The first question you should always ask yourself when planning a party is what kind of party you want it to be. Once you’ve decided on the purpose and theme, then it’s the venue which holds the key to this success.
If you’re throwing a party for more than just your close friends and family, chances are you’re going to want to push the boat out a little further and hire a venue suitable for larger groups. In this case, perhaps the most obvious option is to hire a function room in a large hotel, where parties are common and the staff know what to expect. A smart option, of course, but there is another option you might not even have considered, that’s probably more affordable than you’d imagine and could make for a much more memorable experience. If the location allows it (you’re not planning a party in a landlocked city a hundred miles from the coast), why not consider hiring a yacht for the event and delight your guests free from the confines of the shore? Whether chartering your own boat and planning your own adventure or taking advantage of a package that includes a full crew, food and drink, it’s certainly an option to consider if you want to have a memorable night.
But which to choose? Hotel or yacht? As with all things in life, of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to both, so it’s important to take stock of exactly what your needs are and what you’ll be getting from either option. Whether you’re organising a corporate event, a birthday party, an anniversary or a wedding, the basic criteria will always be similar. You need a location, you need atmosphere, you need entertainment and you need people! The last one we’ll leave up to you, of course, but when it comes to the other three, we might be able to help you make a decision.
If you opt for a hotel for a venue you are often confined to the room you book. You may have bar access and a terrace but your staging room is where you and your guests will spend the majority of the evening. While this setting will often be spacious and comfortable for your party size, it is somewhat limiting when you compare your options. If you were to opt for a boat venue however, while sure you are confined by the surrounding waters, you and your guests can wander freely around the deck of your boat. If you opt for a larger luxurious yacht, you may even have the same amount of space that a small hotel might offer. This gives you and your guests have more freedom and can really help prevent a party getting stale.
When choosing the setting for your venue, whether you opt for a hotel or a boat, you will often be swayed by the locations. Whether it’s a countryside manor with an extensive landscape, or a thriving hotel in the midst of a bustling city, with unique views of the surrounding architecture, the location will always play a part in your decision to choose a venue. One of the benefits of having your venue onboard a luxury yacht is you are surrounded by the glistening waters and constantly changing landscaping. There is something calming about watching the world float away and for more intimate occasions like a wedding or a conference, this might be a more preferable setting.
Unless you really splash out on a top-class venue, the vast majority of hotel function rooms will be serviceable, comfortable, but rather plain empty rooms and it will be very much up to you to supply the character. On a yacht, however, the character and the atmosphere are supplied part and parcel by the great expanse of ocean folding out in front of you. The 360-degree views you and your guests will be treated to will leave lifelong memories, which is great for a memorable occasion like a milestone birthday but very clever for business events like a product launch.
One thing you might not even consider when weighing the pros and cons of a yacht party or a hotel party is that there will be fewer restrictions out on the open sea. This means you’ll be able to play your music as loud as you want (to a degree) without upsetting your neighbours (provided you leave the docks of course), and there will be no curfew, so the party can continue through the night into the morning if you and your guests feel up to it. Of course, depending on the size of the yacht, there might be less space if you plan on hiring a full live band, and obviously you won’t be able to power anything too ambitious (a full-blown laser light show might be asking a little much of the generator), but if you shop around, you should be able to commandeer a vessel that meets your needs. One benefit of both settings is they have accommodation options, so should you want your party to continue to the early morning, then you and your guests have a place to rest when you’re ready.
Ultimately, whether you choose to host your party in a top hotel or a luxury yacht, it will be down to you to make it a success. That being said though, there’s always something to be said for setting, and what more extravagant a setting than the endless, turquoise wonder of the ocean?