Today, the French Riviera’s popularity continues – it’s a great destination to charter a yacht year round and while summer is often handed the glory of ‘best time of the year to visit’, spring is just as ideal with less traffic than summer, luxury hotels having off-season specials, attractions reopening after Easter and clear, crisp days perfect for cruising the Mediterranean coast.
Montenegro, which means ‘Black Mountain’ in English has increasingly grown as a yacht charter destination since its emergence 10 years ago after a vote of independence from its union with Serbia.
Bordered by Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, the scenery has been compared to Canada, New Zealand or Austria but Montenegro exists as a unique country with its own character, rich in a diverse mix of medieval towns, and stunning natural beauty including beautiful National Parks, Instagram-ready beaches facing the Adriatic Sea, densely forested mountains and spectacular waterways.
We have compiled a list of the 5 best yacht charter itineraries on the planet, factoring in the key ingredients for an unforgettable yacht charter: crystal clear seas, white sand beaches, fine dining and luxury, modern marinas.
There are of course, many other superb yacht itineraries on our planet, but these handpicked destinations posses the all-Important glamour that draws luxury yacht charters to drop anchor year after year.
The French Riviera is a great destination for driving with over 300 sunshine days a year it’s no wonder one of the main highways feeding into south-eastern France, the A7 from Lyon to Marseille, is christened the ‘Autoroute du Soleil’.
The hilltop village of Mougins was once more popular than Cannes and served as a Roman staging post for the Via Aurelia; evidence is recorded in old Roman tombstones displayed in the town’s Musée Municipal. Today, the Roman influence has slipped into the pages of history books but step inside the Porte Sarrazine – the last intact gateway in the medieval village fortifications – and you’ll discover a picturesque village that still retains lots of appeal.
The prestigious Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the Cap d’Antibes, between Cannes and Nice, is one of the finest 5-star hotels in France and epitomises the style and elegance of the French Riviera, featuring regularly on Tatler and Conde Nast Traveler lists as one of the best hotels in the world.
Part of the Oetker Collection of elite luxury hotels, it is set amidst 22 acres of gardens with palms, Aleppo pines, citrus, cypress and olive trees, wisteria, roses and magnolia. The hotel grounds embrace the coastline and offer marvellous views of the Mediterranean and the Íles de Lérins.
One of the many impressive luxury yachts you can see in the Port of St Tropez on the French Riviera.
MIPIM Cannes (Marché International des Professionals de l’Immobilier) is the leading real estate event for property professionals organised by Reed MIPIM, a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions who also oversee other property trade events including MAPIC (scheduled for November 2016 in Cannes), and sister MIPIM events in London, Hong Kong and Osaka.
Monaco, the second smallest independent state in the world after the Vatican, has a big reputation as a place of Chanel and champagne, palaces and Grimaldi Princes and superyachts alongside supercars.
But underneath the veneer of sophistication, lie the secrets of what makes Monaco so appealing – the charming narrow alleyways in Monaco-Ville, quiet spaces in public gardens with sub-tropical flowers, award winning cosmopolitan restaurants and sea views Jacques Cousteau would rave about.
St Paul de Vence, located 15 minutes’ drive inland from the coast, was once a refuge from Saracen raiders and even today, the well-preserved town ramparts built by François I in the 16th century give a nice medieval ambience and offer lovely views to the sea and across a landscape of olive and cypress trees and red-roofed villas.