Massey United Ins.
Sonos surround sound throughout the boat
Fly bridge with sofa and cocktail table
2 custom sun lounges and bolsters on front trampoline
2 Fatboy bean bag chairs
LED underwater lights
40in TV in Salon with Apple TV(available in all cabins) and Direct TV
15' Apex Deluxe - Yamaha Outboard
Kayaks 1 Pax:
Kayaks 2 Pax:
Water Skis Adult:
Water Skis Kids:
Matt and Tara are an experienced energetic couple with a great sense of fun. They have a diverse range of skills above and below the water. A highly motivated, organised couple with an eye for detail and the desire to ensure their guests have the vacation they have been dreaming about.
They love helping guests discover the amazing waters of the British Virgin Islands through snorkeling and diving. A diving instructor for 20 years, Tara enthuses about the local fish and their habitats, sharing her knowledge with guests.
A professional chef, Tara spent two years at one of London's top catering colleges, and 10 years working in some top restaurants and hotels in London. Wanting to travel she became a diving instructor and started exploring the world. Tara has combined her two passions: cooking and the ocean. As a result of her training, when faced with issues like food intolerance or allergies, she can quickly produce suitable alternatives. Tara loves creating new menus and experimenting with new dishes and providing her guests with a fantastic culinary experience.
Matt is an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster with over ten years professional experience sailing the waters of Australia, BVI, Italy and the UK. He enjoys meeting new guests and dealing with challenges over the years. He loves being involved on deck and in the water, as well as exploring new places and cultures.
Crew is fully vaccinated for Covid-19
Amazing memories June BVI
“Tara and Matt,
Somewhere in the sun is where Kelli and I always want to be.
You gave us some amazing memories that we will cherish.
Thank you for the opportunities to cut loose on the beach in Anegada dancing in the sand, and to enjoy a drink with y’all at Foxy’s..
As our son would say you gave is a few sunsets that “don’t suck”
Between the amazing culinary skills in each of our meals to the captain skills we couldn’t ask for a more relaxing time to unplug and rewind with our friends.
Be positive and keep your eyes pointed to the sky,
Always do something you love!!
Scott and Kelli
P.S ADULT BABYSITTER IS THE BEST!!
Dear Matt & Tara
Thank you for a great charter for our first time in the BVI’s.
We saw many beautiful sites that we will be thinking about when we are suffocating
In the 100 degree Texas heat.
The breeze on the water will calm us down when we think of it,
The food was fabulous!
I definitely need some more recipes, We enjoyed every bite.
Hope you enjoyed the free entertainment from Dales hot dog and cheetah speedos.
Appreciate your efforts to make our charter a trip to remember,
Terri & Dale
Tara & Matt
A fabulous week with friends in an island paradise😉
We appreciate your hospitality, stories and great food.
This was our first adventure in the BVI’s we will definitely return.
Thank you for hosting us aboard the Eylsium.
It was a week we will always remember
The Tomlinson “
Cherished time together - BVI
“Tara and Matt,
Well what an active week..
Diving, e-foiling, tubing, and lots of snorkeling we are exhausted…lol
Thank you so much for an amazing week.
We relaxed, had fun, and most importantly spent cherished time together as a family.
The food, itinerary, and activities were awesome.
William will always remember his time as a member of Elysium crew,
We will be back!!
Fondly, The Marshall Family”
“Matt & Tara,
Mike and I came to the BVI’s so STRESSED!
We are leaving so relaxed.
This is because of the two of you.
You do everything effortlessly,
The attention to detail is amazing when we are well aware of how much work goes into Chartering.
The food was incredible and fun to try new things,
The Presentation was so incredible.
Bringing us to every spot possible for the best snorkeling was so appreciated.
The babysitter was so relaxing and fun.
You are both amazing, funny and attentive couple.
A huge thank you to Mum and Dad for taking great care of the kids…lol
Lynne, Micheal, Tracy and Ed-Day
Tara and Matt,
Your professionalism and attention to detail is second to none,
Thank you for a great week,
The bran muffins were top notch,
Ed & Tracy… aka Dorothy
"Out of this World"
“Dear Tara and Matt,
What an amazing week - thank you!!
We have absolutely enjoyed every moment
The water, the sand, the music, the laughs.
BUT Tara’s culinary skills were simply out of this world!😊
Every meal was delicious and beautifully prepared.
