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Smooth sailing: 6 hotels with private yachts for rent

Bumming out while sipping a Pina Colada on the beaches of Bali may be the dream for some, but a little bit of adventure doesn’t hurt anybody. Sometimes, you wish you can just grab your own private yacht or super boat and sail out to explore foreign, untouched seas.

From taking in views of the Mediterranean coastline to diving in the Unesco World Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, these experiences are made possible on your own private luxury yachts at these hotels around the world.

(Main image credit: Ashford Castle)  

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Ashford Castle, Ireland

This luxe hotel, once a medieval castle, overlooks Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. You definitely wouldn’t want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to traverse the lake and other unchartered territories yourself.

Take in all-encompassing views of the surrounding mountains and monasteries while learning about the history of the area on a rowboat or the hotel’s yacht. Ashford Castle’s Italian-built 12-metre motor yacht can accommodate up to 8 people and is equipped with high-speed WiFi and heating. You can choose to cruise at high speed or a more leisurely pace, with an enclosed canopy or open-top experience.

Ashford Castle, Leaf Island, Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland

(Image credit: Ashford Castle) 


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Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

Complete the fascinating experience of staying on a privately owned island off the coast of Perak by chartering a yacht that cruises off to Thailand. Hop onboard the YTL Lady II for the Straits to Luxury experience, an exclusive 5-day, 4-night charter that departs from Pangkor Laut for a cruise to Phuket with island stops along the way.

The 26-metre Princess motor yacht, known for its power and agility, is suited to long range cruising with a secluded foredeck seating area. It even includes your own crew of a private hostess, chef and dedicated marine professionals.

Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Laut Island, PK, Malaysia

(Image credit: YTL Hotels) 

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D-Hotel Maris, Turkey

D-Hotel Maris, a sophisticated seaside retreat on the awe-inspiring Turquoise Coast in Turkey, is enveloped by jagged mounds of volcanic rock and hillsides lush with almond trees.

You can explore the Datça Peninsula’s hidden coves and the waters where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet on one of the hotel’s three luxury boats – its 16-metre motor yacht Open Sea, the elegant 30-metre wooden sailing yacht Pasa and the Ubi Bene. Customised itineraries are also available for overnight or day trips.

D-Hotel Maris, Kemeraltı, D- Hotel Maris km, 48380, Yeni Datça Yolu No:35, 48700 Hisarönü/Marmaris/Muğla Province, Turkey

(Image credit: D-Hotel Maris)



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The Wellesley, London

The Wellesley Hotel in London has two yachts finished in the hotel’s signature art deco style — the 32-metre MY The Wellesley II and the 56-metre superyacht MY The Wellesley.

The latter is the epitome of extravagance, positioned in the Mediterranean with an outdoor cinema and jacuzzi, and gadgets to explore the seas like jet skis, water skis and diving equipment. Both yachts take up to 12 guests, with ad-hoc excursions available.

The Wellesley, 11 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7LY, UK

(Image credit: MY The Wellesley



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Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

This stylish resort in Noonu Atoll of Maldives is owned by luxury fashion group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey. Just south-west of the hotel is the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, making it a prime spot for cruises.

Elevating the luxury is the resort’s 30-metre Azimut 98 Leonardo yacht – complete with an open-deck jacuzzi, bar, jet skis and spa treatments by onboard therapists along with four professional crew members onboard. You can even take diving trips in the Lhaviyani and Baa atolls. A day’s charter costs from S$28,154 – and the yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

(Image credit: Cheval Blanc Randheli)



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Four Seasons, Maldives

The Four Seasons Explorer, one of the most extravagant hotel superyacht in the region, is a 39-metre yacht that accommodates up to 22 guests on three to seven night cruises – out from either Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru or Kuda Huraa.

Those who charter it exclusively can snorkel and dive in uncharted lagoons with the ship’s resident marine biologist, or visit neighbouring uninhabited islands. Prices start from S$22,550 per night.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Baa Atoll, Maldives & Four Seasons Resort Maldives Kuda Huraa, Kuda Huraa, Noordelijke Malé-atol, Maldives
(Image credit: Four Seasons Explorer)


Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.