What is the magic of a private luxury superyacht charter? It’s really all about total privacy, personal service, gourmet meals, absolute relaxation and seclusion, watersports if you like and no fixed itinerary. Chartering is an ideal vacation for many different groups of people: families, groups of friends or just couples wanting a peaceful and romantic getaway.
Taking a vacation on a fully crewed yacht is very much like staying in an exclusive villa with first rate staff to look after you and make sure you have everything you want. The yacht crew will sail the yacht, cook, pour drinks and take extremely good care of you. The advantage is that your yacht moves when you want, to a new anchorage or new island. You decide where to go, when, what you want to eat and who to take with you.
The Yacht Captain will generally recommend the best itinerary and will know the cruising area very well, the prettiest harbours, quietest beaches and best watersport places. But the choice is yours as the itinerary is always flexible: if you discover a place you particularly love, then you can spend extra time there.
You decide on each day’s activities; if all you really want to do is relax in a shady cockpit or hammock, sunbathe, read a book, swim and snorkel or chat with friends, that’s fine too. Or perhaps you want to go ashore and explore little villages, walk or shop in local markets – the Captain will make sure you set off in the right direction. If you’re party people, the crew will be happy to arrange theme party nights or recommend something ashore.
Catering aboard the yacht will be of an extremely high standard. The menu is planned to suit your taste in food and if you have any special dietary needs these can usually be catered for too. Most superyachts have professionally qualified chefs on board who work in top restaurant-standard kitchens.
Watersports. As a minimum, charter yachts always carry snorkel gear and generally much more as well. Floating mats, water-skis, fishing gear, towable rings and kneeboards etc, sea kayaks and beach games. Most power yachts carry jet-skis, but in many Mediterranean countries you will need a licence to drive one and some islands in the Caribbean do not allow them.