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5 MUST VISIT RESTAURANTS ALONG THE AMALFI COAST

Embark on a luxury yacht charter voyage along the Amalfi Coast and immerse yourself in a spectacular
culinary journey. Discover charming Cliffside trattorias and elegant Michelin-starred restaurants, each
promising an unforgettable dining experience with stunning views.

FOR AUTHENTIC FLAVOURS: LA TORRE, ANNUNZIATA

Located high up in the hills above Massa Lubrense on the northern side of the Amalfi Coast, this beloved neighbourhood establishment offers a true taste of local cuisine and enchanting views. The setting is delightful at any time of day, but evenings are particularly enchanting, with guests dining al fresco on the flowery terrace as the sun sets. La Torre is owned and operated by husband and wife, Tonino Mazzola and Chef Maria Aprea, who take pride in serving mouthwatering dishes that showcase the authentic flavours of the region, while supporting local farms, food artisans, and producers. Chef Maria’s home-style cooking has become very popular in the past few years, attracting neighborhood locals and travelers alike. It is recommended to start with her iconic eggplant parmigiana antipasto before indulging in a homemade pasta, such as the delicious Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. To end the night on a sweet note, finish off with a classic Tiramisu, Maria’s specialty.

Address: Piazzetta Annunziata 7, Massa Lubrense 

A HIDDEN GEM: LO SCOGLIO

Founded by the De Simone family in 1958, Lo Scoglio is a hidden gem located between Sorrento and Positano. Serving simple yet flavorsome dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant has attracted the attention of celebrities such as David Beckham and Jennifer Lopez. Overlooking Marina del Cantone, Lo Scoglio offers spectacular views and features a dining room decorated with colourful hand-painted ceramic plates and a giant fish tank. Indulge in dishes curated by Chef Tommaso De Simone and his staff, from marinated anchovies to the finest Caprese salad and sea urchins served over ice. Whether savouring a mouthwatering octopus salad or delighting in a fine selection of raw fish, every dish at Lo Scoglio is a wonderful blend of local tastes and culinary expertise. 

Address: Piazza della Sirene 16. 80061 Massa Lubrense

FOR MICHELIN-STARRED EXCELLENCE: DON ALFONSO 1890, SANT’ AGATA SUI DUE GOLFI

Experience gastronomic excellence in the picturesque village of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi at Don Alfonso 1890. This spectacular restaurant, founded by Chef Alfonso and Livia Laccarino, was honoured with a first Michelin star and has been renowned for many years for its innovative Mediterranean cuisine and impeccable service. 

Located in a 19th-century Neapolitan building and designed in lively Mediterranean style, this restaurant maintains the old traditions of the Amalfi Coast. Guests can indulge in a variety of signature dishes, with standout options including “Pasta all Nerano” or “Pesce all’Acqua Pazza”, a must-try for seafood enthusiasts. Enhance your dining experience by pairing your meal with a fine wine selected from their extensive collection, all enjoyed against the breathtaking views of Sant’Agata. Don Alfonso 1890 reflects a perfect balance of innovative and traditional food culture, as it maintains the old traditions of the Amalfi Coast.

Address: Corso Sant’ Agata 11/13 80061 Sant’ Agata sui Due Golfi, Napoli

FOR A BEACHSIDE TAVERNA LUNCH: DA ADOLFO

Accessible only by boat from Positano’s main beach, this rustic taverna lies in the heart of Laurito’s beach. Successfully operating since 1966 and beloved by both locals and tourists, it offers a delightful dining experience featuring local specialties. You can expect to delight in the freshest seafood, grilled to perfection, and served with a zest of delicious Italian lemons. Despite the dishes changing on a daily basis, you can still try one of their signature dishes, such as the delightful ‘Mozzarella alla griglia sulla foglia di limone’ (grilled mozzarella on lemon leaves) or the enticing ‘zuppa di cozze’ (mussel soup) – all-time favourites. To end your meal on a perfect note, order a glass of the traditional fennel liquor. With its relaxed atmosphere and panoramic views of the crystal-clear waters and cliffs, it is the ideal spot to unwind and enjoy a memorable dining experience.