We felt pampered and taken care of which made this, the experience of a life time.
You are terrific hosts and we are privileged to spend a week with you in the beautiful BVI’s ❤️❤️
7th Charter - A wonderful week!
The weather was not on our side this week, between the North Swell and the 3 days of over cast and rain but we made it work..
“Thank you for a wonderful week in the BVI.
This is out 7th charter and you still managed to take us to new places and introduce us to amazing snorkel spots that we hadn’t yet visited.
The meals where exceptional and the attention to my special dietary needs was above and beyond.
Thanks for the ACV & all of the treats!
We thoroughly enjoyed all week and appreciated all of the pampering.
We’ll be back!
Bethany & Bart
Thanks for the fabulous week!
You where terrific hosts and made our week so enjoyable.
I can’t wait for Tara’s cook book to be printed.
I loved all the recipes and can’t wait to try them,
Kathie & Bill
We where sooooooo ready for a great get away and you provided the PERFECT boat and experience for us!
The great meals never stopped!!
Really enjoyed seeing the rebuilt BVI.
The best snorkeling ever!
Hope to do it again real soon
Greg and Sandi
My fav thing about the trip was how funny Matt and Tara where. Marcus (aged 10)
You two made this an unforgettable vacation.
I worried in the very beginning how my family would do being in close quarters for a week, but I needn’t have.
The boat was spacious, clean and very comfortable.
You planned the perfect combo of relaxation and adventure / experience.
Both the food and the company was excellent,
Thank you so much!
What an amazing trip!
Everything about this experience was great.
The boat is beautiful and the two of you made things so very enjoyable.
What amazing food and fun!
I couldn’t have enjoyed this trip if we didn’t have such an amazing captain and chef!
It is so beautiful here, the boat is great and the places you brought us to are unforgettable!
My fav thing about the trip was how funny Matt and Tara where.
Marcus (aged 10)
My fav thing about the trip is food and Monet swimming pool.
Love Monet (aged 7)
Easter 2022 “This has been the most amazing vacation / journey."
Tara and Matt are such a joy to travel with, the make the process so easy and their company is such a pleasure.
I have never experienced such a relaxing vacation with FP such breathtaking vistas and world class cuisine a constant.
Thank you Matt and Tara for making our week in the BVI so special.
BEST of life to you and your loved ones”
“It truly was the best from the great coffee waiting for me each morning to the fabulous day drinking 😊 loved every minute”
“I don’t think I have ever been so relaxed!
Thank you so much Matt & Tara for the amazing experience, this was once in a lifetime kind of trip because of the two of you!”
April 2022 BVI EPIC Trip
“Matt & Tara
Thank you for the best trip EVER.
It was so lovely fun and relaxing, I wish I could pack you guys in my suit case.
You guys were so welcoming kind and adventurous.
We went to the most beautiful beaches and where so grateful you guys took us to them,
I hope to see you both again, I will miss you so much and eating normal food will be awful!
IN TARA WE TRUST…..
I seriously have never eaten better in my whole life.
We hope you both come to visit us in LA,
You guys Rock
Dear Matt and Tara
Thank you so so so incredibly much for being the best people ever!!
You made this trip 1000000 better,
You are so funny, welcoming, sweet and so much fun.
I will never forget this trip.
This is definitely my favorite trip that I have ever been on.
Tara you made the best food and you and your food has inspired me to cook.
Matt you are so good with sailing boats now I want to learn how to sail.
I will miss you guys so much,I hope we come back very soon!
Thank you for everything
Thank you so much for the awesome experience, and for making wonderful food
Tanner & Jack (10)
We love this trip EPIC for our family
❤️ Tami ❤️”
Magic in the Galley
“Matt & Tara
Thank you so much for such an amazing trip!!
Everyday was another beautiful spot to anchor, and another absolutely unbelievable delicious meal, and the fun and friendly fellowship.
We so enjoyed our whole vacation.
Hope to see you again in the near future,
Bob & Jen
Dear Tara and Matt,
This was Lynne’s and my first catamaran cruise of the BVI’s,
Because of you it exceeded all of our expectations!
You are an extremely talented and gracious couple.
Every meal was a work of art, my mind was boggled by the fruits of Tara’s hours of labor in her tinny galley kitchen.
