As May shakes out her darling buds, the Caribbean yacht season closes her doors and all the yachts turn towards the shores of Europe. Running from May to October, the European yacht season is a sublime time for charter guests looking to brush up on their history, culture, and appreciation of the finest foods. Imagine, waking up to flaky pastries on the French Riviera, glitzy nights rolling the dice at Monte Carlo’s Casinos, gliding down the sublime coastline of Italy’s Cinque Terre, and island hopping against a gauzy blue and white backdrop that makes the Greek Islands so unimaginably romantic. To celebrate the return of the sublime European yacht season, we have hand-picked the most magical spots along the way…
The French Riviera
The poster child for the European superyacht scene, the French Riviera is the land of glamor and gold. From the handsome shores of Monaco to sultry St Tropez, the beautiful promenade of Cannes, and the fabulous Cap-Ferrat, you could not ask for a better summer sailing itinerary. Not only was the Riviera designed around to embrace la crème de la crème of the yachting lifestyle, but the season also sees fit to host a wild plethora of party-centric events. Up the ante on your sailing trip by booking elite tickets to mingle on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Make sure to book your berth for the heart hammering roar of the Monaco Grand Prix. And for those sticking around for the whole summer, the Monaco Yacht Show is an absolute must.
Rising like a diamond in the Cyclades nowhere does sunsets better than Santorini. Those taking their own Odysseus style journey island hopping around Greece should be sure to work the honeymoon island into their itinerary. You can cruise down from the city of Athens all the way to Santorini whose sapphire domed rooftops, winding cobbled streets, whitewashed walls, and Instagram worthy shots at every turn make for an enchanting stay. We suggest the deck of your superyacht to witness those infamous champagne pink and gold sunsets. Don’t sail away from Santorini without spending at least one night at the Kapari Natural Resort. Hailed as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges in the World, this chic resort is a vision of eco-friendly technology, unbridled beauty, and the best views of the Caldera. Ancient wines, sublime spa treats, and infinity pools that melt into the Aegean are just the icing on the blue and white cake.
Playboys and party animals may want to pick up the pace on their epic yacht adventure around Europe and there’s no spot that will make way for wilder times like The White Island. Ibiza has long been considered the party island thanks to its young hip vibes, epic club scene, and incredible turquoise shores studded with the best superyachts in the business. After dancing all night long at the likes of Pacha and Amnesia, not to mention all those hazy cocktail afternoons at the famous Nikki Beach, perhaps its time for a little R&R island style. Blend your superyacht adventure with a stay on the private island of Tagomago. Sitting just off the coast of the main island, this dreamy gem is the ultimate party pad. The mansion like villa boasts 5 well-dressed bedrooms, mega swimming pool, steam bath and spa facilities, master professional kitchen, and all the delights of the White Island just a short sail away. Bliss.
While you won’t fit a yacht down the grand canals of Venice, it still makes for a sublime superyacht destination. This regal gem in the northern Adriatic boasts a beautiful shimmering lagoon, flanked by a few choice marinas for parking your floating palace. Venice is a land of marble, winding canals, romantic gondolas, brilliant basilica’s, epic art museums, masked balls, and fairy-tale feasts. Make sure you see the magnificent Palazzo Ducale, a sensual opera at La Fenice, and fall head over heels for Tintoretto’s Heaven on Earth. When you have had your fine fill of food, art and culture – how about weaving in a little adrenaline to readdress the balance? Venice is also the place where you can dive the deepest pool in the world. Imagine the surreal experience of descending 42 meters into the dark heart of water with world champion free-diver Andrea Zuccari as your teacher. You certainly wouldn’t have to worry about a man overboard situation after plunging these depths.