10 incredible family charter yachts for Mediterranean holidays

Initiates to the world of luxury charters would be forgiven for believing that ...

10 incredible family charter yachts for Mediterranean holidays

June 15, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

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Initiates to the world of luxury charters would be forgiven for believing that superyachts cater exclusively to adults, what with the many classical interiors on offer and typical facilities such as spa rooms, wet bars and gyms, yet many motor yachts and even sailing yachts have updated their entertainment to follow modern trends and certification ensures that safety is standard in every design.

Whether you are searching for the latest water toys to impress your little ones, spacious outdoor areas for running around, or simply a superyacht that comes with games consoles to alleviate the boredom between destinations, here are 10 family friendly luxury yachts that guarantee ‘are we there yet?’ is a phrase you’ll only hear before your holiday begins.

1. Jo – Toys galore, plus a dance floor

Superyacht JO is ready to entertain in the Mediterranean with her great dance floor, a fantastic variety of water toys and a water slide.

Superyacht JO - Built by Benetti

Superyacht JO – Built by Benetti

Adults and children alike will never be at a loss for water toys to play with: M/Y JO is a Certified RYA Jetski Training Centre and the bosun and deckhands are qualified windsurf and kitesurf instructors, so you can afford that quiet moment sunbathing on the soft sands of Mykonos knowing that everyone is in safe hands.

After a day of action-packed activities, settle in with the games consoles and compete against each other for the highest party games score, or sit back in the spacious main salon and enjoy a night in together with the wide selection of family films.

“…the charter was a success. The crew was very friendly and professional and delighted to serve. Overall the boat was in a very good condition, the rooms downstairs were much bigger (I even slept once there to try myself), my room was also excellent, the chief cook was really excellent… In one word, it is a Benetti, luxury + service were very good. I would strongly recommend it everyone. Thanks for everything.”

 – Charterer on motor yacht JO in the Caribbean

Luxury yacht JO can accommodate 10 guests over 5 cabins, however there is a room on the upper deck containing a sofa bed which would perfectly suit up to 2 children or a live-in carer.

Superyacht JO - Swim platform and water toys

Superyacht JO – Swim platform and water toys

Length: 50m/163ft

Beam: 9m/30ft

Facilities: Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, games consoles, dance floor, Jacuzzi, gym

Accommodation: 10/12 guests, 5/6 cabins

Crew: 12

Price per week: €175,000-€195,000 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

 

2. Annabel II – Speed and sensation

Take your family on a holiday in the Eastern Mediterranean and discover the glittering beauty of such places as Cyprus and Greece’s Ionian Islands.

Open yacht ANNABEL II - Built by Horizon

Open yacht ANNABEL II – Built by Horizon

Open yacht ANNABEL II is capable of a top speed of 20 knots, so your group spends less time travelling and more hours among the ruins, markets and coasts of your different destinations.

“We have just completed a three week cruise of the Croatian waters aboard Annabel II and are so completely delighted I am compelled to report back for other prospective travelers. We began our cruise in Tavit, Montenegro… stopping at islands along the Dalmatian Coast…

It helps that these cruising waters are simply outstanding in every way: beautiful bays, quaint and historical harbors, 78 degree water, great swimming, hiking, killer sunsets, stand up paddle boarding, interesting and historical villages.

The yacht was eminently satisfactory with jacuzzi, music system, TVs everywhere, a huge master stateroom etc., etc. Annabel II also possesses a tuned piano which did get used.

But the greatest delight was our crew consisting of Captain Andrew, Engineer Nathan, Stewardess Hayley and Chef Dee Dee…And dinners were just fabulous, each different with elaborate place settings and napkins folded using origami rules. Individual dietary needs were always respected, and the meals were healthy.”

– M/Y ANNABEL II, July 2016 in Croatia

With over 650+ movies to choose from and games as well, there is plenty to keep young minds busy while the adults socialise on the sundeck and unwind in the Jacuzzi with a drink from the bar. The warm cherry wood interiors and excellent price of this luxury yacht make her a popular choice for any group looking for fun and culture on a Mediterranean charter.

