| A dream come true|
|I came back last night from an absolutely wonderful cruise in the Virgin Islands on the Marolanga. A dream coming true even better than hoped for...|
The Kormann are marvellous hosts. A beautiful family atmosphere on board; fascinating discussions over all sorts of subjects; cuisine comparable to that of great chefs; surprisingly comfortable rooms and toilets; much more living space than I could have imagined; knowledge of the region, its history, its culture; out-of-this-world snorkelling; and what a remarkable scenery..All in all, an adventure that I regret not having lived earlier.
I enjoyed every second I spent with Marcella and August on their spotless catamaran. No doubt a winning formula that you should not hesitate to recommend to your clients...
Best wishes and thanks for everything.
And as we say in French, à la revoyure...
| Easter 2009|
Dear Gus and Marcella
We always believe in angels and in god that they bring people together for a reason and they brought my family to you. You are angels on earth! In the past days you have brought a special kind of love to our hearts. Bill and I have travelled around the world but we have never felt more at home than with you. For us it was our first real family vacation with our new son Claudio and I could see the love in his eyes as you played with him. Thank you for all the care and love, we really will miss you. But you have created memories for us that will last a life time. I am sure that is a band of new extended family….Gus, you will miss all the Italian teasing – I will miss the new “Oma and Opa” and all the great cooking from Marcella! We love you and will be together again real soon…
Patricia, Bill and Claudio (NY)
| March 2009|
|A wonderful week that went so quickly by….we saw so much, swam, snorkeled and sailed across beautiful waters. We had so much fun, an experience that will be a part of us forever. We plan already to come back to sail again with you. Thank you for sharing your boat, time and stories with us it made the trip feel like a family holiday. Marcella, you are an excellent cook! Sail again together…|
Kristina and Stewart with William and Andrew (Toronto)
Thanks for the great week – I really enjoyed the food and snorkeling… (William)
Thanks for everything! The great week, the great food, the great fun! Gus, you better practice your skills in Pente – I will be practicing… I’ll be back!! (Andrew)
| July 2008|
|This has been the very best of vacation for us! We came as guests on your boat and left feeling like we were the best of friends. The food and friendship was awesome, thank you so much! We wish you both the very best and hope to see you soon again!|
With love, Craig and Roxie (LA)
Thank you so much for a wonderful week sailing the Virgin Islands. We have never been so pampered and well fed! The snorkeling was amazing. And it was such a joy talking and getting to know you both. We will come back soon to you with our girls so they can experience this beautiful Islands too.
See you soon, Tanya and Ryan (NC)
| August 2008|
|Dear Gus and Marcella,|
Thank you both so much for your wonderful hospitality this week. We have really enjoyed and maybe gained a few pounds too! Marcella’s cooking was even much better than we expected. I am going to need a few of your authentic Austrian recipes so then we can remember our trip each time we make them in our home. I have never seen so many beautiful fishes in all my previous snorkel trips. Thanks again for your guide! We really loved the great snorkeling spots you took us to. The bone fishing was great even though we didn’t catch any. Next time will have a trip to Anegada or Puerto Rico. Hope to see you soon again!
Stephen and Heather (TX)
We had a great time aboard Marolanga! I never would have thought that I would be able to touch a sea turtle. The fish and corals made me forget about my underwater phobia. You took us to the best spots for snorkeling and provided us with insight for the local area. Marcella truly is a gourmet chef, every day we were greeted with wonderful food. You could always start a family café if you ever tired of paradise…thank you so much for a wonderful week aboard your ocean home!
Love, Sean and Sandy (TX)
| Celebrating 35 years|
|After many years we return to find you both exactly the same. You don’t get any older! It must be the tropical air and the love you share. We are married 35 years and celebrating our anniversary with you has certainly been one of the highlights. You are such wonderful people and I am so glad to be called your friend. We had a beautiful week of sailing, sunning and snorkeling sharing with good friends. We had a awesome time and we will return in 5 years celebrating our 40th anniversary with you! |
Love, Judy and Terry (ME)
Carol and I have been planning to return to Marolanga since our last time. Why do we wait so long? We are so happy to be with you! Sharing our 35th anniversary with you means a lot to us. Your commitment and love of each other sets a great sample for all of us. Thank you so much for being who you are.
Love, George and Carol (ME)
| Cayelly April 2010|
Thanks for a great trip around the US and British Virgins. we really enjoyed the beautiful scenery, great conversations and your delicious food. While we say good bye for now, we will return again for another voyage with you...
| April 2010 Scotts and Brake's|
|Thank you for a wonderful vacation! It was such a relaxing and enjoyable time. The food was fantastic, the company too..and the water was so beautiful..Thanks so much for a lovely vacation. The Food, fun and sailing all made for a great trip! Your boat is beautiful and relaxing and our conversations stimulating...We really enjoyed it...the entire trip was awesome. We have to come back and spend more time with you. Thank you for your hospitality, Marcella don't forget to send Cindy your recipes from all your great dishes!|
| Draper June 2010|
|We just got back from a week with Gus and Marcella and we had a great trip. There are probable a few logistical things we might change next time, but overall we loved the trip. Gus and Marcella were terrific and the Marolanga was a great boat. We would definitely recommend them!|
We enjoyed this charter very much it was fabulous, our crew Marcella and Gus were very helpful accommodating and friendly. The yacht Marolanga was comfortable clean and well maintained. The meals Marcella served were delicious as well as abundant, Marcella is a wonderful cook . In my opinion this is the most beautiful corner of the world and yes to make it even more so with Marcella's wonderful cooking and unparalleled hospitality. Thank you for your fabulous snorkel expertise. We never seen such beautiful fish and coral formations! We can't wait to come back and we will never forget this incredable week...and yes... you can use us for a reference.
