What is a Luxury Sailing Holiday?

We Explain Everything You Need to Know When Looking at a Luxury Sailing Holiday

Our Guide to what Luxury Means and our Guide on Where to Find it.

This is our guide to a luxury sailing holiday. We will try and balance the hype and the marketing spin to work out exactly what luxury will mean and what you should expect.

We’ll offer an idea of different budgets, how to get a luxury sailing holiday for less, and some tips on what to look out for.

First, what is luxury?

luxury
ˈlʌkʃ(ə)ri’
noun

  1. a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.
  2. an inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain.
  3. a pleasure obtained only rarely.

A Luxury Sailing Holiday Defined

Let's Take a Look at the History and Definition

Defining Luxury

Let’s start at the beginning with a definition from Google:

luxury
ˈlʌkʃ(ə)ri’
noun

1. state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.

Few I think could disagree. There must be a degree of refinement, non-essential and self-indulgence about it. But here is where it gets more tricky. There must be something about the self indulgence of being in a remote anchorage in the Caribbean, listening to the gentle waves lap against the side of the boat, watching the sun go down. Does that really need to come as great expense? Is the comfort not the sunset and the surroundings? And is the expense not the effort of getting yourself there?

2.  an inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain.

Definition two helps us out a little more, after all, sailing in niche, never mind a luxury sailing holiday, expensive is still there, but the expression difficult to obtain is one I like. On the many luxurious sailing trips you will have to do little more than turn up and let the crew do the rest. on others you will be involved in a variety of ways, whether holding a line as you cast off, turning out gourmet sandwiches from the galley for your fellow crew mates, hosting sails, or navigating to the next bay, it tends to be something a little more difficult to obtain than walking from your hotel room to the beach.

3.  a pleasure obtained only rarely. 

synonyms: joy, delight, bliss, blessing…

The third and final definition of luxury ties it all together for me, and the example given perfect.

“the family actually had the luxury of a whole day together”; and whether it’s brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, uncle, close friend, new friend, partner, wife, husband or children sailing does offer the luxuries of being at one with nature, of shared experiences, of creating joy, of creating sailing memories… together.

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