Earlier this month London's The Wellesley hotel launched a new superyacht for charter. Measuring 183 feet, MY The Wellesley is designed to reflect the luxe hotel's glamorous art deco style and has already won the coveted "Best Yacht of the Show" award at the MYBA Charter Show in Genoa — that's an annual superyacht trade show, in case you're not familiar.
For a mere $260,000, you and up to 11 of your best friends can now have every whim catered to by the permanent crew of 12 (one each), while cruising the ports, beaches, and parties of the Mediterranean or simply relaxing in the Jacuzzi or top-deck pool, catching a movie in the open-air cinema, or sipping a cocktail in the Club Lounge.
MY The Wellesley is not the only hotel superyacht in town though. All aboard our list of the best!
1. MY The Wellesley II
The London hotel actually has two superyachts at its disposal. The 105-foot MY The Wellesley II launched last year and is based in the south of France. Also with room for up to 12 passengers, MY The Wellesley II comes with a smaller crew of five (unlike the newer yacht it sadly lacks an on-board masseuse) but is styled in a similarly elegant and understated art deco fashion.
2. Four Seasons Explorer
The gorgeous Maldives, beloved vacation destination of choice for many a celeb, is home to the superluxe three-deck, 128-foot Four Seasons Explorer. Up to 22 of your squad can hop on board for a three-, four- or seven-night cruise around the islands, dropping anchor for scuba and snorkel excursions around remote lagoons or to the invitation-only Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. Before and after you have the choice of staying at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, or (soon) Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll, which opens late 2016 as the group’s first exclusive-use private island.
3. Cheval Blanc Rendheli
Also in the Maldives, Cheval Blanc Randheli, managed by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world — book the Owner's Villa and you'll even get your own private island. But what does a jetsetter do when that's just not quite extravagant enough for their travel tastes? Well, they charter the Azimut, the resort's 101-foot superyacht, which fits up to 12 for a day cruise (starting at $1,900 per hour) or 10 for a two-to-three night excursion around the islands. There's a Jacuzzi and swimming platform, bar, as well as a spa therapist and diving instructor on board.
4. Major Affair
Belonging to the breezy Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas and Anantara Layan Phuket resorts in Thailand, the 90-foot Major Affair can accommodate up to 12 of your private group for a four-hour cruise around Phuket, taking in white sand beaches, snorkeling spots, the famed James Bond Island and locations from DiCaprio movie The Beach. Best part? Book the Krug Cruise and rivers of Krug Champagne will flow freely.
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