Operating in the Caribbean
An aerial view of ALTESSE
ALTESSE's stern - easy access to the water
Bow lounging area and the tramps
Aft Cockpit lounging and dining area
Flybridge dining area
ALTESSE's popular flybridge area
Altesse's custom-built "champagne lounging deck"
Enjoy ALTESSE's unique "Champagne Deck"
360 degree views from the saloon
Guest suite forward
Aft starboard guest suite
Guest aft port suite
ALTESSE's "Champagne Deck"
Anchored in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke
Guest head and shower
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the aft cockpit with the "Champagne Deck"
ALTESSE's powerful tender
Chloe and Stefan have lived, cruised and worked together for over 10 years. They have sailed over 45,000 nm between them on their own yachts (including the Pacific, Indian Ocean, Red Sea and Mediterranean) and have hosted charters on 43-50ft monohulls and catamarans in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Stefan was born in Berlin, Germany, and developed a love of the wind and sea as a teenager, sailing his first dingy at the age of 16. He got his masters in Mechanical Engineering and has worked for Daimler-Benz, Procter & Gamble, GM and Connex; which lead him to a career in managing specialist multimillion dollar engineering projects in Australia - the only piece of land he considers home. His first love was always the ocean, however, so he decided to return to Europe the slow way; on his own yacht over the Pacific Ocean, getting as far as Bali before meeting Chloe, which changed his life's path forever.
Stefan continued sailing with Chloe over the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and the Mediterranean to the Canary Islands, where he decided it was time for a new project so started designing and building luxurious houseboats in Berlin. He loved the business but missed the ocean, so 13 houseboats later, Chloe and Stefan bought yet another sailing yacht to cruise the Caribbean.
In his free time, Stefan is a bit of a merman: spear fisher, free diver, kite surfer, surfer, windsurfer...and guitarist.
Chloe was born in London, England and had a professional career in project management before developing an aversion to chairs and retrained to become a teacher, working for various charities and universities. Her passion in education and anthropology led her to Bali in 2007, where she met Stefan and initially came aboard his yacht as crew... after 10 years and 18,000nm together, she has finally been promoted to first mate.
Chloe's extensive travels have inspired her international cuisine, which favours fresh, healthy, rainbow-colored and seriously flavorful recipes. Italian, Spanish and Greek food is at the forefront of her culinary repertoire, as well as more exotic influences from South East Asia, India and Morocco.
Chloe's lifetime dedication to yoga practice has led her to getting certified in teaching Ashtanga yoga. In her free time she can be found practicing yoga, playing the guitar, island-hopping on the SUP or freediving.
Stefan and Chloe are looking forward to welcoming your clients aboard the luxury, custom-built ALTESSE.
Altesse offers 4 queen-bed ensuite guest suites -or- 3 queen-bed guest suites and an ensuite Upper & Lower singles cabin, much loved by kids
Dining table on Flybridge
BBQ off the aft cockpit
Custom built "champagne deck" - large multi-person sunbed to rear of cockpit
Late March, 2018, guests aboard ALTESSE wrote:
January, 2018 guests aboard catamaran ALTESSE said:
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Guests aboard ALTESSE with Richard and Sarah in early June, 2017, said:
We cannot express enough how truly special our trip was on the Altesse. You worked so hard to give us such an exquisite vacation and it was exactly that! Our meals were beautifully prepared and our days were planned to perfection! Going through our pictures, we couldn’t believe how much we did and yet it was so relaxing. We rather miss having our morning update and hearing about the adventures on your run. It’s always a concern when you repeat a trip and try to create magic a second time. This trip was such a different experience and we dearly loved every second of our time with you and Rich.
Jeff has already spoken at length to one of his dear friends about getting a group together for another trip on the Altesse! We are ready to sail again as soon as we can make it work for everyone’s schedule!
We will be in touch:))
Grace, Jeff, Caroline and Georgia. Kansas
Charter guests from the "Show Me" state said of their week aboard catamaran ALTESSE:
Thank you Sarah and Richard for being the most wonderful hosts for our week on Altesse. The experience far exceeded our expectations and we had a perfect week exploring the BVI. Our first trip and Sarah and Richard provided great recommendations for our group. A mix of snorkeling, diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, exploring, eating and drinking. And speaking of eating - every meal provided by Sarah was an experience. From the presentation to the variety and taste of the food, it was too notch. We were pampered and spoiled in every way. Trip of a lifetime and we will definitely be back to explore more of the BVI with Sarah and Richard. We will miss the BVI and Altesse - we will be back!
Lynne and Diane, St. Charles, Missouri, April '17
Guests aboard catamaran ALTESSE in February, 2017, said:
This trip was a trip of a lifetime! I never dreamed how spectacular it would be. Your attention to detail and hospitality can't be beat! The food was amazing and the boat was impeccable! Thank you so much for celebrating our 40th Birthdays. Thank you for such Ana amazing week it was beyond my expectations. Everyone should experience this at a least once in their life. Thank you, thank you!
Sarah, Fort Worth, Texas
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.
Kelli and Randy, Fort Worth Texas
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.
Troy and Nicole, Fort Worth, Texas
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.
Stephen and Sheri, Fort Worth, Texas
New Years week guests aboard ALTESSE said:
Charter was awesome and the trip was great! Great yacht for 6-8 people and our crew was simply amazing! All the water toys were included and the BVIs are amazing. Rich & Sarah could not have been more professional! They were great and handled our every request. I would highly recommend Rich & Sarah. They worked hard 24/7 to ensure our satisfaction. Sarah prepared the meals perfectly – food was well balanced and great selection.
Guests aboard ALTESSE with Richard & Sarah in early December, 2016, said:
Dear Sarah and Rich,
There are many good yacht captains and many good chefs, hosts and 'first mates' in this world, but you two - individually and as a team - are extraordinary. Your passion for excellence, in all aspects of this trips as evident and your love of the 'sunny VI' even more so. Thank you for your attention to every detail, your anticipation and planning of all the food, activities, entertainment and whims. You made my trip here truly a 'trip of a lifetime'. Keep smiling, keep laughing and keep following your dreams
Billy's Babes trip of a lifetime (at right)
Guests aboard ALTESSE in mid-November, 2016 had this to say:
Sarah and Rich,
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
Late October, 2016, guests on Altesse wrote:
Guests with Richard and Sarah on ALTESSE in early June, 2016, say:
Dear Sarah and Rich,
This boat is like the presidential suite at the world's finest hotel. The food similar to a 5 star restaurant, it's every single meal exceeding all of our expectations. The planning of the itinerary and the sailing felt like we were guided by locals who knew the greatest treasures of the land. But we have learned that the best and most special part of life are the people you meet along the way. Sarah and Rich, you are special, kind, generous, professional, outgoing knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile. This trip was fabulous, but extra-special as we were so fortunate to spend our time with the two of you.
See you next year!
Peter, Mark, Diane, Carly, Jack and Hannah, June 2016