If, like us, you are counting down the days until you can get back out and see the world, we have compiled some of our favourite destinations for chartering a yacht this summer. As well as offering the ultimate in luxury and seclusion, exploring the world by private yacht enables you to wake up in a new destination every day, which is perfect as our bucket list has been steadily mounting up over 2020!
Yacht charter in Italy
The Italian Riviera is extraordinarily beautiful, and its coast is dotted with picturesque fishing villages brimming with old world charm. Head west to Riviera di Ponente for stretching beaches and lush landscapes, and east for dramatic scenery and glamour. Here you’ll find glitzy Portofino Harbour, characterised by its colourful buildings backed by rugged hills. From the water you can marvel at the magnificent villas positioned on the hillsides belonging to the Italian elite!
Another of our favourite Italian destinations is Sardinia. A yachting haven, this mountainous island is characterised by hill-covered citrus groves which lead to steep cliffs and long stretches of coastline. The aptly name Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) is home to breathtaking green-blue waters and powder white beaches, an area which attracts jetsetters and celebrities alike. However, there is so much more to Sardinia; with its own unique culture, mysterious prehistoric delights, and diverse landscapes, Sardinia is brimming with character just waiting to be discovered.
French Riviera yacht charter
Of course, no yacht charter guide would be complete without mentioning Monaco. One of the greatest superyacht ports in the world, this glittering destination is home to beach clubs, spas, boutiques… you name it! From here you can explore all that the French Riviera has to offer, from the equally as glamorous Cannes and Saint-Tropez, to the natural paradise of Ile de Porquerolles, home to white-sand beaches and abundant flora and fauna. Antibes is another option if you are looking for a break from the glitz and glamour. Rich in art and culture, here you can explore the beautiful 16th-century old town with its numerous boutique shops and art galleries. You can also visit the Picasso museum, set in the 14th century Chateau Grimaldi, and Fort Carré, where Napoleon Bonaparte was once held prisoner.
As well as being a fabulous charter destination in its own right, the South of France is a perfect base from which to explore the previously mentioned Italian destinations. After all, that’s the real beauty of exploring by water!