It’s a pretty safe assumption that if you’re going on a luxury yacht charter you’ll be spending at least some of your time on the beach, and here we highlight the largely unsung work of the superyacht crews who create amazing beach setups for occasions large and small.
Imagine a relaxed summer party on one of the pink sand beaches in the Bahamas, fairy lights twinkling under the main canopy while table lanterns add a subtle glow to the expertly prepared meal. A DJ setup will take the party long into the night, and guests can fall asleep on sunbeds under starry night skies.
Each year the Mediterranean Yacht Show and the MYBA hold chefs’ competitions and tablescape events to celebrate dining at its finest – and the nine crews of the luxury yachts below show off their own skills in making the perfect beach-side meal.
Magnificent 90m/295ft superyacht LAUREN L has long established her reputation on the charter market and she spares no expense when indulging her 36 guests, who have 20 en-suite cabins to choose from. Onboard there is a conference room, an extensive dining room and salons, a hydrotherapy room, sauna, spa massage room, beauty salon, and even the children have a playroom with a ball pit. Wet bars can be found inside and out, and around the sundeck Jacuzzi there are myriad sun loungers and sun umbrellas.
A similar beach set up can be created using sofas, bean bags, sun loungers and sun umbrellas for effortless relaxation over cocktails following an afternoon of water sports.
Motor yacht LADY JOY offers timeless environments that in 2019 received a refit, bringing her back to as-new condition. This 49m/179ft vessel comes with six en-suite staterooms for up to 12 guests, who have at their fingertips a piano, media room, Jacuzzi, abundance of indoor and outdoor dining options and a karaoke system for guests to show off their vocal range. The best, however, is the crew of LADY JOY, who have the skills and experience to create mouth-watering menus that cater to various dietary requirements. Couple this with the beautiful themed table settings placed beneath the shade of a beach canopy and you have the elements of an unforgettable special occasion, be it a birthday, wedding or corporate event.
Sailing aboard the phinisi NYAMAN – a traditional Indonesian-built luxury schooner – is a treat in itself as you cruise among the scintillating Indonesian dive sites to scenic locations like the Komodo National Park in Indonesia. The 14 overnight guests have seven en-suite cabins and can watch the changing views from the bean bag loungers beneath the fabric shade on the deck, or rest in the air-conditioned interiors.
There is a great selection of water toys for close encounters with the amazing sea life, and fishing enthusiasts can savour their catch freshly prepared on the beach-side barbeque by a chef skilled in Western and Indonesian cooking.
This exceptional luxury yacht features a two-tier Master suite, a premier deck library, a well-equipped gym, a spa massage room, and an outdoor dance floor, cinema and Jacuzzi. With so many amenities onboard for active guest entertainment, it follows that there is an extensive collection of water toys aboard this amazing 61.5m/201.9ft vessel. The crew are just as prepared for spending the whole day along the shore, and they can organise beach activities such as treasure hunts to keep the little ones entertained while the adults lie back in the hammocks or have an aperitif before a barbequed or buffet lunch.
A simple and clean appearance belies the magic awaiting on board superyacht APOGEE, where classic interior styling sets the ambience for a special occasion or just a lavish break from the office. The beach setup offers a romantic canopy and understated elegance than can be lit by electric lanterns or candles on the tables.
Accommodating 12 guests in 6 en-suite cabins, M/Y APOGEE can host even more visitors while at anchor. Everyone will be impressed by the high-quality salon and sky lounge, particularly the bar area that can convert into a disco. The jukebox is a nice touch and an alternative to the karaoke systems, and if guests want to take the party outside then there is another dance floor to party under the stars.
Few luxury yachts are as meticulously maintained as Feadship 67m/220ft motor yacht ANNA I, where there are myriad options for staying active or remaining still: Onboard is a comprehensive gym and a hammam, a large collection of high-speed water toys and a sky lounge convertible to a disco or cinema, plus plenty of sunbeds, a Jacuzzi and six lavish cabins for up to 12 guests. The Four-poster bed is particularly impressive in the Master Suite, and ANNA I is ideally suited to weddings and honeymoons with a beach setup providing sun loungers and beach towels with a plethora of pillows and sun umbrellas for complete comfort while drinking and dining in the summer breeze.
Another luxury phinisi, LAMIMA, makes it onto this list for her amazing crew which includes a massage therapist and Scuba dive instructors aboard this PADI Certified Dive Centre. The traditional wooden construction and carved decorations connect guests to the Indonesian culture as they cruise to some of the world’s best dive sites, many of which happen to be close to excellent white sand beaches. Even through there is ample deck space on board for all 14 guests to dine and sunbathe, the group can find a secluded beach and have close encounters with the local wildlife, then savour a meal and watch the sunset as the fire pits are lit for conversation and dancing into the night.
Luxury yacht REBEL (ex.PERLA BLU, MUSTANG SALLY) has cruised through Alaskan waters, the Caribbean and Bahamas and the Mediterranean charter grounds, and this extensive experience is ready to be put to the test again and again. Onboard, there is accommodation for up to 12 guests across six en-suite cabins, and when the group isn’t resting on the sofas or sunbeds, they’ll be filling the hours with high-speed thrills with the large variety of water toys. The selection also has a great collection of beach games, with footballs and volleyballs among the selection.
Life in the South Pacific is bliss aboard motor yacht BELUGA (ex.MY ISSUE II), which exudes a laid-back atmosphere in air-conditioned lounges fitted with top quality AV technology. Guests can spend their days wallowing in the Jacuzzi or exploring above and below the water (there is a large selection of Scuba dive equipment from avid diving Owners), stopping off on the beach to test land legs and nap in the soft, warm sand. The crew meanwhile will create an elegant dining setting where guests can admire the changing blues surrounding the white sands of the Whitsundays Islands.