Known worldwide as the go to destination for a superyacht charter, the French Riviera as upheld its strong reputation amongst the elites for decades, making it a particularly popular region for yachting with hotspots such as Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez.
The proximity of Nice's airport to Monaco, Cannes and other key locations on the Riviera transform it into a magnet for private jets in the summer, which are catered to by a separate terminal throughout the year. From there, transport can be easily arranged to start a charter either in the Port of Nice itself or even in Monaco, just 7 minutes away by helicopter.
From Nice, it would take a displacement yacht just an hour to get to Cannes for a swim near the Lerins Islands or on the Croisette itself. Cruising overnight to Pampelonne Beach, near St Tropez, can be a great way to close the first day of your yacht charter and would allow you to kick off the second day with a day of swimming and sunbathing followed by perhaps some shopping in the town of St Tropez.
If you've booked far enough in advance, you'll head straight for your berth, if not then it's highly likely that you will spend the night at anchor just outside St Tropez harbour. Not to worry though, your yacht will have a fast tender to ferry you ashore and back until the very early hours.
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Cruising from Pampelonne Beach into St Tropez can also be a great way to soak up the amazing scenery on this short cruise past the 3-mile sand beach, the town of St Tropez and into its secluded harbour. If you happen to wake up early the next day, you can catch a glimpse of the divers that are involved in lifting the anchors for each yacht that leaves the port of St Tropez.
As your yacht charter continues, exploring St Jean Cap Ferrat can also be a good spot to mix swimming, sun bathing and visiting the local cultural hotspots. Indeed as well as hosting some of the world's most expensive waterfront villas in its naturally protected and green bay, St Jean Cap Ferrat is also where the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild can be visited with its 9 gardens that are open to the public. The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat can also be a good destination for an aperitif before heading back to your yacht or the famed Chèvre d'Or restaurant.
No charter in the French Riviera would of course be complete without visiting the famed city-state of Monaco. Combining various high-end shops and restaurants with sights such as the Casino or the Oceanographic Museum, Monaco is without a doubt a key destination on your charter.
Monaco has two ports, each with it's own very distinct flavor. The Port de Fontvieille is laid back and relatively quiet. For larger yachts, there is however only one place to be and that's the main port, or Port Hercules.
Alexander Coles, Charter Broker, Bespoke Yacht Charter
Incorporating other destinations into your charter starting on the French Riviera can also be easily done. The island of Corsica is just one overnight cruise away from Monaco and offers a plethora of opportunities to explore. On the other hand, going East could see your yacht reach the mythical city of Portofino in Italy, expanding your endless options even further.
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Horizon shipyard has informed us about the third sale of the successful brand-new tri-deck FD92. FD Series were designed by Cor D. Rover and are characterized by a spacious interior and expansive windows to the High-Performance Piercing Bow and hull design. The latest FD92 features a five-stateroom layout with an on-deck master, crew quarters and a beach club. Outfitted in satin walnut with high-gloss wenge and oak accents, the main deck is laid out in the traditional configuration, with the main salon aft and formal dining and galley amidships. The master stateroom encompasses the yacht’s 23’ 3” beam and features a his-and-hers en suite. The television is fitted within a stylish full-height leather wall panel and a leather love seat to port invites relaxation while enjoying the views afforded by the large stateroom windows. Throughout the main and upper decks, electric window treatments provide shade and privacy when desired.The lower deck foyer is equipped with a mini bar to service the three queen and convertible twin staterooms. The televisions have all been fitted within full-height leather wall panels. The beach club offers a bar with two fixed stools and a large convertible sofa/daybed.On the upper deck, the enclosed skylounge houses the helm station, lounge seating with an organic shaped coffee table, and a dayhead. The boat deck aft houses a fully equipped bar with stools, icemaker and refrigeration, while the large jacuzzi tub with its own bar counter and stools can be covered to serve as an additional sunpad. A tender or two jet skis can be stowed furthest aft and replaced with lounge seating when launched.Powered by twin MTU 10V2000 M96L engines of 1,600hp each, the latest FD92 is scheduled to make its debut in the United States in April 2021.Horizon Yacht, a subsidiary company of Horizon Group, was co-founded in 1987 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Since then, Horizon has become the leading Asian yacht brand in the luxury yacht market.Credits: Horizon Yacht
