Oceanis Yacht Charters: Travel in Style and Comfort

Oceanis yacht charters provide an incredible sailing experience, making them one of the most sought after cruising vessels for sailing holidays. Learn about Bénéteau, a leading boat manufacturer, and their Oceanis line, one of the company’s most successful ranges of sailboats which have won over yachtsmen the world over.

oceanis yacht chartersOceanis yachts are available for charters throughout the Mediterranean with Zizoo. Photo credit @ Beneteau.

Oceanis sailing yachts are a product of the French company Bénéteau. Founded in 1884 by the shipbuilder Benjamin Bénéteau, the boat manufacturer has stood for more than a century as a leader in combining tradition and innovation. The one-time family business is one of the world’s largest yacht makers today producing diverse models of sailing and motor yachts. One of the most popular lines of charter yachts by Bénéteau is the Oceanis series.

The Oceanis line has raised sailing to a new level. Currently, Bénéteau offers 8 different models that range from 31 to an impressive 60 feet. What all these yachts have in common is their focus on comfort and, at the same time, optimal performance. Designed by the masterminds at Berret Racoupeau and Finot and Conq, Oceanis yachts are known worldwide for their sleek designs that are both functional and stylish inside and out.

With 8 great models to choose from, there is an Oceanis yacht for every type of sailor. Here are our favourites from the series:

The Oceanis 38

With the introduction of the Oceanis 38, Bénéteau has produced a sleek and elegant sailing yacht, which offers plenty of room for a crew of up to 8 persons. Whether you are taking in the sun at the bow or relaxing at the helm, you can enjoy a tranquil cruise as you glide on the Mediterranean with ease. The three cabin yacht features an innovative interior design, giving you plenty of space to rest and entertain under the deck.

Keep a look out for the Oceanis 38.1, Bénéteau’s newest addition to the Oceanis line. The 2017 38.1 is available to charter with Zizoo in Croatia and Italy.

beneteau yacht chartersGlide easily and in style on the Mediterranean on an Oceanis 38 in Sibenik. Photo credit @ Beneteau.

The Oceanis 48

The Oceanis 48 is the perfect boat and is especially well-suited for extended yacht charter holidays. The gorgeous yacht was crafted for relaxed cruising, but can also be optimised for speed. The interior, designed by Nauta Design, succeeds in maximising space and comfort. The Oceanis 48 is an ideal vessel for any type of sailing party given the model’s 6 different layouts.

Enjoy sailing this 4-cabin Oceanis 48 in Palma de Mallorca.

oceanis yacht chartersThe Oceanis 48 is an ideal yacht for extended boat holidays. Photo credit @Beneteau.

The Oceanis 55

The Oceanis 55 is the right choice when you’re sailing with larger groups. The yacht’s 6 cabins offer space for up to 12 guests on board. There are also three bathrooms and an extremely spacious and bright salon. Given the Oceanis 55’s larger size, the yacht still provides excellent cruising opportunities and is easy to handle. The cockpit gives plenty of space for maneuvering and offers significant visibility while also featuring plenty of seating for you and your crew.

Set sail in Greece aboard this lovely Oceanis 55.

oceanis yacht chartersThe Oceanis 55 is an ideal sailing yacht for larger parties. Photo credit @Beneteau.

Learn more about our most popular charter yachts and the legendary boat manufacturers Lagoon and Bavaria Yachts.

9 Enchanting Sailing Destinations for a Romantic Getaway in 2017

What is your ideal destination for a romantic escape? Is it discovering historic towns and villages? Wine tasting in sun-drenched vineyards? Relaxing on white sandy beaches? Or do you prefer exploring landscapes of towering cliffs and green volcanic mountains? Whether you are looking for adventure or a place to relax and unwind, a week spent in one of these sailing destinations will make for the perfect romantic getaway in 2017. 

