No matter the month or season, there’s always somewhere spectacular to head to on a superyacht charter. As winter makes its way across the Southern hemisphere, the Northern hemisphere is bursting into life – and as the yachting season draws to a close in the Northern hemisphere, the Southern side returns in style. For year-round sailing, countries on or near the equator are always ready to welcome you.
Here are some of the most popular global superyacht charter locations to consider this year to help you plan a fantastic experience. From the mesmerising Mediterranean to the beautiful Bahama’s and beyond, Ahoy Club is waiting to whisk you off on the adventure of a lifetime.
1. The Adriatic
Containing 1,244 islands and islets and running along Croatia and Eastern Italy’s length, the Adriatic is where the Mediterranean meets the Balkans. San Marino, Venice, Slovenia, Montenegro and Albania are all incredible Adriatic destinations popular with superyacht charters. From idyllic vineyards to historic villages and luxurious lifestyles to rustic charm, the Adriatic has it all. Of all the destinations to choose from, Montenegro is the jewel in the crown. The perfect blend of Mediterranean playground and upmarket infrastructure, superyachts and the elite crowd make their way here every year to spend their summer on the sea.
2. The Bahamas
When people think of paradise, the Bahamas usually make it into that top spot. An all-time favourite of the superyacht and charters set, private island residences, calm and warm seas and luxury retreats call visitors back year after year. From swimming with pigs in the sea at pig beach, sunning yourself on the pink sands of Harbour Island, or heading beneath the waves and into one of the richest reefs around, nothing quite screams paradise like the Bahamas. Feel like sipping on rum, swimming with turtles and lazing around on private and isolated islands away from the crowds? You know where to head next.
3. The United Arab Emirates
For the last few decades, whenever someone mentions yachting in the UAE, most people think about Dubai. There’s no denying Dubai is the natural home of superyachts, private jets and billionaires – but it’s not the only place to relax in the UAE. Opulence and glamour can be found in Abu Dhabi, too, with yachting infrastructure now overtaking neighbouring Dubai to become one of the most desirable places for the world’s biggest and most luxurious superyachts to visit. From world-class shopping malls and designer stores to bespoke experiences both on and off land. Of course, Dubai is worth a pit stop along the way, but if you want to keep up with the crowds, it’s all about Abu Dhabi in 2021.
4. Thailand’s Islands
Famed for being the ‘Land of Smiles,’ Thailand definitely has plenty to offer to those on superyacht charters looking for some of the most breathtaking scenery on the face of the Earth. While Phuket is the largest and best-known island in Thailand, it’s not the only one to visit. Nearby Koh Yao Yai and James Bond Island (Tapu) are both perfect for long, lazy days under the sun surrounded by towering limestone shards jutting out of the crystal clear ocean. But move away from the Southern part of Thailand toward the Eastern seaboard, and you’ll come across the beautiful island of Koh Samed, a popular island destination for the Bangko elite and yachting fanatics.
5. The Maldives
Located in the Southwest of Mallorca, Port d’Andratx is loaded with stunning scenery, natural beauty and a relaxing atmosphere. Popular with movie stars, the Instagram crowd and the yachting elite, this coastal fishing village merges the best of age-old traditional practices and cosmopolitan modernity. Make your way around museums, galleries and Mallorcan stone ruins, hike the valley for spectacular sights of the Mediterranean and dig into freshly caught seafood dishes paired with local wines, cheeses and olives.
6. The Mediterranean
No list would be complete without mentioning the Mediterranean. With one of the longest yachting seasons around, the Eastern Med enjoys an extended season starting in February and running through to as late as October. With over 3,000 islands and 20 countries resting on its shores, the Mediterranean epitomises everything luxury yachting is about. Sip Champagne in Sud de la France, indulge in the Italian cafe culture, gorge on Greek meze, party in the Balearics and live the high life off of Tunisia, Sardinia and Sicily.
7. The Whitsundays, Australia
Found just off the coast of Queensland, 74 tropical islands create the popular archipelago of the Whitsundays. Located on the edge of the great barrier reef, superyachts from around the world make their way here and use the islands as a base for weeks of snorkelling, watersports, bushwalks and beaches – with Whitehaven Beach taking the top spot for most popular. While there are 74 islands to explore, only 4 of them are inhabited and offer accommodation, which is even better for private yacht charters. Wake up to sweeping views of tropical Australia and enjoy endless outdoor activities under the sun.
8. The South American Coast
South America is hugely popular, with some of the biggest superyachts in the world sailing here. With the Atlantic hugging the East Coast, the Pacific on the West Coast, the Caribbean Sea and the Mexican Gulf, variety really is the spice of life. The Brazilian coastline serves up some of the best beaches, bays, and scenery globally – famous during festivals and over the hot summer months. Venezuela, Panama, Cuba and Costa Rica offer idyllic tropical seascapes framed with jungle-covered mountains, Latin culture and vibrant art. Mexico, Peru and Chile bring the Pacific’s beauty, perfect for whale watching, ancient history and an eclectic mix of cultures and cuisines.
Exclusive Global Superyacht Charters
When it comes to the best destinations to visit globally, the destination itself is only part of the story. What really makes a vacation special is the mode of transport and your accommodation – with superyachts combining both in the very best way possible.
Whether you’re making your way around the Mediterranean, sailing the South Indian Ocean, living it up in the glittering United Arab Emirates or searching for adventure off of South America, Ahoy Club has your dream superyacht ready and waiting. Rediscover the meaning of luxury on vessels made for grabbing attention no matter where you go.
Feeling inspired to hit the ocean and explore more of the beauty the world has to offer? Find your perfect superyacht charter today, and let us finalise all of the small details for the trip of a lifetime.