Nature’s Hidden Paradise: 5 Charter Yachts For Cruising The BVI

An enchanting collection of over 60 tropical islands, the British Virgin Islands are truly one of nature’s hidden paradises. Since just 15 of the islands are inhabited, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to stumbling upon pristine beaches and enigmatic historic ruins left by previous Spanish, Dutch and British settlers.

Unlike their more glamorous Caribbean neighbours, casual is the order of the day here so make sure you pack plenty of swimwear and relaxed summer outfits. Although the larger islands of the archipelago like Tortola and Virgin Gorda offer excellent bars, restaurants and nightlife, the real joy of the BVIs is exploring precious untouched islands and escaping from all the cares and stresses of our busy modern lives on board one of these five luxurious charter yachts.


With a striking sleek exterior designed by Exequiel Cano Lanza, the 50 metre/164 foot La Pellegrina is perfect for stylish island hopping. Built by French luxury yacht builder Couach, La Pellegrina boasts chic interior styling courtesy of JP Fantini Design and six comfortable guest suites which can host up to 12 overnight guests. Her standout features include a deck jacuzzi, gorgeous formal dining area with seating for 12 guests, and impressive selection of water toys and scuba diving equipment for exploring the islands’ vibrant reefs. Charter La Pellegrina in the British Virgin Islands from $275,000 (€223,500) plus expenses.


Built in 2017 by Tankoa Yachts with exterior and interior styling by Francesco Paszkowski, the 50 metre/164 foot Vertige offers all the modern comforts and conveniences you’d expect on a new yacht. Highlights include a drop-down swim platform, spacious master suite with private side balconies and a large sundeck which is equipped with a built-in sound system. Designed with outdoor Caribbean-style living in mind, her expansive lounge areas are ideal for entertaining friends or just relaxing with close family members. Vertige can accommodate up to 12 guests in her six guest suites and she is available for charter in the British Virgin Islands and other selected Caribbean destinations from $250,000 (€203,000) per week plus expenses.


The 44.2 metre/145 foot Muchos Mas is a custom build from Crescent Yachts which was launched in 2016. With graceful interior and exterior design work by Jonathan Quinn Barnett, her shallow draft makes her an ideal choice for island hopping and allows her to get much closer to some of the British Virgin Islands’ most stunning beaches than other yachts of similar dimensions. She also boasts a beautiful glass-fronted pool with its own swim-up bar. She boasts five airy guest cabins which can receive up to 11 overnight guests. Explore the British Virgin Islands on board Muchos Mas from $210,000 (€170,000) per week plus expenses.


Built in 2017 by Sanlorenzo and featuring glamorous exterior and interior styling from Officina Italiana Design, the 52.12 metre/171 foot Seven Sins makes the perfect retreat from the stresses of the modern world. Amongst her standout features are a glass-bottomed pool, retractable swim platforms on both sides, and charming outdoor lounge spaces which are ideal for spending quality time with family and close friends. Her light, spacious guest cabins can receive up to 10 overnight guests and Caribbean charter is available from $255,000 (€207,000) per week plus expenses.


The flamboyant Italian heritage of Antelope III is immediately obvious from its racy, sleek exterior and elegant interior spaces which are the work of Andrea Bacigalupo and Cristiano Gatto Design respectively. Able to accommodate up to 9 guests in her four roomy suites, the Antelope is ideally suited to more active charter experiences thanks to her top speed of 35 knots. While at rest, though, there is plenty to keep guests entertained in between shore breaks thanks to a spacious alfresco dining area, deck jacuzzi and a retractable sunroof on the sundeck. Antelope III can be chartered from $196,000 (€160,000) per week plus expenses.

Alice Longhurst

After her first taste of life at sea aged three, Alice spends her time writing about yachts, fine wine and the good things in life.

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