Family sailing holidays aren’t just an opportunity for budding skippers to wear silly hats and control the tiller all holiday long – the plus points are rather more numerous than that. Just think about it: you can set sail whenever you like, sailing from one beautiful location to another at the turn of a wheel. Best of all, you don’t have to put up with heaving beaches. Just find your own deserted stretch of sand or an isolated cove, moor up and enjoy the sunshine and quiet. Sailing doesn’t have to be an activity holiday, you know.
The more competent sailors among you might like to take the wheel yourself on one of our yachts in Spain or Greece. Or, for a little added luxury, you can hire your own private skipper.
For families in which there’s an even split between sea legs and landlubbers, there’s the sailing holiday compromise of renting a holiday home that has the use of its own boat and private mooring. Check out these sailing adventures in the Caribbean and along the coast of England.
But if sailing sounds just a little too involving for what’s supposed to be a relaxing holiday, there is the more tranquil option of a houseboat. Either stay put or pootle merrily around the waterways of England and the Netherlands. Whichever appeals more, you should definitely step aboard soon.
Your luxurious motor yacht is available on an accommodation only basis. She is located at the prettiest marina in Lymington with amazing sea views towards the Isle of Wight. She was commissioned in 2013 and is fitted out to the highest standard. Step through the glass …see more
Myself and 3 friends stayed on this beautiful boat, moored ideally with no boats in front of us, giving us a perfect view across to the Isle of Wight. The yacht was clean, had 2 bathrooms and showers… More
Our houseboat `Aqua Jumbo` is a floating palace which is a modified form of traditional Kettuvallams. It contains 2 luxurious well furnished & bath attached bed rooms, sun bath-deck, lounge cum dining room and a hygienic kitchen. In the royal kitchen, we prepare del …see more
“Really great houseboat experience, succeeding our expectations”
Reviewed 22 Jan 2015
We are a couple from Germany in our mid-thirties and spent 2 days/1 night at the Jumbo Houseboat early January. We booked from Germany by contacting the owner Akhil directly. Was a bit of a luck game,… More
Reviewed 1 Jan 2015
Aqua Castle was a wonderful & clean houseboat.
Excellent Chef & courteous staff made the stay memorable.… More
Reviewed 9 Aug 2014
I had an excellent time with Aquajumbo Tours. I booked a houseboat for my family and immediate relatives and needless to say how each one enjoyed their time with Aquajumbo Tours. The houseboat operato… More
The boat we are running at the moment is a Lavezzi 40 built in La Rochelle to our specification and we've been sailing her for 10 years around the caribbean islands.The space we are offering to you is the Port (left - if you are standing on the boat facing …see more
“Felt like a millionaire on a private yacht in beautiful places with wonderful people.”
Reviewed 27 Apr 2012
This was our first private yacht charter and it will not be our last! It was easy to book. The owners are very accommodating and follow up promptly with all inquires.We had a very early arrival time … More
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A lovely old cargo ship in the nautic centre of Amsterdam port. Nearby the old city with a beautiful view on the famous canals. The National Maritime Museum and the Mill of Brewery 't IJ in sight. The Artis Zoo, the Nieuwmarkt area with its charming cafés, bohemien res …see more
Annie's Boat is suitable for 2 people and maximum 2 children.Children up to 12 years stay for free. For children up to the age of 3 years there is a cot present. For children from 3 up to 12 years is a thick luxury air mattress (2x 1pers. mattress) of very good …see more
ITINERARY» Guests can check in at 12:00 hrs, we will welcome you with welcome drink and start cruise after a short briefing introduction, relax and enjoy the canals, rivers and backwater, at 13:00 hrs houseboat will stop for lunch, with lavish menu of traditional Keral …see more
Cruise and explore some of the most stunning parts of the River Thames at your own pace. Boat Gema is a delightful 4 star narrowboat that has a fresh and modern feel but without losing the quaint charm of an English narrowboat. Cruise to Henley-On-Thames, Marlow and Win …see more
Presented by Static Boat Holidays. The price is for the whole boat and is exceptionally good value. The boat is situated in Braye harbour, Alderney. She is on a swing mooring, but you have access to a tender and water taxi. She has three double cabins, a kitchen living …see more
Welcome to Alleppey Backwater Kerala in the God's Own Country ! . Our new AC Premium houseboat had 3 bed/3 bath,living room, dinning and kitchen fully covered glass which PROTECT FROM MOSQUITO AND INSECT in the night. We are located 2 minutes from Alleppey town. Fam …see more
This friendly houseboat is a complete floating apartment. There is a lounge room, open-plan kitchen, separate bedroom with double bed, and bathroom with full-length bath and shower. Perfect for 2 people, with a sofa bed for 2 more guests.Situated on the beautifu …see more
We had a lovely stay on the Oasis Houseboat as a family of three adults. It was far enough away from the main hub but still easily accessible to a grocery store. The sunset over the canal and other … More
“A perfect stay in the heart of Amsterdam”
Reviewed 13 Jan 2014
We (4 people all around 30 years old) stayed in this lovely houseboat for 2 nights to celebrate a special new year’s eve.