Motor yacht ANNABEL II - Sundeck Jacuzzi and bar

Motor yacht ANNABEL II – Sundeck Jacuzzi and bar

Length: 30m/97ft

Beam: 7m/22ft

Facilities: Games consoles, Jacuzzi

Accommodation: 8/10 guests, 4 cabins

Crew: 4

Price per week: €44,000-€49,000 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean

 

3. Ombre Blu – Exceptional services on a fun family yacht

Family groups looking for a smaller vessel that doesn’t compromise on quality or services will be blown away with what is on offer with luxury catamaran OMBRE BLU: The husband and wife crew are a trained PADI dive instructor and a massage therapist respectively, and there are a number of itineraries available which incorporate meals at exclusive 5 star restaurants and spas as well as visits to galleries and museums.

Luxury catamaran OMBRE BLU

Luxury catamaran OMBRE BLU

On board, there is an excellent selection of international wines and beverages to complement your meal surrounded by the bright and airy pale oak interior, or while dining alfresco out on the expansive deck.

“We had a fabulous time! Melissa and Francesco took great care of us! The boat is fantastic – beautiful, well cared for – I am confident you can continue to recommend the boat and crew to your clients.”

– Charter guest during June 12 – 19 2016 in Amalfi

Along with an extensive collection of water toys that includes kayaks, paddleboards and water skis, S/Y OMBRE BLU comes with a book and DVD library as well as board games for family enjoyment before bedtime and while in transit sailing from Italy‘s mainland to the breath-taking islands of Corsica and Sardinia.

Luxury yacht OMBRE BLU - Salon

Luxury yacht OMBRE BLU – Salon

Length: 15m/51ft

Beam: 9m/28ft

Facilities: PADI Registered Dive Centre, massage therapy services

Accommodation: 6 guests, 3 cabins

Crew: 2

Price per week: €12,500-€17,500 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Western Mediterranean

 

4. Lazy Z – Make time to do nothing

Whether heading off to mark a special occasion as a family or looking for a fun-filled holiday without any pressures, superyacht LAZY Z offers large indoor and outdoor spaces to make your cruising experience comfortable and memorable.

Motor yacht LAZY Z

Motor yacht LAZY Z

The large main salon is the perfect place to get together for a film or prepare for the day ahead, and the upper deck aft is an excellent place to relax outdoors with hobbies while soaking in the sunshine of Malta or the Amalfi Coast.

In the Showboats Awards 1997, she was a finalist in the Best Motor Yacht Interior and Best Full Displacement Motor Yacht categories. Her last refit in 2015 has maintained these high standards while updating the decor and amenities for contemporary use.

Children will love the massive water slide which connects to the sundeck, where a Jacuzzi surrounded by sunpads will entice the adults throughout the summer days.

Superyacht LAZY Z - Sundeck and Spa Pool

Superyacht LAZY Z – Sundeck and spa pool

Length: 52m/170ft

Beam: 9m/31ft

Facilities: Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, Jacuzzi, gym

Accommodation: 12 guests, 6 cabins

Crew: 12

Price per week: €238,000 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

 

5. Diane – Brilliant bespoke living areas from renowned designers

Motor yacht DIANE - Built by Benetti

Motor yacht DIANE – Built by Benetti

With a stunning classic interior from Francois Zuretti and exterior styling by Stefano Natucci, motor yacht DIANE will turn any charter into a lavish affair. The large salon divides up the seating areas so that guests can carry out their own activities while remaining in each other’s company, and the crew have an exceptional reputation for providing a fun and friendly on board atmosphere.

While weary souls enjoy some rest and relaxation on the sundeck sunloungers with refreshments from the bar, energetic guests can take to the water to try out the kayaks, water skis and the jet ski among the many water toys.

At the end of the day, the whole family can gather together for an alfresco meal under a fiery sky before heading to bed for the next day’s adventure.

