By: Catharine Nicol
The sound of the waves against the hull, the call of the seabirds, the ocean-scape of distant horizons and big skies, and the blissful warm breeze on your face as you relax on deck – sounds like the perfect antidote to city life to us! Simpson Yacht Charter is renowned for its curated sailing vacations on luxurious private yachts. Now, the company has new holiday offerings that extend to some of the region’s best travel spots and beyond, including Indonesia, Vietnam, the Caribbean and French Polynesia.
Vietnam is made for charter trips. Her 1,600kms of coastline lead to exotic landscapes of paddy fields and historic towns with mouth-watering cuisine. Climb aboard the SY Ellen Sophia, a luxury Lagoon 560 S2 yacht, and you can explore up to 10 outlying islands off Nha Trang and the lagoons of Khanh Hoa. Highlights include a traditional fishing village on Bich Dam Island, the caves on Orchid Stream Island, where beautiful orchid blooms hang from the ceiling, and Doc Lech Beach, one of the most stunning in Vietnam.
Or choose Indonesia, where thousands of islands, cultures, creatures and colours make every day an entirely fresh and unforgettable experience. You’ll have the chance to see the infamous Komodo dragon, encounter dolphins and dugongs, snorkel underwater jungles, meet highland communities, and experience Bali and Lombok from an entirely different perspective.
Itineraries are up to 15 days in length. For example, you can sail via pristine deserted islands on the 10-day Bali & Komodo package, or have your ideas about Indonesia completely challenged on the 10-day Raja Ampat Archipelago holiday.
Meanwhile, the Caribbean needs little introduction. With over 7,000 islands, including St Barths and the Bahamas, Antigua, Belize, the Caymans and the British Virgin Islands, this is the stuff of tropical travel legend. Sail turquoise waters on the luxurious SY JOY with her plethora of water-sports toys; you can even swim with pigs, dive a 400-foot sinkhole and join a colourful carnival!
How it works
The beauty of Simpson’s charter sailings is that they’re completely customisable, from style of vessel to size of crew. You can book direct for all your travel needs, with itineraries running from a long weekend of four days to bona-fide expeditions of over two weeks.
If you’re an experienced skipper, Simpson’s bareboat charters put you at the helm. Alternatively, to really kick back and soak up the timeless ambience, crews can include captains, chefs, water-sports instructors and more.
It may be hard to believe, but spending your holidays on a luxury catamaran can be no more expensive than booking a private luxury villa, but with Simpson you’ll be aboard one that floats with all the freedoms of the sea.
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This article first appeared in the October/November 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.