And we enjoyed our stay from the first second. The Owner of the boat is gen… More
Houseboat Pride of Leyden is fully equipped with every comfort, from a well stocked kitchen, to central heating and air conditioning, a TV and Wifi internet, and a veranda with a spectacular view. The main bedroom sleeps two in a king-size bed, the study sleeps one on a …see more
Would you like to spend summer on a peaceful lake, in the pristine wilderness of Finland? On a Houseboat you can easily get to great fishing spots, beaches or discover different Finnish villages and towns . You can sunbath on the roof, make food in the kitchen and take …see more
Enjoy a luxurious yacht trip with me & my small family through San Blas! I have 3 room for 6 guests in 3 beds. This price is including food and drink. Please contact us for an accurate quote.
With me you can:
- Have 3 Italian cooked meals a day
- Mee …see more
The accommodation makes the perfect choice for a family or a group of friends desiring the chance to enjoy a traditional old houseboat experience. Blending authentic elements with a wooden finish and only basic amenities, the lodging offers a simple space after a busy d …see more
This was a truly unique experience to stay on a houseboat. I grew up in Amsterdam but never had the opportunity to stay or even visit a houseboat. I stayed here for 10 days at the end of April and was very fortunate to be blessed with great weather. My stay was excellen …see more
Another day....another bay
Starting from only 50€ / person per day you can charter your own yacht!
We welcome sailors of all abilities and can provide you with an option to sail with a professional skipper. Affordable luxury combined with great people from all over th …see more
Lucy Joe Sleeps upto 4 - Wheelchair access availableA beautifully finished boat, Lucy Joe has been designed with space, luxury and comfort in mind. A fixed double bed at the back supplemented by a luxurious double sofa bed at the front and spacious wet room, gal …see more
We arrived and it was thundering, lightning and raining like there was no tomorrow but the central heating on the boat kept us all snug, warm and dried us out quickly. With the freedom to stop and sta… More
The Linssen 34.9AC is a luxury canal boat with two cabins cruising on the French Inland Waterways. Based on the Nivernais in Burgundy, France's most beautiful canal, you can cruise through scenic countryside, ancient towns and villages, visit Cathedrals and Chateau …see more
Classic wooden sailing yacht right in the city center of Alicante...10 meters LOA 4 meters beam, good for two people, one double bed and 2 singles... great views. Close to restaurants and bars. Very close to he beach. Secure parking inside the marina, security and vi …see more
Welcome on board our fully renovated boat & breakfast, 'de Dageraad' (Dutch for 'daybreak').
We offer two luxury, 100% smoke-free rooms, both featuring amenities such as floor heating, en suite bathroom, LCD-television, and free Wifi. In the morning, we serve a home-m …see more
This is a self drive boating holiday with a unique difference. Our boat is a luxury Canal widebeam, fitted to an exceptionally high standard, an ideal holiday for families or groups of friends holidaying together.Pets are welcome too.
You pick the boat up from our base …see more
“An incredibly relaxing holiday in perfect comfort on a beautiful part of the Thames.”