Address: Via Laurito, 40, 84017 Positano, Italia 

FOR A VINEYARD DINING EXPERIENCE: MARISA CUOMO WINERY, FURORE

Experience the enchantment of Italian wine with a visit to Marisa Cuomo Winery in the village of Furore. This family-owned vineyard is renowned for its award-winning wines, such as ‘Fiorduva’, awarded the best White Wine in the Oscar in 2006, and “Copsta d’Amalfi rose”, honoured as the “Grand Medaglia d’Oro” at the International Mountain Wines Competition of the Cervim. Enjoy guided tours of the estate, followed by a gourmet lunch featuring traditional Campanian dishes paired with Marisa Cuomo’s signature wines. From crisp white wines to bold red blends, every sip tells a story of passion and heritage. Experience firsthand the tradition and dedication that go into producing each bottle. All wines age in an old wine cellar inside a limestone rock, where vinification takes place, creating the perfect blend of nature and technology. To conclude your visit, stroll through the vineyards, where you can soak in the panoramic vistas of the Tyrrhenian Sea under the Mediterranean sun. 

Address: Via G.B. Lama, 16/18. 84010 Furore (SA) Italy

9 REASONS TO explore DUBAI

Explore, Eat and Experience all round in Dubai. 9 things you need to know before going on a charter trip to Dubai.

EXPLORE

Museum of the Future: This architecturally jaw-dropping, immersive destination showcases the future of science and technology. Step into the worlds of AI, augmented reality, and more across entire floor themes spanning space travel and living, climate change, and health and wellness.

Burj Khalifa SKY: Take an express elevator above the cloud line with a trip to At the Top on the 124th and 125th floors of Burj Khalifa. The elevated VIP SKY Lounge experience includes access to the 360-degree view observatories along with a personalised tour and signature refreshments.

Dubai Opera: An architectural icon and dynamic arts and music hub in the vibrant Downtown Dubai district, the annual calendar of music and dance spectacles ranges from classic opera and pop concerts to ballet and theatre productions. Or book a guided tour for backstage access.

EAT

Michelin star dining: The city’s eclectic dining scene currently boasts a trio of two Michelin star venues. Yannick Alléno’s Stay restaurant at One & Only The Palm; Il Ristorante – Niko Romito at Bvlgari Resort; and Trèsind Studio at St. Regis Gardens deliver exquisitely multicultural French, Italian and Indian cuisine.

Fine dining by the beach: Dubai’s chic beach club scene features international favourites such as the perennially popular Nikki Beach while WHITE Beach at Alantis, The Palm is a newer addition, serving superb seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. Mykonos vibes are found at Nammos at Four Seasons, Jumeirah for exceptional day to night fun.

Local flavour: Discover Emirati culinary delights like Bedouin styled ouzi and machboos at Aseelah Restaurant in Deira. Nestled in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Local House is known for its camel burgers and camel milk ice cream; while Neem Tree Lounge in DIFC offers a contemporary culinary take on local flavours.

EXPERIENCE

Discover the desert: Dune safaris are a must-do but add a heritage element with an excursion to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage 1950s Land Rover. This is a unique opportunity to spot native wildlife like the Arabian oryx, see falcons in flight; and relax over dinner in an authentic Bedouin camp.

Unwind body and mind: A 2023 World Spa Awards winner, head to AWAKEN at Atlantis, The Palm for a locally inspired desert sand and date sugar treatment, or Anantara Spa World Islands Dubai Resort for a heavenly couples’ ritual. The Pearl Spa at Four Seasons Resort Dubai also picks up on Middle Eastern influences with its pure oud radiance facial.

Hit the water: Get your adrenaline thrills on at watersports hotspots across the city. Shoot up into the air on the flyboard or get a full workout with a wakeboarding or wakesurfing session. Kite Beach is the place to catch a wave and the breeze while JBR at the other end of town is where the Seabreacher fans hang out.

