As the winter chill draws down over the Northern Hemisphere and the superyacht fleet sets sail for warmer climes, it’s time to turn our attention to the exotic winter yachting destinations that will extend your summer.
From the remote coral atolls of the Maldives to the sugar-white beaches of the Caribbean, here are some exotic places to relax under the palm trees, dive in warm clear waters, and enjoy some fantastic winter sun.
Cruise the bewitchingly pretty archipelagos of the Caribbean
Caribbean yacht charters are enduringly popular, with over 7,000 stunning islands to choose from. Float through laid-back paradise in the British Virgin Islands, indulge your decadent side in ultra-chic St Barts in the Leeward Islands, or get close to awe-inspiring nature in the volcanic Windward Islands.
Discover a timeless Caribbean with a Calypso beat in Trinidad and Tobago, or set your course for the enchanting spice islands and untouched reefs of St Vincent and the Grenadines. A private yacht is the only way to do the Caribbean justice, whether you want to sail the exhilarating trade winds of Antigua on modern and luxurious 39.4m S/Y State of Grace, or anchor off St Lucia in opulent style on the award-winning 54m M/Y Mischief.
Find desert island bliss in the Maldives
Drop anchor in paradise this winter in the Maldives, where white-sanded atolls are encircled by coral reefs of astonishing color and life. Swim, dive, and snorkel your days away as you float through this stunning archipelago in the Indian Ocean, anchoring off sandbanks rising out of the sapphire sea for luxury beach picnics and fun on the water toys. At night, enjoy candlelit dinner parties on deck, and listen to the sound of dolphins as they hunt in the moonlit sea.
The Maldives are the epitome of desert island luxury, with high-end spa resorts and restaurants dotting the archipelago, including Ithaa, the famous underwater restaurant on Rangali Island. Equipped with a staggering array of water toys, on-board diving and fishing instructors, and a decompression chamber, the award-winning 45m explorer yacht M/Y Big Fish is the perfect choice on which to cruise the Maldives.
Relax on Seychelles beaches with a film-set backdrop
Seychelles beaches are among the most photographed on earth. Bending coconut palms overhang silky soft sands, and tropical flowers in the jungle bloom vividly against the blue-green sea. Majestic granite boulders the size of houses rise high above secluded coves, and giant tortoises – a century old – lumber along quiet beach paths under a clear blue sky.
The fishing and diving on offer is utterly superb, while those interested in decadence and pampering will find more than their fill of stunning spa resorts and fine restaurants. On your Seychelles yacht charter why not enjoy the perfect combination of barefoot glamour and fun on the water on 59.2m M/Y Senses?
Discover an untouched utopia in Indonesia
Indonesia is on the rise as a luxury yachting destination, with growing numbers of charterers lured by the pristine reefs and endless beaches of this vast archipelago of more than 17,000 tropical islands. For those who like the luxury scene, the island of Bali calls your name with its celebrity chefs and superb day spas, while quiet, jungle-covered Lombok is the beginning of your journey into an Indonesian wilderness of beauty.
Channel your inner Jacques Cousteau and head to Indonesia on a superyacht for diving, surfing, and indulgent adventure. With superb handling, an outdoor cinema and Bedouin tent, and an elegant art deco interior, 54m S/Y Tiara offers an Indonesian yacht charter experience never to be forgotten.
This article was written by Jo Morgan as contributor.
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