Guests aboard ALTESSE in mid-November, 2016 had this to say:
Sarah and Rich,
Thanks for a truly extraordinary and memorable week. We couldn't have conceived of a more perfect vacation/50th birthday and anniversary celebration with our dearest friends. You two are the perfect team - a phenomenal marriage of grace, energy and exceptional capability. From Sarah's 5 star cookery; Captains cocktail hour and itinerary to Richard's handling of the yacht; dive mastery; and your combined tour guiding, there simply aren't enough superlatives to capture all the perfect moments. Your home - Altesse - stands by herself: gorgeous and enormous, and your neighborhood - the BVI - what a match! It was a pleasure and a privilege to get to know you and share the week. You guys are awesome and no doubt our paths will cross again!
Jeannie and Darrell, Co and Michael, Stacey and Sean and Jennifer and Drew
Late October, 2016, guests on Altesse wrote:
Guests with Richard and Sarah on ALTESSE in early June, 2016, say:
Dear Sarah and Rich,
This boat is like the presidential suite at the world's finest hotel. The food similar to a 5 star restaurant, it's every single meal exceeding all of our expectations. The planning of the itinerary and the sailing felt like we were guided by locals who knew the greatest treasures of the land. But we have learned that the best and most special part of life are the people you meet along the way. Sarah and Rich, you are special, kind, generous, professional, outgoing knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile. This trip was fabulous, but extra-special as we were so fortunate to spend our time with the two of you.
See you next year!
Peter, Mark, Diane, Carly, Jack and Hannah, June 2016
Guests with Richard & Sarah on Altesse in June, 2016, say:
Rich and Sarah,
This has been a FANTASTIC trip. Many special memories will stay with us. Highlights include:
- The baths with its stunning granite rocks
- Devils Bay, not only because of the beautiful colour of the water, but also because of the COLD CHAMPAGNE that you brought to us as the perfect time
- the marvelous snorkeling sites you guys points out, in particular the Indians and the Caves.
You are an amazing couple!
Thank you for making us feel as if we were at home. Sarah, thank you for being such fun and feeding us with exquisite dishes. Rich, thank you for all your guidance for the scuba team and for helping sailors enjoy the sailing. We are coming back next year, so we will not say 'adios', we will say 'hasta luego'.
Herman, Marina, Danny, David and Carlos. June 2016
Guests on ALTESSE in May, 2016 said:
Dear Richard and Sarah,
All of the amazing meals will be greatly missed next week when we are home, as will Richard and his ability to always find the best anchorages. You were both so willing to accommodate our every whim.We will miss the most amazing turquoise water, white sand and spacious boat we could imagine.You are both, without question, deserving of the "crew of the year" award and we are so glad it was you who were at the helm.
Greg, Laurie and Friends, May 2016
Guests aboard Altesse in mid-March, 2016 said:
Richard and Sarah, what a great week! I think I speak for the entire group when I say this was the best vacation ever. We loved the incredible snorkeling with beautiful fish, coral, turtles and rays; We loved the pristine beaches, with us often as the only inhabitants; We loved the hiking and indescribable views; We loved our daily briefs, discussing the itinerary for the day and awaiting the menu to see what each meal was for the day.; We loved how beautiful and immaculate you kept the boat; and we especially loved Captains cocktail hour and hearing about your travel and adventures, with your knowledge of the BVI making our trip; and finally, the meals....OMG! It is impossible to pick a favourite meal as each was so special on its own. We are in great awe of the skills you show creating three gourmet meals (plus evening "nibbles") every day.
What a great week!!
Allen, Michelle, Denise, Meghan, Mika and Brendan
Guests aboard ALTESSE in late February, 2016...
It's hard to review the Altesse if only because we don't want anyone else to know how great it is!! But here's what I thought: The Altesse was literally immaculate. Richard and Sarah take real pride in maintaining it perfectly everyday- it was extremely conducive to a diverse array of preferences and activities with plenty to do.
A serious highlight of the trip was that Sarah's an incredible chef. The food was perfectly tailored to our preferences with no effort spared and each dish was total perfection- I'm talking about picture worthy food! Even Richard pitched in on the grill a couple times and it was fantastic.
Richard is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and just sailing in general- he has great ideas about anchorages,and takes pride in taking folks to places he thinks they'll love-he taught us to water ski-makes great pain killers and has some great stories!
There really is no describing how perfect it was- and I can't imagine that there's a better crew or even a better pair of humans to spend your vacation with than Sarah and Richard Bowman.
As long as they are on the water we will be back every year at least once.
