There’s no need to avoid making holiday plans in 2020 – and with a slight shift in focus, it might even become one of your best holidays yet. On a luxury yacht charter you are in control of your destinations – where you visit, how much time you spend there and whether you even set foot on land at all. You could spend a week or longer in the romantic Maldives and Seychelles, where it’s only your footprints that are pressed into the golden sands, and there’s no other signs of civilisation for miles.
Instead of trying to fill your short stay with all of the top-recommended attractions, spend quality time reconnecting with family and friends and get to know the environment for its own beauty. There are tons of activities, from water sports and sunbathing to hiking and biking along trails, rock climbing and even paragliding.
From the moment you leave your front door to the moment you return, you can choose to take private transport all the way: A limousine can ferry your group and your baggage to a private jet, and from the airport, it’s even possible to take a helicopter to your yacht. Your personalised itinerary can also have transport arranged for the places you visit during your holiday so that you’re never waiting anywhere for long and have as much time as possible at your destination.
Everything with you everywhere you go
Being away from civilisation doesn’t mean that you are deprived from modern entertainment, and depending on what vessel you choose, you could have much more than just a TV in the cabins: a dedicated indoor or outdoor cinema, a spa massage room complete with sauna and steam room, or even a golf tee with biodegradable balls are all possibilities above and beyond the typical sunbeds and Jacuzzi.
Your yacht is your transport, entertainment centre and accommodation all rolled into one. And with a professional chef preparing every one of your meals while you savour the sunshine or play games together, the only time you might want to leave is to have a private beach party or to explore along the coast with the water toys.
The world of luxury yachting has opened up significantly over the past decade, and there are expedition yachts travelling as far south as Antarctica and up to the beautiful wildernesses of Greenland & Svalbard. When you want to leave all your cares far, far behind, then these destinations are a great way to see rare sights and spend quality time with family and friends.
Alaska is an awe-inspiring landscape home to the stunning blue-white Hubbard Glacier and the incredible Misty Fjords in the Tongass National Forest. Brown bears, otters and eagles call this land home and you can kayak and hike along the coast to connect with this powerful place in-person. Once you’re back on board, warm up with facilities such as a hammam or sauna, or dip into the Jacuzzi on deck to continue gazing at this chilly wonderland in perfect warmth and serenity.
Greenland & Svalbard has its own marvels, including natural hot springs, fresh-fallen powdery snow for dog-sledding and other winter sports, kayaking amongst glaciers and the mesmeric Northern Lights that are best experienced at the end of summer into the early autumn.
Indonesia is arguably the world’s best Scuba diving destination with various sites for all ability levels and richly rewarding encounters with brightly coloured species. The innumerable islands also make it possible to spend time on the beach without ever encountering another group of people, and the same can be said for the archipelagos in French Polynesia.
The Galapagos Islands are perhaps the most alluring: Home to exotic creatures such as the Galapagos Turtle, marine iguana and the unusual blue footed booby. The Galapagos is a treat for photographers and painters as well as water sports lovers who will want to swim with golden cownose rays, king angelfish and possibly even the Galapagos penguins as they explore thriving coral reefs that have been untouched by human habitation.
It might be time to dispel the notion that you have to cross the world for a sensational and satisfying holiday, and instead discover why visitors the world over come to your own shores.
The Mediterranean is certainly the world’s favourite yacht charter grounds come summer, but Northern Europe has its own treasures that entice a steady stream of visitors into the Baltic Sea: The Norwegian Fjords have spectacular waterfalls made from melting winter ice, and there are isle and islets where you will be able to rest upon the beach and enjoy snorkelling and other water sports in complete privacy.
History lovers and children with active imaginations will be enthralled by the imposing ruins of castles and watchtowers along the shores, and when you want to step ashore and see more of the towns and cities, there are local beer festivals, markets, and boutique shops to be done. Antwerp is famous for its diamond district – and the delectable Belgian chocolates are enough to tempt you to spend a day in port. Across the English Channel, the Cornish coast is well known to the nation for its picturesque scenery, warm summer weather and golden sand beaches that can compete with any in France. Snorkel and Scuba dive in clean clear seas, and for a treat, have Devonshire scones in one of the quaint Cornish villages.
New England is gorgeous at any time of the year, but a visit between summer and autumn will capture the fine weather for time at the beach, and for exploring the Acadia National Park and the art and brewery trails by bike. Fishing enthusiasts and Scuba divers also have much to keep them occupied, while kayakers can use the towering lighthouses as landmarks as they paddle along the coast.
The Caribbean & Bahamas have a plethora of islands to make your own over the summer, however Bermuda is gorgeous alternative laced with pink sand beaches, turquoise waters and fantastic spots for water sports away from the rest of the world.
Don’t miss out on the sunniest days of the year and make 2020 your best holiday with loved ones yet.
Trina Howes is a Director of CharterWorld America. CharterWorld is a luxury private yacht charter company that creates outstanding vacations with excellent yachts at amazing prices – worldwide.