Cannes Yachting Festival – 4 Steps To Get Into Yachting

Cannes Yachting Festival – Introduction

This autumn, we have teamed up with Ocean Independence, one of the fastest-growing companies in the luxury-yachting sector. Since we’re new in this industry, we thought it might be interesting to write about this experience and give you an idea what it means to get into yachting.

The Cannes yachting festival is right where the magic happens – taking place in Southern France. The dreamy region called ‘Côte d’Azur’, comes up with all the beauty you imagine. It’s the typical laissez-faire mood: relaxed people, delicious restaurants, well-dressed men and of course – yachts.

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Cannes Yachting Festival ¦ Our Journey

The sun was out, even in autumn season we were facing a windy and hot season. After a delicious breakfast, it was time to meet Toby Maclaurin and Peter Hürzeler from Ocean Independence, to understand what actually happens in the yachting industry. 

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What is a yachting company actually doing?

It’s in many ways similar to a real estate agent or a broker. Such a company is responsible to consult and advise anyone interested into buying or chartering a yacht. It’s all about a certain bespoke level of service. Ocean Independence as an example, provides an integrated service across yacht sales, charter, management and build. 

Cannes Yachting Festival ¦ 4 Steps to get into yachting.

Both type of yachting do have their characteristics and at the end of the day it’s about your needs and your taste. So let’s sum this  up with our 4 steps guide.

1. Sailing Yacht or Motoryacht?

Sailing Yacht – Freedom & Adventure

For those seeking romance and adventure, nothing rivals a sailing yacht charter. Listen to the sound of the wind, feel the waves and enjoy the thrill of chasing the boat to an open ocean.

Not exclusively for the experienced sailor, a sailing yacht charter can be family friendly and, with the expert crew at the helm, you can be as hands on or as laid back as you like.

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Motoryacht – Luxury & Flexibility

For matchless glamour, flexibility, and comfort, a motoryacht will be your own boutique five-star hotel. Perfect for families, large groups or corporate events, motoryachts are versatile platforms for an unforgettable journey. From relaxed cruising to adventures, from intimate groups to family gatherings, there is a motoryacht out there for every situation.

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2. What yacht size do I want?

The phrase “bigger is better” is not always true when it comes to the size of superyacht. Before jumping to the largest boat that your budget will allow, it is important to consider the size, layout, design and make up of your charter, as well as how you intend to spend time together.

Some might prefer smaller yachts with a smaller crew as it allows maximum quality time in an intimate setting, while others enjoy the luxury of a large crew-to-guest ratio and the space to find quiet corners to relax. Larger yachts will also typically come ready-equipped with more water toys and extras like spas, dive centres or gyms.

3. Inclusive or plus expenses?

A charter with inclusive rates normally means that the charter rate covers following:

  • The yacht
  • A captain plus the crew
  • A professional chef preparing three meals a day with wine
  • A full bar (excluding vintage wines and champagne)
  • Water toys and all on deck amenities.
  • Dockage and communication are typically extra.

Conversely, plus expenses rates include the yacht, crew and insurance but you can expect to pay extra for fuel, food and beverages, berthing, customs, communications, electricity and any other special requests. Discuss your budget with your broker, and they will be able to find yachts that are inclusive as well plus expenses that meet your requirements.

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4. Contact your broker

Similar to the real estate world, it’s important to compare offers and chose an agent or company that suits your demands. Ocean Independence is one of the leading companies in this branch, and we’re very happy to recommend them as your future yacht advisor.

Ocean Independence AG
Seestrasse 39
CH 8700 Küsnacht / Zürich

Phone: +41 44 390 25 75


Best Hotels In Switzerland – Our Top 5

Best Hotels In Switzerland – Introduction

After our articles ‘Best Bars in Zurich‘ & ‘Best Restaurants in Zurich‘, it’s now time to present the best hotels in Switzerland. Once again, it’s been tough to draw up a shortlist, especially for rank 1 & 2.

The beauty of Switzerland

We’re living in an astonishing country, with a diversity you will not find anywhere else. Starting with the fresh air and the crystal-clear mountain lakes, over the charming Ticino its picturesque rocks and rivers, to the famous Valais with its beautiful wine region. In other countries it takes days to discover such versatility, here it is a stone’s throw away.

