A superyacht charter in the South Pacific has to be the ultimate in luxury, writes Yvonne Gordon
Chartering a private yacht is a great way to explore islands, coves and bays while enjoying a relaxed, exclusive environment. Luxury travel company Black Diamond Lifestyle offers a fleet of fully-crewed private yachts for charter all over the world.
Once you step aboard your yacht, your experienced captain and crew will take you to the best beaches and resorts, whether you choose quiet coves or bustling ports. On board, you’ll enjoy superb meals and wines, sunbathing on deck, swimming, water-skiing and jet-skiing as well as massage treatments.
Black Diamond Lifestyle offers a large selection of exclusive island-hopping experiences and a variety of yachts to charter. For an exotic break, the South Pacific is an ideal location. With more than 130 islands as well as reefs, lagoons, deserted beaches, tropical rainforests and excellent anchorages, you can enjoy the perfect tailor-made cruise.
The sleek white motor yacht Tu Moana, which cruises in the area, is 226-feet long and can accommodate up to 32 guests in a range of luxurious cabins. The yacht has 30 crew and cruises at a comfortable speed of 12 knots.
For the ultimate island-hopping experience on Tu Moana, set off on a cruise around the French PolynesiaIslands such as Tahiti and Bora Bora. A sample week-long itinerary might include a day on a coral reef fringe on Motu Mute islet, where you can visit a small village before a sunset cruise with local music. Then visit Taha’a island for snorkelling, kayaking and lagoon swimming and a traditional island feast.
On Raiatea, enjoy kayaking and swimming while the crew sets up an island barbecue and movie under the stars. Enjoy a champagne breakfast on the tropical island of Huahine, visit a pearl farm, trek up a mountain or dance in a Tahitian night club.
You can do everything from swimming in crystal clear lagoons to seeing local island church choirs perform on your cruise, and along the way, the crew can set up a floating bar beside an island for you to enjoy some refreshing drinks while swimming. In the evening, you can enjoy a movie on the outdoor cinema on deck. Tu Moana costs $350,000 per week to charter.
Or step aboard luxurious superyacht TV, a magnificent 256-feet Lurssen built yacht. Her stylish interior, designed by Alberto Pinto, includes an owner’s suite which has panoramic views and features a private deck, private Jacuzzi, king-sized bed, his and hers en-suite bathrooms and an office.
TV can entertain a large number of guests, with plenty of luxurious salons as well as indoor and outdoor dining. The sundeck area has a large Jacuzzi, pool and outdoor bar. On the lower deck there’s a health spa with beauty salon, sauna, massage room and gym.
The spa area expands onto a large fold-down sea terrace on the aft deck to allow easy access for ocean swimming. The indoor cinema can also be converted into a children’s playroom. The yacht also comes with two tenders, a ten-meter RIB, a jet tender, four jet-skis, dive gear and water ski equipment for guests to use. TV cruises in the Pacific, Caribbean and South America areas and charters cost from €850,000 per week.
Black Diamond Lifestyle will oversee all details of your holiday from start to finish, taking care of any custom requirements. They can arrange a private jet flight from any location to your yacht charter, including airport car transfers. They will organise your required food and drinks for both the flight and the yacht.
If you’re celebrating an anniversary or special occasion, Black Diamond can also arrange a special delivery of champagne or diamond jewellery from companies such as De Beers or Boodles. You could also combine the yacht charter with a private island rental.
Black Diamond organises yachts charters worldwide, aiming to bring the joy of yachting and improved quality of life to every guest. And if you enjoy the experience so much and decide that you’d like to own your own yacht, Black Diamond Lifestyle will even help you to buy or build your own vessel from scratch.
© Yvonne Gordon. This feature was first published in Private Islands magazine in Canada