You may have a £60 million boat and millions more each year to run it, but scraping together two weeks to relax on board with your family is a herculean task. So making those days worth every second is the best gift you can buy a superyacht owner. Three companies exist to ensure that time is worth the investment: record-breaking journeys into the wild, Michelin-starred meals on a glacier or dancing in the desert. Discover three incredible experiences that money couldn't buy... until now.
1.Take part in a cross-continent treasure hunt
Picture this: a family, holidaying on their superyacht north of Morocco, take a day trip to a dusty town on the edge of the desert. They stop for a drink in a bazaar and one of the children buys a brass teapot from a nearby stall. As they drive away the children find a note in the teapot’s spout that says: “A man named Ali Zabor holds an ancient map that could lead to mountains of gold.”
So begins an adventure by 4x4, helicopter, camel and hot-air balloon in two continents and ends, 10 days later, on a Balearics beach with a battle between hundreds of pirates.
This utterly bespoke experience is one of the “thrilling fantasies” put on by the VIP travel company Based on a True Story (BOATS) – massive (and massive budget) productions built around extremely lucky children.
The scope is limitless – the minimum investment is £250,000 and can run to many millions – and the direction is led by the imagination and knowledge of an eclectic team.
“We encourage clients to completely trust us, so they often don’t know where they are going, or what might happen. They just know what sort of clothes to pack,” says founder Niel Fox. And it’s not always a swimming costume. “In Scandinavia last year, our clients’ children found a troll under a glacier while a Michelin-star chef set up a meal for the adults on top of it.”