Friday, December 18th, 2009
The World’s First Super Yacht Marinotel
Northern Cyprus to gain Super Yacht Marina and ‘Yacht Hotel’
The Karpaz peninsula of Northern Cyprus, one of the Mediterranean’s last undiscovered yachting areas, is soon to benefit from a new marina capable of handling superyachts.
Karpaz Gate, the world’s first ‘Yacht Hotel’ has been designed sensitively to complement the area’s natural beauty, the new development will open up this as yet unspoilt corner of the Mediterranean to yacht owners and provide Northern Cyprus with its first ever modern marina.
Completely free of industry and pollution, the Karpaz peninsula stretches into the sea like a narrow finger pointing to the North East and is home to rolling countryside, wild donkeys, ancient Byzantine churches and mile upon mile of empty sandy beaches, bays, coves and inlets. It’s a stunning, pristine cruising area, only recently opened up after decades of restriction.
Other attractions include the historic port of Girne further west along the coast and the excellent year-round weather, characterised by hot summers and mild, sunny winters.
Currently under construction and project managed by Sea-Alliance Group Ltd, a maritime services operation specialising in marina developments, Karpaz Gate will offer, on an optional basis, a full hotel style service, including meals delivered to the yacht, laundry and dry-cleaning, full tourist arrangements and golf carts for residents’ use.
The Marina will enjoy duty-free status to cover berthing fees, fuel, maintenance and yacht repair costs. This will make it the only comprehensive duty-free marina in the Mediterranean. The marina will also be a Port of Entry, with the Immigration and Customs Office next to the Harbour Office.
Six pontoons at the marina will provide berths for 300 yachts of various sizes, including superyachts of 60 metres plus, and will be supported by a 180 ton crane and 11,000sqm of dry dock area with all technical facilities on offer. All berths will have water and an electricity supply at both 230v and 400v.
Already under construction, Karpaz Gate Marina is due to open in Spring 2011