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Yacht: HYPNAUTIC with Magnus Witteso and Lindsey Chirchiello
Charter Dates: 02/24/2018 12:00pm to 03/03/2018 12:00pm
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest
We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
4. Was the food good and well presented?
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
8. Additional comments on your charter?
I can't say enough of how amazing our trip was! Magnus and Lindsey have touched our hearts for ever! The Hypnautic was beautiful,may she sail forever. We all look forward to our next sailing adventure with them.
I would love to fill out your survey but would prefer to describe our experience in our own narrative. Our trip, in one word, was Amazing! We felt it was the trip of a lifetime. The five days we spent with Magnus and Lindsey aboard Hypnautic will be unforgettable. The boat was beautiful, clean, and appointed with every preference noted prior to us arriving. Every site we visited was postcard worthy. However, the true standout of the trip was certainly the crew, Magnus and Lindsey.
They planned and executed an itinerary that better and better each day and made it look effortless. Every single meal Lindsey prepared was thoughtful, healthy, and delicious. Restaurant quality doesn't even due justice to her abilities in the kitchen. Magnus took us to every site we wanted and even surprised us by not only squeezing in Anegada, but also arranged scooters for us to tour the island and arranged a lobster dinner for us. We met as strangers but left as friends. We could not have asked for anything more and the trip exceeded our expectations in every way.
We have recommended this trip to many of our friends and already have begun plans for a return trip.
Many many thanks, Henry
Trip of a lifetime APRIL 2017
On April 1st, my wife and I and two other couples nervously climbed aboard SV Hypnautic in Saint Thomas. This day was the culmination of weeks of planning and worrying and in the days leading up to the trip, our excitement grew. We had all been aboard boats before, but we had never chartered a yacht cruise like this. At that moment we had no idea how special of a trip this would be and how much we would all be searching for words to describe it. This was truly the trip of a lifetime. From the minute we stepped aboard, every need was not just met, but anticipated. They never made us feel like we were asking too much, or that any request was out of line. Instead, they made us feel so welcome and in fact encouraged our requests. We knew that our hosts would attempt some gourmet food, but we were completely unprepared for what awaited us. Each day we were completely blown away by Lindsey's cooking, three meals per day, PLUS she managed to make homemade desserts each evening. All the meals were well thought-out, tailored to our specific needs, and healthy and hearty. You expend a lot of energy in the Caribbean sun, and she made sure there was always a great protein and healthy carbs. Seared Ahi Tuna, Chicken, Salmon, pasta, quinoa, brown rice, etc. Always a bounty of fresh fruits and sides, and all of this, always served at a proper table setting on the rear exterior dining area, outside of the wind but very much in the cool ocean breeze. Words really cannot describe how incredibly blown away we were by the food. Not to mention desserts! The first evening Lindsey somehow managed to prepare homemade chocolate espresso truffles, a chocolate mousse, and chocolate ganache, garnished with fresh raspberries. The next morning we woke to a "pre-breakfast" of fresh fruit, granola, yogurts, juices, and wonderful French press coffee. An hour later we were served our main breakfast of Eggs Benedict with crabmeat, wilted spinach and fresh sliced tomato. This was without a doubt the best eggs Benedict we had ever tasted, and it was the first breakfast. We knew the week was going to be special and we were right! I guess I can sum up the food by saying this- from the first meal, no one in our party ever asked what the next meal would be, what was for dinner, etc.. no one cared. We all know that when we were served our meal we would all be ecstatic. On the last night on the boat, which was the evening before my wife and my 10 year Anniversary, Lindsay managed to surprise us with an actual cake- some combo of lemon, raspberry, buttercream frosting, and toasted shaved coconut. It was AMAZING.
This was pretty much par for the course for the entire week. Before we even knew we wanted to go snorkeling, Magnus had set out and readied the snorkel gear. By the time your glass was half empty, Magnus was there to re-fill it. By the time we were done eating a delicious meal, our beds had been made and our cabins were tidied. Magnus handled most of the ship captain's duties with ease. We witnessed him navigate harbors and snorkeling spots easier than most people can handle a small car. We even witnessed him help other boats with inexperienced captains once or twice- it was all quite impressive and really did a lot to put us all at ease. If you don't spend that much time on a boat, this can be one of the more nerve-racking expectation of a trip like this... basically, will we be safe? But in Magnus and Lindsey's hands, the answer to that is absolutely. We always felt 100% completely under control, safe, and at ease. This really added to our overall enjoyment of the trip and helped us all really take in the wondrous beauty that was all around us.
