When it comes to luxury travel, there’s nothing quite like exploring the world by yacht. Combining extravagance with exploration to offer an unrivalled sense of freedom, taking to the high seas while enjoying breath-taking views and sun-soaked destinations from the comfort of your own private deck is a special experience that is becoming increasingly favoured by the wealthy. And with a level of privacy that simply cannot be found at even the most opulent of hotels or even villas on land, it provides an extra sense of seclusion and exclusivity that, in the current climate, is becoming more highly sought-after than ever before.
Not only is a private yacht a safe haven that can be kept to the utmost in hygiene standards at all times to maintain optimal health throughout your voyage, but it allows passengers to live out their days on their own terms. Unlike cruise ship travel, it offers an opportunity to create an itinerary all of your own – with no need to compromise on even the smallest of details. From morning yoga on the deck to adventurous water sports, lazy lunches in the sun, spa treatments, and silver service suppers on deck, the opportunities are endless – so it’s easy to see why luxury yacht travel is taking off.
If you’ve ever looked into chartering your own vessel for a holiday to remember, then the chances are, you may have encountered some obstacles. Finding the perfect yacht to suit your needs can prove something of a minefield, especially when you want it here and now – and when you’re prepared to pay for the very finest that money can get you, it can prove frustrating.
But all that is about to change thanks to the Charter Index marketplace, which aims to connect customers around the world with the luxury yachts of their dreams, anywhere, anytime – and has an impressive catalogue of providers and partners on its books to make sure it becomes a reality.
Dedicated to helping its high-net-worth customer base to find the perfect yacht for their luxury charter vacation, Charter Index is transforming five-star water-based travel, ensuring that no stone is left unturned in the pursuit of the perfect pairing and promising an unforgettable experience with all the added opulence you could possibly want, and more.
Serving the luxury yacht charter market since 1983, Chris and Nick Webley pride themselves on providing an unbiased online service including all the information needed for customers to find their ideal pairing – something which can prove difficult in a space where providers are looking to make a large commission and might usually recommend an internally managed vessel first.
As the only service in the world that allows users to type in any location, anywhere in the world, and be presented with the nearest yachts chartering in their searched location, service is bespoke, tailored and highly specific with Charter Index, and it has been making waves in the luxury travel sector globally as a result.
The company has been supplying both data and trade pricing from yacht managers to retail charter brokers for 40 years and its acquisition in 2002 saw Chris convert the printed magazine into a digital platform allowing real-time fleet management and distribution via online marketing channels. It was a natural progression for the new B2C website to supply direct charter consumers with the best luxury charter yacht platform in the world.
With offices in London and Fort Lauderdale and with direct relationships with all yacht managers worldwide to allow for a much faster enquiry turnaround, suffice it to say that Charter Index has officially gone global, and is gaining a prestigious and esteemed reputation for its excellent level of service and attention to detail. Linking clients to only the finest vessels and ensuring a seamless experience throughout, word is spreading fast – and 2022 is already looking like an impressive year.
Chris, the managing director, comes from a highly technical background, having run teams of developers and being involved in various start-ups, as well as establishing tech companies during the dot-com boom. Business partner and brother Nick joined the company in 2011 and has vast experience within the finance sector, specifically servicing corporate clients with foreign exchange requirements, but has since turned his hand towards growing and developing the brand as the company’s marketing and sales director. Together, they are the perfect pairing, and make excellence a priority at every level of Charter Index and its offerings.
“Unlike other companies in the industry, the Charter Index consumer platform is completely focused, making sure charter clients are matched with the best broker and yacht to ensure their requirements are met and the experience is unforgettable,” said Chris.
At a time where travel is restricted and crossing borders is trickier than ever, it’s perhaps unsurprising that travel by sea is experiencing a boost in popularity, allowing intrepid travellers who aren’t willing to compromise on luxury the chance to glide across the oceans at their leisure and visit multiple destinations in one trip – even if, in some places, they might currently have to remain on board.
Those chartering yachts through Charter Index can work with their hand-picked broker to design an exciting itinerary that strikes just the right balance of adventure, exploration and R&R, with their every need catered to. From champagne and canapes on deck at sunset to a relaxing massage under the stars, nothing is too much to ask, and all can be enjoyed against backdrops ranging from the French Riviera to French Polynesia, and everything in between.
Nowhere is off limits which, at a time when many of the most desirable destinations are, sounds like quite the tonic. Here at LLM, we think it sounds like the perfect solution for travellers in search of flexibility, versatility and the utmost in luxury. We know how we’ll be taking our next trip!
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