Are you looking for a warmer climate or a marina with superb crew facilities? Take a look at ONBOARD’s favourite winter berthing destinations
In November 2022, the new Hurricane Hole Superyacht Marina celebrated its grand opening after a significant redesign that completely renovated and expanded the premier deepwater marina of The Bahamas. Hurricane Hole’s cutting-edge design makes it the most technologically advanced marina in the country, with amenities including in-slip fuelling, a first for The Bahamas as well as concrete floating docks that rise and fall with the tides and at the centre is a 240-foot-wide turning basin. Hurricane Hole is also dedicated to sustainable development and employing the best environmental practices, including waste management, air quality control, and biodiversity management.
Yalıkavak Marina, voted the World’s Best Superyacht Marina of 2018/19, 2020/21 plus 2022 and a holder of the British Yacht Harbor Association’s (TYHA) 5 Gold Anchors rating, is Turkey’s first high-capacity superyacht marina. Yalıkavak Marina has room to accommodate 620 berths and provides high-class lifestyle choices and unmatched services for yacht owners and visitors alike, while providing comfortable facilities and experiences technical services for yachts of up to 140m LOA. Yalıkavak Marina continues to promote Turkey as #1 destination for luxury tourism, providing top quality yachting, hospitality, gourmet dining and shopping experiences for luxury life lovers. Yalıkavak Marina continues to champion the Bodrum Peninsula and Yalıkavak region.
The luxury harbour accommodates vessels up to 76m and visitors can use Atlantis as their hub to explore the 180,000 square miles of The Bahamas. Guests of the marina will enjoy all the amenities of Atlantis, including miles of white sand beaches, Aquaventure waterpark, the casino, a diverse array of restaurants and more. With direct access from Nassau Harbour, Atlantis Marina features 63 megayacht slips, a 100-foot-wide entrance channel, located to the west of the north-bound Nassau/Paradise Island bridge, allowing for unrestricted mast height on sailboats and easy access for yachts. The Atlantis Marina features a minimum depth of 12 feet at low tide, within a storm protected harbour. The largest of the slips are 160-foot finger piers, plus several lay- along-side berths up to 230 feet with no beam restrictions.
Porto Montenegro is a platinum-rated marina, yacht club and luxury residential village. The ethos of Porto Montenegro is ‘A life less ordinary’ and when you arrive and take in the panoramic backdrop of ancient mountains, turquoise cruising grounds, and dramatic coastline of the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, it’s easy to see why. Unspoiled landscapes meet exclusive amenities in this international community and world-class yacht club. A maritime hub in the region, the full service 450 berth marina offers the perfect starting point for any charter to Croatia, Italy and beyond. Porto Montenegro continues to expand its amenities most recently, they announced the opening of Europe’s newest superyacht refit facility Adriatic 42, that opened its doors this October. It’s easy to see why Porto Montenegro has established itself as the premium destination in the Adriatic.
Karpaz Gate Marina
Winter berthing at award winning Karpaz Gate Marina is even more attractive in 2023 with the opening of new facilities at the spectacular North Cyprus resort. Available now, the latest expansion introduces tempting leisure opportunities and vital technical capabilities. For superyachts requiring repair and maintenance, the 5 Gold Anchor-rated and duty-free marina is the perfect base for a prolonged stay. The technical team provides mechanical and electrical work, painting, hull repairs, anti-fouling, polishing, varnishing and teak replacement, carpentry and interior furniture work. Offering even more reasons to discover the Karpaz peninsula this season.
Emirates Palace Marina
ABU DHABI – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Enjoy the royal treatment at the Emirates Palace Marina, the ultimate yacht and superyacht playground, blending marina expertise with regal hospitality. The marina has established itself as the most exclusive berthing facility across the region. With world-class, personalised yachting services, 169 berths for yachts from 12 to 140 metres and deep-water access to the Gulf, it is the perfect gateway for exploring Abu Dhabi and beyond, enjoying the opulent Emirates Palace and its finest restaurants, spa treatments and leisure activities, or simply relaxing on board. Located on a pristine private beach, Emirates Palace is the epitome of luxury in Abu Dhabi, showcasing Arabian hospitality at its finest. Eight dining venues serve a variety of cuisines created by world- renowned chefs, and the resort boasts lush gardens, a lavish spa, two temperature-controlled swimming pools, a kids’ club and a private marina.
Msida & Ta’ Xbiex Marina
The 737 berth Msida & Ta’ Xbiex Marina, operated by Creek Developments Plc, is Malta’s largest marina. If you’re looking for a safe haven for your personal sailing yacht or smaller motoryacht, then this marina focuses on leisure yachts up to 22m LOA rather than superyachts, offering a sheltered and central location. Protected from all wind and swell directions, it lies in the heart of Malta’s yachting district, and close to both the capital city Valletta and the commercial and nightlife districts of Sliema and St Julians. Winter visitors settle in for longer, as the marina makes an ideal base for combining a winter maintenance programme with cruising to take advantage of the many calm, sunny winter days to explore the Maltese Islands’ bays without the crowds. The marina can assist with arrangements to go into a yard and has long-standing relationships with a full range of reliable service providers to ensure that all yachting needs are met. www.marinamalta.com
D-Marin Zea is located in Piraeus in Athens and it is one of the finest superyacht marinas in the Mediterranean. A port with great ancient history as it was a Naval base where the fleet of triremes was built. Ruins of the ancient walls of the base can still be found in the marina. The Naval Museum of Greece is also situated in Zea marina. The marina offering modern facilities and services, was totally renovated for the 2004 Olympic Games. The total capacity is 670 berths, on both permanent and floating pontoons. Moorings are available for boats up to 150 metres long. Zea Marina is one of the favoured marinas for crews as it is totally embraced by the city of Piraeus and there is an endless list of things you can do within walking distance of the marina. Shopping centres, cinema, restaurants, bars and all services related to yachts are in the immediate vicinity of the marina. Within the port, customers can find restaurants, bars, a swimming pool, chandlery shop and the Port Police office.