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There’s a reason why the Mediterranean has long been the favourite playground of yachties. It’s not just that it is home to many beautiful areas perfectly suited to exploration by yacht charter, such as the French Riviera, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, and the dreamy archipelagos of Greece. Those in the know realise that to do the Med right, it simply has to be by yacht. For though the sunny landscape offers countless villas, beach houses and manors, anything they can do a yacht can do better. Here’s why Mediterranean yacht charters beat all other holiday accommodation, every time.

Never Lift a Finger


When chartering yachts in the French Riviera and beyond, you can expect best-of-class service. In order to work on a yacht, stewards and stewardesses must already be qualified to the highest level, with the luxury nature of a superyacht meaning that service is available 24/7 and no demand is too high. Dedicated engineers are always on the yacht, ensuring that all technology is always working to the highest standard, and your highly-experienced Captain is your point of contact to sure everything runs smoothly and navigate to your next dream destination.

And then there is the onboard culinary team, always ready to create whatever gourmet delight takes your fancy. Whether you want 3am pancakes after a glamorous soiree hosted onboard, or an 8-course Michelin-Star tasting menu for your and 20 friends, it’s all possible. Though in some cases villas may have their own staff, it is unlikely you will ever get this much amazing service off-yacht.

Make a Splash


For those who thrive on adrenaline or love trying out new activities, chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean provides almost limitless options. Think of the yacht as your personal water sports centre, with every toy imaginable onboard. Race a quad ski against a jet-propelled kayak one day, take your family longboarding the next and if based on a motor yacht, make sure a blow-up sailing boat is on hand and try your hand at running the rigging. No need to worry about inflating anything as the crew will set everything up for you, and when you are done simply float back to luxury. Particularly when chartering a superyacht in the Italian Riviera, there are a number of incredible destinations for water-based fun. Why not try out the new kitesurfing craze on the Adriatic coast? The historic town of Ravenna in North Italy has been found to be a particularly incredible place for kiteboarding, with spectacular beaches for launching, consistent winds and water that’s warm for much of the year. And with no fewer than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, Ravenna also offers plenty of opportunity to take in culture for those less keen on watersports.

Or, take in Italy’s beautiful azure seas from above. The Flight of the Angel is an 80mph zipwire ride that stretches for just under a mile between two remote villages in the “Dolomiti Lucane”, a stunning mountain area in the deep south. An utterly exhilarating way to take in incredible views of the region, without needing to break a sweat. Of course, you could participate in these sports whilst staying on land, but Mediterranean yacht charters come fully equipped with everything you could possibly need to enjoy these activities to the maximum. It’s your holiday – why would you want it to be any less than perfect?

 Set Yourself Free


If you feel the pull of the path less travelled, you may instead find yourself drawn to check out the East Med. From the incredible cascading emerald waterfalls and pools at Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes to the Venetian palaces of Corfu’s Old Town in Greece, it is filled with hidden treasures that have to be seen to be believed. Yet visiting these attractions from land-based accommodation can be a hassle. Firstly, you need to prepare for the trip by packing the many essentials needed for a long, hot day excursion. Depending on the location, a hire car, boat or even a rental helicopter may be needed to get you there. These journeys can be exhausting in themselves, especially if travelling young children, and once you have spent the day at your chosen destination you have to travel all that way back, putting something of a damper on the day. Groups of islands such as those on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast are particularly difficult to travel between without multiple changes on crowded public shuttle-boats. Why suffer? East Mediterranean yacht charters are becoming more and more popular, with many must-visit spots dotted throughout its less-explored terrain. On a Mediterranean superyacht charter simply float worry-free around the spectacular Dalmatian Islands, fully enjoying this paradise of turquoise coves, medieval villages, and deep pine forest.

Yachts provide both a mode of transport and a luxurious home, so as you float towards your chosen destination you only need to relax with a chilled glass of champagne or partake in any other of the many onboard activities, never once hearing the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ from any young guests. You’ll arrive feeling refreshed and ready for your next adventure. Worked up an appetite but not dressed for dinner? No need to stress; either dine out at anchor on a delicious gourmet meal prepared by onboard chef of the make a quick trip back to the yacht to change before heading out again to enjoy the local nightlife. Then, whenever you’re ready, move onto your next attraction. It really can be that easy when you charter a yacht in the Mediterranean.

Colette Flowerdew-Kincaid

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