The toughest thing to put into words is how special this trip was made due to the efforts and overall good and easy nature of our hosts Magnus and Lindsey. It is daunting to think about spending a week in close quarters with two strangers. This, to me, is a make-or-break detail when endeavoring on a trip like this. Thanks to our BROKER for carefully listening to us and asking all of the right questions in the beginning, we were paired with the PERFECT duo for us. Magnus and Lindsey are two special people- both adventurous, but not careless, still young but mature beyond their years. Their knowledge of our surroundings and the USVI's and BVI's is only matched by their love of the sea and of each other. They knew how to make the perfect amount of suggesting what we should do and where to go, while still reminding us that the trip was ours, and we could choose our own adventures. We got them to laugh and joke with us, but they were always mindful to step back and let us enjoy each other's company. They seemed to anticipate every need and want long before the thought crossed our minds. They were quick with a good sailing story and each of them has a great sense of humor. All in all, I just know that they were probably aware that they could have done MUCH less, given MUCH less effort, and we still would have been satisfied, but up until the very last minute when we said our bittersweet goodbyes, they ALWAYS went the extra mile. Our party has talked a lot about this trip in the couple of weeks we've been back to reality, and Magnus and Lindsey just keep coming up. They did SO much to make this the most special vacation that any of us have ever experienced, and it is not even close. We are all utterly blown away. I cannot wait to go back and I hope that we get to experience this same boat and this same crew again, and I'll rest easy knowing I have a go-to broker for my next trip. If you are on the fence about booking this kind of trip, rest assured you will be glad you did. If you stay in a hotel, you hope that the balcony may have a partial sunset view, or maybe you can catch a glimpse of a sunrise. Well on a yacht, you see every sunrise, every sunset. Each night spent on the water you are drenched in a sea of stars. When you don't have to plan and navigate your way to a beach, but instead can wake up and jump in the water, your days tend to stretch out before you and a week's trip feels like two. There were several times when our party would reflect over dessert about a snorkeling spot or hidden beach we had seen days before, only to realize we had been there that very morning... this actually happened several times. Days ran together. As far as natural beauty, it is almost impossible to pick out a highlight when every day was filled with nothing but highlights. If there is a heaven on Earth, it is the Virgin Islands. Thanks to OUR BROKER, the owner of the gorgeous Sailing Vessel Hypnautic, and to Magnus & Lindsey for the trip of a lifetime. Marcus Nancec- on behalf of the Nances, Mahools, and Griecos. - Charlotte, NC
April 8-15, 2017
When you arrived, your first impression of the yacht was:
“Wow we get that for an entire week?” We were beyond excited. We waited so long for this trip and now we wanted time to slow down. We were greeted warmly by Magnus and Lindsey and knew right away they were going to be a great crew and it was going to be a great trip. They started the trip with a Champagne toast!
What did you think about your accommodation?
Cabins, beds, bathrooms:
We were in the master bedroom and it was wonderful and very roomy. So much space for storing our clothes and other items. The bed was so comfortable so we had no trouble sleeping. There was a nice adjustable fan in our room and between the window and the hatches we slept very comfortably at night. They were great and turned on the air during the day or early evening when we were getting ready which helped keep us cool. The crew were like elves and cleaned our entire suite including the bathroom every day and made our bed every day. I call them elves because it just magically happened every day and we never saw it. We always had fresh towels any time we asked. Our friends in the other cabin were very pleased as well. We really didn’t spend much time in the room because if we did, we would have missed so much.
Salon, cockpit, deck space:
There was plenty of room everywhere and we never felt crowded. All the spaces were obviously planned very well. The Wi-Fi was awesome and we had plenty of places to charge all of our devices. They supplied some great music and we played some of ours as well. We spent a lot of time up front on the nets, in the hammock and also in the front seating area. Plenty of sun when we wanted it and also there were times when we needed shade and so they had canopies they could open to give us shade. If you want sun you can have it and if you don’t you could go to the back where meals were prepared to get out of the sun but still not miss the sights.
Was the boat kept clean during your charter (your cabins, the bathrooms/heads, your towels, bedding, the cockpit, the galley)?
It was always very clean and attended to. It looked great every single day. Beds made every day. Bathroom cleaned every day. Fresh towels anytime we asked. We were supplied with a basket in our bathroom filled with toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant Q-Tips and hand towels. There was even a blow dryer and hair straightener if we wanted to use them which we never did. They had all kinds of medicinal things if something went wrong like a cut, a rash, a headache, etc. I think they could have performed a small surgery if necessary – they were that well equipped!
Did you miss anything on board?
There was not one thing we wished we had. They had everything we needed and things we didn’t. They thought of absolutely everything.
What did you enjoy the most on board?
We loved being on the boat and sailing from island to island and seeing the beautiful scenery and looking at the crystal clear water. We also loved getting off the boat to snorkel, play with the water toys (floats, paddle board, kayak) and exploring the islands. It was awesome that we had access to so many exclusive resorts on the islands. We loved our meals. We loved every single thing!
Please describe your Captain (professional/outgoing/friendly etc.)
Magnus was awesome! He always seemed to anticipate our needs before we even knew we had a need but wasn’t on top of us or interrupting. He was the perfect balance of what we felt a captain should be. We felt totally safe in his hands. He was always very attentive to our needs and offered all kinds of assistance getting on and off the boat and on and off the dinghy. He and Lindsey worked really well together. He was very knowledgeable about all the islands and things to do. We could not have asked for more in a Captain.
What do you think about your itinerary, the places and bays you visited and the activities you have done?
We so wanted to fit in a visit to the Pizza Pi and he accommodated that request. The rest of the itinerary was absolutely perfect. Magnus recommended we get to the Baths early. He did and we had them to ourselves for just about the entire time. That was priceless because as we were leaving we could see the lines of people waiting to enter them. All the places he brought us to snorkel were beautiful and all the stops they planned were marvelous. The lobster in Anegada at Potter’s by the Sea was by far the best lobster of my life and I have had spiny lobster before. The whole experience at Potter’s was awesome. We didn’t feel rushed and we didn’t feel it went too slow. It was absolutely just right. All the stops were beautiful and they weren’t incredibly crowded either. We just loved it all. We shared our trip with another couple that had done the BVI’s some years ago and they were surprised at all the places and things we got to do and see in a week. They were very jealous!
Please describe your chef (professional/outgoing/friendly etc.)
Lindsey was spectacular. She has a great personality and was so warm and friendly. Her food was phenomenal and better than what we have had in high end restaurants. There was not one thing she made that we did not like. It is amazing the things she can make in the limited kitchen she has to work with. We took pictures of each and every meal because we didn’t want to forget one morsel. Everyone pretty much cleaned their plates every night. She should write a book of her recipes and how to make them on a boat.
