Multimillion-pound superyachts are the ultimate symbol of wealth for billionaires when they go on holiday, but the luxurious vessels are not out of reach for the rest of us.
Often thought of as a toy that is strictly for the super-rich, there are ways the average holidaymaker can get a taste of the high life at a fraction of the cost.
Travellers can stay on privately-owned luxury vessels – from traditional superyachts that are crewed to smaller boats – in exotic places such as the Caribbean or Mediterranean for under £100 per person a night. These are some of the unique holiday options from UK-based website Beds on Board.
Location: Palma, Majorca, Spain
Price: From £90 per person
Moored in the centre of Palma, this Sunseeker Manhattan 74 yacht is a unique alternative to budget resorts
The yacht provides all the comforts of a luxury villa, including a spacious living area with gloss cherry wood
It accommodates eight people in four cabins, but bookings only allow for four guests in two cabins
It is fully equipped with a kitchen (pictured), air conditioning, TVs, and a flybridge with space for sunbathing
Most holidaymakers opt for budget resorts when they head to the Spanish island of Majorca for some fun in the sun.
But this luxurious Sunseeker Manhattan 74 yacht has all the comforts of a luxury villa, including a master cabin with a full-size Jacuzzi.
Moored in the centre of Palma, the 74ft yacht’s guests have access to the Club de Mar Marina’s facilities, including a swimming pool, restaurant and shops.
Location: Punta Ala, Italy
Price: From £90 per person
This Deramore classic superyacht is a unique holiday home in the famous seaside resort of Punta Ala
The yacht is based in the province of Grosseto in Tuscany, which is on many holidaymakers’ bucket lists
Guests will be on board a crewed 78.7ft superyacht near a natural reserve surrounded by medieval villages
The vessel was recently restored with wood and leather interiors, large living areas and a sun deck
There is space for indoor and outdoor dining tables for a maximum of two guests
Tuscany is on many travellers’ bucket lists and this Deramore classic superyacht is a unique holiday home in the famous seaside resort of Punta Ala.
Guests will be on board a crewed 78.7ft superyacht near a natural reserve surrounded by medieval villages.
The vessel was recently restored with wood and leather interiors, large living areas, a sun deck, and indoor and outdoor dining tables.
Location: Djibouti City, Djibouti
Price: From £50 per person
This dive boat, moored at a marina in the Horn of Africa, is for holidaymakers who are looking for adventure
The vessel, in Djibouti City, Djibouti, offers plenty of space for guests to bathe in the sun or unwind
There are 12 cabins on board the yacht, but a maximum of two guests are allowed per booking
The yacht boasts a living area with a full bar and flat screen television with cinema surround sound system
This dive boat, moored at a marina in the Horn of Africa, is for holidaymakers who are looking for adventure.
With a maximum of two guests, it has a full-time crew and offers visitors a course where they can learn how to dive.
Food and drink and laundry is included in the rate, and guests are within walking distance to town.
Location: Las Galletas, Tenerife, Spain
Price: From £30 per person
This yacht is a part of sailing history, as it was a former flagship for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Three cabins are available to five guests (two cabins with two beds each and one individual cabin)
Guests can dine al fresco while the yacht is moored at Marina del Sur at the south of Tenerife
Built in Auckland in 1952, this yacht is a part of sailing history, as it was a former flagship for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
It was built under America’s Cup class rules and crewed by a young Peter Blake, who was one of the world’s greatest sailors.
Today, it is moored at Marina del Sur at the south of Tenerife, where it is near to one of the world’s most populated areas of marine mammals.
Location: Portsmouth, England
Price: From £100 per person
All suites on board this 88.5ft yacht at GunWharf Quays, in Portsmouth, have their own bathrooms
The wheelhouse leads down to the owner’s suite, which has a double bed, seating area and en-suite bathroom
On the lower deck, guests can retreat to a comfortable saloon with ample seating and a flat screen TV
All suites on board this 88.5ft yacht at GunWharf Quays, in Portsmouth, have their own bathrooms and showers.
Built in 1992 in Turkey, it has a huge teak deck space with teak streamers and al fresco dining tables.
The aft companionway leads to a wheelhouse with a bar area, dining and helm, and stairs lead to a saloon with ample seating and a flat screen TV.