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Romantic Getaway in 2017Get a taste of “la dolce vita” this year.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the world’s most impressive and alluring destinations. You just can not help but feel glamorous while cruising along the Amalfi Coast in a classic sailing yacht or sporty speedboat. The views of the colourful Italian seafront towns and cliffside vineyards will surely take your breath away. Discover the famous island of Capri and the famous Blue Grotto, savour divine dishes of fresh fish and pasta and end every meal with a chilled glass of limoncello with your loved one while on your dream boat holiday in Italy.

Canary Islands, Spain

Romantic Getaway in 2017Discover exotic landscapes in the Canary Islands.

If you are looking for incredible beaches and are seeking a bit of adventure, a boat trip in Canary Islands is the perfect destination for your romantic getaway in 2017. The volcanic island chain off the western coast of Africa is home to some of the most incredible and dynamic landscapes including sandy dunes, towering green hills and black sand beaches. The pristine waters of the Atlantic are perfect for well-traveled sailors. If you haven’t sailed in the Atlantic, you can always get a skipper to take the helm so you and your significant other can sit back and relax on your boat holiday in the Canary Islands.

Charter a yacht in Lanzarote and get ready for a trip of a lifetime.

Martinique, Caribbean

Romantic Getaway in 2017The French island of Martinique is one of the most romantic destinations in the Caribbean.

If you’re dreaming of palm trees, romantic sunsets, hiking in green, forested mountains and swimming in warm, turquoise waters, then a boat holiday in Martinique is the right choice for you. The Caribbean island of Martinique is a paradise both onshore and offshore, offering activities for every type of couple: discover the island’s diverse history, visit a flower-filled pineapple plantation or go hiking around an active volcano. After a relaxing day on Martinique’s stunning beaches, you can crack open a bottle of bubbly. Martinique is in fact, one of the biggest consumers of champagne. You and your partner will love the freedom of discovering the island’s coast at your own heart’s desire on your chartered yacht in Martinique.

Pula, Croatia

Romantic Getaway in 2017Visit one of the best preserved Roman arenas in the world before discovering Istria by boat.

Located on the picturesque coast of Istria in northern Croatia, the ancient city of Pula is a wonderful starting point for a romantic boat trip in the Adriatic. While the city itself makes for a perfect getaway, it’s the nearby islands and beaches that really make this destination stand out. After visiting the fantastically preserved 6th century Roman ampitheatre and savouring some of the region’s specialities like truffles and fresh seafood, it’s time to explore the islands in the Kvarner Gulf. Stop in the charming seaside towns found around Cres, Lošinj and Krk where you’ll also find some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia or travel further south to the island of Pag, a foodie’s paradise.

Learn more about sailing in Pula with our guide and try some of these luxury foods while on your boat holiday in Croatia.

Grimaud, France

Romantic Getaway in 2017Cruise along the French Riviera from your yacht charter in Grimaud.

Perched on a hill overlooking the Gulf of St Tropez you’ll find the romantic ruins of Grimaud’s castle. The medieval village of Grimaud is the ideal destination for romance. Not far from the bustling seaside town of St Tropez, Grimaud serves as a peaceful oasis where you’ll find yourself transported back in time. Enjoy a relaxing stroll and take in the views of the sea in the hilltop town with your loved one before checking into your yacht charter in Port Grimaud, a quaint seaside town which was founded only a few decades ago. Port Grimaud has a “Venice-esque” appeal with colourful houses, charming bridges and enchanting canals. From Port Grimaud, you can enjoy your own private tour of the French Riviera by boat while stopping for a swim and to visit the picturesque villages of Côte d’Azur.

Budva, Montenegro

Budva, Montenegro Stretching 21 km and boasting a number of lovely pebble stone and sandy beaches, the coast of Budva in Montenegro is a dream destination for couples. Still under the radar, the ancient town of Budva offers incredible views of the Adriatic and is home to several cultural treasures that are worth discovering while on land. Charter a yacht in Montenegro and enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Budva Riviera, making stops at some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean such as those found around Sveti Stefan and Petrovac.Take in the views of Montenegro’s dramatic landscapes and historic villages on the Budva Riviera.

