Considered one of the most reputable yacht charter companies in the Mediterranean, SAILUXE takes sailing to a whole new level with its luxury fleet and unparalleled hospitality offerings.
Experts sailors with a keen eye for detail, SAILUXE invites you on a sea voyage like no other with its range of bespoke sailing vacations to suit all ages and abilities. With a choice of 42–55ft luxury catamarans finished to the highest standard and accompanied by experienced captains and crew, your tour around the dazzling islands and coastlines of the Mediterranean will surpass all expectations.
FOUR speaks to Iole Pizzi, Brand Manager to find out more about SAILUXE’s 5-star sailing vacations and what makes them stand out from the crowd.
Can you explain a bit about how SAILUXE came to be?
SAILUXE launched in 2019 as an extension of Spartivento Yachts and Charter, one of the leading charter companies in Italy, founded by my father in 2001, with the new aim of creating the foremost luxury sailing fleet in the Mediterranean. Boasting the largest charter fleet for sailing holidays in southern Italy, Spartivento has over one hundred boats and catamarans under its helm, and only the best of these have been selected as part of SAILUXE’s fleet. SAILUXE is, therefore, the most exclusive part of this company, and delivers the most luxurious boating experiences on the Italian coast.
What is it about sailing that keeps people coming back for more?
Sailing holds its very own kind of majesty — there’s no feeling quite as incredible as being free at sea, surrounded by the wonder and grace of Mother Nature. As one of the finest yacht charter companies in the Mediterranean, SAILUXE takes heed of this and kicks it up a notch, delivering the magic of sailing combined with the height of luxury and first-class hospitality.
What can guests expect when choosing a SAILUXE catamaran for their Mediterranean voyage?
Akin to five-star hotels on water, all of SAILUXE’s catamarans are equipped with every comfort guests could desire. Superlative service lies at the heart of the SAILUXE experience, and as such, each of the brand’s nine vessels comes complete with an expert crew, including an experienced captain, professional hostess and Gambero Rosso-trained chef. To ensure pure enjoyment at sea, the new and meticulously maintained catamarans are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, such as generators, air conditioners and marine desalinators for unlimited fresh water onboard – much more similar to a motor yacht experience rather than a sailboat.
What is it that makes the SAILUXE fleet so special?
Calling upon the extensive knowledge and experience Spartivento has garnered in the luxury charter industry over the last two decades, these SAILUXE boats have been specifically curated to make every moment at sea a blissful one. Comprised of the latest and greatest boats on the market as produced by Lagoon, the leading shipyard in catamaran production worldwide, these sublime vessels are entirely customisable to the users’ needs, with every aspect considered down to the smallest detail.
This personal touch also extends to the journey itself, which is tailor-made to suit the preferences of those onboard. With a focus on showcasing some of the country’s most beloved destinations, including Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Sardinia, SAILUXE offers the opportunity for travellers to discover the boundless beauty the Italian shoreline bears, all in absolute luxury.
Ranging from 42 to 55 feet, there’s a boat in SAILUXE’s fleet for every requirement. For couples or small families, there’s Zubbibu, the spacious, three-cabin Lagoon 42 that sleeps up to six passengers. Bigger groups can opt for the modern and elegant Fico (meaning “cool”) or the expansive and exclusive Fichissimo (meaning “super cool”), which both sleep up to ten guests. The Fichissimo, in particular, is one of SAILUXE’s most premium catamarans, complete with myriad lounging spaces to lap up the endless sea views. For those looking for ultimate comfort, then Strafico (meaning “extra cool”) — the latest addition to the fleet — is the best option. This Lagoon 55 is equipped with all manner of amenities and is sure to please even the most discerning of travellers — its spectacular flybridge with several sun loungers is the perfect place to toast to the good life while savouring an aperitif at sunset.
What additional features can guests expect from their SAILUXE experience?
For those who want to fully immerse themselves in the azure Mediterranean waters, SAILUXE’s catamarans have various sea toys available for use, such as Seabobs, foil boards, wakeboards and stand-up paddle boards, guaranteeing endless entertainment while sailing. Additional luxuries onboard include the guests’ selection of bed linen and pillows, SAILUXE bathrobes and towels, Comfort Zone sustainable bathroom amenities, hairdryers, Wi-Fi and Illy coffee machines.
Food plays an integral role while on vacation, and to deliver the most gourmet experience onboard, SAILUXE only works with chefs who have graduated from the prestigious Gambero Rosso Academy in Palermo. This guarantees an excellent standard of cuisine while at sea, with a bespoke menu created based on guests’ requests and selections. From contemporary interpretations of traditional Italian classics such as spaghetti alle vongole, parmigiana di melanzane or even homemade cannoli to fine-dining dishes inspired by renowned Italian chefs, the culinary options are endless. What’s more, menus can even be customised to suit specific dietary regimens.
For added indulgence, SAILUXE has also worked with NIO Cocktails and mixologist Patrick Pistolesi of Drink Kong in Rome, ranked number sixteen on the world’s 50 Best Bars 2022 list, to design a ready-to-drink cocktail for guests. Inspired by the Mediterranean landscape and Italian palate, these refreshing concoctions blend flavours and scents of basil, bergamot and ginger to ignite the taste buds and invigorate the soul. To keep the good times coming, every vessel receives a gift basket with five of these ‘Wild Sailor’ cocktails, alongside fruits and other thoughtful offerings.
What do you think makes SAILUXE different from other sailing companies?
Much more than just a sailing holiday, SAILUXE creates a unique experience tailored to each guest’s needs and personal style. Complete with every luxury under the sun, these are trips that will remain forever etched in one’s memory.