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW 2024

The Dubai International Boat Show 2024 was a huge success showcasing more than 50 vessels and bringing together more than 200 industry players in the global maritime community. From leading yacht manufacturers showcasing their latest vessels to designers unveiling groundbreaking concepts, the event became a hub for collaboration, networking, and business development, offering an unparalleled experience for all attendees.

PHOENIX had a successful debut at the Dubai International Boat Show 2024, presenting its exceptional services and sharing its extensive expertise with a diverse audience of industry professionals, esteemed clients, and strategic partners. We invite you to share the success with us and catch a glimpse into the moments of the show.

Gulf Superyacht Summit 2024

We are delighted to announce our participation as a platinum sponsor in the Gulf Superyacht Summit 2024, presented by SuperYacht Times, set to be held in the vibrant city of Dubai. This esteemed event stands as a beacon of excellence within the superyacht industry, bringing together renowned shipyards, visionary designers, reputable brokers, and other key industry players under one roof.

Over the course of the anticipated 2-day conference, we eagerly anticipate discussions surrounding the growing significance of the Gulf region within the superyacht sector. With its unrivalled marina developments, hosting of large-scale international events, favourable tax climate, and unparalleled infrastructure catering to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, the Gulf region has firmly established itself as one of the most enticing destinations for superyacht enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.

As a company headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, we deeply understand and appreciate the importance of events like the Gulf Superyacht Summit. It provides a valuable platform for fostering collaboration, sharing insights, and collectively advancing the industry’s growth trajectory. We recognise the significance of actively educating the market about the unique possibilities and opportunities that this dynamic region has to offer.

Our sponsorship of the Gulf Superyacht Summit underscores our unwavering commitment to excellence within the superyacht industry and our dedication to driving positive change and innovation. We are fully invested in contributing to the continued success and prosperity of the Gulf region’s superyacht sector.

We invite you to join us at the Gulf Superyacht Summit 2024, where together, we can explore, collaborate, and forge meaningful connections that will shape the future of the superyacht industry.

THE UAE: The Next Superyacht Haven

Riding a wave of global demand, the Emirates is fast becoming a one-of-a-kind marine hub 

The UAE is a magnet for ultra-high net worth individuals (UNHWIs), for a wealth of reasons. Among the tick boxes is the country’s strategic location; a robust economy; and a dynamic future-forward leadership.

Add to that, zero income tax for individuals; an attractive low corporate tax regime and 100% foreign ownership; game-changing 10-year golden visa scheme; and world-class infrastructure.   

In 2022, the UAE recorded the fastest growth rate globally in the number of ultra-wealthy (+18.1%). And, in 2023, UK investment migration consultancy Henley & Partners named Dubai and Abu Dhabi in its BRICS Top 10 Wealthiest Cities report with Dubai also making the top 20 World’s Wealthiest Cities Report. 

The embodiment of wealth, prosperity and luxury, the Emirates continues to innovate in order to attract investment, knowledge capital and innovation across its booming economy.

Keeping investment afloat

The UAE’s marine infrastructure is also an important economic driver and has evolved to position the Emirates as an exciting destination for visiting superyachts.

The country’s ultramodern marinas and quality shipyard facilities have seen significant investment and enhancement. In Dubai alone, in recent years the government has redeveloped Port Rashid to position it as a premium yachting destination and constructed the new, 20,000-square-foot Dubai Harbour district: home to the largest marina in the region with 700 berths. The city offers a total of 15 marina locations totalling in excess of 3,000 docking spots.

Abu Dhabi, meanwhile, has four destination marinas and is home to two full-service superyacht marinas, support by a comprehensive and complementary network of luxury accommodation, services and amenities.

High-profile internationally recognised showcase events are a further critical component. The annual Dubai International Boat Show (28th February – 3rd March 2024), has been a calendar fixture since 1992, and has gone from strength to strength. Other milestone events include the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show and the Gulf Superyacht Summit.

The Dubai Government is also proactive when it comes to promoting the emirate’s yachting appeal, with regular participation at the Monaco Boat Show a channel opportunity for mega-project announcements. 

