The Mediterranean has long been established as the world’s top luxury yacht charter ground, and when you consider the benefits of premium accommodation, transport and first-class personal service all rolled into one, it’s not hard to see why motor yachts and sailing yachts are so desirable for family holidays and corporate event charters in the region.
On board amenities also play a vital role in their lasting appeal, from the quintessential sundeck Jacuzzi and bar for cocktails at sunset, to more practical considerations such as conference rooms and private offices. This makes it possible to take work with you while you cruise between destinations, or shut the world out completely for a satisfying adventure amongst the magnificent cities and wildernesses of the French Riviera.
Learn more below about the main destinations for luxury yacht charters in the South of France, and why they appeal for business as well as pleasure.
Glitz & Glamour
Throughout the year there are plenty of events happening in the South of France but summer is the best time to visit: The yachting season opens with the Cannes Film Festival which is swiftly followed by concerts, galas and private yacht parties at the marinas. Join in the festivities, host your own on board soiree or cruise to the local beach clubs to mingle with the rich and famous.
Outside of lively evenings, Cannes also has fantastic golden sand beaches, luxury brands and boutique shopping, plus Michelin-starred restaurants for a memorable meal celebrating a special occasion. Close to the marina is the old quarter of Le Suquet, and while exploring the atmospheric old streets you will come across the the Musee de la Castre and the Eglise Notre Dame d’Esperance which has beautiful gardens and hill views of the city.
The Palais des Festivales near the marina hosts various annual events, including the Tax Free World Exhibition and Conference, the creative Cannes Lions, and MIPCOM which is attended by over 2,000 exhibitors from the entertainment industry – the perfect place to network for your business.
Once you’ve had your fill of culture and entertainment, the Îles de Lérins south of Cannes is a favourite spot with luxury yachts for water sports and sunbathing on board in complete privacy.
This scenic village has retained much of its appeal despite an influx of tourists during the summer season, and a luxury yacht charter is the best way to avoid the crowds while enjoying the best that this location has to offer.
For superyachts, the main attraction is Pampelonne Beach: It extends for miles and attracts superstars the world over who come for the fine golden sands, the sunshine and the beach bars to dance the night away to top DJs. When you want to leave behind the noise, other nearby beaches such as Plage des Brouis are an excellent place to anchor for a candlelit meal at sunset.
Monaco is a second stunning location known for its casinos and the Monaco Grand Prix – a popular event for luxury yacht Owners and charter groups, and berths in the marina can fill up months in advance. Watch the track just metres in front of you as you dine alfresco or chat together over drinks along the stern sofas, and once the event is over venture into Monte Carlo for the international brands and iconic cafes and restaurants situated amongst scenic gardens.
If a glamorous evening at the casinos doesn’t appeal to everyone in your group, there are numerous theatres scattered throughout the city, including the open-air Fort Antoine Theatre beside the marina.
Nature Escapes & Culture
What makes the Cote d’Azur so alluring is the opportunity to spend a whole day taking in the arts and culture within in a sprawling metropolis such as Nice, then wake up to the tranquil sounds of nature without any other vessels in sight.
The south west in particular has some great coastal national parks, where families can kayak along impressive cliffs and snorkel in fish-filled lagoons. The Port-Cros National Park close to Hyères presents plenty of opportunities for Scuba diving as well as sunbathing along deserted beaches accessible only by the sea, and picturesque villages will entice you to stay on and take life at their slower pace.
The Calanques National Park near Marseilles is off the main yacht charter routes and is another example of nature at its most stunning: Ash-coloured cliffs topped with thriving vegetation create the deep coves where sandy beaches await explorers. The clear azure water for which the coast is named is great for wildlife spotting and for swimmers to cool off after an hour or two of sunbathing.
Antibes and the Cap d’Antibes combine the best of the city and coast, where visitors can take in the early works of Picasso, stroll through medieval streets to find unusual attractions or stop by at the famous Eden Roc Hotel.
Nice offers a blend of Italian and French cuisine, and the sprawling metropolis is filled with art galleries, museums and the breath-taking Notre-Dame de Nice. Just one bay over, Villefranche-sur-Mer is a popular stop for luxury yachts on a family holiday for its serene atmosphere within the heart of the French Riviera. Stroll along the beaches, discover the museums hidden away within the local forts and let the tantalising aromas tempt you into the local restaurants for freshly caught seafood prepared to delectable local recipes.
The French Riviera has an exhaustive variety of events and attractions to make your family holiday or corporate event charter unforgettable: For more information on the vessels, itineraries and offers available for the South of France luxury yacht charters, contact the expert brokers at CharterWorld.