By Chere Di Boscio
We’ve all dreamed of having our own private yacht docked at Europe’s prettiest, chicest (and most fun!) summer spots, like Ibiza, Portofino, Corfu or Montenegro. But the reality is, few can afford their own boat, let alone the staff required to ensure a relaxing holiday.
Enter a truly unique concept: Intersailclub. Here, travellers can pool resources and share a 45 metre by 10 metre sailboat with other like minded, fun-loving sea urchins, for prices ranging from 300-4,000 Euro per week. Just choose your fellow sailors based on gender, nationality, languages spoken and travel style, then connect with those people via an internal message system. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who really wants to hire a huge sailboat to cruise around in, but can’t find enough people to share one with. All diets, hobbies, habits and preferences are catered to, ensuring you feel right at home in your very own cozy cabin.
If you think you may go a bit mad with boredom being on a boat all day, think again: food, wine, sports, culture, nature, serenity and style experiences are all on offer in addition to the boat itself. Want examples? Imagine cruising down the Amalfi coast as part of a Flotilla cruise. Indulge in some authentic Southern Italian cuisine, the most sensational local wines, and refreshing drinks on the beach at Furore Amalfi before heading off to discover Italian treasured islands such as Procida, Ischia and Capri.
Another possibility is swimming in pristine, tiny calas impossible to access by foot on the Ibizan coast, then refuelling with a hearty seafood lunch in one of the island’s quaint villages before heading out to one of the best beach clubs on the island, the Blue Marlin. Spend the night in Cala Jondal then sail on to marvel at the awesome natural beauty of the uninhabited Es Vedrà island. The late afternoon is spent at Cala D’Hort, where you’ll witness one of the best sunsets in Ibiza.
But if neither one of these holiday ideas don’t seem idea for some reason, never fear: there are at least 250 possible itineraries with Intersail–and whether your idea of a good time is doing sport for most of the day or eating your way through Europe; reading, chatting and listening to music or exploring new cultures– there’s something for everyone.
Intersail’s sharing model offers fantastic opportunities for a summer holiday that most of us could only dream of taking. It may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but after being rocked to sleep by gentle waves, eating the freshest seafood imaginable and swimming in tiny coves you never would have otherwise known existed, you may find yourself booking a sailing holiday year after year.
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