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8 of the best on the water experiences at luxury hotels

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The Belmond, South of France

If you can't visit a hotel with a luxury yacht, discover alternative on-the-water experiences without sacrificing on luxury by checking into the resorts that have a variety of boats to keep guests entertained.

1. Belmond Afloat

While the Belmond La Samanna Resort in St Maarten offers sublime sailing in the Caribbean on board a 15.8 metre Sunseeker, a 10.9 metre Fairline and a 9.7 metre World Cat catamaran, its South of France offering is ideal for those after a more European on the water escape.

The Belmond Afloat experience sees guests board one of seven luxury river barges, four of which have heated swimming pools on deck. Depending on your choice of vessel, you can explore the stunning French countryside at a leisurely pace.

The Belmond Pivoine, new to the fleet this year, is 39 metres and can sleep up to eight guests. She'll transport you from Meaux to Châlons-en-Champagne, famous for its picture-perfect vineyards, traditional villages, historical sites and some of the best wine tasting experiences.

Picture courtesy of Scott Dunn

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