First discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, this isolated private island with its beaches lined with palm trees and rolling grasslands exudes old-school Antiguan charm. Anchor in the bay’s glass-calm waters and tender to the resort’s jetty where you will be met with an iced rum punch and warm Caribbean service. The island offers the simple life: keys aren’t required, a herd of Blackhead Persian sheep roams free and the best method of transport is bicycle. The relaxed atmosphere is counterbalanced by sophisticated dining options including the newly refurbished Estate House – try the lobster tail with Armagnac flambé and finish with the chocolate soufflé. For ultimate seclusion, rent the island’s newest private house, Pure Turquoise, which has seven picturesque white cottage bedrooms dotted around its landscaped gardens, a vast infinity pool and a croquet lawn so pristine it would rival any British stately home.
Carved dramatically into the mountainside, the Barr Al Jissah complex promises to lure superyachts to the undiscovered Omani coastline. Moor in the naturally sheltered bay, guarded by rocky outcrops, and tender in to the marina to discover this Middle Eastern wonder.
The opulent complex, consisting of private homes designed by Bannenberg & Rowell and three Shangri-La hotels, offers 22 dining options – head to the Bait al Bahr fish restaurant for locally caught yellowfin tuna with white anchovy cappelletti and black olives.
For the adventurous, the rolling burnished sand dunes and mountain canyons are just a helicopter ride away, while the Chi spa is the perfect place to recover from expeditions – try the signature Traveller’s Retreat journey, which combines an aromatic bath, bio-energising body wrap and vitality massage.
To complete the Sultan-worthy experience, book the Royal Suite at the Al Husn hotel. Inspired by the 17th century Omani castle at Jabreen, the intricately decorated space offers spectacular views across the Gulf of Oman. Explorer yacht Itasca and Motor Yacht A have already been spotted off these shores and it won’t be long before other superyachts follow in their wake.
Low-lying limestone islands fringed with beaches so white and water so blue you will want the colours permanently imprinted on your retina, the Turks & Caicos are getting the attention they deserve.
The early resort developers got some of the best spots and this includes Grace Bay on Providenciales, where the Grace Bay Club occupies roughly 11 acres. Most recently renovated in 2015, this spa resort has something for everyone. The infinity bar and cosy fire pits get high points, but visitors rave about the personal attention and, of course, the fine-sand beach, one of our picks for world’s best.
If you’re seeking solid ground with superyacht-level service, consider this private island in the Exuma chain of the Bahamas. After all, it was developed by an experienced yacht owner, and four villas accommodate parties of up to 28 people.
Miss the water? A fleet of boats is available for fishing, diving and sailing, while onshore amenities range from a nine-hole golf course to a 12-seat movie theatre. Power comes from the wind and sun, which means no noisy generators, and the marina is capable of handling yachts up to 54.8 metres with a feature seldom found in the Bahamas, 3.9 metre depth — it's the perfect destination to feel at one with nature in the Bahamas.
One of the Riviera’s best kept secrets, the Cap Estel is the serene, but no less glamorous alternative to the see and be seen Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. In a plum spot on the Côte d’Azur, between St-Jean-Cap Ferrat and Monaco, with stunning ocean views and fountain-strewn gardens, this privately owned retreat exudes calm.
Cap Estel may be understated – you’ll never see photos of starry guests on social media (unless they post them themselves) – but its alumni are illustrious: Oscar Wilde was an early visitor, later fans included Princess Grace, Rudolf Nuryev and the Beatles. These days privacy-seeking guests come for the vast suites – up to 500 square metres – while sea-lovers plump for one of the four new romantic La Mer rooms, with ocean balconies and direct access to the private beach. And everyone descends on the elegant terrace for lunch by Michelin-starred chef Patrick Raingeard. Tender in to the hotel jetty, or if it’s choppy, head to Beaulieu, five minutes along the coast and they will send a car.
