Decadent yacht charters are getting a makeover, as wellness seekers want to maintain their holistic lifestyle while on vacation or jumpstart a new healthy regimen. Valef Yachts, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, offers a top fleet of charters in Greece and the Mediterranean (and Caribbean in the winter season) providing an array of customizable wellness services and amenities. On board, Valef will design personalized menus accommodating any dietary restrictions including vegan, gluten and dairy free, can arrange private fitness and yoga instructors, and of course connect guests with the perfect yacht outfitted with sumptuous on board spa facilities complete with private therapist, stream and sauna rooms, gym, and salon. Guests can even add some fun and variety to their workouts with a choice of sea toys including paddle boarding, wake boards, scuba and snorkeling.
Beyond the boat, Valef offers insider intel on where to find natural wellness attractions that abound in Greece like thermal hot springs, therapeutic mud baths and islands with healthy, locally-grown superfoods…
- Milos has numerous thermal hot springs all over the island, as one of the most active geothermal fields on the planet. Visitors can take a dip and reap the benefits of this natural wonder that boosts circulation, reduces stress, pain and even promotes sleep.
- Santorini’s informal Pali Kameni hot springs offer guests an authentic and traditional experience in this popular destination. Enjoy a soak in the rich green waters, complete with sulfuric mud, to alleviate aching joints and soothe skin.
- The therapeutic mud baths at Kalogeros beach in Paros is a real hidden gem. Forever popular with locals, this secluded beach features natural clay for a full body mask to detoxify and tone skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off!
- Nutritious local specialties can be found in Ikaria, one of the famed “Blue Zones”, known for their veggie-rich diet and high population of centenarians. Horta or dandelion greens are a seasonal wild superfood that grows on the island that is rich in antioxidants, minerals, calcium, iron, fiber, vitamins and lutein benefiting gut health and regulating blood pressure.
The beauty of the Med will surely inspire and Valef will be there every step to ensure guests feel rejuvenated so they can reconnect with mind, body and spirit. Below are a selection of Valef Yachts to spa the sea in style, and the company can arrange for fitness equipment, instructors or spa treatments on any if its over 400 vessel with or without built in facilities.
The exquisite 282-foot Megayacht CHAKRA just completed a major refit offering a full range of amenities in exceptional surroundings accommodating up to 24 guests in 20 cabins with a crew of 30. Chakra’s exterior relaxation spaces include a dedicated yoga area and an aft-deck superyacht spa pool on the bridge deck. Moving inside, Chakra boasts a massage room, beauty parlor, and superyacht gym, as well as a fully stocked tender garage with jet skis and more. August high season daily rates are €70,714 and low season rates are €65,000 based on a weekly charter.
MATINA is an impressive motor sailer of 125 feet with a beam of over 30 feet, making her extremely wide, and a sail area of over 1,500 square feet. She is perfect for a large group of up to 18 passengers accommodated in eight large staterooms each with their own en-suite bath with a crew of six. Valef suggests a day cruise to the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion for a sunset yoga session on the ship’s ample deck space under the gaze of the ancient ruin followed by a healthy Mediterranean dinner filled with local organic products and produce. All season day rates for over 12 passengers is €6,400 for up to 12 passengers is €5,400.
The spacious 121-foot AQUILA has a beautiful custom interior layout for up to 12 guests accommodated in five cabins with a crew of six. She has eco-friendly low fuel consumption and features a 10-meter chase boat for guest to maximize access to hidden coves, private beaches and for further exploration of the islands. There’s a spacious upper deck for morning sun salutations and comes equipped with a variety of sea toys to keep guests active including scuba gear, canoes, wakeboards, fly board, waterskis, stand up paddle boards and more. All season rates are €9,000 a day based on a weekly charter.