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Our Top 5 Charter Yachts for Making a Splash in Split and Dubrovnik

Croatia is a godsend for those looking to cruise a little off the beaten path without compromising on gorgeous beaches, chic marinas and romantic ancient towns. Begin your journey in the atmospheric ancient city of Split where warm summer evenings invite you to feast under the stars on fresh seafood straight from the Adriatic and listen to the live music that fills the streets most nights. Then take a leisurely cruise along the dramatic Croatian coast, passing secluded coves and quaint villages perched on rocky cliffs until you reach the bustling cultural hotspot of Dubrovnik.

Both Split and Dubrovnik may be more low key than more traditional Mediterranean destinations, but you’ll still want to choose a charter yacht with style to fit in with the trendy vibe and plenty of outdoor lounge space for enjoying the glorious Dalmatian weather. A good selection of water toys is essential for making a splash in the crystal clear turquoise Adriatic waters, especially if you’re planning a more active charter experience or if you have young family members to keep entertained. Here’s our top five charter yachts which offer both the good looks and carefully considered amenities you’ll need on your Croatian charter experience.

1. BENETTI 11/11

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First up is the stunning 207 foot/63 metre “11/11” whose build was completed earlier this year by Italian yacht builder Benetti. The first thing you’ll notice is her gorgeous exterior design which wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond film. This elegant look continues through to her interior spaces which exude opulence and sophistication thanks to the use of sumptuous furnishings, artworks by the likes of Tracy Emin and Hans Kotter, and a chic neutral colour palette. 11/11’s extensive list of top features include her attractive sun deck, charming al fresco dining area which is ideal for entertaining, and private deck area and spa pool connected to the spacious owner’s suite.

11/11 can accommodate up to 12 overnight guests in her six guest cabins and she is available to charter in the Mediterranean from $759,500 (€650,000) per week plus expenses.

2. CRN Cloud 9

An elegant combination of sleek styling and extensive onboard amenities, the 243 foot/74 metre Cloud 9 is a dreamy option for your perfect Croatian charter experience. Delivered by CRN in 2017, Cloud 9 offers an opulent interior and smart exterior design courtesy of Winch Design. Highlights include the generously-sized deck pool, fully equipped gym, heli-pad, and the elegant beach club which allows direct access to the sea for impromptu dips and an expresso bar for refuelling afterwards. Those looking for an active charter experience will enjoy playing with her selection of jet-skis, wake boards, paddle boards and towable toys, while those after a restful, restorative break will love her ample outdoor spaces equipped with comfortable loungers.

Cloud 9 can accommodate up to 12 overnight guests in her six guest cabins and she is available for charter in select Mediterranean destinations from $1,012,500 (€875,000) per week plus expenses.

3. SILVER YACHTS Silverfast

Silverfast truly lives up to her name with a top speed of 27 knots and a draft of just 2.6 meters which makes her ideal for getting up close and personal with Croatia’s secluded bays and idyllic fishing villages. Built in 2015 by Silver Yachts, this breathtaking vessel boasts gorgeous interiors courtesy of Andreas Holnburger of Vain Interiors who has used touches like leather-covered steps on the main stairway and beautiful teak panelling to create a sense of easy-going luxury and timelessness. Other highlights include the attractive winter garden, 8-person jacuzzi, and roomy beach club which has its own beauty salon.

Silverfast can accommodate up to 12 overnight guests in her seven guest cabins and she is available to charter in Croatia from $759,500 (€650,000) per week plus expenses.

4. HEESEN Laurentia

Handsomely equipped with a full range of water toys and inflatables, Laurentia is the charter yacht for those who want to do it all. Take a spin on one of her Sea-Doo Waverunners, head out for a spot of sailing on her trimaran dinghy, or enjoy some scuba diving in Croatia’s sparkling waters. For those who prefer a slower pace, her large deck pool is the perfect spot for relaxing. Thanks to her 180.45 foot/55 metre length, Laurentia is full of secluded spots to enjoy your surroundings like her sea level swim platform which is perfect for kicking back with a book as you listen to the waves lap the side of the yacht. Laurentia was built in 2017 by Heesen Yachts and boasts a elegant interior styling by RADYCA design studio and strong exterior lines courtesy of Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.

Laurentia can accommodate up to 12 overnight guests in her six guest cabins and she is available to charter in Croatia from $409,000 (€350,000) per week plus expenses.

5. ABEKING & RASMUSSEN Excellence V

If you plan on making a statement, look no further than Abeking & Rasmussen’s regal Excellence V which offers all the clever details and comforts you need to live it up at sea. Highlights onboard the 196 foot/60 meter superyacht include her attractive glass-fronted pool with a swim-up bar, a dedicated massage room, and an enormous owner’s suite which comes complete with his and hers Jacuzzis. This well-equipped vessel also comes with a huge range of water toys to keep you entertained, including two wave runners, sea kayaks, dive equipment and a pair of tenders for exploring and shore excursions.

Excellence V can accommodate up to 12 overnight guests in her seven guest cabins and she is available to charter in Croatia from $695,000 (€595,000) per week plus expenses.

Alice Longhurst

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