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The ultimate girlfriend’s getaway: From scuba diving to boutique shopping on a luxury yacht charter

Turn the ultimate girls’ night out into the ultimate week away on a luxury yacht charter in some of the world’s most incredible destinations, from the bright and bold Seychelles to the chilly and mesmerising landscapes of Patagonia and the Antarctic.

Your only limit is your imagination!

Choose from traditional sailing yachts, cutting-edge catamarans and superyachts packed with all kinds of luxuries to make your stay onboard an indulgent treat, all perfectly suited to everyone’s interests and hobbies, should it be wine tasting amongst the Italian vineyards or action-packed days underwater.

Take in the local landmarks, shop for gifts and souvenirs and taste the flavours of the region all while encountering natural wonders and spectacular local marine life along the way.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a night out on the town or capturing the locality on canvas, there is a luxury yacht charter to suit all activity levels, all interests and all ages.

Culture and cuisine

The Mediterranean boasts some of the most flavoursome and well-known cuisine anywhere in the world, and coupled with a bold glass of red wine or a crisp white from the myriad vineyards dotting the coast, a getaway with girlfriends is a satisfying treat for the taste buds.

A week-long itinerary could take you along the south of France and the Italian Rivera to the delights of Croatia, where the beautiful beaches and architecture set the backdrop for a hearty feast freshly prepared by your personal highly trained onboard chef, accompanied by full-bodied wines that draw their flavours from the fertile Mediterranean soils.

Greece is one of the most coveted cruising grounds for its millennia-old culture filled with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, iconic blue-roofed, white-washed buildings and incredible beaches beside quaint island towns where the water is as transparent as glass. After a morning swim, head to a local cafe or taverna and savour tapas and ouzo in traditional surroundings.

At the other end of the Mediterranean, Barcelona and the Balearic Islands are a feast for the eyes as well as boasting Michelin starred restaurants: Take a stroll through Park Güell then on to see more art nouveau buildings that form the ‘Block of Discord’ as well as the monumental La Sagrada Familia. If you haven’t yet worked up an appetite, the Chocolate museum near the Picasso Museum will do just that.

The Mediterranean isn’t the only place for the rich culture and rich flavours: Discover Pelau on the Spice Island of Grenada, the flavours of tom yam goong, massaman curry and green curry in Thailand, and fusion cuisine amongst the South Pacific Islands.

Scuba diving, snorkelling and-adrenaline seeking adventures

Water toys are a must-have on any luxury yacht charter, and without partners and children around you have access to them wherever and whenever you like. Take a friend and jet-ski along the towering white coasts of the Dalmatian Coast or go as a larger group in the kayaks and explore the nooks and crannies of the coves.

The Caribbean & Bahamas is noted as having some incredible Scuba dive and snorkelling sites just below the surface, and the crystal clear waters make an excellent place for novices to learn with an onboard instructor, having encounters with manta rays, dolphins and spectacular schools of fish of all shapes and sizes – some of which you can catch with the onboard fishing gear for your professional chef to turn into lunch.

Feel the power of the sea breeze while riding the kite surfers and laser sailboats along the pristine coasts of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean, and stop off at the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park off the west coast of Grenada for snorkelling, scuba diving or zipping about on the Seabobs amongst concrete sculptures designed to be reclaimed by nature as coral reefs.

Land-based adventures are easy to come by, and on St. Lucia your group can hike through the rainforest up the Pitons to encounter waterfalls, mud baths and hot springs along your way to the top for an enjoyable and satisfying day exploring a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

High-end shopping, low-key parties and outdoor relaxation

In the most established luxury yacht charter destinations you are always sure to come across luxury boutiques and galleries close to your marina – the harbour side of St. Tropez is one such place as well as Via Camerelle on Capri, renowned for its luxury boutiques selling world-famous brands.

When it comes to lively evenings entertainment, few locations can beat Ibiza Town amongst the Balearic Islands, or the beach clubs along Pampelonne Beach in St. Tropez,reputed spots for nightly reverie, thought competition is growing in the Eastern Mediterranean, with the Croatian destinations of Pula, Split and Hvar proving they can attract international names in electronic music and are known to throw a beach party to remember, if this is what you seek.

In the Caribbean, the island of St. Barths holds spectacular regattas followed by equally lively parties to celebrate the victories and camaraderie of the day. Find some new items for your summer wardrobe amongst the top-quality boutiques, then settle into a restaurant or café to people-watch and watch the world take on the colours of the sunset.

The British Virgin Islands are a great hideaway from the crowds, where there is still some shopping to be done on Beef Island before disappearing into the wilds. Soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy’s Bar on Jost Van Dyke are the places to be seen on Christmas Eva and New Year’s Day when you can begin or end your superyacht charter with fireworks.

More far-flung destinations that have excellent marina facilities yet have not reached their peak popularity for luxury yacht charters include Phuket in Thailand and Bali in Indonesia, both known for their vibrant nightscapes and shopping that varies from locally made crafts to top-quality galleries and bespoke jewellery.

Wake up the next day to the beautiful quiet surroundings of your anchorage, and spend the morning recharging over coffee and breakfast al fresco, then recline on the sun loungers and sunbeds or take a dip into the swimming pool or Jacuzzi to ease yourself into the day. If you decide to spend all day on board, many motor yacht models feature a beach club for indoor/outdoor relaxation beside the water, with TV entertainment and a wet bar is often on hand.

Spa massage rooms, hair salons, cinemas and more

A luxury yacht charter event or holiday is always the perfect time to indulge, especially when you can have a spa massage room right next to your accommodation. Saunas, steam room and hammams are common onboard superyachts and a great way to warm up after diving to cold depths to explore wrecks and incredible sea walls.

For a night on the town or in preparation for a special event, hair and beauty salons will have you looking your best. When you return, you can wind down with a film in the salon or dedicated onboard cinema, and some luxury yacht designs even let you watch a film outdoors while soaking in the Jacuzzi with refreshments from the nearby wet bar.

Holistic holidays with yoga instructors and nutritionists

If over-indulgence or breaking with workout routine concerns you or your guests, then there is the option to choose a holistic luxury yacht charter. Popular particularly in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, guests can cruise in comfort and wake up to spend the morning doing yoga out on the foredeck in the invigorating fresh air. Fitness instructors can create personalised routines using the onboard gym equipment to target specific areas on the body or to reach specific goals, such as weight loss or better sleeping patterns. Nutritionists can also help towards any goals, taking into account medical conditions and dietary requirements to create delicious snacks and meals using freshly sourced ingredients.

The world’s best beaches, all to yourselves

One of the most compelling reasons to choose a luxury yacht charter by sailing yacht or motor yacht, mono-hull or catamaran is the stunning empty beaches your group will encounter, even at the height of the region’s luxury yacht charter season: Corsica within the Mediterranean luxury yacht charter grounds has over 300 beaches, many of which can only be accessed by water.

The Caribbean & Bahamas promise colourful bustling port towns for luxury shopping and dining, with a short cruise leading to powdery white or pink sand beaches fringed by gem colored turquoise waters on one side and palm trees that become thick forest cover, up towering mountains.

 

Written by Rachael Steele of CharterWorld – Luxury Yacht Charters

Expert advice for those interested in luxury yacht charters, the most beautiful superyachts on the market as well as exceptional knowledge of the most amazing charter locations around the world.