Why a sailing holiday makes for the perfect honeymoon

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SAILING HOLIDAYS FOR A PERFECT HONEYMOON

Picture the scene – after weeks of hectic preparation for the Big Day, you and your new spouse are lounging on board a beautiful yacht enjoying a well-deserved glass of bubbly as you watch the sun set over the horizon.

A quintessentially romantic image and the perfect ingredients for the ultimate honeymoon.

We are often asked about how to create a dream honeymoon sailing holiday and, although you will find lots of advice on our Experience Builder, we have put together some key considerations and recommendations to help you plan for your dream getaway.

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The most romantic sailing destinations

Sailing is by very nature a romantic pursuit – being at one with the elements as you sail across the open seas with the wind in your hair, dropping anchor and swimming in a secluded bay and dining at night under a starry sky. In our view, all our destinations are perfect for a honeymoon, but we have whittled our list down to our top three favourite, romantic hotspots.

With its beautiful palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters, clear blue skies and sunny climate, this group of exotic islands is synonymous with romance and luxury.

Why not fly to Antigua and spend a week touring the coast to explore its many pristine pink coral bays. Alternatively, opt for the lushly vegetated St Lucia with its brightly coloured houses and hidden beaches.

If you are after total seclusion, we’d recommend the Grenadines – a chain of 32 beautiful and unspoilt islands –while Mustique offers numerous tiny island paradises to enjoy, plus a lively nightlife. For a lower key destination, try Grenada.

When to visit: year round sailing, high season December – April

A truly magical destination, Thailand is sure to make for an unforgettable honeymoon. Our yacht charters set off from Phuket and take you to some of the best locations in the country, giving you a unique opportunity to enjoy its mix of untouched and lively party islands, stunning scenery, delicious cuisine and superb beaches.

All in all, an incredible backdrop to your sailing holiday.

When to visit: year round sailing, high season December – April

A truly magical destination, Thailand is sure to make for an unforgettable honeymoon. Our yacht charters set off from Phuket and take you to some of the best locations in the country, giving you a unique opportunity to enjoy its mix of untouched and lively party islands, stunning scenery, delicious cuisine and superb beaches.

All in all, an incredible backdrop to your sailing holiday.

When to visit: year round sailing, high season December – April

Despite being at the epicentre of Hurricane Irma in the autumn of 2017, the British Virgin Islands are quickly being returned to their former glory. In fact, getting a charter fleet together has been a top priority and these beautiful islands are welcoming tourists once more.

We would highly recommend them for a honeymoon, as their offer spectacular natural beauty and endless activity options.

When to visit: year round sailing, high season December – April

We have slightly cheated here, as we run yacht charters throughout Europe - from the Balearic Islands to Croatia. Each destination has its own charms – whether it’s sipping a limoncello off the Amalfi coast in Italy and gazing at the panoramic views across the Bay of Naples, enjoying the magic of the Melissani Cave at midday in Ithaca when a shaft of sunlight streams momentarily through to light up the aquamarine waters below, snorkelling in the turquoise waters in the Gulf of Fethiye in Turkey or island hopping in Croatia. All are equally romantic in their own way and won’t disappoint.

When to visit: May to October, best weather July to September

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A tailored experience

Whatever destination you choose, we are here to help tailor your honeymoon to exactly your requirements. Keen divers? No problem, we can organise diving trips for you. Fascinated by culture and ancient ruins? Great, we can make sure you stop by the best historic sites. Just want to chill and swim? Absolutely, we will take you to the most secluded spots.

We can create an itinerary to match your needs when you book your charter and suggest you also talk through your wishes and plans with your skipper on your first night on board. He will have excellent first-hand knowledge of the area and will be able to advise you further.

Why not have a look at some of our sample itineraries to give you some inspiration.

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The ideal yacht

Unless you are both keen sailors, we would recommend a Skippered yacht. This way, a professional skipper will be at the helm so you both can just sit back and relax. A chartered yacht is a self-catered option, so you would need to stock up with supplies en route, though obviously you might wish to dine out each night.

If you’d like to avoid spending too much time in the kitchen, why not book a hostess? She will sleep on board (as will the skipper) and is able to assist with the cooking and cleaning. The yachts we use are well-designed to ensure your privacy and a hostess is a popular option with couples.

If you’re looking for a five star experience, then why not go for a fully crewed experience. When you charter a crewed private yacht, you will have on board a professional captain and crew who will work tirelessly (and unobtrusively) to ensure you have everything you need.

We hope this guide to honeymoon sailing holidays has been helpful and inspired you to set sail on your marriage in the most romantic way possible. If you have any further questions, please contact us at hello@helm.yt or call us on (+44) 207 632 7567.

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