Glide into Greece this summer on a Haida 1929 charter
Now with a Greek licence, and an exceptional offer for the first charter booking in Greece, experience timeless elegance on board a Haida 1929 charter in the eastern Med this summer.
Explore the azure waters of Greece’s myriad isles and decide how much, or how little you want to do whilst hopping between islands with ease and in incomparable comfort.
Come to the Cyclades
With the classic good looks of a Greek goddess, a yacht like Haida 1929 deserves to be shown off, and there is nowhere better to do so than in the Cyclades.
Moor up by the village of Oia in Santorini, where sugar-white villas with splashes of colour cling to the steep volcanic cliffs and hillside restaurants and cafes offer superb sunset views from the caldera edge. When the mood takes you, Mykonos is the place for exclusive roof terrace parties, whilst the smaller islands, which lie between Naxos and Amorgos, offer a glimpse of the Greek islands before tourism took hold.
Often referred to as the emerald of the Aegean due to the proliferation of lush slopes that meet idyllic anchorages – think crescent-shaped beaches framed with green pines – this archipelago off the east coast of the mainland looks like a collection of scattered leaves.
Kick back in chilled out Skopelos – barely touched by the march of modernity – or see the Mediterranean Monk Seal in the national marine park in Alonissos.
Explore hilltop monasteries and pristine beaches on Skaithos, or go pony trekking deep into the forest on Skyros.
Sail to the Saronic Isles
Well placed for those who want to explore the many ancient sites of Athens, and relatively crowd-free, this small clutch of islands offers some of the most authentic sailing destinations in Greece.
Use it as a base to flit between city and sea, and don’t miss sites such as the classical temple of Aphaea, one of the architectural wonders of Ancient Greece.
The yacht crowd and wealthy Athenians often beeline for the car-free isle of Spetses further south in the Saronic Gulf, to chill out at one of the open-air cinemas or follow in the A-list footsteps of Marilyn Monroe and Ingrid Bergman at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel. Away from the fashion pack, the island’s interior offers excellent hiking.
Sunny days in the Dodecanese
Rich with culture and a jumping off point for the Turkish isles, this island complex in the south-east Aegean is largely considered Greece’s sunniest.
There are Byzantine and medieval monuments to discover throughout and the medieval splendour of Rhodes’ Old Town is hard to beat. For turquoise waters and sandy beaches, see Kos, while the lesser-known Pserimos offers excellent diving and some beautiful bays for swimming.
As her name suggests, Haida 1929 first launched at the tail-end of the Roaring Twenties and has seen many adventures since then, including serving with the US navy during the second World War, and an epic journey from Mexico to Alaska early in her career. However, to look at her, you’d never know. As they say, style is eternal.
The inter-war yacht, designed by Cox & Stevens of New York and built by German yard Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, is the largest classic charter yacht available.
With an unbelievable seven staterooms, a library, salon, two cinemas and a spa, all dripping in 1930s style, she is nothing short of regal in both her appearance and the volume of space she offers.
Out on deck she offers a stepped pool and barbecue area, perfect for a low-key afternoon at anchor.
Led by Captain Daan de Witt, the exemplary crew (many of whom have served the yacht for years) can help organise diving, watersports and wellness activities, while Chef Nicole Rennie serves up only the best cuisine.
Those quick off the mark can enjoy exceptional weekly rates, with the first booking of a week or more offered at 30% off her advertised rate (€217,000 per week in low season and €262,500 per week in high season).
At all other times, Haida can be chartered for €310,000 per week in low season and €375,000 per week in high season.
8th May 2019 |