For those who want a more fulfilling and luxurious holiday than your standard five star hotel, yacht chartering offers an interesting alternative. Yachts are available to hire in a variety of sizes from boats to cater for a small family, to large yachts offering room for 30 people. It doesn’t matter how much sailing experience you have, as crew such as a skipper, stewardess, engineers, scuba dive instructors can be taken with you on your travels.
Chartering a yacht allows freedom that cannot be achieved from staying in a hotel. You can sail from island to island, sampling the finest culinary and cultural delights from each new place. Of course sunbathing on deck and taking in the scenery in a more relaxed manner is always welcomed.
One of the most popular areas to explore in the opulence of a yacht is the Mediterranean. Yacht charters are one of the best ways to get around the numerous islands and ensure that you experience the full package. Sardinia and Sicily are the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea and are both regions of Italy. As such, they offer unrivalled dining experiences – think olives, sundried tomatoes, prosciutto di parma and foccacia washed down with some fine local wine.
The Eastern side of the Mediterranean contains gems such as Cyprus, Crete and Corfu. Rhodes is a spearhead shaped island and is famous for its world heritage site listed city. Perfect for those who appreciate a bit of Greek history, the island holds many ancient ruins, notably the ruins of the Apollo temple at the Acropolis of Rhodes.
Moving toward the Western side of the sea, Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca form the Balearic Islands – well renowned for their party atmospheres. After a relaxing day shopping in old Ibiza, guests can enjoy the one-of-a-kind environment that night-time Ibiza offers. Housing Café del Mar, Pacha, Eden and Space, the island is a Mecca for clubbers.
Chartering a sumptuous yacht offers a way to see the Mediterranean at your own pace, offering a private and exclusive place to stay, away from the hustle and bustle of the islands. Whether you are on a couples retreat or are hosting a larger scale holiday, yacht charters can cater to all party sizes and budgets. If you are extra adventurous, you can even go ‘bareboat’, chartering the yacht single-handedly, giving you a complete sanctuary.