While yacht charters are often thought of as adult playgrounds with fine formal dining and Champagne on tap, there is an ever-growing pool of yachts dedicated to good, old-fashioned family fun. With outdoor cinemas and the best toy collections in the business, get inspired with our pick of the best family-friendly yachts available for charter...
The best family friendly yachts for charter
Stats: 49 metres, Palmer Johnson, 2014, 11 guests, 9 crew
Khalilah is the perfect option for families looking to get away from the daily grind - and you can even have your canine companion join you on board. This golden-hulled charter yacht welcomes up to 11 guests in five colourful cabins with room to spare for the pet pooch (so long as they weigh less than 15kg). As for the kids, there is plenty to keep young ones occupied with a well-stocked toybox carrying a custom tender, jetpack, hoverboard, wakeboard, Jet Skis, kayaks, paddleboards and inflatables. From the sun deck down to beach club, there is plenty of space to unwind and spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest.
Stats: 49.99 metres, Trinity Yachts, 2008, 12 guests, 9 crew
Water toys are key to keeping kids of all ages entertained for hours on end and Amarula Sun has quite the range. Her beach club, with its fold-out swim platform, is home to an impressive collection of top-of-the-range toys including a flyboard and JetLev jet pack, as well as a climbing wall and inflatable slide for those bold enough to brave the heights of the top deck. She also carries a sizeable tender with three 350hp outboards for snorkeling trips or scenic beach picnics on a private stretch of sand. At the end of each day, primary guests and parents in search of some peace and quiet can retreat to a split-level master suite forward on the main deck.
Amarula Sun is managed for charter by Fraser with a weekly charter rate starting from $195,000.
Stats: 52 metres, Sanlorenzo, 2017, 10 guests, 11 crew
Seven Sins is suited to families of all shapes and sizes with a flexible cabin layout and a wealth of entertainment and wellness amenities on offer. Her exterior decks are vast with something for everyone on each level. On the main deck, water babies can while away the hours making a splash in her glass-bottomed swimming pool while adults can enjoy peaceful morning swims with a counterflow current available at the touch of a button. Above, there is al fresco dining for relaxed, family-style lunches and below lies the beach club with two sea terraces for waterside lounging. As night falls, her aft deck transforms into an outdoor disco.
Seven Sins is managed for charter by YPI with a weekly charter rate starting from €275,000.
Stats 50 metres, Neta Marine, 2018, 12 guests, 10 crew
To give kids a real experience of life under sail, opt for supersized sailing yacht Meira. Highlights on board include a sauna and massage room so that parents can take some time to relax while the kids head out on the ocean waves with the crew atop water toys such as windsurfs, a water slide and Jet Skis. Additionally there is an elegant main saloon complete with a dining area for the family to gather indoors, or they can head up to the top deck to unwind in the spa pool or relax on sunpads before sitting down to an alfresco supper at sunset.
Meira is managed for charter by Ocean Independence with a weekly charter rate starting from €105,000.
Stats: 36.6 metres, Benetti, 2010, 12 guests, 8 crew
Ahida 2 might be new to the charter market this year but has been recommended by her broker as the ultimate family charter yacht thanks to its open layout with a wealth of guest spaces, and a young, energetic crew ready to look after families with kids of all ages. Flexible accommodation can host families of all sizes and set ups, while a standout sundeck will keep all generations entertained with a Kacuzzi, sun loungers and a drinks bar. Her fold-out beach club carries a range of toys including Jet Skis, snorkelling and waterskiing gear, Seabobs, jetboards, a sailing dingy and towables for everyone to enjoy.
Stats: 30.4 metres, Filippetti Yachts, 2014, 12 guests, 5 crew
Gatsby features six supersized staterooms, including one that the crew can convert into a children’s playroom or a bedroom for an au pair or nanny. The crew can also arrange for additional tutors or entertainers such as magicians to join on board to keep the kids busy. A swimming platform also allows for easy access to the water so that kids can enjoy practicing water sports or floating around on sea scooters and inflatable toys. Additionally, the entire upper deck is dedicated to the owner’s suite, with a master cabin, ensuite, dressing room and office for parents to retreat for some quiet time.
Gatsby is managed for charter by YPI with a weekly charter rate starting from €70,000.
Stats: 65 metres, Amels, 2012, 12 guests, 18 crew
Families with kids of all ages will be well looked after during a Sea Rhapsody charter, thanks to her 18 super-active crew members who are well experienced with taking care of little ones on board. She also has just the right toys for family fun, including a water slide and a whole inflatables water park, as well as a paddling pool and kid-friendly beach toys and games. There’s also plenty to keep adults entertained with a spa, jacuzzi and gym on board, plus a secluded study area/library to retreat for some peace and quiet. There’s also a cinema that is perfect for movie night with the family and her large and flexible spaces can accommodate everyone on board.