Welcome on board! Experience an unforgettable vacation and discover the world in luxury!
Catamaran VIP ONE specializes in luxury charters. Their credo is making you feel comfortable on board the fully equipped catamaran with a professional service and crew.
If you are looking for an exceptional holiday with your family and friends, in good hands on board a luxury catamaran, VIP ONE the luxury Lagoon 500 is the catamaran for you! This boat also specialize in company incentive programs and any special event you may have in mind.
VIP ONE offers you the possibility to travel the world on a catamaran. Choose from the Caribbean (St Martin, Saint Barth etc.) and the Mediterranean (Corsica, Greece etc.) and Pacific (Panama and San Blas Islands).. With VIP ONE you can travel to exceptional destinations, visit unspoiled places and green islands. See for yourself those amazing beaches and feel the heat away from the rainy days! Enjoy these wonderful “away from it all” locations where the sun shines 360 days a year.
Trust your Captain’s knowledge of the best local spots while you are enjoying your time taking the sun on deck and sipping a cocktail. You can also participate in the sailing of the boat with the captain if you wish! In one word, customize your holiday the way you like it!
VIP ONE is a large, modern, fast and luxurious catamaran and is fully equipped to provide a comfortable and smooth sailing experience.
The Lagoon 500 has a large saloon along with an external cockpit protected by a sun roof. On the top deck the large fly bridge will delight you with unforgettable sailing experience with a panoramic view over the open blue sea.
The Lagoon is a branch of the famous Bénéteau group and in 2003 became the largest catamaran manufacturer in the world, thanks to a unique industrial savoir-faire and a large network of professional distributors delivering state of the art service to customers. Lagoon catamarans are designed by internationally renowned architects Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prevost (VPLP), world leaders in multihull yacht design.
Reliable, easy to maneuver, fast and comfortable, at sea, and at anchor, and you can enjoy the 360° panoramic view from the top deck. The cabins are bright as they have been designed with large windows. Benefit from TV, A/C in all cabins which are en suite, washing machine, dish washer, 2 freezers and much more.
DECK & SYSTEMS
VIP ONE Crew Profile
- Commercially endorsed RYA ticket valid until 2016
- Born in Lyons (France) on the 10/01/1972
- Passionate about sailing for over 20 years
- Fluent English & French
- Sailing in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Atlantic and Southern Ocean
Born in France, David’s father is a french « breton » who loved sailing the Solent and the Bretagne together when he was a child.
At the age of 20 David acquired his first boat, a small monohull to sail around the south of France. He then went to a professional career as a successful businessman until he retired from the busy city life and returned to his first passion sailing.
Since 2010, David has gone the professional way in sailing, as he believes that he can use his experience to make his guests on board to enjoy sailing over the different seas. David is a pleasant and polite captain who loves entertaining kids and adults alike. Yet he is also very focused on safety and order on board.
He is qualified as a sport instructor and will make your trip a very pleasant moment. David is known for his attention for detail approach both in life and on board. Non drinker and non smoker, the captain is focused on putting your needs first.
RITA Chef / Hostess
- ? Mediterranean and Asian cuisine
- ? Fish, meat and vegetarian
- ? Fresh tapas and snacks
- ? Creative pastries and tasty deserts
- ? Fluent in English & Russian, Lithuanian and good practice of French
Born in Vilnius (Lithuania) after graduating in 2003 from Reading University with a Degree in Estate Management and Valuation, Rita went to work for a company in Ireland and met her husband David. Rita’s passion for good food is inspired by the best chefs in town. Since 2003, Rita also discovered the French cuisine after she married her husband, David, whose parents were running a restaurant in Lyons for many years. Rita's creativity is in every one of her meals through putting her own touch in all of her creations.
Taste and presentation are the two central characteristics of Rita's cuisine. She thinks of her dishes as a form of ephemeris art.
Rita's cuisine is based on classic meals from the Mediterranean region, rich but always light, creative and never flat. Italian pasta types, French poultry or Spanish tapas, the way you like it. She also cares for vegetarians and kosher food types, if requested. Her desserts are sublime and tasty with the all-time classics from France and Italy. Finally, she adores cheeses so you will never be short of local tasty cheeses to finish.
Rita's kitchen philosophy: Creative presentation is as important as the tasty side of my cuisine. I want to please all the senses and that includes the eye as much as the palate and the nose...
