Summer sun: Top three yacht charter destinations
by Nicci Perides
The summer charter holiday season is in full swing but where are the hottest spots right now? Deciding on what you would like out of your holiday well help determine your destination. Whether it be a party atmosphere, a family-friendly town or a place where time stands still. Whatever you are after it is truly possible on a luxury yacht charter.
Here are our top three destinations for a hot holiday superyacht charter:
A Mallorca Yacht Charter
It is little wonder that the isles affectionately known as the Jewels of the Mediterranean have long been a firm favourite among superyachting billionaires, yogis searching for the perfect zen in mountain top retreats and Hollywood A-listers seeking a bit of down time. For the Balearic Islands, dropped into the Mediterranean Sea off the south coast of Spain are a melting pot of luxe living, culture, and rural retreats.
Nature: If escaping the hustle and bustle is on your agenda then take to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. Running down the west side of Mallorca, the range was declared a World Heritage Site due to the unique way rural communities have cultivated the steep mountainside for agriculture. There are plenty of ways to explore from biking to hiking.
Experience: Go back in time with a ride on the old wooden train, Ferrocarril de Sóller. It cuts through the Tramuntana Mountains travelling 17 miles from Palma, the islands capital to the pretty inland town of Soller. It is all about the journey here so with cameras poised admire the pine forests, citrus orchards and olive groves. The line was built last century as a means for farmers to transport oranges and lemons to Palma to sell at the markets. Now, it is purely a unique and rather charming way to experience a piece of Mallorca.
Beachlife: Cala Tuent. The majority of the beaches on Mallorca are picture perfect but for total seclusion try Cala Tuent in the northwest of the island. The best way to arrive is via yacht as the road here is on the treacherous side, which puts many a local and tourist off. The water is crystal clear and the beach, a mix of fine pebbles and sand ensure snorkeling and sun worshipping are the only items on the agenda.
A Scandinavian yacht charter
The land of the midnight sun blooms in the summer months up in the Scandinavian countries of Norway and Sweden. There are in the region of over 1,190 Fjords that make up Norways craggy west coast. The glassy, still waters are simply perfect for yacht exploration. This applies to the east coast of Sweden too, with over 24,000 islands making up the Stockholm Archipelago, a few days sailing this sea is a relaxing experience.
Luxury: Give your chef the night off and head into Stockholm for an indulgent eight-course meal complete with wine paring at renowned two Michelin star restaurant Mathias Dahgren. Although the restaurant is widely regarded as the top spot in the city, the ambience is non-stuffy, the waiters are extremely knowledgeable and the food is experimental natural cuisine. Overlooking the main waterway in Stockholm, and ideally placed in the prestigious Grand Hotel, this is a relaxing, indulgent evening well spent.
Explore: The Norwegian Fjords glow a majestic purple hue as the sun dips but never sets on a summer eve on the west side of Norway. Miles upon miles of near on empty waterways carve up the Norwegian coast; each glassy fjord offers wooden cottages nestled into the mountainside, cute intimate restaurants where your holiday can truly begin. Start your adventure in the town of Bergen, which is regarded as the gateway to the Fjords, your captain can chose one of many routes but some of the prettiest are the Sognefjord and the Hardangerfjord, which are regarded as the longest whereas Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are the narrowest.
Party: If you happen to be in Sweden during the height of summer you will be lucky enough to experience Midsummer (midsommar). It is a never-ending lunch party that involves maypole dancing, flowers in your hair, food with the family and getting out of the city to the islands. The party goes on all night and it is the perfect chance to get a feel for the Swedish culture. Midsummer is traditionally celebrated on June 21.
A St Tropez yacht charter
St Tropez to superyachting is what Harrods is to shopping the crème de la crème. The place to be seen in. With its decadent beachclubs, ultraglam nightspots, and fine boutiques there is no other superyacht haunt that provides all the ingredients to make a superyacht charter so super.
Sundowners: LOpera is located at the far end of the port and offers its party-goers anything from fine cocktails to tasty snacks as the sun goes down. The party turns from a relaxed chill-out vibe to a late night DJ with dancing throughout the night.
Beachlife: Throughout the summer all of the beaches are very crowded but if you would like to be in all the action then head to the infamous Pampelonne beach in St. Tropez. This beach was made famous back in 1944 as being the spot the allied landings took place in August. Nowadays, the young and beautiful descend enmasse. Quite simply the perfect spot to just experience the vibe before heading back to calmness of your yacht.