Steady winds in winter and spring—from mid-December to April—make the BVI a perfect boating destination. It also helps that land is always in sight. “You could do half a dozen stops in a day,” says broker Liz Howard of Fraser Yachts. “There are no long transits between beaches, coves and nightlife.” And Jet Skis are prohibited, keeping the waters noise-free. Here, five distinct boats to charter.
When it’s impossible to completely unplug on vacation, Slipstream offers impeccable connectivity with a seventh cabin that can be converted into an office with satellite and wireless communication systems. Six cabins across three decks include a VIP suite on the bridge deck. And the chef has worked in multiple Michelin-starred restaurants.
Fee: From $378,000 a week
Spirit was designed for casual and formal entertaining with an expansive outdoor space that features two dining tables and large oversized furniture and sun pads. A teppanyaki grill on the sundeck turns the chef’s cooking into a performance. An outdoor Jacuzzi, a gym and an indoor spa with a masseuse and yoga instructor ensure limited hangovers.
Fee: From $270,000 a week
Built by a storied Dutch shipyard in 2010, Marie features a classic interior with anigré woodwork, a baby grand piano and nautical antiques. The master stateroom is located aft and has its own deck for extra privacy. But its pièce de résistance is a motorized crow’s nest that elevates guests to 123 feet above the water for unparalleled 360-degree views.
Fee: From $200,000 a week
Originally launched in 1969, Sultana has been refit with the latest audio-visual technology, fuel-efficient engines and comfortable cabins. In addition to underwater cameras at the bow and stern for peeks at aquatic life, a barbecue, wet bar and high-end speaker system can be enjoyed under retractable sunscreens with built-in misters to keep cool on hot days.
Fee: From $51,000 a week
The American-built Mi Sueño was designed to eliminate any debate over who gets the spacious cabin. The main-deck master suite has a split level, the VIP below stretches the full width of the yacht and the queen cabin is wheelchair accessible. A cigar humidor in the main salon, an impressive wine list and a Jacuzzi on the sundeck round out its features.
Fee: From $374,405 a week