Luxury yacht DIANE - Main salon

Luxury yacht DIANE – Main salon

Length: 43m/141ft

Beam: 9m/29ft

Facilities: Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, Jacuzzi, gym

Accommodation: 10/12 guests, 5 cabins

Crew: 9

Price per week: €133,000-€154,000 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

 “If you have any queries about any of the superyachts listed above, contact CharterWorld for more information and to reserve your preferred charter dates for the busy summer season.”

6. Talisman Maiton – For parties with presence

Another yacht that has a proven charter reputation with families, M/Y TALISMAN MAITON is a charming blend of classic and contemporary design for lavish interiors with the ideal ambiance for evening parties. Outside, the shaded and open deck areas are excellent for watching the local wildlife and lounging with hobbies and reading material. The sundeck has a generous spa pool that will be a hit with guests of all ages.

Motor yacht TALISMAN MAITON - Built by Proteksan Turquoise

Motor yacht TALISMAN MAITON – Built by Proteksan Turquoise

With Waverunners and kayaks among the water toys on offer, the whole family can spend the day together exploring the turquoise bays and coves of the Cote d’Azur.

Every beautifully appointed cabin offers guests a comfortable night’s sleep so that guests awaken refreshed and ready for the next day, whether it’s a quiet cruise with a sundeck barbeque or a full-on day of walking and sightseeing around some of the world’s longest-standing cities.

Mega yacht Talisman Maiton - Main salon. Photo credit Proteksan Turquoise

Mega yacht Talisman Maiton – Main salon. Photo credit Proteksan Turquoise

Length: 54m/178ft

Beam: 9m/31ft

Facilities: Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, games consoles, Jacuzzi, gym

Accommodation: 12 guests, 6 cabins

Crew: 10

Price per week: €224,000-€266,000 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

 

7. Twilight – Sailing sophistication

If you’re considering staying around one area and exploring in detail everything that region has to offer, sailing yacht TWILIGHT is a graceful vessel designed for lavish living with efficient use of space.

Sailing yacht TWILIGHT - Built by Oyster Yachts

Sailing yacht TWILIGHT – Built by Oyster Yachts

Dine alfresco in the cockpit while enjoying views of the lush landscape, sit in the sunshine in the aft lounging area or make use of the spacious stern for some outdoor exercise. Once you arrive at your hideaway beach destination the water toys will give hours of entertainment, with the selection including water skis, wakeboards and snorkelling gear.

“…Great week on Twilight. I can’t speak highly enough about the boat and the crew. They are really fantastic. Thanks again for this past week.”

– Charter guest aboard S/Y TWILIGHT, March 2017 in the Caribbean

A finalist in the World Superyacht Awards 2014 for the Best Sailing Yacht in 30m to 40m size range category, sailing yacht TWILIGHT is an exceptional combination of luxury and performance for the ultimate sailing experience in the Mediterranean. Her brilliant interior from Rhoades Young will ensure that superyacht TWILIGHT is remembered for her comfort and style long after the holiday has ended.

Luxury yacht TWILIGHT - Alfresco dining in the cockpit

Luxury yacht TWILIGHT – Alfresco dining in the cockpit

Length: 38m/125ft

Beam: 9m/29ft

Accommodation: 8 guests, 4 cabins

Crew: 6

Price per week: €70,000-€80,000 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

 

8. Balista – Dive deep and dine well

Able to host up to 130 guests for quayside parties, Cantieri di Pisa motor yacht BALISTA is a work of art that will impress visitors as much as the guests lucky enough to charter her in the Eastern Mediterranean: Her interiors are decorated in marble and teak to create understated opulence in which to relax, play and converse while the main salon bar will supply aperitifs before every sumptuous meal. Chef Sebastian Ambervill took second place at the MYBA Yacht Show 2016 in the 40-49m size category, and guests young and old can expect to be treated to a dining experience like no other.

