We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but in case you hadn’t yet figured it out, your European summer is simply not happening this year. It’s not looking likely to happen next year either. The sooner you come to terms with it, the sooner you can move on.
While you may have to wait a little longer before you can set sail aboard a luxury yacht in Croatia or go island hopping in Greece, take comfort in the fact that you can actually have a similar experience right here in Australia. An arguably better experience, even?
In lieu of your European vacay, we’re making a strong case for hiring a luxe yacht and spending a day out on the water with your friends. Australia’s leading boat hiring platform Flotespace has a number of vessels all around Australia that are ready and waiting to be chartered by you and your best pals.
Split between a bunch of friends, hiring a boat can serve as an affordable and memorable way to spend a perfect summer day out on the water. Available in a range of sizes with various extras including onboard crew, drinks packages and fresh seafood, there’s a yacht out there suited to every sailor.
Here, we’re showcasing the seven of the most luxurious yachts to rent on Sydney Harbour right now.
Price: From $1000 per hour
Hosting: Up to 36 guests
The Allure provides the ultimate day out on the water for you and 35 of your closest friends, plus the crew, which is included in the price. Starting from around $27.70 per person per hour, the luxe yacht is reasonably priced but brings style, comfort and shade. Split over three levels, there’s a bar, kitchen, BBQ, multiple seating areas, hidden TV zone, and even a place to sleep.
Price: From $325 per hour
Hosting: Up to 20 guests
Split between 20, you’re looking at around $16.25 per person, per hour. That’s an incredibly affordable day out on the water for a group of friends looking to have a good time. This baby is designed to host a good time with a BBQ, Bluetooth music system, fridge, freezer and stove. The boat can easily anchor close to the shore for a swimming session, and it even comes with party lighting and floaty toys.
Price: From $650 per hour
Hosting: Up to 18 guests
This 50ft high-tech Windy Triton Custom Cruiser is the only vessel of its type in Australia. Whatever that means to boat people we have no idea, but it looks slick and so we’re on-board already (get it?!). The MV Birchgrove starts from around $36 per person, per hour. It’s super luxe both inside and out, with a full kitchen, BBQ, shower, and professional crew included.
Price: From $990 per hour
Hosting: Up to 41 guests
For how incredibly lush this vessel is, guests find great value in a day aboard the Enigma, starting from $24 per person, per hour. The yacht recently saw significant interior upgrades to include luxurious new lounging areas, plus a gorgeous bedroom below deck. With all the usual inclusions like a BBQ, shower, sound system and more, we recommend adding on a food and drinks package and making a weekend of it.
Price: From $950 per hour
Hosting: Up to 12 guests
A weekend aboard Mon Rêve may be a little steeper at $79 per person per hour, but if we’re going for those ‘Lavish European Summer Vibes’, then you really can’t go past this vessel. The luxury catamaran is thought out for private events and small-scale getaways. The spacious bedroom means guests are encouraged to spend a weekend onboard, while large indoor-outdoor entertaining areas are perfect for hosting sunset drinks with friends and family.
Price: From $2500 per hour
Hosting: Up to 36 guests
For those with some serious cash to burn, look no further than Mohasuwei. This superyacht is not kidding around. It boasts four luxuriously appointed guest suites, each with its own ensuite, plus a cinema room with surround sound that leads you right out to private swimming decks, lounge areas, and dining areas. This baby has literally everything you need to sail away for the entire summer and host 36 guests for parties every night. It’s about as lavish as it gets, and we’re already dreaming of a summer spent here…
Price: From $2250 per hour
Hosting: Up to 80 guests
From around $28 per person per hour, you and your friends can charter this floating party for a day out on the water in Sydney. The 98ft superyacht has a super cool, retro-chic fit-out, and boasts every amenity under the sun, with a BBQ, shower, multiple sundecks, floaty toys, lounging spots, and even a bedroom for day naps.