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.
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
Canal Boat in France! Enjoy the Burgundy canals and rivers on our beautifully restored boat. Our boat is based in Tonnerre, Burgundy which is located on the Canal de Bourgogne (Burgundy Canal). Cruise through some beautiful villages, including Ancy Le Franc, Tanlay, Mon …see more
Puzzle is a luxury bespoke narrowboat, which has been fitted out to the highest standard. She offers all the comforts of a top end luxury flat and is moored in the historic cathedral city of Ely, with excellent rail links to Cambridge and London.
Everything on board ha …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
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
This is accommodation with a unique difference. Our boat is a luxury 4 star Canal wide beam fitted to an exceptionally high standard. The interior is spacious with a fitted kitchen, complete with all mod coms (inc dishwasher) and beautiful open plan saloon/dining room. …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.
Pournami houseboats has been operating houseboat cruise since 2007 in Alleppey and Kumarakom. We are rated as one of the best houseboat operators in Alleppey. We focus on quality of service provided to our guest. Our new 4 bedroom houseboat is a full featured luxury hou …see more
We were a gang of 12 and we absolutely enjoyed our cruise in the houseboat. The houseboat was extremely clean and the staff was very courteous and very helpful and friendly. We were taken for a thorou… More
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the houseboat trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
“An unforgettable experience”
Reviewed 8 Jul 2014
We stayed with Pournami Houseboats during our honeymoon trip and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The boat crew was really friendly. Alappuzha being a non-vegetarian's paradise, we expected medi… More
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the houseboat trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
“A truly memorable day and night - yummy :P”
Reviewed 23 Nov 2013
Wonderful experience. We had an overnight cruise with pournami house Boat. Me and my wife we really enjoyed the trip. We got a warm welcome to the boat. Delicious food <3 . The boat was neat and clean… More
A highlight of your vacation in the Somme region in Summer 2016 could be a few days "Barge & Breakfast" on the barge ASLAUG. Relax on the sun decks or in the spacious wheelhouse, go to sleep in your peaceful floating cabin and enjoy the wake-up calls of the ducks.
"Asla …see more
Halong bay 2 days / 1 night on boatDAY 1: HANOI – HALONG BAY (L/D):7:45- 8:30: Pick-up at hotel and start the trip of 3.5 hours to Halong Bay with a 20 minute- short break on half way.12:30- 13:00: Embark on Fantasea Cruise after check-in procedure at the pier and enj …see more
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
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
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
Paloma Cruise - The recommended Halong Bay Junk Cruise is a brand new Halong wooden junk crewed by a professional, loyal and dedicated team. Spread over 4 decks she has 16 en-suite fully equipped luxury cabins, a bar with soft seating and plasma TV, gourmet restaurant, …see more
EXCLUSIVE USE, and available all year round, this perfectly appointed liveaboard moored in the most idyllic palm fronted Hampton Court marina.
“Eucala” is a very beautiful and cleverly laid out classic French motor yacht with a really rich heritage. We have rece …see more
The Axo Houseboat is a self-catering apartment in the heart of the city. You have your own kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and living room. It's has a light and roomy living area with 2 sofas beds, in case the kids don't want to sleep together, and a large d …see more
“Great accommodation and location to explore Amsterdam”
Reviewed 21 Apr 2016
I travelled to Amsterdam to visit friends and was very fortunate to stay on this fabulous houseboat. It was very well equipped, homely, warm and comfortable. I was surprised to find how spacious the l… More
Thanks Debbie, so glad you had a nice time. hope to see you again very soon.
“fun and good location”
Reviewed 19 Apr 2016
Situated in central amsterdam, the houseboat is a good place to stay. Close to the subway station (2 stops from central station) and tram.
I strongly recomend this rental… More
Thanks Olivier, it was a pleasure to have you stay.
