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Here Are 5 Boat Cruises To Rent On Airbnb

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11/07/2016 9:17 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Champion's Sea Breeze Luxury Yacht
Panjim, Goa

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Not as well known as its famous -- and often overcrowded -- beaches are Goa's largely pristine backwaters that can be enjoyed atop a boat or yacht. The Champion's Sea Breeze luxury catamaran
has 5 bedrooms that can accommodate 10 house guests and up to 50 guests for a private party. Cruising in the yatch at an easy-paced 9 knots on the placid Mandovi river, guests can lie on the deck and take in the star-studded night sky for a view usually unavailable from the brightly lit beaches. At Rs 80,000 per night, admittedly, this particular experience is not for travellers on a budget.

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The Sea Breeze has a bar and a restaurant, and a stay here includes stop-offs at the private Divar island where entertainment and sports activities await travellers. If at all, you are missing the beach action, north Goa beaches are just 8-12 kilometres away and the owners will be happy to provide help with local transport.

You can contact them here.

Wangnoo Palace
Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

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You will seldom get as spectacular a view of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks as from a houseboat in the scenic precincts of Srinagar's Nageen lake. The Wanganoo Palace floats along the lake's western bank and a night's stay in it will cost you Rs 3,600, which is quite reasonable considering that the website declares this to be a 'super deluxe' luxury experience. The houseboat owners also offer several special travel deals.

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The Wanganoo Palace, and other houseboats offered by the same proprietors, are child-friendly and can accommodate large groups of travellers. Each boat features a lounge area, a dining room and, depending on the boat, one to five opulent rooms that are decorated with silk rugs and other locally crafted ornaments. The price includes meals as well as transport to and from the houseboat, making it ideal for those looking for a quiet holiday or spending quality family time away from the city.

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Xandari Riverscapes
Alappuzha, Kerala

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Looking for the ideal backwater cruise in Kerala can be a bit of a task, given the plethora of choices available. A deservedly popular destination is Alappuzha, approximately 60 kilometres from Kochi, known for its beaches and backwaters, and the Nehru Boat Trophy race that takes place in August every year. It might be a good idea to skip the hotels and check in at Xandari Riverscapes, a 'floating resort' comprising 9 traditionally-built houseboats.

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This Airbnb listing offers one bedroom that can accommodate three people for Rs 12,000. Two and three bedroom houseboats, or kettuvallams as they are known, are also available. Among the attractions is a choice selection of fresh produce -- vegetables grown on backwater house properties -- and 'sea-to-table' offerings, available thanks to local fishermen. Also on offer are canoe excursions and walks, which are a good way to get a closer glimpse of local life.

Contact them here.

Luxury Yacht
Mumbai

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If you are looking for a decadent weekend getaway without losing sight of Mumbai's city lights, this 54-foot luxury yatch is just the thing. The yacht has 3 bedrooms, can host a maximum of 10 people and is both child and pet-friendly.

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A night aboard the as yet unnamed yacht will set you back by a cool Rs 1.5 lakh and guests can only use the transfer boat to head back to land for a total of 2 trips to and fro. The staff can also organise trips to nearby beaches and arrange for water sports.

Contact them here.

New Jacquline Heritage Houseboats
Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

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Catering to guests since 1925, Jacquline Heritage Houseboats has earned its spurs as one of the most popular houseboat stays in Srinagar's Nageen Lake. The boats are known for their cosy ambience and guests can avail of customised vegetarian fare on request. The owners will arrange for transport, entertainment and other activities. But it is the view of the mountains in the near distance that triumphs over everything and provides an opportunity that amateur photographers and Instagram enthusiasts will not want to miss.

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This particular listing is priced at Rs 3,700 per night.

Contact them here.





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