24 June

TRIPS OF A LIFETIME: Bachelorette gone, not so wild (?)

There are some journeys that are more important than others, trips that celebrate a special occasion or ones that, for one reason or another, stand out in your memory stronger than all others. We outline three trips of a lifetime, along with their perfect destinations, and of course, accompanying yachts

Trip #3: Bachelorette gone, not so wild (?)

Articles of clothing inscribed ‘bride’ and ‘team bride’, shots and lots of screaming and clapping. Today’s popular approach to the bachelorette party brings forth nightmarish scenarios. But what if the success of the party didn’t need to be dictated by how many ‘team bride’ items one can bring to the table?

You’re getting married and want to plan the most epic bachelorette for your closest friends, or you’ve been given the duty of planning the whole thing. Take our advice and think outside the box – there is no reason to torture yourself and your friends. After all, you’re getting together to celebrate the bride as well as your friendship with her, so allow for time to converse like human beings. A journey through the Ionian islands of Greece – the white beaches of Paxoi and Antipaxoi, the soaring green mountains of Ithaki and the exceptional beaches of Kefalonia – is the ideal antidote to taking shots off a stripper. The access you get in this region by boat to untouched beaches and coves is unrivaled. Have a walk through the olive groves of Ithaki (some trees are hundreds of years old), eat delicious lobster pasta in Kefalonia and have a beach barbecue in Paxoi – enjoying each other’s company in the most beautiful of settings.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more bohemian, head to the north Aegean and spend time on the magical island of Samothraki. The island is circular in shape with its highest peak at 1,614 meters, from which cold water filters down and disperses into waterfalls throughout the island. Set off hiking through one of the island’s oak forests and move upwards, passing natural freshwater pool after pool, until you find one all to yourselves, preferably with a gushing waterfall. Jump in nude. Follow up with a meal of stewed goat at Karydies, one of the island’s best traditional tavernas. Nighttime calls for barreled wine in the square of Therma, which is strung with fairy lights and serenaded nightly by the gentle strumming of guitars. Hippies will proffer you recreational drugs, no doubt.

Eleven I hosts nine guests in four cabins and has a maximum speed of 38 knots. She’s 27.60m and stocked with a 3.8m Ribjet Lightwave Diesel Jet 12 140hp (custom made), two Seabob F5s, a kayak and a sipaboard.

Other trips of a lifetime include:

Trip #1: The College Reunion

  • The destination: St Tropez
  • The yacht: Kawai

Trip #2: The ultimate lazy family trip (we’re not judging)

To find out more about yachting vacations read our charter guide or contact the IYC office more convenient to you.