New Years 2016/17
This vacation was definitely one of the best vacations the kids, my husband and I have ever taken in our lives! Adam and Kelly were absolutely amazing. Kelly prepared delicious meals and snacks for us, and spoiled us beyond belief with her very talented cooking skills. Everything was always yummy and the table was also always set so beautifully. Adam helped us with everything else we needed, and he was wonderful with our kids. He took them out on the water with the water toys, had the wii onboard for them to play with, and had lots of great music and movies for all of us to enjoy. Adam also took all of us out to a great place he knew of to snorkel where he knew we would see lots of turtles. It was great. They are two of the kindest people we have ever met. We hope to sail with them again some day.
Hi Adam & Kelly - we just keep talking about it was the BEST VACATION EVER. Beautiful boat led by the very talented and supremely hospitable Captain Adam and First Mate Kelly.
Michelle and Ben
Hello, Trip of a lifetime, completely blown away. We are reliving the trip through ceaseless photo viewings. We are missing the boat, Kelly's cooking and the amazing day/nights we had with you guys.
Paco & Hillary
Kelly Slater and Adam Bentley thank you BOTH for the best week we have ever spent in the islands in almost a decade. You guys are the best at what you do and will be recommended by us to anyone who will listen!! You welcomed us like family into your home and we are better for it. Thank you...
Kelly and Adam,
We want to thank you for your gracious hospitality and attention to every detail this week! Despite the snag at the beginning of the week which you handled with great sensitivity and kindness, the week as been absolutely fabulous! Thank you for helping us create memories for a lifetime! We felt very safe in the hands of an excellent captain and pampered in every way by the best chef we could have imagined!
Thank you! Thank you!
We wish you all the best as you begin another chapter of life as a couple. Much happiness.
Blessings and thanks,
Adam and Kelly,Thank you dear hearts for taking such good care of us this week! We loved coming back "home" every afternoon. You paid attention to every small detail, so there was a treat around every turn. The meals were so very delicious and stunningly beautiful - just like a cover of Bon Appetit!.
We couldn't have imagined a more spectacular vacation.
Thank you form the Bottom of our Hearts.
Good morning Mr. "L":
Recently, our family chartered La Manguita for a week in the British Virgin Islands. Like yourself and the owner, I am a businessman. So I know that it is more common for clients to complain than it is for them to compliment a job well done. That is the reason for my note to you today.
Adam Bentley and Kelly Slater did an extraordinary job for us. It was as if our family were the only people staying in a five star hotel. The service and the meals were flawless. Everything was done with a smile – a sincere one. We could tell that they really enjoyed their jobs and were happy to serve us. We are experienced charterers and know what to expect from a trip like this. Adam and Kelly are among the best we’ve ever experienced.
I would also like to add a comment about the yacht and Adam. He takes incredibly good care of your multi-million dollar vessel. Not only am I a businessman, I am also a yachtowner. I have a Sea Ray L650 Fly, so I know when I see a well maintained yacht and La Manguita is impeccably maintained. I have been on other charter boats where I am immediately struck how poorly the yacht is being maintained. That is not the case with Adam. Rest assured, your investment is being well cared for.
Thanks again for an amazing week! It was truly a trip of alifetime. The boat is immaculate, the Captain is friendlyand competent, theChef is aculinary genius! Hannah and her friends will carry this wonderful week intheir hearts forever. Kevin and I will cherish
the memoriesof our renewed vows 'til death do us part! You fulfilled our greatestexpectations for making memories and leaving footprints in our family's mind. I appreciate everything that you both did to make our trip PERFECT in every way! Kevin and Karen
The New Years guests on LA MANGUITA said:
My wife, three children (ages 22, 19 and 17) and I chartered the La Manguita for a week over the holidays in the BVIs. We had a fantastic time and memories to last a lifetime. The layout and finishes of the La Manguita were superb, and Captain Adam and Chef Kelly were ideal hosts. They are true professionals. Kelly’s food was truly exceptional, their hospitality could not have been more accommodating, they kept the boat in spotless condition throughout the trip, and Adam is an extremely capable and knowledgeable captain. We could not have been in better hands. Five stars all around!
Tim Brown, Pensylvania
Guests aboard LA MANGUITA in mid November, 2015 in the Bahamas
My husband and I recently chartered LaManguita, and we had the pleasure of having Adam and Kelly take care of us forfive days while we sailed around the incredible Exuma Islands.
Adam and Kelly both greeted us with a smile upon boarding. I could instantly sense that they both loved their job and were very knowledgeable about the yachting industry. We were at ease with them immediately.
The catamaran was spotless and remained that way for the entire charter. Adam and Kelly made a great team to ensure the presentation of everything met perfection. The service was impeccable. They knew just when to leave to give us privacy, and when we welcomed the company to visit. I was very impressed with the way they sensed how to be visible and “invisible” even though we were on a small space together.
