Seeking travel inspiration can often be daunting and is dependent upon countless factors. Focusing on the absolute basics of what you really do want to do can lead to discovery of the best opportunities. Here we explore some key destinations that, quite simply, hit the spot.
The spot: Southeast Asia
To truly get lost, take a dip in the Andaman Sea. From the Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi to Phuket in Thailand, floating fishing villages hover on turquoise seas, dramatic rock formations plunge from jungle-clad hills and deserted beaches rival any in the world. The best part? You are likely be completely alone.
The spot: Ibiza
Drop anchor in a deserted cove by the magical Es Vedra rock. Hike up to the Se Pechera fort, taking a gourmet picnic. Enjoy some sundowners at Café del Mar before heading to Ibiza Old Town for an atmospheric dinner.
The spot: Grenadines
The Grenadines are totally tropical, from lush landscapes to velvet beaches. Spend time sailing remote anchorages and hidden coves, hopping between breath-taking isles. Wander through verdant rainforests, where banana and coconut palms sway in the breeze. Swim with turtles, sunbathe on sandbars and let life lilt along on Caribbean time.
The spot: Ile de Porquerolles, French Riviera
While many head to the French Riviera, the Ile de Porquerolles is a place apart. Enjoy peace at secluded Plage de Notre Dame, backed by oak forests, lavender bushes, and olive, fig and pine trees. Have impromptu seafood barbeques, swim, dive and end the day with beach games and chilled rosé at sunset.
The spot: Florida & The Bahamas
Between the sparkling glamour of Florida and the remote, unblemished beaches of the Bahamas, it’s only 100 nautical miles to sail. Ideal dual destinations to indulge a multitude of senses: from the gorgeous Abaco Islands to the vibrant nightlife at The Ocean Club. Start and end your yachting adventure in Florida to combine bustling marinas with superlative shopping and indulgent spas.
The Spot: St Barts
With an exceptional landscape bursting with natural beauty and stunning beaches combined with luxurious amenities set in a chic, relaxed environment, St Barts still retains commensurate exclusivity. It’s reputation as a prime Caribbean party hub is due somewhat to the many prestigious events that take place here but also to the outstanding nightlife hotspots offering anything from stylish entertainment to a rockstar vibe.
The spot: Mykonos, Greece
Where glamour meets the simple life, visit the boho-retro beach at Agios Sostis, with icing sugar sand and impossibly clear water. A lunchtime barbecue at the hidden gem of Kiki’s Taverna is compulsory while boutique entertainment comes alive at sunset. Make way to fun-packed Super Paradise Beach Club or head to Matogianni Street in town for guaranteed dusk ’til dawn action.
The spot: Sardinia
Kayak from Cala Gonone beach and paddle the coastline’s secluded beaches. Appealingly inaccessible, beautiful Cala Luna is one of the best snorkelling beaches in Sardinia, dedicated kite and windsurfers will enjoy the wave-strewn double bay at Porto Pollo and great surf breaks at Villasimius keep boarders busy.
The spot: Tahiti
Dive clear, shallow lagoons flanked by dolphins or mysterious sunken vessels with walls of rainbow coral. Try your hand at deep-sea fishing for Blue Marlin and Mahi Mahi or hike into the mountains for a jungle-framed picnic. Nothing says exotic like the heavy-scented breezes of the Society Islands.
The spot: Hvar, Croatia
Unspoiled Sveta Nedelja, nestled on Hvar’s rugged south shore, enjoys scenic views across the Adriatic. If you are a wine lover, take lunch at Plenkovic Vineyard with exceptional choice from the underwater cellar… And don’t forget to admire the incredible sunset as evening arrives.
Take time to discover new destinations, experience local culture and become inspired by fresh surroundings. Your journey starts here.
Nicholas Dean is Managing Partner of Ocean Independence. Ocean Independence is a global leader in luxury yachting, providing a bespoke experience across yacht charter, sales and management.