Please describe your meals (presentation, quality, quantity)
We asked for mostly fish at dinner and lunch and to have lunch sprinkled with some chicken and beef. Lindsey did not disappoint. Every morning we had a hearty breakfast that always included eggs which we love. She also included an assortment of breads, meats, fruits, yogurt, granola, etc. We definitely felt like we had breakfast like a king every day. Lunch was always awesome too and was usually fish of some sort like fish cakes (not crab cakes because she added so much more than crab), fish tacos, shrimp, etc. We didn’t ask for appetizers every day but somehow Magnus and Lindsey knew on what days we needed a snack and when we got back on the boat to get ready for dinner we had a snack waiting for us when we needed it. It was like they were reading our minds and stomachs! Based on breakfast and lunch we couldn’t wait to see what she would do for dinner. We had some sort of fish every night and she prepared them with special sauces and marinades and the sides were always different and tasty. Dessert was the icing on top of the cake of our days and she made some delicious things. It was obvious she loves to cook and takes pride in her food prepare and presentation. Magnus was wonderful in making us cocktails and recommending wines with dinner and his serving skills were impeccable. There were always plenty of beverages available all day long and we felt comfortable helping ourselves whenever we wanted.
Do you feel the meals and drinks reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?
To infinity and beyond. Very far exceeded our expectations. We probably didn’t drink everything we requested. We never ran out of anything.
April 1-7, 2017
Magnus and Lindsey,
Words cannot begin to describe this vacation! Having never been on charter before we ad no idea what to expect. All I know is that whatever I though this trip would involve was undoubtedly exceeded. From the unbelievable meals to the music to the sailing education, this trip was amazing! More than anything, we enjoyed you two! You made this trip for us. We hope to stay in touch and we WILL see you again!
Lawrence and Jess
Magnus and Lindsey,
We are about to eat our last breakfast in paradise. Im not sure how to adequately describe our time here. We could list the islands we visited or our excursions. We could go into great detail about our experiences or the meals. Any one of these would have provided for a nice trip. Put all of these together and it quickly becomes a great trip! But all of these things, as awesome as they were, were only a piece of the overall experience, the two of you made this trip something indescribable! You immediately put us all at ease and let us into your world with your expertise and love for the sea. We will miss you guys and our new friendship more than any of our experiences. Our paths will cross again whether in Charlotte or on the high seas. See you soon!
Jay and Katy
Today is our 10 year wedding anniversary. We are so happy to be waking up on Hypnautic with our old friends and you two, our new friends. We have talked a lot over the last few days about experiences on this trip, and while it sounds clich, it truly is difficult to put it into words. The truth is we are fairly easy people to please, and the geography and natural beauty of the USVIs and BVIs are so overwhelming that you really could have done so much less and our trip would have still been fantastic. But I dont think you even know how to do less. Our experience on this trip has all been completely positive and we have no complaints. If I had to describe our time here with you guys in one word it would be special. Magnus and Lindsey, you are both special people and your love for each other and the sailing life are obvious in everything you do and it spreads through to our guests. Every minute of every day has been spectacular and we can never thank you enough. We wish you all the best in the future and truly hope our paths cross again. Thank you so so so very much!
Marcus and Stephanie
March 19-26, 2017
Lindsey and Magnus,
Thank you for making our vacation one we will never forget. Right from the beginning you two exceeded our expectations. Lindsey, your willingness to work with our food preferences was remarkable and highly appreciated. Each meal surpassed the last. As you saw, we never left a crumb on a single plate. Sylvia really appreciated you making our beds every morning and keeping everything in ship shape! Magnus, even though you told us that every stop was your favourite snorkel place it turned out that each one turned out to be better than the last. The final sunset at Waterlemon Cay was the one to beat all sunsets. Thank you for pushing us out the door to the next adventure.
We wish you success in your dream of travelling around the world in your own boat. We want to hear about all the adventures. Let us know when you are near New York. Much love, Dick.
Thanks so much for an awesome week - Nick
We couldnt have wished for a more perfect couple - Sylvia
You guys are the best!! Thank you for everything! - Scyrine
Hoping you will be singing the hand pan melody far after we leave! - Love Lexi
March 11-18, 2017
Magnus and Lindsey,
It's hard to start writing this because we've all experienced so much this week, and we have both of you to thank for such an amazing trip! This was by far the best vacation ever with friends! Speaking of friends, we made new friendships this week - our fearless Viking Captain, Magnus, and out beautiful and classy Chef, Lindsey, who has many talents hidden in her pockets with an amazing life story. Lindsey, you are the perfect example that you are what you make of your life. Magnus - I couldt tell you how many times I heard Is there anything Magnus cannot do? We always felt safe having you as our Captain. Thank you for being so easy-going and funny! You are a true Viking, my friend! So the first night on the boat - it got real interesting quickly - some of us could not remember what happened when we woke up the next day - thankfully we were able to puzzle some things together. We still arent sure who fell into the dinghy Tarzan (enough said) Dan looking at me and saying We better take her home Can I drive the dinghy?Why does Jeanette's thumb look broken? If you believed in astrology, it felt like the stars were lined up perfectly for us and speaking of stars, the moon. Not just any moon. A FULL MOON on the second evening. Went to the Full Moon party in Tortola which was so cool to experience. The highlight for the evening was making shadow puppets and having them sing to the Bob Marley song the band was playing Can I drive the dinghy? Some other random memories Allison is amazing at limbo and beat Sammy Riding scooters in Anegada Kim, do you really want your own scooter? Yes, I like to ride toys Did you pick up the goat? Can we take the goat home? Magnus speaks to goatsWait. you touched the dead turtle head!? You are going to get a disease Can I drive the dinghy? Divers do it deeper Thats a big dinghy Cadillac Dan walked into the door Three of us have already thrown up Bye b***h! What is stored above us? Did you not listen? There's lifejackets up there. Ten of the Holy s**t. That is a shark Actually, its a Baracuda. The largest I've ever seen! Speaking of Barracuda, Allison and Derrick thought they were going to die Double flip flop mishap while hiking. Chad wants his money back from Reef even though they are probably ten years old There are no more jerk wings at Corsairs Played corn hole at The Last Resort Trash, Ice! The Indians - best snorkel spot ever Vacation was complete when we swam with a sea turtle Jeanette touched a poisonous eel and lived to tell Hiking in Virgin Gorda - not even close to a 20 minute hike They were calling for a blizzard back at home Magnus, thank you so much for our surprise at our final evening with the paddle boards! It was the icing on the cake to our trip! Lindsey, thank you for keeping us well fed! Every meal was super delicious- You have a true culinary talentCan I drive the dinghy? My second language is English. So if you tell a joke and I dont laugh, its probably because I dont get it Its hibiscus! Every guy on the boat wants to be Magnus. Magnus and Lindsey, we wish you all the best. Thank you again for the most memorable trip.
