Yacht Charter Croatia, Meet the Crew of Gulet Lotus! At Otium Yachts, we pride ourselves on working with some of the best in the industry. With more than a decade’s worth of experience, we learned that the crew (and the service they provide) is the heart and soul of a yacht charter experience. The crew are the ones who transform a good holiday into an exceptional sailing holiday. Hence, we are just as passionate about presenting the crew from the yachts in our fleet as we do the yachts themselves. This week, we introduce you to the crew from Gulet Lotus.
Roko Lelas, Captain
A professor of kinesiology, a passionate sailor, a sportsman and a musician. Since 2004, when his family purchased their first charter vessel – a mini cruiser - Roko has spent every summer working on it - at the beginning as a sailor, and later as a captain. His family always aimed for more than just to provide good service, so they decided to step up. After years of searching for the perfect gulet, in 2018 they bought “Lotus”. Now, when he has the perfect yacht to showcase all his knowledge and skills, Roko is keen to provide the best possible service to guests on board Lotus. Coming from a family with a long tradition in the hospitality industry, Roko is truly devoted to meet the demands and expectations of his charter guests. With a huge sailing experience gathered on the Adriatic, Roko will find perfect spots and suggest the best places for any kind of preference.
Jure Bilandzic, Chef
After working in restaurants in Austria and Germany and great restaurants along the Croatian coast Jure was ready for new challenges and experiences so he decided to continue his career on a yacht. He just felt that in a way he will have more freedom when preparing meals and he can directly communicate with guests and dedicate himself to their wishes and preferences. His favorite dishes are the ones including the fish and his favorite cuisine is Mediterranean, but he loves adding a modern twist and his touch on traditional dishes. He finds that teamwork and a comfortable working atmosphere are essential ingredients for quality customer service so he hopes that together with the rest of the crew he will bring Lotus to an enviable level. When Jure is not in the galley learning, exploring, creating, and presenting his cooking skills he spends his free time sculpting, fishing, hiking, and taking photos.
Marin Jakovac, Deckhand
Being born and raised in the vicinity of the sea the natural path led Marin to get a job aboard a yacht. Marin has experience working as a waiter so with the hospitality background he aims to provide an enjoyable and friendly time on board. He enjoys interacting with the guests and entertaining them. Marin is a hard worker, a team player, open to new challenges, and eager to learn. He fits in perfectly with the rest of the crew and brings a valuable set of skills onboard Gulet Lotus.
Josipa Barac, Hostess
Josipa is studying Computer science and spends a lot of time sitting in front of the computer, so she decided to spend her summer breathing in the sea air and doing something dynamically. Working on a yacht is a great opportunity to combine pleasure with useful. Being adaptable and managing well in a team and with new people, she won’t take long to fit in with the Lotus crew. Although this is her first year at sea, Josipa is a fast learner, and plus she has experience in hospitality, so she already knows that customer service is key to a successful business. She is ready to provide the guests with prompt and friendly service, respond to their requests and complaints, and always be courteous and ensure that they always feel comfortable and welcome. She is fluent in English and has a basic knowledge in German and loves the new technologies. In her spare time, she spends her time in nature, hiking and plant forging for her homemade teas and she is also an amateur pastry chef.
SAIL WITH GULET LOTUS!
During our trip, one of us noted one feature about our crew and Croats in general: “God, what good people they are! How they want to please us in everything.!” But the longer I thought about it I realized that they are not just eager to flatter us, that is also the way they are because they love their country and they clearly understand its economic interests. They just get better and better every year. That is why I’ve been spending my vacation in Croatia for 7 years now. Thanks a lot, Lotus crew, I hope to see you again next year!