Mega yacht BALISTA - Built by Cantieri di Pisa

Mega yacht BALISTA – Built by Cantieri di Pisa

Unwind on the sundeck in the spa pool without a care in the world as you take in the uninterrupted views of Greece‘s varied coastline. Alternatively, take advantage of luxury yacht BALISTA‘s PADI Diver Centre certification and head underwater to explore the wonders of the seafloor together, with sites in Croatia including dive wrecks, cave tunnels and reefs teeming with exotic sea life, including wildly coloured sea slugs and octopi.

Motor yacht BALISTA - Master suite

Motor yacht BALISTA – Master suite

Length: 47m/153ft

Beam: 9m/29ft

Facilities: PADI Certified Dive Centre, Jacuzzi

Accommodation: 12 guests, 6 cabins

Crew: 10

Price per week: €140,000-€160,000 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

 

9. RoMa – Glamour in ivory and gold

An impressive superyacht that could entertain for a week using her on board facilities alone, M/Y ROMA will turn any family break, corporate event charter or special celebration into an unforgettable adventure.

Viareggio motor yacht RoMa

Viareggio motor yacht RoMa

Sparkling white interiors from Newcruise and exterior design by Espen Oeino come together to make bright and calming relaxation areas perfect for taking life as it comes after hours of sightseeing in France or at your other Mediterranean destination. The sundeck will be the hub for outdoor socialisation thanks to the large swimming pool with attached bar and the surrounding sunpads and sun loungers, all of which enjoy uninterrupted views.

The perfect balance between high energy fun and sedate activities, luxury yacht ROMA has a large variety of water toys aboard this approved RYA Water Sports Centre and PADI Certified Dive Centre. The group can wear themselves out with the Seabobs, kayaks and scuba diving gear before settling in to for an evening film in the movie theatre.

Superyacht RoMa - Sundeck pool and sun lounging area

Superyacht RoMa – Sundeck pool and sun lounging area

Length: 62m/203ft

Beam: 11m/36ft

Facilities: PADI Certified Dive Centre, Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, games consoles, Jacuzzi, gym swimming pool, movie theatre, lift (elevator), wheelchair access

Accommodation: 10 guests, 6 cabins

Crew: 16

Price per week: €395,000 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Western Mediterranean

 

10. Lady Britt – Every indulgence for every guest 

For the ultimate Mediterranean holiday aboard a unique superyacht that pampers all its guests, mega yacht LADY BRITT is an indulgent treat for the whole family.

Luxury yacht LADY BRITT - Built by Feadship

Luxury yacht LADY BRITT – Built by Feadship

At the World Superyacht Awards 2012 and the Showboats Design Awards 2012, her top-of-the-line design and facilities placed her as a finalist for the categories Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300GT to 2,999GT (approximately 60m – 84m), Recreational Area for Guest Use Award and Interior Layout Award: Motor Yachts, proving her rare qualities in the luxury charter market.

Take your meals in the beautiful Redman Whiteley Dixon formal dining area or dine alfresco on the upper aft deck with every meal a delectable feat from a Michelin star chef. Guests feeling like they’ve had a little too much gratification can wear off any extra calories in the sundeck gym before relaxing in the Jacuzzi or heading down to the spa room for massage therapies and time in the sauna.

The younger generation won’t be left out either: The main salon is set up with state-of-the-art audio-visual systems and there is an outdoor cinema on the sundeck for watching blockbusters together under the stars. As well as Scuba diving gear for exploring the incredible wrecks and reefs of the Mediterranean, there is a great selection of water toys that includes a laser sail boat, Waverunners and water skis.

Motor yacht LADY BRITT - Main salon

Motor yacht LADY BRITT – Main salon

Length: 63m/207ft

Beam: 11m/37ft

Facilities: PADI Certified Dive Centre, Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, massage therapy services, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, movie theatre, outdoor cinema, lift (elevator)

Accommodation: 12 guests, 7 cabins

Crew: 16

Price per week: €445,000-€470,000 p/w plus expenses

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

If you have any queries about any of the superyachts listed above, contact CharterWorld for more information and to reserve your preferred charter dates for the busy summer season.

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