The Ultimate Socially Distant Travel Experience - Yacht Charters

Vivienne Tang

Plan your next holiday with family and friends and charter one of these luxury yachts for extra privacy and social distancing

With countries now discussing how to responsibly open for tourism, travelers are asking themselves what travel in a post-coronavirus world looks like. One answer is private experiences far from any crowds. If you’re looking to holiday with your family or close friends without buffet queues and crowded swimming pools, a yacht charter may be the answer. Book a private trip on one of these seven luxe yachts for that extra privacy, and explore some of the world’s most incredible destinations in total seclusion.


This modern take on the traditional wooden yacht is arguably the most luxurious way to cruise Indonesia’s far-flung islands. Exclusivity is at the heart of a Sequoia journey, with just three luxe cabins accommodating six guests; you’ll also find traditional arts and antiques onboard; rare wines in the cellar; and a host of watersports equipment. When you’re not enjoying the region’s pristine waters, feast on Indonesian-inspired cuisine, visit minority tribes, take a cooking class, or indulge in restorative spa treatments.


Accommodating just 12 guests over six cabins, the M/Y Passion is a luxurious vessel boasting original teakwood decks, open social areas, and a secluded sun deck with a Jacuzzi. It’s also the most opulent way to explore the Galapagos Islands. You’ll have total privacy as you sail around this pristine habitat, snorkel with sea lion pups, and spot giant Galapagos tortoise. A minimum of seven nights is recommended to get the full experience, but you can choose to include a few land-based hotel stays during your excursion.


Consider this your invitation to explore unfrequented territory in Indonesia. The Silolona is a hand-crafted traditional wooden sailing vessel built in Sulawesi. Catering to a maximum of 12 guests, the vessel offers tastefully appointed décor, gourmet Asian cuisine, and a crew of 16 to attend to your every whim. Sail the Komodo archipelago; dive the unspoiled waters of Raja Ampat; or explore the storied Spice Islands. Whatever your destination, you’ll enjoy unfettered privacy, diving excursions, and spa treatments.


This epic yacht puts the luxury resort experience on the sea so you can enjoy creature comforts while exploring the Maldives’ incredible waters and islands. The three-deck yacht can be chartered for up to seven days to sail between the two Maldivian Four Seasons resorts, Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru. Onboard, you’ll enjoy a gourmet restaurant, a sun deck, a diving deck, spa treatments, and the Four Seasons’ white-glove service. You’ll also stay in exquisite accommodations that include Plasma TVs, WiFi, and fluffy bathrobes. Your trip will take you around the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where you can explore hidden dive spots, swim through secret reefs, and lounge on deserted beaches.


Think of summer and your mind may well conjure images of lazy days spent cruising the sun-kissed islands and azure waters of the Mediterranean. And, with Greece gearing up to open (albeit cautiously) to tourism this summer, it might be time to book a trip on the Argentous. This 65-foot yacht brings the private villa experience to Greece’s oceans for just eight guests. Each night, sleep in four cozy ensuite cabins; each morning, wake up in a stunning new location in the Ionian Sea. Take to the waters with an array of onboard toys – jet skis, wakeboards, and stand-up paddleboards are all available – and when hunger strikes, let the onboard chef whip up a fine-dining meal or take the high-powered speed boat to dine in local tavernas on Greek Islands you didn’t know existed.


Sanctuary Retreat’s lavish cruiser allows guests to enjoy Egypt in unparalleled style and privacy. This bespoke “dahabiya” has four cabins and two suites along with an Arabian-themed sun deck and opulent dining room.  Itineraries are custom-made, so you decide where to go and what to see. On a seven-night charter between Luxor and Aswan, you can visit the impressive Karnak Yemple and Valley of the Kings; the historic sites of El Kab and Selsela; and cultural treasures like Aswan’s spice market and Nubian Museum. A resident Egyptologist will ensure that you learn all the fascinating stories behind each place you visit. Your exclusive charter comes with a full-board meal plan, so you’ll be treated to decadent breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, and dinners each day.


Love the idea of a Mediterranean cruise but want to venture a little off the beaten path? Jump aboard the Zee and you’ll soon be sailing off the crystal blue waters of the Turkish coast. This Lagoon 500 catamaran features four spacious double cabins and an elegant indoor-outdoor saloon that’s perfect for lounging and dining. Spend your days snoozing on sunbeds on the foredeck or enjoy the waters with snorkeling gear, fishing gear, and water skis.

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