Make your plans for a sensational summer escape now and roam far and wide on a luxury expedition yacht, heading to some of the remotest and pristine charter grounds anywhere in the world. Take friends and family on a once-in-a-lifetime tour to observe untouched wildernesses and their animal inhabitants, and fill the hours with winter sports, water toys and top quality entertainments on board. It’s likely that you will be the only living souls for miles around, giving you complete peace and quiet for sunbathing, beach-side barbeques and parties that light up the darkest hours. The professional crew might include diving instructors, Michelin-trained chefs, qualified beauticians and masseuses to make your special event a spectacular that will be remembered for years to come.
Few destinations can compare to Indonesia for Scuba diving: Many consider it the best place in the world for dives of all kinds, and beginners will be richly rewarded while experienced divers will find many satisfying challenges to fill an entire charter. There are more than 3,000 fish species and 600 coral species to encounter on an Indonesian luxury yacht charter, and the waters around North Sulawesi are some of the most biodiverse in the region. Visit open reefs, walls, caves, wrecks, go on a drift dive at night or try a muck dive to see colourful nudibranchs, shrimp octopus and much more as they feed.
For those who want to stretch their legs, the Komodo National Park is a chance to see these iconic reptiles in their natural habitat and learn more about the region. Many charter groups then head on to the beautiful Padar Island just to the south, where the crescent bays offer an ideal place for water sports, and white sand beaches make a memorable place for a meal together at sundown. Bali has a sensational nightlife and is a great place to pick up a souvenir of your visit from one of the local markets or artisans.
Make your Indonesian charter one to remember with 51m/167.4ft luxury phinisi DUNIA BARU a traditional wooden sailing yacht with modern luxuries and style. Built-in 2014, she accommodates 14 guests across 7 en-suite cabins and has a talented crew of 7 knowledgeable in the region and with a masseuse and diving instructor among them. In addition to spacious cabins, there is a large lounge and dining area to seat all guests within the stylish wooden-panelled interiors complete with Teppanyaki bar and traditional art. The exteriors are ideal for sunbathing or socialising in the cool breeze while taking in the changing scenery, and specialised lighting and state-of-the-art sound systems can be found inside and out. The large collection of water toys includes jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, fishing gear and Scuba diving equipment so that there’s never a missed opportunity to observe Indonesia’s sensational marine life.
Another option is the 2019-built 59.7m/196ft explorer yacht AQUA BLU, which boasts a library/TV room, spa massage room and gym along with beautiful interiors that blend minimalist contemporary living with art deco and Asian accents. There is a spacious salon and separate dining area, a sky lounge with bar, and every one of the 15 cabins en-suite has its own sofa to make a private lounge for the occupants. An abundance of seating awaits outside, along with two alfresco dining areas, a bar and a large Jacuzzi perfect for resting with a refreshing cocktail under starry skies.
The 53m/173.10ft superyacht MISCHIEF has a crew of 13 to look after 12 guests that are accommodated in 6 large en-suite cabins. To fill quiet evening an time in transit, there is a generous Jacuzzi and sunbeds lining the sundeck stern, a choice of alfresco dining areas, a wet bar and plenty of additional seating for lounging in the fresh air while admiring the anchorage surroundings. The elegant interiors are modern with Asian accents in the detailing, creating a wonderful setting for stylish celebrations.
The South Pacific
The South Pacific is an incredible charter ground where you are less likely to encounter other holidaymakers on your travels. As a result, you’ll have white sand beaches and the amazing Scuba diving sites like caverns and WWII wrecks around Vanuatu all to yourselves. Unwind in untouched nature in the Cook Islands or French Polynesia, both perfect places to pick up some high grade locally farmed pearls.
Explorer yacht SURI is a classic from 1978 that was refitted in 2016 with a fresh modern look that combines pale neutral tones with plenty of natural light through large windows and glass sliding doors. The lower deck has a media room with glass sea windows looking below, a sophisticated and light-filled observation lounge, spa massage room gym, and a large lounge and dining area ideal for family get-togethers. The exterior comes with a helipad and seaplane, a Jacuzzi, plenty of sun loungers and alfresco lounging and dining area covered with a bimini shade. There is a massive collection of water toys that’ll impress all 12 guests, giving them plenty to do each and every day before resting in the warm white sands or back on board in one of 7 beautiful en-suite cabins.
Russian Far East
Go on a true adventure to the Russian Far East and see nature untamed amongst the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka, where there are active volcanoes, geysers and glassy lakes where brown bears and foxes roam. One vessel heading to this wilderness is the 77m/252.7ft explorer yacht LA DATCHA, which was launched in 2020 and has plentiful features on board for quality time with loved ones while cruising between remarkable destinations, with 40 days of autonomy before needing to restock and refuel. The interiors have a spa massage room, sauna, steam bath, two Jacuzzis and a gym, plus accommodation for 12 guests in 6 en-suite cabins. There is also a Jacuzzi on the sundeck to stay warm while admiring this pristine wonderland, and once you arrive, make use of the submersible or the snow scooters to thoroughly explore.
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Northern Europe & the Arctic
Northern Europe is not known for its golden sand beaches, yet they line the coast around the Baltic Sea, all the same, waiting to be discovered. This little secret is made all the more rewarding for those seeking an active outdoor lifestyle, as the Nordic countries have an excellent cycle and hiking trails lined with towering lighthouses, castles, forts and other mysterious ruins for a fun day out for the whole family. Head to the local museums and markets savour every mouthful of the freshly baked cakes and other treats, accompanied by frothy hot chocolate. Farther north, Iceland and Svalbard are a treat for wilderness explorers, changing dramatically with the season to have never-ending days in summer and winters of dog-sledging under the Light Fantastic.
Luxury yacht LEGEND is a superb choice for those who want to have all of life’s little luxuries and much more on board to fill the hours on an unforgettable cruise of the Arctic Circle: Up to 26 guests are accommodated over 13 en-suite cabins with a crew of 28 to ensure that everything runs efficiently. The graceful interiors contrast dark wood varieties against white walls and furnishings to create a harmonious environment well-suited to hosting events as well as impressing family and friends. There is a spa centre, beauty salon, a spa pool with waterfall, a cinema, office, salon with piano, and a helipad that can become a large alfresco lounge or sunbathing area. The large collection of water toys includes a three-person submarine, jet skis, kayaks, Scuba diving equipment and snow scooters for an unstoppable adventure.
This summer, leave the rest of the world behind and discover some of the world’s remotest and most unique natural wonders on an expedition yacht charter.