Navetta 37, The Flagship of the Custom Line range from the Ferretti Group

Custom Line Navetta 37 yacht by Ferretti Group

The new Custom Line yacht, packed with design and high-tech innovations, is unveiled to the world at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 and at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016.

2016 is an important year for Custom Line. Indeed, Ferretti Group brand is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its cutting-edge nautical history that is unrivalled on the contemporary pleasure craft scene. This celebration coincides with the launch of the Navetta 37, the new semi-displacement flagship and the largest ever built by Custom Line, making its international début at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 and at Monaco Yacht Show 2016.

Custom Line Navetta 37 yacht at sunset

This new super yacht conveys the values of seaworthiness, comfort, safety and customisation – all part of Custom Line’s DNA – into a revolutionary product in terms of style, design and space, placing at the top of its class.

The Navetta 37 is 37.04 metres (121.6 feet) long with a maximum beam of 8 metres (26.3 feet). It features a new semi-planing hull with a bulbous bow that ensures the utmost efficiency in any sea conditions, while offering the option of 5 engine configurations.


The Navetta 37 impresses with its clean lines, well-balanced spaces and meticulous attention to every detail, which makes it an incredibly innovative yacht with a timeless style.

Created from the collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee, which the Ferretti Group is proud to include Mr Piero Ferrari, the Engineering Department and the Zuccon International Project Studio, this yacht features harmonious contours and stylistic features unseen before.

Custom Line Navetta 37 yacht at sunset helicopter shot

Its clean, streamlined, light design also conveys great stability and strength. The front of the hull rises up to the first superstructure level. This adds a sense of power and character to the bow, giving this super yacht an imposing presence on the water too.


The large control room with built-in bridge covers the bow area on the upper deck: it is equipped with five monitors, including two multi-touch screens, which let you effortlessly control the main on- board systems. Two exits onto the walkways provide access to the external manoeuvring stations. Just like all the latest Custom Line yachts, the Navetta 37 is equipped with the VOTIS infotainment system, which replaces all the remote controls for the various devices with a single unit and can be extended to the automation system in every area on the yacht. What’s more, owners and guests can manage it with their smartphones or tablets.

Custom Line Navetta 37 yacht saloon view

This new super yacht represents a major step forward in terms of acoustic comfort. In addition to a special flexible joint in the transmission lines that absorbs vibrations from the axis line, the Ferretti Group engineers have worked with specialists to design innovative solutions minimising the impact of sound through targeted mathematical analysis conducted for each source of noise and its on-board location. For example, damping treatments have been carried throughout glued tiles, which significantly reduce noise and vibrations.

The installation of a floating floor beneath the parquet layer also helps reduce the transmission of sound from the engine room to the living areas on the lower and upper decks, while softening footfall.


Custom Line is a brand of the Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts and pleasure vessels, with a unique portfolio of prestigious and exclusive brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, and Custom Line.

Led by Chairman Tan Xuguang and Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, the Ferretti Group can boast modern shipyards located across Italy, which combine the efficiency of industrial production with typical world-class Italian craftsmanship – the heritage of Italy’s centuries-old yachting tradition.


Established in 1968, the Group is also present in the USA – through its subsidiary Ferretti Group America, which manages a network of points of sales and dealers specializing in the marketing and sale of the Group’s brands throughout the North American market – and in Asia, through its subsidiary Ferretti Group Asia Pacific Ltd., based in Hong Kong, as well as several representative offices and sales centres in Shanghai, Qingdao and other locations in China.

Moreover, a network of approximately 60 carefully selected dealers guarantees the Group’s presence in over 80 countries, thereby ensuring clients receive the very best assistance in marinas all over the world. The Ferretti Group has always been a leader in the pleasure boating industry, thanks to steady product and process innovation and the constant search for cutting-edge technological solutions.

The wide range of available boats – flybridge, runabout, open, coupé, lobster boats, fisherman, maxi and mega-yachts – is conceived by the Group’s Product Strategy Committee, the Marketing Department and the Engineering department, all fully committed to developing aesthetic and functionally innovative solutions, working in close cooperation with internationally renowned consulting boat designers.

This is why the Ferretti Group’s boats have always been known for their high levels of quality, safety and outstanding performance at sea, as well as for the exclusivity of their design and the timeless appeal which make them so recognizable around the world.

