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The Guardian: Blue Wave Houseboat best houseboat in Amsterdam (Travel Saturday July 1, 2006)
The self-drive Boatel is more floating hotel suite - complete with on-board "cinema". Based on the Murray river, you can map a route with plenty of stops at vineyards and villages to stock up. From £91pp pn through Turquoise Holidays (0870 4434177, turquoiseholidays.co.uk). Sleeps 12.
The Danes know a thing or two about design. Not for them the leaky barge. These designer houseboats are permanently anchored on Ringkobing fjord. From £545 per week. hvidesande-feriehuse.dk. Sleeps up to 8.
Electrically powered, solar-panelled Discovery 1 is a new houseboat owned by the Malabar House Hotel in Kerala. Narrower than traditional rice barges, it can reach more remote waterways. From £450pp full-board for three nights through Colours of India. colours-of-india.co.uk, 020-8343 3446. Sleeps 4.
Moored in a quiet residential area, Blue Wave Houseboat is available to rent from a local family who have made the most of the space, painting it white with splashes of colour and adding a 20-sq-metre terrace. From € 50pp pn for four sharing. bluewavehouseboat.com. Sleeps up to 6.
Ichobezi cruises along the Chobe river mooring at prime game viewing spots each night. From around £167pp pn full board including activities. ichobezi.co.za, 00 27 11 897 0102.