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Posted by Danielle Harvey on 13 August 2020
Why honeymoon in just one location when you can make a whole host of discoveries in super-yacht-style? In a dazzling blue, fjord-like inlet on Greece's eastern Peloponnese, a secret village lies hidden behind a fold in the rock. Home to a handful of fishing families and a taverna, this hidden harbour was for centuries an anchorage for Levante corsairs – it's clearly not the kind of place you stumble across. Those dining on catch of the day at Nana's Taverna are there for one of two reasons: they're either locals, or they're clients of Spetses Cruising.Husband and wife team Yannis and Veneta Vasatis have spent four decades gathering knowledge and sharing with friends the secrets of unexplored Greece.
Their Spetses-based boutique boat charter service is thus an extension of a quest pursued for pure joy.Yannis and Veneta's idea has been to combine all-inclusive with the agility of smaller, faster, more manoeuvrable craft capable of leaving the crowds behind.Skippered by local master mariners who know every beach, bay and anchorage of the Argo-Saronic coastline, the Spetses Cruising fleet comprises two ultra-modern boats. Both come equipped with all the toys, facilities and personalised service of the champagne superyachts, delivered in full and half-day packages priced from 1,400 for up to eight passengers and tailored to client's exact needs.
Such adventures could include picnics on the island of Dokos – population 18 – on beaches inaccessible from the land; celeb-spotting expeditions to Hydra; archaeological tours of the extraordinary headland citadel of Monemvasia; a trip to a hidden blue bay described by Yannis as "the most wonderful swimming spot in the world"; and long lunches with Mr Takis and his wife Nana in the taverna time forgot in a secret fishing harbour the superyacht crowd will never find. The name of this mythical Greek village? You'll have to ask Yannis.