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Riva Aquariva Yacht Charter

Riva Aquariva 33 Yacht in Cap Ferrat, France

ANDIAMO is a fabulous Riva Aquariva 33 built by the legendary Riva Yachts of Italy. She is based in the Port of St Jean Cap Ferrat on the prestigious Cap Ferrat Peninsula between Monaco and Nice. The Aquariva is a fast, modern yacht that draws strongly on the heritage of the historic Riva Yachts of the 1960s and 1970s. No other yachts are as synonymous with the glamour of the Cote d’Azur and French Riviera.

Charter this Riva Aquariva 33 with Bespoke Yacht Charter

Monaco Yacht Show 2016

2016 Monaco Yacht Show aerial view

Hosted annually at Port Hercules, the 26th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show will be hosted over four days from 28 September to 1 October 2016 and will welcome key decision-makers from leading yachting and high-end companies to the Principality for the ultimate nautical rendezvous.

Well regarded as a cornerstone event on the global yacht show calendar, Monaco Yacht Show sees attendance from the main companies from superyacht charterage, brokerage, naval architecture, construction and design, shipchandlery, tech and toy innovators, marine technology, luxury goods and services and media.

Set in the heart of the Principality, the show exudes prestige and class with superyacht owners and buyers treading the quays alongside the biggest maritime brokerage firms, yachting suppliers and ancillary luxury providers who will also present the latest trends in supercars and private aviation.

Read More – Monaco Yacht Show 2016 : The Ultimate Guide

Cannes Yachting Festival 2016

Vanquish VQ48 yacht by Vanquish Yachts

Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 is the largest in-water boat show in Europe and is forecast to animate the quays at Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto from 6-11 September 2016.

This prestigious Festival welcomes visitors from the international pleasure boating and luxury yachting sectors including exhibitors for yacht products and services, current and potential owners, brokers, boat designers and builders, and media.

After Cannes, many attendees will be heading to the Southampton Boat Show in the UK or staying around a week to enjoy the action of the Régates Royales in the Bay of Cannes. Following that, the industry is making preparations for the Genoa Boat Show and Monaco Yacht Show at the end of September.

If you are attending Cannes Yachting Festival 2016, check out this preview of what promises to be the biggest and best Cannes Yachting Festival yet!


VANINA V – Princess V70 Yacht Charter

Princess V70 Yacht

VANINA V is a superb example of the Princess V70 built by Princess Yachts on the south coast of England. She has been superbly maintained by a professional crew. In our opinion, the V70 is perhaps the finest looking of all the yachts designed by Princess Yachts with sleek lines, great volume and fabulous entertaining space. Her garage houses not just a Williams 325 jet tender but also a 3 man jet ski! VANINA V is based in the port of Sainte-Maxime on the French Riviera, just 5 minutes from Saint-Tropez and she is the ideal day charter charter for yacht charters in Saint-Tropez and on the Côte d’Azur.

For more information on chartering this yacht, please visit Bespoke Yacht Charter

Secrets of the Italian Riviera

Porto Venere, Italy

The Italian Riviera, the coastal strip of north-western Italy that greets yachts when they cruise east of the French border is a region of contrasts and a classic introduction to Italy.

The Ligurian coastline is roughly divided into two distinct stretches either side of the main city Genoa – Riviera di Ponente and Riviera di Levante – and here you’ll find a region bursting with chic coastal resorts, pastel-coloured fishing villages, chestnut and olive groves weaving up to mountain towns, little coves with pine trees clinging to cliffs and beaches accessible only by yacht.

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Interview with Alexander Coles of Bespoke Yacht Charter

Superyachts in Montenegro

Alexander is the Owner and Senior Yacht Charter Broker at Bespoke Yacht Charter, a company he founded in 2014 after 13 years’ experience arranging luxury yacht charters in the south of France, throughout the Mediterranean and worldwide. More than half of his bookings are repeat clients or referrals from existing clients that include ultra high net worth individuals, celebrities, royal families and large corporations. His aim is to deliver beyond all expectations – whether he arranges a charter booking for a two week Summer holiday for a family looking for the last word in discretion, through to corporate yacht charters for companies looking to present an extremely high profile at an important event.

What is it that you do exactly?