SAMPLE DISHES: Mediterranean and Asian Cuisine
Royale Dorado in Fresh Marinated Coconut Rice and Potatoes
Side dish: Red Onions with Coriander Sauce
Caramelised Lamb Chops with Sweet Eschallots and Courgette Sticks
Strawberry Tiramisu: classic Italian with or without Amaretto
NELLY RIFFET Alternate Chef / Hostess
- ? Mediterranean, Asian and Creole cuisine
- ? Fish, meat and vegetarian
- ? Fresh tapas and snacks
- ? Creative pastries and tasty deserts
Nelly Riffet is a marvelous chef and a delightful hostess who is dedicated to pleasing her guests on board. Born in Orleans, France, Nelly’s cuisine takes its inspiration from her extensive international travels. She has mastered cuisines of five continents and relies on this knowledge to infuse her own creations with a special flare. Nelly is adept at a wide range of cuisines from traditional Mediterranean, to Asian curries, to Creole classics.
Nelly’s professional experience prior to becoming a yacht chef includes running her own restaurant at a French ski resort for six years where she was recognized for outstanding service. She has been sailing since 2009 and is accomplished at provisioning and preparing delicious meals using fresh, local fruits, vegetables and the catch of the day.
VIP ONE Specifications
VIP ONE Testimonials
March 2013, St Maarten / St Barths / Anguilla
VIP One was large enough for all four couples, making it very comfortable for lounging, reading, sleeping, playing games, eating, etc. Cleanliness was paramount on this yacht. Captain David Gueguen and his assistant Elena were very enjoyable and congenial. We talked for hours and enjoyed developing friendships with them. We laughed hard during our evening games; we enjoyed many different aspects of the islands with many fun activities. Captain and Elena were creative in the meals, which tasted fantastic. The parrotfish was beautiful, as were so many of the meals; the hors d’oeuvres were beautiful and creative. We would charter this yacht again. Matthew G.
Xmas 2012 BVI's
We can't rave enough to everyone that asks about our trip. David & Rita.... what an amazing couple, they totally made the trip! Fun, young, entertaining, intelligent well just fantastic!
David (and Rita) was so very thoughtful to ALL of us, and Rita was totally up for the challenge of cooking for a family with some demanding requests (vegetarian, Type1 diabetic, and VERY hungry young men), she did an amazing job. The sailboat was kept in immaculate condition and David truly takes care of it like his own, and it's in tip-top condition.
We love to sail, as does David, so it was a perfect match. Everyday they took us to a new "adventure" and he ALWAYS made sure we had fun... we hated to leave them :(
Every evening we had something different going on, one evening very though-provoking exchange of ideas and one evening we just played games... or out on one of the islands. We can't say enough good things about David and Rita, truly gems!!! We recommend them HIGHLY to anyone: families with kids, adults only and everything in-between! We wanted to take them home with us!
Please let them know that we miss them terribly and send them big kisses & hugs,
Ann-Therese & Eli + 4 kids (ages: 23, 21, 19, 13)
Dr Olivier D. and family of five – 7 days South of France – 06/07/2012 – 13/07/2012
Congratulations for our charter in the south of France to celebrate my 60th birthday with my familly. Your warm hospitality along with your great availability of you both have been a great pleasure. I also very much so appreciated your professionalism as a captain (excellent seamanship qualities) and also yourorganisation skills. Your attention to details and to our every wishes have been very appreciable. I can also command you for the excellency in keeping your boat in a top state of order and cleanness. Thank you again for having so nicely participated to the success of our trip together with my family members. I truly hope to see you again this winter in the caribbean like the BVI of St Vincent with you as skipper on board.
Dr Olivier D.
Mes félicitations pour la croisière dans le sud de la France, à l’occasion de la célébration de mes 60 ans avec ma famille. Votre accueil très sympathique, la grande disponibilité de votre part et de celle de l’hôtesse qui vous a secondé ont été remarquables.
J’ai beaucoup apprécié aussi votre professionnalisme en tant que capitaine (très bonne connaissance du voilier) mais aussi comme organisateur. Votre écoute et l’attention que vous avez apporté à tous nos désirs pendant la croisière est très appréciable. Je n ai pas besoin de vous redire la qualité du bateau et le soin que vous apportez à celui ci. Merci encore d’avoir participé si brillamment à la célébration de mon anniversaire. J’espère pouvoir organiser cette hiver une croisière dans les îles vierges ou les Grenadines avec vouscomme skipper.
Dr Olivier D.
Nicolas and Corine – Corsica/Sardinia from 18/08/2012 to 25/08/2012
Dear David and Rita,
We are now back home and we can't hold ourselves to send you again our big thanks for the wonderful week in your company on VIP ONE; All our family is already missing you. It was a first for the five of us to spend one week sailing on the water.
First: your lagoon 500 is superb, spacious and very stable. All our cabins we en-suite with our private shower, shed under the exterior cockpit and sunbath on the front deck. It was always a place to enjoy at any time of the day.
