New year's fitness resolutions needn't be a chore and yacht charters offer a much more appealing way to work out than your home gym set-up. As wellness travel becomes an $800 billion-dollar industry, onboard gyms and spas are taking centre stage with superyachts doubling as bespoke wellness retreats in their own right. From cryo saunas to ice fountains, we take a look at some of the best luxury yachts available to charter for self-care fans and fitness fanatics...
The best luxury charter yachts for fitness and wellness
This 136 metre Lürssen is one of the most expensive charter yachts in the world, so it should come as no surprise that her wellness facilities are worth their weight in gold. Delivered in 2019, Flying Fox boasts a two-floor spa spanning 400 square metres and offering the finest treatments by highly-skilled therapists that sit among her 54 crew. On the first floor, a sea lounge with a large Jacuzzi offers direct access to the sea through the dive centre and swimming platform; a hammam, sauna and cryo sauna provide further relaxation. Above, there is a beauty centre with massage rooms and a fully-equipped gym outfitted with all the latest kit.
Professional trainers will guide guests through their workouts while adrenaline junkies will delight at the treasure trove of water toys on offer, including a Zapata flyboard and a hoverboard. Flying Fox is also great for lovers of the outdoors, with her 12 metre swimming pool which runs along the main deck offering an ideal spot to soak up the sun.
Flying Fox is managed for charter by Imperial with charters starting from €3,500,000 per week.
Keeping up with your 2021 fitness resolutions will be a breeze on board Joy thanks to her glass-wrapped bridge deck gym. Large windows offer immense views while you work out and can even fold back to create one beautiful indoor-outdoor space. Inside, guests are treated to the latest equipment including free weights, a bench press, elliptical, treadmill, exercise bike and more. Out on deck, Joy is home to numerous al fresco dining areas and lounges aft while her foredeck can be transformed into a basketball or badminton court. There's a crew of 19 on hand at all times including an onboard masseuse for morning massages.
Delivered in 2016 by Feadship, the 70 metre Joy is centred around comfort and can sleep up to 12 guests in eight cabins. Other highlights include a skylounge cocktail bar and a beach club that can be converted into a disco room.
Joy is managed for charter by Burgess with charters starting from €700,000 per week in the low season and €840,000 per week in the high season.
Titania is a wellness wonderland. To start, the 73 metre Lürssen is home to a climate-controlled gymnasium with a personal trainer on hand to help tailor workouts to suit each guest that steps aboard. Although, there are plenty of other ways to work up a sweat on board. Titania offers guests a massive inflatable water park that can be deployed from her beach club, including a trampoline, climbing frame and a 13 metre inflatable slide, one of the largest superyacht slides ever built.
For those looking to enjoy their vacation at a slower pace, there's a beauty therapist and hairstylist among the 21-strong crew who can offer a range of treatments in a dedicated spa room. Meanwhile, two Michelin-trained head chefs who will whip up a hearty and, most importantly, healthy feast. Other standout features include a multi-use beach club that can be converted into a nightclub and a large pool with swim-up bar.
Titania is managed for charter by Burgess with charters starting from $495,000 per week.
A new entry to the charter market, La Datcha is a world-girdling explorer designed for adventures in some of the most remote locations on earth thanks to an Ice Class hull and 40 days of full autonomy. In the case of long stretches at sea, this 77 metre superyacht is packed with health and wellness amenities - not to mention an abundance of toys - to keep up to 12 guests well and truly entertained.
For cruising in warm waters, there’s a fully certified dive centre and decompression chamber as well as a personal submarine and extensive wellness centre complete with an ice fountain to help cool off. When cruising in the cold, guests can warm up after a day on the slopes or the snowscooters with a dip in the Jacuzzi - there's a choice of two on board - or opt for a session in the Hammam and sauna. A fully equipped gym and massage room complete La Datcha's wellness offering.
La Datcha is managed for charter by Edmiston with charters starting from €740,000 per week.
