Living / 10 July, 2019 / Ellie Thompson
For parents-to-be looking to book a ‘babymoon’ holiday with a difference before their baby arrives, the boat hire website Click&Boat recommends six boating locations well-suited for a romantic and relaxing pre-baby trip in in the UK and Europe.
Whether expecting parents are looking to sail close to home prior to the birth of their baby and ‘staycation’ in England or travel further afield to holiday hotspots abroad, Click&Boat has over 30,000 boats available for a boat hire in Greece, the UK, France and all over the world, with or without a captain.
Both experienced and novice sailors, or those with no previous experience at all, can hire boats for the day or even longer, as many boats on the platform can be rented with an on-board crew or skipper.
The modern Bavaria 32 sailboat, located in Greece’s Sivota Marina, boasts two double cabins, so it’s the ideal choice for an active couple who would like to celebrate a new addition to the family with a boat hire in Greece and embark on an island-hopping adventure together. For sharing photographs with loved ones back home during the trip, the boat also has on-board Wi-Fi, along with an electric fridge and cooking equipment, plus an indoor and outdoor shower. From Sivota Marina, babymooners can sail to incredible bays located at the Ionian Islands of Meganisi, Lefkas, Kastos and Kalamos. For more information or to book click here.
Crete, Greece’s biggest island, lends itself to a unique boating experience. This classic wooden sailboat, available to hire in the capital of the island, Heraklion, can take you to the bay of Kolokytha to swim in crystal clear waters. Alternatively, you can visit the picturesque islet of Spinalonga, the setting for Victoria Hislop’s acclaimed novel The Island. The boat comes with a skipper and an oven to prepare some of the island’s delicious specialties, such as Cretan cheese pies (‘kaltsounia’). For more information click here.
An increasing number of UK families are now choosing to visit destinations closer to home during a ‘staycation’. A babymoon boating trip on one of the UK’s many rivers not only offers a serene break ahead of the mayhem a new baby brings, but also provides parents with easy access to UK healthcare if needed. Click&Boat offers a quirky-looking and easily manoeuvrable houseboat on the River Thames in Oxfordshire. No previous experience with houseboats or boating licenses are required and the spacious houseboat includes a living area with a comfortable sofa and a TV and an outside deck, which is well-suited for enjoying a glass of (non-alcoholic) wine on during the sunset. For some gentle exercise, mothers-to-be can also stop off and stroll through the charming towns and villages along the River Thames. For more information or to book click here.
For those looking to enjoy a final short-haul weekend break before the baby arrives, boats available to hire in France include a sailboat located in the port city of Concarneau in Brittany. The Archambault Surprise sailboat is well-suited for one or two days of sailing and captained by Stéphane, who invites his guests to join him on his explorations of the archipelago of Glenas, or even the small islands of Groix and Belle-Île. For more information click here.
Families inspired by the Cowes Week regatta this August can take to the seas on a Sigma 38 sailboat, which is available to hire through Click&Boat from Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The sailboat can accommodate up to 10 people so is spacious enough for those who have their own little sailors already. The boat is available to hire with or without a skipper and is fully equipped for pleasure sailing or racing. For more information or to book click here.
The innovative Click&Boat platform has radically changed the world of sailing by allowing boat owners to hire out yachts when not in use quickly and conveniently. It is often up to 30% cheaper to hire a motorboat, a sailboat or a catamaran via a boat hire platform versus a traditional yacht charter company.
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