If you’ve never chartered a luxury gulet before, now is the perfect chance to discover 10 incredible examples ahead of the Mediterranean luxury yacht charter season.
What is a gulet?
Traditionally of Turkish origin, a gulet is a two or three-masted sailing yacht built with a wooden hull. Many modern gulets are fitted with motors, ensuring that a luxury yacht charter experience isn’t reliant on the winds to take you between destinations.
While motor yachts are renowned for the almost unlimited guest amenity possibilities, sailing yachts have a reputation for keeping life on board as simple and traditional as possible, placing an emphasis on living in the moment and spending quality time socialising with the guests.
That being said, there are many luxury gulets on this list that have Jacuzzis on deck, a large and varied selection of water toys and games consoles that add another dimension to your party or for keeping the kids entertained while you unwind in the sunshine with an afternoon aperitif.
If you’re planning on a luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean this summer for a family holiday, corporate event or a special event such as a honeymoon, read on to discover which incredible options are available to suit your budget.
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Cruising through the Greece and Turkey luxury yacht charter grounds, sailing yacht HIC SALTA is a romantic and spacious vessel at 42.5m/139.4ft in length that is designed for modern charter groups: Her foredeck can be used as an outside dance floor and there is an abundance of space for laying out the double sunbeds for the 10 guests, plus a spa pool to relax with cocktails at sunset.
The generous cabins are a benefit of her contemporary construction, and the lounge is furnished with a bar as well as a library for the group to live life to the fullest or spend a cosy evening revelling in the onboard comforts. Luxury gulet HIC SALTA is capable of a top speed of 13.5 knots and has an excellent price for a week-long charter in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Discover one beautiful headland after another on a relaxing cruise through the Ionian Islands, the Cyclades or the Turkish Riviera aboard 47m/154ft 2012-built luxury gulet CARPE DIEM V. Currently the largest yacht built in Turkey, CARPE DIEM V represents the height of luxury with 12 guests accommodated over two Master staterooms, two double cabins and two twin cabins all finished in mahogany with marble en-suite bathrooms. Traditional and modern accents meld together in the main salon, with wall sconces and ceiling lighting to suit the mood of the evening.
Outside, the stern is furnished with a sizeable curving sofa and raised table for elegant alfresco dining under the bimini canvas, and the stern is fitted with broad sunbeds or rest after a lavish afternoon meal. On the foredeck also provides sunbeds and a forward-facing dining area, albeit on a smaller scale for a more intimate setting.
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For flexibility in your accommodation, luxury yacht GULMARIA is able to cater to your group with ample cabins for up to 14, great sunbathing options and an excellent selection of water toys.
The exterior has a sharp modern appearance with a black hull and white superstructure, and the flybridge has a wet bar to accompany the grand open-air dining area.
S/Y GULMARIA is able to sleep a maximum of 14 guests, making her a rare option on the charter market, and the cabins and salon are finished in Cherrywood with plush pale furnishings in white and pastel blue. When not partying in the evenings, guests have widescreen TVs in the cabins and in the lounge to catch up on the latest films or sports.
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40m/130ft superyacht DOUBLE EAGLE was built in 2005 and last updated in 2018, offering charter parties sensational as-new living conditions on board.
Although DOUBLE EAGLE boasts bright modern interiors with a bar and plenty of seating in crisp white with beautiful flooring and wooden accents, it’s the exterior that steals the show: The foredeck has a plush sofa and elevated table for alfresco dining and drinks at sunset, with sunpads behind and covering the bow. The main deck aft covers the stern in a broad sunbed, a shaded alfresco dining area to seat eight, and a bar.
The flybridge has seating curving along the sides both in the shade and exposed to the sunshine, and along the aft, there is a broad sunbed where the group can socialise with sweeping views of the surroundings.
With a flyboard and Seabob amongst the large water toys collection, guests can go from serene sunbathing to adrenaline adventures as and when they please.
