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We always look forward to our vacations on a luxury yacht. But once you’ve picked a superyacht of your dreams, it can be challenging to decide the final destination.
We selected our 10 favorite locations in the world for your luxury vacations on a yacht. Whether you are looking to charter a yacht in the Caribbean, in the Mediterranean, or in an unusual destination, have a look at our top 10 before you book your next holidays.
1 – Saint Lucia : the best Caribbean destination for luxury vacations on a yacht
Saint Lucia is one of the best destinations when it comes to spend vacations on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean. This island is in the Estern West Indies, conveniently located between Barbados, Martinique and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. As a result, Saint Lucia is the perfect starting point to sail around Caribbean on a superyacht.
Yachting Amenities in Saint Lucia
When it comes to yacht amenities, Saint Lucia has everything you need for your luxury vacations on a yacht. You can moor your yacht in Marigot Bay or in Rodney Bay to enjoy the rest of the island from the comfort of your boat with panoramic views on the mounts of this tropical island.
A Lagoon 560 is one of the best catamarans to discover Saint Lucia. Luxury, offers a minimum of 2 crew for 6 guests and optimal service.
What to do in Saint Lucia?
If you are on land, do not miss the two iconic peaks of Saint Lucia : Petit Piton and Gros Piton. If you feel adventurous, the view from the tip of Gros Piton is clearly worth the effort. For a more relaxed adventure, Pigeon Island, Anse Chastanet Beach and Diamond Botanical Gardens are great places to discover while on land.
As for most destinations in the Caribbean, we recommend going to Saint Lucia during the winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
If there is one destination in the Caribbean that has it all when it comes to luxury vacations on a yacht, it’s definitely Saint Lucia.
Key information about Saint Lucia
- Population: 181,000
- Capital: Castries
- Language: Saint Lucian Creole, French
- Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
- Best time to go: December to April, dry season
- Must see: Gros Piton, Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay
2 – British Virgin Islands (BVI): the heaven-like archipelago for luxury yacht vacations
The Virgin Islands archipelago, and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in particular, are famous yacht destinations among yacht enthusiasts. Simply put, the BVI have everything you are looking for for your luxury holidays on a yacht.
The British Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean, in the East of Puerto Rico and North-West of Anguilla. The BVI consists of 60 islands, among which only 16 are inhabited, including the main islands Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. The British Virgin Islands are therefore a true paradise for the adventurous sailor looking to explore the lesser known islands.
Yachting Amenities, harbours and marinas in the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands have all the infrastructure you need for your yacht charter : Bitter End Yacht Club Marina on Virgin Gorda, Fort Burt Marina in Road Town on Tortola island or H.R. Penn Marina in Road Town as well.
The Privilege series 7 Namaste by Alliaura Marine is one of the finest catamaran available to sail the BVI.
What to do in the BVI?
If you want to see spectacular landscapes or have the snorkelling experience of a lifetime, do not miss White Bay in Jost Van Dyke island, Devil’s bay at The Baths on Virgin Gorda or Monkey Point on Guana Island. But Mosquito Island, Marina Cay and Sandy Cay are also great marine escapes. For onland adventures, Tortola Pier Park can be a great stop for some shopping, while the Callwood Rum Distillery on Tortola is your best opportunity to discover the secrets of this world renown beverage.
The British Virgin Islands are a go-to destination for luxury vacations on a yacht for a reason.
Key information about British Virgin Islands
- Population: 30,000
- Capital: Road Town
- Language: English
- Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
- Best time to go: December to April, Dry season
- Must see: The Baths, Marina Cay, Jost Van Dyke Island
3 – The Cyclades in Greece: the world-renown archipelago for luxury yachts holidays in the Mediterranean
The cyclades archipelago in Greece are another paradise for luxury vacations on a yacht. Ermoupoli is the capital of the Cyclades, but the region is famous for Santorini and its caldera, Mykonos, Milos and of course the largest island Naxos. The Cyclades archipelago is the perfect balance between ancient history holidays and paradise like places to discover in a sunny climate.
Harbours and marinas for yachts in the Cyclades
It is best to visit the Cyclades during the Summer from April to November as the climate is usually the best at this season. Many marinas are available in different Cyclades islands: Andros, Kythnos, Serifos or the most famous ones such as Santorini, Syros or Naxos.
