Escaping the northern hemisphere winter chill and taking advantage of the long holidays for family R&R is the main attraction of the Caribbean. The Caribbean boasts year-round sunshine, 28 island nations and hundreds of islands and atolls, each with its own unique character, hospitable people with diverse cultures and customs and a dazzling calendar of festivals and events.
Aboard a sailing charter yacht, the mystique and magic of catching the tropical breezes as your sails unfurl are only topped by the backdrop of verdant islands with their pristine beaches and turquoise waters, brimming with marine life.
And while the traditional "Caribbean season" runs from mid-December to mid-April, quieter waters in Spring and Summer may appeal to those looking for fewer boats to share anchorages with.
With their first-hand knowledge of the Caribbean, sailing yachts and their crews, the experts at the Luxury Charter Group can assist you in choosing the best yacht to match your preferences, and plan the ideal itinerary for you and your guests at any time of year.
Here are just a few of the luxurious sailing yachts available for charter in the Caribbean.
This superb 40m (141ft) luxury sailing superyacht was designed by the legendary Ed Dubois, and built by Dutch master shipyard, Vitters. With her massive deck space, cockpit and upper and lower saloons, BELLA RAGAZZA has ample room for up to 10 charter guests in complete comfort.
Below decks, her exquisite accommodation consists of five cabins, each with ensuite, and including a massive master stateroom with loads of storage, lounge space with TV and beautiful birch timber cabinetry throughout.
Built by Alloy Yachts in NZ, GENEVIEVE is an immaculate 37m (121ft) Ocean Cruising Performance Cutter designed by Ed Dubois. With four cabins for up to nine guests, luxury sailing charter yacht GENEVIEVE boasts a large, flexible cockpit area typically encountered in much larger yachts, guaranteeing phenomenal comfort.
Her well-appointed interior, designed by Glade Johnson, is decorated with rich joinery and sumptuous furnishings, and the wrap around style pilothouse windows create a dazzling light and airy saloon. GENEVIEVE also provides an impressive array of watersports equipment, while the foredeck area has sunpads, sun lounges and shade for simply whiling away the days between island hopping.
This magnificent 35m (115ft) ketch was designed by one of the leading names in racing yachts, Farr Yacht Design, and is impeccably maintained and crewed. With accommodation for up to six guests in three large cabins, SOJANA boasts elegant gloss timberwork throughout and large social areas, which belie her performance and pace.
SOJANA is available for racing charters, or for those who appreciate the speed and agility of a champion racing yacht with every amenity onboard for a 5-star charter in the Caribbean.
At 62m (203ft) and with a large beam of 11m (35ft), ATHOS is the world's largest privately-owned two-masted schooner and the most technologically sophisticated classic sailing yacht available to charter.
The product of the award-winning designer Andre Hoek, renowned Dutch builder Holland Jachtbouw and the yacht's passionate owner, ATHOS is an inspired choice for your Caribbean sojourn and accommodates up to 10 guests in palatial staterooms.
Fully air-conditioned interior comprising saloon, and galley, main deckhouse with navigation area, four guest cabins and master suite. The deckhouse boasts dining setting for up to 12 guests, a cosy seating area to port with coffee table as centrepiece and a bar. The main saloon adjacent to the galley features a fireplace and seating area.
The master suite is massive and paneled in mahogany, and the ensuite features a bath, shower/steam room and his/hers sinks. This flows through to private aft deckhouse with daybed, private office, computer and TV, with its own sheltered cockpit for intimate meals and sunset cocktails. The guest cabins are all finished in different timbers to give a unique colour and ambience to each.
A multi award-winning luxury charter vessel, VERTIGO is one of the most impressive and adventurous sailing superyachts in the charter fleet. The Philippe Briand-designed 67.2m (220ft) VERTIGO was built by Alloy Yachts and accommodates up to 12 guests, providing the ultimate in spacious onboard living. The interior, designed by the renowned French design-house Christian Liaigre, is custom built one of her star attractions, sporting an 'urban at sea' ambience with sleek surfaces and a natural palette of walnut, creams and black.
On deck, there's a 10-person jacuzzi with retractable sunpads, versatile Bimini covers and glass screens for sun and wind protection and a gymnasium with direct access to the sea, plus an alfresco cinema screen on the aft deck.
Guests aboard VERTIGO will be spoilt for choice when it comes to watertoys, including an 8m Limo tender, two Nautica WB19 tenders and Avon RIB for towing, sailing dinghies, kayaks, paddleboards, scuba equipment and inflatable tow toys. VERTIGO'S professional crew of 11 are dedicated to guests' optimal experience of the Caribbean in every aspect – from exploring this island paradise, to the culinary bounty it provides.
Custom designed and built by esteemed Dutch yard, Royal Huisman, HYPERION is a 47.42m (155ft) award-winning and regatta-winning sailing superyacht with three large cabins for up to six charter guests.
Boasting plenty of onboard space for socialising and dining, an excellent crew and world-class cuisine, HYPERION is the perfect blend of cutting-edge technology and classic craftsmanship. She has expansive decks for leisure and reclining while cruising the Caribbean, as well as brilliant flow-through from deck to saloon, with a split-level lounge, piano, bar and dining areas.
Along with sunpads and an extended swim platform, HYPERION is well equipped with watertoys and tenders for all skill levels, including kite surfing gear, wakeboard, water skis, towable inflatables, fishing equipment and snorkeling gear.
A multiple-race winning sailing superyacht from Royal Huisman, designed by German Frers with interiors by Andrew Winch Design, 34m (112ft) SPIIP is a sleek, spacious sloop and the perfect sailing charter yacht for those who seek performance cruising, while living in the lap of luxury.
Contemporary, light and airy inside, SPIIP has large windows for wrap around water views, and accommodation for up to six guests in three staterooms. The owner's suite is impressive with walk-in robe and dual bathrooms.
The saloon and dining areas are on one level, while the large cockpit has more dining space with bimini cover for protection and privacy. An arsenal of watertoys and tenders mean guests onboard SPIIP will never be bored, while a brilliant crew of four are renowned for making charters the pinnacle of relaxation.
Taking her name from the Maori word for "a special place for family and friends", Alloy Yachts-built MARAE is a 33m (108ft) Pilothouse Sloop, winner of multiple design awards and regattas.
On deck Marae has a private aft cockpit with lounge area and direct access to the master stateroom. Guest accommodation comprises the master suite and two guest staterooms.
One of MARAE's best features is her marvelous deck saloon with seating and dining table for meals or cocktails at sunset. Side windows slide open and a removable aft Isenglass curtain protects against the elements.
The interiors of MARAE consist of beautiful walnut timber complemented by luxurious fabrics and crisp white linens in every stateroom.
The upper saloon has a bar, comfortable sofa and panoramic views. Belowdecks, the main saloon is adjacent to a dining table for six. The fold-out swim platform means easy access to the water and a host of watertoys including Williams Jet tender, two Laser sailboats, kayak, waterskis, wakeboard and towable inflatables.
Further information about the Caribbean
For further details about these sensational sailing yachts and others available in the Caribbean please contact the specialists at Luxury Charter Group.