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Best island getaways

Staying on board a boat in a marina ensures that during your island getaway you will always have beautiful sea views and access to soft sandy beaches only minutes from your comfortable accommodation.

Many marinas provide water sports activities to entertain the kids, and are a safe, secluded environment which all the family can enjoy.

With fantastic bars and restaurants often only moments from the quayside, we think renting a boat is a great adventure for all the family.

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Escape to the sun in Mykonos, Greece

A four hour flight from the UK, the Greek island of Mykonos has lots to offer families looking for sun, sea and sundowners. The island’s boutique town, stunning sandy beaches and great nightlife, make it a magnet for holidaymakers.

The marina in the small coastal town of Tourlos is a short walk from the area’s long and quiet sandy beach. Moored in its crystal blue waters is the luxury yacht ‘Grand Banks’. She can sleep up to 10 guests in one of her four cabins for as little as £34 per person per night.

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This marina, with its quiet bars and restaurants is a perfect escape for a family holiday, away from the noisy action in the nearby party capital of Hora (Mykonos).

However should you wish to sample some of the island’s famous night clubs, then a water taxi, a two minute walk from the boat’s moorings, will sail you straight into the best of the action.

Rent a boat in Rhodes, Greece

The largest of the Dodecanese Islands, the Isle of Rhodes with its ancient ruins and tranquil beaches promises a romantic retreat. Just over four hours from the UK, the island has warm weather year round, and promises an authentic Greek welcome.

Rhodes’s marina is a few minutes walk from the city’s historic old town, and is home to the luxury sailing yacht ‘Atlantis’. This modern vessel sleeps up to 10 people in one of her five cabins from as little as £22 per person.

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The best view of this medieval city is from the ancient walls circling the old town. The nearby Lindos acropolis, one of the world’s most spectacular examples of an early Roman settlement, is sure to intrigue any kids who can be persuaded to leave one of the island’s many beautiful beaches.

Across the road from one of the city’s most intriguing attractions, the Palace of the Grand Master Knights, is Mandraki Marina. This elegant marina is where Maria moors her beautiful catamaran, which can sleep up to 8 people. Moored alongside some of the most expensive boats in the world, this vessel holds its own, with prices from £318.00.

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Explore the sandy beaches of Majorca

The dreamy island of Majorca is only a short two and a half hour flight from the UK, but its warm climate, sandy shores and Spanish cuisine make it feel like a world way.

A popular destination, Beds on Board guest’s have praised the island’s relaxed atmosphere as the perfect retreat for tired parents.

The island’s capital Palma, with its gothic cathedral and medieval streets is an intriguing place to explore, while the city’s main marina boasts sandy shores and stunning sea views.

Find out more about booking a boat in Palma.

On the north side of island is the seaside town of Pollensa. The area’s Royal Yacht Club marina has plenty of water sports activities for the kids and a swimming pool should mum and dad want to kick back and relax. The ‘Mar Nova II’, moored in this marina, can comfortably sleep six people for as little as £196.00 a night.

The nearby Albercutx Beach is very family friendly thanks to its shallow water and shady retreats. The catamaran ‘Annaloo’ is perfectly situated to visit this beach and it’s friendly local restaurants. She can sleep up to eight people for as little as £25 per person.

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Holiday in Corsica

This French island in the Mediterranean Sea is just a two hour long flight from the UK, and combines all the delights of French cuisine, with warm weather, stunning mountain views and beautiful beaches.

Moored in the island’s historic capital Ajaccio is Pierre’s cosy sailing yacht, a snug but popular boat which sleeps up to 5 people for only £70 per night. The birthplace of Napoleon, this city has an interesting museum dedicated to France’s greatest general, as well as several statues dotted through its streets.

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If you are looking for real adventure in a beautiful setting then further along the coast, sits the coastal village of Girolata Bay. Nestled in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only way into this village is by sea taxi or mule.

The owners of this one of kind motorboat will deliver you to Girolata, and also provide detailed information about where you can hire kayaks or diving equipment so you can properly explore the area’s stunning coastline.

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Stay on a Tall Ship in Tenerife

All good sailors know that island’s are the best place to stash your treasure, and staying on a tall ship in Tenerife is a great way to go about looking for it. The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is just over four hours from the UK, but the island’s warm weather more than makes up for the slightly longer flight.

Moored in the Port of Santa Cruz, ‘Kapitan Borchardt’ is a beautiful 97-year-old three-masted gaff-rigged schooner. This big boat can sleep between 20-32 guests in her cabins with prices starting from £72.00 a night.

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Should you be seeking something a bit smaller, than ‘Jean de la Lune’ a 110 foot classical wooden brigantine, can give you a flavour of piracy, while still sleeping up to seven people in luxury.

Owner Joanne will show you the ropes of how to sail this magnificent vessel, but she can also direct you to some of the island’s beautiful beaches or golf courses. 

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