Matt expertly navigated through the treacherous pirate infested waters of the BVI and used his buried treasure chest of tools to assure if comfort.
Thanks for sharing the great stories, nicknames and your unique brand of British Humor.
Dan & Lynne
Dear Matt & Tara
Why did this week pass so quickly????
As repeat guesses, this trip by far was our best ever.
Everything was extraordinary!
From the moment we boarded Elysium, the level of service, attention to detail, superb cooking and boating skills never stopped.
Tara- your magic in the galley was amazing, I just wish I had 3 or 4 slices of the Beef Wellington to take home.
Matt- genius at the helm and ace mechanic made our adventure to exotic islands special.
Cheers to both of you and I hope our paths cross again soon,
You will be missed
Mike & Linda”
February 2022 BVI charter
“Tara and Matt,
Where do I begin??
This has been an absolutely amazing experience!!
We hit the jackpot when we got you two as our hosts!!
Thank you for the fabulous food, the entertainment, the laughs
And the gorgeous scenery.
This will be a beautiful memory for us.
We sure hope that we can be lucky enough to book another trip with you
Someday in the near future 😉😉
Gorgeous George & Luscious Lorie”
“Dear Matt & Tara
You two were amazing!!
Loved the itinerary, the food, and the British Humor 🤣🤣
Thank you for a fantastic week in the BVI’s
Ann & Richard”
“Dear Matt & Tara,
Thank you so much for all you did to make our Elysium trip so memorable.
Tara your food is absolutely amazing,
Matt your calm, experienced and knowledgeable self is wonderful.
You are both so easy to be around and you creat a safe feeling on the boat.
Patty & Randy”
February 2022 BVI Charter
Dear Matt & Tara
To say thank you for a lovely trip is an understatement for how we truly feel about our boating adventure with you both.
From the lovely cabins perfectly turned out and comfortable beyond belief,
Matts tall tales and mixology and reef dives to Tara’s 5 Star Michellian guide, culinary works of art, her comforting charm and delightful sense of humor.
We could not have imagined a better adventure.
Both of you traveled beyond, to make each activity, meal, sail or relaxing moment as perfect as they could possibly be, thank you.
For our Daughter she will look at Nutella and tide to go pens with a smile and a twinkle remembering the tasty treats and the delightful teasing that has ensured this trip.
Our Son, the turtles, the snorkeling , his knots from the evening of lessons with Matt and of course all his Dairy Free Meals that were all so delicious.
And from Malcolm and myself a great appreciation for one of our most beautiful trips with our family filled with laughter, amazing snorkeling, meals and comfort.
And so we close with hugs, kisses for manny manny thanks for a lovely trip.
New Year 2022 Amazing
“Thank you for making New Years 2022 such an absolute Fabulous Week.
It’s so special to have a crew that fits in (and tolerates) our crazy family.
Champagne Matt’s new espresso martinis was an unexpected staple, and the joy & laughs that we all shared was nothing short of amazing.
Thank you for sharing your islands, friends and experiences with us.
We will never forget the memories and we hope to see you both again and share some more Champagne and Heineken for Matt ❤️❤️
Christmas 2021 BVI Style
“So incredible thankful to Tara and Matt for treating our family to the best Christmas Vacation!
From the moment we arrived in Nanny Cay, Tara welcomed us with her big smile and warm heart… and that was only the beginning of feeling like we are part of her family.
Matt and Tara are a great team and made every day an amazing day for up to playing in the BVI,
Matts sense of humor and card sharking will last in my memories forever.
Thank you Matt and Tara for Everything.
“Yes” was the answer to everything!
Tara and Matt was the best
We loved our Christmas week on Elysium
Thank you so much for the best most relaxing week!
The food was insane.. Tara is an amazing chef and is especially good at cooking Bacon..lol
Matt we are having a Phase 10 rematch next time
Thank you for everything.
Thank you guys for the best trip ever!
We had the best time and did the most amazing things!
We will miss you guys”
December 2021 BVI
Guest book quote
“So where do we begin to say thank you for this wonderful experience we do not want it to end.
With Matt wearing the captains hat and Tara being a dining goddess in the kitchen, we have been taken care of beyond any expectations.
The attention to detail to every minuscule thing is not unnoticed, but Matt and Tara make everything seems effortless.
Thank you for making our week on beautiful Elysium one of our best weeks ever!
