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Hotels with Boat Moorings in the Med

Boating along the Mediterranean is a dream vacation for lovers of the sea, especially during April, when the Med sailing season really kicks off and the climate is still cool. While it can be fun just cruising along the sparkling waters, you may want to relax on land as well and take advantage of what the Balearic to the Greek islands have to offer.

For this list we’ve come up with some of the best villas in the Mediterranean that have their own boat moorings in addition to top-notch facilities. If you’re planning for a waterside holiday of luxury on the Med, make sure you check these out!

Sailor’s Retreat

This villa is located on the island of Lefkada on the Geni Peninsula in Greece. It features four bedrooms and can accommodate up to eight people. The interiors are filled with gorgeous Italian marble furnishings with oak accents. The al fresco terrace lets you have a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean and the villa’s private swimming pool where you can relax tired muscles. Sailor’s Retreat has its own private jetty where you can moor your boat and it also has a boat hire service. Guests can do some wakeboarding and water-skiing or explore the local tavernas.

The Beach House

Another gorgeous villa in Lefkada, The Beach House sleeps up to 10 people in its five bedrooms. The villa has its own boat mooring, pool and direct beach access. Guests can watch the neighbouring Greek islands take on a warm glow as the sun rises, or watch while the sky takes on the orange-purple hue of sunset. Guests can also try their hand at cooking Mediterranean food in the villa’s built-in wood burning oven.

Al Olivar

Boat owners and water sport lovers will enjoy staying at Al Olivar, located in Meganisi in Greece. The villa’s living area features wall-length sliding glass doors, making sure you have an unencumbered view of the Ionian islands. For the best dining experience, take your meals at the al fresco dining area. Guests can take to the water in a kayak, cruise around in a sailboat or simply relax in the villa’s private pool.

Alitheia

Alitheia is the shining jewel on the northeast coast of Corfu in Greece. It features direct sea access (and stunning views of course), a private boat hire if you’d like to give yours a break and an infinity pool. The open plan design of the villa gives a feeling of airy, modern luxury, complemented by the minimalist white colour. Alitheia has five bedrooms that can sleep 14 people and four shower areas. You can even avail of the services of a private chef. Guests can explore the nearby town of Kassiopi and have a taste of authentic Greek cuisine in traditional restaurants.

Spirit of the Sea

The Spirit of the Sea resides in the Balearic Islands, specifically in the bay of San Antonio in Menorca. The villa is the perfect place to relax in after a whole day’s exploration of the local fishing villages. The villa has five bedrooms and features a roof terrace with its own kitchen and dining area, so you can enjoy a barbecue with family and friends while admiring the view of the harbour. For a romantic evening, have your dinner set up at a vine-covered pergola.

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The Best Places to Moor Your Boat in the UK

There are thousands of mooring sites in the UK, from simple spots along a riverbank or canal to berths in large, fully serviced marinas. Most of these mooring sites are managed by boat clubs or private companies and it can be difficult to choose where to moor your boat. You will really have to shop around to see which mooring service will meet your needs and be able to accommodate your boat properly.

To help you along, we’ve got some information and tips on moorings as wells as things to consider when looking for the best places to moor your boat in the UK.

Pricing

Moorings in the UK are often priced according to the popularity of the area as well as the length of the boat. There are various pricing options, but generally the more popular the area is—for example in the south where the price of land is highest—the greater the demand and the more you’ll have to pay for mooring. Areas that offer special services and amenities such as on-site showers also require higher mooring fees.

Location

When choosing a place to moor your boat, decide how far you want to travel to your other inland destinations. Some boat owners don’t mind making a few hours of travel, while others prefer easy access so they can hop aboard whenever they want. For instance, marinas and other offline moorings usually have transport links as well as car parking. However, if you want to be moored in a tranquil location away from a busy marina, then a mooring in a remote boat yard may be ideal.

You can also ask local farmers who allow boats to be moored along their land. This costs less than offline moorings but have few facilities, if any. If you plan on exploring nature and taking in the scenery, this would be a better choice.

Security

While riverbank or canal moorings may be convenient in some cases, most boat owners prefer the security of a marina and do not mind paying extra for it. If you choose a canal mooring, make sure you have the necessary devices to ensure your boat’s safety, such as a tow hook lock.

Marina berths

If you are looking to have your boat berthed in a marina, check its Gold Anchor rating. Marinas are given one to five gold anchors depending on the quality of services and facilities they offer boat owners. The highest award is indicated by five gold anchors.

Residential moorings

If your plan is to live on your boat, you’ll have to do additional research on policies concerning residential moorings. Aside from the location, there are also tax, duration and other fees to consider. Check out the Canal & River Trust as well as the Environment Agency for your mooring options.

Berth brokerage services

If you don’t want to go through all the hassle of looking for a secure mooring for your boat in the UK, you can avail of the services of a berth brokerage company, which can find the right berth for you. If you value convenience, the service fees may be worth it—just make sure the company you’re dealing with is duly registered and has a pool of satisfied clients.