Dan, Jeanette, Derrick Magnus, Kim, Chad The dinghy captain, Allison.
PS. Can I drive the dinghy?
February 11-18, 2017
Dear Lindsey and Magnus, Thank you so much for an unforgettable 7 days! From the gourmet cuisine to the amazing destinations you took us to. Thank you so much for changing our agenda and letting us sail on the open waters! The snorkeling was amazing! Makes me want to buy a salt water tank when we get back to Indiana! The two of you make such an amazing couple, know youll have a wonderful life and hope all your wishes come true. There is no way my pictures will ever do justice to the beautiful scenery and surroundings we have had this last week! And finally, the Hypnautic is simply magical! Our suite was perfect, everything anyone could ever want! Always cleaned and beds made and turned down for us in evenings. Always felt at home with the expertise of our crew!
Thank you again for everything! Hugs and kisses!
John, Ann, Cheryl and Jay
January 13-18, 2017
Magnus and Lindsey, Thank you for the unforgettable vacation adventure you have taken us on. We wanted a special way to celebrate our milestone birthdays and we got it! The ship is beautiful and clean and you guys do an impeccable job. Our meals were delicious and with each garnish perfectly placed! Mark and I loved listening to your travel experiences in sailing. You have definitely introduced us to this new way of life that sadly so few people get to experience. The island tours and bays were spectacular! Next time we do SCUBAHHH! You guys provided excellent service! We ate more and laughed more, and swam less than we thought we would have. You really created a wonderfully relaxing vacation. You guys are kind and funny and sincere! Thank you again for the unforgettable vacation and best of luck to you!
PA PA PA PA PA PA PA PA PAH! CLAP CLAP! DeJaV
Mark and Agnes
A Perfect Honeymoon
Thank you for a perfect honeymoon aboard HYPNAUTIC! From exploring new islands (Cooper) to scooter adventures (Anegada), everything was absolutely wonderful. Pixie, we really appreciate how you anticipated our needs and cooked the most amazing meals. You set the bar really high for when we return home! Thank you for your advice and guidance on this trip. You are so much more than just the chef. Jose, we learned more from you in the past 7 days than the past 7 years! Thank you for making this trip both fun and educational- even though we didnt master the couples knot.
We will definitely be back - hopefully on an annual basis! Cant imagine sailing with anyone else - you are the best!~Jenn and Mikes Honeymoon
We Felt Right At Home
Thank you so much for a wonderful charter! Weve been wanting to do this for years and it did not disappoint. The food was great and the hospitality perfect. We felt right at home from the time we stepped aboard. What more can I say than we had a perfect vacation. Thank you for catering everything to exactly what we wanted. - Solis Charter
We appreciate Your Hard Work and Dedication to Your guests.
Life is short and precious. So too was our adventure wth Jose and Pixie. It takes a rare personality to master the confluence of professional Captain/Mate, colorful local historian, gourmet chef, wonderful conversationalist and friend! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to your guests. The seed has been planted for many more future sunsets in the islands. At our next 10 year anniversary well walk the plank at the Michael Beans show!
- Taylor Charter
A Winning Combination for an Awesome Vacation
Words cannot describe the memories we take away in our heart from the moment we boarded the HYPNAUTIC. Capt Jose and Chef Pixie welcomed us with open arms. The attention to detail and wonderful service provided by the crew was better than we had ever expected. Joss planned or route based on our needs and wants perfectly. He was knowledgable about every place we traveled and provided great local stories. He took time to play games with the kids every night and was a great bartender for the adults. Pixies food was absolutely delicious. Our family looked forward to each meal. No matter what we needed the crew was there to make sure it happened. They are a winning combination for an awesome vacation.The Stewarts will be back!!! - Stewart Family
The Parents Had as Much Fun as the Kids
Our week aboard your boat was wonderful! We no have so many great memories. The food all week was terrific and Pixie was great at making food for the more picky eaters." Jose was filled with knowledge about all the islands and knew the best places to go for our family. Jose always kept the kids busy with snorkeling, skiing and tubing but the parents had as much fun as the kids. The Margaritas were epic and every morning we awoke from our deep slumber to the smell of a delicious breakfast. According to our kids if anyone did a trip like this on any other boat with any other crew they would just be insane! - Bowman Family
An AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, ONCE IN A LIFETIME Vacation!
