From a private island yacht club in the Seychelles, sunset catamaran rides in Saint-Tropez and safari boat cruises in Africa, here are a number of boat experiences offered at hotels across the globe.
Fregate Island Private
Seychelles hideaway Fregate Island Private has their 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 to themselves.
Guests who wish to sample an authentic taste of Seychellois lifestyle can have a 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, their personal assistant will be there to greet them with refreshing cooled towels and crushed iced drinks.
Hôtel Lou Pinet
Saint Tropez, France
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. Their favorite suggestions include a sunset catamaran ride accompanied by a chilled glass of wine, a fishing excursion on a pointu 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, and the largest pool in Saint Tropez tucked away in a secret garden.
Shambala Private Game Reserve
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 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo). 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 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.
Quasar Expeditions – Glacier Navigations
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 choose from a host of experiences 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.
Hotel Eden Roc
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
YTL Hotels’ Pangkor Laut Resort is located on its own 300-acre private island off the west coast of Malaysia, comprised of a two-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 sailing 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.
Perched on a sandstone ridge high above the Malilangwe Dam, Singita Pamushana offers guests an unique range of safaris 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 loge, 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.