A Sailing Trip Around a Pool Would Have Been Fantastic with These Two!
We spent a week cruising the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The islands and water are beautiful. The trip was tremendous. But I believe a sailing trip around a pool would have been tremendous with these two.
Miles (the "merman" trust us you will see why) is a great captain. He had wonderful suggestions on activities and locations to visit. More importantly he navigated us to and from safely and with ease. He is a certified diver and lobster wrestler. We had lobster taco's, Miles wrestled that beast during breakfast and we had it for dinner. We can not say enough great things about Miles.
Rachel his first mate ("the most interesting woman in the world", you will see why) is a great first mate. She prepared three glorious meals a day. She made everything from scratch. The food was overwhelmingly delicious, she put great thought into its preparation and presentation. How she executed the meals on the boat I will never know. Every meal was 5 stars all the way. It is clear that she cares deeply about her guests and does everything to ensure they have a wonderful experience. You want fire dancing? She can make that happen. You want to see a mermaid? She can make that happen. You want to ride motorcycles? She can make that happen.
Rachel and Miles went above and beyond. I could write for hours and hours about how great they were. If you are looking for an average trip stay away from these two, if you want a good trip stay away from these two. If you want tremendous, I would not have anyone other than these two. There is a zero percent chance I would do another charter that did not include Rachel and Miles. Thank you guys so much for the whole experience.
Lindsey and James
Something I'll Always Remember
What an incredible week! Our crew, Miles and Rachel, are some of the most interesting and fun people we have ever met. In addition to being a mermaid and fire dancer Rachel is also an amazing chef! I have no idea how she was able to create some of the culinary experiences we had on a boat but they were delicious. Miles is an awesome Captain! He knew all the great spots around the BVIs and we felt super safe having him at the helm. He is also a certified free diver and took us snorkeling and dove to get us fresh lobster for our tocos . My birthday was during our trip and they helped make it so special and something I’ll always remember. I really can’t say enough about how much fun we had on this vacation it’s something we will never forget.
Our Phenomenal Vacation
Fantastic! Where to begin describing our phenomenal vacation with Matt/Kendra. These 2 wonderful people, who we call friends now, are a true gem. They are professional, fun, easy going, hard working, intelligent and a joy to be around. Matt kept us busy taking us to many islands, helping us gear up to snorkel, paddle board and wakeboard. He's very knowledgeable and patient. He always made sure we were enjoying ourselves and planned our experiences perfectly. Matt also can make some tasty drinks and plays a great guitar! (What can't this guy do?!!) Kendra- our beautiful chef and behind the scenes attention to every detail lady!! Her food was delicious and her desserts outstanding. Kendra is so easy going and she is always working. Besides cooking us spectacular meals; she's assisting Matt with the boat, cleaning up and straightening our rooms and doing all of this with a smile on her face! Matt and Kendra will always have a special place in our hearts! Thanks again for our cherished memories of the BVI's and for spoiling our family for a week!! (All Hail The Conch King!)
The Crew Made This Trip!
From the moment we saw Knot Anchored pull into Red Hook, we knew it was going to be awesome! Captain Matt arrived smiling and giving us 2 thumbs up before we even came onboard. Matt had many other duties when not sailing us around. Great bartender! Our glasses were always full of wine, fruity boat drinks and plenty of Painkillers!!! The music selection was perfect and we learned Matt’s other talent, guitar. He played and turned over his guitar to one in our group who played. Such an intimate touch. We had many sing-alongs and dance parties.
Chef Kendra greeted us in a photo bomb, so we knew she was going to be fun! She made the most incredible meals! It was exciting to learn what we would be having and chose not to know ahead of time, since we like surprises. Every last morsel was delicious and SO fresh! All the ladies want her recipes!!! The meals were very fresh and the perfect portion size. All were presented as if we were at a 5-star resort. The quality of food was super fresh and it was a highlight of the trip.
We didn’t want any real structure and really made our plan on a daily basis about where we wanted to go. Captain Matt would ask us every day if we wanted to be around people or go to a quiet, secluded spot. Within a day, he got us down pat. Every stop was a surprise and we were all delighted with the choices. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. We saw magnificent sunsets and many rainbows.
The cabins were roomy with lots of storage. Bed was comfy. Bathroom very nice. Much better than anticipated. We did not anticipate having our beds made every day and room tidied up, so that was a treat. All the areas were kept impeccably clean.
The crew made this trip! They were both so friendly and outgoing. They went out of their way to make sure we were always comfortable and even catered to some last minute, spontaneous, special requests. We really connected and became very friendly with them.
An Incredible Adventure
From the time we set foot on the Knot Achored we knew this was going to be a incredible adventure. Captain Matt and Chef Kendra welcomed us with open arms and made us feel right at home on their beautiful boat. We spent a week sailing the BVI's and could not have been any better. From the start, Caption Matt knew all the best beaches, best spots to snorkel, quite coves to anchor in for the night as well as great beach bars. Some of our favorite places were Jost Van Dyke where Soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy's. No trip is not complete without visiting White Bay, Virgin Gorda and the Baths.
Having an experienced Captain like Matt made a big difference. he always got us the best places to anchor near the beaches and to watch the sunset. Not to mention he sings, plays the guitar and makes a wicked margarita.
Chef Kendra is an incredible cook, preparing 5 star meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the day she always had a homemade snack for us to enjoy as well. She makes everything from scratch from the salad dressing to the pancakes.
I could go on and on about our incredible trip.