Second: we've enjoyed all the fun activities available on board of VIP ONE such as snorkeling, the banana trawl, wake board, water ski, kayaks and of course not forgetting the paddle boards that allowed us to explore countless remote beaches where we had set foot for a walk in the wild mountains of corsica. We also had great moment fishing around the boat and the use of your great tender was great to set foot to the villages for some shopping.
From Ajaccio to Bonifaccio through visiting Sardinia you always managed somehow to find the magnificent spots, on the front seats, next to the beautiful landscapes where we had plenty of chances to swim around safely. We enjoyed safe and calm nights thanks to your attention to find safe moorings so we could enjoy a good rest for the night. We enjoyed great moments when we had been invited to participate with the maneuvers together with you where you have shared your obvious passion for sailing with us.
Finally we will never thank Rita enough for preparing real high class meals on board every day. Sometime simple and fresh, sometime very sophisticated menus we enjoyed so much the relaxed and cosy atmosphere you both manage to create with your guests. Our family will never forget these special moments when we have been looked after so well (like VIPs) with lots of attention and discretion as well.
Once again we sincerely thank you for these unforgettable memories you both managed to allow us to bring back with us. And we hope to see you again on the other side in the west indies for more adventures together.
Nicolas & Co
Cher David, Chère Rita
De retour à la maison, nous tenions à vous adresser un grand merci pour cette semaine en votre compagnie à bord de VIP1, qui a énormément plu à toute notre famille.
C'était pour chacun de nous 5, de 9 à 47 ans, une grande première, de passer ainsi une semaine en mer, et plus seulement quelques heures de ballade comme nous avions pu le faire par le passé.
Premier constat : votre Lagoon 500 est superbe, spacieux et très stable. Avec une cabine et une salle de bains pour les parents et pour chacun des 3 enfants, de l'ombre sous le cockpit ou du soleil sur le pont, c'était très confortable, à tous moments, repas, siestes, navigation, nuits...
Côté activités, nous avons pleinement profité de toutes les possibilités offertes par le bateau : snorkeling bien sur, bouée ou wake-board pour la glisse, kayaks ou paddles pour explorer les mouillages et "beacher" pour de longues ballades à pied sur les sentiers côtiers, en admirant les levers ou couchers du soleil, pêche à bord ou depuis l'annexe, également bien pratique pour de petites escales shopping ou avitaillement dans les ports ou sur les plages au fil de notre croisière.
D'Ajaccio a Bonifacio en passant par la Sardaigne, vous avez toujours su nous proposer des mouillages magnifiques, "aux premières loges", au plus près des rivages ou récifs à explorer, souvent seuls au monde, toujours au calme et bien abrités pour la nuit. Le vent nous a offert de beaux moments de navigation à la voile, en participant à quelquesmanœuvres simples a vos côtés, grâce à votre passion très communicative et à votre façon très généreuse de la faire partager.
Quel plaisir enfin, de pouvoir prendre de vrais repas à bord, tantôt simples et frais, tantôt cuisinés avec soin, toujours excellents, petites moments de convivialité et de détente, ou vous avez toujours su, comme pour le reste, être à l'écoute de nos attentes, de nos goûts, vous montrer de bon conseil, et nous offrir un service complet avec beaucoup de discrétion, d'attentions et de gentillesse.
Nous vous remercions très sincèrement pour votre accueil à bord de VIP1, et pour nous avoir permis de vivre et de partager cette expérience unique et ces moments inoubliables.
Nous espérons avoir l'occasion de vous retrouver un jour pour de nouvelles vacances en famille, aux Caraïbes ou dans les autres mers où vousnaviguerez, et vous souhaitons bien sur bon vent pour toutes vos traversées !
Nicolas & Co
St Barths Regatta 2012
With my crew spread over 3 charter boats and 2 villas, the St Barts Regatta could have been a total logistical nightmare. However, your calm, professional attitude helped me through a very demanding week. At all times you proved to be reliable, conscientious yet still with a sense of humour - a hard balancing act to achieve during charter weeks, I am sure. No job was too demanding, no times too unsocial. You quickly became a crucial part of my team, yet still maintained the professional integrity required to look after your own vessel. VIP One was always clean, tidy, well maintained with good crew morale.
All my crew enjoyed the week and I would like to say a huge THANK YOU! I will definitely bear you in mind again, should I need a delivery skipper or another charter.
Do keep in touch and all the very best to you.
VIP ONE Specifications
|LENGTH||51ft (15.5m)||BEAM||28ft (8.5m)||DRAFT||5ft 0in (1.5m)|
|GUESTS||8||CREW||Captain David & Chef Rita||REFIT|
|SPEED||9kts / 11kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||United Kingdom|
VIP ONE Accommodations
VIP ONE can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 3 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. The crew cabin has a twin bed, shower and toilet, so there is the possibility of swapping the crew cabin if clients are looking for 2 single berths. VIP ONE is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
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