There's something undeniably alluring about sailing through glistening waters, side-by-side with your sweetheart – complete with a cheese platter and wine, of course.
Has sailing the Whitsundays always been high on your travel wishlist? Perfect for couples wanting to mix adventure and luxury, Cumberland Charter Yachts in Airlie Beach are experts in sensational bareboating holidays (you don't even need a licence to captain one of their beautiful vessels!). Inspired? It's time to explore the blue horizon…
Live out your glamorous daydreams
We've all fantasised about sailing aboard an exciting yacht in the Whitsundays, soaking up the sunshine and sipping Champagne, right? The idyll is a blissful reality with Cumberland Charter Yachts.
Inviting couples to live out their daydreams, Cumberland Charter Yachts boasts a fleet of luxe yachts, sailing catamarans and powered catamarans (equipped with all the mod-cons, of course) that can be chartered without a licence. A comprehensive half-day briefing is included when you book with Cumberland, helping couples to get skilled-up in the basics. Consider yourselves total novices? One of the group's friendly Sail Guides will join you for a day, showing you the ropes (pun intended) and ensuring you have the very best experience! Prefer for someone else to do the 'hard' work? They can also do the navigating for the entirety of your on-the-water travels – more time for relaxing!
Ranging in size from 32 to 47 feet and sleeping up to 10 people, Cumberland's impressive fleet offers something for basically any type of holiday. Whether you're getting away with a group of friends or treating yourselves to an intimate escape, expect incredible service, deluxe accommodation aboard and plenty of unforgettable experiences.
Explore a postcard-perfect destination
The Whitsundays is easily one of the world's most breathtaking destinations, with scatterings of sun-kissed islands (74, to be exact) and colourful reefs teeming with marine life promising a once-in-a-lifetime getaway. It's no wonder this tropical haven is renowned for its sailing!
With Cumberland Charter Yachts, getting out and seeing it all for yourselves is almost too easy. Based in Airlie Beach's Abell Point Marina, the group is right on the Whitsundays' doorstep. Proserpine's Whitsundays Coast Airport is also under 30 minutes' drive away (there are regular direct flights available from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne), allowing couples to kick off their exciting escape soon after touching down.
Enjoy seclusion and romance
Is there anything more romantic than gliding past palm-topped isles and feasting on gourmet goodies aboard a lavish vessel? It's enough to win us over! You can channel your inner A-lister couple (George and Amal, perhaps?) with a Cumberland Charter Yachts bareboating adventure. With all the essentials included (think a decked-out gallery with all the necessary kitchen items, plus comfortable cabins and ensuites), you can explore this magnificent natural wonderland, just the two of you.
Explore empty bays, tranquil anchorages and white-sand beaches in complete privacy – sigh! Ditch the crowds, hop from island to island, seek out dreamy swimming spots, toast the sunset and marvel at a star-filled night sky for a loved-up getaway you won't soon forget. It's all here for you to enjoy – and at your own pace!
Do as much or as little as you like
Ready to live it up? There's oh-so-much to do in the Whitsundays, from SUP-ing to hiking. A real must-do while in the area is snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef – well, it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Earth's largest coral reef, this spellbinding sight features almost countless clusters of colourful coral (be sure to also check out its world-famous Heart Reef on a scenic flight if you get the chance) and captivating marine life – keep an eye out for rainbow-hued fish, turtles and even dolphins!
Other amazing experiences to tick off your Whitsundays bucket-list include visiting the iconic Whitehaven Beach (it's been included on numerous 'World's best beaches' lists for a reason), kayaking, bushwalking and taking in screensaver-ready views from Hill Inlet and Passage Peak. Prepare to be, quite literally, stopped in your tracks.
If, after all that, you're looking to take things as easy as possible, you're spoiled for choice in the Whitsundays. Relax on silica-white sands and share a fantastic beach picnic, or anchor at one of the islands and indulge in a pamper-session at one of the many local day spas – Hamilton Island is a delightful go-to for a couples' massage. Of course, just unwinding with a good book and a glass of something refreshing on your own luxury vessel is sure to make for a seriously lovely trip.
Dinner by the water, anyone?
Gourmands, you'll also find plenty to love about Cumberland Charters Yachts. Each of the group's vessels is kitted out with excellent kitchens and barbecues, making self-catering a fabulous option.
Adding to the luxury of it all, Cumberland can also organise prepared and portioned catering – very convenient. Sample super-fresh seafood from the local region, generous antipasto platters and barbecue-favourites for an utterly hassle-free getaway. With such a captivating setting (hello, water views!), romantic starlit dinners for two are sure to be a highlight of your escape.
Want more? Be sure to check out the vast range of excellent dining options in the Whitsundays' islands. From summertime classics like fish and chips to world-class fine dining, there's a slew of hard-to-resist possibilities right at your fingertips. The world is your oyster!
Disconnect from everyday life
If it's well and truly time you treated yourselves and booked some time just to enjoy being with the one(s) you love, escaping with Cumberland Charters Yachts is an experience you'll treasure. Whatever your excuse (a romantic honeymoon, a special anniversary, a well-deserved short break), pack your most chic sun-hat, slip on something breezy and get ready to leave the rest of the world behind.