I arrange luxury yacht charters for highly discerning individuals from all over the world. I specialize in all Mediterranean yachting destinations but with particular emphasis on the Côte d’Azur and French Riviera, such places as St Tropez, Cannes and Monaco. The yachts I offer are from 25-100m in length and are all fully crewed by highly professional crew, offering the ultimate in floating luxury. In addition to yachting holidays, I also rent yachts to companies attending prestigious events in the south of France such as the Cannes Lions, MIPIM and the Cannes Film Festival.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I love the fact that I spend my days arranging experiences designed to give others pleasure! My clients are usually very busy business people and they want their holidays to be absolutely perfect in every way. Working very closely with each yacht’s Captain and crew, I aim to ensure an absolutely seamless luxury experience for each client.

What would you say are the 3 best places you’ve ever stayed?

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d’Antibes, France

I absolutely adore this legendary hotel on the luxurious Cap d’Antibes peninsula between Antibes and Cannes in the south of France. The hotel is incredibly private and set in beautiful gardens with fabulous views of the Mediterranean. The staff are utterly AMAZING! It’s incredibly luxurious but in a very discrete and unpretentious way. If you haven’t stayed there, I strongly recommend it. It is to my mind and many others, the best hotel in the world!

Villa Katy, Korcula, Croatia

I first discovered this wonderful villa on the island of Korcula in 2007 and booked it for two weeks. It was my first visit to Croatia and I have been going there ever since. The house is surrounded by the sea on three sides with the most stunning views. It has a private pontoon for swimming and taking a boat or kayak out into the bay. It’s an extremely private place and you could stay there for weeks without seeing a soul! This villa is a place to truly lose yourself and switch off. The nearby town of Vela Luka has plenty of shops and restaurants if you ever feel like going out!

The Yard, Milan

I often go to concerts in Milan in the summer months and discovered this fabulous hotel on the internet completely by chance. This hotel is truly unique, part loft apartment, part gentlemen’s club… each suite is themed around something different, motor racing, tennis etc. It’s not often you have Louis Vuitton trunks in your room, unless they’re yours of course! Truly fabulous decoration and beautiful objets d’art to be found throughout. The bar and terrace are also stunning! As the name implies, the hotel is set around a beautiful courtyard right in the centre of Milan, my favourite city in Italy.

What’s been your most memorable dining experience to date?

I have been lucky enough to have dined at some of the best restaurants in the world, Le Louis XV in Monaco, Le Gravroche in London etc. But the one that really stands out is The Five Fields in London. I went there with my wife for my birthday last year and was truly blown away. Chef Marguerite Keogh is incredibly talented and uses beautiful ingredients in very creative ways. The food is rare in that it is incredibly stylish but definitely not style over substance. We had the tasting menu and every course was a triumph. The restaurant has been receiving rave reviews and I am sure it is only a matter of time before the Michelin inspectors give the restaurant the recognition it deserves!

Have you rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, either through your work or your travels?

Yes absolutely! The vast majority of my clients are rather wealthy to say the least, and some of them pretty famous too. I certainly won’t name any names but celebrities certainly love chartering yachts!

I always attend the Monaco Grand Prix and have seen lots of famous faces there, both from the world of F1 of course but also music and cinema. I also love the restaurant Cipriani in Monaco, owned by Flavio Briatore, there are always lots of famous people in there and at the nearby club Twiga! The same is true of some of the beach clubs at Pampelonne near St Tropez.

Funnily enough, for all the celebrities I see on the Côte d’Azur, I actually probably see more famous people in London, specifically around Kensington and Chelsea where I spend a great deal of time.

There is an Italian restaurant called La Famiglia in Chelsea that I’ve been going to since I was in nappies. I must have been there hundreds of times and there is always a famous actor or musician eating there every time I go! As a child, I had my photo taken there with Clint Eastwood and the photo stills hangs on the wall in the restaurant.

What currently ranks highest on your travel wish list?

I can’t wait to go to India! I have heard so much about the country and people! Those I know that have been, absolutely rave about it – the food, the colours, the vibrancy. I want to do it justice though and go for a couple of months so I am waiting until I have the time. Spare time is a bit of a luxury at the moment!

Thank you for taking part in our interview, Alex.  Good luck with your quest to get to India – I was lucky enough to be there for a couple of days in 2013 but, like you say, it was sadly definitely nowhere near long enough to remotely do it justice!