The motoryacht Lagoon 630 is an all times favourite in the Cyclades.
What to do in the Cyclades?
Must see in the Cyclades include the Santorini Volcano, Oia village for a breathtaking sunset or a bath in Santorini hot springs. On Naxos, do not miss the Apollo temple, the temple of Demeter along with the Cedar Forest of Alyko. If you plan to go to Mykonos, partying on your yacht is probably already a part of your to-do list. But don’t miss out Delos, Mykonos Windmills or Elia Beach in between your eventful nights.
The cyclades are a destination that can accommodate various needs, from party to history and stunning landscapes. One of the best destinations for luxury vacations on a yacht in the Mediterranean.
Key information about the Cyclades
- Population: 119,000
- Capital: Ermoupoli
- Language: Greek
- Currency: Euro
- Best time to go: April to November
- Must see: Santorini Caldeira, Naxos Island, Oia town
4 – French Riviera: the most iconic luxury yacht destination of the Mediterranean
The French Riviera is a symbol of luxury and one of the most popular destinations for luxury yacht vacations.
The French Riviera has a long history as a luxury destination. Cannes and its infamous palaces, Nice and its “Promenade des Anglais”, St-Tropez and its old harbour where the longest superyachts are often displayed : this French coastal strip is simply heaven for luxury vacations on a yacht.
Yachting Amenities, harbours and marinas on the French Riviera
With iconic marinas such as Saint Tropez, Antibes or Baie des Anges in Nice, the French Riviera is a paradise for yacht enthusiasts looking for luxury holidays. On the other side of the border, Monaco is without a doubt the most prestigious symbol of the French Riviera, along with a marina Port Hercules that became a symbol in the yacht community.
A motoryacht is one of the best boats to charter on the French Riviera. You can hop to the different moorings very fast.
What to do on the French Riviera?
While on land, do not miss to walk on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice or on the Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes to feel the unique vibe of the French Riviera. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild or the Nice Castle are both interesting visits with stunning views. Several islands can be visited by boat : Porquerolles, Port-cros or Sainte-Marguerite Islands. The French Riviera is of course a paradise for divers, kite-surfers and sailors alike.
The French Riviera is the perfect balance between luxury vacations, stunning landscapes and a rich culture to discover.
Key information about the French Riviera
- Population: 5,000,000
- Capital: Nice
- Language: French
- Currency: Euro
- Best time to go: April to October (summer)
- Must see: St-Tropez old Harbour, Nice Promenade des Anglais, Cannes Boulevard de la Croisette
5 – Martinique & Guadeloupe: The French luxury Windward Islands in Antilles
Martinique and Guadeloupe are both great destinations in the heart of the Caribbean. Both are overseas regions belonging to France, and are therefore a part of the European Union and the Schengen area. Being in the heart of the Antilles, they are as well a must-go for yacht enthusiasts looking to discover these two emblematic islands in the Caribbean.
What to do in Martinique?
Martinique is located in between Dominica and Saint Lucia and is the Southern of the two. The island is famous for its Caribbean culture mixed with its French influences. With Fort-de-France as its capital, iconic villages such as Le Robert or Sainte Luce and its dreaded Mont Pelee, Martinique has enough to please everyone. The island is famous for its bays such as Anse Mitan, Anse Dufour or its Grande Anse d’Arlet. But do not miss a stop on Salines Beach, in the Caravelle peninsula or a walk in the regional natural park of Martinique if you are going nearby.
What to do in Guadeloupe?
Guadeloupe is located in between Montserrat and Dominica. Guadeloupe is mainly divided into three distinct areas: Grande-Terre, Basse-Terre and Marie Galante. But three other islands, La Désirate and Saintes islands are also a part of Guadeloupe. Although the capital of the Guadeloupe is Basse-Terre, the main city is Les Abymes, a Pointe-à-Pitre neighbor. Similar to its Martinique cousin, Guadeloupe benefited from a surprising mix of culture between caribbean and French. The island is famous for its volcano, la Grande Soufrière, and for its pristine beaches such as Grande Anse beach, Malendure beach or its beaches located on Saintes islands. While onland, Carbet waterfalls, a hike in the national park or in Deshaies botanic gardens can be great escapes.
Yachting amenities in Guadeloupe and Martinique
Both Martinique and Guadeloupe have marinas to welcome luxury yachts. Bas-du-Fort marina in Guadeloupe or La Marina du Marin are both great stops during your luxury yacht vacations in the French West Indies.