It is always nice to come home, to Switzerland. And we simply love to travel here. Today we present you our Top 5: the best hotels in Switzerland.

Best Hotels In Switzerland with the McLaren 570S

We teamed up with McLaren and went across Switzerland to shoot a few cool pictures of these top locations. In Spain we drove the 570S Spider. Now, it was time to take the coupé on the journey. Once again we’re fascinated, what a perfection and accuracy this brand comes up with. Of course, we have chosen the perfect roads: Starting in Zurich direction Ennetbürgen, to Vitznau and then the pass road to Andermatt with the last stop: Gstaad.

The green ‘Hulk’ as it has most called on our trip is a real eye-catcher. Unsurprisingly, we were often in conversation with fans, because the 570S in this color is definitely a supercar, which one does not see every day. Driving to the best hotels in Switzerland was an unforgettable journey. 

Nr. 1 ¦ Villa Honegg

Villa Honegg / Reservation Online

Located above Ennetbürgen, this tiny and chic boutique hotel is a real eye-catcher. The villa was built in 1905, contains a few delightful rooms. But, the main argument here: the breath-taking view to the Vierwaldstättersee.

The hotel went viral because of its infinity pool, it’s worth taking a swim!

Location ✭✭✭✭✭
The view is just beyond beautiful. Upon arrival, you breathe through and try to figure out what you are seeing. Villa Honegg is close to Lucerne, about 30 minutes to drive.
Rooms ✭✭✭✭✩
The villa contains 23 rooms, whilst the decor and furnishings create an inviting ambiance
Service ✭✭✭✭✭
Brilliant describes it the right way. The managing director personally takes care of the guests, after the first visit the staff was able to remember our names. Bravo!
Food ✭✭✭✭✩
The menu contains a touch of Lebanese, a welcome change which we very much enjoyed. The selection is a bit smaller than usual, but quite tasty.
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
The hotel is almost completely booked out

Nr. 2 ¦ The Alpina Gstaad

A new icon in the exclusive, discrete and cosmopolitan Swiss resort of Gstaad, The Alpina Gstaad five-star superior hotel has single-handedly redefined luxury and Alpine chic. The Alpina Gstaad has been receiving outstanding distinctions since it opened in 2012.

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Location ✭✭✭✭✭
Gstaad belongs to one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland. The hotel is slightly elevated above the village center, reachable by car, shuttle or walking distance.
Rooms ✭✭✭✭✭
We should rather call it: living room. The rooms are huge, equipped with a fireplace for a very cosy atmosphere.
Service ✭✭✭✭✭
Once more, just world-class! As after our last stay, we found the car perfectly cleaned, with a packet of Ricola and 5 Swiss francs. Inquiring to whom the money belongs, we received the following reply: the lake of Lauen is beautiful, it was for the parking meter there. Brilliant. The guest is king here and accordingly: happy and satisfied. Thank you very much for the wonderful time.
Food ✭✭✭✭✭
A variety of delicious restaurant and a lovely service. There is more info to find on the website.
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
The saunas are separated, would be nice to have an additional mixed sauna for a relaxing weekend for two.
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Nr. 3 ¦ Chedi Andermatt

The Chedi Andermatt / Reservation Online

For many reasons, the Chedi was elected as ‘Hotel of the year 2017’ by GaultMillau. You feel like a bit like James Bond here. The location in Andermatt makes the exterior of the luxury hotel unfortunately a little less spectacular than a stand-alone resort. What convinces, however, is the inside!

Location ✭✭✭✩✩
Andermatt is cute, certainly not on rank 1 of Swiss destinations. 
Ambiance ✭✭✭✭✭
This hotel must have been developed by the gods of interior design. A truly breathtaking location with many chimneys, large chairs, high ceilings – just wow!
Rooms ✭✭✭✭✭
The rooms are huge with all kind of gadgets like iPad for blinds, fire place etc. The king size bed is handmade and very convenient. 
Service ✭✭✭✭✭
Nothing has to be thought about, everything is done in a pleasant form of restraint and friendliness.
Food ✭✭✭✭✭
The hotel contains a restaurant for every taste, in the winter there is even a fondue chalet.
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
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Nr. 4 ¦ Widder Hotel Zurich

Widder Hotel / Reservation Online

It was important to us, to present a reasonable hotel in Zurich. The arguments speak for themselves: Nine houses, 700 years of history in a hotel. Previously, the nine medieval townships were the home of nobles and guild masters, craftsmen and merchants. They have not only built and inhabited the buildings, but also decorated and altered them.

