What to do this Winter?
The Caribbean and Bahamas are an ideal getaway, and the best way to explore them is aboard a superyacht.
A yacht charter gives you full control over where you want to go as well as how long you want to stay in a particular destination.
Hang out during the day at a private island. In the evening, you can be enjoying the nightlife at a nearby hotspot.
This week we turn to the leading yacht charter broker Northrop & Johnson where top advisors share their picks for the best charter yachts ready for your winter travel.
2. Majestic Moments
5. Big Sky
Winter – British Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands, Bahamas; Summer – Croatia, Montenegro, Malta, Italian Riviera, Rome, and Western Italy, Corsica & Sardinia, Sicily, French Riviera, Monaco, Venice, and Eastern Italy
Contemporary styling and a host of luxurious amenities, both on and off the water, make the 190-foot Trinity charter yacht Skyfall a top choice for guests seeking the ultimate on-water retreat and a holiday filled with luxury, fun, and relaxation.
Charter guests will enjoy the best of alfresco living with the yacht’s expansive 3,707 square feet of outdoor living space. Guests will fall in love with Skyfall L’s copious sundeck. In addition to panoramic sea views, guests can enjoy not only a Jacuzzi but also a plunge pool, sunbathing on the sun pads, socializing on the couches, enjoying their favorite concoction at the bar, and alfresco dining.
Charter guests can also challenge their friends in a game of basketball on the sundeck aft. Additionally, the sundeck also has a touch-and-go helipad for a stylish arrival and departure. On the sky lounge aft, guests can enjoy alfresco meals prepared by the chef then enjoy after-dinner drinks at the lounge space aft. An additional lounge area is found on the main deck aft. The superyacht also features a large selection of water toys that guests can enjoy off the yacht’s swim platform — if guests wish to keep a workout routine while aboard, they can work up a sweat with motivational ocean views in the beach club.
The Skyfall showcases a striking interior with an urban contemporary styling and a dynamic, well-thought-out layout. The space is adorned with blends of Honduran mahogany, European maple burl, Australian Lacewood, and Wenge to give a luxurious feel. The charter yacht’s main deck aft is home to the wine cellar and custom humidors. This beautiful space is ripe for entertaining, perhaps with a lovely afternoon wine tasting.
The charter yacht’s contemporary style of the sky lounge makes it a favorite space for guests onboard. It is comfortable and offers a 60-inch flat-screen TV, perfect for evening movies or post up at the six-person game table for a rousing round of cards. The sky lounge has beautiful panoramic views with large windows. A wheelchair-friendly elevator allows guests to access all three decks easily.
The superyacht features accommodations for 12 guests and is staffed with a five-star crew to ensure everyone aboard has the holiday of a lifetime. Skyfall has a total of six resplendent staterooms that allow guests to rest up for the next day ahead. Skyfall offers a spectacular split-level master. A lounge, private study, and his-and-her en-suite bathrooms are on the lower level with a large shower and Jacuzzi tub.
On the upper level is a plush king-size bed where guests will wake up to 270-degree views of the cruising destination. The superyacht’s VIP stateroom is as luxurious as the master. The full-beam stateroom features a king-size bed, sofa with a coffee table, vanity, and en-suite bath with double sinks. The charter yacht’s additional staterooms include two king-bed, a wheelchair-friendly queen-bed stateroom, and a twin-bed stateroom. An en-suite bath accompanies all staterooms.
2. Majestic Moments
Winter – Leeward Islands, British Virgin Islands, Windward Islands; Summer – New England
The 88-foot Azimut charter yacht Majestic Moments is perfect for family and friends’ charters. The yacht offers an inviting interior, relaxing outdoor living areas, and an attentive crew of four to create a one-of-a-kind charter holiday.