A lifestyle to match

Year-round sunshine, a safe environment, and endless leisure opportunities are undoubted value-added benefits for any visitor to UAE shores. A profusion of Michelin star restaurants have enhanced the local dining scene, while the city’s five-star hotels brands, award-winning spas and high-end luxury retail offer upscale leisure pursuits.World-renowned musical stars tour at venues across the country, and the Emirates has similarly earned its stripes on the international sporting events calendar.

A multifaceted destination undergoing constant evolution, the UAE’s evergreen marine industry is all about creating new experiences and cultivating a business and lifestyle offering that continues to attract the international superyacht community.

Sail the Pearl of Arabia: Your unforgettable yacht charter in Oman

From fictional maritime adventurers to soaring mountains, dramatic fjords and sparkling turquoise waters, Oman is a beguiling destination for travellers looking for the real Arabia. 

Sail the Pearl of Arabia in Sindbad’s wake

Coastal gateway to the renowned Musandam Peninsula, the port of Khasab makes for a dramatic first impression of the Sultanate. Reminiscent of Norway’s famed fjords – albeit a more rugged and less verdant version – a labyrinthine network of jagged cliffs looms spectacularly over deep blue waters where pods of frolicking dolphins can be spotted in the cooler months. A succession of seemingly untouched coves, bay and inlets make for idyllic swim stops and snorkelling opportunities. 

While abundant natural beauty is the raison d’être to sail these shores, a dash of scenically compatible luxury also hits the spot. Tucked away in the craggy embrace of surrounding mountains, and cradling its own private cove, guests of the Six Senses Zighy Bay can choose to arrive by yacht – or paraglider. Sympathetically designed with a traditional Omani stone-walled village aesthetic, this is remote luxury of the highest order. A coveted table at the award-winning Sense on the Edge restaurant, perched high on a mountaintop overlooking starlit waters, is an elevated dining must-do. 

Sohar to Sur

More adventures await further down the coast in Sohar. Ancient former capital and mythical birthplace of Sindbad the sailor, here the crosswinds of heritage and modernity converge to offer a raft of experiences for history buffs (Sohar Fort and Sultan Qaboos Mosque); sport aficionados (camel racing track); and shopping mavens (handicrafts souk) alike. 

Charting a course to the easternmost reaches of Oman, Sur takes visitors back to a time when the province was the beating heart of the country’s East Africa trade route. Traces remain with the sight of traditional dhow boats bobbing in the harbour and winding streets lined with former merchant’s houses whose intricately carved wooden doors and mashrabiya windows hint at a bygone era. Still home to a wooden dhow building community, watching these artisans at work is a rare privilege. 

The area is also a recognised breeding site for endangered sea turtles. Get up close to this one-of-a-kind migratory spectacle at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, where tens of thousands of eggs are laid in the ebbing surf each year. Those lucky enough to watch the nighttime or dawn ritual will witness a truly moving natural spectacle and may even see a baby turtle hatch.

It would be remiss to not mention the Sultanate’s scuba scene and those in the know head for the Ad Dimaniyat Islands. Oman is an underwater paradise and this cluster of nine islets, with protected nature reserve status, has coral reefs teeming with marine life. Gear up and go below to see everything from turtles, moray eels and stingrays to zebra sharks, whale sharks and a rainbow of exotic fish. 

A capital experience

Muscat, the country’s capital is a fitting conclusion to any north-south sojourn and bucks the skyscraper, multi-lane highways trend of its regional neighbours, instead managing to seamlessly blend old world charm with contemporary elements. Here, the vibe is still laidback but with a cosmopolitan air. 

Stroll the three-kilometre-long Mutrah Corniche to soak up the local ambience with the ancient city fort at one end. Do make a point to pop into the waterfront souk where haggling is a prerequisite and antique treasures can be hunted down. The imposing sight of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which can hold up to 20,000 worshippers is also worthy of attention and represents the modern face of the city, as well as a striking showcase of contemporary Islamic architecture.