|Guests||Up to 6|
|Guest Cabin Configuration||3 Queen en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Home Port||Village Cay Marina, Tortola, British Virgin Islands|
Lotus’ interior offers comfort, space and light. The saloon encompasses the lounge and dining table to starboard, a large galley to port which leads directly through to the cockpit to form a large living space, together with the alfresco dining table in the middle, facing out to the Caribbean waters.
Lotus accommodates up to 6 guests in three en-suite cabins with queen beds, including one master suite and one suite with private access via the cockpit. Each cabin has a spacious bathroom with separate stall showers. The cabins have great natural lighting thanks to the fixed hull windows, together with excellent ventilation thanks to the deck hatches and portholes that open out to the hull-side or to the cockpit. Lotus is also fully air-conditioned.
The yacht’s exterior offers elegance, comfort and safety. Access to the water is easy with her aft transoms, facilitating boarding and disembarking. The side decks are broad with recessed deck hatches.
The aft deck is at the same level as the saloon and has an outdoor lounge with a dining table and sun-lounging area to starboard. The fly bridge is reached by two stairways: one leading from the cockpit, another leading from the deck on the starboard side.
Let Lotus and her crew show you the very best of the Caribbean!
Leeward Islands starting in Antigua
This sample itinarty is great for all ages; the youngest person we've had on was a seven year old girl (who loved floating/snorkeling in Barbuda as I towed her around on a kayak) to some 70 year old guests who enjoyed the history of English harbor and fine dinning at Nonsuch Bay Resort. Day 1 (Generally Saturday) Guests join the yacht at Jolly Harbor, get acquainted and have a safety briefing, then straight out into the calm waters off Jolly Beach and Five Islands Harbour. (near to Hermatige resort). Sheer Rocks is another great spot in this location with a breathtaking view, great dining/bar and also a pool. First night normally spent anchored near here! Carlisle Bay has a nice day spa, fine dining and is also a great location for anchoring if the weather isn't looking good.
Depending if any guests are interested in the day spa at Carlisle Bay it is either an early or later departure. Then the short 1 hour trip (if people are not into sailing) or a longer tacking sail up to English Harbour. Great to be in English Harbour by 3pm so we can organize a taxi up to Shirley Heights for steel pan, sun set ,rum and live music into the night! (for people who are into hiking I can lead them up a path to Shirley Heights which has some great views!)
Can quite often be a late start for Shirley Heights party goers the night before or an early start to enjoy the historic English Harbour and walk the walls or goat trails that surround. Once everyone is ready we begin sailing up to Green island and Nonsuch Bay. Nonsuch Bay is a great spot and offers either a calm anchorage, Lotus wakeboarding kayaking and snorkeling or if guests want its also very good for rendezvous kitesurfing.
Passage to Barbuda. This takes around 4 hours. The trip is planned so that we sail from the east coast of Antigua to the west coast of Barbuda. This is so we sail slightly more down wind which makes it more comfortable! My favorite anchorage is in Low Bay (as far north as possible) which is easy with Lotus's shallow draft! Low bay is beautiful with an untouched white sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see to the north! It has one very small high end boutique resort and also a small local restaurant and bar run by a local named Jala who will cook fresh lobster or fish! Jala is also a great tour guide for the Frigate Bird Sanctuary. Barbuda has one of the world's biggest frigate bird sanctuaries with around 5,000 birds! The sanctuary is inside the lagoon on Barbuda and Jala takes people on his own boat for tours.
Relaxing in tranquil Barbuda and also a water sports day. It is a great place for water sports and I have some favorite reefs just offshore which have some wonderful fish life for snorkeling on. This can be a day just to relax and forget the world. Day 6 (Friday) Sailing back to the west coast of Antigua and Dickinson Bay. Dickinson Bay is home to a couple of large resorts but there is a great calm anchorage at one end. Dickinson is home to Ana's Restaurant which often has events on Fridays such as Art exhibitions with a DJ or a live band. I find this a great place for people to spend their last night.
Easy sail back down the coast to Jolly harbor area for a final swim before disembarking Lotus. If the weather does not permit sailing to Barbuda all is not lost! There are many other great locations around Antigua itself that easily fill up a week. Such as nights spent at Great Bird Island (north east Antigua) which is remote and beautiful. Wakeboarding/kayaking near Jumby Bay in beautiful blue waters or kite surfing at Jabberwock Beach. As all charters the itinerary can change slightly due to weather.