Yacht life is generally pretty expensive and the yachts we usually drool over tend to be somewhat pricey. However, if you fancy a taste of yachting luxury there are other ways to lounge in leisure on the water. Be it a vibrant city break filled with shopping, sightseeing and world-class gastronomy followed by a crisp glass of champagne on deck and spectacular views of London; a luxuriating sunshine escape to enjoy days spent poolside, cocktail in hand and surrounded by Gibraltar’s dramatic coastline; or the ultimate twin getaway, by simply combining the two and flying straight out of London’s conveniently located City Airport. Be it London or Gibraltar, it’s safe and sunny in the UK. Plus Gibraltar is the last away destination on the green list
This deluxe yacht hotel is located in the prestigious Royal Victoria Docks. She maintains the charm and sophistication of a classic sailing yacht with teak wood panelling, a sweeping glass staircase and vast decked areas, ideal for sundowners looking out across the skyline of the city of London. At a 120 metre length, the Sunborn London yacht offers 138 spacious yacht bedrooms and suites over 5 floors with entertaining space, including the ‘Lands End’ restaurant (named after what the area was called in the 1800s when it was the end of London) the ‘Sundowner’ bar, auditorium and conference rooms, as well as vast outside decks and private terraces. With its close proximity to London City Airport, Canary Wharf, The O2 and Greenwich, the hotel attracts city lovers from far and wide, be it in celebration of a special occasion, or simply in search of an exciting getaway combining relaxation with exploration. Sunborn London’s luxuriating accommodation and facilities provide the ideal base from which to enjoy these local attractions.
From £127 per night
The Boathouse Paddington-West
This modern floating 66 m2 boutique hotel has been designed and built by The Boathouse London. This flagship boat is a one-bedroom accommodation space with its flexible design that can accommodate up to 4 guests overnight, converting the lounge into a second bedroom in the evening.
Launched in partnership with interior design brand MADE this wide beam barge enjoys contemporary Scandinavian decor and beautifully modern space to create an unforgettable experience.
Located at London’s first floating pocket park, this space is an oasis of calm and a stone's throw away from Paddington’s beautiful waterside restaurants and bars. Sit on your private rooftop, sip on a glass of vino and enjoy the beautiful sunset. Upon arrival, discover a complimentary Rude Health breakfast hamper and head out to explore London – by land or water – with two bicycles and a rowing boat, provided free of charge to guests. A private chef or champagne on arrival is also available.
From £320 per night
Absolute Pleasure Yacht
Based at Canary Wharf West India Quay adjacent to the Marriott Hotel. Absolute Pleasure is a luxury private 5-star hotel yacht with all the luxuries you would expect from any hotel plus the added extra of your own private space. The area is chock full of things to do and has all the amenities that you could possibly require including an array of upmarket bars and restaurants all offering fantastic food and drinks. The O2 arena is just one tube stop away and hosts the biggest music concerts in the UK all year round. Quick access to London’s West End and the exciting theatre shows available or the retail shopping of Oxford Street and all of the splendid tourist attractions they offer. Canary Wharf really does have something for everyone so why not enjoy it from the comfort of your own private, luxury yacht!
From £195 per night
Good Hotel London
Good Rooms on the Water look out over the Royal Victoria Dock. Each room is designed for two, with the choice of double or twin beds. You’ll find fluffy down pillows, a desk area, an in-room safe, original artwork on the walls and complimentary high-speed WiFi. And the en-suite bathroom has a powerful stand-up shower. Rooms are located on the first and second floors, with lift access.
Minimal Dutch design and extra-comfy beds with fluffy down pillows make catching Zs a dream. Our rooms are well equipped with a kettle for your morning coffee or tea, no minibar but a great bar to get some drinks in the Lobby and no TV but windows in all bedrooms for you to enjoy the view.
And for every good night’s sleep, you help a disadvantaged child go to school for a week.
From £69 per night
Sunborn Gibraltar. A magnificent five-star yacht hotel moored in an idyllic marina on Western Europe's southernmost tip, the Sunborn Gibraltar introduces a new concept of luxury to this famously exclusive setting. The hotel measures 142-metres in length and comprises 189 lavishly appointed rooms together with banqueting suites, bars, cocktail lounge and restaurants, plus a tranquil plunge pool, spa and sundeck, offering guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate indulgent unique hotel experience.
Inside, the yacht provides all the quality and comfort of a top hotel. Suites are light, spacious and luxurious – with views of the Rock, sea and marina – and guest amenities are immaculate. It’s the ideal base from which to explore Gibraltar – the sunny climate, relaxed international atmosphere and picturesque historical location making it a favoured destination for visitors all year round. You’ll discover panoramic vistas from the summit of the Rock, safe beaches, watersports and ancient limestone caves – all within a short distance of the hotel. And as it’s part of the UK, it’s on the green list.
From £187 per night