One of the most unique luxury gulets available on the charter market, 40m/131ft ZANZIBA was built in 2015 and features the naval architecture of Gerry Dykstra of Dykstra Naval Architects, famed for such iconic sailing yachts as BLACK PEARL and MALTESE FALCON.
The interiors from David Wright Design are furnished in teak, burr oak and Zebrano with accents in bronze and nickel for invigorating contemporary social environments, and sumptuous seating and dining areas can be found inside and out: The alfresco wet bar offers guests the perfect place where they can unwind outdoors while enjoying the fabulous views.
Whether chartering for a summer holiday with the family or for a special occasion such as a wedding or honeymoon, the Austrian chef on board has extensive experience working in Michelin star restaurants producing Thai and Asian cuisine amongst a considerable repertoire.
Another modern gulet that has established its reputation on the luxury charter market, DRAGONFLY is a performance ketch and winner of the prestigious 2017 Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta.
Guests who value personal space and privacy will find themselves truly at home on board, with a voluminous Master suite and two VIP cabins in addition to two twin cabins, all with en-suite facilities.
A refit in 2016 has updated her appearance and integrated into her timeless styling in both the salon and the guest accommodation there is a flatscreen TV and a multi-zone Sonos system. The music library can stream music on the inside and outside decks, keeping the party going long into the early hours amongst the coves of Split or Hvar.
Beautiful 38m/125ft superyacht STELLA MARIS is appealing to groups who want to spend as much time outdoors as possible; while you cruise through the Dalmatian Coast there is an extensive sunbathing area on the upper deck and forward and aft of the main deck, the latter covered for all-weather use. Forward of the wheelhouse, there is an extensive alfresco dining area with a sofa following three sides of the large square alfresco dining table.
The interior is just as well considered, and on hot summer nights, guests can savour the excellent selection of spirits from the bar within the air-conditioned lounge.
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When 43m/141ft luxury gulet MARE NOSTRUM was built in 2008 she was ahead of her time, offering her Owner and charter guests an extensive collection of water toys, a Jacuzzi and a gym – all a rarity for a sailing yacht.
The atmospheric interiors will make for a memorable setting for a special occasion, and the salon her plenty of room for formal dining between 12 guests followed by drinks from the bar. The Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 on board will keep the young ones entertained while the conversation flows outside on the comfortable sofa seating forward and aft, or on the sunbeds beneath the stars.
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The beautiful silhouette of KAPTAN KADIR will impress your guests and onlookers alike when you anchor in the marinas of the crystal clear the Aegean Sea, and she stands up to close scrutiny as well thanks to an Owner who has maintained and updated her meticulously over the years.
The exteriors are fitted with a large covered alfresco dining area with pop-up TV entertainment, numerous sun pads and a foredeck featuring a spa pool and even more seating to watch the sunrise or sunset in comfort.
Inside, the impeccable interior combines pure white upholstery with warm woodwork and detailing that fits seamlessly with the rest of the environment. As well as a great selection of water toys, there is a Nintendo Wii console and PlayStation 3 for party games and an alternative to a wide film selection to while away the evening hours.
You’ll truly feel the spirit of adventure and camaraderie aboard 35m/114ft sailing yacht QUEEN OF KARIA, a vessel designed for socialising anywhere on board, at any time of the day. Rise with the dawn as the daylight filters through the large windows, or sleep in as long as you like in your generous beds.
The lounge has a sizeable sofa and elongated table for dining at any time of the day, and the bar is positioned ideally for service inside and out. Spend time on personal hobbies above the deck at the large tables, or catch the Eastern Mediterranean sun on the sunbeds amidships. The foredeck offers extensive space for observation, more sunbathing or exercise such as yoga or Pilates among such destinations as the pristine white cliff bays of Naxos or Paros.
Capable of a top speed of 14 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots from her engines, QUEEN OF KARIA will stay on the move and keep up with your pace this summer luxury yacht charter season.