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Jul 8, 2021 | SOAR Magazine, Elevated Lifestyle

With private yachts now added to the KEY catalog, discerning travelers can set sail across the sea with access to the same luxurious services offered in KEY vacation homes.

 

To ensure smooth sailing, you’ll be matched with the proper vessel according to your needs. From a 90-foot yacht to a 200+ foot superyacht, KEY has a wide range of stunning vessels to choose from. Although size does play a part in the overall experience, each vessel offers slightly different amenities. Some yachts come outfitted for adventure-seekers with a large variety of scuba diving and personal watercraft, and other yachts make family-friendly trips a breeze with inflatable toys and waterslides. Regardless of size or capabilities, all vessels in the KEY catalog promise comfortable, silky-smooth sailing.

Just like a stay at a private home, KEY’s designated Travel Specialists can arrange elevated services while aboard a yacht. The options are only limited to what your imagination can dream up. Popular experiences include a private chef, massages, wine tastings, yoga sessions on deck, butler service, and private onshore adventures like guided hikes, photography tours, cocktails on the beach, or anything else you desire.

KEY’s team can also source the perfect stay in any locale (before or after boarding) and coordinate experiences to help make the most of the moment. The yacht catalog continues to grow, so keep your eyes peeled for more vessels in the future. A bespoke yacht charter in the Bahamas is nothing short of magical, especially when you have KEY Travel Specialists to unlock hidden treasures – and a Five-Star flight from Jet Linx to get you on your way!

 

Big Sky

 

Launched by the Australian shipyard Oceanfast in 2010, superyacht Big Sky offers elegant, modern interiors with plenty of room for socializing and al fresco dining. All interior and exterior designs come from the Oceanfast team, who are also responsible for the engineering package. An aluminum hull and active four-fin stabilizer reduce roll motion to provide ultimate comfort throughout the entirety of a charter vacation.

Big Sky’s interior layout sleeps 11 guests in five en-suite cabins, plus a crew of 10. The main deck offers a full-beam owner cabin with
a large en-suite bathroom and tub. The lower deck features three queen cabins with en-suite shower rooms, as well as one queen cabin with a Pullman berth and en-suite shower room. The fifth cabin may also be converted to a gym or media room.

On the sun deck, guests will enjoy a Jacuzzi with a lounge area and bar. The bridge deck features a spacious indoor and outdoor salon with plenty of space for lounging, al fresco dining, and an indoor entertainment salon. The main deck offers another outdoor lounge, formal indoor dining room, water access, kitchen and master suite. Big Sky also offers two tenders and many other water toys including two Yamaha FX cruisers and two Yamaha stand-up jet skis.

 

 

At Last

 

Built in 1990 at the famous Heesen yard, custom motor yacht At Last has been refitted numerous times, offering a virtually new vessel. The sophisticated exterior design is the work of Gerhard Gilgenast, complemented with an interior by designer Claudette Bonville. The latest refit included new carpeting, wall coverings, furniture, window shades, deck cushions and more. The contemporary style received another upgrade with a new audiovisual system installed, providing wraparound elegance throughout the vessel.

This luxury motor yacht comfortably sleeps 11 guests in five cabins. The full-beam Owner’s Suite offers a panoramic view or complete privacy with custom-fitted blinds, and is centrally located on the main deck with a king-size bed, full entertainment system, sofa and two walk-in closets. The master bathroom is luxuriously appointed with two sinks, spa pool, and a large shower with a rain head. The remaining four staterooms can be found on the lower deck. These ensuite cabins include two kings, two queens, two singles, and one twin with additional Pullman berth and spa pool tub.

A warm, inviting octagonal main salon immediately impresses guests. A spiral staircase divides the salon from a formal dining room and stretches out into a bridge deck and sky lounge. In the sky lounge, guests have access to a full wet bar with stools and comfortable seating. The top level sun deck offers a spa pool, lounge space for eight, a BBQ, bar and another set of tables and chairs for eight guests.

At Last really wows with its full selection of inflatables, toys and watercraft – including a 36-foot water slide. There’s also an onboard PADI Dive Centre that allows guests to obtain a PADI diving card, as well as scuba diving gear for eight with wet suits. Those not seeking underwater thrills will find plenty to do at the surface. There are two tenders, four Yamaha GP 1800R Wave runners, four paddleboards, two kayaks, one hoverboard, three sea bobs, one wakeboard, slalom ski set, and an inflatable trampoline. There’s also equipment for fishing and snorkeling available.

