Reviews & Recommendations
Amazing boat - a day just wasn't enough!
Left on Oct 28, 2019 for a stay in Oct 2019
We decided to have a one-day boat trip for some private time out on the Fiji seas and some quiet snorkelling. We were trying to avoid a mass group outing but rather were seeking something a bit more private. From the moment we enquired of Quixotic’s availability we had really fast and constant communication with Sasha and Jennie, with back and forth on the route we wanted to take and any special food requests. They helped us pick the best day for our outing and were really flexible with helping us to find the perfect sailing conditions and the right day for our trip. On the day, Sasha was a great host, meeting us and welcoming us aboard Quixotic. We had loads of time to relax and read in the rear lounge as well as spending some time just hanging out on the foredeck enjoying the spectacular views and watching the islands pass by. As a final treat, Sasha introduced us to the delights of banana rum... delicious. We loved our day aboard Quixotic and just wish that we’d booked a week!
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Review posted on TripAdvisor:
Left on Oct 8, 2019 for a stay in Sep 2019
My stay on Quixotic was the epitome of the perfect vacation! Quixotic is a beautiful, impeccably maintained yacht; all was as described in the overview. The crew, Sasha and Jennie are warm, friendly, gracious hosts. Captain Sasha gained my trust as he expertly sailed the catamaran; Jennie as chef/stew continually amazed us with outstanding, delicious, healthy meals and snacks. Their combined local knowledge and love of sailing made for complete immersion in the cruising lifestyle. With the relaxing atmosphere on board and the beautiful Fijian scenery I’d say “pinch me, is this real?” I am so happy to have had the opportunity to experience this slice of heaven on earth, many thanks, vinaka!
Stephanie F. on TripAdvisor
Review posted on TripAdvisor:
As we read (again) the double page that features Quixotic in this month’s Fijitime magazine (see attached), we couldn’t help but to draft this note from the plane back to Auckland with fresh and sweet memories in mind...
We just wanted to send our gratitude once again for having welcomed us on Quixotic for our anni/honeymoon. There was no better way we could imagine to end this 1-month journey that started in an epic vintage campervan in NZ and ended on your beautiful cat’. It went far beyond all our expectations, and this is truly thanks to the magical moments that Charlie and Klevisa crafted for us. Lucky us, we had the weather on our side and everything went very smoothly! We were just over the moon at all times as we were truly pampered from morning to evening.
We were really glad to support such a beautiful business like yours and Dive Academy and, we definitely can’t wait to set another date for a come back!
Take care all, and safe ⛵️.
Alex & Celine"
“Such a wonderful experience!
I booked this as a solo traveler, sailing with Captain Charlie and Chef Klevisa. First, the catamaran: it has everything you could need, including indoor and outdoor seating, queen-sized beds, indoor and outdoor shower facilities, full kitchen, SUP paddle board, kayaks, snorkel gear, books and more. They also set up a small tent on the front trampoline for me one night, a hammock on the back and seats that you can move around the boat. Second, the route: Alyssa sent a very thorough intake form in which I noted that I wanted to chase the good weather. Charlie and I discussed the moment I got on board, and we were fortunate enough to have sun the vast majority of the trip. We would sail to specific bays each day, anchor and I would have the remainder of the day to snorkel/scuba/village tour/etc. We would spend the night in the bay and then set off the next day for the next location. Our sailing times were completely up to me, though I would defer to Charlie. We stopped at absolutely gorgeous locations, and I highly encourage you to do the village tour(s)!
Finally, Charlie and Klevisa: they are an absolutely wonderful couple! Charlie is such a positive individual and Klevisa is so sweet. As a captain, Charlie is skilled and thorough. As a chef, Klevisa's meals and presentation are top notch. Together, they make a great team who go above and beyond to make sure everything about your trip is enjoyable.
Again, I highly recommend booking with Quixotic if you are in Fiji. It will surpass your expectations!”
Review from AirBnB guest November 2018.
“Dear Louis and Alyssa,
First of all we wish you and your team a very happy new year full of success and adventure.
