Top 5 luxury yachts to charter if you’re not a billionaire

Let’s face it, chartering a luxury yacht is never going to be cheap. Buying a decent size super yacht is going to set you back in the region of seven to eight figures, and operating costs are equally eye watering… however, this post will show you that it is still possible to get on the water for a truly unique and unforgettable luxury holiday without changing your name to Roman Abramovich!

REHAB – Sunseeker Predator 68, Antibes, France

The Predator 68 is a great way to explore the Cote d’Azur for a week. It’s very much an outdoors yacht for the summer azure months, providing two alfresco dining areas and generous sun-pads for lazing away the day; and of course there is a jet tender for water skiing, wakeboarding, and ringo rides. Accommodation is spacious, with two en-suite guest cabins and a luxury salon with satellite TV and bar. A crew of captain and hostess will pamper to your every need, although the absence of a dedicated chef limits meals aboard to just breakfast and light lunches. Ideally suited to 2 couples or a family of 4, prices start from €5250 per head per week putting REHAB firmly at the top of the list of luxury yachts on a budget.

Rehab

OKEANOS – Lagoon 450, Tortola, BVI

Catamaran yachts are all about the width (or “beam”) of the boat and so are ideal for cruising the Caribbean where you spend most time aboard, anchored in a crystal clear bay… The Lagoon 450 is over 26ft wide, giving an aft dining deck and a lounging saloon that you would normally only find on a yacht ten times the price. And at €10,000 per week for up to 8 guests in 4 en-suite cabins, the Lagoon is by far the most affordable of this group. A note of caution – this yacht only just qualifies to enter the luxury category. You get what you pay for, and whilst this is a half-million Euro yacht the cabins are quite tight and the finish is quite basic. Crew of captain and chef will sail you around the myriad BVI islands and provide all meals aboard; leaving you to enjoy the gentle pace of Caribbean life.

Okeanos

JAUNI – Amer 86, Athens, Greece

This is the high-end luxury choice to discover the thousands of enchanting Cyclades Islands in style and comfort. Light and airy interiors feature contemporary furnishings and fabrics, all complimented with state-of-the-art electronics and entertainment systems. The 40ft saloon includes 3 sofas, formal dining table, and bar. En-suite staterooms are spacious and would befit any five star luxury hotel. Outdoors a large upper deck (or “flybridge”) features sumptuous sun pads, two dining tables, wet bar, and barbecue. The entire experience is hosted by a professional crew of 3; the local captain to navigate to a hidden coastal gem, the hostess ensuring the cocktails never end, and the trained chef toiling in the galley creating the next culinary masterpiece. All of this comes at a cost of course, but from €28,000 per week this is still well within the price expectations of a first class luxury holiday.

Jauni

MOJITO – Moody 64, Porto Cervo, Sardinia

Moored in the crystal clear waters of the outstandingly beautiful Costa Smeralda coast, this luxury Moody sailing yacht exudes a sense of adventure. The Moody 64 is a perfect combination of exhilarating high performance sailing, whilst her stylish interior offers luxurious and spacious accommodation. And there is no better location to combine luxury and exploration than the rocky headlands and mistral winds of north Sardinia. Aboard there are two double cabins and one twin cabin, all en suite and comfortable for 6 guests, pampered by captain and hostess crew (who will also sail the yacht at no extra cost!) Rates are very reasonable from under €13,000 per week. And of course this yacht does not use much fuel!

Mojito

NUMBER OF COWES – Ferretti 570, Monaco

The Ferretti 570 is surely the best way to stay in Monte Carlo – without going bust! This is a brand new design of yacht featuring the very latest contemporary design – the Italian interior is light and open plan, ideal for entertaining or late nights in the port of Monaco. Accommodation comprises three luxury en-suite cabins, there is a large “flybridge” with barbecue and bar for alfresco dining, and there is a small tender for water skiing and wakeboarding. At only €18,000 per week that’s only €3000 per head – less than half the price of staying in the Hotel de Paris Monaco in August… and you can’t cruise down the coast to St. Tropez in a hotel!

Number of Cowes

Daniel Barber is Director of AquaCruise Yacht Charter.

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  1. Anastasia says:

    JAUNI – Amer 86, Athens, Greece

    Why go all the way out to the Cycladic islands.

    From Athens you can sail out round the Peloponnese, without mass tourism in far off the beaten track Greece. Coming ashore to one impossibly beautiful unspoilt long sandy beach to another.

    Wide roads empty of traffic with incredible coastal views.

    You will find the occasional other luxury yacht hove to, but not many. It is a well kept secret.

  2. Daniel Barber says:

    Anastasia, I agree. But often people chartering yachts do like to go to the busier spots, to see and to be seen…its really a part of luxury yachting, and you only have to go the the cote d’Azur to see that!

    But personally I’d also choose Peloponnese too! In a future article I will be looking at the Aeolian islands which are equally beautiful, and peaceful.

  3. Sam says:

    Yacht Mojito – Moody 64 looks like a complete luxury home. Even the flybridge is stupendous, best for sun bath. Nice post.. thanx for the pics

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