There is no set routine on board a luxury yacht. There are a few constants; glorious sunshine, blue seas, a beautiful yacht, exquisite food – the rest is your choice.
In addition to the highly equipped sailing yacht, each yacht has a full complement of watersports equipment on board, including water-skis, wakeboard, stand up paddleboards, a windsurfing rig, ‘ringo’ donut, and snorkelling equipment. Use of this equipment is unlimited. The paddleboards are a brilliant way of exploring the hundreds of caves on the islands.
We find a ‘Greek Day’ will generally consist of breakfast in harbour or at an anchorage followed by a quick dip whilst your crew prepare the yacht to move. Before lunch is served in a bay, there is plenty of time for swimming, exploring and making good use of the watersports toys. After lunch, the breeze will usually fill in, so once the yacht is safely stowed away (tidied up!) then it’s time to bring out the sails and stretch the legs of your yacht. This is a truly thrilling experience. When the engine is switched off and your yacht is propelling herself by means of mother nature alone, it is difficult to keep from grinning! Once you’ve finished sailing for the day, we tend to head to the evening’s mooring, for one last dip in the sea before dinner.
As well as enjoying the freedom and privacy your yacht affords you, an island-hopping floating villa is a brilliant way to explore more than just the shoreline.
There is some beautiful walking to be done throughout the Ionian, the Paxos islands in particular are wonderful by foot, they are relatively small islands and it is possible to explore them very well over a few days. A lovely way to see more of the islands is to ask the crew to drop you off on the shore and to follow the old tracks along the coast. After a coffee break somewhere along the way, you can follow the coast to next port, where the crew will be ready to pick you up, having moved your yacht. This is especially beautiful in Spring and Autumn, when there are few people around and you will have the islands mostly to yourselves.
Once you have arrived at the yacht, your crew will be able to help you plan the perfect route. If you have any questions in the meanwhile, give one of our sailing team a call to chat about how to get the most out of a holiday on a private luxury yacht.