Some of the best places to rent and sail a yacht in winter are in the Caribbean, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, US Virgin Islands and Martinique. St Barths is probably the most popular over Christmas and New Year for its vibrant nightlife and party atmosphere.
Thailand is another destination worth considering, the landscapes are magnificent with stunning beaches and warm weather from December to March.
Seychelles, off the East Coast of Africa, also offer gorgeous weather. The mix of French, English, African and Indian influences offers marvellous food, a heady mix of languages spoken and a rich cultural heritage. The white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and innovative villas for rent make this a sailing gem.
The West Coast of Africa has Tenerife, perfect in the winter months as not too hot. Costa Rica in Central America is now getting very trendy, whilst the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean are great alternatives to the usual milk run.
All these destinations offer terrific watersports, including diving, jet skis, remote beaches accessible only by water and amazing villas for rent, for when you need a break from the boat.
Here are some of our top picks of gorgeous sailing yachts to charter this coming winter.
Lamima Yacht Indian
7 cabins, 14 guests
Indian Ocean & South East Asia
Custom built with charter in mind and the largest boat of her kind available to charter in Indonesia, Lamima is a classic Phinisi with sophistication. Asian-inspired details dance across her teak decks designed by Marcelo Penna, built by Haji Baso and Haji Saka and underpinned by naval architecture by Marcelo Penna Yacht Design. At 65m in length, and with 20 highly-trained, charter-experienced crew to 14 guests, Lamima provides an authentic sailing experience enhanced by superyacht-style finesse.
24 cabins, 49 guests
Mexico, Cuba, Red Sea
€ 80,267 - € 116,667
Ideal for large groups, this state-of-the-art motorsailer has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings. She has a lovely dining room with sea views and a library with wall-to-ceiling windows. Both rooms can be turned into meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment. The two bars, one indoors, the other outdoors, as well as the disco and sports deck, ensure guests are entertained at all times.
5 cabins, 10 guests
Australia, Cuba, Dubai, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Seychelles
€ 60,000 - € 61,250
Fitted out with wooden floors and cool grey furnishings, Moss has sunbathing areas, seating and dining space and a sauna. Solar panels provide sustainable energy whilst sailing, so no need to spoil the atmosphere by running generators. Moss has a crew of 6 to provide you with extra special service, allowing you to relax and enjoy a perfect holiday.
5 cabins, 11 guests
Fiji, French Polynesia, New Zealand
$175,000 - $175,000
Designed to accommodate up to eleven people, the Drumbeat yacht provides excellent luxurious cabins. The master cabin spanning the full width of the yacht is especially sumptuous, benefitting from a large suite housing a jacuzzi bath and shower. A closet room provides plenty of hanging space for all your clothes, while a desk and comfortable seating area allow you to work or simply relax whilst watching TV on the high-tech entertainment system. The Drumbeat yacht for hire also offers two double cabins and two twin cabins. Each of these has its own ensuites.
7 cabins, 12 guests
Rosehearty is an exceptionally elegant sailing yacht. Large deck space includes a side swimming platform, two separate seating areas and a custom cockpit layout, a flybridge with a Jacuzzi and dining for 12 guests. Interior design by Christian Liaigre, Rosehearty can now boast that she is the only Perini Navi with seven staterooms!
4 cabins, 8 guests
Antigua, Saint Martin, St Barths
$88,000 - $95,000
The catamaran Che is great for families thanks to her child-friendly setup. Che is built with an aluminium hull and aluminium superstructure. Che comfortably cruises at 12 knots and reaches a maximum speed of 14 knots. Che has a good selection of water toys and accessories to entertain you and your guests whilst on charter.
All the yachts have numerous toys to add to the excitement, ranging from jet skis, SUPs, windsurf boards, wakeboards, water skiing, sea scooters, slides, tenders and Scuba diving gear.