Thank you both for a fabulous 40th Birthday celebration charter! We all had a super great time. The snorkeling was incredible and all of the different places yall showed us were perfect. Pixle always kept us fed with delicious and creative recipes. As a foodie I especially appreciated that. This was an AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, ONCE IN A LIFETIME vacation and worth every penny! You two are wonderful hosts and I will always remember the week we spent together with great fondness. - The Jacksonville Girls Charter
You are both great representatives of the Caribbean way of life!
Our week aboard exceeded our expectations. We felt at home from day one and appreciated the friendly atmosphere. Pixies menu was exceptional. Jose has so much knowledge about every aspect of sailing and the islands. Everything was perfect...the weather, snorkeling, food, accommodations, conversation. You are both great representatives of the Caribbean way of life!- Pierre and Vicki
This Journey Has Brought the Pirate Out in Me!
This has been the best trip of my life without exception. Checked another one off the bucket list. We love our trips to the mountains but this journey has brought the pirate out in me! We couldnt have asked for a better crew in the most beautiful place on the planet. Pixie, the food was absolutely amazing. Cheers to you...until we meet again!
February 16-23, 2016 - Anderson Charter
This Truly Has Been a Life Changing Event
Thank you so much for all you did for us this trip. The food was the best! Ive never felt more safe and welcomed...EVER! We wish you guys all the best and hope we can be friends in the real world. There is no other crew I would have wanted to be a part of this than you guys. Thank you for taking us under your wing and then letting us fly! Than you for opening our eyes and giving us a whole new perspective on life. This truly has been a life changing event.
It Was A Fabulous Journey
What a wonderful week we had on Hypnautic with you and our friends Al and Anne. Als said it all in his note to you, we could just write ditto! We want to add a special thank you to you both to being so friendly and attentive to our every need. You catered the trip to Lynn who had sailed a lot and Frank who was a first timer.
We really appreciated how knowledgeable you are in explaining the history of the various sites and also when you admitted not knowing the answers to some or our questions. Jose you provided a steady even ride even when there were swells.
Pixie you have endless energy, Thank you for the delicious meals compelling us to eat more than usual. Five meals a day: fruit, breakfast, lunch, appetizers (enough for a meal) and dinner. Every thing was yummy and remarkable considering the one oven.
Other highlights included great snorkeling. You took us to the best spots - we saw turtles, rays squid, tarpon, barracuda and loads of beautiful Caribbean fish. Thank you for always bringing our toys to us, the standup paddle boards were a hit. You found a dancing spot for Al and we all enjoyed that and the quiet coves for peaceful evenings. Thank you for expertly timing our passages so that we hit the sites before the crowds arrived.
All in all it was a fabulous journey. Thanks to the two of you! ~Lynn and Frank
Your Continuous Level of High Service Made Our Trip Special
Thank you for a tremendous week. You are superb hosts. Anne and I embarked on the trip with Lynn and Frank, two close friends who we rarely see. He had hoped to enjoy a fun and relaxing week. Our expectations were exceeded. No matter which watersport we wanted, snorkeling, water skiing, paddleboarding, kayaking or swimming, the necessary gear magically appeared upon request and disappeared upon our return.
Then there was the food: plentiful and delicious and hard to resist! Pixie is a great cook. The best fish tacos on the planet, subtly flavored mouth watering parmesan onion biscuits and Pixies special peanut butter pie are just a few examples of the countless great dishes we enjoyed for our four meals each day. If you want to lose weight a week on this boat is not the way to do it!
We always felt comfortable, and we loved being pampered and appreciated having a captain who quietly kept us safe. Your willingness to accommodate our every desire and your continuous level of high service made our trip special. It was remarkable how you could magically appear to satisfy our every whim yet completely vanish when we wanted to be alone on a craft about the size of a garage. I could go on and on but the simple fact is we had a wonderful week and the two of you played a huge part in making that happen. Thank you for a such a special week.~Al and Anne
The Most Wonderful Honeymoon
From the bottom of our hearts , we thank you for the most wonderful honeymoon we could have ever imagined ! It far exceeded our expectations ! We came as strangers , we leave as friends !Until next time. ~Dan & Leigh Anne
A Tremendous Team
Thank you both so much for making our Honeymoon " THE BEST VACATION EVER " !
We so appreciated all you did for us throughout the week .We couldn't have lucked out on a better Captain + Chef .You 2 are amazing people and a tremendous Team ! It was a pleasure getting to know you both and we look forward to sailing with you again in the future, Frederick + Kathryn
We had a fantastic honeymoon week aboard. It was our first time doing a term charter and it turned out to be a great experience. The weather was great.. we improved our snorkeling, paddle-boarding and tarpon feeding skills. Beautiful sunsets and the right balance of adventure and relaxation. Pixie cooked amazing meals, and Jose was extremely knowledgeable about BVI and sailing, and we felt safe the entire trip. Thank you for a truly memorable experience!
Great weather, great food, beautiful islands and water...shared with bet friends! How Blessed we are. Thanks for taking such good care of us. It truly is paradise here. Thanks again!
Special week on Hypnautic!
Truly a trip of a lifetime! The BVIs were beautiful but it was your warm hospitality and fun nature that made our week on the HYPNAUTIC so special.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
March 22-29, 2014
Epic! What a fantastic trip with two consummate hosts. Memories to last a lifetime for our family. We cant wait for our next voyage on the HYPNAUTIC. Thank you for such a wonderful week!
March 15-21, 2014
Truly a trip of a lifetime!