Brandi, Catherine, Jeri and Amy, February 2016
Guests aboard ALTESSE for New Years week, 2015/2016 said:
Our trip on Altesse was magical. Of course the BVIs provide the foundation, with natural beauty at every turn, but to top it off Altesse is lovely and immaculate, with open deck spaces and multiple, comfortable cushioned areas for conversation, reading, sunning and afternoon naps. The four staterooms are spacious, comfortable and private. That said, Captain and Chef Rich and Sarah are the reason our vacation was truly special. They are a seamless team, radiating intelligence, warmth and charm on a daily basis. They attended to our every need, even before we knew we "needed" it. They guided us to stunning anchorages and wonderful snorkeling/dive sites. Sarah's meals were each an event; delicious, creative and beautifully presented. We could write MUCH more, but there is no need to add to perfection! We will definitely sail with Rich and Sarah again
Eric, Anna, Alen and Kitty, January 2016
Guests aboard ALTESSE for Christmas week, 2015
Thanks for a great week aboard Altesse! Highlights for this group included fun games for the kids, lounging and jumping of the champagne deck, tubing and paddle board surfing, teenage dinghy driving, the "miracle" of the watermaker and of course the daily institution of captains cocktail hour. The food was Unquestionably the best we have had in the BVIs. Sarah incorporated all our food preferences, preparing meals that appealed to adults as well as kids, including homemade ice cream and an astounding Christmas Dinner complete with a whole roasted turkey and no fewer than seven sides.
Jen, Bar, Sawyer and Eli - December 2015
A cheery can-do attitude from Capt Rich and 1st mate Sarah regarding new daily options made life aboard very pleasant, worry-free and lots of fun! Positive attitude prevails aboard the good ship Altesse and we enjoyed it so much we are already planning our return trip😀
Mark - December 2015
"Richard and Sarah,
There are no words for how amazing this trip and you both were. Every day you surprised us with something even more incredible. By far the best trip of my life! Thank you for everything"
"Richard and Sarah,
What an amazing experience. Your lovely hospitality, personalities, food, organization,patience and story of your life shared with us will be cherished in my heart! Really appreciate you two as hosts and feel blessed to have such an amazing team/couple to look after us. Hope to cross paths again in the future, on a boat, on an island, email, worldwide web or however the universe decides to reconnect us.
Thank you so very much."
Steve and Desiree
"Richard and Sarah,
The experience we've had with you both in the middle of paradise has been amazing.We are in no way ready to go home! Thank you for sharing your home and making our experience truly unforgettable."
Chris and Alisha
"We had the week of our lives, this week in paradise! Sarah and Rich, made our holiday extraordinary!! We don't know how we are going to go back to life without nibbles and captain's cocktail hour All the food was fabulous and better than we could have ever imagined, whilst the other tourists were envious of our personal tour guides and champagne on the beach. Words are not enough to thank you for making our trip so special."
Joyce and Mike, Kansas
"Dear Sarah and Rich,
We came here for a family celebration and ended up with two new friends! Thank you for your attention, kindness, patience, professionalism, wit and humour, you work so well together. The baths was one of our best days ever."
Lisa, New Jersey
"Richard and Sarah,
I just wanted to thank you guys for the amazing experience which words cannot describe or do justice to. I've been blessed to see the things you've shown me this week and thank you so much for going the extra mile...simply incredible is what comes to mind."
"Rich and Sarah,
Thank you so much for the amazing sailing trip. You two are a wonderful crew and I know I'm not just speaking for myself when I say I had an absolutely fabulous time. I'm so happy to share Christmas and this week with you, this will go down as a once in a lifetime trip! Thank you again."
Corinne, New York
"Richard and Sarah, you are lovely! The trip has been stunning, we leave sadly, but with incredible memories: my first dive, a huge pod of dolphins to squeal about, gorgeous meals, yummy drinks, huge smiles and sun kissed skin. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"Sarah and Rich,
We just wanted to reiterate how much gratitude we have for you guys after suchan amazing week. We truly think of you as inspiring and we are reevaluating how we want to spend our lives now that you have shown us a snippet of yours. Thank you so much for the best week of our lives. We truly hope you will have us back someday."
Jessy and Alex, New Jersey
First of all,the charter was amazing. The boat was incredible and beautifully maintained. It was such a lovely yacht, and it truly stood out among all the other boats on the Caribbean. Richard and Sarah were a wonderful team and were extremely gracious and accommodating of our family of 5.
Sarah is a phenomenal cook. It is astounding what she can whip up in that tiny kitchen. Every meal was superb, and Sarah was very perceptive and thoughtful about her food preparation, taking care to include or exclude certain ingredients depending onthe person including a picky vegetarian!
The sights that we saw were breathtaking, and Richard and Sarah took care to cater to our family’s special requests of finding more private beaches and spending many hours tubing and pulling the paddleboard for the kids (ages 14, 12 and 10). Richard even made extra stops for fuel to support these activities. The scuba opportunities were also incredible and my husband and daughter were able to take 3 separate dives during the trip. We could literally do most anything that was possible, and with the paradise-like backdrop, it was an ideal family vacation. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves even me, the self-proclaimed land animal. Even I couldn’t resist jumping in that gorgeous water at any opportunity.
This trip truly offers something for everyone. We would certainly sail again with Richard and Sarah, and look forward to visiting the British Virgin Islands in the(hopefully) not so distant future :) I highly recommend this charter!"
Alli and Byron, Sacramento