Shangri La Reviews


We love what we do! …

But don’t take our word for it—read what our guests say about their time aboard…


2019 February – Great BVI Vacation

Daniela, Bernd!

You have a beautiful sail boat and provide the best service imaginable.
We are still amazed with the boat itself, wonderful meals, the yoga sessions, the drinks and the overall warmth of you both and willingness to make our trip a total success.

Thanks again and we will definitely be returning for another great BVI vacation.



2019 January – Argentina sails BVI

Without a doubt the best sailing vacation in my life.

Daniela, Bernard and Kim makes all perfect in all the details.
Drinks, meals. The incredible atmosphere they create: music, light. Always smiling with good manners. European style in all. Surely in the future I´ll be there again! We have spent an incredible and amazing week, Daniela and Bernd have been one of the best hosts we ever met. The excellent cuisine and the exceptional attention will be unforgettable for us!!!

Manuel, Dolores, Isabel, Hernan, Manuel, Sophia


2018/2019 – New Years Trip

Our family of 8 just spent a wonderful week in the Virgin Islands on the Shangri La with Daniela, Bernd and Kim.

And we’re already talking about sailing with them again!
The crew is Austrian, and their English is excellent.

First, the boat. It is modern, comfortable and immaculate, with multiple outdoor lounging spots, some shaded, and an assortment of water toys. The Shangri La is owner operated, it is not treated like a rental. Daniela and Bernd keep everything in top shape. Guests are expected to follow some rules to keep the boat nice, no wet suits, sand or salt in the boat, there’s a towel system. Nothing too onerous, as long as you have multiple swim suits it’s fine.

Next food and drinks, they are plentiful! Our group did not have any dietary restrictions, though I’m sure we would have been accommodated if we did. Daniela is an accomplished chef, and her kitchen was well stocked. We enjoyed varied, creative and plentiful meals that were beautifully presented. Don’t expect to lose weight on this trip, she doesn’t like left overs! Bernd is generous bartender, and definitely likes to get the party going!

As a fairly active group, we were looking for some good snorkeling and hiking spots, but we were not at all familiar with the area. Bernd and Daniela are very knowledgeable hosts, and after talking to us and understanding what activities we would enjoy, they planned out a perfect itinerary for us. They knew how to avoid the crowds, even though it was the height of the season, we sometimes felt we had the islands to our selves.

Our trip included new years eve. We were not interested in the bar scene, so Bernd and Daniela created an Austrian new years ball for us on board, complete with masks, fans, and of course the Austrian waltz.

We couldn’t have asked for a more attentive crew, more beautiful boat, or a better Virgin Islands vacation.
We hope to be back!


2018 December – Santa Clause on Board

Dear wonderful Bernd, sweet Daniela and kind Kim,
we have LOVED our Shangri La Christmas 2018 trip!

This boat is beyond wonderful and incredibly designed to accommodate our family of eight but is even more wonderful due to you all! Thanks for accommodating our daughters late arrival with ease, the 5 star meals with more food and drinks than we ever thought we could stomach.. Wow! As Jonathan said, “This trip seems to be a lot about gorgeous views and “The drinks”” All of us have been so happy this week! Daniela´s food is so delicious and beautifully presented too.. Though not too beautiful for us to eat too much… all day!!! Thanks for accommodating the two celiacs on board with ease as well, we are very grateful!

Bernd – we are genuinely appreciative for your strength and help for Jonathan. Your help getting him in and off the boat made it possible for him to love this trip. You helped to make it wonderful for the whole family and we will cherish this sailing trip forever! We will also never forget Bernd as Santa on Christmas morning.

We can´t wait to tell our friends to book with you for the best week possible! We could not have a better boat or crew!!

With love, Mindy, Sean, Lauren, Mary Kathrine, Clayton, Jonathan, Barry and Kaki


2018 October – Caribbean Feeling at its best!

Dear Dani, Bernd and Antonia!

Thank you for 12 days Caribbean Feeling at its best!
Dani: 5 star cuisine is not enough – so 6 star cuisine,
6 stars too for Bernd: thank you for your safe navigation and your perfect local knowledge
And 1000 stars for all of you, the best crew ever! You made the trip awesome and unforgettable.

You love to sail… and we do too.

Rita, Thorsten, Micha, Nicole, Guido, Heike, Rainer


2018 June – Perfect Vacation…

We just returned to Arkansas from our Shangri La charter in the BVI last week, and we wanted to thank you for steering us to that boat and crew.

Our experience exceeded our greatest expectations! Shangri La is an impressive sailing vessel.

With 10 people aboard (7 in our family and 3 crew), were very comfortable and never felt crowded. Daniela and Bernd were the quenticential hosts whose charm and hospitality were unparalleled. From the initial email communication, to the personal calls a week before the charter, our initial meeting, the sailing experiences, the delectable dining experiences, the options for daily sailing and adventures, to the sad farewell, we all had a exceptional experience. We feel as though Daniela and Bernd are now part of our family!

The dining experiences——how does one say superb 5 Star cuisine three times daily for seven days? We ate at several nice restaurants on pre trip St John and post trip St Thomas, but found Daniela’s meals exceeding all of those! Bernd made sure no cup was empty with wonderful new Caribbean concoctions, as well as an good wine selection.

The music theme pairings with themes of the meal only added to the cuisine excellence. We additionally were treated with an another host in Morgan, a very smart and personable young lady from Maryland. Morgan was a substitute for their regular assistant who had gone back to Germany. Morgan complemented Daniela and Bernd seamlessly. They all bent over backwards for our 4 and 5 year old grandchildren (of course, as well as us)!

If you were to ask Cecile and me to recommend a perfect vacation/holiday, we would answer “spend a week with Bernd and Daniela aboard Shangri La.” We hate to be too effusive in our praise, for fear you will publicize our comments, which will make it more difficult to rebook Shangri La in the future.

Sincerely, Cecile and Jim


2018 June – Family Charter

Your hospitality, generosity and sincerity have been a blessing this week
We´ve appreciated you more than you know.

Our DREAM vacation is complete!
Everything was a great adventure, which we enjoyed thoroughly.Thank you for the sailing, snorkeling, watersports, gourmet meals, and most importantly YOU

Godspeed and many blessings and well wishes for all your adventures
Best wishes Jim, Cecile, Jimbo, Stephanie, Whit, Ella, James


2018 May – A great Family Charter

We cannot thank you enough for the amazing time we had have on your cat, Shangri La.

What good care you have all taken care of us. Great sailing, food for a King and sights to behold. I can´t believe how beautiful it is in the BVI.White sand and turquoise water. You made our time so relaxing! We didn´t have to raise a finger to do anything.
You did it all

How blessed we are to have found you.We had a fantastic time and can’t wait to come back

Thank you so much and god bless you…Joey, Andrea, Katelyn, Dayton and Nicholas

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