Marco Polo may have called dibs on this spot, on Sri Lanka’s southern shore, in the 13th century, but arriving at Cape Weligama by boat still feels like approaching an undiscovered country. The resort is perched on burned umber rocks that tumble down to scallops of powdery beach and internationally lusted-after surf breaks. From the pool at your sprawling private villa, the vista is edge-of-the-world spectacular; the misty breadth of the Indian Ocean speared with distant promontories and punctuated with windswept palm trees. It is an asset the owners have emphasised in Cape Weligama’s brand new spa, opening next month to celebrate the resort’s second anniversary. As well as an indulgent programme of treats (think scrubs made of nutmeg, sweet orange and sandalwood, and oils with Ceylon tea) plus four new treatment rooms, there will be an expansive ocean-facing yoga deck. The good news for explorer yachts? You can still call it part of your off-grid adventure.
Thrilled by wilderness? But you’d like to survey it from a private infinity pool? Fregate Island is flung far enough into the Indian Ocean to make superyacht owners feel like adventurers, but you don’t have to eschew the fluffy towels: just anchor out and tender in. The rainforest on this private islet boasts first-class wildlife, including 2,200 giant tortoises, while staff can serve your seafood and Champagne on one of seven stunning beaches — or at a revamped private villa. In that infinity pool.
With rooms that overlook the main port in Ibiza, and an entrance that is metres from the beach, OD Talamanca is one of the best hotels to visit by yacht in Ibiza. The two duplex suites, which accommodate four, have their own roof-top terrace, private swimming pool and spacious balcony – and with sea views guaranteed, you can overlook the bay where the tender will take you to your superyacht.
Each of the suites comes with access to a smart car, which will come in handy if you want to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the Balearics or dine in the best waterfront restaurants in Ibiza.
Located just a short hop from Ibiza town, OD Talamanca is a great option for anyone who wants to make the most of the best bars and nightclubs in Ibiza and retreat in peace. Those who prefer a more relaxing stay will be delighted by the views of the sunset at night, best enjoyed with the delicious cocktails you can order to the suites.
A private island of Four Seasons Resort Maldives, Kuda Huraa in North Malé Atoll is set amid 12 acres of exotic, fragrant gardens and has the intimate feel of a traditional yet distinctly upscale Maldivian village. Snorkel above thriving artificial coral frame reefs, including one that, from the air, resembles a sea turtle, then see real turtle hatchlings in the conservation program. Test your balance during a SUP yoga session in the lagoon or escalate your adrenaline levels by shooting several feet above the same blue waters on jet blades. Finally, travel less than a minute via dhoni to the only spa in the Maldives on its own isle. The Four Seasons also has a second private island resort in Baa Atoll, Landaa Giraavaru.
High on a secluded ridge near the medieval village of Ramatuelle, this hotel is a perfect sanctuary from which to dip into the St Tropez razzmatazz, six miles away, and be pampered back to life afterwards. Fittingly for a spa hotel, the look here is fresh and neutral with soothing hues of ochre, white and sandy beige and floor-to-ceiling windows. Fans will be pleased to hear that the hotel has just added two new villas: five-bed Villa 1 offers the estate’s best views, with the two master suites opening directly on to a garden, plus a teen-friendly guest room in a tower with separate access. Three-bed Villa 2 has been carefully designed to spoil guests with a panoramic view of the Med from their sun loungers, pool or spa. Who would have thought post-party recovery could be the best bit?
On a coastline renowned for its authentic charm, there can be few better examples of old-world glamour than Villa Treville, once home to Franco Zeffirelli. This summer season it adds another glinting facet with the full revival of the Treville Beach Club in Laurito Bay. Accessible only by boat, the club reopened last summer after being rescued from destitution by the hotel’s new owners, attracting il bel mondo including Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth and the hippest Positanese, whose children love the private beach and authentic pizza oven. You can tender in — the jetty will take a 20 metre chase boat — for a sunset aperitivo and dinner against the spectacular backdrop of Capri and the islands. Or drop by for a nightcap set to music by live bands or resident DJs. Play your cards right and you might be invited to stay in one of the eight new beachside suites, typically reserved for friends of friends
Sprawling over no fewer than six islands in Noonu Atoll, the Cheval Blanc Randheli has dedicated one of them to the Owner’s Villa, an ultra-exclusive hideaway for those who deem the luxury of its $3,000-a-night villas just not quite enough. The mansion has four bedrooms (with a separate wing for the children, naturally), a 25 metre infinity pool, a guest villa for staff, Guerlain spa and an outdoor dining room. Accessible only via a dedicated jetty, it is made for stop-offs by boat and, in terms of privacy, is second only to your superyacht.