In Name of Catherine Laura and me, We just want to thank you and specially Klevisa and Captain Charlie for the outstanding hospitality experience ever.
In top of all the support to Captain Charlie operation, despite the youngest experience, Klevisa have prepare every day three customised exclusive meals for 5 persons, vegan, vegetarian and Omnivore, a very top class culinary experience. We never had twice the same meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from Greek to Italian “ Linguini lobsters” and French to Fiji, etc etc… it was outstanding. Captain Charlie was in high control of the Catamaran, always choosing the best location and perfect spot. Useless to mention also his skills in cocktails preparation and support for all sea activities including Yoga. We have introduce to him a professional fisherman called Poh for him to extend his fishing experience. They never stop from 07h00 until late night and always with a deep smile from heart.
You have been very fortunate to select such professional crew and of course we enjoy all benefit.
Once again thank you and Quixotic team for this amazing customized experience to discover Fiji highland, we can only recommend it."
-Giuseppe and family
“Charlie and Klevisa were amazing! We loved Charlie's enthusiasm for sailing and the keeness to teach us as well. Klevisa was amazing, especially in the kitchen, she cooked us the most amazing healthy food! Charlie and Klevisa also spoiled us with their amazing bread making skills! We loved everything about our trip and that was mostly due to to our amazing hosts who were the most switched on, relaxed, and skilled hosts we could ever ask for."
- Tate Murray.
Review from Yacht Getaways, Greece.
“Beyond all dreams, the Quixotic experience transcended our loftiest expectations.”
"It all starts and ends with the crew. Lewis, the captain, is as professional and experienced as you can get with his constant vigilance, attention to detail, ability to fix anything on board and methodical cheerful approach. Alyssa is a treasure who anticipates every need in a prescient, unassuming authentic and quite frankly loving manner. Her ability to run the boat is only surpassed by her genuine talent in the galley. We are very fussy about our food and my wife prepares a better meal than you will find in a fancy restaurant but Alyssa took us by surprise with her amazing talent. NOT TO BE MISSED! Oh,by the way, the tribal islands, snorkeling and boat activities were also beyond our hopes and fantasies."
- David & Patty G.
Review posted on TripAdvisor:
"It was the best decision sailing with Alyssa and Lewis for 8 days on their Quixotic catamaran. Together they are a very capable and great team.
We had the time of our lives sailing through the paradise that is the Fiji islands.
It was just a magnificent trip and a dream come true to see the beauty of nature, white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water and the breathtaking underwater world with thousands of fish.
Alyssa and Lewis made the trip even more beautiful. Captain Lewis knows his job so well, it feels like he was born a skipper. He controls the Catamaran easily and always found the best anchoring spot in any bay. We could always choose where we wanted to sail to next, or spontaneously decide if we wanted to stay longer anywhere, provided the weather played ball.
Alyssa made us feel like we were in a fine dining restaurant every day and night. Her snacks and meals are so delicious we couldn't stop eating, and there was always enough food and drink available. We did not even have to ask for anything, because Alyssa already knew when we needed something. Great job to the both of you!
Quixotic is an extremely well built sailing catamaran. There is enough space to hang out whether it's on the deck, inside the lounge area, the bathroom or bed room. Everything is super clean and well equipped.
Bonus points for having caught three big tuna finish within the first few hours and to Alyssa for preparing lovely sashimi for us as a result!
All in all we highly recommend sail with these lovely people, there is no way you’ll be disappointed. We will definitely come back for a second trip!"
- Ahmet & Vani, Sydney, Australia
Review posted on TripAdvisor:
"We couldn't have asked for more! Lewis & Alyssa gave us the perfect honeymoon - and an entirely unique Fiji experience we couldn't have gotten any other way. If you're thinking about seeing Fiji, there's no better way to see all of its beauty than by boat. If you're thinking of boating, you can't ask for a better skipper and chef than these two.
Before we even arrived, they asked our preferences to plan an ideal itinerary - which took us off the beaten path and out to the Lau Islands. They greeted us with champagne and Alyssa's cooking never ceased to amaze us. Our days were willed with a great mix of activities and enjoying life on Quixotic. We fished, snorkled, kayaked, SUPed, windsurfed, relaxed, went to beaches, ate and drank better than we could have at any resort. There were rarely any other boats around in the beautiful and calm coves they found.
