Countries across the Mediterranean are opening their borders in time for the summer yacht charter season while ensuring the safety of locals and tourists alike through sensible restrictions easy for everyone to adhere to on these luxury yachts above 35m/114.8ft.
Spend a week among the sensational beaches and dive sites around Italy in the Western Mediterranean, or cruise through the crystal clear waters of the Eastern Mediterranean and visit remote destinations along the Dalmatian Coast or up among the Aegean and Sporades Islands.
Some landmarks offer VIP tours, providing your group with space, privacy and a more personal guided experience. Wherever you travel, you’ll be taking with you a tender garage fully stocked with water toys, and plenty of other entertainments on board.
Below are 13 highly recommended yachts in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean charter grounds for worthwhile holidays away from the crowds.
1. BRAZIL – 40m/132ft
Superyacht BRAZIL has everything you could possibly want for an adventure on the water: Seadoos, kayaks, snorkelling equipment and fishing gear for exploring and the satisfaction of catching your own meals, to be prepared and grilled by the expert on board chef.
The timeless interiors are a home away from home, perfect for family gatherings or intimate special events. The sky lounge has a games table for poker, along with a wet bar and lounge to catch up with the latest sports and blockbusters on the big screen. The accommodation provides for up to 10 charter guests in five en-suite cabins, and the Master suite has the benefit of an office for checking up on business in a quiet hour.
2. LIGHT HOLIC – Greece & Croatia – 60m/196.8ft
Following her launch in 2011, motor yacht LIGHT HOLIC was a finalist in multiple awards categories for her interior and exterior design. Interior designer Negoescu made sure she lived up to her name with white and cream surroundings accented by glass and golden metallic textures. The carefully considered materials further amplify the natural light through the broad windows, and from the spotlights on the ceiling after dark.
Ready for any special occasion, M/Y LIGHT HOLIC comes equipped with multiple TV lounges and karaoke, bars across the decks, an extensive sundeck gym and a Jacuzzi. The accommodation is designed for up to 12 guests over 6 beautifully appointed en-suite cabins that are just as intoxicating as the rest of the yacht.
3. AWOL – 37m/122.10ft
Sanlorenzo superyacht AWOL will certainly make you want to skip work to go playing in the Western Mediterranean charter grounds: Her sundeck Jacuzzi beckons under the warm summer sunshine and when guests have had their fill of the views from the seating and sunpads, the lounges provide a massive selection of films, board games and card games, and guests might have trouble deciding on what they want to do first with the massive collection of water toys available.
Whether cruising in the Balearic Islands or savouring the wines among the volcanic Aeolian Islands, up to 12 guests will be rewarded with five sumptuous en-suite cabins at the end of each activity-filled day.
4. UBI BENE – 44m/144ft
This gorgeous schooner was built in 2009 and has been maintained over the years to offer charter guests crisp contemporary surroundings and the outdoor lifestyle at its best. Relax outdoors along the Turkish Riviera, sunbathing as you pass the Lycian Tombs around Fethiye, or explore using the Laser Pico and windsurfer among the water toys collection.
The accommodation sleeps 10-12 guests in 5 spacious en-suite cabins, providing guests with a comfortable air conditioned room wake up refreshed each day and ready for a new adventure.
5. METSUYAN IV 36.2m/118.9ft
If you’re looking for a classic ambience concealing all the great contemporary entertainments, then luxury yacht METSUYAN IV is exactly what you’re after: Her wooden panelled environments exude a decadent ambience while outdoors the living spaces catch your eye with a pop of colour in the clean white deck areas.
Relax in the Jacuzzi, snooze on the sunbeds after a multi-course lunch, or play on the extensive range of water toys with sized available for children as well as adults. When the stars come out, return to the sundeck for a film alfresco before heading off to bed in one of the five en-suite cabins for up to 10 guests.
6. HIC SALTA – 42m/137.8ft
Take your time exploring each pristine anchorage in detail with the great collection of water toys available on S/Y HIC SALTA: Snorkel with friends and family in crystal clear waters and see how many amazing species you can spot, or kayak along the shores and discover caves and beaches along the way.
After hours playing with the water toys, return to plush indoor and outdoor lounging and dining areas, where there is a library and bar for rest and refreshments before partying on the outdoor dancefloor at sundown. The accommodation sleeps 10 guests in 5 en-suite cabins, some of which have spa bath tubs for some pampering after an amazing day.
