The ambitious project to design and develop Karpaz Gate Marina on the remote Karpaz Peninsula in a relatively undiscovered region of the East Mediterranean was initiated 10 years ago by late British entrepreneur David Lewis CBE, who died in August 2011.
Boat owner Mr Lewis had a deep love of the sea and wanted to build a resort which also included a marina. In around 2002, current Owner Representative Liza Singer and current marina management company Sea-Alliance Group met David Lewis and identified the opportunity in North Cyprus.
Singer has worked on the project since the beginning, dealing with the actual development, construction and the operation. Sea-Alliance Group serve as consultants for the professional marine aspects including the marina design. Since Mr Lewis passed away, his family is continuing to support the project.
About $100 million has been invested in the project to date, which includes the design, construction and operation. It is an historically significant foreign investment for the country as it has opened up the gateway to the TRNC and the Karpaz region as a tourist and sailing destination.
Before the creation of Karpaz Gate Marina started in 2005, the international nautical maps of the area showed an army zone covering all shores of Northern Cyprus. With negotiation and deliberation, these limitations were lifted and the maps re-drafted, so Northern Cyprus coasts would be free sailing and cruising grounds.
To be able to attract yachts to an unknown, unrecognized, internationally embargoed country, and to a remote area like the Karpaz, it was important to invest and give significant attention to every detail – attractive berthing packages, maintenance and service, as well as food and beverage hospitality. The development included the build of the marina itself as well as all the shoreside facilities, dry dock (18,000 square metres of dry storage area, with modern and fully-equipped workshops and a 300-ton travel lift), promenade area and services, including the spectacular beach club with infinity swimming pool, private beach, Hemingway’s Resto-Bar restaurant, gym, art gallery, watersports centre, Mephisto Diving Centre and children’s play area.
About 50 people are employed at the marina during off-season and about 70 in the main season. The Karpaz Gate Marina project supports the local area and community, with initiatives such as sponsorship of sports teams, and brings culture to the area through their Art Gallery and private cinema screening movies every Tuesday.
Karpaz Gate Marina was awarded the top rating of 5 Gold Anchors by The Yacht Harbour Association in July 2013. It joined the ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG) in September 2014 and is a member of ‘Destinations’, a network of exclusive marinas established by ART Marine Marinas
The first modern marina in North Cyprus, Karpaz Gate Marina offers a luxurious experience in a unique, unspoilt location. The 5 Gold Anchor-rated marina has been designed to specifically cater for superyachts, offering premier leisure and technical facilities and first-class service at attractive berthing rates right in the heart of the East Mediterranean’s new cruising paradise.
Situated on the northern shore of the beautiful Karpaz Peninsula, the 300-berth marina can accommodate up to 55m vessels, including 10 to 12 berths for superyachts, and is committed to fulfilling the needs of large boats and the individual needs of captains and crew. Berth services include power and drinking water to all berths and high speed Wi-Fi and TV connection.
For repair or maintenance work, the marina features an impressive 18,000 square metre dry dock with 300-ton capacity travel hoist and service pedestals – one of the most well-equipped and flexible facilities in the region. It is capable of carrying out major projects and renewal work for superyachts, as well as refit, repairs and season preparation service projects. Experienced and capable staff are on site to conduct and execute any scope of project, while the duty-free status at the marina provides extra benefits for clients with savings on spare parts, fuel, technical service and supplies.
There are plenty of incentives to stay on-site at the marina and take advantage of the restaurant and outlets along the Promenade. Perfect for inside and outside dining and refreshments, Hemingway’s restaurant and bar is a beautifully designed contemporary restaurant offering seasonal menus featuring international and traditional Cypriot cuisine.
A short walk along the Promenade, the Karpaz Gate Marina Beach Club offers guests the use of a 33m infinity pool, while there is also a private beach and waterfloat, Jacuzzi, children’s pool and decking area with private Cabanas and loungers. Other amenities include showers and changing rooms. For convenient refreshments, the Beach Club restaurant and bar serves drinks, snacks, pizza and grill. There is also a water sports centre at the Beach Club which provides a variety of Ocean Kayaks for hire, as well as fins and masks for snorkelling around the clear water bay.
Other activities include expert diving tours and tuition with diving school Mephisto, plus kayaking, Yoga, Music and Movie Nights, BBQs, art exhibitions at the art gallery, a Mini Mariners Club and other special events. Shore services include an on-site mini-market, chandlery, laundry room, international currency ATM and Cyprus Yachts brokerage and new boat sales office.
Karpaz Gate Marina also provides a special concierge service, which is available to assist with booking flights, travel, hotel accommodation, activities on the island and provisioning.
Free or discounted car rental, plus free use of the marina shuttle bus, is also available for those wishing to explore the region and visit the main towns including Kyrenia and Famagusta or to sample nearby casinos and resorts.
As an official port of entry to the country, Karpaz Gate Marina has opened up a previously undiscovered sailing destination in the East Mediterranean, with excellent cruising ground, remote beaches, sheltered anchorages and a spectacular coastline, with the southern Turkish coastline only a short sail away.
With a sunny climate and mild temperatures all year, the Karpaz region and Northern Cyprus offers a wide range of interesting places to visit and experience in addition to the facilities and amenities on-site at Karpaz Gate Marina. With its ancient castles and abbeys, vibrant culture and enticing cuisine, golden beaches and beautiful coastline, North Cyprus has something for everyone.
Karpaz Gate Marina’s 2015 deals for crew and captains of large vessels include the choice of free golf, tennis and spa packages at Korineum Golf and Beach Resort, with up to 3 nights’ accommodation included.There are further convenient facilities for marina visitors at Kaya Artemis Resort Hotel & Casino and Noah’s Ark Deluxe Hotel & Casino.
Within a short sail away there is the southern Turkish coastline and the harbours of Alanya, Antalya, Marmaris and Bodrum. And in just under 300 nautical miles it is possible to reach Rhodes, gateway to the Greek Islands.
As a member of an international exclusive marina network, ‘Destinations’, the marina can also offer visitors substantial privileges and discounts at other ‘Destinations’ marinas located in the Middle East, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and South East Asia.
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