Altesse is a beautiful 2013 Lagoon 560, able to accommodate 8 guests in 4 queen size cabins, or 3 queen cabins and a fun bunk room for kids. Lagoon 560s are widely acknowledged as the best charter boats on the market, due to their bright and spacious cabins, beautiful internal relaxation areas and wide range of comfortable lounging and dining spaces.
But Altesse is even better. In 2015 she went through a full refit to specifically enhance the experience for charter guests, through additions such as full dining capability on the flybridge with an extra BBQ and dining table installed. Enhancements to the interior to give her a sophisticated European twist and a custom built ‘champagne deck’ which extends the cockpit and offers a unique and hugely popular additional relaxation and jumping area. She also has a brand new 70HP dinghy, inclusive diving for up to five guests and all new water toys (including an 8 man floating island). Plus new linen, crockery and furnishings throughout reflecting the refined taste of the French owner, not to mention a wine cellar including a range of superior French organic wine.
So whether you want activity and exhilaration, or rest and relaxation, Altesse and her award winning crew, who have been chartering in the BVI for 5 years, will ensure that you get everything you wished for and more. Altesse offers 4 queen bed ensuite guest suites or 3 queen bed guest suites and an ensuite bunk cabin, much loved by kids.
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Sarah and Richard are highly experienced, award winning charter crew who have completed more than 100 charters in the BVI and been presented with an award for Crew of the Year in 2012. Even more important than that their clients love them and want to keep sailing with this professional, enthusiastic and dedicated couple.
Richard is an accomplished yacht captain, sailor and divemaster. He has sailed extensively in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, but has developed an in-depth knowledge of the BVI, allowing him to adapt the charter to suit the guests on board and show them less frequented coves and bays as well as the hitting the top BVI spots at the best time of day. He has led more than 200 dives in the BVI and knows a large number of dive sites suitable for all levels of diver. Richard also competed internationally as a life guard, so always ensures everyone enjoys the water with the knowledge there is someone on hand to help if they feel out of their depth. Richard loves sharing his passion for sailing, diving, nature and the water with guests, ensuring they get the very most out of their trip.
Sarah is the epitome of the perfect First Mate and Chef. She has professional culinary training, but it is her passion and love of food that makes her the amazing chef that she is. She loves nothing more than to cook food which people adore and is happiest when she is adapting her menu to suit the tastes of those on board. Like Richard, she is fantastic with people and makes everyone feel comfortable and at home. Her biggest motivation is finding the extra personal touches that turn a great vacation into an unforgettable experience. She is extremely energetic and enthusiastic, and loves the outdoors. Sarah is always up for an adventure, whether it’s sailing, running with guests, hiking, diving or snorkeling. She is extremely neat and tidy, but as a qualified boat captain she also knows how to sail a boat and get her hands dirty when needed.
Sarah and Richard have been married for 12 years and work together perfectly as a team. This outgoing and friendly English couple create a unique environment on board; making others feel welcomed and part of their team. Their top notch professionalism shows from raising the first sail to catering to every individual need of those around them. They both take great pride in their work, and it shines through. Everyone who comes on board wants to come back and sail with them again and again.
Sarah Bowman’s Sample Menu
Hors D’oeuvres served with cocktails:
ALTESSE GUESTS COMMENTS
Mid May, 2018, guests on ALTESSE wrote:
Thank you for the holiday of a lifetime. So many special moments and memories. I will never forget the moment we were surprised with bubbles at The Baths. Such delicious food – I will definitely take away some ideas, but am sure I won’t ever be able to match up to your standards in the kids eye’s!
Thank you for being so wonderful win the kids, your humour and intuitive way with them really made the trip. Thank you!!!
PS See you again soon!
Love from Alex, Katie, Archie, Poppy and Oliver
January, 2018 guests aboard ALTESSE said
One of the most amazing trips we have all had together. We all travel together several times a year and this trip far exceeded our expectations. The food Sarah made was five star dining at its best. Richard was always there to deliver all our needs from drinks to water sports. Their attention to detail was superb. We are already talking and planning a return visit to see all the spots that Sarah and Richard spoke about, but that we couldn’t fit in on this trip. Cheers to Sarah and Richard and the AMAZING Altesse!!
Paul, Mary-Ellen, Bill and Ginny
Florida and New York, January 2018
July, 2017 guests on ALTESSE said:
Thank you for such an amazing trip! It was incredible from the start to the finish, and it was a treat to get to know you and Rich along the way. Just to echo Wistar, you all just worked so hard to make the trip perfect, yet kept it so fun and relaxed, and made it all seem effortless. I hope we have the chance to all do it again!