7. I SEA – 41m/134.5ft
Superyacht I SEA from Palmer Johnson has classic touches to her decor and plenty of amenities to keep guests of all ages occupied, including TVs connected to a large library in the main salon and skylounge, a playroom, plentiful water toys, a Jacuzzi and alfresco lounging and sunbathing areas where guests will want to spend their days when not sightseeing in Santorini or discovering the temple ruins among the Dodecanese Islands. Her top speed of 18 knots will take guests quickly from one archipelago to the next.
Luxury yacht I SEA sleeps 10 guests over 5 en-suite cabins, and her unusual layout places the Master suite on the bridge deck aft for a private outdoor terrace. Two double cabins are situated on the main deck forward, and both have a sofa beneath the large windows for a serene setting reading and relaxing at the end of a busy day.
8. ORIENT STAR 47m/154ft
Luxury yacht ORIENT STAR is a blend of social areas created for large gatherings and serene minimalist spaces, where guests can focus on their own interests and well-being. This is reflected in the layout: The main salon has golden tones for a warm and inviting atmosphere as guests order from the bar, and the light-suffused skylounge doubles as a study. There are 10 crew on board for a 1:1 ratio with guests, who are accommodated over 5 beautiful en-suite cabins.
Connecting with the environment is an important part of life aboard M/Y ORIENT STAR, and guests will discover ample alfresco lounges from the main deck aft up to the sundeck with its Jacuzzi, sunpads and wet bar. Water toys are just as plentiful, and guests can easily spend the days going from thrilling jet skis and water skis to paddle boarding and Scuba diving to discover the wrecks and other treasures under the Eastern Mediterranean seas.
9. ARION– 37m/121.5ft
Motor yacht ARION was refitted in 2019 and features beautiful indoor and outdoor areas. Featuring Scandinavian interior design, the yacht offers a vast lounge and a formal dining area in the salon. Large windows allow plenty of natural light in, while guest can get together an enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings. The accommodation layout includes a master suite, two VIP cabins and one twin to sleep up to 9 guests overnight.
10. SONISHI – 40m/131.3ft
A highly popular charter yacht SONISHI offers yacht charters in the West Med this summer. She features accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins: 1 master suite, 2 VIP staterooms and 2 double cabins. On deck, the yacht provides fantastic relaxation and sunbathing areas, where guests can soak in the Jacuzzi and laze on sunloungers. The fold-down terraces create a close-to-the-water experience, while the interior has a welcoming and light atmosphere. SONISHI is tastefully styled inside and out and her crew of 8 takes care of everything onboard.
11. ROX STAR 40m/131ft
Sleek modern sailing yacht ROX STAR is perfect for grown up families and friends groups looking for adventure along the French Riviera, Amalfi Coast and beyond: Entertain in her gorgeous monochrome salon, dine in style with a variety of drinks from the wet bar, and skylights throughout the salon and guest accommodation where 10 guests are accommodated over five en-suite cabins, let the sunshine and moonlight stream in. The stern features a beach club with swim platform, and the main deck has choice lounging and dining areas in the sun and the shade.
12. MEAMINA – 59.3m/194ft
Italian shipyard Benetti is known for their quality and showmanship, and M/Y MEAMINA is no exception: The 12 guests on board in six stately en-suite cabins also have at their disposal a generous sundeck Jacuzzi and a gym just inside, a skylounge with a piano for live entertainment, and a cinema setup in the main salon. There’s also a large selection of water toys such as Scuba diving equipment and Seabobs to keep guests busy for hours on end, and since MEAMINA is an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, guests can earn a jet ski licence while they’re having fun.
13. SECRET – 82.5m/270ft
The largest yacht on this list is superyacht SECRET from Abeking & Rasmussen. For guests who want the ultimate indulgence package for a week or longer cruising between the most impressive Mediterranean beaches and landmarks. A cinema, spa massage room and well-equipped gym are just the start. The massive spa pool on the upper deck aft will quickly become the preferred place for drinks and conversation, and the art deco-inspired interiors in gloss black, cerise, silver and gold will make every day feel like a party.
The accommodation provides for up to 12 guests across 7 en-suite cabins, and the large crew of 23 will provide exceptional service for events large and small.