Located in North Cyprus, Karpaz Gate Marina offers 300 berths accommodating yachts up to 60m, including 15 berths for superyachts.

Harbour Master Deniz Akaltan

Karpaz Gate Marina Harbour Master Deniz Akaltan with TYHA International Marina of the Year Award 2017 at the London Boat Show

Karpaz Gate Marina has received the International Marina of the Year Award 2017.

The superyacht facility in North Cyprus took the prize at the London Boat Show in a ceremony hosted by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) in partnership with GJW insurance on Thursday 12th January.

Commenting on the award, harbour master Deniz Akaltan, said:  “To be recognised as the International Marina of the Year for 2017 is a huge honour. Only five years ago, the potential of North Cyprus as a yachting destination was largely unidentified.

“It was a huge challenge to introduce this piece of heaven on earth to the yachting community, so we are delighted to have achieved this and that our clients share our enthusiasm.”

International recognition

The TYHA Marina of the Year Awards 2017 was open to all Gold Anchor accredited marinas both in the UK and overseas, with boat owners and berth holders invited to vote for their favourite marina within five different categories.

“We are especially proud to receive the award because it was decided by our berth holders and boat owners who voted for us. We would like to thank them for their support and reiterate our ongoing commitment to our clients and the local community.

“This achievement is the perfect start to the new year, which promises to be a very exciting one for the marina and the region as more people discover North Cyprus and this beautiful cruising area in the East Mediterranean,” Akaltan adds.

Karpaz Gate

Karpaz Gate Marina offers 300 berths and the ability to cater for yachts up to 60m

According to Akaltan, this award is the result of a tremendous amount of work and dedication by the marina team. “We are now planning ahead with even greater enthusiasm to ensure we satisfy our clients with outstanding service, facilities, security and entertainment, as well as continuing to lead the development of this region and introduce it to more sailors and boaters.”

Superyacht marina

Karpaz Gate Marina offers 300 berths and the ability to cater for yachts up to 60m.

Leisure facilities include a Beach Club, with 33m infinity pool and watersports centre, a Resto-Bar, featuring international and traditional Cypriot and Turkish cuisine.

Guests also have access to a fitness centre/gym and the Mephisto Diving Centre.

The marina is located in a secure and sheltered harbour with CCTV and security personnel and access control, and has an on-site boat yard featuring an 18,000 square metre dry dock and 300-ton capacity travel hoist and service pedestals.

Berth holders and visitors also benefit from duty-free status for further savings on fuel, technical service, spare parts and supplies.

The Yacht Harbour Association

TYHA, a group association within British Marine, has made significant changes to the way the competition is run over the last couple of years to make it easier for marina customers to vote and for marinas to be included in the Awards.

The competition is aimed directly at boat owners and boat crew, asking them to vote for their favourite Gold Anchor marina online at www.marinaoftheyearawards.com.

TYHA worked closely with partners GJW Insurance to encourage marina customers to vote for their favourite marina, which culminated in over 4,100 votes being cast for the 2017 Awards. Last year an impressive 82 marinas received votes demonstrating just how highly marina customers value the high levels of customer service provided in Gold Anchor accredited marinas.

There are five categories of winners with a runner-up in each: UK Coastal Marinas (under and over 250 berths), UK Inland Marinas, International Marinas and Superyacht Marinas.