One day when you will run out of places to walk and roads to drive, you’ll stop and think, “what will I do for my holidays now?” Fine, chances are you’re not going to get to that point, but the fervent adventurer in you should always seek alternative ways to experience the world, even if you’re going to the most conventional of tourist destinations. Transcending oceans and seas might not sound like the most glamorous way to get there, but these luxury sailing yachts will tell you otherwise.

Besides providing hours of ridiculously Instagrammable moments, luxury sailing yachts make the journey count more than the destination. And all you have to do is revel in the summer sun, and dive into crystal clear waters when you’re done. Did we mention the pristine beaches and otherworldly sunsets you’ll get to see along the way?

Besides a vessel decked out in the height of luxury, expert crew and ample water toys are always on hand to ensure you have a knock out nautical adventure, free of worry. If you’re ever planning a trip soon, here are the luxury sailing yachts you’ll want to charter for an experience you’ll talk about for years to come.

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Alexa

As far as romanticism goes, Alexa triumphs due to the sheer fact that it was built exclusively for two. The classic sailing vessel is furnished with original teak and glass, and then made more rustic with primitive sculptures and a curated selection of antiques. Once a cargo vessel for spices between Sumba, Flores, Sumbawa and Sulawesi, the boat now houses an al fresco dining area, personal bar, library, and the best part: a single magnificent suite. Depending on your preference, your customised itineraries will take you to remote islands, tribal villages, waterfalls and even turtle beaches. Wellness enthusiasts can revel in the scenery as they practice yoga, meditation and healing with its onboard holistic master.

www.ampersandtravel.com

2
Lunous

The brand new 65-foot superyacht is a brand new vessel that’s based in the picturesque Greek Islands. Equipped with a speed boat that carries all the toys you’d expect from a good sailing vacation, the Lunous is obviously one for the entire family. A skipper and chef will accompany you throughout the journey, where you and up to 8 other guests will travel to Athens from the Ionian Islands to explore the exotic Saronic Islands and Cyclades.

www.lunous-yacht.com

3
Si Datu Bua

Recognisable a mile away by her distinctive wine-coloured sails, Si Datu Bua was meticulously designed and handcrafted by the Konjo builders of Sulawesi with a traditional Phinisi design. On the expansive wooden decks is a bowsprit lounge area that makes gazing out at volcanic peaks, deserted beaches and foliage-covered isles enjoyable for hours. The rustic design continues within, where the same wooden accents are highlighted with Indonesian textiles and artefacts to keep the experience genuine. The perfect alternative — if not better — to exploring the idyllic sights of Bali Island.

www.ultimate-indonesian-yachts.com

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S/Y Athos

As the most technologically sophisticated classic sailing yacht now, the S/Y Athos is an amalgamation of designer Andre Hoek’s creative eye and Dutch builder Holland Jachtbouw’s engineering sensibilities. The 62m vessel can charter up to 12 guests with its four guest cabins and master suite. Unlike most sailing yachts, this saloon feature a homely fireplace for when your fellow passengers aren’t gathered at the expansive deck space, or by the dedicated bar area.

www.luxurychartergroup.com

5
Seahawk

Known by Architectural Digest as “the Sexiest Yacht in the World”, Seahawk is styled by the famous French designer Christian Liaigre, who’s given the 60m boat a warm contemporary feel with strong nautical touches. A well-organised deck space with an aft cockpit and a huge flybridge means that entertainment needs are effortless met with plenty of dining, lounging and suntanning spaces. Supple leather, exposed stainless steel fittings and exquisite joinery are sophisticated touches that extend into the media room, formal dining area, and even the games room. Seahawk is available for charter in a variety of places, from The Caribbean to the Italian Riviera and the South of France.

www.bluewateryachting.com

Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.