You can plunge straight into the sea after a stint in the beach club gym and spa on board Amaryllis. This waterside set-up features a treadmill, spinning bike, versa climber, elliptical cross-trainer, powerplate and rowing machine, with a welcome sea breeze as you work out. The 78.43 metre Amaryllis was delivered in 2011 by Abeking & Rasmussen and can sleep up to 12 guests in six cabins with a crew of 23. Other highlights include a dedicated owner's deck complete with its own private terrace, a cinema lounge and a five metre swimming pool with colourful underwater lighting for night swims.
Managed for charter by Hill Robinson, Amaryllis has a weekly charter rate starting from €695,000.
At 95 metres in length, there's plenty of space to accommodate a wealth of fitness and wellness facilities on board the award-winning Lürssen superyacht Madsummer. Her lower deck is equipped with a dedicated spa for daily beauty treatments and massages, styled by Laura Sessa to be a calming space with lacquered wood details. The lower deck is also home to a beach club, which features a door that opens flush to the sea, doubling as a reception, a launchpad for box of water toys or as a boarding space for arrivals by tender. The piece-de-resistance, however, is a 12 metre swimming pool with an integrated Jacuzzi sitting on the main deck, with large sun pads protected by privacy glass to either side.
Madsummer is managed for charter by Moran Yacht & Ship with charters starting from $1,400,000 per week.
Soaring is a new face on the charter market following her delivery in 2020 – and she’s perfect for charterers looking to indulge in a spot of on-the-water wellness. The 68 metre Abeking & Rasmussen can accommodate up to 12 guests on board and offers extensive leisure and entertainment facilities. For active members of the charter party, her toybox is brimming with everything from kayaks and kneeboards to mountain bikes and electric scooters. Meanwhile, her beach club is home to a state-of-the-art gym with Technogym equipment including a treadmill, rowing machine and a dumbbell set. After an intensive work out, guests can retreat to the sauna and steam room or to the spa for an invigorating massage. End each day with a dip in the sun deck Jacuzzi and enjoy the perks of its wrap-around bar.
Soaring is managed for charter by Ocean Independence with charters starting from €800,00 per week.
Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace may have a name that suggests action-packed charters, but her on board amenities are in fact designed for optimum relaxation and restfulness at sea. Her lower deck houses a full-beam spa styled with Asian-inspired interior finishes with a steam room and a richly-coloured, mosaic chromotherapy Jacuzzi pool. There’s also a massage therapy room on board this 72.6 metre superyacht to kickstart your day. Ascend to her upper levels and discover an impressive sun deck with a five metre swimming pool, unique for its contraflow swimming system. Surrounded by sunpads and an extensive lounge area, her 12 guests can relax and take in the views while enjoying the sounds of a professional DJ station.
Quantum of Solace is managed for charter by YPI with charters starting from $560,000 per week.
Apogee offers guests an airy sundeck gym equipped with the latest kit, air-conditioning and panoramic views, as well as a Jacuzzi on the sundeck for soothing sore muscles. There is plenty of opportunity to kick back and unwind too, after all, what's a superyacht charter without a little indulgence? Perfect for parties, guests can enjoy an expansive bar on deck, paired with an opulent main saloon, cocktail lounge and interior bar, games table, jukebox and disco set-up. Delivered in 2003 by Codecasa and refitted in 2013, the 62.3 metre superyacht can sleep up to 12 guests in six cabins with a crew of 17.
Apogee is managed by Thompson, Westwood & White with weekly charter rates starting from $275,000 in the low season and $325,000 in the high season.
The former flagship of the Golden Yachts fleet was superseded by its 95 metre sister O'Pari in 2020 but is still one of the largest yachts available on the charter market. O'Ptasia's beach club is a wellness centre at sea, home to a steam room, Hammam and massage room, with sun loungers positioned right at the water's edge. A touch-and-go helipad on the foredeck can double as a yoga studio, with a view like no other, while a waterfall Jacuzzi is the ultimate way to end the day. O'Ptasia can sleep up to 12 guests across 11 cabins with an interior designed to evoke a sense of calm pairing dark woods with a light colour palette.
O'Ptasia is managed for charter by Atalanta Golden Yachts and has a weekly rate starting from €800,000.