With summer just around the corner and the promise of international travel opening up, here are a few boat experiences – from a sunset cruise around Cape Town to a luxury sailing course in Malaysia – found at top properties across the globe:
Ellerman House – Sunset Boat Cruises in Cape Town
Cape Town is a summer paradise with warm weather and sunny days and as such, it is a tradition for Capetonians to watch the sunset and one of the best ways to do so via boat. The V&A Waterfront offers daily sunset boat cruises to experience sundown from the deck of one of their Waterfront Charters. Guests can choose between a large sailboat or motor vessel that, depending on which chosen, travel to Clifton Beach or across Table Bay then head back and stop at Granger Bay where they can enjoy a glass of complimentary sparkling wine while watching the sunset.
The iconic Ellerman House in Bantry Bay is less than a 15-minute drive from the V&A waterfront with an exclusive address offering an even more spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head. Ellerman House is the quintessential urban retreat featuring one of South Africa’s most important and impressive private art collections and an award-winning wine list. The hotel consists of 13 bedrooms and two 3-bedroom villas uniquely designed to showcase panoramic ocean views and manicured gardens.
Hotel Eden Roc – Private Riva Boat Charters
Perched on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Ascona, Hotel Eden Roc is poised for an exclusive getaway with a prime waterfront location, secluded beach area and yacht marina. For guests interested in exploring the area, the property has three fabulous boats a Riva Rivale, Riva Aquarama and Saffier Yacht, available for full and half-day charters. Featuring elegant aerodynamic designs and state-of-the-art technology, guests can go back to a by-gone era of fabulous European style by spending their days sailing with their very own skipper, enjoying an exclusive tour of the lake’s numerous idyllic isles and picturesque villages away from the crowds.
Pangkor Laut Resort – Luxury Sailing Course
YTL Hotels’ Pangkor Laut Resort is located on its own 300-acre private island off the west coast of Malaysia, comprised of a 2-million-year-old rainforest and surrounded by white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. For guests interested in enjoying the beauty of the island by sea, Pangkor Laut offers three special boat experiences to choose from.
More adventurous travelers can hit the seas on the resort’s “The Impian” Private Cruise, where they will learn the basics of how to sail on a sports yacht before anchoring at Squid Bay, the property’s private beach, for a picnic lunch and snorkeling. Those interested in a more leisurely offering can embark on the Private Sunset Cruise around the island or the Chartered Luxury Cruise to explore the Straits of Malacca and laze on the deck to soak up the sun.
Fregate Island – Private Yacht Club
Seychelles hideaway Fregate Island has its own private yacht club complete with a private harbor, where guests can find sports boats, pontoon moorings, hobie cats and a professional dive club. The marine environment around Fregate Island is truly diverse and unspoiled, teeming with color and dramatic topography for guests to enjoy themselves. Guests who wish to sample an authentic taste of the Seychellois lifestyle can have local fishermen take them out to sea. Fregate is the nearest island to the drop-off where the sea bed falls away to a thousand meters of sea. Fishing along the abyss is some of the best in the world with frequent catches. This is the feeding grounds for Amberjacks, Yellow fin Tuna and Striped Marlin. For a brisk way to see Fregate and the surrounding islands, chartered powerboats can take guests out on a day trip of their choosing. When guests return from their adventures at sea adventures, their personal assistant will be there to greet them with refreshing cooled towels and crushed iced drinks.
Quasar Expeditions – Glacier Navigations in Patagonia
Patagonia is a frontier ripe for exploration, and Quasar Expeditions offers customizable Overland Jeep Safaris throughout both the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. During their safari, travelers have a host of experiences to choose from each day, including Quasar’s unforgettable boat excursions offering unparalleled up-close views of the glaciers in both parks. Guests can sail across Lake Grey to visit Glacier Grey in Chile and, two days later, embark on a full-day expedition to Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier to board their boat for a trip to the glacier wall.
Singita Pamushana – Sunset Wildlife Cruises
Perched on a sandstone ridge high above the Malilangwe Dam, the newly reopened Singita Pamushana offers guests a unique range of safari experiences that can be experienced over water, rather than land. Guests can join guides on sunset boat cruises to view the wildlife that wanders down to the dam for a drink in the evening. Meanwhile, avid fishers will delight in the diverse range of native fish that can be caught using local plants as bait year-round.
Back at the lodge, guests can luxuriate in the exquisite pool located in the main lodge area with expansive views across the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. Additionally, all eight suites at Pamushana have their own private infinity pools.
THIRDHOME – Catamaran and Yacht Rentals
Available in partnership with luxury yacht provider, Navigare, members of the luxury travel and property club THIRDHOME, can rent a fleet of luxurious yachts across the world. Options include a jaunt through the Bahamas on this 52′ Catamaran with six cabins that can easily accommodate 12 guests across the spacious yacht. Included in their membership, THIRDHOME Exchange members can receive an exclusive 50% discount on their first charter in 2021.
Hôtel Lou Pinet – Fishing and Gourmet Boat Picnics
Hôtel Lou Pinet, a luxury hideaway in the French Rivera’s legendary town of Saint-Tropez offers a myriad of experiences for guests to discover the iconic Gulf of Saint Tropez. The best way to see the beauty and alluring charm of the French Rivera is by boat, and as such the concierge team of Hotel Lou Pinet helps with arranging bespoke boat experiences for guests. Favorite suggestions for guests include a sunset catamaran ride accompanied by a chilled glass of wine, a fishing excursion on a boat to catch John Dory or red mullet, and a gourmet boat picnic to explore a local deserted cove. After boating on the blue waters of the coast, guests can unwind back at the hotel and enjoy the Tata Harper Spa, two bars, very own BeefBar restaurant butcher shop, and the largest pool in Saint-Tropez tucked away in a secret garden.
Shambala Private Game Reserve – Water Cruise on the Douw Steyn
Situated on nearly 25 acres in the Limpopo Province, Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve is set under the watchful guardianship of the picturesque, malaria-free Waterberg mountains, and the magnificent African bushveld is home to a variety of remarkable flora and fauna also includes The Big Five. A stay with Shambala Private Game Reserve includes one complimentary sundowner water cruise on the Douw Steyn Dam. For memorable moments to last a lifetime there is nothing quite like a leisurely sundowner cruise on the 30 hectare Douw Steyn Dam, the largest man-made dam in southern Africa. The dam is home to herds of hippos as well as crocodiles and a large and varied indigenous fish population. From the boat deck guests can spot various species of antelope and other wildlife that come down to the shores of the dam to drink water. This is the ideal opportunity for taking in the spectacular sunset views as the birds wing their way home and the bushveld slowly turns to dusk.