Many beaches in the Western Med can feel like rush hour, but steal yourself away from the well-known pockets and you’ll discover exactly what you’ve been missing. From the black volcanic sands of the Lipari Islands to the white beaches of the Balearics, stunning beaches only accessible by yacht, await.

Camper & Nicholsons are the experts when it comes to the Western Mediterranean so they’ve selected their fave spots – and the pick of their fleet to enjoy them from.

Santa Giulia, Corsica

Just south of Porto Vecchio is Santa Giulia beach with its blue waters and soft white sand. It would be more at home in the Caribbean, although expect Mediterranean-sized crowds. Why not take advantage of the exceptional offer combining the 50m (163’8) superyacht QM of London and your own private jet?

Sa Calobra, Mallorca, Balearics

The pebbled-beach of Sa Calobra, sitting between two huge cliff faces is best approached from the sea on board a stunning yacht like the 40m (131’) Philanderer. It’s a spectacular anchorage to be enjoyed as part of a relaxing charter.

Pevero Beach, Sardinia

Sardinia’s best-known beach, the sweeping Liscia Ruja is a must see. If you want soft, bright white sands, try Pevero. Isola di Mortorio and Portu Li Coggi are backed by smooth grey boulders – a sight to be enjoyed while cruising on board the elegant 49.82m (163’5) Mary Jean.

Pampelonne Beach Côte d’Azur

Why not enjoy a charter on board the 39.64m (130’) Lionshare and anchor off the well-known Pampelonne Beach near St Tropez. Though it can get crowded, this famous stretch of glorious sand is still infinitely impressive.

Check the the Spring-Summer edition of C&N’s Sea+I magazine for more of this story. For extra more information on destinations and charter yachts available this summer 2013, contact Camper & Nicholsons.