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Private villas, remote residences and other socially distanced holidays are currently surging in popularity, thanks to COVID. So a hotel with its own yacht is the ideal choice for luxury lovers looking for a little isolation. Here are the TOP TEN BEST.


Alexa J with Soneva


Husband and wife duo Sonu and Eva Shivdasani are the pioneers of sustainable Maldivian luxury with their two Soneva all-villa resorts: Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani. So if they are offering a floating extension of the Soneva experience, we want to be there. Bespoke itineraries have been developed combining the unique secluded yachting experience of the sleek and  very super ALEXA J  yacht and Soneva’s own sailing ship, Soneva in Aqua with a resort holiday in either of Soneva’s Maldivean resorts -  Fushi or Jani. Soneva says the experience is for: “For couples, small families and friends seeking to discover the world in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere, with the highest level of personalised service, safety and privacy on land and at sea”. For the ultimate in  COVID conscious seclusion choose a 21 night escape. www.soneva.com

MarBella Elix is a new five property in a previously undiscovered area of Greece. As the third hotel to join the MarBella Collection portfolio and the brand’s first property outside of the island of Corfu, MarBella Elix is perched above the beautiful, Karavostasi Beach in the Parga region on Greece’s beautiful Ionian coast., looking West towards Corfu and Paxos..  The resort is perched on the hillside with the beach reached by a funicular railway or short walk down a tree-lined path. Design your own tour by hiring a private yacht and taking off to the villages, islands, beaches and wherever you want to go. We resort has  handpicked a selection of cruises  from  a cruise to Paxos- Antipaxos and Blue Caves Cruise to a cruise along the coast to the tiny town of Sivota. www.marbella.gr


MarBella Elix

With little more than the vast expanse of turquoise Indian Ocean for company, One & Only Reethi Rah is the very definition of a luxury escape. However, when there’s a need for an extra layer of privacy and seclusion, the all-villa resort on its own island in North Malé Atoll offers a number of day sailings. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to the vessel – from sleek Azimut cruisers to luxury catamarans and sports fishing yachts. Or to revel in the country’s seafaring heritage, take a tour on a dhoni, a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, for a spot of island hopping, dolphin spotting or snorkelling. www.oneandonlyresorts.com

There are hotels with yachts and then there are hotels with superyachts, and there’s no doubt that London’s The Wellesley Knightsbridge falls into the latter category. The luxury hotel’s Art Deco feel is matched on board the property’s superyacht, which goes by the same name. The yacht built in 1993 at leading Dutch shipyard Oceanco, underwent a major refit to match the hotel's 1920’s styling. She offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in six cabins with each suite aiming to be a “seamless extension of the hotel”.  The master suite on the lower deck is particularly striking and features leather panelling, rich mahogany and bronze detailing. The dining experience also shares similarities with the hotel with formal dinners set using Baccarat crystal, Christofle silverware and Wedgwood crockery.  You’re unlikely to see The Wellesley along the Thames, however, the 56-metre yacht is a popular charter vessel in its own right and with a capacity of 12 guests in six ensuite staterooms, it’s a familiar sight in ports in both the Mediterranean and Caribbean. www.marriott.co.uk


Marina di Principe 

Alila Hotels & Resorts offer traditional Phinisi sailing yacht Alila Purnama for guests to enjoy. Currently located in the East Indonesia seas, in Komodo National Park, the 46 metre yacht is available for private charters for four nights or more. Guests can relax on board the handcrafted yacht with a spa therapist offering massages and the opportunity to try yoga. Charterers can also take in some of the world’s best dives as the crew of 16 includes two PADI qualified instructors.

One of the finest and most sought after luxury charter yachts is this classic 35 metre Italian-built Benetti which has partnered with Bequia Beach Hotel to offer guests the ultimate cruising experience in the Caribbean all year round. Whether making the short cruise to chic Mustique, golf in Canouan or exploring the stunning Tobago Cays on a 3-day Luxury Grenadine charter, Star of the Sea epitomises style and elegance offering guests unique experiences. Star of the Sea is exceptional in that she provides the standard of comfort, space and facilities normally expected on a larger vessel. www.bequiabeachhotel.com


Bequia Beach Hotel - Star of the Sea


Guests at the Datai can explore Malaysia’s Langkawi Archipelago aboard the resort’s junk schooner Naga Pelangi. The 30 metre schooner was hand-built using only local Chengal wood by its captain with a team of shipwrights in the boat yards of Duyong Island in Terengganu on the east coast of Malaysia. So you imagine the captain really knows his craft. The Datai offers a number of cruise options on board Naga Palengi sailing the stunning Malaysian coastline. www.thedatai.com

In the Tuscan seaside resort of Forte dei Marmi, a favourite destination of the superyacht crowd at the foot of the Apuan Alps is the Principe Forte dei Marmi, a five-star boutique hotel, complete with a 400-square-metre spa, private beach club and a Michelin-starred executive chef, Valentino Cassanelli. From May to October, the hotel’s sporty 24-metre Marina di Principe Mazarine yacht hits the water for day trips to jet-set hotspots such as Cinque Terre, Porto Venere and Portofino, or for weekly charters. Every detail on board has been carefully curated to reflect the hotel’s smart, contemporary design, although the prize ingredient is the chance to have Cassanelli, considered one of Italy’s brightest culinary talents, as your personal chef for the duration of your charter experience. www.principefortedeimarmi.com


Star of the Sea


As befits an Aman property, Amanwana, is the only resort located on the island of Moyo. The tented rsort offers guests the choice of two traditional Indonesian Phinsi style boats. The larger is 38 metre sailing ship  hand-crafted by the local Konjo tribe Accommodating up to ten guests, Amandira sails in Indonesia’s Komodo National Park from April to September and Raja Ampat (October to March).  The other option is the  32 metre Amanikan, which  has three above-deck cabins, a foredeck with bar for outdoor dining and extensive dive facilities.  Both boat come with a crew  including a dive instructor and a private chef. The Thai beach resort of Amanpuri also has a large fleet of luxury boats. www.aman.com

Located on the western knuckle of Greece's Halkidiki trident, the Sani Resort offers guests topaz waters, sea views, luxurious spas and a myriad of gourmet restaurants –and sailing. Sani has a small fleet from which to select the perfect yacht for your excursion onto the Aegean Sea. Coose from 10.43 metre Kalos Giorgos, 11.95 metre Sani Swan, 14.8 metre Vendavel, 16.65 metre Antionis Ioanna or 20 metre Myrina,. Cruise around the tiny islands surrounding Haldiki and go snorkelling in the famous Blue Lagoon, just off the Diaporos Islet, where you can enjoy clear waters and a snorkelling with multi-coloured fish.  Alternatively, the resort has its own marina that can host yachts up to 30 metres if you've brought your own. www.sani-resort.com

Posted 09/04/2021
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