The luxury yacht charter market has been expanding and more and more destinations and activities are becoming available than ever before: Cruise to the cold far regions for an adventure holiday surrounded by wildlife, take in the culture of the Mediterranean luxury yacht charter or stretch out with a pina colada in the Caribbean.
From family-sized catamarans to the ultimate explorer yachts, there is something to suit every holiday and occasion. Get some inspiration for your next escape with these time-old favourite charter destinations and brand new selections from across the world.
From the ever-popular Balearic Islands to the Cyclades Islands between Greece and Turkey, the Mediterranean is as broad as it is diverse and there is a tranquil and attractive spot even in the heart of the summer rush.
Events such as the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix draw celebrities every year and luxury yacht charter groups have plenty of festivals and regattas such as Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez add to their itineraries.
To the east, Croatia hosts some of the best electronic music events on the spectacular Dalmatian Islands of Split and Hvar. The Cyclades, Sporades and Dodecanese Islands are effortlessly visited on a luxury yacht charter and guests can combine a cool morning of sightseeing and shopping with an afternoon stretched out on a sandy beach in front of warm crystal clear water.
Summer in the southern hemisphere takes place from December to February and popular destinations include New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia.
Uninhabited tropical islands are scattered throughout the region and superyacht charter groups can easily find a sandy beach all to themselves for peaceful days, starlit nights and endless opportunities to Scuba dive and snorkel among coral reefs bursting with marine life.
The South Pacific is a great alternative to the busy Caribbean and the different culture and cuisine provides a unique atmosphere while retaining all the advantages that make a tropical break so enticing.
One of the best kept secrets of the luxury yacht charter industry is Southeast Asia offering up some of the most flavoursome cuisine in the world alongside ancient temples, a thriving nightlife and one impressive dive site after another.
Indonesia and Papua New Guinea draw in visitors to see the underwater wonders of sea horses, nudibranchs and tropical fish swimming through pristine protected reefs, while above water groups can paddle through mangroves or lie out on an isolated beach and soak in the sunshine.
Patagonia and Antarctica
Expedition yachts have allowed luxury yacht charter groups to go farther than ever before, redefining the cruising experience as something more than sun, sea and sand. One of the latest regions available on a luxury yacht charter is Patagonia where the untouched nature is the perfect place for an adventure holiday. The explorer yachts that visit this region often come with a range of amenities and water toys not available on most other luxury holidays, such as submarines and all-terrain vehicles.
Patagonia is usually a starting and finishing point for cruises to Antarctica, a destination where your group can get up close to different species of penguins, orcas and fur seals before visiting the old whaling stations that have either been left to the elements or turned into research stations. Cruise past blue tinted icebergs in your tender or canoe and take the opportunity to photograph passing whale pods, imposing arches and crystalline ice floes that change daily.
Greenland and Svalbard
Arctic and Antarctic holidays present luxury yacht charter groups with a very different beauty to the hot and vibrant shores of the Mediterranean or Caribbean: In lands where nature rules above all and human influence is minimal on the environment, the landscapes of Greenland and Svalbard can be the perfect place for family time, nature watching and adrenaline-filled adventures.
The Northern Lights are best viewed in the autumn and winter months however charter groups visiting the region in the summer will have an abundance of daylight hours in which to kayak among the glaciers, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Ilulissat Icefjord, then rest and rejuvenate in one of the natural hot springs.
Caribbean and Bahamas
As the Mediterranean charter season wanes with the approach of winter, the Caribbean and Bahamas are on the rise for Christmas and New Year. Visitors outside of the peak season will benefit from the same warm weather and silky soft beaches but with a more laid-back atmosphere and fewer tourists at the most famous landmarks.
The vibrant colours of the natural landscape are home to numerous fish species, turtles, manta rays and dolphins for the perfect nature holiday with family and friends. Sandy shores are easy to come by, and the Bahamas - and Bermuda farther north - have pink sand beaches perfect for a romantic getaway.
The thriving nightlife has something to cater to all tastes from exclusive clubs and restaurants to thematic bars, including the world-famous Soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy's Bar within the British Virgin Islands.
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