I would like to add when you visit the BVI's please make it a point to spend some time on the islands. They have been through a lot and are coming back strong. Make sure you check out the Micheal Bean show at Leverick Bay and Rumb Lines restaurant In St. Jones. When in Virgin Gorda check out CocoMaya restaurant on the beach.
Having a beautiful boat with Matt and Kendra made all the difference in having not an average trip but a 5 Star trip. Thank you guys and look forward to sailing with you again soon.
DT and Cat
You Will Never Go Hungry & Always Have a Drink in Your Hands!
Just wanted to say thank you for providing us with a great vacation charter. We enjoyed how adventurous this vacation was. We saw so many islands in one week. Matt's recommendations for things to do were great. He knows his way around the Caribbean. There is never a "no" to any request.
Among the recommendations he gave us, Victoria loved the pirate show. We all loved the day trip to Anegada island stopping at various bars and enjoying the best lobster dinner. One of my favorite stops was Jost Van Dyke from the Bubbly Pool to Sandy Spit and the great beach bars. The catamaran is new, in excellent condition and very comfortable. We enjoyed the warm showers and a/c in our rooms. The kids enjoyed all the water sports: the island mat, snorkeling, etc.
Matt and Kendra are excellent hosts. You will never go hungry and will always have a drink in your hands. Kendra's food was yummy: from the pirate chicken to curry dishes to steaks and fish. Always juicy and flavorful. We are grateful!
~The Torres Family
The Crew Made it Extra Special
This is a great idea for a family or a group of couples who just want to relax and see the Caribbean in a totally different way. Everything we did was something that we couldn't have experienced if we were at a resort or on a cruise.
Captain Matt and Chef Kendra really made it extra special. My daughters said that it was like spending a week with really cool relatives. They were so easy to be with.
Kendra's cooking was amazing. We all enjoyed it.
Jannas and Carolina;
Again thank you for such a great experience, both of you are a great asset to the "Knotanchored" brand
Speaking for Maura and I we have not stopped talking about our experience .
We sat down last night with the family and looked at our pictures ,I think we have them hooked on next trip. thank you again let's keep in touch.
Captain Jannas and Chef Carolina catered to our every need, sometimes before we realized we even had a need! Whether it was a light meal of sushi and champagne upon boarding, a paper map of the area to chart our adventure, a cuddle puddle of pillows on the trampoline, or a bag full of costumes to dress up and be silly with, these two joyful people gave us the gift of a wholly wonderful experience. Snorkeling, swimming, sailing, wakeboarding, relaxing, exploring; we did it all and more. Captain is an extraordinarily handy fellow who seems to always have a solution for whatever the guests, the boat or the environment may throw at him. Chef is cosmic vixen that will amaze you with her healthy, delicious and sometimes sneaky cuisine. I came away completely flabbergasted at the amount of work these guys must do to keep a vessel clean and running tip top. And they did it all so (seemingly) effortlessly and gracefully! Their combined knowledge of and love for the sea as well as the boat was vast and imparted freely to us. Best of all they both possess effervescent personalities, even after a week of putting up with a group of such questionable characters like us. Our group is so thankful to have had Jannas and Carolina as our guides and adult-caretakers. As we say in California, “they crushed it!”
The Food Was Better Than Any Restaurant
There was nothing about our experience that was not enjoyable, well, except leaving. The food was better than any restaurant and the captain and his first mate's personality made for a perfect vacation. We did the half board, I was very surprised that everything was taken care of. Transportation when ashore, mooring fees, customs paper work, we didn't have to worry about anything other than enjoying the BVIs.
My wife and I have traveled to many Caribbean destinations, Hawaii, and thru out the US, this trip is by far my favorite, in fact we were not even home and we were already planning the next journey aboard Knot Anchored. Chris (Bismarck ND)
I Give This Charter a 5 Star Plus Rating
I have had the opportunity to travel to many places in the world and stay at some great resorts but this was by far the most memorable vacation yet. My girlfriend and two other couple arrived in St. Thomas and embarked Knot Anchored not really knowing what to expect. The boat was extremely clean and our rooms which each were equipped with their own private bathroom and showers were well equipped and very clean. We were welcomed by Stevo and Chrissy (the most wonderful crew ever). Champagne, snack and introductions were followed by quick departure to a quiet bay where we anchored and started our vacation.
From there on till end of the week we were wowed with 5 star meals prepared with consideration for my allergies while keeping everyone else happy (dairy and egg is not easy to cater too). We were in control over our itinerary each day and were able to decide what we want to do and how we want to spend the day. Our days included hanging out on secluded beaches, diving shipwrecks, paddle boarding, hiking through old ruins, visiting small beach bras, snorkeling and partying while completely disconnecting from our regular day to day (despite always having access to internet all of us chose to take the vacation in and forget about the daily stresses of our regular lives).
It has been two months since we have returned home and while we all continue to speak of this great vacation I am already a planning a trip back with my parents and my son.
I highly recommend this trip for everyone (families with kids, friends....). The value you get on this vacation is incomparable to even the highest rated resort (Sandals or any other place you can think of). I give this charter a 5 star plus rating.
Incredible Experience and Journey
We cannot thank you enough for this incredible experience and journey! Thanks to Knot Anchored we are going back to NYC with full hearts and clear minds.
Scott and Lauren, Brooklyn NY
The Food Was Delicious!
We had such a wonderful time! You both worked so hard to make it an unforgettable trip for all of us and it was! The food was delicious and all the excursions were a ton of fun. We definitely will tell our friends.
Thank you again for everything!!
Shastin, Colorado USA