St. Thomas’ Yacht Haven Grande has been named the Superyacht Marina of the Year 2016.
The recognition comes from The Yacht Harbor Association (TYHA), an international yachting organization. It invited marina customers worldwide to cast votes for their favorite place. Only those marinas that have received TYHA’s Gold Anchor accreditation were eligible. To get a Gold Anchor, a facility must meet or exceed TYHA-set standards for compliance with environmental rules; the maintenance of walkways and docks; safety; lighting of the full property; and more. Yacht Haven Grande is a 5-Anchor marina, the highest TYHA level.
Reportedly more than 4,500 votes were tabulated by TYHA and its partner in the effort, GJW Insurance. The votes were spread among 88 marinas, too.
Yacht Haven Grande, operated by IGY Marinas, devotes all 46 of its slips to megayachts. Located in Charlotte Amalie, it has extensive on-site facilities. They include restaurants, a florist, a chandlery, and provisioning services. In-slip fueling and pump-out are available, too. Owners and guests who dock their yachts here further take advantage of a few dozen boutiques and designer shops along the promenade.
Kenny Jones, executive vice president of operations for IGY Marinas, says, “The fact that this award is measured on honest feedback through positive testimonials from our guests makes this award even more valued by our teams.” He adds that the management teams of Yacht Haven Grande and the rest of the company’s properties recognize that “every year the service level, facilities, and overall presentation needs to be improved if it is to survive in a very demanding sector of the marina industry.”