Leo and Amy - You guys are Great! We couldnt have asked for better crew. Adventures on land & sea..you took care of all of our needs. Truly a trip of a lifetime!
March 1-9, 2014
Thoroughly Enjoyed the trip
Where to start....We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on HYPNAUTIC. Leo and Amy are thoughtful hosts..prepared for everything you wish to do...and they are fun! Your attention to our needs was wonderful...were not surprised you are always booked!We would definitely do this again and recommend HYPNAUTiC to our friends
The Best Vacation Ever
Up on the bow with the wind and water in our faces..
Leo, you are the best tour guide and bartender ever..
Topping the evening off with six bottles of wine and Shut the Box
Island hopping with the best crew...ever
Many places we had not seen before..
Amy, your cooking was amazing. Everything was delicious...
This is it, Leo!
Every day better than the last...
Loved every single minute!
Yes, we will be back!
... The Best Vacation Ever
The trip was too short!!
What great hosts - never a thought or desire that you had not already anticipated. You made the trip fantastic! Amy, you really should publish a cookbook - everything you made was so good and healthy...and the presentation was terrific! Leo, you kept us safe and took us to so many wonderful spots. I do have one complaint..THE TRIP WAS TOO SHORT! We would have loved more time with the both of you, the yacht and the water. I will always remember my 65th.
February 2-9, 2014
Everything was wonderful!
The charter was awesome! Everything was wonderful! You are the perfect crew. This was more than a charter....this was an opportunity to make incredible new friends. God Bless.
January 7-15, 2014
Great Boat...Fantastic People
What an amazing week. This has been our best vacation ever! Every day was better than the day before. Amy and Leo are the best crew on the open seas!! Thank you for making us feel so at home in yours. And thank you for the friendship and great conversation. We look forward to staying in touch and coming back next year! Great boat...Fantastic People ...HYPNAUTIC.
New Years 2014
Can\'t wait for our next adventure!
We cannot believe how quickly our week of sun and fun passed. Once again we cant thank you enough for your laughter, hospitality and amazing week of island exploring. John was very excited to again practice his dinghy rescue skills...and Amy dont be surprised if you see a few of your delicious dishes are copied on my Facebook page! We cant wait to plan our 3rd adventure together!
December 8-15, 2013
We have to say this has been the best by far!
This has been our 7th summer holiday on a yacht and we have to say this has been the best by far. USVI and BVI make a difference. The weather, the water, nature, the wind, the fish...but what made the real difference, though, was you two. You treat your guests in a natural manner that makes you feel at home from the first minute. Amy, your food is great...made with love...and follows the preferences of your guests...top quality. Thank you. Leo, your recommendations were always spot on, always preserving relax as your first objective and you were never tired...very impressive. Amy and Leo, you together make us look forward to repeating this experience again.
July 1-13, 2013
Exceeded our wildest expectations!
This trip was a bucket list adventure and exceeded our wildest expectations. Leo are a welcoming captain and eager to tutor a bunch of one time sailors. Amy, your outstanding meals matched your labors on the boat. We could not have found better hosts. We look forward to seeing you again.
June 23-30, 2013
We truly couldn\'t have asked for more!
Its hard to put into words the experience we had this week. From the second we talked on the phone, and then when we first met, we knew wed chosen the perfect people to share our 20th Anniversary and first time in the BVI. Amys meals and instant friendship will never be forgotten. Leos knowledge put us completely at ease knowing we could do as much or as little as we wanted was perfect. Crazy memories of the Soggy Dollar and Willy Ts! We truly couldnt have asked for more.
June 8-15, 2013
The week has definitely exceeded our very high expectations!
Thank you for a fabulous sail around the BVI. It has been a pleasure and delight in getting to you know both. We feel as if you are now part of our family. Leo, our boys will never forget you letting them be your crew mates. The week has definitely exceeded our very high expectations.
May 22-29, 2013
Each day got better as you took us to different hot spots!
We had an absolute blast on HYPNAUTIC. The boat is awesome and more importantly you are both fantastic people. You did everything possible to ensure we had a great time. Each day got better as you took us to different hot spots.You guys made us feel like family and by far one of the best vacations weve ever taken and will certainly be back.Food and drinks were delicious and the photos we took are priceless.
May 4-11, 2013
We were still surprised with new places weve never seen and gourmet dishes weve never had!!!
To our dear Leo and Amy, we have chartered HYPNAUTIC 3x and you both continue to exceed expectations. I guess when you discover your favorite hotel/restaurant you really dont want to go anywhere else...it now even comes equipped with great friends. We were still surprised with new places weve never seen and gourmet dishes weve never had. Waterskiing in the beautiful private cove was the tops! It was truly a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous experience.
April 25 - May 3, 2013
So many fun memories!
Dear Amy and Leo. I cant even begin to tell you how much this trip has meant to us. It has been one of the best experiences of my life. So many fun memories. You guys are the best. We love you both.
April 16-23, 2013
Love Amy, Love Leo, Love HYPNAUTIC!
We loved you on Day 1, its Day 5 and Im eating the most amazing anitpasta salad, drinking great wine and laughing. This was an amazing Honeymoon. We laughed so hard with amazing friends. Perfect! Love Amy, Love Leo, Love HYPNAUTIC!
April 9-13, 2013
Such a fantastic job attending to every detail!
Thank you so much for a fabulous 8 days. You did such a fantastic job attending to every detail. Thanks for beng open and sharing with us. It was great getting to know you and sharing our stories with you. Leo, thanks for the waterskiing...WOW! Amy, the food was great and you make it seem effortless. Your wooden sign in the salon says it perfectly....Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends.
April 1-8, 2013
Great food, Great Boat, Great Waters!
