One of the truly great pleasures of fractional yacht ownership is the freedom to explore some of the most romantic destinations in the Mediterranean, dropping anchor where you please. Whether your dream involves fine dining among the bougainvillea on a Capri terrace, watching the sunset from Santorini, or drinking rosé at a beach club in St Tropez, a luxury yacht is the ultimate way to celebrate romance.
Offering blissful privacy, ultra-personalised experiences, 7-star service, and the freedom to change your plans on a whim, a luxury yacht is pure heaven for a couple in love. Here are four of the most romantic yachting destinations in the Mediterranean that you might visit on your yacht.
If romance is a place on earth, then that place would have to be the French Riviera. Imagine cruising along the Côte d’Azur from Monaco to Saint Tropez, shopping in Cannes and lunching at the famous Hotel du Cap Eden Roc.
On a romantic yacht trip along the French Riviera, drop anchor off the Cannes islands to snorkel and explore forest paths, take a trip into the flowery hill villages of Provence, and find bliss on the island of Porquerolles, where time seems to stand still on perfect sandy beaches, edged by crystal-clear sea.
Whether you want to live the jet-set life at the Riviera’s Michelin restaurants and swanky beach clubs, or just enjoy the quiet beauty of the coast floating by from your deckchair, the French Riviera is a superb place for a romantic private yacht cruise you’ll never forget.
Capri, Ischia, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi – could there be a more beautiful stretch of coastline on earth than the Amalfi coast? With its sheer cliffs, colourful villages, and breathtakingly beautiful islands, the Amalfi Coast is where yachting dreams are made.
On a yacht in the waters off the Amalfi Coast, you can experience the romance of dining on a clifftop terrace in Capri, indulge in some boutique shopping along steep cobbled lanes in Positano, and relax with your partner in the hot springs of Ischia. Float through the Blue Grotto, explore the exquisite architecture of Amalfi town, and stroll hand in hand through the lemon groves.
Glamorous and relaxing in equal measure, the Amalfi Coast seems specially designed for lovebirds, as you drift along the coast under the Mediterranean sun.
Santorini, Cyclades, Greece
Santorini is one of the most romantic destinations on earth, with spectacular Aegean views from the edge of a volcanic caldera. Anchor your yacht beneath the cliffs and take the funicular up to one of Santorini’s clifftop villages, where the view at sunset from a hotel terrace is enough to make you fall in love all over again.
Santorini’s enchanting mix of windmills and whitewashed lanes, upscale boutiques and winding donkey paths make this island an enduring favourite with lovers and honeymooners. The dramatic scenery of cliffs and red and black sand beaches become seared into your memory, while the glamour quotient is turned up high in the island’s spa hotels and restaurants.
A Cyclades yacht jaunt also offers the romantic beauty of Mykonos, where you can stroll the cobbled streets, bask on stunning beaches, and enjoy the glittering nightlife.
The Balearics, Spain
The Balearics are paradise for romantics, with a bewitching combination of cosmopolitan cities, mountain scenery, and island beaches straight out of a photo shoot.
On Majorca, you’ll explore Palma’s soaring cathedral and fascinating old quarter. On the west coast, you’ll be astonished by rugged mountain ranges and exclusive port towns. Time has stood still on Menorca, where rolling hills meet anchorages of utter perfection. Meanwhile, Ibiza is becoming increasingly upmarket, with A-list beach clubs and jaw-dropping spa hotels. Finally, sleepy Formentera offers a blissful escape from reality, with some of the best beaches in Europe and a distinctive bohemian vibe.
If romance is what you are after, romance is what you’ll find in the deliriously beautiful Balearics.
Experience the Romance of Yacht Ownership for Less
Many people think that this yacht ownership dream is out of reach. But you can own your own luxury yacht and live this romantic life for much less than you think.
Fractional yacht ownership through SmartYacht allows you to enjoy all the pleasures of yacht ownership — at a fraction of the cost, and without any of the headaches. And, for those who want to own a yacht but know they don’t have the vacation time to really justify the purchase, fractional yacht ownership provides the ideal solution.
You can even take advantage of your SmartYacht fractional ownership to cruise onboard other yachts in the fleet, in other locations. This option would allow you to visit many romantic destinations around the globe, from the French Riviera to the Seychelles.
We all fantasise of yacht ownership, of long, clear nights at anchor, surrounded by the calm moonlit sea. SmartYacht makes this possible.