Montenegro is a top pick for this year’s hottest sailing destinations. Stretching 21 km and boasting a number of lovely pebble stone and sandy beaches, the coast of Budva in Montenegro is a dream destination for couples. Still under the radar, the ancient town of Budva offers incredible views of the Adriatic and is home to several cultural treasures that are worth discovering while on land. Charter a yacht in Montenegro and enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Budva Riviera, making stops at some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean such as those found around Sveti Stefan and Petrovac.

Rhodes, Greece

Romantic Getaway in 2017Lounge on some of Europe’s best beaches while admiring Greece’s historic past in Rhodes.

Home to a number of impressive heritage sites, idyllic golden beaches and fantastic cruising grounds, Rhodes remains a contender on our list of the top sailing destinations for romantic getaways in 2017. The peaceful island is a perfect starting point for couples looking to escape for a week on a yacht in the glistening Aegean Sea. After discovering the inspiring Palace of the Grand Master and taking a stroll on the one of the most preserved medieval streets in Europe (the Street of Nights) in the Old Town of Rhodes, sail south to visit Lindos, one of the most picturesque destinations in the Mediterranean. Chartering a yacht in Rhodes also allows you to explore several Aegean islands such as Tilos where you can be sure to find a secluded beach to spend a day or two. Also not to be missed is an excursion from Rhodes to Kos, a lively island that offers great hiking and diving opportunities.

Portisco, Italy

Romantic Getaway in 2017The pristine waters of Sardinia range from Sapphire to Cyan blue.

The Italian island of Sardinia boasts some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world (just look at Sardegna Reporter’s Instagram). Sardinia’s stunning coastline is enhanced by a mesmerising mix of vibrant blues and cyan blue waters and the island’s intriguing rock formations that were shaped by the wind. The winds that blow throughout the island also make Sardinia a fantastic sailing destination. Charter a yacht in Portisco and sail along Sardinia’s famous Costa Smeralda. Sail around the alluring island chain of La Maddalena or mingle among the rich in famous in the legendary Porto Cervo. For more reasons to set sail in Sardinia in 2017, check out our guide and for more inspiration, take a look at our food and wine lover’s sailing route featuring gastronomic tours from the winerist.

 Hjellestad, Norway

Romantic Getaway in 2017Sail to the charming towns and villages of Bergen.

For something a bit different, plan a romantic getaway in 2017 in Norway, one of our favourite sailing destinations in northern Europe. Explore the magnificent fjords from a yacht charter in Hjellestad, just south of Bergen- the gateway to the fjords. A private cruise of Norway’s fjords, quaint seaside towns and enchanting islands and islets is the prefect way to spend a week or two this summer with your loved one. Enjoy being on the water, go hiking in the mountains or try fresh seafood in one of Bergen’s charming fishing villages.

Plan the perfect romantic getaway in 2017 with Zizoo. Whether you are seasoned sailor or if it’s your first time planning a boat holiday, we’ll help you every step of the way. For more inspiration, take a look at our Sailing Destination Guides and keep up to date with the latest trends in sailing with our Magazine.

Guest Post: 5 Retirement-Friendly Sailing Destinations

Retirement-Friendly Sailing Destinations

May we all be lucky enough to have saved enough for retirement so that, when the day arrives, we are free to pursue every interest we so desire. Casey Meehan, owner of stock trading news site Stock Hax, has a few ideas for any such retirees who have always wanted to go on a boat holiday, but never quite found the time before. Here are 5 retirement-friendly sailing destinations for your holiday planning. 

Retirement-Friendly Sailing Destinations

After finally reaching retirement, people find themselves in front of an array of possibilities, with much more free time to truly enjoy life, focus on the hobbies, spend more time with family and friends, as well as travel extensively.

When retired, these travel enthusiasts who always wanted to explore the world and all its wonders finally have the time and money for it, so there are really no obstacles in embarking on a much desired and eagerly awaited sailing trip.