Stepping inside Majestic Moments’ interior, guests are greeted with a welcoming ambiance. Designed by Achille Salvagni, the charter yacht’s interior is distinctive, showcasing contemporary elegance with her pastel color palette, custom furniture, and décor. Floor-to-ceiling windows enhance the space with natural light and blur the lines inside and out, ensuring charter guests never lose the endless sea views. The yacht’s main deck layout appropriately flows between the main salon and dining area, making the space friendly and sharable among families.
The Azimut charter yacht welcomes up to 10 guests in the comfort of five beautifully designed staterooms. The motor yacht showcases an on-deck, full-beam master suite with expansive windows that allow for ocean views to be enjoyed while lying in the plush king-size bed. The stateroom also has a mirror TV, a walk-in closet with tons of storage and an en-suite bath. Additionally, the charter yacht has two queen VIP staterooms that are perfect for couples and two twin-bed staterooms ideal for children. Each guest stateroom has a mirror TV and an en-suite bathroom.
The outdoor living spaces allow guests to fully relish the alfresco lifestyle. The main deck aft is a large terrace with a panoramic view of the sea. It is perfect for enjoying a casual lunch and socializing. Easily accessed via the walk-around decks, the motor yacht’s foredeck is a dream. The oversized sun pad and settee make it the ideal place to sunbathe as well as enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets on the horizon. On the flybridge, the yacht features a large alfresco dining table, where breakfast is usually enjoyed, a Jacuzzi, and a sunbathing area. Featuring a retractable sunroof, the flybridge can provide shade and sun as desired. Additionally, this Azimut charter yacht is equipped with an array of water toys that will have guests spending hours having fun on the water.
Winter – British Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands, Bahamas; Summer – The Bahamas
Living the alfresco lifestyle is what a charter is all about, and Wabash delivers. This Benetti charter yacht has a dynamic layout with vast deck spaces where guests can socialize and relax, with options for the sun or the shade.
Wabash’s expansive sundeck is the hub of the yacht with opportunities for lounging on sun loungers or cozy couches — and with a bar located on deck, your favorite drink is never far away. Both the sky lounge aft and main deck aft offer lounge spaces for mingling. The sky lounge aft also features alfresco dining. In addition, it has a sprawling foredeck with a Jacuzzi, a settee with a table, and sun pads. Providing endless sea views, this space is the ideal spot to enjoy sundowners as the sun sets on the horizon.
With the beautiful azure ocean as the backdrop, charter guests can dine alfresco and enjoy the sights and delightful breezes while sampling delectable meals. It also offers the option for formal dining in the main salon.
Designed by Zuretti Interior Design, Wabash showcases a contemporary styled interior. The space is tastefully decorated with a mix of light and dark wood, as well as cream furnishings and leather paneling. Floor-to-ceiling windows are found throughout, enriching the spaces with natural light. The charter yacht’s main salon is comfortable and appealing, with ample seating. Wabash’s sky lounge is a second living area perfect for family game nights or just hanging out.
Six staterooms accommodate 10 guests. Her on-deck, full-beam master stateroom is the pinnacle of luxury, showcasing a plush king-size bed, a seating area, a walk-in closet, and his-and-her en-suite baths with a steam shower and sauna. The charter yacht’s additional staterooms include two queen-bed staterooms, a double-bed stateroom, and two twin-bed staterooms. En-suite bathrooms and iPad controls accompany each of the yacht’s staterooms.
Winter – British Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands, Central America, Bahamas; Summer – The Bahamas
The 157-foot (47.9m) Trinity charter yacht Mirabella is the epitome of luxury, comfort, and class. The luxury charter yacht is impeccably maintained and has a crew of nine who will provide guests will five-star service.
The outdoor living spaces aboard Mirabella allow charter guests to live the best of the alfresco lifestyle. The sundeck is the social hub of the yacht where guests can spend days soaking in the sunshine, relaxing, socializing, and taking in never-ending views of the destination.
Mirabella’s sundeck features a Jacuzzi surrounded by sun pads, a lounge area shaded by the hardtop, and aft sun loungers. On the sky lounge aft, guests can dine alfresco, enjoying bespoke menus curated based on your preferences by the onboard chef. Then guests can enjoy lounging after the meal on the seating area aft. The luxury superyacht features an additional alfresco eating area on the main deck aft.