Thanksgiving Charter 2021 BVI
“So happy to be back on the water and down in the islands after 4 years.
Originally planned for late 2020, and then June 2021, the stars seemed to aline finally.
Including getting Matt and Tara for our crew.
They made us feel at home, the food and hospitality was great.
We had two families together and it was amazing experience new bays for snorkeling ,
Pre Lobster fest on Anegada we felt the BVI love,
Thank you for all the extras!
We will never forget”.
“The water was perfect,
The company was amazing.
Such great snorkeling and took a good hike on Peter island.
We cruised around Anegada so fast that a bike with a flat tire passed us.
Then one of us almost did a little “bottomless horse back riding.
The food was delicious and the crew, Tara and Matt where the best everyday was wonderful.”
Testemonials for Matt and Tara pre-covid aboard Xenia 62
Tara & Matt
Well it has been a very bizarre week with Covid19 threatening to send us home daily, You have been amazing with your support and positivity.
We have still had so much fun.
The food has been exceptional and Matt’s Margaritasa bit toooo good!!!!
A few sore heads #nearly stranded in heaven..
Keep in touch we hope to be back in the BVI soon!
Mike and Caroline
Matt & Tara
Thank you for the most amazing week,
It has been a roller coaster #corona but we have managed to make the best Of a blizzard situation.
Thank you both so much,
You are stars ⭐️ ❤️Loads of love
Mike & Emily
Dear Matt and Tara
It’s been emotional!
What a fantastic week.
Thank you for a week of fun, amazing food and times I will never forget!
We will be back
All our love
Angela and Marcus (princess)”
Dear Tara and Matt,
Can’t say enough about how wonderful y’all are!
We had an absolutely amazing time with you.
It’s so special when everything and hope is fulfilled!
You brought so much joy, laughter and fun filled days!
Tara your talents with food and hospitality are unbelievable - everything you put on the table was exquisite❤️❤️❤️ Matt you are so solid, witty and brace and the best captain ever - you kept us all so safe and comfortable.
It definitely was the trip of a life time Thanks to you both!
Much much love
Anne & Alan
P.S looking forward to the next visit❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Dearest Tantalizing Tara and Magical Matt❤️
Thank you for a splendid week of island adventure, Delightful dishes (spectacular) and sensational sailing!
Your laughter, love, energy and entertainment was contagious and made for a week of unforgettable memories!!
I hope we have the opportunity to return and continue exploring the BVIs together.
The two of you made our trip extremely memorable Love and laughter
Debo and David
Dear Matt and Tara
What a wonderful trip..
We’ve had and it’s all due to you two!!
Tara, you totally amazed me with how you could whip up gourmet meals for eight in your tiny kitchen and never get flustered ( like I would)!
Matt, I loved all your stories! You are quite the wag!
Thanks so much for babysitting!😉
You two are the best!!!!
Kim & Chuck
Matt & Tara,
Can’t thank you enough for the most beautiful week in the BVI.
Your incredible generous hospitality, your bright and sunny dispositions and all your stories and time to spend engaging our group was so appreciated.
Matt you were our fearless captain getting us safely from port to port and putting up with all our requests and late nites, Thank You Tara our dining adventures will never match the level of cuisine and creativity you presented to us each day and night, Truly way more than we ever expected and added so much to our whole experience One we will never forget! We even captured many of it in photographs.
You are truly an amazing Chef!!
You both made our trip 5 stars and excised our expectations in every way, Thank You for everything and hope to share another week with you in the future.
Best to you always
The Coop Group
Dear Matt & Tara
Thank you so much for your hospitality, energetically organized direction for fun, Willingness to accommodate quirks and most of all your friendship.
You guys are perfect professionals, particularly at keeping a drink filled.
We have created some great memories, and will enjoy the pictures for years.
New Years 2019/20
What would the trip have been without you? Most surely, our marriage would have ended and someone would have gone missing. The boat would have likely capsized, and the tarpons would be enjoying our provisions now. Thank you for making this the trip of a lifetime. It’s a special kind of luxury to feel safe while adventurous, to have every need anticipated before uttered by us, and to feel the warm, gracious, joyful care of an experienced crew. We have appreciated every detail of this charter.
