The summer holidays are here, the weather is at its best for a luxury Mediterranean charter and now is the time for everyone to forget about work and school and make quality memories with the family.
A luxury yacht charter is the perfect way to explore multiple destinations along a culturally rich coastline without losing personal time to airport queues and driving. If you have children, you might be hesitant to take them for a week on the water, however there are superyachts out there designed for young families and there is plenty of entertainment on board to fill the hours so that the adults in the group can have an uninterrupted gym session or soak in the sundeck Jacuzzi.
Here are 10 reasons why a luxury yacht charter with children will be a memorable hit for the whole group.
- Water toys
There are a lot of fun and exciting water toys that the whole group can make use of and the inflatable and towable water toys are a hit with children and adults alike: 30m/98ft water slides, donuts, bananas and water skis are just some of the possibilities, and there are unique opportunities such as zorbing balls, jungle gyms and flyboards just waiting to be discovered.
A Mediterranean yacht charter holiday offers endless opportunities to encounter amazing marine life, from dolphins and whales to sea turtles, sharks and manta rays. Among the corals children might be lucky enough to spot a sea horse or octopus, and rock pools are a great way for families with younger children to play with starfish, crabs and much more.
Families can combine learning a new skill with the satisfaction of catching your own dinner with a lazy afternoon fishing from the main deck aft, then barbecuing on the sundeck with an expert chef to bring out the best flavours.
- Amusement parks
The South of France is a popular tourist destination for families and during the summer months visitors by luxury charter yacht are likely to find fairs and amusement parks close to the beaches. More permanent attractions such as the Luna Park in Frejus, Aquasplash in Antibes are easily accessible from the nearby marinas.
Pitchtoun Forest and Canyon Forestthat are located between Antibes and Nice provide all-ages adventures where the group can spend the day traversing rope courses using a safety line, scrambling across cliffs or zip-lining over rivers.
- Karaoke and DJ Parties
With the whole range of entertainment options available on a superyacht your children might relish the opportunity to get their friends together and host their own party, or dance the night away with the DJ setup.
Karaoke is an excellent way to spend the time between destinations and a great chance to bond with the group, practise their singing skills and learn some new songs.
- Beach games and treasure hunts
Make use of your captain’s knowledge of the local secluded beaches and the crew can help you arrange a treasure hunt that your children will never forget: Send them scrambling over rock pools, digging deep into the sand and diving for clues in a race to find a prize of your choosing.
- Learn new skills
Gain status as a PADI Certified diver or learn how to use the jet skis aboard and Approved RYA Water Sports Centre and explore your charter grounds in a whole new way. Beginner dives will take groups a maximum of 10 metres (33 feet) below the surface and locations such as the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia or Corsica and Sardinia have excellent visibility, low currents and striking varieties of marine flora and fauna that will make incredible photographs and video.
There’s also the chance to spend time with current hobbies and improve existing skills, and skylounges and the abundance of exterior space means guests can work on their art or practise a musical instrument and enjoy personal time in tranquil environments.
- Computer games and movies
If it’s difficult enough as it is to dislodge your little darlings from their favourite computer games, then the idea of spending a whole week away from their video entertainments might not put them in the mood for a holiday. Nowadays a massive selection of luxury charter yachts from catamarans to expedition yachts provide games and films for all ages, and Wii, Playstation and Xbox consoles are available in the media rooms together with a range of films to fill the evening hours and time between destinations.
- Galleries and museums
Monaco has some incredible museums and art galleries for visitors of all ages, and if you stop off at the principality for its night time glamour and thrilling casinos, while away the daytime hours (and tire out your little ones) with a visit to the Top Cars Collection, the Naval Museum across the road, the Oceanography Museum and the National Museum: Automatons and Dolls of Yesteryear.
The summer months are packed with festivals and Split, Hvar and Pag are famous for hosting electronic music festival and massive pool parties for teenagers and members of the charter group in their 20s.
The Mediterranean isn’t just about partying all night and day, and Cannes in particular hosts the International Games Festival, dance festivals and the Fireworks Festival throughout the year.
- Pamper them in the spa
Both boys and girls want to be pampered now and then and a superyacht charter is one of the best times serve up this rare treat. Beauty salons, massage therapy rooms and steam rooms are just some of the amenities that can be found on board, and this can also be an important time to learn about the etiquette of using such shared spaces.
After a day of Scuba diving the group can warm up in the sauna or Jacuzzi then ease aching muscles with a massage before a relaxing family film to finish off the day.