OFF TO PARADIES – PARADISE-BOUND | Our selection of luxury, eco-conscious yachts
With the warm weather on the horizon, we are all dreaming of exotic destinations. Imagine yourself surrounded by white sand beaches with crystal-clear water, the sun tenderly caressing your skin while the palm trees dance with the wind. If you are thinking about escaping to a paradise this summer, it doesn’t get better than cruising for a couple of weeks exploring a sunny destination; like champagne and caviar, the Caribbean and a luxury yacht are a perfect match.
We invite you to embark on board of our selection of luxury, eco-conscious yachts that will provide you with a sense of complete freedom, comfort, style, and safety while discovering some of the most pristine places on our extraordinary planet.
If you plan a vacation for a large family in the Caribbean, your yacht has to be spacious with something for everyone. The new superyacht (a boat over 24 meters / 79 feet in total length) Vertige from the Italian shipyard Tankoa Yachts is one of the most elegant 50-meter (164 feet) vessel on the market. Named after the French owner’s favorite white wine, Vertige has six cabins including two luxurious suites with balconies on the main deck and stunning views over the water, enormous open-air spaces, and amenities like a gym and cinema.
Vertige carries a 7-meter (23 feet) powerboat tender, which is essential for the Caribbean due to the region’s shallow harbors, which are only accessible by boats with smaller drafts (Vertige’s hull goes 2.2 m / 7.2 feet under the water).
One of the best-matching Caribbean destination to visit on board Vertige is Bermuda. The island boasts a new excellent superyacht marina Caroline Bay in the Little Sound which promises an easy and smooth berthing. The development also includes an uber-luxurious Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel and branded residences, a golf course, numerous restaurants, and more.
A true modern adventurer’s choice is the 26XP superyacht, a stunning new compact expedition vessel built by the leading European shipyard Numarine. The model’s length is 26 meters (85 feet) and she is designed specifically for long-range cruises. Her futuristic exterior complete with angular windows, a strong and almost vertical bow, and an aggressive hull “cheeks” will turn heads in every marina along the way. Moreover, there is a vast sundeck with comfortable loungers to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy the view.
The 26XP is also extremely efficient. Her hull form and moderate engines offer greater autonomy. This yacht can make up to 3,000 nautical miles at 8 knots without refueling, which is enough to travel from Miami to Barbados in style.
Along the way, make sure to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines, specifically Tobago Cays, where some parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean were shot, and the Canouan Island, home to the first Mandarin Oriental resort in the region.
Another innovative compact yacht is the Sirena 64. The 19-meter (62 feet) boat is produced in Turkey and ticks all boxes for the Caribbean: she is spacious and has multiple private areas, including a Jacuzzi, which is quite an achievement for this class, and large windows. Her interiors are penned by the famous Italian superyacht-design-guru Tommaso Spadolini. These compact, yet sophisticated, yachts can take 6-8 guests anywhere in complete privacy and full relaxation.
Both of the Adler and the Sirena 64 were created with Caribbean passages in mind; they are complete with long, lean hulls, spacious outside areas, and polished aesthetics to make the voyage as smooth and luxurious as possible.
They are perfect for a holiday on Saint Barthelemy (St. Barths for short). This tiny but lavish island is an unofficial yachting capital of the Western hemisphere. Boaters are attracted by a modern Port de Gustavia marina with numerous berths and relaxed beach vibes similar to those found at St. Tropez or Juan-les-Pins. Come mid-March to watch the spectacular Bucket Regatta, which showcases a fleet of the world’s finest race-sailing superyachts up to 75 meters (246 feet) in length.
Some other yachts possess similar longrange cruising abilities, but in a different package. For instance, there’s the new Silent 55, which is the first and only oceangoing solar-electric production catamaran in the world. The yacht uses silent electric propulsion for unlimited range with no noise or fumes and minimal vibration. She is self-sufficient, virtually maintenance-free and can make 100 miles a day with no fuel wasted. The Silent 55 accumulates solar power using 30 panels on top and stores energy in li-ion batteries that are used by Tesla.
Speaking of style, numerous shipyards are inspired by downeast-type boats. Think of the GB60, a new 20-meter (66 feet) powerboat from Grand Banks Yachts. She represents an eye-pleasing blend of contemporary finishes and classic lines with an advanced hull design that is capable of safe and comfortable passages in open water, which is perfect for island hopping in the Caribbean. The GB60 has a deep, protective aft cockpit, wide side decks, an abundance of safety rails inboard and outboard, a swim platform, and a protected top deck. Also, Grand Banks Yachts will soon present a new version of the GB60 – with a skylounge on top.