Discover these two picturesque parts of France during your next luxury holidays in the Caribbean.
Catamaran Cartouche, your trusted companion to sail around Martinique, Guadeloupe and the rest of the Caribbean.
Key information about Martinique and Guadeloupe
- Population: 380,000 in Martinique, 395,000 in Guadeloupe
- Capital: Fort de France in Martinique, Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe
- Language : French and Creole
- Currency: Euro
- Best time to go: December to April (dry season)
- Must see: Saintes Islands, Mont Pelée, Caravelle peninsula
6 – Seychelles: The iconic destination for luxury yachts vacations in the Indian Ocean
The Seychelles is a well-known destination among yacht enthusiasts. The archipelago is famous for its tropical climate, its white sandy beaches and its unique culture. The country is made of 115 islands lying in between the Somali sea and Madagascar. Its strategic location close to Africa made the once inhabited archipelago a disputed territory between France and the United Kingdom that resulted in a rich culture.
What to do in Seychelles?
If the capital of Seychelles is Victoria, the true stars of the country for all yachties remain Praslin, Mahé or La Digue islands. But since the archipelago is wide, numerous islands remain rarely visited and can be hidden paradise such as Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur islands or Silhouette. Several natural reserves and parks are located in Seychelles such as National Marine Park in Sainte Anne, Fond Ferdinand or Baie Ternay. With such unspoilt locations, Seychelles is not only a paradise for luxury yacht vacations, but also a dream come true for divers.
Harbours, marinas and moorings in Seychelles
Seychelles have all amenities when it comes to accommodating yachts, including super yacht facilities such as the Eden Island Marina. The Wharf hotel and Marina is also a prestigious marina where you can moor your yacht in front of a scenic landscape.
With such distinctive advantages, it’s not surprising that the Seychelles are the most popular destination for luxury yacht vacations in the Indian Ocean. And one of the most regarded yacht destinations in the world.
A power catamaran such as is the best vessel to explore Seychelles shallow reefs.
Key information about Seychelles
- Population: 97,000
- Capital: Victoria
- Language: English, French, Seychellois Creole
- Currency: Seychellois Rupee (SCR)
- Best time to go: April, May, October and November
- Must see: Praslin island, Mahé, Baie Ternay
7 – Panama: The best transcontinental country for luxury yacht holidays
Panama is a country located at the junction of South and Central America. It is bordered by Costa Rica and Colombia and is conveniently located across both the Caribbean sea and the Pacific Ocean. For these reasons, Panama has always been a strategic location for sailors, especially since the creation of the Panama canal. But thanks to its unique location, its developed infrastructure and its tropical climate, Panama is also an ideal destination for luxury yacht vacations.
What to do in Panama?
Boats enthusiasts will love watching the ships crossing oceans in the Miraflores locks. The history fans will love discovering Panama Viejo, visiting the Canal museum or discovering the biomuseo. When it comes to beaches, Panama has everything you can look for : Playa Venao for the surfing aficionados, San Blas Islands, Contadora Island or Starfish Beach. Whether you are into diving, surfing or simply resting from the comfort of your yacht, Panama has it all.
Harbours, marinas and boat amentities in Panama
This natural converging location for boats around the world naturally gives Panama world class infrastructure for you to dock your yacht. Plenty or marinas are available throughout the country: Red Frog Beach Island Marina, Shelter Bay Marina or Bocas Marina in Boca del Toro.
Panama is a very versatile destination with something to please everyone. A true gem for luxury yacht vacations.
Explore the cost of Panama aboard a motoryacht.
Key information about Panama
- Population: 4,176,000
- Capital: Panama City
- Language: Spanish
- Currency: Balboa (PAB) and United State Dollar (USD)
- Best time to go: January to April
- Must see: Miraflores docks, Starfish Beach, Boca Del Toro
8 – Tuamotu Archipelago: The most remote luxury holidays on a yacht
If Tahiti and Bora-Bora are the most famous Polynesian islands, the Tuamotu archipelago is a hidden gem that you should put on your bucket list of luxury yacht vacations.