Many thanks for such a fine week aboard HYPNAUTIC. You were both such perfect hosts. It is great to find people who are so good at something and who enjoy it so much. You are both such good company and the experience was terrific. Great food, Great Boat, Great Waters!
March 22-29, 2013
Thank you for welcoming our family as new friends!
Captain Leo and Admiral Amy we cant thank you enough for an awesome week. It was a great experience and we all want to thank you for welcoming our family as new friends and members of the HYPNAUTIC crew. We especially enjoyed the snorkeling and our SCUBA experience, exploring the islands and beaches, and grandma taking a hand at the wheel.
March 10-17, 2013
So wonderful, So fantastic, So great, So stupendous and So magical!
Captain Leo and Chef Amy this trip was So wonderful, So fantastic, So great, So stupendous and So magical to be aboard HYPNAUTIC to celebrate both our anniversary and a 70th Birthday. It was truly a special fun filled week with you both that made it So exciting.
March 2-9, 2013
We feel like we have gained two wonderful friends!
We cant thank you enough for making our honeymoon such a memorable experience. We will never forget the full moon party, our massages at Bitter End, our lobsta dinner and dancing with Sammy (with a capital S) and being part of your first whale sighting on the boat.We feel like we have gained two wonderful friends.
February 22-March 1, 2013
To say every aspect was perfect would be an understatement!!
Wow, I honestly cant begin to describe what an exceptionally awesome experience we had cruising on HYPNAUTIC. To say every aspect was perfect would be an understatement. Having sailed before in the BVI, on the very best yacht (we thought), it was unimaginable that our experience then could be trumped....but you did it!
February 4-11, 2013
The itinerary was great and Amys cooking was amazing!!
We had a great time and would like to thank you for the awesome memories. The itinerary was great and Amys cooking was amazing. Thanks for hanging out with us for family game night. Your hospitality and generosity will stay with us forever.
January 18-25, 2013
Im not sure if we can ever say Thank You enough!
To say this was the best family vacation ever is an understatement. You have not only been incredible hosts, you have become lifelong friends. Im not sure if we can ever say Thank You enough.The food was phenomenal...the scenery fabulous..but your kindness, generosity and hospitality will never be forgotten.THANK YOU,THANK YOU.
December 21-28, 2012
We had high expectations for this trip and you both exceeded them by many counts!
Leo & Amy, We had high expectations for this trip and you both exceeded them by many counts! We could not have imagined a more exhilarating week of sailing, amazing food and fantastics conversations. The boat is more beautiful and comfortable than we could have imagined. Sleeping on board each night and looking up at the stars through the hatch was an unforgettable experience. Thank you for opening yourselves up and sharing your experiences here in the islands. I hope that can do this for many years to come so we can keep building up the great stories.
December 8-15, 2012
This was the most amazing....!!!
Best week ever!! I know everyone remembers their honeymoon but this was the most amazing way to spend it...barely wearing shoes, waking up and diving in the sea...swimming with turtles, lobster with Sam (with a capital S..the man with a plan). Amys amazing meals, Leos Vodka Tings and navigation skills (even under water!) and the most genuine hospitality. You two really made the trip. You work so hard to make sure we had the best time ever...and we did! We wish you many easy charters and the most happiness. We will definitely call you when we are back in February - we entered as strangers and left as friends!
P.S. If you cant read my writing, blame the Willy T Shot Ski :-)
November 24-December 1, 2012
What a wonderful week!
Captain Leo and Admiral Amy...What a wonderful week to put life back in perspective. Our batteries are fully charged, ready to meet civilization but we will be back! Thanks for your patience, good humor, wonderful cooking, attentiveness, and superlative hosting. Please get HYPNAUTIC to New England this summer so we can do all this over again...where the lobsters have claws.Some people come into your life for a short time....you are part of it forever. Thanks for a spectacular 15th Anniversary renewal of vows.
The week was a true escapee!
Leo and Amy, The week was a true escapee! It feels as if we were on HYPNAUTIC for a month by what we did. Our experience could no have been any better. We look forward to seeing each of you again...even if the next time might have to be on land. However, we do hope to spend another week on HYPNAUTIC next year. Thanks for everything!
July 1-8, 2012
One of the BEST vacations we ever had!!
Six women, all of us related, and all with very strong opinions. Yikes! What were we getting ourselves into?? Well, what we got ourselves into was one of the BEST vacations we ever had!! Im pretty sure we used every water toy aboard - tube, skiis, snorkels, kayaks, floats - some were first timers and what great memories! Amy, your meals were perfect - you are truly a miracle worker. Leo, you are an awesome captain and a 1st Class guy! Thank you for making us feel so welcome. I can say that none of us want to go home...
June 23-30, 2012
We couldnt have asked for anything more!
Leo and Amy...Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We had a great week, full of wonderful new experiences and delicious meals. We couldnt have asked for anything more. Your love and dedication for you do here is apparant in every part of the trip. It was great meeting you both. Definitely looking forward to our next meeting!
June 9-14, 2012
A trip of a lifetime!
After 10 years of marriage we treated ourselves to now what we know as a trip of a lifetime. This trip has exceeded our expectations in every way possible. Words cannot describe the total enjoyment we have felt. We are heavy eaters and every meal was VERY satisfying. Amy you have a special talent in the kitchen. I hope we can take many more trips on the HYPNAUTIC in the future.I have never felt more comfortable and catered to before. We wish you all the best in the world.
June 3-8, 2012
Treated us like royalty!