Location ✭✭✭✭✭
Located in the middle of Zurich, it does not get any better.
Rooms ✭✭✭
The rooms are modern, with different themes. So, each time you sleep somewhere else.
Service ✭✭✭✭✭
The hotel is managed by a family which is one of many reasons we love this place so much. As a guest, you will find yourself in a very informal environment here. 
Food ✭✭✭✭✭
There is a boucherie, which is very tasty, and offers a wide range of meat. In the evening there is probably the coolest whiskey bar ever – we could spend hours here.
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
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Nr. 5 ¦ Park Hotel Vitznau

Park Hotel Vitznau / Reservation Online

Location ✭✭✭✭✭
A place of silence and harmony, beautifully situated on lake Lucerne. It is just fantastic and very quiet here.
Rooms ✭✭✭✭✭
As part of this historical building, the latest technology is integrated into the elegant, luxurious interior. A great concept!
Service ✭✭✭✩✩
A bit old-school and therefore sort of outdated, the management was not very flexible when we arrived.
Food ✭✭✭✭✭
Nenad Mlinarevic, a famous shooting star of the German-Swiss culinary scene, is cooking here until the end of the year and reflects a natural philosophy of cooking. An absolute must for every gourmet.
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
The ability to adapt quickly and kindly react to an unexpected situation should be fine in a 5 star hotel, we didn’t feel it here.
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Opening Of The First Carl F. Bucherer Boutique In Lucerne

Carl F. Bucherer Boutique In Lucerne – Introduction

Once you have discovered Lucerne, you will know it definitely belongs to the most beautiful cities all over the world. It’s a picturesque town, nestled in the middle of mountains and a beautiful lake. It’s a typical Swiss energy with fresh air and a very clean environment.

Unsurprisingly, Lucerne is a big attraction to whom ever visits our beautiful country.

Nearly 130 years ago, Swiss entrepreneur Carl F. Bucherer opened a specialty shop for watches and jewelry in Lucerne. Now, Carl F. Bucherer opens an exclusive boutique in this gorgeous city, where it all began in 1888 – and to launch an equally exclusive watch to mark the occasion. The Manero Peripheral Boutique Edition, limited to 188 pieces, represents the traditional art of watchmaking and the brand’s commitment to embracing its heritage.

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Carl F. Bucherer Boutique – The Opening

The new boutique is located in one of Lucerne’s historic buildings, with its golden interior design, a characteristic of Carl F. Bucherer’s corporate language. 

With its latest boutique, the Swiss watch manufacturer offers visitors a new way to experience the world of Carl F. Bucherer. The interior exudes understated luxury, accentuated by the golden elements of the brand logo.

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Plenty of celebrities, media and the owner Jörg Bucherer, showed up at the Carl F. Bucherer boutique event. Later in the evening, Sascha Moeri presented an exclusive timepiece created expressly to mark this event: the Manero Peripheral Boutique Edition. This model is limited to 188 watches, an allusion to the year in which the company was founded.

The Manero Peripheral combines classic design with modern engineering. It is powered by the CFB A2050 calibre, which was launched in 2016 and designed and developed completely in-house.

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Reference number
00.10917.08.53.88, Limited to 188 pieces

Automatic, CFB A2050 caliber, chronometer, power reserve 55 hours

Date, hour, minute, small seconds

Stainless steel, water-resistant to 30 m (30 atm), diameter 40.6 mm, height 11.2 mm

Louisiana alligator leather

Blue galvanized with red-gold-plated appliquéd indices

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lucerne watch boutiqueOur Journey With Carl F. Bucherer

We were invited at the following day to attend a watch class and have a delicious dinner in the evening. Yet again, it was fascinating to learn about the Swiss watchmaking and let us tell you: there is more to come.

Our week-end continued with an adventurous voyage over the lake ‘Vierwaldstättersee’ direction to Pilatus where we attended ‘Pilatus on the rocks’.

We had a wonderful week-end with a lot of astonishing landscapes, a very cool concert in the evening in the middle of rocks and cliffs. We highly appreciate being part of this brand, and we cannot wait to explore the art of watch manufacturing on site.

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