| Christmas 2011 has been an amazing trip!|
“Dear Gus and Marcella,
This has been an amazing trip! We have loved every minute of it. Sailing through the rough seas with the Christmas winds was so exhilarating. As we watched other boats falter in the winds, we knew we were save under Gus’ steady hand. We all agree, that the Indians was our favorite snorkeling area also we loved all of our snorkeling adventures. Christmas Eve with bagels and lox and champagne was wonderful! However, nothing can top Marolanga’s cooking, barbecue and the poppers on Christmas! It has all been grand!
Thanks so much, Sara”
“Thanks again for a wonderful trip. This was by far our families best vacation and I attribute that to your generosity and extensive knowledge of the Islands. Sorry for sleeping in, but it is a requirement of any vacation I go on.”
Will (adult son)
“Gus and Marcella,
Thank you both (and Sasha) for such a wonderful week in the Virgin Islands. I had the best time and it was wonderful to be with you who knew so much about the Islands and to see all the hidden wonders. And couldn’t ask for better food this week and enjoyable company. I can’t wait to return to see the other secrets you all know and have about the Islands. Thank you again and all the best for 2012!”
Lizzy (adult daughter)
“Dear Marcella and Gus,
It’s difficult to one to what Sara, Elizabeth and William have written above. I whole heartedly agree which each of their views and statements. This will be a long remembered vacation for us all and you (and Sasha) will have a special place in our memories. Thanks for everything!
Best wishes, Philip”
| New Years charter 2011/12 was a 5-Star vacation!\"|
"Dear Gus and Marcella,
Thank you for sharing your home - boat with our family this New Year 2012. We especially enjoyed the snorkeling. We have never experienced such beautiful fishes and beaches. Marcella worked so hard preparing the meals which were all excellent.
We had a 5-Star vacation!"
Lynn and Elaine Holzer
"We had such a wonderful time with you and our family. David and I especially enjoyed snorkeling and beach combing. We haven't been married long, but we hope to get to do more travelling in the future and would love to visit you again. Sasha is a wonderful sea-cat :) and I had no problems scratching his head whenever he wanted it. We hope to see you again in future - this has been an awesome vacation!"
Debi and David McDonald (daughter from Holzer's with her husband)
"Gus and Marcella, I had a good time while I was awake...lol..."
(Joye, nice Teenage son from Holzer’s - he loved to sleep late in the mornings, often his parents had to wake him up)
| The kids first sailing adventure was a success thanks to the two of you!|
|Dear Gus and Marcella,|
The kids first sailing adventure was a success thanks to the two of you! We all love Marcella’s food and Gus choices for snorkeling were unlike anything we have experienced before. The two of you are such gracious, generous and attentive hosts! We have been totally spoiled – and will surely be a little disappointed when we wake up on land tomorrow morning. It certainly will not compare to waking up to freshly made breakfast and coffee – and always wonderful, fun and interesting conversation.
We will certainly recommend you to our friends at home and really hope that we will be able to make another trip to the BVI for another (longer) sailing adventure with the two of you.
Thank you for everything!
Pam, David, Christina and Tommy,
| This was the best trip and the best birthday ever!|
|Dear Gus and Marcella,|
this was the best trip and the best birthday ever! As you know, I had been to the BVI's several times before - but you knew the best snorkeling and the perfect moorings . I felt so well taken care of - and you made it look effortless. Marcella's meals were fabulous! So, thank you for one of the best vacations I have ever been on and especially for sharing your home and your life."
"Dearest Marcella and Captain Gus,
well, I now know I should say Captain Marcella as well, not only of the galley but of Gus as well! I truly enjoyed sparing and teasing with you Gus. Thank you for reminding me to go with the flow, your flow which is so fluid yet grounded. I feel great peace albeit momentary sadness as we leave your beautiful home, sweet home. I ditto Bonnies, Mortens and Cathys thoughts and I try to do what the captain says which is not to write a novel as I'll follow orders - yes captain! Marcella, you are a sweet, gentle lady - I love you both dearly! A most blessed and fabulous trip! The best part has been spending this week with you!
DANKE SCHOEN - our home is your home!"
"Dear Gus and Marcella,
what a wonderful trip you laid out for us. A taste of beautiful spots in the Virgins that worked for us all….wonderful snorkeling spots for Bonnie and great little shore excursions for Morten and I. We enjoyed every minute of it and thank you for sharing your home with us for one week. Your wit and teasing Gus made for a lightheaded and breezy feel that put us on ease and Marcella, the wonderful meals that you kept producing out of your little galley made us go home full and highly content. This holiday allowed Morton and I to completly relax, ready for the next busy months. Everything was wonderful, food, snorkeling and to meet you! Thank you so much, you will always be in our hearts."
Love, Cathy and Morten