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As vantage points go, this Greek island classic is hard to beat. Perched on a sheer lava cliff overlooking the island’s crater-like caldera, the white-on-white hotel has just renovated its 21 rooms and suites; or ask for the 400m² double suite, the Villa. There is also a new Champagne lounge, with terraces affording a bird’s-eye view of Santorini’s famous sunsets. Yachts can berth on a floating dock in the old port, five minutes’ drive from the hotel, while larger vessels should head to Vlychada marina, 25 to 30 minutes’ drive away. Come in May to drink in the views (and the Champagne) before the crowds descend.
The Great Barrier Reef is an aquatic wonderland for children but its luxury resorts tend to be rather grown-up. Good news then that One&Only Hayman Island has lowered the bar — but not the tone — with Aquazure, a family friendly pool that’s a short stroll up the powder beach from your tender. There are varying depths of water, an area for divers’ PADI classes, a boules lawn, nibbles and ice cream. The hotel also has one of the best kids beach clubs offering fish feeding, wallaby spotting and crab hunts. If it proves too hard to get them back on the boat, book a suite and enjoy the view from above the water.
Built along winding lagoons and a mile-long arc of pristine beach, the Rosewood Mayakoba takes its eco responsibilities seriously. The hotel was recently awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certification, but that’s not to say there’s any shortage of indulgence on offer. Moor out or drop your yacht at nearby Puerto Aventuras Marina, which can take boats up to 45 metres, and jump in a chopper to the hotel. When you’re not chilling in one of the two-person hammocks in the new family friendly Beachside Lagoonview Suites, you can kick back in the Sense Spa, built on a sacred water well of the ancient Mayans, or join the kids on a boat Eco Tour with a biologist who will explain the awe-inspiring flora and fauna.
You can’t miss the Eden Rock — either the brick-red roofs that act as a bullseye for superyachts approaching St Barths, or its equally vivid reputation as a classic Caribbean hangout. But that doesn’t mean nothing changes. Its clique of regulars is poised for the season’s hottest opening, the Christopher Columbus Suite: 250 square metres of cliff-top cool with 360 degree views — the best room in the house. Glamorous groups can rent it with the Howard Hughes Loft, Greta Garbo Suite and De Haenen Suite to create a spectacular villa. If you moor out and tender in you’ll be able to watch your yacht from your room — the captain certainly won’t lose sight of you.
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The hushed villas at this Seychellois hideaway are so discreetly tucked into the native flora that the only person likely to wander past your door is your private butler. But in the crystal waters around Mahé island it is as busy as a city-centre rush hour (for fish). Take out your boat, or one of the many sportsfishers for charter here, and once you’ve landed your catch, the resort’s chefs will prepare it in any style you like, from barbeque to sashimi. It can be served in the restaurant, on the beach, on the helipad or back in the sublime quiet of your villa. Maia is also home to one of the best luxury spas in Asia so make sure you also book in some time for some serious pampering.
The cliffs above Il San Pietro seem to scrape heaven. This vertiginous hideout has certainly had a reputation for divine digs since it opened in 1970 and a recent facelift by architect Fausta Gaetani, of RG Design Studio, will garner more pilgrims. The hotel has gained six stunning suites, notched into the rock, with dizzying sea views and decorated in fresh whites, lemon yellow, turquoise and teal — a modern take on the summery Amalfi style. Arrive by boat and take the lift from the cliff-foot beach club.
When the fun and fever of Cowes Week breezes to the finish line, slip off west, where the most stylish hotel on the Cornish coast is sparkling from a refurbishment. Originally a yacht club, hotelier Olga Polizzi conjured Tresanton, St Mawes, into an ultra-chic coastal hideaway in 1997. Its romantic restaurant, sunny terrace and smart bedrooms will be a treat at the end of a hectic schedule. If you still yearn for the waves, charter the hotel’s classic sailing yachtPinuccia, just refitted, and explore the gorgeous scenery around Falmouth Bay with a decadent picnic. No racing allowed.