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9 of the most iconic yachty watering holes
Cobra's Bush Bar and Botanical Gardens, Dominica
Moor up in Portsmouth Harbour and opt for a traditional rowing boat to explore the Amazon-like Indian River. Vibrant, deserted and tranquil, some parts of the river were used for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Bush Bar is a hand-crafted bar set at the heart of a beautiful botanical garden — the epitome of barefoot luxury, it offers a reservation only lunch menu of Dominican favourites alongside teas, juices and rum cocktails. The brave with opt for The Dynamite, the Bush Bar's strongest rum-based beverage that will have you weaving back to your row boat.
It's the perfect spot for a laid-back drink surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Indian River's lush green rainforest — a must for anyone discovering Dominica by superyacht.
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The Aquarium Restaurant, Grenada
Sometimes described as a 'jungle by the sea', the Aquarium Restaurant is set in a leafy beach house complete with stunning koi ponds and a central waterfall feature.
The restaurant and bar offers incredible dishes in an intimate beachside location where you can watch one of the best Caribbean sunsets while sipping on a sumptuous rum cocktail. Aside from the critically acclaimed Sunday barbecue, chefs serve up vast offerings of fresh seafood, traditional Caribbean dishes, salads and sides in a buffet-style dining experience.
Guests can enjoy their meal while listening to live music before going for a dip in the ocean, which is just a few steps away, making it the perfect spot for anyone discovering Grenada on a luxury yacht.
Picture courtesy of Facebook.com / The Aquarium Restaurant
The Riva Lounge, Venice
Enjoy an unrivalled view of the Venice Lagoon while sipping a cocktail at the Riva Lounge at the Gritti Palace. Located on the sleek Gritti Terrace atop the shore of the Grand Canal, this elegant drinking spot has been designed with the yacht connoisseur in mind.
Decked out using materials inspired by the Riva yacht (in fact the Gritti Palace has its own Riva named Il Doge, making it one of the best hotels with luxury boats) this is an exclusive spot to relax and enjoy a generous glass of the signature Riva Cocktail, whether you're visiting on a private vessel or you've decided to bookend your yacht charter with a stay in Venice.
Picture courtesy of The Gritti Palace
Saba Rock , British Virgin Islands
The rock that parties, Saba is a must visit stop off during any private vacation of luxury yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands. Located in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, Saba Rock's bar is open from 11am daily and of course offers the BVI's favourite cocktail — a painkiller. Make the most of its happy hour between 4pm and 6pm and you can also watch the daily feeding of the Tarpon from the end of the dock.
Plan ahead and reserve yourself a slot in the marina or simply tender in. If you want to make the most of the evening, ensure you have booked at table at the restaurant, where dinner is served from 6pm.
Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Bahamas
Whether it’s soaking in the beautiful scenery or sampling the fresh seafood, it’s little wonder luxury yacht charters in the Bahamas are so popular.
Unwind at this hangout, which was popular with crew during the filming of 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball, which continues to deliver impromptu parties any day of the week. You might even spot a Hollywood A-lister or two — the Caribbean destination is a favourite hideaway of Johnny Depp and John Travolta.
Basil’s Bar, Mustique
With nine breathtaking beaches, 20 world-renowned dive sites and a vibrant coral reef teeming with tropical fish and mangrove forests, it’s little wonder that the likes of rock stars, artists and Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have frequented one of the world’s most exclusive islands.
A luxury yacht charter in Mustique or a visit on a private yacht wouldn't be complete without venturing out to Basil’s Bar. Moor your yacht at this waterfront establishment where sailors party with supermodels. Its Sunday sunset jazz sessions and annual Blues festival is (almost) as legendary as its rum punch and wine selection.
Foxy’s, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are not only home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean but they also have some iconic watering holes. The tiny Jost Van Dyke has a reputation as one of the best Caribbean islands to party on thanks to the Soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy's Bar.
At Foxy's, you can order a Sly Fox (made with Foxy’s own rum) and brews from Foxy’s microbrewery as early as 9:30am Foxy's also puts on a legendary New Year's Party.
Corner Bar, Palma
If you are looking to sample some of the best party destinations in the Mediterranean the Corner Bar in Palma is a must-visit. Located in the heart of old town, Corner Bar is renowned as one of the best yachtie bars in the world, attracting customers from all over the world.
People watch on one of the terraces as you sip a cold beer or attempt to triumph in the legendary Thursday night Killer Pool competition. If you foul repeatedly, there’s always Jaegerbombs to soothe the loss…
Blue Lady Pub, Antibes
If you’re on a private yacht or chartering a luxury yacht in the Cote d’Azur and have finished sampling the gastronic delights of some of the world's best restaurants, head to Antibes’ most renowned watering hole for yachties. In the heart of Old Antibes, this sweet family-run pub has been quenching the mighty thirst of yachtsmen since 1988. Children and furry four-legged friends are also welcome too.