Having recently announced our new partnership with Camper & Nicholsons International, we wanted to bring the best of the boating world to the forefront of this month’s newsletter. Our partnership means you can now enjoy a seamless journey from sky to sea, organising your private jet and yacht charter in one simple process with two world-class experts in luxury travel, both global leaders in their respective fields.
Whether you’re new to yacht charter or an old hand, this at-a-glance guide will navigate you through the ins and outs of yacht charter and inspire you with the best places to charter this summer. If you would like to find out more information about anything mentioned, please feel free to get in touch with one of our Account Managers.
The great appeal of a CNI charter is that it is bespoke to you and incorporates all the elements that are important to you. Half the fun is dreaming up where you want to go, what you want to see, what foods you want to savour, what new sports you want to try your hand at and which beaches, historic buildings and fantastic boutiques you may want to visit. Your charter broker will help you establish which yacht, destination and itinerary will work for your charter party.
To get a real idea of which yacht would best suit your charter party, browse the table below – an at-a-glance guide to the different ‘types’ of yachts and how they may compliment your charter.
The following destinations give you a snapshot of each cruising ground and what it can offer. The more popular destinations are great for all-round charters – combining watersports with great beaches, gourmet restaurants and a good dose of local culture. However, if you want your charter to focus on something in particular, such as wildlife, golf, archaeology or nightlife you will need to be more discerning in your choice of destination.
Just whispering the word ‘Caribbean’ conjures images of swaying palm trees backing onto soft beaches, sparkling blue waters and the taste of delicious rum punches. With a colourful mosaic of culture, cuisine and language courtesy of the different colonial powers that have laid claim to various parts of the West Indies, every island has a character and charm that is totally unique.
A haven for waterborne travellers, coral reefs team with fish, and isolated rocky coves are ideal for all manner of watersports. With a balmy climate, steady easterly trade winds and an abundance of secluded anchorages, the Virgin Islands entice sailors, big-game fishermen and divers. Further south, the Leeward Islands are ideal for island hopping from tiny deserted bays to fashionable harbours. From the sophisticated French island of St Barths to the unpretentious, old-world charm of Antigua, the Leeward Islands are an exotic concoction of modern chic and laid-back charm. The Windward Islands are strewn down the eastern Caribbean, stretching from Martinique in the north to Grenada in the south, with the Grenadines archipelago lying in between. The islands are superbly undeveloped, supremely unspoilt and sufficiently inaccessible to stay that way.
The main cruising grounds of the Indian Ocean are split into two halves – the Seychelles to the west and the Maldives to the east. Just south of the equator, the archipelago of 155 islands that make up the Seychelles is widely regarded as one of the most stunning locations in the world. Island hopping provides the perfect opportunity to experience the subtle changes between the pristine islands where powder-white sand beaches, fringed by crystal clear water and coconut palms provide a major draw. Like a string of pearls scattered over the sparkling Indian Ocean, the many islands of the stunning Maldives are a rich melting pot of culture and natural beauty. Perfect for pure escapism, unashamedly lazy days focus on the beach or below the waters which are teeming with colourful fish.
The Bahamian chain comprises 700 islands and cays scattered over 100,000 square miles of Atlantic Ocean in a gentle east-to-west curve just 50 miles south of Florida. The shallow waters are home to more than 30 diving destinations, unspoiled reefs, shallow fishing waters, a plethora of wrecks, and the spectacular Blue Holes (entrances in an underwater world). Providing the perfect combination of lively fun and laid-back charm, the cosmopolitan capital of Nassau and neighbouring Paradise Island lie in stark contrast to the peace and solitude of the many uninhabited islets and cays.
The Amalfi coast is an outstanding area of Mediterranean landscape, where vertical precipices plunge into the sea, mountain ranges frame the horizon and picturesque local towns buzz with life and culture. If the beguiling beauty of the coast becomes monotonous, visit the array of local towns - from Positano to Sorrento to Cetara and to Praiano. The Amalfi is a popular charter destination, combining exquisite scenery with a good dose of local culture. An historic island filled with Mediterranean colour and a cove-studded coast, Capri is a legendary idyll. Famed for its Italian designer fashions and rugged beauty, it has attracted attention throughout the centuries, from Roman emperors to Hollywood stars. Adventurers can explore the ‘Grotta Azzurra’ - a hidden cave accessed through an underwater cavity where the water creates a scintillating blue light that illuminates the cavern.