Smooth Sailing: The Coolest Boat Stays for Sleepy Nights on the Water This Summer
With warmer temperatures on the horizon and boats raising their sails again it’s time to put on the captain's hat and for the boating season to kick-off, and what better way to spend a day on the water while enjoying incredible views and sunshine. According to our research, two thirds (66%)* of global travelers intend to visit a seaside destination in their future trip, so why not spend the next vacation on the water (literally) to experience a destination from a unique perspective. From a luxurious boat docked at a harbor to a modern sailing boat cruising at the Mediterranean waters, there is something for every traveler looking to take a refreshing break from the norm.
Lightship Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
As the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is the perfect destination to explore by water. For those looking to take their water experience to the next level should spend the night on the iconic Lightship Amsterdam, a 70-year-old British lightship, docked near the center of Amsterdam. This beautiful boat stay features two luxurious suites and a large sunny terrace at the front deck of the boat where guests can relax with a refreshing drink while enjoying the views of the industrial part of the city.
Mascot Houseboats, Srinagar, India
Located on the tranquil Nigeen Lake, the Mascots Houseboats are perfect for travelers looking for a relaxing stay surrounded by water and peaceful nature, without the sea sickness. Its amazing artisanship and sophisticated decoration with wooden carvings and traditional furnishing will take guests back to another era. The area is ideal for water skiing, swimming and boating, not to mention bird watching as the houseboats are surrounded by a varied abundant form of bird life. While on board, guests will be able to sample authentic Indian cuisine and admire the shimmering vistas from the viewing deck.
Renmark River Villas and Boats & Bedzzz, Renmark, Australia
One of the benefits of staying on a boat is that travelers can wake up with magnificent views while hearing the lapping of the water. Situated in a peaceful location on the River Murray at Renmark, Boats and Bedzzz offers unique houseboats with modern decor. From the spacious rear deck of their private houseboat, guests can swim, paddle in a two person kayak, or enjoy water sport activities from the speed boat moored against the houseboat. Guests can also just relax and take in the beautiful view of the river and the town's lights at night.
''Alkyoni" Sailing Yacht, Thessaloniki, Greece
Conveniently located in Thessaloniki's Nautical Club, a private marina in Kalamaria area just a short drive away from the city center, ''Alkyoni" Sailing Yacht is a modern sailboat and a great choice for travelers looking for a place to unwind on the water and enjoy some sunshine after a day of exploring and discovering Greece’s second large city and all the attractions and unique experiences, including a Thessaloniki Food Trip to discover the delicious cuisine of the Greek port city. After an exciting day in the city, there’s nothing better than escaping the tourist throngs and sipping a drink on the deck. A private cruise at the Mediterranean waters is also available upon request.
Houseboat in the Harbour, Key West, United States
Key West is home to beautiful beaches and great seaside adventures, making it a great destination to visit for travelers looking for some sunshine and relaxation. Experience the bright blue waters even more by staying at this Houseboat in the Harbour, a spacious boat stay with luxurious decor. Guests 21 years old and older can enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine on their own private terrace, or just relax in the hot tub overlooking the harbor. Guests who want to explore the surrounding area can easily rent a car and hit the road; Miami to Key West is one of the most scenic routes - the overseas highway crosses a 113-mile chain of islands connected by 42 bridges! An unforgettable road trip filled with amazing seafood, swimming and fishing opportunities.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 48,413 respondents across 31 markets (2,000 from USA, 1,864 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 2,005 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,020 from Chile, 1,777 from Australia, 818 from New Zealand, 1,999 from Spain, 2,002 from Italy, 1,998 from France, 1,990 from UK, 2,005 from Germany, 2,003 from Netherlands, 985 from Denmark, 999 from Sweden, 910 from Croatia, 918 from Switzerland, 1,986 from Belgium, 998 from Russia, 953 from Israel, 1,999 from India, 1,990 from China, 901 from Hong Kong, 1,775 from Thailand, 1,001 from Singapore, 975 from Taiwan, 1,800 from Vietnam, 1,757 from South Korea, 1,001 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and planning to travel in 2022 and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in January 2022.