There are few experiences as luxurious and awe-inspiring as yacht charters. You can explore the world at your leisure, spend quality time with friends and family in an intimate setting, and the service is second to none. We’ve rounded up the most exceptional new yacht charters to book around the world. They’re sure to inspire your next voyage, whether you want to relax along the Amalfi Coast or explore remote corners of the globe. By Kristen Shirley
In the yachting world, Loon is known for an exceptional array of water toys — perhaps the best in her class. There’s a FunAir inflatable slide that goes from the third deck straight into the ocean, an in-water pool, and a luxurious 43-foot Everglades tender. You can hop on paddleboards, sea kayaks, Waverunners, or a Seabob to explore nearby islands and coves.
The adventurous can try kite surfing or Lift e-Foil surfboards, which seems effortless when you watch the crew fly past, but is actually quite challenging. Loon is also a scuba diver’s dream. The crew has several master divers and dive instructors who can take you out each morning, and they have all of the equipment you need onboard. They can also certify new divers during the trip.
The 180-foot yacht has a staggering 1,100 gross tons of living space, elegant design, and an amiable and attentive crew. Loon has two master staterooms, including a unique one on the upper deck. It has wraparound windows that offer unparalleled views of the surroundings. There are two salons, including one with recliners and a projector for movie night, plenty of spaces for dining alfresco, and an oversized infinity-edge Jacuzzi with a wet bar nearby. Fancy a workout? Loon has a treadmill, exercise bike, rowing machine, and free weights in the beach club. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better workout views than this.
The crew is absolutely lovely and specialises in setting up unique experiences. You might have a pizza night on board, a barbecue on a private beach, or sundowners at the Instagram-famous Loon Bar. The crew will even take you to a picture-perfect sandbar and serve you drinks as you loll in the warm water.
Loon is available for charter from IYC in the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Bermuda during the winter months and in the Mediterranean in the summer months. Rates begin at USD 325,000 (INR 2,46,01,151) a week plus expenses.
For the ultimate Antarctica adventure, you can’t beat a voyage aboard Nansen Explorer yacht charters. This former research vessel has all of the technical features needed to safely explore one of the world’s most remote and dramatic landscapes and, thanks to a retrofit in 2021, an ultra-luxe interior design that wouldn’t look out of place in St. Tropez. For exploration, Nansen Explorer has an Ice-1A classed 236-foot hull and an ice-experienced captain and bridge team, which means she can go deeper into the ice than other polar-classed superyachts. There’s a heli-deck with onboard fueling capabilities, so you can see the vast landscape from the sky, or even go heli-skiing. There are plenty of toys that allow you to get up close and personal with wildlife and nature, including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, dive equipment, and Zodiacs.
The interiors are so stylish, modern, and well-appointed that you’ll forget you’re in the middle of Antarctica rather than at a swanky hotel. The ship originally accommodated 60 passengers, but now it holds just 12 guests in seven cabins, including an owner’s suite and a VIP suite. Each cabin has large windows that showcase the stunning vistas outside the ship. The sumptuous Scandanavian-inspired decor features shades of grey and white, which reflect the surrounding environment. There’s a cosy lounge with a bar and a fireplace, perfect for warming up after an excursion to see penguins or whales.
Nansen Explorer is available for charter from Plan South America in Antarctica. Rates begin at USD 340,000 (INR 2,57,36,589) a week and are all-inclusive.
Yachting in French Polynesia is always a blissful experience, but Dardanella takes relaxation to the next level with bespoke, wellness-focused charters planned by onboard wellbeing facilitator Ayumi Gallagher. The wellness experience is all-encompassing, including fresh, detoxifying food, mindfulness workshops, yoga sessions, Pilates, meditation, and massages alongside traditional yacht activities, like diving, surfing, and tender safaris exploring the pristine waters and nature of French Polynesia. The captain is also a qualified marine biologist and ecologist, so he’s the perfect person to show you this unique environment. There are two dive instructors, 12 sets of dive gear, a Nitrox dive compressor, and underwater photography equipment, so you can capture the beauty underwater, too. As an expedition yacht, Dardanella is well-suited for exploring remote destinations. The 121-foot yacht was refit in 2018 and has five luxurious cabins.
Dardanella is available for charter from 37south in French Polynesia. Rates begin at USD 100,000 (INR 75,69,585) a week plus expenses.