Reviewed 11 Sep 2012
From start to finish this turned out to beat many 5 star hotel holidays we had all taken. Firstly the hosts are attentive, lovely and fun. They gave us 2 informed fabulous river trips. Would thoroughl… More
Thank you for your lovely comments - really delighted you had a good stay and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
You have the opportunity to rent a magnificent Yacht-Hotel entire for you! She has 3 double cabins, 2 full bathrooms with hot water shower, galley with vitroceramic hob and microwave oven, fridge, dining room, outside lounge, solarium, cd player and air conditioning. …see more
River Breez Is a 6-8 berth luxury houseboat moored at Mannum Waters Marina. Just over 1hr from Adelaide & I can arrange transfers for you.
Embracing an open design concept with a contemporary interior, our elegance and sophistication will suit the most discerning guest …see more
Three levelsSun deckNatural level: loungeLiving room- kitchenLower deck 3 bedrooms 2 full bathrooms, one cabinOne bedroom and its en suite bathroom and separate WC form the guest suite.Step out and you are in the leisure park with many sports …see more
We had a great time sailing along the Marne and through the locks between Paris and Epernay. The boat is comfortable and well-equipped and the owner/pilot friendly and welcoming. There was food and w… More
“Best cruise through Paris”
Reviewed 13 May 2014
We took a 4 day tour on this boat, it was wonderful. There were six adults, all friends middle aged, except for our children who came for a day, a meal and a swim.. First we enjoyed quiet and lusciou… More
“C'etait super, un depaysement total!!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014
Super acceuil, on s'y sent tres bien et l'on a plus envie de repartir..
La peniche est tres grande et fonctionnelle.
J'y retourne dès que mon emploi du temps me le permet!!!!… More
Housed in a traditional wooden boat, Halong Paloma Cruise offers luxurious cabins with stunning views of the well-known Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a New World Wonder 2011. It has a rooftop sun terrace and provides free Tai Chi lesson on board …see more
A beautiful quiet location, only 10 min. to center by bike; free car parking in weekend!
Basic houseboat, for up to 8 guests, only 10minutes from the Center and situated upon the scenic Nieuwe Meer and large forest. The accommodation makes the perfect choice for a famil …see more
A Private Yacht: KALIMBA, A 2012 Beneteau Oceanis 45 foot. This private yacht, with skipper, will take you on the cruise of a lifetime around the spectacular Grenadine Islands. Starting from Grenada, or picking you up at the location of your choice, the itinerary is up …see more
Have breakfast, lunch and diner in the steering cabin watching the boats pass by like you are a part of Amsterdam. The ultimate Amsterdam experience!
Our well equipped apartment with lots of light and high ceilings give you a very spacious feeling with a great view on …see more
We had a wonderful time staying on this beautiful boat, the owners where very helpful without being intrusive.
The boat had everything you needed for a self catering break, the bed rooms and bathroom… More
Michèle's houseboatIn the centre of Amsterdam, in the museum quarter, you will find Michele's Houseboat. A brand new houseboat moored at the Ruysdaelkade, where you can experience Amsterdam in a unique way: living on the water. The houseboat is divided i …see more
Sleep on the water! Enjoy this unique opportunity to stay at Pelican Place - a floating home on this beautiful bay. Enjoy this 84 sq meters floating 2-story home. House sleeps 4 adults or 2 adults with up to 3 children works well too.
House details: On the bottom f …see more
Join us on our 42' Sailboat in the magical islands in the San Blas. These islands are off the Panama Caribbean coast and home to the indigenous Kuna Indians. There are 340 islands that are covered with sandy beaches and palm trees. We love to sail and we'll do …see more
The Manta is a beautiful 120 years old Dutch sailing ship,
It is still in very good condition, centrally heated, 100m2, With thge atmosphere of the old ships, but modern and comfortable as well. It has a well equiped kitchen, a large living room, central heating, plen …see more
Aboard Cinco, we want you to feel at home in the perfect setting San Blas islands offer : warm waters, world class snorkeling spots , beautiful empty islands, white sand and coconut trees, great food ;) Guna culture, and most of all, our constant attention to make your …see more
Do not miss the opportunity of sleeping onboard this beautiful and classic sailing yacht in exclusive for you. Vientos del Sur is rented entirely as a private holiday letting and only you and your friends or familiy will stay onboard. The yacht is equipped with all the …see more