The time has come to escape for some winter sunshine and book a luxury yacht charter. Whether relaxing under swaying palm trees in the balmy Bahamian breeze or reveling in the celebratory buzz of St Barts is more your scene, we uncover the places to see and be seen this winter charter season – ranging from everybody’s favorite haunts to something new to whet the appetite.
A Bahamas yacht charter dazzles with its astounding beaches, diverse marine life and gentle, laid-back ambience.
A calypso drumbeat runs throughout the 700 islands and 2,400 cays of the Bahamas, where sun-drenched afternoons are spent grabbing a conch salad and a beer from a beach-side eatery and soaking up the islands’ rays. Its offering of postcard-perfect beaches, friendly locals (including pigs), golf and water-based activities have long been a winning combination favoured by yacht charterers. That’s not even mentioning its iconic street parade, Junkanoo – a lively burst of colour and noise which parades through the streets every Boxing Day (26 December) and perhaps best typifies the unique Bahamas spirit. To plan your own Bahamian adventure, start by comparing all superyachts for charter in the Bahamas.
A perennial winter charter favourite — especially for New Years celebrations — St Barts retains a timeless charm. The Gustavia port is always a hub of activity, surrounded by hip designer boutiques, buzzing nightspots including Le Yacht Club and Bagatelle, as well as fine dining delights like La Guérite to tantalise all tastebuds. For down-time following festivities, St Barts also serves up a variety of white-sand beaches and quiet bays for leisurely lounging in style.
White sands meet cyan waters in this tropical paradise otherwise known as The Maldives. Sitting beneath gently swaying palm trees sipping on a margarita and taking a dip in deliciously mellow waters is all that is required for you on a charter here. The most challenging part of your day is deciding which one of the country’s world-famous beaches to visit, with nearly every one of its 1,200 islands home to otherworldly sands. Those looking for a side of subaquatic adventure with their relaxation are also catered for by the Maldives crystalline seas home to unique biodiversity.
An Antigua yacht charter features over a hundred powder-soft beaches set against a glorious volcanic backdrop
Antigua is steeped in history, boasts excellent balmy temperatures year-round, and features over a hundred powder-soft beaches, set against a glorious volcanic backdrop of rolling hills, and makes for a spectacular Caribbean charter destination. A vacation here could be easily combined with neighbouring St. Kitts, St. Barts, St. Martin and Barbuda too.
You'll get the unique experience of visiting two islands with polar-opposite personalities
Providing the unique experience of visiting two islands with polar-opposite personalities in a 37 square mile radius of each other, St Maarten and St Martin have a diverse charm like no other Caribbean charter destination.
The Netherlands-owned territory of St Maarten embraces its extravagant Caribbean culture – centred around the bustling capital of Philipsburg - delightfully contrasting with the quiet, European-inspired way of life on the French side of St Martin. Whatever side appeals to you, the island’s offering of white-sand beaches interweaved with a vast bucolic mountainside – home to secret caves and captivating wildlife - is guaranteed to thrill.
Promising tropical perfection, this Indian Ocean hotspot comprising over 115 islands has serious beach cachet, with sunkissed temperatures all year round. Anse Source d'Argent, with its dramatic granite boulders that border silken sands, regularly tops the world's most beautiful beaches lists (as well as being one of the most snapped globally) with its striking good looks, as does postcard-perfect Anse Lazio on Seychelles second largest island, Praslin. Below the surface, Seychelles still stuns: slip-on snorkel gear and marvel a magical underwater tapestry in waters an otherworldly shade of topaz, or glide across its serene shores on a jet-ski in complete solitude.
For yacht charter guests seeking an idyllic island-hopping destination that eludes crowds during the winter season, then Seychelles certainly fits the bill.
World-famous private islands Mustique and Petit St.Vincent are located in this Caribbean nirvana
32 islands make up the quietly gorgeous Caribbean archipelago that is St Vincent and the Grenadines. Its unblemished beauty: a tangle of towering palms, pearlescent shores and beaches where the footprints are likely to be yours alone — never fails to impress. Highly exclusive private islands punctuated with plush villas can be found here, including Mustique, an isle ultra-popular with the jet-set and surrounded by intrigue, as well as the legendary Petit St. Vincent. The latter is an eco-friendly paradise located on the southern tip of the Grenadines, where days drift by dipping into twinkling waters and floating alongside resident sea turtles, or diving through towering coral. Quite simply, it's utter bliss.
French Polynesian wonderland the Society Islands are an archipelago comprising the region's most popular yacht charter destinations like Tahiti, Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Raitea and Huahine. This collective of isles scattered like petals across sapphire seas each offer something unique for guests visiting its heavenly cruising grounds. Opt for Tahiti if you have an urge for land exploration: think treks through soaring waterfalls, tours through lava tubes and canyoneering along valleys, go for unparalleled comfort at the five-star resorts in Bora Bora or discover the flawlessly serene isle of Huahine that will fill you with awe.
Fiji is a thrill for the senses: blinding flashes of turquoise melt into pearl-white sands, soundtracked by fluttering palms and chattering parrotfinches
Fiji is a thrilling sensory feast from the minute you arrive: blinding flashes of turquoise melt into pearl-white sands, soundtracked by fluttering palms and chattering parrotfinches. Eye-poppingly unspoilt, Fiji's huge number of islands (over 300, with more than 80% of the population residing on two islands: Vanua Levu and Viti Levu) means there is quite literally an island to cater to any yacht charter taste. Fiji is all about endless wonder, thanks to its vibrant culture, lip-smackingly good cuisine, legendary ultra-luxe resorts, and of course its spellbinding landscapes and biodiversity.
Yacht charter itineraries in Fiji typically focus on the Mamunca Islands, Yasawa Islands, Vanua Levu and Taveuni.