This interview was originally published on A Luxury Travel Blog and can be found here

M/Y BLUE MAMBA Offered For Sale with Significant Price Reduction

BLUE MAMBA yacht for sale profile

M/Y BLUE MAMBA is an exceptional yacht, now available at an exceptional price. With sleek lines and an attractive blue hull, this 38.7m (127′ 1″) motor yacht streaks across the water at a top speed of 28 knots. Offering six staterooms that cater for up to 12 guests, BLUE MAMBA superyacht for sale is a rare find for her size range.

Custom built by Oceanline Shipyard in 2008, the elegant vessel is also an excellent proposition as a charter yacht. Her above-average guest capacity proves a distinctive selling point in the charter market, but her top-end design and performance confirm her pedigree. With clean lines and a gleaming silver superstructure, the superyacht’s stylish exterior was designed by Frank Mulder, while the yacht’s contemporary interior is courtesy of Art Line Interiors from the Netherlands.

BLUE MAMBA yacht deck

M/Y BLUE MAMBA is a superyacht of unrivalled design and performance. She is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilization system, which reduces roll motion effect, comfortably and smoothly cruising between your desired locations. She also features bow thrusters, which enable better manoeuvrability at low speeds.

BLUE MAMBA yacht master cabin

The stunning yacht’s spacious interior offers a level of comfort and style that is unsurpassed. The layout is unique and includes a sumptuous forward master cabin, which is positioned up on the yacht’s main deck. The bedroom has large windows, which let in abundant light and an impressive sunken bathroom down a short flight of steps. A very comfortable VIP Stateroom with a queen-sized double bed is located on the lower deck and four more cabins, accessible by a spiral staircase, complete the well-considered accommodation. Additionally, the stylish yacht is capable of carrying up to six crew on board.

BLUE MAMBA yacht for sale lounge

The decor is elegant yet inviting, consisting of neutral tones with rich brown sofas and seating that complement the dark teak and grey marble finishes. The overall effect is ultra-modern yet effortlessly chic. Amenities include a 52” Sharp Aquos TV, high-quality sound system, air Conditioning, Wi-Fi connection and a deck Jacuzzi.

BLUE MAMBA yacht dining

The yacht is perfect for entertaining guests due to the large dining table for up to 12 people which can be converted into a bar. The main deck aft has fixed seating, a large table and occasional chairs for larger groups. M/Y BLUE MAMBA offers a good selection of water toys, a tender and a swim platform.

Initially on the market for EUR 6,250,000, this yacht is now a brilliant buyer’s opportunity at EUR 4,900,000 through Worth Avenue Yachts. BLUE MAMBA is currently in Saint-Tropez.

To find out more information about BLUE MAMBA, please contact Worth Avenue Yachts.

12 Exceptional Local Restaurants in Nice!

Bistrot d'Antoine restaurant in the old town of Nice, France

Bistrot d’Antoine

There’s no denying that food tourism is increasing and any yacht charter guest to the French Riviera will find Nice a culinary stopover worth making.

From fantastic local markets to excellent restaurants, Niçoise cuisine takes diners on a sensory journey that mixes Mediterranean specialities with strong flavour influences from Italy, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the rest of France.

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The 5 Best Yacht Charter Itineraries on the Planet

Yachts anchored at Théoule-sur-Mer near Cannes on the French Riviera

With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time to start planning your luxury yacht charters for 2016. We have compiled a list of the best 5 yacht 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.

  1. The Virgin Islands, Caribbean

The Virgin Islands are quite staggeringly beautiful, with rainforests meeting sugar white sands and turquoise seas. The diving is exceptional, whether you’d prefer the coral reefs of Anegada or exploring the sunken ships of Wreck Alley. Those who like a bit more action might want to head to St Thomas for its chic shopping malls and fascinating shows, or you can head to one of the Virgin Islands’ sailor bars, such as Tortola’s famous Bitter End.

Baie de tronc, St John, Virgin Islands

  1. Sardinia, Italy

This tranquil Mediterranean isle offers beaches of immense beauty, where clear sapphire seas meet vast expanses of blinding white sand and rolling dunes. The Costa Smerelda is one of the most popular charter destinations on earth for its glamorous marinas, fine dining, and lively nightlife. The peaceful ambiance, excellent diving, and coastal walks offer a more leisurely pace on your Sardinia luxury yacht charter.

