Meet the Crew

Captain Mark and Chef Halle welcome you onboard Barefeet Retreat for an all-inclusive week of Sailing the beautiful crystal clean waters of the British Virgin Islands.

Mark, a south African born professional sailor and passionate free diver was raised along the beautiful and wild waters of the Indian ocean. Mark spent the early part of his career running Yacht deliveries and Charters in the Seychelles and Madagascar before his desire for adventure took him on a 3-month journey across the Indian and Atlantic Ocean towards the infamous and pristine British Virgin Islands. It was in the British Virgin Islands that Mark met Halle and together they have been an unstoppable duo.

Halle, born in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina, has a natural Southern Charm and a passion for the water after spending years swimming competitively. Halle loves to create a menu based on your needs while exploring flavorful combinations that will have your taste buds wanting more. With a passion for food- and training from the award- winning Ashbourton Cookery School in England- Halle will deliver a menu full of dishes you’ll be talking about long after your vacation is over.

Together Mark and Halle are currently finishing the build of Barefeet Retreat in South Africa and will set sail later this year around the Southern Tip of Africa and across the Atlantic to meet you in the Islands for more adventure filled vacations.

You’re in good hands

Safety First

Your safety is our prime responsibility. We take it very seriously, never putting guests in harms way. Well trained in all nautical safety regulations, we ensure a peace of mind at all times.

We're here for you

Sit back, relax, enjoy an unforgettable sailing vacation while we wait on you. From sunset cocktails to preparing dacadent delights or fresh fish barbeques, we’ve here for you.

Sailing Experience

You are in for an adventure of a lifetime with Mark’s sailing knowledge of the local islands, and also in very good hands with years of sailing experience.

Diving & Fishing

Dive Instructor, free diver and game fisherman, combined with the crystal clear waters of the BVI and Cheff Halle ready to prepare the catch of they day, you are in for real treat.

Catch and cook

Sea to Table

The Adventure starts here!