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The is­land of dis­cov­ery.

Say the term “yacht char­ter” and im­ages of mega yachts, jet skis and he­li­copters im­me­di­ately spring to mind. But the yacht char­ter in­dus­try has evolved leaps and bounds in the last few decades, and has be­come much more ac­ces­si­ble to any­one in­ter­ested in truly dis­con­nect­ing, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the beauty of the desti­na­tion in which they are trav­el­ing. Com­pa­nies like The Moor­ings, who op­er­ate in over 20 ex­otic des­ti­na­tions world­wide, of­fer pri­vate yachts of a rea­son­able size, ideal for small par­ties of 4 to 10 guests. As­sem­ble your clos­est friends and fam­ily, fly to your desti­na­tion of choice, and pre­pare to set sail on your own pri­vate yacht for a week of fun in the sun.

Are you a boater? You can captain the boat your­self for the ul­ti­mate in pri­vacy and flex­i­bil­ity, or you can hire a pro­fes­sional skip­per and have him do the work for you. In­ter­ested in an even more lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence? Opt for an all-in­clu­sive crewed yacht, com­plete with a captain and gourmet chef to pre­pare cock­tails and hors d’oeu­vres for your group for next-level re­lax­ation.

There is no greater peace than to ex­pe­ri­ence life aboard an all-in­clu­sive sail­ing yacht with the en­gines off, and noth­ing but the sound of the wind whistling through the sails and the wa­ter rush­ing below while your captain ex­pertly di­rects your boat to the next is­land par­adise.

Wake up each day to a new desti­na­tion as you watch the sun rise over the hori­zon. Take a morn­ing plunge into crys­tal clear Caribbean wa­ters and re­ju­ve­nate the senses. Set sail for a re­mote is­land only ac­ces­si­ble by boat and en­joy ex­plor­ing se­cluded beaches and pris­tine co­ral reefs all by your­selves. Then, an­chor off­shore the near­est beach bar and en­joy evening cock­tails while your chef pre­pares din­ner on board. At night, lay on deck and gaze at the night sky in its true bril­liance, far from the lights of the city.

This is no or­di­nary va­ca­tion. This is not a cruise with 3,000 of your clos­est friends. This is a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence once re­served only for the rich and fa­mous, and now ac­ces­si­ble for to­day’s ex­pe­ri­en­tial trav­eler. Break free from the TV, from your phone and from ev­ery worry back home and slip into is­land time. Set sail and con­nect with the things that re­ally mat­ter: with your friends and with your fam­ily; with the beauty of the world around you. Par­adise is out there. What are you wait­ing for?

The cost of a typ­i­cal 7-day allinclu­sive char­ter varies widely by sea­son and travel desti­na­tion, but an av­er­age char­ter starts at around $15,000. Split be­tween 3 cou­ples, that comes to $2,500 per per­son, or about the cost of a high-end all-in­clu­sive re­sort. www.moor­ings.com

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