These five sailing destinations are ideal for all retirees who have the energy, means and enthusiasm to relish in fascinating locations.

1. Antigua

retirement-friendly sailing destinations

A leading sailing destination, Antigua has much to offer to retirees who enjoy attractive beaches, blue waters, lush forests and striking mountains.

The Island of Antigua, considered to be among the most developed in the Caribbean, is a true paradise for snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, sailing and so much more. Snorkeling is an especially satisfying experience, as retirees can venture into Stingray City and see the wonderful underwater world of the island up-close.

Each year, visitors can also enjoy Antigua Sailing Week, which features spectacular yacht races. Those who love the historic side of a location can relish in intriguing Antigua’s historic sites, such as Fort James or museums such as Betty’s Hope.

Moreover, the lookouts of Shirley Heights and Monk’s Hill offer spectacular views on the Island which only increase the magic of this natural paradise.

2. The Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

retirement-friendly sailing destinations

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, a true gem in the Adriatic Sea, offers many breathtaking locations in the form of magical cities, as well as more than 1000 mystical islands. With this sailing destination, retirees can explore the historic wonders of the old cities in Split and Dubrovnik, and enjoy Dalmatia’s astonishing beaches, which emit an intriguing charm.

The islands are the big draw, however, and offer offer an impressive range of experiences, such as Vis with its delicate wines and organic food,

-Vis with its delicate wines and organic food,

-Mljet with its striking nature,

-or Brac with its range of available sporting activities, such as windsurfing and parasailing.

With sparkling waters, hidden coves, white beaches and delightful fishing villages, the Dalmatian coast definitely warrants a visit from retirees who are looking for an excellent sailing destination.

3. Lavrion, Greece

retirement-friendly sailing destinations

Greece has always been a wonderful choice for a sailing destination, and Lavrion, a town in Attica well known for its classical antiquity, is among its finest locations.

After stepping ashore, retirees will find that this particular city has a lot to offer, with its rustic taverns, restaurants, shops, cafes, as well as intriguing museums.

Lavrion is the home of many historic sites, such as the largest ancient amphitheater in Greece, and the prehistoric silver mines, considered to be the oldest mines in the world. The beaches around Lavrion are exquisite. Make it a point to visit Asimakis Beach, where you can go windsurfing if you’re feeling brave, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of a traditional Greek coastline.

4. Amalfi, Italy

retirement-friendly sailing destinations

The Amalfi coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, and as such is a rewarding site for anyone who wishes to marvel at striking natural beauty. Along the sparkling Italian coast, the views are stunning; the small, delicate beaches are sun-soaked; and the water is the most striking shade of blue.

The city of Amalfi, located on the coast beneath large cliffs, is a must-visit for its Medieval architecture and a plethora of charming piazzas. Overall, the Amalfi coast offers stunning islands, where visitors can taste local seafood specialties and exquisite wines, as well as marvel at the dramatic mountains that seemingly plunge into the sea.

5. The Algarve, Portugal

retirement-friendly sailing destinations

This area in Portugal, specifically its Lagos bay, stands out as one of the world’s best regatta locations. You’ll find great sailing events here year-round.

Due to its agreeable climate, favorable winds and almost constant sunshine, the Algarve is perfect for sea adventures. Along this coast, retirees can enjoy wonderful sights, such as the Praia da Rocha beach and the Praia da Marinha beach, as well as the impressive Cape St. Vincent lighthouse.

Moreover, the Algarve has many hidden treats for those who wish to explore more, with occasional dolphin sightings and mesmerizing caves that can be accessed on a boat.

Check Zizoo’s website and sailing guides to learn more about over 30 sailing destinations.