We got home and walked through our front door at five o’clock yesterday, and Alex turned to me and pointed out in a sad voice that it was captain’s cocktail hour. I did have a beer, but it was not even close to the same as being on Altesse ??.
Leon, Liz, Wistar, Karen, Alex, Taylor and Stewart, Virginia
Absolutely amazing week aboard Altesse. Fabulous boat!!! The best catamaran in the islands. Staff were phenomenal! Captain Richard answer all our 700 questions and Sarah’s food was top notch. Gourmet meals three times a day, each one better than the last. Had an amazing trip. Already planning our next adventure aboard. Thank you.
What an amazing trip! Altesse is beautiful and makes great use of space. We loved all the outdoor seating. Richard and Sarah took care of all our needs and have wonderful stories to tell. Richard is a great captain and Sarah is an amazing chef. Every meal was a delight. We would love to sail on Altesse again.
We had an amazing week on Altesse. We are very grateful for the hospitality, the genneker sailing, the Dolphins, amazing meals, wake-boarding, paddle-boarding, kayaking, hiking and overall wonderful vacation. Thank you Sarah and Richard.
Thanks for a truly extraordinary and memorable week. We couldn’t have conceived of a more perfect vacation/50th birthday and anniversary celebration with our dearest friends. You two are the perfect team – a phenomenal marriage of grace, energy and exceptional capability. From Sarah’s 5 star cookery; Captains cocktail hour and itinerary to Richard’s handling of the yacht; dive mastery; and your combined tour guiding, there simply aren’t enough superlatives to capture all the perfect moments. Your home -Altesse – stands by herself: gorgeous and enormous, and your neighborhood – the BVI – what a match! It was a pleasure and a privilege to get to know you and share the week. You guys are awesome and no doubt our paths will cross again!
Jeannie and Darrell, Co and Michael, Stacey and Sean and Jennifer and Drew
All of the amazing meals will be greatly missed next week when we are home, as will Richard and his ability to always find the best anchorages. You were both so willing to accommodate our every whim.
What a great week!!
Allen, Michelle, Denise, Meghan, Mika and Brendan
A serious highlight of the trip was that Sarah’s an incredible chef. The food was perfectly tailored to our preferences with no effort spared and each dish was total perfection- I’m talking about picture worthy food! Even Richard pitched in on the grill a couple times and it was fantastic.
Richard is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and just sailing in general- he has great ideas about anchorages,and takes pride in taking folks to places he thinks they’ll love-he taught us to water ski-makes great pain killers and has some great stories!
There really is no describing how perfect it was- and I can’t imagine that there’s a better crew or even a better pair of humans to spend your vacation with than Sarah and Richard Bowman.
As long as they are on the water we will be back every year at least once.
Brandi, Catherine, Jeri and Amy, February 2016
Eric, Anna, Alen and Kitty, January 2016
Jen, Bar, Sawyer and Eli – December 2015
A cheery can-do attitude from Capt Rich and 1st mate Sarah regarding new daily options made life aboard very pleasant, worry-free and lots of fun! Positive attitude prevails aboard the good ship Altesse and we enjoyed it so much we are already planning our return trip????
Mark – December 2015
“Richard and Sarah,
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“We had the week of our lives, this week in paradise! Sarah and Rich, made our holiday extraordinary!! We don’t know how we are going to go back to life without nibbles and captain’s cocktail hour. All the food was fabulous and better than we could have ever imagined, whilst the other tourists were envious of our personal tour guides and champagne on the beach. Words are not enough to thank you for making our trip so special.”
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“Richard and Sarah, you are lovely! The trip has been stunning, we leave sadly, but with incredible memories: my first dive, a huge pod of dolphins to squeal about, gorgeous meals, yummy drinks, huge smiles and sun kissed skin. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“Sarah and Rich,
Sarah is a phenomenal cook. It is astounding what she can whip up in that tiny kitchen. Every meal was superb, and Sarah was very perceptive and thoughtful about her food preparation, taking care to include or exclude certain ingredients depending on the personincluding a picky vegetarian!
The sights that we saw were breathtaking, and Richard and Sarah took care to cater to our familys special requests of finding more private beaches and spending many hours tubing and pulling the paddleboard for the kids (ages 14, 12 and 10). Richard even made extra stops for fuel to support these activities. The scuba opportunities were also incredible and my husband and daughter were able to take 3 separate dives during the trip. We could literally do most anything that was possible, and with the paradise-like backdrop, it was an ideal family vacation. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselveseven me, the self-proclaimed land animal. Even I couldnt resist jumping in that gorgeous water at any opportunity.
This trip truly offers something for everyone. We would certainly sail again with Richard and Sarah, and look forward to visiting the British Virgin Islands in the (hopefully) not so distant future. 🙂 I highly recommend this charter!”
“Richard and Sarah,