The food Kelly cooked was delicious. She always made an effort to make sure every meal was to our liking. The food was consistently presented beautifully… I felt like I was dining at a five star restaurant because of taste, presentation, and variety!
Adam captained the boat with precision. We always felt secure and never worried he would do anything unless it was the safest decision. He was an excellent guide in snorkelling as well! He even convinced me to swim with the nurse sharks, and I am so glad I did! I experienced such great memories thanks to Adam encouraging me to step outside my comfort zone. I felt comfortable doing so because of Adam’s cautious, patient demeanor. I knew he would never lead me to do something that wasn’t completely safe.
This trip was more than we ever dreamed it could be, and we attribute much of that to Adam and Kelly. Itwas the perfect combination of relaxing, fishing, water sports, and more relaxing! We thought this would be a one-time vacation, but after this whole experience, we want to do it every year! We realize Adam and Kelly contribute greatly to our new-found love of private charters, and we highly recommend chartering with them! It will be a vacation of a lifetime!
Anthony & Tonya
Guests aboard LA MANGUITA in late May, 2015, wrote:
Our experience aboard La Manguita was the most special and memorable we ever could have asked for! We have traveled all over the world and been on yachts before, so it takes a lot to really impress us. But a week later we still cannot stop talking about how amazing our experience on La Manguita was!! The boat was so beautiful and well maintained, and really felt so spacious and luxurious. It is an amazing design! But more importantly Adam and Kelly really went above and beyond to make it the more special trip. From the moment we were on board to the moment we left they really were perfect. Unfortunately we were pressed for time, so only had 3 nights but somehow feel as if we saw everything! It was obvious that a lot of thought and care went into their planning so that we were able to really capitalize on our time.
The itinerary they designed was the perfect amount of activity and relaxation. We came home feeling as if we had been on a week-long trip! Each day was better than the next, and so was each meal. Between Adam taking us on an amazing snorkel tour to each meal that Kelly so thoughtfully prepared, we cannot rave enough about our experience. What a dynamic duo you have!! They are extremely professional yet still a load of fun to hang out with. It is clear they not only are amazing at what they do, but truly enjoy it.
We will definitely be back for another charter and will be recommending La Manguita to all of our friends.
Thanks so much.
Jen & Larry
Guests aboard LA MANGUITA in late March, 2015We had the pleasure of joining four friends on a great cruise on La Manguita in the Virgin Islands in late March of this year.
The yacht is perfect for charters. Its water-line length belies the tremendous interior space utilization. With three well-appointed guest state rooms, including a spectacular full-beam Master, we never had the down-in the hull sensation we have experienced with older catamaran designs. La Manguita’s cat platform provided us with a very steady ride and exceptional open-air space for relaxing, dining or sunbathing on both main deck and boat deck. It was like having a 75-foot yacht and paying for a 60-footer!
Given the reliable tropical weather, we never even dined inside the large salon. On that point, Chef Kelly Slater took dining to a completely different level; the food was excellent and the presentation always exquisite. She presented us with creative menu choices appropriate to the tropical setting and all meals were served at the agreed upon times. Her service came with an ever-present smile and her great personality made us all feel very welcome.
Captain Adam Bentley was thoroughly professional. He made sure that cruising speeds and anchorages were selected for the maximum comfort and safety of his guests. His boat handling showed a great deal of experience. We were all impressed with his nautical skills, clearly acquired through years of crossing oceans in all types of weather.
Adam and Kelly are a great team. They deliberately afforded us maximum privacy and never intruded in any way, yet were delightful and equal parts of our little group when we invited them to do join us. Their service went well beyond what we could reasonably expect and they always adjusted to our changing schedules with a smile. They are true professionals whose attention to detail resulted in outstanding customer service.
I am a life-long boater who has chartered, owned and operated many boats, some larger than La Manguita. I have spent several decades boating in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Baja California, British Columbia and Alaska and also crewed on a large sailboat crossing the Atlantic. Thus, I have a solid basis for judging seamanship, crew dynamics and level of service. I am pleased to say that my wife and I gladly recommend Adam and Kelly without reservations. It would be a pleasure to charter with them again. They are a top-notch team.
I am certain that our four other shipmates share that opinion, as they will no doubt express themselves.
Kjell and Donna
Guests aboard LA MANGUITA in early March, 2015Adam and Kelly,
I personally wanted to say thank you again for the vacation like no other. I had "firsts" in two areas of life. One new thing a year is my life goal... so yay!!
From all of us thank you. We could not have asked for a better crew. Outstanding!! Let us know if you ever need a referral. :)
We have placed in to your bank account a token of our appreciation we hope you enjoy it very well.
Fair Seas to you always,
Brian, Belinda, Mark, Irina and the girls :)