Sailing in Winter: How to Stay Warm

Perhaps sailing in winter is not the first thought that comes to mind when you begin to plan your next boat holiday. However, guest blogger Louise of Sandy Toes and Writer Woes and Bailey Boat Cat proves that sailing in winter can still be enjoyable if you know how to stay warm. Read Louise’s tips for keeping warm while sailing on those cold winter days or chilly summer nights. 

sailing in winter

by Louise Kennedy

If you’re sailing over the winter months you might have to deal with some colder weather. If you’re anything like me, you won’t enjoy your sailing experience if you’re feeling cold. Even if you don’t have dedicated winter sailing gear, you can still keep warm whilst you’re sailing and be able to enjoy your day.

sailing in winter

The most important thing is to stay dry. Once you get wet, you’ll probably stay wet and with the (hopefully) perfect sailing wind, you’ll start to feel chilled and not in the good way. Salt water is incredibly hard to dry because of the salt crystals. If you’re sailing because you love it, your fashion sense won’t matter… do whatever you need to do stay dry. Waterproof clothing and shoes are great if you don’t have proper wet weather sailing gear, because you can layer warm clothes underneath them too. If you find yourself in a squall and don’t have time to get your waterproof clothing on, then even something simple like a plastic bag over your legs will do.

Layers are perfect for changeable weather. I like having lots of layers that I can pull on or off easily when the temperature is about to rise or drop. For example, if you’re doing a watch and you don’t want to disturb the other crewmembers who are resting, you can ensure you’ll be comfortable for the duration of your shift by having several options. Breathable clothes are also great, especially sports clothing, because they wick sweat away from your body.

sailing in winter

Keep out of the breeze by staying behind the dodgers and ultilising any covers that you have. If you’re on watch, then getting up every five to seven minutes to have a good look around or staying active by tweaking or raising sails and safely walking around the deck will help to keep you warm.

Remember to take any cockpit cushions inside to keep them dry too. Soggy salty cushions will take a very long time to dry and aren’t fun or comfortable to sit on. If there isn’t any wind, you could even follow my lead and use a small umbrella to protect you and whatever electronic device you’re using during a rain shower!

sailing in winter

Warm drinks or soup are also fantastic for keeping you warm during a cold sail. You can prepare something nice and hot and store it in a thermos flask, which you can grab whilst underway.

If you keep warm and have a great day’s sailing I guarantee you’ll have that warm fuzzy feeling at the end of the day!

Of course, there are other options for sailing in the winter. If you are looking for warmth and sun, check out our top winter sailing destinations. Prefer to book in summer? Keep a look out for our latest deals on our website and social media. 

Luxury Foods in Croatia

As a Mediterranean country gifted with an ideal climate for agriculture, it is safe to assume that Croatia has some of the world’s best and most valued food items. Though not as lavish as French or other European cuisines, the real stars of Croatian dishes are the ingredients, which is why we’ve rounded up some of the top luxury foods in Croatia. Make sure to try some of these specialities while on your next sailing holiday in Croatia. 

And if you haven’t already learned your way around Croatian cuisine, you can do so here.

Truffles

luxury foods in croatiaSavour traditional Croatian dishes topped with prized white truffles when sailing in Istria. Photo source: Chung Ho Leung/Flickr.

Did you know that Croatia is home to one of the most famous truffle capitals in the world and that one of the largest truffles in the world was found here? If you didn’t, we suggest you do some reading up on Croatia’s truffle craze here. The region of Istria, in northern Croatia, was found to be a real mine for truffles only about 80 years ago. Since then, Croatians have figured out how to masterfully combine truffles into products such as olive oil, honey, cheese and even sweets. The region is most famous for its white truffle called Tuber Magnatum Pico, which grows from September until January. Truffle hunters search for the prized tuber, which, in turn, is sold to restaurant owners and other foodies for a hefty price. The finest white truffles of the season are best used fresh and shaved on pastas, meats and fish. And for something different, try ice cream or chocolate cake with truffles.

Oysters

luxury foods in CroatiaRaw oysters may not be for everyone, but they certainly are one of the best luxury foods in Croatia. Image source: Heather Cowper.

