Beyoncé and Jay Z just did it it. Kate and Cara are rather partial to it. In fact, at some time or other, most A Listers are papped lounging around aboard luxury yachts, drinking champagne in between bouts of filling in their millions of loyal Instagram followers on their newest bikini, baby or tattoo.
*This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Check out the article here.
Although a super yacht complete with jet skis, hot tubs and unending bottles of Cristal may be stretching it a bit for your Average Joe, companies like Yachts and Friends are now making this kind of A List holiday, albeit aboard more modest yachts, a reality for the masses.
Here are five reasons why you should make like Leo and choose a sailing holiday…
1 – Total Relaxation Guaranteed
The minute you step aboard that yacht, your holiday begins. This means that unless you fancy trying your hand at sailing or you like to start your mornings with a swim, you really don’t have to lift a finger. Depending on your budget and how lazy you are feeling, you can opt to hire a hostess. It is their job to guarantee that coffee is brewing as soon as you stir and to provide home-cooked gourmet meals on deck when you don’t fancy venturing onto shore.
2 – Say Goodbye to Holiday Hassle
There will be no checking in to new hotels, arranging transport to the next town or having to scour the guidebook you hastily bought in WHSmith at Gatwick to see where you should go for dinner. All of these things are taken care of by your crew. This leaves you time to concentrate on more pressing holiday tasks like finishing that novel, topping up the tan or sampling a glass of local wine.
3 – Access to Secluded Spots
Aboard your yacht, you can visit places that those travelling on foot can’t. Plus you get to enjoy the best of both worlds – evenings spent dancing the night away in bustling marinas and days spent sailing to secluded bays or remote islands.
4 – More Variety
With your skipper at the helm, you have the opportunity to visit far more places over the course of your holiday than you would if you were doing it all yourself. This means there is rarely a chance to get bored as one day you can be shopping for souvenirs in the backstreets of a busy town, the next you can be dining on fresh seafood in a restaurant overlooking the ocean. You can spend your mornings exploring the best snorkel spots and then head into shore to enjoy some cocktails at a popular beach bar. The choice is all yours. There is no set itinerary – you can choose how much or how little you do based on exactly how you are feeling that day.
5 – Peace and Quiet
Holidaying in popular destinations can mean queuing for tables, long waits for drinks and the risk of things getting nasty when the number of sun loungers is insufficient. Not a problem aboard your private yacht! You can swim in bays where there may be no other boats, explore deserted beaches and sunbathe on deck safe in the knowledge that no one is going to nick your spot the minute you disappear. Plus, you are only on holiday with your friends and family, not everyone else’s.