The Tuamotu archipelago is made out of 76 atolls lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean. The archipelago is a part of the French Polynesia collectivity, a subdivision of French oversea territories. 8 main groups of islands are part of the Tuamotu Archipelago: Disappointment Islands, Duke of Gloucester Islands, Far East Tuamotu Islands, Hao group, Hikueru group, King Georges islands, Palliser Islands and Raeffsky Islands. Some of these atolls are inhabited while many are desert and are up to you to explore.
What to do in the Tuamotus?
Rangiroa, Manihi and Tikehau are the best atolls for world class diving experiences, but also for horseback riding or pearl culture. Tiputa pass is also one of the most renowned diving spot in the world, and a must-see on your Polynesian tour. If you want to feel like you are the only one in the world, then head to the Disappointment Islands and their three main atolls of Napuka, Puka-Puka and Tepoto that are everything but disappointing.
Marinas and moorings in the Tuamotus
Several marinas are available for your sailing vacation in Tuamotus. Tiputa Marina is a charming one on Rangiroa atoll, along with Apataki Marina or Motu Hirifa.
The Tuamotu islands are your ultimate yacht destinations for your luxury sailing vacations in Polynesia.
The lagoon 77 is the ideal catamaran to discover atolls around the Tuamotus.
Key information about the Tuamotus
- Population : 15,000
- Capital: Papeete
- Language: French, Tuamotuan
- Currency: Pacific Franc
- Best time to go: April to May, October to November
- Must see: Tiputa Pass, Rangiroa, Pearl farm
9 – Australia: the wildest luxury yacht destination in the world
Australia is huge and wild. It is also a developed nation with state of the art infrastructure and a culture naturally geared towards the ocean. It is therefore not surprising that the country is filled with great locations to have a luxury vacation on a yacht.
Main yacht destinations in Australia
The Great Barrier reef is a huge stretch of corals stretching for more than 2000 kilometers. The area around the Great Barrier is called the Coral Sea and is one of the best destinations in Australia to have a luxurious adventure on a yacht.
The Whitsundays is also another great destination to have luxury yacht vacations. These islands are located in Queensland a few hours away from Brisbane. With its national parks and high end resorts, it is another hot spot for all Australian yacht enthusiasts.
Main Australian cities are also on the sea or around water, meaning you can charter a yacht and stay in a metropolitan area. Sydney, Pittwater or Perth are all close to the city hustle yet accessible by a yacht charter.
There is nothing quite like Australia so if you are looking for wild luxury vacations on a yacht, you might just have found where to go next.
A luxury motor yacht such as this 37m yacht will provide an unforgettable yacht charter to discover Australia.
Key information about Australia
- Population: 25,000,000
- Capital: Canberra
- Language: English
- Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
- Best time to go: depending on destination
- Must see: Sydney Opera, Great Barrier Reef, Kings Park in Perth
10 – Balearic Islands: The Spanish iconic luxury holidays destinations
The Balearics is an archipelago in the Mediterranean sea. The main four islands are Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. If Ibiza is probably the most famous destination of them, the four main islands are all interesting destinations when it comes to chartering a yacht around their waters. Translucid water typical of the Mediterranean sea, laid back atmosphere and historical landmarks are all accessible by boat.
Marinas and harbours for yachts in Balearics
Several harbours and marinas are available in all Balearics. Palma de Mallorca harbour and Ibiza harbours can host the biggest vessels while Adriano harbour and Puerto Portals can host smaller boats in charming locations.
Sharlou is not only a beauty, she is also one of the most pleasurable sailboat to sail in the Balearics.
What to do in the Balearics
Stunning beaches, bays or caves are everywhere in the Balearics, especially when travelling on a yacht. Formentor Cape, Drach caves, Cala Mitjana, Cala Vadella, Cala Llombards, cala romantica or Cala Salada, your only worry will be to pick one. On land, numerous activities are also available: from the hippy market of Punta Arabi to the Capdepera Castle or the Sanctuary of Sant Salvador.
If you are looking for island luxury vacations on a yacht in Western Europe, then you can’t go wrong by heading to the Balearics.
Key information about Balearics
- Population: 1,100,000
- Capital: Palma de Mallorca
- Language: Catalan and Spanish
- Currency: Euro
- Best time to go: April to October
- Must see: Cala Llombards, Cala Romantica, Capdepera Castle
Still unsure about your next destination? Contact us and let’s find out together what is the most suited destination for your next luxury holidays on a yacht.
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