Who grants the Five Golden Anchor Platinum award and what does it mean?
Earning its place among the world’s best marinas, North Cyprus’ Karpaz Gate Marina has been awarded 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accreditation by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA). The prestigious accolade is the highest distinction attributed under the renowned global Gold Anchor Scheme marina rating system.
TYHA also accredited Karpaz Gate Marina under its new Clean Marina scheme, for proving continual commitment to sustainability and the protection of the ocean environment.
Reserved for the most comprehensively appointed luxury marinas, the elite status gives trusted assurance to the most discerning clients that Karpaz Gate Marina provides an outstanding array of facilities and consistently delivers exceptional customer services.
We are proud to achieve Platinum and Clean Marina status and to join an elite group of trusted high-level marinas around the world. This is a significant landmark for Karpaz Gate Marina and it is due to the dedication of our team and the years of hard work which have been required to meet the high standards.
Since opening, we have strived to uphold superior standards of facilities and services, to offer great attention to detail, impeccable cleanliness, personalised concierge services, imaginative design, sustainable operations, and a continued commitment to improve – all to ensure our Marina’s berth holders enjoy a unique and exceptional experience. Recognition from TYHA’s trusted global assurance system is hugely rewarding and, importantly, it is an accolade trusted by international boat owners for peace of mind when they select their marina.
Why was Karpaz Gate Marina awarded this title?
Karpaz Gate Marina is only the eighth marina to receive the Platinum honour from TYHA following a rigorous assessment process. There are currently 12 other Platinum marinas worldwide (including those awarded through Marine Industries Association), and 22 marinas to be accredited under the new Clean Marina scheme.
The marina industry’s highest award represents the latest success achieved during a remarkable 12 years for our operation, the first international standard marina in North Cyprus and a pioneering resort development in one of the lesser-known regions of the East Mediterranean.
Opening up the TRNC cruising area to international sailors since 2011, Karpaz Gate Marina is a full-service 300-berth marina with an established reputation for outstanding leisure and berthing facilities, personalised service and full technical capabilities, winning 5-star reviews from berth holders. Meticulous expansion in recent years has created the full marina resort available today, complete with boutique hotel, indoor pool, Beach Club with infinity pool, water activities, restaurant/s, gym, fitness studio hamam and spa, and a range of other amenities for boat owners.
Given the high standards required of 5 Gold Anchor Platinum Marinas, TYHA now require all marinas with this accreditation to conform to the TYHA Clean Marina standard. The Marina proved best practice for the basics such as blackwater capture and treatment, correctly managing segregated and hazardous waste, spill prevention and treatment, washdown capture and filtration, drain interception, using sustainable products and preventing plastic pollution, and influencing tenants, contractors and boaters to be more sustainable.
Karpaz Gate Marina has always placed sustainability and respect for the natural beauty of the unspoilt area at the heart of operations. We have an on-site nursery, vegetable and herb garden and green house providing fresh produce straight to the plate. To encourage green energy, an on-site solar plant supplies over half of the total electricity usage, while ecological and recycling initiatives include minimal usage of non-recycled materials like plastics. A no fishing rule is in place to protect the wildlife and preserve the crystal-clear water, creating a natural aquarium within the marina basin.