HomeTravel & CultureDiscover 7 Of The World’s Best Boat Stays Swap your usual hotel break for a holiday on water and discover seven of the world’s coolest boat stays Unless you’re a sailor, a fisherman or a full-time cruise performer, spending the night on a boat is a refreshing break from the norm. The breeze is fresh, the views are endless and you get to experience a destination from a unique perspective. So whether you like your boats quirky or luxurious, docked at a harbour or cruising downriver, we’ve teamed up with Booking.com to bring you seven of the coolest boat stays. All aboard! 1 Ha Long, Vietnam At Aphrodite Cruises, luxury is the name of the game. The gracious staff make you feel like a VIP from the moment you step on board, and the lavish meals have foodies swooning. Some of the rooms even come with hot tubs and terraces, so you can soak by the sea in utter privacy – otherwise the panoramic views from the deck will have to suffice. 2 Amsterdam, the Netherlands Houseboat Ms 3 Gebroeders is the place to stay if you want to experience authentic Amsterdam houseboat life. Smack bang in the city centre, there’s nothing better than escaping the tourist throngs and sipping a drink on the deck at the same time. 3 Venice, Italy This classic yacht will have boat-lovers starry-eyed. Yacht Bert Venezia is an elegant 30m yacht docked in the Marina of Sant’Elena, featuring 6 elegant air-conditioned cabins with views of the Venice Lagoon and Lido, and three decks where guests can enjoy breakfast. Even better, the yacht is moored just far enough from St. Mark’s Square to ensure that the only sound you’ll hear is the lapping of the sea. 4 Alleppey, India There’s no better way to explore Kerala’s peaceful backwaters than by kettuvallam – a traditional houseboat made out of jack-wood and fish oil. The big, beautiful boats of Xandari Riverscapes float along Lake Vembanad’s palm-lined shores, offering an experience than can only be described as poetic. 5 Sheffield, UK The warm and welcoming Houseboat Hotels are moored at Sheffield’s Victoria Quays, just a 5-minute walk from the city centre. Extra touches like a music system, board games, and an outdoor area decorated with fairy lights make this place special. 6 Suisun City, USA Docked in Suisun City, the classic décor of the Barkissimo Yacht Hotel will have you feeling like a ship captain. Think elegant wood furnishings, panoramic views and a daily 3-course gourmet breakfast. Guests who are in need of some serious relaxation, can visit the wine bar on the upper deck or cool out at the spa bath available in selected rooms. 7 Geneva, Switzerland The modern rooms of the Floatinn Boat-BnB all come with a porthole facing Lake Geneva, so you won’t miss an inch of the famous Jet d’Eau water fountain. The property offers a sun terrace on the deck, friendly service and exquisite views.