The therapeutic benefits of being at sea, including thalassotherapy, which harnesses the soothing properties of the ocean, are many and far reaching. For guests with limited mobility and additional needs, traditional narrow decks and difficult access to key areas on board can prove problematic. Thankfully, within modern yacht design, these considerations are taken into account, enabling guests of all ages and requirements to enjoy the yachting lifestyle.
Examples include wider hallways and passerelles to allow for wheelchair access, electric lifts to comfortably bring guests on board, and the addition of side terrace access for guests who prefer to board the yacht from a tender. Once on board, the inclusion of handrails, grips on stair treads, elevators that access all levels – including the sundeck – and stair lifts further guests’ maneuverability. Cabins with interconnecting doors are equally well suited to children with nannies or guests with caregivers. Light switches, plug sockets and table heights are positioned lower to suit wheelchair users, with the layout of loose furniture also positioned to accommodate this.
If time aboard a sailing yacht is on the cards, special seat belts that secure guests when the yacht is heeling over are available, while the seven-star service from all superyacht crew ensure a memorable and worry-free experience at sea for all.