The crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean that surrounds the coasts of France and Italy are the perfect destinations.
The luxury resort town on the French Riviera, Cannes, oozes exclusivity and glamour. Whether you’re visiting the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival – an event that attracts high-profile celebrities each year – or stopping to sample the Mediterranean’s finest food and wine in Michelin-star restaurants, expect plenty of beautiful people, succulent shellfish platters, and bottle after bottle of ice-cold rosé. While you’re here, make sure you take a short walk down the Boulevard de la Croisette, where independent boutiques line the boulevard. You’ll understand exactly why this town is synonymous with glitz and glamour; the promenade curves around the coastline of beautiful sandy beaches, the impressive port and some of Europe’s most ornate hotels. Between Michelin-star dining and sampling the local boutiques, you’ll find something to fill every precious moment you spend on the French Riviera.
Located just off the mainland of Cannes, the Cannes Islands are the most idyllic spot for sunbathing and watersports. Saint Marguerite, the larger of the islands, offers guests a little corner of paradise, only accessible by boat for ultimate exclusivity. Immerse yourself in history by hiking the beautiful trail up the island’s hill to Fort Royal – a well-preserved 17th century fortress and prison, and home to a collection of Roman pottery relics… then discover the famous La Guérite restaurant, offering an idyllic combination of food, drink and live music to add to this unique island experience.
The tiny principality of Monaco is an independent sovereign state with a total population of just 39,000. Despite this small population, Monaco is home to over 12,000 millionaires,
which means you’ll find some of the world’s largest yachts lining its marina, sports cars circling the streets and pockets of wealth adorning its many casinos – including ‘The Monte
Carlo’, built in 1866 by the French architect, Charles Garnier. The Monte Carlo is one of the most distinguishable buildings in the area, and famously the meeting point of James Bond and Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. Adding to its draw of lavish wealth, casinos and glamorous events is The Monaco Grand Prix, held every May, where yachts line the track for an exclusive view that only a handful can ever afford to buy. In the evening, Buddha-Bar Monaco is the perfect spot for a high-class lounge experience; Thai and Japanese cuisine is showcased in a gorgeous menu that fuses Asian flavours. Monaco truly has earned its nickname of ‘The Billionaires Playground’.
This beautiful walled coastal city, located just between Cannes and Nice, is rich with character and history. It’s a picture-postcard Riviera, lined by emerald-green coastlines and golden beaches, making it a true pleasure port and home to some of the most impressive yachts in the world. Both inside the city’s castle and cathedral, as well as the surrounding areas, traces of
occupancy have been found to date back to the Iron Age. In celebration of this, the ‘Archaeology Museum’ was built. Sitting in a 17th century fortress, this museum holds many artefacts, sculptures and amphorae found in local digs and shipwrecks. Antibes is also no stranger to art. The city was once home to Picasso, who fell in love with its picturesque views, and you can visit Musee Picasso while you’re here for the chance to see one of the world’s greatest Picasso collections. Paintings, drawings, lithographs, oils on paper, ceramics, sculptures and tapestries make up some of his most iconic work, and they’re all on display here. In the evening, wander through the quaint, cobbled streets of the old town, then find your way to upscale La Taille de Guepe and take in the wonderful surroundings and exquisite food. Panoramic views, private castles and natural beauty – Antibes has it all.
In St Tropez, you’ll find everything you could want from a Mediterranean yacht charter destination – from breathtaking views to luxury stores and a lively social scene. During the day, Pampelone Beach is the place to be. The large expanse of beach offers 360-degree views, while the crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming and watersports.
A short trip to the shore allows for a beautiful lunch at Plage Restaurant L’Orangerie. This intimate restaurant has been welcoming guests since the 70s, and its rustic decor, beachsand floor and low-hanging trees create an elegant and relaxed atmosphere befitting of its location. Once moored up in St Tropez’s stunning marina, you’ll be amazed at how the sunset catches the pastel-coloured buildings. Take a short walk along the waterfront to find a number of popular ice-cream and sorbet parlours, restaurants, bars and high-end boutiques lining the port and embellishing the side streets, and then head over to the main streets, which are studded with incredible supercars. St Tropez truly is definitive glamour against a traditional backdrop.
One of the most idyllic spots in Italy, Portofino offers its guests a perfect combination of nature and architecture, including the ‘Belmond Hotel Splendido’ – home of the stunning
‘La Terrazza’ restaurant overlooking Portofino harbour, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the sunset. The setting of the harbour is spectacular, the locals charming, and the calibre of visiting yachts out of this world – it’s impossible not to spend some time soaking up the atmosphere. After sightseeing and dining, swim off pristine beaches and explore the Piazzetta – ideal for people-watching, shopping and dining.
Bonifacio is an impressive city located in Corsica, which – when approached by boat – can be seen sitting atop its renowned 70-metre-high white cliffs. The city is split into two sections: ‘Vieille Ville’ (old town) and ‘La Haute Ville’ (the upper city), which is where the 9thcentury citadel can be found. Elba Island – Biodola Beach A Mediterranean Island in Tuscany, Italy, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Elba Island is the perfect location for snorkelling in aquamarine waters. Come nose-to-nose with marine wildlife in the day, then sample the best of fine dining at the Hotel Hermitage Ristorante in the evening.
Located just 10km from the centre of Palma, Puerto Portals is an impressive marina that holds 650 moorings for luxury yachts of all sizes. The port is bustling with life all year around thanks to a calendar of nautical events that pass through the marina each year – from Sailing Week through to the Classic Island Mallorca Rally and the area’s renowned Christmas market. During the day, there are a number of fashion boutiques and jewellery shops to peruse, and the area is home to a number of restaurants to suit every palate, too. Wellies is the ideal location for lunch – and a real landmark of Puerto Portals. It offers an exquisite menu of food, topped only by incredible views of the marina entrance and the landscape beyond. For dinner, Diablitos’ menu leaves every guest spoilt for choice, and the upbeat music is the perfect accompaniment to unobstructed views of the seascape.