Holidays spent together as families are to be cherished but it can be hard settling on a holiday destination which works for everyone in the family. With competing demands, likes and dislikes, planning a family getaway can be confusing.
A sometimes overlooked option is a family holiday on the water – sailing yacht or superyacht, these stunning vessels offer a flexibility and variety that is hard to beat. We spoke to our resident yachting expert, Julia Jossa, who gave us the low-down on what to expect from a yachting holiday, including her recommended destinations for a holiday on the water this summer.
Why charter a yacht?
A yachting holiday offers a myriad of possibilities including a near limitless choice of destinations, flexible booking durations and the chance to enjoy a private and exclusive holiday experience like no other. With yachts coming in a range of sizes, you can choose one to suit your group allowing you all to enjoy the renowned service and luxury offered on board your own private floating 6* hotel.
What destinations would you recommend this summer?
Europe is hard to beat in summer. Options include the south of France and the French Riviera where you can visit trendy hotspots like Monaco, St Tropez and Cannes. I would particularly recommend Croatia or Greece which are stunning at this time of year. There really is no better way to experience the spectacular coastlines of these countries than from the water. The really exciting thing about a yachting holiday is that you are free to go where you wish. We are all used to planning an in-depth itinerary for our holidays, but being aboard your own yacht removes the need to plan to the Nth degree. If privacy is what you are after then you are free to head to a secluded island. Fancy a day ashore shopping, then set sail to the nearest harbour. The choice is yours.
What type of yacht would you suggest – a superyacht or sailing yacht?
It all depends on how active you like to be on holiday! A superyacht offers superb levels of luxury and comfort allowing you to just settle back and enjoy your holiday leaving the crew to cater to your every need. A sailing yacht offers you the opportunity to get involved with the running of the vessel playing a hands-on role with the sailing duties. It’s superb fun and adds a whole new dimension to your holiday experience. Chartering a sailing yacht is particularly enjoyable for families as it gives the children something to do and learn. If you are worried about keeping them occupied during a family vacation then a sailing holiday is an inspired choice!
Do you need to know how to sail?
Absolutely not. All yachts are fully crewed with a Captain, Engineer, Chef and Hostess at a minimum (larger yachts will often have ten or more staff on board to look after you). They are there to ensure your holiday is not only safe, but relaxed and completely enjoyable. How involved you become in the sailing side of the holiday is entirely up to you.
We all want a little bit of luxury on holiday – does a yacht offer this?
Without doubt. Our charter yachts are incredibly luxurious and can put many high-end hotels to shame. Superb interiors (often created by renowned designers like Christian Liaigre) are paired with the latest mod cons to provide a sumptuous environment from which to enjoy your holiday. With a chef to create wonderful meals and a full contingent of staff to look after your every need you are guaranteed luxury.
Other than sailing, are there any other activities that can be enjoyed from a yacht?
Yacht dependent, you will be able to enjoy an extensive array of activities from fishing, water skiing, snorkelling, canoeing and more. Larger yachts come equipped with motorboats and even state-of-the-art toys like submarines. Back on board, jump in the pool, head to the gym, relax on the sundeck or watch a film in the media room… one thing is for sure, you and the children will never be bored!
What are the benefits of booking through Oxford Private Travel?
The Oxford Private Travel team have extensive experience arranging charter yacht holidays for our clients. With a bewildering array of choices and destinations available to you it can be hard to know which way to turn – we take the time to understand your unique requirements and in doing so we can plan the perfect holiday just for you.
To find out more about arranging a holiday on the water for your family this summer please call +44 1993 899 430 and we will be happy to help.