S2:E1: The NCG Experience

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Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the crystalline waters of the Caribbean to the south lies the Dominican Republic, a multifaceted luxury destination for discerning travelers, and celebrities. Antonella D’Angelo, Co-founder of the NCG Experience tells MARITIME NOVELLA why.

More than just another vacation, the NCG experience is a window into the world of UHNW Caribbean living. In addition to the rich, colorful history of the country, clients are treated to a treasure trove of bespoke experiences that boost the client’s physical and emotional well-being– at least for the duration of their stay in DR.

La Romana International Airport is a stone’s throw away from the Casa de Campo and Cap Cana resorts. What’s more, picturesque oceanfront villas, über-luxury wellness stays, excursions, guided tours, and any version of all-inclusive experiences one could imagine aren’t too far away for anyone ready to explore.

None of that, however, would be possible without genuine connection and collaboration with local communities.

A key part of NCG’s identity is its drive to build relationships.

With D’Angelo at the helm, they maintain their momentum of innovation through a combination of incremental steps and radical leaps, realized internally at NCG, when working with partners in yachting and with trusted partners from the conservationist sector.

The desire for customized experiences is a key driver for ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) clientele.” – Antonella D’Angelo

For the Italian native, innovation never ends, it is a continuous process of meaningful progress, holding herself, as well as her colleagues and partners to high standards.

So whether it is exclusive tours, luxury yacht charters, whale watching, or wellness journeys, NCG embraces collaboration, partnership, and openness; and with the ambition to always make improvements on their holiday offerings, they are careful to check their egos at the door. This outlook seems to be central to NCG’s DNA and way of working.

Successful superyacht destinations like Puerto Bahia, and Ocean World Marina offer owners and guests the kinds of activities and surroundings that they most enjoy while spending time onboard; they need to be clean, in a beautiful and desirable setting, and well connected to a luxury travel infrastructure.

Meanwhile, D’Angelo’s yacht agency and concierge brand, Na’ Cosa Grande, provides captains and crew with access to practical essentials such as the ability to bring in provisions and other supplies easily, and a variety of service providers on hand to help maintain the boat during a busy season.

These things don’t all have to exist side by side, but it helps if they are in relative proximity to one another.

Arguably the single most important element for a destination’s success in attracting superyachts is that its government and local communities create a welcoming environment for charter yachts from a regulatory and taxation perspective. If a destination can achieve this, and attract a developer to build high-quality, modern marinas that provide the necessary facilities outlined above, then it is in a good position to market itself as an appealing place for the superyacht fleet to visit.

The good thing is that – be it in DR, Amalfi, Spain, or Ibiza –  D’Angelo and her crew know all the people on the ground necessary to make your off-grid off-the-charts holiday the highest form of luxury one could experience.

“Why?” You ask. Well… because they have already done the work for you.

Discover the beauty of traveling with the NCG Experience.

To find your dream holiday in the Dominican Republic, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, or the Balearics, go to ncgexpereince.com. Want help crafting a bespoke luxury yacht experience of your own? Go to nacosgrande.com

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