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Albany Marina: Home of SANCTUARY and the CHARGING BULL

With Miraval releasing Studio by Miraval on March 5th, it would be reticent for us not to mention the new recording studio at Albany Bahamas. The Sanctuary over looks the marina to the south and has the Charging Bull to the west. Albany Bahamas is a part of the Tavistock Group and serves the Tavistock brand of wines at the Albany Bahamas restaurants and bars.

Tavistock Restaurant Collection offers guests an exclusive private wine label referred to as the Tavistock Reserve Collection. This proprietary series is a carefully curated selection of unique and exceptional blends created in direct partnership with respected vineyards and winemakers from around the world. 

The next time you dine at any Tavistock Restaurant Collection location, be on the lookout for wine labels featuring Arturo di Modica’s Wall Street “Charging Bull” in honor of Tavistock founder, Joe Lewis, whose private art collection includes this iconic sculpture.

With the closings of both Chris Blackwell's Compass Point Studios in Nassau and AIR Studios in Montserrat (in 1989, due to devastation by a hurricane and, later, a volcano) The Sanctuary at Albany -- which officially opened for business in April 2018 is poised to become a destination for musicians seeking to record in an exotic locale.

“There are probably more talented musicians per capita in the Bahamas than anywhere else,” says Goldstuck. “This was an opportunity to build a world-class facility that can serve as a catalyst for local talent development."

Four years and dozens of investors, including Albany residents Justin Timberlake, Tiger Woods, Will Smith and corporate sponsor Monster Energy – Charles Goldstuck, founder and co-chairman of Hitco Entertainment, LLC, who says he also has “skin in the game,” stands inside the sunlit, white oak-paneled centerpiece of his labors, The Sanctuary at Albany. “This is the finest live room ever built,” he says, proudly noting the staggered array of floor-to-ceiling windows -- a rare sight in a recording facility -- that looks out onto Albany’s 71-slip mega-yacht marina.

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The Grammy-award-winning engineer in charge, Ann Mincieli, also runs her Jungle City Studios in the same New York City complex as Alicia Keys’ studio. It’s no surprise, then, that Keys is one of the illustrious names that has already recorded in The Sanctuary. Others include Bahamian resident Shania Twain, Nipsey Hussle and Joe Don Rooney.

Albany Marina is accessible for your charter destination. The concierge team at Albany can also reserve your charter onboard Yacht Sweet Escape.

MARCH 2019

Meet a new rosé wine: Studio by Miraval

A new rosé named ‘Studio by Miraval’ has been created by the Provence château that remains jointly owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

‘Studio by Miraval’ rosé has been earmarked for a global launch on 5 March this year, according to a statement released by the estate.

Beyond a minimalist bottle label that has design cues reminiscent of the perfume industry, the new Provence rosé is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle and lesser known grape variety Tibouren.

The launch of ‘Studio’ follows success for Miraval rosé, which made its debut in 2012.

It takes inspiration from a music recording studio installed on the Provence estate by previous owner, and jazz musician, Jacques Loussier. Several high-profile bands, including Pink Floyd and AC/DC, have recorded there, said a press statement.

‘This new rosé will be the common thread linking a location, a legend, a legacy, and, above all, a love of art,’ said a statement, adding that the new wine was intended to evoke the spirit of the French Riviera.

The recording Studio

The studio was created in 1977 by jazz pianist Jacques Loussier and sound engineer Patrice Quef. Loussier began by recording his own work, mainly for films, and then started taking on French clients such as Maxime Le Forestier and Pierre Vassiliu. Miraval achieved fame thanks to Pink Floyd, who came there in 1979 to record part of their album The Wall, the liner notes of which credit Miraval. Subsequently, equipped with one of the first SSL mixing consoles in France, Miraval recorded AC/DC, The Cure, Muse, Wham!, David Sylvian (solo and with Rain Tree Crow), Chris Rea, Sade, the Go-Betweens, Steve Winwood, Yes, UB40, Chris Braide, Shirley Bassey, the Gipsy Kings, Shakatak, Rammstein, Fonky Family, Kelly Family, Blankass, Silmarils, Jimmy Barnes and many others.

In 1992, Loussier sold Miraval to an American buyer. The studio remained active, in particular for the recording of Jacques' trio's albums. Since 2003, when Courtney Love spent several weeks there, the studio has throttled back, and it has suffered from the declining record sales plaguing the music industry in the 2000s. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been renting Miraval since the summer of 2008, which probably hinders commercial exploitation of the recording studio.

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February 2019

ENJOY COURCHEVEL WINTER ACCOMODATIONS TO LUXURY YACHT CHARTER STANDARDS
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After spending the summer months completing successful charters in the Mediterranean, Motor Yacht Sweet Escape is now headed to the warmer climate of the Islands of the Bahamas this winter but there is still plenty of fun to be had on the slopes of the globe’s colder destinations, and now is the perfect time to fine-tune your winter holiday plans. 

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier with a wardrobe full of the best luxury skiwear, ensuring you have the perfect chalet for your escape is essential, and the creative minds behind Motoryacht Sweet Escape are proud to offer Chalet Sweet Escape—a luxurious 5 bedroom chalet apartment available for rent in one of the world’s most famous ski locations, Courchevel 1850, featuring superb accommodations and breathtaking landscapes. We invite you to discover this stunning residence, so that once your yacht charter is done, you can start making plans for a Courchevel world-class getaway.

Discover Chalet Sweet Escape at Courchevel 1850

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JULY 2018

WELCOME TO 130' CHRISTENSEN CHARTER MOTORYACHT "SWEET ESCAPE"
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Welcome to the new website for the 130-foot Christensen Sweet Escape. Offering a seamless balance of luxury, meticulous service and easygoing fun in the sun, this spectacular yacht is now accepting bookings for charter in the Bahamas, Cuba and beyond. Sweet Escape is an exquisite option for those seeking the matchless escape of a private yacht vacation. She sleeps up to 12 guests in 6 elegantly appointed staterooms, with a world-class team of 7-8 crew solely dedicated to helping you enjoy the waterborne experiences of your dreams.

Visit us frequently for up-to-the minute information and updates from sea, including fun charter ideas, delicious recipes from of our award-winning chef, intriguing new cruising itineraries, guest testimonials, videos and more. For more information, or if you are considering a charter on Sweet Escape, contact any charter agent and make your dream yachting vacation a reality today! 

May 2018