With seven decks, there’s something for everyone aboard Wheels. This massive yet elegant yacht measures 249 feet, weighs almost 2,000 gross tons (1814369 kg), and has lots of standout amenities including a spacious cinema for eight guests, a huge aquarium, massage room with a dedicated onboard masseuse, an air-conditioned gym, and the main salon converts to a disco complete with lights and a smoke machine for those late-night dance parties. The split-level master suite has panoramic views, a study, and plenty of space, and there are four spacious guest suites on the main deck. Outside, there are plenty of relaxation areas, including sunpads, a hot tub, several dining areas and bars, and an enviable water sports area with two Jet Skis, four wave runners, three seabobs, a luxurious tender, and plenty more toys. The crew is very active and can teach you to wakeboard, kitesurf, sail the new Hobie cat catamaran, or scuba dive. They can also lead yoga and fitness classes.
Wheels is available for charter from Fraser Yachts in the Caribbean. Rates begin at USD 680,000 (INR 5,14,73,178) a week plus expenses.
It’s not uncommon for yacht charterers to “upgrade” their yachts year after year, chasing newer and bigger boats, which is makes Big Sky‘s number of repeat bookings even more impressive. The 157-foot yacht has been a charter favourite since 2010, and she recently underwent a refit leaving her in immaculate condition. Big Sky can accommodate 10 guests in five staterooms, including a full-beam master that spans the width of the yacht, and there’s plenty of room onboard to relax, including the main salon with large windows and a state-of-the-art TV system. The sky lounge is perfect for entertaining — it has an onyx bar and sliding windows that make you feel as if you are outside. Of course, if you do want to relax outdoors, there are three teak decks with space for dining and a large sundeck with a Jacuzzi, sun pads, couches, and a bar.
Big Sky is available for charter from Northrop & Johnson in the Bahamas. Rates begin at USD 180,000 (INR 1,36,25,253) a week plus expenses.
This glamorous new superyacht caused quite a stir when she debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2021. It’s rare for a brand-new superyacht of this size to be available immediately for charter, so book your trip on Tatiana early. This 263-foot yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests, who are guaranteed impeccable service from the 20 crew members. She has a great selection of water accoutrements and a stunning design with a large amount of interior space, including a deck dedicated to the owner’s suite. There are also two VIP staterooms, four double cabins, and a twin cabin. While away any rainy days in the movie room or shooting some pool. Tatiana also has a fabulous beach club with a large bathing platform, bar, and outdoor lounge.
Tatiana is available for charter from IYC in the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Bermuda during the winter months and in the Mediterranean in the summer months. Rates begin at EUR 775,000 (INR 6,62,06,700) a week plus expenses.
Nour El Nil Meroe
Step back in time aboard Nour El Nil Meroe, one of the traditionally inspired Egyptian yacht charters full of modern amenities and luxurious design. Meroe is available for charter through Black Tomato, a top luxury travel company known for its expertly curated trips with exclusive experiences and a focus on local culture. Meroe is styled like a classic dahabiya boat, with authentic decor featuring whitewashed walls and linens alongside Parisian decor details. The VIP cabins have floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Nile — we can’t think of a more fabulous way to have breakfast in bed — while the other cabins have large windows. The shaded roof terrace has plenty of spots for lounging and dining alfresco, and there’s a cheery indoor salon with red-and-white striped decor and cosy couches. On your charter, you’ll slowly sail down the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan. You can charter just the yacht voyage or book the Ultimate Egypt trip, which includes adventures on land as well as the yacht charter (think: private tours of the pyramids, exploring temples or taking a jeep safari around Siwa).
El Nil and the Ultimate Egypt trip can be booked through Black Tomato. Rates begin at USD 5,800 (INR 4,39,035) a person.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
One of 2022’s most anticipated travel launches is the new The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. While this is technically a small-ship cruise, every element has been designed to make you feel as if you are aboard a superyacht. The fleet will ultimately have three custom-built yachts, each with 149 suites. However, in 2022, the collection will launch with their first luxury vessel: Evrima. The suites all have private terraces, which isn’t something you can expect aboard even the largest superyacht. And of course, the amenities are incredible. It has a beautiful spa, stunning marina terrace (set up like a yacht beach club), an infinity-edge pool, a large gym, and plenty of entertainment. The dining options are seemingly endless, including the main restaurant, the Evrima Room, SEA, which features a menu by acclaimed chef Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, Talaat Nam, a Southeast Asian spot, and several casual options.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s inaugural voyage is set for May 2022 and pricing is dependent on the itinerary. Learn more about the trips here.