Reviewed 2 Jan 2015
We arrived a little later than we intended and had to collect the keys from the nearby Amsterdam House Hotel but staff were great and we dealt with the formalities very quickly. The owner of the boat … 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 and recreation opportunitie …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
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
CANAL BOAT HIRE DOURO RIVER WATER WAY PORTO Portugal.ATTENTION: PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BY EMAIL The company owns a small Marina "Douro Fluvina" at Ferradosa - Sao Joao da Pesqueira.The boat is a 26ft Yachts ideal for a couple or a family with children.You c …see more
Hired a boat for 5 days in May. if solitude and scenery are what you are after then this holiday is perfect. The boat base in Ferradosa is just lovely and 3 hours train trip from Oporto. The boat had … More
Reviewed 1 Oct 2012
I have just returned from a weeks holiday on board one of Jose’s Macgregor 26’ yacht and felt I had to give account of our experience.
I think the best way to do this is to give a moment by mome… More
“Far from the madding crowd, perfect for a family holiday.”
Reviewed 10 Sep 2012
We had a lovely relaxing stay in the chalet overlooking the water. The children adored it. It was a perfect family holiday far from the madding crowd It was wonderful to wake up to the peace and… 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, galley and …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
****Please note that prices are calculated on a per person basis, and are full inclusives (food, drinks, ...)****
****Please contact us for an accurate quote :) ****
****Boat capacity is 8 guests, and children under 8 have a 20% discount****
Cinco is a lovely 47 feet m …see more
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. Th …see more
This is an opportunity to experience life in our private classic 41 foot yacht which is moored to the dock in beautiful Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia. We also have a 4x4 jeep available if you wish to go out and explore the island.
The boat has a classic teak wood interior …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
Why not take a stay on my beautiful 60 ft Narrow boat Peewit completely refitted with all the comforts of home, whilst floating on the Northampton and Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal. Peewit is cruised all year round on the Northampton arm and the Leicester line …see more
My wife and I stayed on Rafaelles' narrowboat with our two children (11 and 9) over Easter 2016. Peewit was moored at Foxton, just North of Market Harborough. Despite some mixed bank holiday weather w… More
SAILING CATAMARAN LOCATED CARIBBEAN 43 FEET LONG AND 25 FEET WIDE SET UP FOR DIVING, FISHING.
UP TO 4 GUESTS ON DAY TOURS UP TO 20 PERSON. YOU WILL TRAVEL FROM PORT TO PORT TO ENJOY LOCAL
PLACES TO SEE. LOT OF NICE SNORKELING LET US SHOW YOU ROATAN OR BELIZ …see more
This top quality yacht is perfectly equiped for cruising in the Ha Long Bay, with all moderns conveniences.
C.Jewel Island yachts are world renowned for excellent quality – We offer perfect arrangements for both privates parts and crew cabins.
For your confort, this y …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 qua …see more
In the infinity of life take out time for the soul.Dreamy days and quiet nights a romantic getaway a place to call a 'home' away from 'home'an epitome of peace and serenity.That would describe "humpy dumpy"A watervilla/houseboat in Netherla …see more
After all the hustle and bustle of an Indian city life, the stay at The Humpy Dumpy was just what I needed. We are constantly surrounded with noise and the stress and pressures of our daily lives that… More
“Houseboat for relaxation and with exellent view.”
Reviewed 14 Apr 2012
We spend 6 days on Humpy Dumpy. It was a great place to arrive home to after exploriating northern Holland during the day. I would have liked to have more time on the boat. using the bikes and renting… More
Angel Queen offers rooms on board a Kettuvallam, a traditional Kerala house boat. Exploring the backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom, the boat provides full board Kerela traditional meals for all guests through its Indian restaurant and 24-hour room service.
A chef on …see more
This is an alternative to staying in a hotel, experiencing the glamour of being on a yacht, 1 cabin with ensuite bathroom in an Elegant Classic Motor Yacht 77ft with large sunbathing spaces, sitting room, dining room, outdoor dining and lounge areas. Mored in the elegan …see more
Book Sunseeker Apache 45 'Pamaca' for a holiday to remember.One of the most powerful and elegant boats in the entire Sunseeker range, this twin engine 660HP muscle boat is the Mustang of the Marina and available for overnight stays onboard. Pure luxury with very comfort …see 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 forward) …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
Dear Grace and Peter,
Thank you for this review which Robin and I really appreciate.
I am updating my updates and it is bringing back many happy memories.
Wishing you and yours everything of the best,