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5 superyachts perfect for a Mediterranean charter with the kids

25 May 2021• Written by Laura Nicholls for Yachting Partners International

As the world slowly starts to open up post-pandemic, the upcoming summer season is being welcomed with open arms. For most of us, the desire to spend quality time with the family is stronger than ever, and so, what better way to get together than on one of these adventurous charter yachts for a one-of-a-kind holiday with the kids – with a few activities that even the big kids among us might enjoy.

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72m Axioma

With room for up to 12 guests, there is plenty of play space for children on board under the watch of some 20 crew members. Axioma has been outfitted in a way that makes her the perfect yacht for lapping up the sunshine – hence why she is one of the most sought after boats on the water. Her sundeck is ideal for both family and party time and provides enough space to host a dress-up or themed party with tasty treats being served from the BBQ while the adults relax at the alfresco dining area, or sunbathe nearby.

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On the main deck, the infinity pool is big enough to fit the whole family, as is the bridge-deck Jacuzzi with its swim-up bar – perfect for adults to cool off after a day of activities elsewhere on the yacht such as the gym, massage room or sauna. Whilst the adults are being treated to some much-deserved R&R in the spa, the crew can put together a fun treasure hunt for the kids, which given the size of Axioma, should keep them entertained for a while.

For kids, the big wow factor could be the yacht’s inflatable slide – which isn’t the only super-cool item in Axioma’s well-stocked toy store. Complete with a fleet of three tenders, the crew can rally up the troops and take them ashore to a beach for an afternoon of games and a picnic.

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Once back on board, the Alberto Pinto-designed saloon, which features a double-height atrium and mezzanine above, is a great spot for guests to all gather, while a 3D cinema for eight offers a neat way to catch the latest blockbuster together after dinner.

Built in 2013, Axioma is managed by YPI, with a charter rate starting from €549,000 for cruising in the Mediterranean this summer or in the Caribbean for the winter.

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37m Arion

Arion is a yacht made to bounce around the stunning bays in the Mediterranean easily, quickly and comfortably thanks to her top speed of 26 knots. For hours of on-the-water entertainment, Arion offers an exciting selection of adrenaline-pumping water toys, including Jetskis, waterskis, a wakeboard, towable tubes and diving and snorkelling equipment. If these toys are too hardcore for the little ones, the crew can arrange a special delivery of child-friendly apparatus, including a unique toy boat, fun inflatables and mini fishing gear.

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With plenty to see in the Mediterranean, a daytime sightseeing tour can be organised for the kids to give them a real cultural experience – which some say is the best way to learn, so much so that the adults might feel to tag along too. If not, the sundeck is a divine spot to relax, sip on cocktails, sprawl out across the sun pads or enjoy a sumptuous meal prepared by Chef Ryan Weymouth, who can whip up a variety of world cuisines and take the time to teach the kids a thing or two about baking pastry, cakes and cookies or cooking savoury snacks.

To book a charter on board Arion, contact the YPI Charter Team via charter@ypiyachts.com. She is a superyacht built by Couach in 2011 with a recent refit in 2020 and is now priced from €85,000 per week.

52m Seven Sins

Superyacht Seven Sins offers the ultimate ocean escape, as not only does her large beach club area come with opening balconies on both sides, but has the option to transform into a floodable tender garage for smooth and swift transitions onto the tender and to shore. If staying on board, the yacht’s fully-equipped gymnasium, as well as a sauna, hammam, steam room and shower are welcome retreats for the adults.

Another cool hangout spot is the pool with its counterflow current option, which can be ramped up for competitive swimmers who wish to avoid the waves or toned down for the children to have some fun and practice their strokes. If being used by the youngsters, they can be kept an eye on from below in the beach club thanks to the pool’s transparent glass bottom.

Her sleek and contemporary deck spaces feature plenty of dining, drinking and lounging spots for guests – including the little ones, who can spend their time painting and doing arts and crafts in the large, light-filled main saloon or out on the bridge deck under the shade. Before going to bed, albeit a little later than normal, the crew could organise a sunset disco for all the family to dance the night away. Up to 10 guests can be accommodated for across five cabins that can be altered in arrangement to suit family living. All those on board are looked after by a crew of 11.

Delivered by Sanlorenzo in 2017, Seven Sins is managed by YPI with charters starting from €275,000 per week for summer in the Western Mediterranean.

30.4m Gatsby

As a regular visitor to Croatia and well-recognised in Cannes, Gatsby is a superyacht that has been designed to offer privacy in lively cruising grounds. With six oversized staterooms, including a dedicated upper-deck owner’s apartment featuring a large terrace, all 12 guests have enough space to reside in comfort. The unusually high number of staterooms for a yacht of this size means that the crew can convert one room into a children’s playroom, or make up a bedroom suitable for an au pair. All of Gatsby’s staterooms come with entertainment systems and en-suite bathrooms – perfect for keeping the kids amused come bathtime.

The outdoor deck spaces, particularly the main deck aft, offers a shaded area for the family to spend quality time together spotting wildlife whilst cruising or having a magician, clown or language tutor come aboard to kill a few hours at sea. With Captain Andrija Fustin at the helm, the children could be treated to a lesson in the wheelhouse, where the Captain can show off Gatsby’s eco-friendly capabilities and explain how to reach her full range of 3,900nm. Gatsby also comes with a large choice of water sport activities and a swimming platform to keep the family safe when swimming in the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.

Launched in 2014 by Italian yard Filippetti, Gatsby can cruise with up to 12 overnight guests in the Mediterranean this summer from €70,000 per week through YPI.

25.8m Rebecca V

For a pocket superyacht, the Benetti-built Rebecca V still has a load of fun and games packed in for the whole family. With her Jetskis stealing the show, the collection of inflatables, kayaks, watersports gear, diving equipment and accompanying tender are a close second, and can be easily accessed via the high-tech swim platform. If not making the most of the on-water entertainment, the kids can be kept occupied on the yacht's oversized forward sunpad for a teddy bear's picnic or wildlife watching – perhaps the local dolphins come to say hello during an afternoon cruise. If this sun trap is too much for the kids, the sundeck offers fantastic views out over the water in the comfort of the shade. With a bar nearby, the adults can keep them company with a pre-dinner aperetif.  

The friendly crew of four can make sure that the aft deck is set up with a tasty breakfast spread for any of the early risers in the family, while those who like to lay in can be served breakfast in bed to any of the yacht's four cabins. Able to accommodate up to 10 overnight guests, these lavish staterooms benefit from the sophisticated and warm interior design, whose ambience is thanks to rich woods and elegant marbles chose by designer Zuretti. 

Rebecca V is ready to charter with YPI in the Mediterranean from €42,000 per week. 

To find out more about any of the yachts mentioned in this article, visit the YPI website at: www.ypiyachts.com

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