We all know yacht parties to be champagne-soaked affairs with lots of Vitamin D thrown in, but now that the entire travel industry is showing a preference skewed towards wellness, it’s only a matter of time before sea voyages come on board too. And what better way to cater to this growing trend than with luxury charter yachts?
If you think about it, these vessels are essentially ready-made wellness retreats — and highly luxurious ones at that. You’ll be hard pressed to find another way of waking up to different breathtaking views every morning, and to find a better companion to work out with than the sea breeze. While it’s not unusual for many superyachts to dedicate a space to basic gym equipment, these luxury charter yachts take fitness and wellness to a new level by not only allocating a bigger gym area, but also inviting specialised staff, such as personal trainers, masseuses and yoga instructors.
This new breed of charter yachts is a refreshing change to the indulgence that luxury superyachts have come to be known for. There are, after all the perfect place to rest the mind and body, while you’re far removed from the bustle and distractions of city life.
Inarguably one of the best looking spas we’ve seen on a yacht, Cloudbreak’s cosy, sauna-like atmosphere is punctuated by contemporary furnishings, courtesy of French designer Guillaume Rolland of Studio Liaigre, which boasts a portfolio that includes London’s Selfridges and New York’s Mercer Hotel. If you manage to leave, you’ll find a workout room adjacent to the spa, amongst other amenities such as a plunge pool and massage room within the 72.25-metre luxury superyacht.
First commissioned by a couple with a great enthusiasm for ski mountaineering and sailing two years ago, Firebird offers ski touring alongside a personal IFMGA Swiss mountain guide in Arctic Norway, while the vessel acts as a mobile base camp. The fun isn’t restricted to winter; routes to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast are offered during warmer temperatures, where the onboard chef not only provides a hearty Mediterranean menu, but also doubles up as a yoga instructor for private lessons on the deck. Firebird can accommodate up to seven guests comfortably in its four cabins, and features amenities such as sunbathing spots and an alfresco dining area.
Taking fitness on board to the next level is Joy, a 70-metre super yacht by Burgess that sees a hybrid space with the latest equipment that spans both indoors and out. Besides the regular treadmill and elliptical, expect a generous free weights zone, and an exercise bike too, so you can get your spin on even at sea. The sunlit area is joined by a spa room and a masseuse to help you achieve your summer body — even while on vacation. But it’s not all work; you’ll get to unwind after at the beach club or skylounge cocktail bar after.
Here Comes The Sun is a massive 83-metre flagship superyacht by Dutch yacht builder Amels is big on space, which translates to an abundance of wellness elements too. Built within its beach club is the wellness and spa centre, which not only features a well-equipped gym, but also a trendy lounge area, steam shower, and sauna facilities. Up on deck, a jacuzzi and infinity pool provide a cool spot for your 12 guests to relax in the sun.
Sherakhan might be the oldest vessel in the fleet but the 70-metre luxury yacht has wellness amenities that easily rival many new ones. Its ‘experiential spa’ space has a bathtub that’s lit from the inside with colour-changing lights, and offers a range of therapeutic hot or cold water experiences. Steam and sauna areas are available after a lengthy spa session, or you can choose to hop into the 18-person glass-bottomed jacuzzi to unwind. The beauty salon will also come with a full-time beauty therapist to primp you up for the night’s festivities.
Besides a fully-equipped gym on board, the 52-metre Seven Sins superyacht is well endowed with a sauna, steam room, and Turkish bath (hammam). The contemporary glass-bottomed swimming pool has a counterflow current option, giving competitive swimmers a chance to train without getting into the open sea. A beach club has balconies on both sides for your outdoor morning yoga sessions, but there’s also a vast, natural light-filled saloon you can use if you wish to remain indoors.