Gentle sea breezes, warm turquoise waters and more than 365 sandy beaches define the rhythms of life on Antigua and Barbuda where there’s always time for one more heady rum cocktail. These two picture-perfect islands offer a tranquility rarely found in busier parts of the Caribbean which allows visitors to truly unwind and take their playtime seriously.
Blessed with secluded anchorages, lively marinas and a benevolent climate with typical daytime temperatures of 81°F (27°C) even during winter, these twin islands make excellent destinations for relaxed charter cruising. Here’s our five favorite Caribbean charter yachts for soaking up the island vibe this winter.
Built by San Lorenzo and launched in 2017, the brand new 52-meter/170-foot Seven Sins has everything you need for casual island cruising. Her striking exterior design by Officina Italiana Design melds harmoniously with contemporary interior styling, while her relaxation and wellness features include a stunning glass-bottomed swimming pool, sauna, gym and jacuzzi. She comfortably can accommodate up to 12 overnight guests in 2 VIP suites and 3 double cabins. She is available for Caribbean charter over the winter from $270,000 (€237,000) per week plus expenses.
With ample deck spaces for lounging and a stylish outdoor bar and Jacuzzi, Chasseur really invites guests to make the most of those amazing Barbudan sunsets. This 48.80-meter/160.10-foot luxury yacht was custom-built by Christensen in 2016 and finished with elegant interior styling from Varo Designs. With a well-designed layout that offers 6 guest cabins, she is able to receive up to 12 overnight guests in a master suite, VIP stateroom and 4 double cabins. Charter is available over the winter in Antigua, Barbuda and a few other select Caribbean destinations from $224,000 (€185,800) per week plus expenses.
Renowned Italian designer Stefano Righini’s mark is clearly discernible on the sleek exterior styling of the 48-meter/157.48-foot Rebel, while a recent refit has given her interior a contemporary edginess which compliments her sporty image. With a top speed of 19 knots and a 2,300 nautical mile range, Rebel suits those who want both adventure and luxury. Accommodation options range from a master suite, three double cabins and twin cabins, allowing her to host up to 10 guests as well as 9 experienced crew members. Caribbean charter over the winter starts at $155,000 (€136,000) per week plus expenses.
Built and designed by Christensen, the 48.77-meter/160.01-foot Odessa offers a variety of comfortable indoor and outdoor areas for entertaining and socializing which are furnished with carefully chosen pieces from Armani Casa. Her range of 4,000 nautical miles will more than satisfy those planning to do some serious island hopping. Guest cabins include a VIP stateroom, 3 double cabins plus a twin cabin which can receive up to 12 overnight guests. Winter charter from $238,000 (€209,000) plus expenses in Antigua, Barbuda and a handful of other selected Caribbean islands.
5. HEESEN HOME
With a swimming platform, deck jacuzzi, alfresco dining area and a generous selection of water toys, the 163-foot/50-meter Home allows guests to truly soak in the natural beauty and tranquility of Antigua and Barbuda. Launched by Heesen in 2017, the custom-built Home boasts gorgeous minimalist interior styling by Sinot Yacht Design and slick modern exterior lines courtesy of Omega Architects. She can accommodate up to 12 overnight charter guests in 6 sumptuous cabins which boast bright and breezy white and neutral tones. Home is available for charter in the Caribbean over the winter from $240,000 (€210,000) per week plus expenses.