 

 

Unbridled

 

A family-friendly vessel to please the adventurous and the tech-savvy, rivaling yachts of larger categories in comfort and sophistication. With a refit in 2015, luxury yacht Unbridled transformed into a like-new vessel. Perfectly suited for families and couples, the variety of water toys and onboard activities rival those of larger vessels. The cosmopolitan and modern interior exudes comfort and warmth, further placing her ahead of other yachts in her charter category.

Unbridled includes a master suite, two VIP staterooms, one twin cabin and one convertible cabin. A full-beam master comes equipped with a king-size bed and a large marble shower. There’s also a VIP forward with queen-size bed, a guest stateroom with queen-size bed and a large twin stateroom.

The stylish main salon opens to a theater with large U-shape couch and also offers a full bar and lounge area — the perfect space to unwind after an exciting day on the water. Unbridled’s country galley is a favorite spot for guests to visit and watch the chef prepare the day’s custom menu or anything your heart may desire. For the tech-savvy, this vessel is a dream; guests have access to iPads in each room to control lighting, climate and service, and 4G communications are available onboard.

 

7 Days in Exumas Bahamas

 

With a luxury yacht and a professional crew, you can easily unlock the treasures of the Exumas. The Exumas are a 100-mile chain of uninhabited cays and islands that lie just southeast of the Bahamian capital, Nassau, without a casino or a cruise ship in sight. A stay in the Exumas revolves around the sand, the sea and the sun.

 

1. HIGHBORNE & ALLAN CAY

 

Allan Cay’s famous inhabitants – fearsome-looking but gentle northern Bahamian rock iguanas – can be handfed on aptly-named Iguana Beach. Highborne Cay is a small fishing village and privately-owned island with scenic beaches, walking trails and excellent snorkeling. Don’t miss the marina where you can find fresh-baked Bahama bread.

 

2. Staniel Cay

 

Staniel Cay is one of the largest Cays in the Exumas, so staying more than one day is an option that most people take advantage of. This is also where you’ll find the world-famous swimming pigs, but also some of the largest crowds in the Exumas. The original wild pack can be found at Big Major Cay and they’re drawn out of the woods by the motors of the approaching tenders. If swimming with pigs isn’t quite your style, you can swim with harmless Nurse sharks at Compass Cay.

 

3. Staniel Cay

 

Staniel Cay is not just for animal lovers –many choose to snorkel at Thunderball Cave, an underwater cave system where two James Bond movies were filmed. At low tide, you can enter the cave through several entrances and tunnels. After you swim through the dark tunnels into the cave, you will be taken aback with a burst of light under the water. Once inside the beautiful cavern, you’ll find yourself surrounded by colorful fish sparkling in the beams of sunlight shining through. The Staniel Cay Yacht Club also attracts visitors for its restaurant and nightlife.

 

4. Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park

 

Divers and snorkelers will be in heaven at this popular stop because of the 176-square-mile Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, which is the largest underwater sea park in the Caribbean. Fishing remains prohibited in this reserve, offering abundant marine life for scuba diving and snorkeling. Aside from the beautiful reefs, divers will catch glimpses of tropical fish, lobster, stingrays, barracuda and the occasional shark. The park is also home to an exceedingly-rare Bahamian hutia, the only terrestrial mammal native to the Bahamas.

 

 

5. Shroud Cay

 

One unique feature of Shroud Cay is the ‘washing machine.’ A local estuary (the tidal mouth of a large river) offers a gentle current that creates a natural lazy river, except you’re surrounded by a pristine Caribbean island, not an overcrowded waterpark. Camp Driftwood Beach also offers a nice trailhead for hiking up to a beautiful lookout point, and a walk along the mangroves leads to a refreshing natural spring on a sunny day.

 

6. Norman’s Cay

 

Norman’s Cay is as beautiful as it is intriguing. A sunken DC 3 aircraft a few hundred feet offshore has captivated divers and snorkelers, as some say the plane was a drug-running vehicle and sank due to a heavy load, and others say it was a civil flight with a mechanical failure. Either way, all that can be found in the wreckage is a plethora of marine life that have now made a home there.

 

7. Nassau

 

Even if you only have time for one meal while in Nassau, KEY can help to reserve a table at one of many upscale eateries. Dune, a waterfront restaurant with semi-open kitchen that serves French-Asian fare is a must-try, especially the Bahamian breakfast buffet. If you want to stick with local cuisine, Mahogany House highlights all the local bounty inside an exquisite beachfront hotel. If you have an entire afternoon to spare, the Five-Star Graycliff Restaurant offers outstanding Bahamian cuisine as well as cigar rolling demonstrations and a chocolatier tour.

 

 

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