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Reverie under Sail in the Heart of the Lesser Antilles

Explore the British Virgin Islands with ideal sailing conditions, with two new ports of call discovering uninhabited Dog Island and Norman Island on Relais & Chateaux yacht Le Ponant

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7 nights from £5920pp

Sailing Yacht Holiday
Philipsburg Saint Maarten
Devils Bay Virgin Gorda
Jost Van Dyke
Tortola
Grenada

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The mere mention of this vast archipelago conjures images of waves dancing along the shoreline, lapping against long beaches lined with elegant palm trees. During this unforgettable 8-day cruise, spend your time contemplating and exploring aboard PONANT's emblematic yacht. You will leave behind the lively shores of Philipsburg, the Dutch part of Saint-Martin. Soon, deeply breathing in the air on the deck of the three-mast yacht, you will be enchanted by the infinite palette of blues in the Caribbean Sea. You will drop anchor around Sandy Island, where you may indulge in daydreaming in the heart of an extraordinary lagoon where an almost otherworldly sand bar has formed. In this natural pool, you will enjoy the moment as you go out on a paddle board or a kayak, or for a swim.

Thanks to the perfect conditions, sailing here is a delight for all the senses. Lying on the deck, you will let the wind and the sunshine caress your skin, while the crew sail the mainsail. With dependable trade winds, easy visual navigation, many moorings in crystal-clear waters and an underwater world full of fish, the British Virgin Islands really are one of the best sailing destinations in the world. Be inspired by the hilly landscapes, swim with turtles and multicoloured fish above the coral reefs, lounge on the seemingly endless beaches of white sand and head for the heights to explore the paths that criss-cross Norman Island, "the pirate island" where PONANT will be taking you for the first time.

At the end of a beautiful crossing over the Caribbean Sea, you will arrive in the Anguilla archipelago, a little-known jewel where you will be able to reconnect both with yourself and the surrounding elements. On Dog Island, you will be like Robinson Crusoe discovering a desert island. You will not come across anyone, except a few wild goats and a colony of seabirds that you will learn to recognise with the help of a local naturalist-guide. After this odyssey embracing the elements, feeling refreshed by this special experience aboard LePonant, as if you were on your very own yacht, you will return to terra firma in Marigot.

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Reverie under Sail in the Heart of the Lesser Antilles Itinerary

Day 1 - Philipsburg

The capital of the Dutch part of Saint-Martin, in the south of the island, Philipsburg is bordered by a 3-km (1.9-mile) long expanse of sand. Following a stroll along Front Street and Back Street, the lively streets edged with houses with colourful facades, take a break on a lounger opposite the calm and turquoise sea of Great Bay. Sint Maarten Museum will immerse you in the past of the Arawaks, an indigenous people of the West Indies. You will also be able to admire the view from Fort Amsterdam, the first fort constructed by the Dutch in the 17th century.

Day 2 - Sandy Island

This little slice of crescent-shaped land is located in the vast lagoon of Anguilla, off the north-west coast. It has all the magical allure of a desert island. To shelter you from the sun’s blaze in the hottest part of the day, the only constructions to be seen are wooden pergolas nestling among the coconut palms. You can swim, snorkel, or just chill.

Day 3 - Norman Island

The private property of an American philanthropist, this “pirate island” is brimming with stories of adventure. It is said that pirates used to come here to hide their loot, that a fisherman found treasure deep in a cave here and that it is where Robert Louis Stevenson found the inspiration to write his famous novel. Today, the island is very popular for its snorkelling and diving spots. You will be able to explore the caves of Treasure Point, and kayak to Peter Island with a guide. With its numerous hiking paths, the island is also perfect for walking. Go up the hill to make the most of the incredible views over the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The large port offers passing ships substantial protection. The island is inhabited only by pelicans and wild goats, but you will be able to enjoy grilled fish, seafood and cocktails in one of the establishments on the beach.

Day 4 - Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda is one of the British Virgin Islands archipelago’s largest islands. There, you will discover The Baths National Park and its well-renowned picture-postcard beaches. Gigantic volcanic boulders sit surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, creating spectacular geological formations. Indeed, over the years a network of basins, caves and natural pools has formed, resulting in a sublime aquatic maze in which it is enjoyable to lose oneself before heading to the stunning Devil’s Bay Beach. On the island’s south-eastern tip, Copper Mine National Park is still home to many ruins of an abandoned copper mine that looks out over the sea.

Day 5 - Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

During your cruise, discover the pearl of the British Virgin Islands, said to have been named after a fearsome Dutch pirate from long ago. he hilly landscape offers travellers beautiful wild expanses lined with immaculate beaches where the breeze gently caresses the coconut palms. In this slice of heaven with crystal-clear waters, you will be able to enjoy the lively atmosphere of White Bay. As for the wildlife, iguanas, mongooses, pelicans and blue herons have taken up residence on these islands, much to the delight of our passengers who love a good holiday snap!

Day 6 - Beef Island, Tortola

Connected to the island of Tortola by the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, Beef Island will provide you with an enchanted interlude. You will disembark by Zodiac in Trellis Bay, a small town with a market, restaurant, café, boutiques selling local crafts and a beach. Visit the shops, boutiques and the Aragorn art gallery, where you will find artisanal objects from the Caribbean, jewellery, sculptures, calabash purses and bowls as well as handwoven baskets.

Day 7 - Dog Island, Anguilla

A small and uninhabited island edged with low cliffs and sandy beaches, Dog Island and the three cays that make it up are an important bird breeding area. You will be able to observe a great number of nesting seabirds here, mainly sooty terns. Other seabirds breed here in smaller numbers, in particular red-billed tropicbirds, magnificent frigatebirds, masked boobies, brown boobies, black-headed gulls, bridled terns and brown noddies. The island is also home to several kinds of small reptiles, as well as wild goats. You will also be able to experience the joys of swimming, kayaking and free-diving.

Day 8 - Marigot

Located on the west coast of the French side of Saint Martin, an island in the north-east of the Caribbean Sea, Marigot has stunning discoveries in store for you. Its streets are home to old Creole huts, the traditional dwellings in the 19th century, as well as a host of luxury boutiques and artist studios. Overlooking Marigot Bay and facing Anguilla, Fort Louis is an ideal spot from which to admire the Simpson Bay Lagoon and the surrounding small, lush mountains. For those who enjoy walking, taking a lovely stroll from the Fort Louis marina via the market, is an opportunity to fully enjoy the easy way of life in this charming, picturesque town.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive yacht cruise
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • Use of ship's watersports equipment where possible
  • 24 hour room service
  • Evening entertainments and events
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Porterage from quayside to ship and vice versa
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2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 1st - Philipsburg to Marigot - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6300
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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  • March
    • Mar 1st - Philipsburg to Marigot - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £5920
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £5920 Blue Water Price from: £6790 Blue Water Price from: £8960 Blue Water Price from: £8670 Blue Water Price from: £7960 Blue Water Price from: £8550 Blue Water Price from: £9720 Blue Water Price from: £16920 Blue Water Price from: £12760
    • Mar 29th - Philipsburg to Marigot - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £5920
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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