There’s no doubt that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but there comes a time in every person’s life when it needs a little shake up. When the frosty weather and short days become gloomy, the idea of hosting your extended family for the fifth year in a row is exhausting and you’ve had enough turkey to last a lifetime, don’t worry – there is another way. An exotic Christmas is a fantastic way to escape the usual yuletide traditions whilst still treating yourself, and Christmas on a yacht takes this indulgence to the next level. However, with so many destinations to choose from, how does one decide? We’re here to help, with the knowledge that although there are many fabulous potentials, nothing comes close to a Maldives Christmas yacht charter.

A festive Maldives yacht charter is the stuff of fantasies, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. A total of 26 coral atolls containing 1,200 breathtaking islands, only 200 of which are inhabited, this haven of crystal-clear seas and bright white sands is enough to make anyone feel uplifted. Whether you want to spend your holiday sunbathing on the deck of your luxurious superyacht, on a 4×4 safari in the ruggedly beautiful forests, or anything in between, it’s all possible. Read on to discover why you should turn your Maldives Christmas daydream into reality.

Why you need a Maldives Christmas yacht charter

Y.CO Christmas in Maldives

Get out of the cold 

Does the idea of another bleak midwinter day fill you with dread? The weather in the Maldives in December averages at a balmy 27°C/80.6°F and rarely drops at night-time below 25°C/77°F, meaning there’s no need to wrap up warm here. However, if you are seeking some extra warmth, your luxury yacht will have plenty of options.

Take Y.CO’s Elixir yacht for example, which will be cruising around the Maldives this winter. To get even more toasty after a long day scuba diving in the bath-like sea, first head to the lower-deck beach club and step into the sauna, where the dry, woody heat will envelop you. Just when you thought you couldn’t get any more relaxed, step into the owner’s suite to enjoy the ensuite steam room, feeling all of your troubles quite literally melt away. Then, make the most of that evening sunshine in the jacuzzi, glass of chilled champagne in hand. You’ll be feeling the Maldives’ warm embrace in no time.

Y.CO Christmas in Maldives

Do Christmas your way

Christmas means different things to different people, and sometimes this can mean that your way of doing Christmas gets compromised. Not so on a Maldives Christmas yacht charter, where you can decide exactly how you want to spend the Big Day.

The Maldives is a predominantly Muslim country and Christmas is not widely celebrated, meaning that all the finest restaurants still open on December 25th if do you want to venture out of your yacht for dinner. However, this is not to say that the islands do not get into the spirit. With such a large tourist industry, many establishments cater to their guests by putting up festive decorations and even offering traditional Christmas meals alongside mouth-watering local seafood dishes.

If you don’t feel like going out, your personal onboard chef can whip you and your loved ones up any meal you want, from festive fare to summer salads. Enjoy it alfresco at the elegant dining table on the aft deck, cozied up on the deluxe sofas or served with a cocktail at the backlit Onyx bar.  All the while, the rest of the crew can get busy making the yacht look as Christmassy as you desire – go all out with the fairy lights and garlands or leave the boat exactly as is, either way it’ll look stunning.

Y.CO Christmas in Maldives

Say goodbye to Boxing Day boredom

It can sometimes feel like there’s so much build up to December 25th that afterwards you’re at a loss for things to do. Even if you do have things to do, it generally involves driving long distances in icy conditions to visit distant relatives. However, on a Maldives Christmas yacht charter the fun never runs out, with endless islands to explore.

One of the world’s best diving spots, the Maldives’ gin-clear waters harbour a variety of rare and beautiful fish. Scuba diving, much like everything else in this country, is done at a leisurely pace, with the Indian Monsoon Current sweeping along the island chains and gently moving divers along. Hop from island to island discovering vibrant coral reefs and caverns adorned with colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonians. Swim amongst exotic marine life such as parrot fish, barracuda and large manta rays. On a Christmas yacht charter on Elixir you won’t even have to worry about renting the kit; with a dedicated diving equipment area onboard, all you need to worry about is taking in the jaw-dropping natural beauty that surrounds you.

Still dreaming of a white Christmas? The white sands that you’ll experience on a Maldives Christmas yacht charter are a good compromise, and make for a much more comfortable platform upon which to relax with a good book. Spend blissful days soaking up the sun on the tranquil beaches here, and be sure to book a seafront massage. The scent of aromatherapy oils combined with the sound of the sea lapping the shore is enough to take anyone to cloud nine. When you finally manage to drag yourself away from the massage table, have your crew set up a BBQ alongside some beach games – the Maldivian equivalent of settling down to a game of Monopoly. We know which we’d rather do.

With gorgeous weather, a refreshingly laid-back approach to the festive season and so many incredible islands to explore, it’s easy to see why the Maldives is such a popular Christmas yacht charter destination. So if you’re considering shaking up the holiday season this year, look no further than a Maldives Christmas.