Mirabella is equipped with an extensive array of tenders and toys to ensure guest fun all day long.
Designed by Scott Carpenter, the interior is adorned with dark woods and contrasting light fabrics and accents. Ideal for entertaining, her interior is spacious and features state-of-the-art entertainment systems. The main salon features a large seating area with a TV and formal dining forward. The charter yacht’s sky lounge is essentially a second salon that offers ample seating and a full bar.
The yacht showcases a stunning full-beam master suite that is a private haven located on the main deck. The master is complete with his-and-her bath as well as walk-in closets. On the lower level are four guest staterooms, which include three double staterooms and a twin-bed stateroom with a Pullman. Additionally, the forward guest stateroom can convert into a spacious full-beam VIP suite. It is equipped with zero-speed stabilizers, ensuring comfort to guests aboard while at anchor.
5. Big Sky
Winter and Summer – The Bahamas
One of the most legendary yachts on the charter market, the 157-foot tri-deck superyacht Big Sky is truly remarkable. This impressive motor yacht is outfitted with all the amenities needed for an exceptional on-water holiday that guests will never forget. From her full suite of tenders and toys to her resplendent interior lounge spaces to her beautiful deck areas primed for enjoying the best of on-water living.
The yacht was launched in 2010 by renowned yacht builder Oceanfast, who also is responsible for the yacht’s exterior design and naval architecture. Big Sky is in immaculate condition, benefiting from continuous upgrades and a rigorous maintenance schedule, with her latest refit in 2021. The yacht is spacious with a 28-foot beam, ensuring there is abundant room for guests to socialize and entertain as well as enjoy privacy and seclusion, as desired. Big Sky cruises at 14 knots and has a maximum speed of 16 knots.
The interior spaces are sophisticated and modern. Designed by Alder & Tweed Design Co., the yacht offers ample lounge areas. Her main salon features massive windows allowing plenty of natural light and stunning views and is perfect for entertaining thanks to a 65-inch surround-sound TV and state-of-the-art Audio/Visual package, and Wi-Fi throughout.
Adjacent to the main salon is the dining salon that offers formal dining for 11. The yacht’s sky lounge is another fantastic entertaining area with innovative sliding windows that create an alfresco effect throughout this deck. The space is outfitted with a beautiful onyx bar, multiple seating areas, and an 80-inch surround-sound TV.
Eleven guests will enjoy restful nights in five large staterooms, each of which is outfitted with an en-suite bath complete with robes, slippers, Molton bath products, and more. The master suite is located forward on the main deck. This full-beam sanctuary benefits from excellent natural light courtesy of large windows. In addition to a King bed, this stateroom also has a chaise lounge to starboard and desk and chair to port. The en-suite features a deep sculptural tub, a separate stall shower, an enclosed toilet, and a bidet and spacious vanity with his-and-hers sinks, among other amenities.
The yacht’s additional four staterooms are located below deck and include three queen staterooms, each with walk-around beds, and one double stateroom, which also has a Pullman berth. All staterooms offer en-suite baths. Big Sky carries a crew of 10 highly experienced crew dedicated to providing guests the highest level.
The exterior spaces of Big Sky are sleek, sexy, and contemporary. The yacht’s exceptional charter-friendly layout provides three teak decks – each of which offers alfresco dining. The main deck aft and sky lounge aft both feature lounge spaces. Guests are likely to enjoy most meals aft on the sky lounge deck where 10 are comfortably seated, and a comfortable stairway provides access to the sprawling sundeck. Divided into three sections, the sundeck features a private Jacuzzi surrounded by massive sun pads and table-top bar with four stools forward, a full shaded bar amidship, and ample lounge couches with an optional sunshade aft.
Contact managing director of Northrop & Johnson Daniel Wade at Daniel.Wade@northropandjohnson.com or Northrop & Johnson.