March 2, 2021
The US Austin Parker Yachts has announced the sale of the first hull in its 27m Ibiza 85 series.The Ibiza 85 represents the shipyard’s flagship with its 27 (89’) meters in length.Sporting features encompassing class, distinctive style, innovative solutions with design and technological proposals were made in close partnership with the Fulvio De Simoni Yacht Design. Austin Parker Yachts mentioned that all these features make Ibiza 85 ‘the ideal boat for more mature owners’. The cockpit is equipped with a sundeck, and, under it, there is a hangar housing the tender and other accessories, as well as a dining area with a central table and ten seats.Under a streamlined hardtop there are sofas and furniture equipped to serve the dining area and refrigerators and freezers.A 7m beam, combined with the 27m L.O.A. of the boat, allows five independent cabins, each equipped with a bathroom and shower, a large kitchen and accommodation for three crew members.Ibiza 85 can reach a top speed of 45 knots, and her cruising speed varies between 38 and 40 knots. The first unit is scheduled to launch in June 2022.Austin Parker offers a range of vessels with more contemporary architectural solutions, with slanting sterns, low over the water, that give an even sleeker profile to the familiar Austin Parker hull with its high, solid bows. A modern, individual look was made under the direction of Italian firm Fulvio De Simoni Yacht Design. The range comprises three walk-around models, Ibiza 38′, Ibiza 44′ and Ibiza 52′; two motor yacht models Mahòn 46′ and Mahòn 52′; and the larger flying bridge line and two Palma 62′ and Palma 66′models. The Austin Parker offering is completed by two designs of larger yachts: Ibiza 85 WA in fiberglass and AL 86 flying bridge in aluminium, both with innovative, functional design, and intended for the discerning owner looking for a vessel that will respond to their passions for yachting.Credits: Austin Parker
March 2, 2021
Azimut Yachts is introducing a new channel to communicate with customers and fans of the brand. A-Room is a virtual showroom created specifically to provide previews of all its new models. Visitors to the A-Room will connect to a 3D virtual space designed to look like an Azimut Yachts stand, which they can move around in complete freedom, interacting with the content. Split into themed areas, including a theatre for presentations, corners dedicated to individual Collections, and mega screens with videos of the latest models, the main aim of the virtual showroom is to be the new stage on which the shipyard’s latest novelties are presented.The A-Room will showcase the brand’s latest models, upcoming news and novelties in the world of Azimut Yachts. Users will be offered live streamed events organised for new yacht launches, previews of innovative content and other initiatives designed to engage with the audience of customers and fans.Making the first 'digital' debut on the platform will be the new arrival in the Flybridge Collection, Azimut 53 Flybridge. A series of teasers and visual content are already online and other unpublished material will be added soon in the lead up to the unveiling event planned for March.Azimut Benetti Group is a leading builder of luxury yachts from 11.8m to over 36m in length. The Group owns the following brands: Azimut Yachts, Benetti Yachts, Yachtique, Lusben, Marina di Varazze and Royal Yacht Club Moscow.Credits: Azimut Yachts
March 2, 2021
The 145m or 140m (the length of the yacht is still in question) Solaris hit the water for the first time on a very foggy Sunday 28 February. Although there’s still not very much information about Solaris, we know that the yacht has eight decks, as well as a helicopter pad and a spacious beach club aft. Solaris can accommodate up to thirty-six passengers and a crew of sixty.The explorer vessel has become the eighth vessel in Roman Abramovich’s fleet. Credits: Instagram DrDuu
March 1, 2021
The 142m superyacht Nord has docked at Gibraltar. Previously known as Opus and Project Redwood, Nord was designed by design studio Nuvolari Lenard. The owner is represented by Moran Yacht & Ship. Explorer vessel Nord can accommodate 36 guests in 20 staterooms.“At Lürssen, we believe that to build a yacht it is vital to work as a team, and to execute such a comprehensive project, an excellent team is necessary,” says Managing Partner, Peter Lürssen. Gibraltar Yachting shows how it was. Lürssen is a German shipyard with headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack and shipbuilding facilities in Lemwerder, Berne and Bremen-Aumund. Founded in 1875, Lürssen is one of the world's leading builders of custom luxury superyachts and has launched many of the largest yachts in the global fleet, including Octopus, Rising Sun, and Azzam.Credits: Carl Groll/Lürssen; YouTube/Gibraltar Yachting
March 1, 2021