Glide along the graceful turquoise shores of Turkey aboard MY Starfire, 178′ luxury superyacht for charter, and discover what makes the Turkish Riviera such a sought after superyacht destination. The mild weather, sun-warmed sands and glittering turquoise coast may seem like the biggest draw to Turkey, but the fascinating country also boasts a rich and evocative heritage, decadent shopping experiences, stunning traditional spa treatments and divine dining at every turn.
Often called the jewel of the Aegean, Bodrum is a lavish coastal wonder offering ancient ruins, chic shopping and tranquil turquoise waters. Explore the grandiose castle of St Peter, witness the treasures captured from sunken ships and indulge in incredible dining in sophisticated waterfront restaurants. Close by you can walk in the footsteps of gods and goddesses at the beautifully preserved Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis in ethereal Ephesus.
Lycian rock tombs, rainbow paragliders brightening the sky, deep gorges and glittering blue waters make Fetiye a must experience bohemian destination with a difference. Butterfly valley is the perfect place to glide into on your luxury superyacht and breathe deep the sights and sounds of Mother Nature in her finest dress, as the mist hangs low over the Babadag Mountain. Olu Deniz boasts brilliant sands and pristine waters and the crowds are few and far between making it the perfect place to sit back with a book in hand. Make sure you spend an afternoon in Yakapark where you can select your own trout fresh from the farm for grilling on the BBQ.
Picture perfect Kas will tempt you from the luxury of your superyacht to the shore with its tumbling whitewash houses perched on the mountainside. Blushing bougainvillea brighten the scene set against verdant green, beautiful blue-hued waters and boats bobbing in the harbor. You can lunch on the finest fresh lobster, best dressed crab and other sweet morning caught seafood along the waterfront. Adrenaline junkies can cruise the coastline on their jet-ski, take a relaxed paddle out on a kayak or dive down beneath the waters to see the coral colors shine.
The King of Pergamon once declared Antalya – the heaven on earth – and with its royal blue waters, rising Taurus mountain range and peach sparkling sands it is not hard to wonder why. Antalya is a pleasure seeker’s playground, and you can spend your mornings skiing in the mountains and the afternoons immersed in the glowing waters at Cleopatra Beach. Antalya is a dream location for those seeking to explore the old town of Kaleici and the fragrant black pine forests of Belek. Step ashore from your plush superyacht charter and take your fill of wining, dining and prestigious pampering.
White yachts drift in the marine blue harbor, well dressed waiters carry silver platters of cocktails, and beautiful people linger beside the shore in the cosmopolitan calm of Turkbuku. This is the beloved spot of Turkish film stars and celebrities who flock to the up-market haven for fine dining, champagne and to bathe in the midnight hue of the Aegean. Spend your days in sheer contentment at one of the top beach clubs or while sailing around on your luxury yacht. As the stars come out in the sky and on the streets you can take a long and lingering dinner at Ship Ahoy before moving on to the hottest clubs to dance and mingle until dawn.
Even the name rolls off your tongue, invoking a sense of beauty, sheer luxury and lavish surroundings. Marmaris is a vision to behold with its minty green, blue waters, its golden mountains and its beautiful restored castle. Close by you can bathe in the natural pools and cascading water formations of Pamukkale. Unwind in style with a decadent mud bath at the Dalyan spa and shop for handcrafted and rich exotic goodies around the charming marina.
Bio: Captain Carl Sputh spends the majority of his time at the helms of MY Starfire, 178′ superyacht for charter. When ashore, he enjoys traveling the world, driving his custom Triumph motorcycle and learning to fly helicopters.