A Family Affair
There are few vacations that bring a family together like chartering a yacht does.
The yacht: Launched in 2015, 60m motoryacht Katina is perfect for families wanting to relax, offering plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing as well as cosy corners for coming together. Able to accommodate up to 12 guests, all six large staterooms on the yacht are convertible into king doubles or twin rooms. Kids can spend hours enjoying the slection of toys and inflatables, while adults can indulge in the unique whiskey lounge, or focus on wellness with the massage room, gymnasium and sauna.
The location: Charter Katina in Croatia, a family-friendly haven with over a thousand islands. Innumerable secret bays, stunning reefs, picture-perfect harbour towns and beautiful beaches, all perfect for exploring by superyacht. Family highlights include the island of Rab, which boasts 30 sandy beaches ideal for little ones, while the small Elaphiti island of Lopud is car-free, making it eminently wanderable.
The yacht: With her classic profile and sophisticated, spacious interior, 42.7m Daydream is an elegant yacht with family appeal. Built in 1991, she underwent a refit in 2004 at Christensen and features the ideal layout for family charter group, with three double and two twin staterooms accommodating 10 guests. The covered aft-deck dining space is a special spot for al fresco meals and the hot tub on the sundeck is a toasty spot to soak and watch the world go by.
The location: You’ll find Daydream in Norway, one of the most naturally stunning places on earth and a wonderful location for a family adventure. Cruise through breathtaking fjords, looking out for wildlife – eagles, deer, arctic foxes, whales – breathing in the fresh air, and basking in the peacefulness. Go hiking, fishing or canoeing around fascinating islands and nature reserves. Try summer-skiing or watch for the Northern Lights in winter. From trendy and relaxed Oslo to remote and captivating Bergen, a charter in Norway is full of possibility for all the family.
The yacht: Award-winning sailing yacht Bliss is a yacht conceived to help you make the most of life on the ocean. Designed by the legendary Dubois and built by New Zealand’s Yachting Developments, this sleek 37m combines performance, comfort and flexibility. The spacious cockpit is perfectly suited for family meals al fresco, while the fresh water spa pool on the foredeck is a safe place for little ones to splash around. Inside, the home-away-from-home living spaces are extremely adaptable, allowing for many different combinations of groups of up to 10 guests.
The location: Bliss is located in the superyachting playground of Southeast Asia, an incomparable region for a family holiday. From Thailand and Malaysia to Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago and Indonesia, this area is rich and varied in culture, beauty and adventure, offering off-the-beaten track experiences that can be enjoyed in superyacht style. In Mergui, explore Robinson Crusoe islands and build sandcastles on untouched beaches. In Thailand, snorkel the colourful reefs under gin-clear water. In Indonesia, meet welcoming people in local villages and learn about their unique traditions. In Malaysia, savour fragrant flavours of the Malay cuisine.
The Yacht: 34m Spirit is a stylish, stable superyacht with a first-rate crew, ready to look after you and your family. Ideal for entertaining and family gatherings, Spirit has three decks, meaning that she has large outdoor social areas and a surprisingly spacious interior for her size. With accommodation for 12 guests, on board diving facilities and a collection of tenders and toys, this is a superyacht ready for fun.
The location: The list of possible itineraries in the South Pacific, where Spirit is based, are endless. With hundreds of islands lying in the ocean between Hawaii and New Zealand, this region is perfect for families looking to get lost on the ultimate tropical odyssey. Whether whale watching in Tahiti, water sports in Fiji, seeing the famous tortoises of the Galapagos Islands or following the kangaroos up the Australian coast, charters in the South Pacific are one big adventure for the whole family.
The yacht: Built in 1997 by Picchiotti Yachts and fully refit in 2013, 30.75m Nomi is warm, welcoming and luxuriously comfortable, with plenty of water toys and spacious decks with lots of sun pads designed for enjoying the views (and perfect for playing children). With four double staterooms and one single, the yacht can accommodate nine guests, with five wonderful crew members ready to make sure that everyone – adults and children alike – enjoy every minute of their time on board.
The location: It may be one of Europe’s smallest nations, but Montenegro has emerged as one of Europe’s premier yachting destinations over the years, and for good reason. It’s varied landscape includes everything from rugged, pine-covered mountains and protected bays to medieval towns and luxury marinas. On Nomi, visit the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, home to Porto Montenegro, a superyacht marina with an array of vibrant restaurants and amenities as well as kids’ programmes and playground. Towards the south of the country you’ll find Velika Plaža, a 14km long sandy beach that is a family favourite and also perfect for water sports.