It was an absolute delight getting to share the week with you....words cannot describe. Thank you so much for sharing your sailing home with us and for your wonderful hospitality. Absolutely everything was fantastic. We loved all of the beautiful sites of sea and land. The food was outstanding...you are my favorite restaurant! Thank you for introducing my favorite new drink, little dinghy Captain Leo always made use feel safe and comfortable. It as a 10 all the way and hope to be back out here with you all very soon.
We are at the end of one of the most relaxing weeks e have had in several years. Leo and Amy, you have both made this an unforgettable vacation. You work endlessly to ensure your guests have a great time. You welcomed us into your home and treated us like royalty. We will gladly return for a future voyage and will recommend HYPNAUTIC to everyone!
May 29-June 3, 2012
Most awesome honeymoon!
We had the most awesome honeymoon. Thanks so much for making the start of our marriage so special! We are leaving with many few brain cells than we arrived. Please visit us when you are back North. We would love to host you for a few days. We will certainly be back with some great friends to share another week together.
May 20-27, 2012
The journey of our lives!
Thank you for the journey of our lives. It was Fantastic! The memories of this trip will last forever. We appreciate the manner the entire trip was conducted. Leo and Amy became our good friends and were unbelievable hosts. Hopefully we will be able to do this again someday.
April 7-14, 2012
Cant possibly get any better!
I couldn't have dreamed up a better week than this. Every moment I thought it cant possible get any better but it did! The location, the activities, the food and the companionship were all exceptional. Leo and Amy make the perfect team. Thank you for the best vacation I have ever had.
The HYPNAUTIC is so comfortable and Leo and Amy are amazing. This vacation has been relaxing and fun and filled with delicious meal and drinks. I cant wait to be back.
I have never felt so comfortable, relaxed, and at home on a vacation before. From the delicious food and drinks to all of the unique places we visited and Amy and Leos great company, there isnt one thing I would change.
A lifetime of memories in less than a week! Everything was perfect would be correct but it doesn't address the heart and soul and love we experienced this week. Amy and Leo - you felt like family. Thank you.
April 1-5, 2012
We now consider them family!
Best trip ever. Leo and Amy made us feel right at home the minute we stepped aboard. They are so generous and kind. So much so that we now consider them family. Life is filled with experience and Leo and Amy have given us a memorable experience that will last a lifetime and desire for more good times together. The connection was quick, the pace relaxed, the experience was deep. Thanks is just too small a word.
March 17-23, 2012
Dear Leo and Amy,
Clearly the Best Holiday Ever!
Thank you both for such a fantastic week!
We arrived as guests and left as friends....
Your youngest guests yet! (ages 7, 11, 13)
March 9-16, 2012
This is the most amazing HYPNAUTIC vacation!
Our second time on HYPNAUTIC was even better than our first! This time we booked 9 nights instead of 7 because we felt cheated with the travel days and what a great idea that was. This is the most amazing HYPNAUTIC vacation anyone can imagine. The Virgin Islands are amazing, but the crew is what makes the difference. Leos sailing skills are superb and he custom tailored the itinerary perfectly to our tastes Amys culinary delights will please the most discriminating palette. They both aim to please and exceed expectations. We look forward to many more vacations aboard with Leo and Amy.
February 19-28, 2012
Our very first of hopefully many weeks to come on the HYPNAUTIC. We had no idea what to expect, but we were blown away by the professional , caring , attentive, accommodating crew! :-) We now think of the crew as our dear new friends. THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS. We ended up on this boat with Leo and Amy for a reason and we were truly blessed. THANK YOU is hardly enough to express our appreciation. We are going home 2 very spoiled Michiganders. We wish Leo and Amy continued success in charters and in live and love!
February 1-8, 2012
\"What an amazing experience\"
. Leo and Amy are tremendous hosts - totally accommodating, generous and kind. They anticipated our wants/needs in a way that no other place/trip in our experience has. Leo is the best captain - knowledgeable about all local sites, and excellent sailor and all around fabulous guy. He put together a fantastic itinerary understanding exactly what we were looking for. Amy is a complete magician in the kitchen - how she manages to produce restaurant quality (in taste and presentation) in a galley that size is beyond us. Every day was a new adventure from snorkeling to water-skiiing to cock-tailing (a lot..thanks to Leo's tasty concoctions). Leo and Amy were like family at the end. WE look forward to staying in touch as they were sincerely great people who really cared that we had a wonderful time. The boat was spotless and very spacious.
January 7-14, 2012
Beyond our expectations!
Leo and Amy gave us spectacular 7 nights and 8 days of heaven. Their competence and attention allowed us to completely relax, enjoy nature and bond as a family. The charter went beyond our expectations. Captain Leo and Chef Amy could not have been more accommodating...so pleasant, calm, funny and interesting. This was our first charter and I know it will not be our last given the joyous time we had. We will be back!
December 27-January 3, 2012
The food was simply incredible and the kindness, hospitality and care for our comfort and attention to every detail made it a holiday beyond compare. HYPNAUTIC was a dream. The boat was immaculate and well stocked. Leo and Amy are incredible hosts and new friends. Amy understood we are discerning diners. In regard to meal prep, we upped what in Olympic diving is called 'the degree of difficulty' with Elyse's gluten allergy. Amy earned Straight A's nonetheless.
December 18-26, 2011
Memorable from the moment we came aboard!
HYPNAUTIC was memorable from the moment we came aboard. Leo and Amy anticipate your every need. More gracious hosts cannot be found. Leo and his puzzles..Amy and her amazing food...including her sensitivity and extra preparation to accommodate a vegetarian in our group. A full moon party, great snorkeling, blue skies and clear water are just a few of the things we enjoyed experiencing. We look forward to our ''2nd time''!