the superyachts over 100 ft./30 m. Furthermore, she also enables guests to enjoy the ultimate sailing experience, because she is slightly smaller. To quote David Glenn (Editor of Yachting World & SuperSail World): "Mini-superyachts (...) are offering superb comfort and, dare I say it, even better sailing." Sail with us!
Greetings from Malta, where the PH3 is finally cruising under Maltese flag! We're enjoying sailing the clear waters, the Mediterranean beauty of Malta and the lovely view.
The comprehensively equipped and full beam owner's cabin features a desk and two small sofas and has a separate entrance via a hatch from the deck.
TripAdvisor is all about its annual lists: The best beaches, the most romantic hotels, the best hotels, and the best hotels for families being among them. Its newest list examines the islands of the world.
Here’s Tripadvisor’s top 10 islands for 2013:
1. Ambergis Caye, Belize Cayes, Belize
2. St. John, US Virgin Islands, Caribbean
3. Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
4. San Juan Island, Washington, USA
5. Santorini, Cyclades, Greece
6. Isla Mujeres, Mexico
7. Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
8. Koh Tao, Surat Thani Province, Thailand
9. Easter Island, Chile
10. Nosy Be, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
(Source: Huffington Post)
Ph3 just arrived in Malta to kick off the sailing season 2013.
Set to run from Thursday 21 March to Sunday 24 March, the International Rolex Regatta celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. An impressive fleet of seventy yachts will participate in this competition that has graced the yachting calendar since the 1970s. The organization, the St. Thomas Yacht Club and Rolex offer sailors from around the world three days of "unparalleled competition and shore side excitement".
The PH3 loves carbon! Why? Because she's a luxury yacht that still wants to compete in regattas. Therefore the lightest materials are needed. Like carbon. As a result the PH3 benefits from the first all-carbon mast with in-mast furling system, full carbon rigging and many other innovations related to weight saving.
The PH3 crew ensures a pleasant stay on board: sail with us!
From 6 to 10 March hundreds of small and medium sized boats are on display during the HISWA Boat Show in the Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands. The show is the best preparation for the new season, with smashing clinics and workshops, many watersports offers and thousands of parts & accessories! Even if you are not familiar with watersports, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show is well worth a visit. Sailing yacht PH3 also made its first appearance during the HISWA in-water Boat Show last year.
The PH3 full Carbon Regatta Tender in the making. Departed from Sweden and arriving in Holland today! It is available for charter with a separate crew, for your ultimate luxury Regatta experience.
PH3 proudly present OCEAN Idependence as her Central Agency! This luxury Yacht broker is one of the largest yacht brokerage firms in the world. With their highly experienced brokers and managers combined with high quality super yachts, they create a home away from home for those who know and appreciate true luxury. Welcome on board!
We wanted you to experience the PH3 interior as we do. These beautiful new shots will give you an impression. Notice the bright and light oak panels offset by dark floors, the comfortable and spacious sitting area, the fluffy down pillows and the colorful fabrics by Missoni. Also, the curved windows ensure maximum natural light. It is inviting, isn't it?
The PH3 in a snowstorm in The Netherlands. We are so ready to go to our 'homebase' Valetta, Malta!
On October 7, 2012 PH3 made its appearance for the christening ceremony. The yacht's christening took place in the beautiful Veerhaven at the docks of Royal yacht club de Maas in Rotterdam.
PH3 Maidentrip to Southampton: the first adventure on the North Sea.
PH3 made its first appearance during the HISWA in-water Boat Show