On a recent weekend trip out of the city, my Czech friend Adela and her husband Richard took my girlfriend and I for a visit to their family cottage in Slapy. It’s a beautiful area if you haven’t been, only about 40 minutes from the center.
On the first day there we went to a nearby hotel that sits right on the river near the Slapy Reservoir. They have a little beach area there and you can swim or simply watch the locals floating past in their sailboats.
Sitting there that day, watching the sailboats, a part of me yearned to be out on the water. I used to take my Uncle’s boat out as a kid in Northern California and I’d even rented a boat and sailed around Lake Arrowhead during a recent trip home. After our weekend in Slapy, I kept thinking about it but I assumed renting a boat wouldn’t really be possible here. I had heard the Czech government was fairly strict when it came to taking watercraft out.
Of course, you can go out on the Vltava on one of those massive boats in the center, but they’re chalk full of tourists and people who probably should have had a little less to drink… Thinking that was my only option I sort of put the idea aside…
Then I thought of Žluté lázně.
I had written about their outdoor summer cinema recently (you can read that article here) and, while researching the article had noted that they rented stuff like paddleboards and small motorboats. Out of curiosity I decided to have another look around their website and… there it was:
You can rent a party/bbq boat for you and up to 11 of your friends to take out on the Vltava, and because of the small size of the craft, you don’t need a licensed “Captain” (though one can be provided for an additional fee).
The party boat comes with a table and chairs, comfy couches, a gas grill, two propane-powered heaters (in case you head out on a cold evening), a cooler for your drinks, and even a JBL Bluetooth speaker in addition to all of the safety equipment one would need! Pretty great, right? But the best part is the price which, relatively speaking, is quite good for all the value you get. Taking the boat out will run you between 1000 and 1600CZK an hour (depending on when you want to go) and you can float around to your heart’s content until midnight each night!
It’s really perfect for any kind of small party or gathering and kids are allowed (though you’ll want to keep an eye on them). I would imagine one could even manage a little wedding out there beneath the stunning Charles Bridge if one were so inclined.
Žluté lázně staff can even include a nice little picnic basket of soups, salads and Italian specialties if you prefer to have your meals waiting for you on board.
I don’t know about you, but I definitely know where I’m having my birthday party.
For more information on the party boat you can visit their website here or to skip right to renting one for your upcoming event, go to https://jdemenato.cz/reservation/zlute-lazne/reservationcalendaroverview and click on párty vor!