Thank you! A. Buckner
Thank you SO much for making our first trip to the BVI one we will never forget. You made the trip happen even when it almost didn’t. The children experienced things they will never forget. We came to relax and disconnect. We were totally relaxed and made memories that will last a lifetime (swimming with tarpons, (sharks), boat jumping at Willie T’s, tubing, snorkeling, JW’s 16th birthday, and Stuart falling in were just a few.) Lots of laughs! The Happy Hour treats were a surprise every day. We are from New Orleans and we have delicious food but Stephi exceeded all expectations. I have lots of new recipes to take home. C
Much love! The Ethridges
April 2019 Honeymoon
What an incredible week! Absolutely amazing honeymoon, total bliss that would not have been the same without Stef & Captain Mike. A total joy to spend time with, amazing food & drink, total confidence in ability to navigate & plan. On top of it all descreet at just the right moments. Can’t say enough about them. Oh yeah and a week in the BVI… need I say more. Cheers! Darrell & Lara
1. Crew Friendliness: 10
2. Crew Knowledge: 10
3. Quality of Service: 10
4. The professionalism of Crew: 10
5. Value of the Cost of the Charter: It was a big nut for us, but worth it!
6. On-Board Cuisine: The food was amazing. Once we told Mike that we needed more ice for drinks, then those were perfect as well.
7. Destination / Location: 10
8. Water-Sports: We didn't really scuba dive like we had planned. We were offered to do a dive boat, but weren't really into that scene, so we declined. Honestly, we probably wouldn't have done it anyway due to head/ear pressure challenges, so that was another reason we declined.
9. Overall Satisfaction: 10
What was the most memorable highlight of your yacht charter vacation? I loved the actual sailing, so I was happiest when the boat was moving!
Any additional comments you would like to make regarding your vacation experience? Just to send my gratitude to you all. I appreciate the communication and friendly reminders. I will totally recommend you to our friends and I hope to use you again someday!
With gratitude, K. Ingles
Thank you so much for being the most amazing crew we could have ever asked for. We had such an amazing time and will never forget how awesome you both made this trip for us. Your food was incredible too! The pork dish was my favorite and it was such a treat to have lobster on the last day! I loved waking up in the morning to your delicious breakfast! And we enjoyed the yummy drinks that Mike made too! Thanks for getting us everywhere safely and answering all of our silly questions. And thanks to both of you for your awesome sense of humor. We had so much fun with you. We’ll miss you! Jay & Monica
Wow! Mike & Stefani, what a blessing this sailing trip was to us! You both have great personalities and a good sense of humor! Thank God! We will cherish these memories and relive these moments for many years to come. Thank you for making my 50th birthday a great adventure and for cooking us the most amazing food, AND for Mike with the delicious cocktails. We wish you the best in all future endeavors and may you live your Best lives! Eddie & Kerry
What a trip this has been! Not only have you two exceeded our expectations, you have been a joy to travel with. This has been a journey we could not have done without you! This has been a dream for all 6 of us. We wish you all the best in your future travels. You two are amazing people! Kelsey & Hunter
"Mike & Stef - What can I say what a wonderful week! I am pretty sure we saw the most beautiful islands & beaches the BVI’s have to offer. From breakfast to dinner every day was perfect. The experience was amazing and will be cherished forever. Thank you for all the great food, drinks and snacks. Our family and friends will talk about this week for the rest of our lives. Thanks so much and hope to see you both again."
Jeff, Heather and Vance
"What an amazing vacation! The food was great and the beaches were beautiful. Our children had the time of their lives on their first charter. We saw tons of sea turtles and snorkled our tails off. Great trip and Mike and Stef made it special for all of us. Can’t wait to come back soon!"
Chad, Jessica,Logan and Sydney
So happy to be back on the water and down in the islands after 4 years. Originally planned for late 2020, and then June 2021, the stars seemed to align finally, including getting Matt and Tara for our crew. They made us feel at home, the food and hospitality was great. We had two families together and it was an amazing experience. New bays for snorkeling, Pre Lobster fest on Anegada - we felt the BVI love, thank you for all the extras! We will never forget.
The water was perfect, the company was amazing. Such great snorkeling and took a good hike on Peter Island. We cruised around Anegada so fast that a bike with a flat tire passed us. Then one of us almost did a little “bottomless" horse back riding. The food was delicious and the crew, Tara and Matt were the best - every day was wonderful.