We can't thank them enough for such an awesome experience. They are great people and if you are reading this, then there's no choice. Enjoy your time on Quixotic!"
- Joe and Lindsey Shields, Washington DC, USA
Review posted on TripAdvisor:
"To Whom it May Concern,
I'm writing to recommend Lewis and Alyssa and their catamaran Quixotic to prospective charter clients.
There's an old saying; "choose the crew, not the boat" so I'll start with Lewis and Alyssa. I've had the pleasure of getting to know them quite well over the past two years. They are an extremely impressive team. Capable, smart, and industrious. Impeccable. Good natured and good humored. Their familiarity with Quixotic and her systems is exceptionally thorough. They both have a good deal of sailing experience, offshore and coastwise. Alyssa is an excellent cook and a natural hostess. Warmth and hospitality run deep in her DNA. Lewis is a fine boat operator and very resourceful. Great sense of humor, too.
I've been involved in the charter business off and on since 1972 and have known a number of charter boat crews in Hawaii, on both coasts, in Central America, the Caribbean, the Med, and the South Pacific. I consider Lewis and Alyssa to be as capable a team as any I've met in the industry.
Quixotic is an excellent charter platform. She offers spirited sailing performance and excellent accommodations. She's commodious, modern, well equipped, and impeccably maintained.
In short, if you select Quixotic you're going to be in excellent hands on a very fine vessel."
John P Tebbetts (Master, 1,600 tons)
S/V Ichi Ban
"We had an amazing time aboard quixotic. From arrival to departure we were made to feel welcome and comfortable.
Captain Lewis is an extremely capable skipper who knows his boat inside and out. We had a wonderful (and fast) time sailing, followed by peaceful, scenic nights at anchor thanks to his uncanny ability to find the best anchoring spot in any bay.
Chef Alyssa has perfected the art of hospitality. She served up a series of delicious meals, snacks, and drinks that would exceed expectations at a high end resort. After the first few days on board I started ignoring my husband when he told me to get the recipe after each meal, since I knew I'd never be able to match her skill in the galley.
The boat is a fast, well built sailing yacht that is a blast to sail. It also offers up all the creature comforts you could want after a day hiking the islands or playing in the water. Hot showers and ice cold drinks were especially welcome after a day of exploring the islands.
We really liked the clean cabins and bright airy salon. The boat is well laid out with lots of places to lounge inside or out. We especially enjoyed hanging out on the foredeck while sailing. Best seat in the house.
I'd recommend booking a trip on Quixotic to anyone who loves good food, fun sailing, and adventures in a beautiful setting."
Brian & Liz Lenoski
S/V Pura Vida, San Carlos, Mexico & Redwood City, CA, USA
"We were lucky to meet Lewis and Alyssa while in Savusavu. We went for a day sail with them and had an absolute blast! Quixotic is a beautiful and well outfitted boat, complete with hammock, spacious galley and sleeping berths, fishing gear, and of course, the best crew you could ask for. Alyssa is a world class chef, serving up sumptuous snacks, meals and exotic drinks. Lewis is a world class skipper who has confident command of his boat. They both are just good people to be around.
One of the highlights of our trip on Quixotic, was when we suddenly had a very large fish on the line that was trawling off the stern. What ensued was a 35 minute epic battle against a large yellowfin tuna. At the end of the battle, we were just about to gaff the beast when it suddenly broke the line and got away. The four of us let out a collective shout of “Noooooooo!”, as the classic one-that-got-away story concluded. We didn’t have a mound of sashimi for dinner that night, but Alyssa made an amazing meal anyway. As sunset approached, we were having such a good time, we decided to stay overnight with our new friends, who were gracious to accommodate us.
If you have a chance to sail aboard Quixotic with Lewis and Alyssa, just do it. You won’t regret it for a minute!"
-Bob & Julie Weil
Nashville, TN, USA and Northland, New Zealand