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A scoping review of luxury yachting and wellness: study trends and research prospects

Thirumaran K (JCU Singapore Business School, James Cook University, Singapore)
Emiel L. Eijdenberg (JCU Singapore Business School, James Cook University, Singapore) (School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Caroline Wong (JCU Singapore Business School, James Cook University, Singapore)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 27 April 2023

Issue publication date: 28 July 2023




This study aims to advance the scholarship of yachting in the context of wellness by exploring the following research question: in what ways is wellness created and experienced by luxury yachting?


Since the extant journal literature from 2012–2023 in peer-reviewed journals is limited on the topic that links luxury yachting and wellness, the authors drew on other sources such as books and chapters in edited volumes. A third layer of material was drawn from the grey literature such as mass media and business websites. Following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) method, the authors examined 18 publications relating to the intersectionality of yachting and wellness.


Manufacturing and charter companies in the yachting industry are focused on creating and emphasizing features onboard that create a self-caring and wellness experience. The yacht design, spatial influences and the leisure time spent at destinations on anchor can also add value to wellness. This study enables us to understand the kinds of signals received by manufacturers and the media from yachting clients. These signals relate to the types of wellness needs and activities, as well as how crews and chefs create the best hospitality experiences for their clients.


Given the scarce and niche nature of research on yachting and wellness, this paper explores future research areas in wellness through luxury yachting which include hospitality aspects of creating and co-creating wellness experience on board the yacht and viewing yachting as a lifestyle necessity product for all levels of wealth and well-being.



K, T., Eijdenberg, E.L. and Wong, C. (2023), "A scoping review of luxury yachting and wellness: study trends and research prospects", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 371-385.



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