Location: Athens, Greece
Price: From £22 per person
The Lagoon 440 catamaran underwent a refit recently and is just 10 minutes from the heart of Athens
In addition to a sunny living room and deck, it boasts a fully-equipped kitchen with 360-degree views
The catamaran is located at the biggest marine in south-east Europe, with security services patrolling 24/7
Holidaymakers who are looking for space in a unique setting have access to four double bed en-suite cabins and two single cabins on a 44ft catamaran near Athens.
The Lagoon 440 catamaran underwent a refit recently and is just 10 minutes from the heart of the Greek capital.
In addition to a sunny living room and deck, it boasts a fully-equipped kitchen above the water line with 360-degree views for up to 10 guests.
The catamaran is located at the biggest marine in south-east Europe, with security services patrolling 24/7.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Price: From £55 per person
Holidaymakers planning a visit to Toronto’s CN Tower are within walking distance from this yacht
The three-deck yacht has a salon with a TV and dining table, and an enclosed sun room
Toronto’s only boat bed and breakfast is in the heart of its downtown waterfront and within walking distance to attractions including the CN Tower.
It is a custom-built 65ft Canadian trawler with three guest rooms and the captain’s quarters.
The classic three-deck yacht has a salon with a TV and dining table, and an enclosed sun room.
Location: Kumlubuk, Turkey
Price: From £150 per person
This 72ft yacht is set in one of the most spectacular areas of the Turkey’s Mediterranean coast
Commissioned in 1996, she has undergone and extensive refit with three separate outdoor living areas
After relaxing on the sun deck, guests can retreat to a shaded area for al fresco dining
This 72ft classic steel motor yacht is set in one of the most spectacular areas of the Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
Commissioned in 1996, she has undergone and extensive refit with a contemporary interior and three separate outdoor living areas in the sun or shade.
A crew stays on board the yacht with guests, who have access to two master suites, each with a king-size bed, bathroom and walk-in shower.
Location: London, England
Price: From £70 per person
Moored in posh Chelsea, this 1925 gentleman’s motor yacht is ideal for lazy days or people watching
It is 55ft in length with a large teak deck area, a spacious salon and an aft ‘cuddle cabin’ below deck
The large teak deck area has a dining table with enough room for six to eight passengers
Moored in posh Chelsea, this 1925 gentleman’s motor yacht is ideal for lazy days, relaxing after a tour of London or people watching on King’s Road.
It is 55ft in length with a large teak deck area which includes a dining table for six to eight people, an aft ‘cuddle cabin’ and seating on the bow.
There is space for five people in three cabins and there is heating to keep occupants warm on those chilly London nights.
THOUSANDS OF THE WORLD’S MOST SPECTACULAR YACHTS ARE ALL UNDER ONE ROOF AT THE LONDON BOAT SHOW – INCLUDING A £16MILLION MODEL WHICH IS TOO BIG FOR THE EXHIBITION HALL
The eyes of the luxury yacht world are on Britain’s capital and the London Boat Show, which is bringing wealthy buyers and enthusiasts under one roof.
The 10-day event kicked off on Friday with the world debut of Sunseeker 131, a 131ft superyacht that British firm Sunseeker International unveiled with help from Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville and The Overtones.
While the ribbon-cutting took place with much pomp and circumstance inside ExCel London, in the Docklands, the hulking vessel – valued at more than £16million, plus VAT – is so big it is moored at a dock outside the venue in east London.
The 10-day London Boat Show kicked off with the world debut of Sunseeker 131, a 131ft superyacht from British firm Sunseeker International, unveiled with help from Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville
The opulent dining area of a Sunseeker 725, with large glass table laid up with crockery, cutlery and a beautiful flower centrepiece
Tens of thousands of visitors will attend to broker a deal on an expensive yacht or get a look inside the luxury vessels they could only dream of purchasing
Of all the yachts making their debut, the tri-deck Sunseeker 131 was the most anticipated as it’s by far the largest, most expensive and most luxurious vessel on display.
It’s the largest superyacht to ever debut at the London Boat Show.
The shipbuilder said the five-cabin yacht is in such demand that the first five have already sold.
More than 90 vessels are making their world, European or UK debut at this year’s show, with thousands of boats and brands on display until the extravaganza ends on 17 January.
Lavish surroundings: The luxurious lounge area of a Sunseeker 725 which has a giant TV, colourful cushions and homely touches
More than 90 vessels are making their world, European or UK debut at this year’s show, with thousands of boats and brands on display until the extravaganza ends on 17 January
People walk past the Sunseeker stand during the first day of the show. In addition to multimillion-pound yachts and smaller boats, there are plenty of toys, accessories and gadgets to browse