Croatia has a long tradition of fishing and maritime trade thanks to its prime position on the Adriatic. The Croatians’ love of shellfish has also been well documented throughout the centuries and was first noted during the Roman period. Today, Croatia is known for having some of the best (if not the best) oysters in the world. Foodies craving one of the most well known luxury foods in Croatia head to Mali Ston in southern Dalmatia not far from Dubrovnik. The special shellfish have been prized by emperors and noblemen who couldn’t get enough of Mali Ston oysters, which even today are favoured for their taste which comes from a unique mix of both salt and fresh water in the bay. Mali Ston oysters even won The Grand Prix and Gold Medal of oysters during the World Exposition in 1936. These oysters are best enjoyed raw and accompanied by a glass of Croatian wine or a cocktail. If you are not into raw oysters, we can have a chance to try fried, baked or roasted oysters, oyster soup or one of many other preparations while on your sailing holidays in Dubrovnik.

Chocolate

luxury foods in CroatiaChocolate. Yet another great reason to go sailing in Zadar. Photo source: VITLOV ČOKOLADE

Croatia may not be famous for it’s chocolate, but if you happen to find yourself in Zadar, a chance to savour one of Vitlov’s specialties, is something you won’t regret it. Somewhat new on Croatia’s foodie scene, Vitlov Chocolate has become a mecca for chocolate lovers in Croatia. Just one look at their display case of delicate truffles will really make you feel like a kid in a candy store (just a more luxurious one). Famed for their Maraschino Pralines, which are made from the region’s famous Maraschino liqueur, Vitlove Chocolate takes chocolate making to a whole new level. These beautifully designed boxes of chocolate will be a perfect gift for someone special back home (if they make it that far!).

Wine

luxury foods in CroatiaSample some of Croatia’s Old World wines.

Ok, so technically not a food, but still deserving a spot on our list of the top luxury foods in Croatia is wine. Perhaps you already read or tried out our sailing route dedicated to wine in Croatia, but in case you haven’t, here’s what you should know about Croatian wine:

-Croatia’s history of wine making goes back to 2200 BC

-Although wine has been made in Croatia, it is only in recent years that the country’s coastal and continental wines are getting the recognition that they deserve.

-After many decades of debate, it has been scientifically proven that the origin of California’s famous zinfandel wine grape came from Croatia.

-Croatia’s islands produce some of the best grapes used to make excellent white wines.

-Today, Croatia has about 17,000 registered wine growers that cover nearly 60,000 acres.

So where do you find the country’s best and most prized wines? There are several noteworthy wine boutiques and vineyards where you can get your hands on some of the highest quality wines that Croatia has to offer. If in Zagreb, make sure to visit Vinoteka Bornstein, which offers two of Croatia’s best wines: Dingac and Postup. Other wine lovers might go to Istria, which has often been called “the other Tuscany”. Here you’ll find several vineyards and wine boutiques where you can taste and buy some of the region’s most esteemed wines: Malvasia Istriana and Teran. Istria is most well known for their white wines, which pair perfectly with fresh seafood. Make sure to try an Istrian wine while savouring other luxury foods in Croatia (it goes perfectly with those raw oysters).

Honey

luxury foods in croatiaHoney has been used as a medicine and wine enhancer for many centuries.

Honey has been used both for indulgence and medicine for many centuries. The Romans even documented their love of honey which was used in wine in ancient times (mead is still very popular today!). Not only has Croatia perfected the taste and texture of honey over the years, but has learned how to use it as a health benefit. A jolt of energy, improved immune system and pain relief are the main reasons to indulge in honey while your on your sailing trip in Croatia. Enjoy Croatian honey in its purest raw form or in a number of other local products including liqueur, cosmetics and various sweets. For a real gourmet treat, make sure to bring home some of Croatia’s white truffle honey which goes best with cheese, veal or pork. Local honey scented with wild strawberries and island herbs such as rosemary, lavender and heather may not be a luxury for Croatians, but it certainly is a speciality for visitors, which is why it deserves a spot on our list of luxury foods in Croatia.

So if the food in Croatia haven’t convinced you yet, here are even more reasons to go sailing in Croatia.