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.
“Luxury living on a yacht” 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, and a well equipped kit
“Perfect!” I arrived in Puerto Calero by boat, having sailed from Spain via Morocco. I wanted to stay for a longer period in Puerto Calero so booked Vientos Del Sur after a recommendation from a friend. A perfect choice. The boat is comfortable with an
Enjoy the freedom of a narrowboat holiday,cruising at your own pace on the River Thames on boat Gema. Sleeping up to 8 people in 3 cabins, the boat provides a high standard of accommodation, ideal for family holidays or friends holidaying together. Tuition is provided.& …see more
“Really great houseboat experience, succeeding our expectations” 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
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
“Pleasant stay for a day”
Reviewed 12 Jan 2015
It was good experience for a day. Very friendly staff. Nice food unexpectedly for vegetarians. Rooms were good to stay. Nice sitting area in the boat to have view of outside.In overall it was a nice … More
You’ll love MAYA because sleeping overnight on a beautiful classic yacht, is a night to remember.
FULLY HEATED, privacy, romantic soft lit atmosphere, you'll find the cosy, comforting great nights sleep much needed to recharge your batteries for your next da …see more
quiet and tranquility The house boat is a bit of a distance from Amsterdam centre, so you can escape the hustle and bustle after a packed day of exploring and have peace and tranquillity at the apartment, chilling with the birds and water. Now also e-bikes available.&l …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
“BOAT WAS A FABULOUS AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR US” I organised the trip for my brothers, in laws and couple of friends, we are all in the 45-55 age category and really just enjoyed renting the whole boat to ourselves. We cooked on board, however, the
Having already been to Barcelona before we already knew what to expect from the area, the port itself was well located for our purposes and we ended up hardly leaving as the boat was so comfortable an… More
“The best few days anyone could ask for”
Reviewed 18 Jun 2013
Such a beautiful boat, in a great location and wonderfully stocked up. Had such a lovely time, Cas and Irene's tapas on the first day made it the luxurious holiday I was after. We were out there for a… More
Reviewed 11 Oct 2013
A unique place to stay,with the most attentive and knowledgable host. If you get chance go and stay on board.… More
Welcome aboard the beautiful widebeam barge The Time Machine, moored in a private garden on the River Thames near Chertsey. 5 mins from Thorpe Park theme park, 15 mins from Heathrow Airport and easy access to the M25, M3 and M4 and the South East.
15 mins drive to Heat …see 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
Two luxury, 100% smoke-free rooms on a boat, and en suite bathrooms, free WiFI. After a busy day in the center you can enjoy the grand view of the eastern docklands on the deck terrace on a nice summer day. …see more
“Spectacular Boat, Spectacular location and the most amazing hosts ever” we have just returned from "Vivionne 111", the boat is presented in pristine mint condition and has every facility you could need for your holiday. in a most beautiful harbour wit
We had wonderful week with our two friends on board a truly delightful and authentic motor yacht, all the mods cons were available and there more than enough room for all our needs. The owners Garry a… More
“Beautiful” We had a fantastic one week holiday,the location was stunning and plenty of restaurants to choose from although we found Lani's the best. Jorge and Raquel are lovely and so friendly.
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
“Quaint and Well Situated Houseboat” 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 houseboats each
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
sailing yacht bali indonesisa charter sailing fishing surfing party sun beach waves surf honeymoon diving spearfishing sunbathing relaxing sleeping pick up drop off tours day trip over night sunset fast stable hi tech safe captain engineer chef hostess amazing food meat …see more
“Houseboat for relaxation and with exellent view.” 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
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
Sceal Eile is a self catering cruising barge with a fully fitted kitchen, full-size bath with shower located in Dublin City Centre. It has a stove and central heating ,a king size bed, bunk beds, WIFI, a private outdoor space with loads of amenities beside it …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
WE ACCEPT MAX. 4 ADULTS!!!
This beautiful Arc is 135 square meters big. It is very light, has an outside terrace and 3 bedrooms. It is an excellent stay for 2 couples or a family of 4.
Located 3,5 kilometres from central station in the east part of Amsterd …see more
There is one bedroom with a 2 person bed and a big couch in the living that can convert into a second 2 person bed. From this houseboat where you have all the comfort of the apartment you can discover Amsterdam and relax after a long day. Enjoy a cold drink on the deck. …see more
Our large houseboat is especially suitable for groups up to 14 people.It's located in a quite neighborhood in the north of Amsterdam but close to the town center.7 bedrooms and a large living area gives you enough space for a joyful time in Amsterdam.Ne …see more
“An incredibly relaxing holiday in perfect comfort on a beautiful part of the Thames.” 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 fa
Perfectly appointed heated live-on-board in an idyllic palm fronted marina half a mile from Hampton Court Palace (King Henry VIII’s pad), direct train link into London Waterloo, opposite Bushy Park (second largest Royal park), a choice of excellent restaurants/pub …see more
“Ultimate houseboat experience” Me and my partner stayed for 4 days at Houseboat Tante Piet and it was fantastic. Siet, the owner, received us with coffee and 'stroopwafels', and made us feel at home right away. She showed us our cosy bedroom (which wa
Siet was very welcoming and at the time when she wasnt there and we called her to help us with the cooker she arrived within 20 mins! The boat as about 15-20 min walk fro the station and if you rent … More
“Ein kuscheliges Zuhause für den Urlaub”
Reviewed 28 Aug 2013
Dies war unser erster aber mit Sicherheit nicht der letzte Aufenthalt auf dem Hausboot "Tante Piet". Siet und natürlich auch die "Haus(boot)katze" Bubi haben uns für unseren Aufenthalt ein Zuhause-G… More
“A peaceful and comfortable sail along the Marne” 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 win
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
HB Golden Flower is located in Srinagar. Free WiFi access is available in this boat. The accommodation will provide you with a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries and slippers. You can enjoy lake view from the room. Extras& …see more
Basic dutch houseboat only 10 minutes from the Center with bike and situated upon the scenic Nieuwe Meer and large forest. The accommodation makes the perfect choice for a family or a group of friends desiring the chance to enjoy a traditional houseboat experience. Blen …see more
“Cosy boathouse but would recommend to stay in the summer!”
Reviewed 7 Nov 2016
I really liked the experience of living on the boathouse Beach130. The customer service from a gentleman named Ferro was great. He showed us around, gave us advice on local transport and amenities and… More
New Retreet houseboat The accommodation will provide you with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with free toioats is located in Srīnagar. Free Wi-Fi access is available and a 24-hour front desk are available …see more