Porto Cervo, Sardinia

  1. The Amalfi Coast, Italy

This iconic coastline, with its volcanic range rising out of the Mediterranean, is one of the most spectacular luxury yacht charter destinations in the world. Have lunch at a cliff-top restaurant on Capri, where pink sprays of bougainvillea contrast vividly with the sparkling blue sea. Shop in Positano’s glamorous boutiques, or relax in the famed hot springs of Ischia. Spend your days in the water or visiting the ethereal Blue Grotto, and when night falls enjoy dining and dancing in the warm summer air from the comfort of your luxury yacht charter.

Capri, Italy

  1. The Leeward Islands, Caribbean

From the French-chic vibe of St Barts to the stunning beaches of Antigua and Barbuda, this chain of islands is the hottest luxury yacht charter destination in the Caribbean. Exclusive Anguilla increasingly draws the superyacht set, while the plantation hotels, pristine reefs and cloud forests of St Kitts and Nevis are putting these gorgeous twin islands on the yachting map.

Luxury yachts in Gustavia, St Barts

  1. The French Riviera

Number one simply must take us back to where luxury yachting began: the sunny, sparkling shores of Southern France. From the ritzy casinos and grand hotels of Monaco to the wide sandy beaches of glamorous Saint Tropez, this is an itinerary that combines natural beauty with fine dining, fine art, and fine living. From the quiet forests and crystal clear coves of Porquerolles to the chic piano bars and superclubs of Cannes, the Cote d’Azur is the quintessential luxury yacht charter destination.

Yachts in Port de Fontvieille, Monaco

The possibilities are endless. The list of dreamy itineraries goes on and on: how do the happy isles of the South Pacific strike you? Or perhaps Thailand takes your fancy – one of the rising yacht charter destinations? Or maybe you’d like to venture deeper into the Caribbean, to the quiet isles of the Grenadines, or the jungles and reefs of stunning Costa Rica? Once you’ve decided on your dream itinerary, you must choose from the broad range of luxury superyachts to charter, which are offered across the globe. Get in touch with a luxury yacht charter company to plan the itinerary of your dreams.

Cap Ferrat: The Peninsula of Billionaires

Royal Riviera Hotel on Cap Ferrat

Geographically located between Nice and Monaco, Cap Ferrat is dotted with splendid villas hidden behind stately gates and sub-tropical gardens; a haven in the past and today to the world’s rich and famous including singers, actors, politicians and royalty such as Somerset Maugham, King Léopold II of Belgium, American film director Otto Preminger, Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Cocteau, David Niven and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

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Land by Helicopter at these 5 Luxury Restaurants

Helicopter in Saint Tropez, France

All holidaymakers know that other than beautiful surroundings, luxurious accommodation and the much-deserved opportunity to relax, no holiday would be complete without good food. Luckily the South of France has the culinary prowess to make fine dining a certainty on your Mediterranean escape. Naturally, French Riviera Helicopter Transfer and gourmet cuisine go together like champagne and caviar. That’s why so many restaurants have exclusive helicopter landing spots, which allow for quick and luxurious transfers directly to their grounds. We spoke to the leading helicopter transfer company on the French Riviera, Heli Securite, who have recommended the following five restaurants with landing spots for direct landing.

Tahiti Beach St Tropez

Tahiti Beach

  1. Tahiti Beach, Saint-Tropez

Tahiti Beach is one of the best-located restaurants in Saint-Tropez and perfectly represents the joie de vivre for which the seaside town is universally famous. Fortunately, the food is wonderful, the atmosphere is relaxed and the friendly staff make you feel at home. Tahiti’s food is consistently good and served by the sea with the selection of freshly caught fish and tasty pizza straight from the oven being highlights. In fact, it’s difficult to know what you’ll enjoy more: the delicious food or spectacular sea views.

Bruno Restaurant in Lorgues, France

Chez Bruno

  1. Chez Bruno, Lorgues

Famed for its truffles, the one-Michelin-star Chez Bruno serves more of this exquisite delicacy than any other restaurant in the world. Bruno has been running this iconic restaurant set in the pretty Provençal town of Lorgues for many years and it’s a truly local family business, which has started to expand internationally.

The outdoor setting of idyllic gardens and a terrace is lovely in the summer and during winter a roaring fire gives the cosy interior a magical feel. This really is truffle heaven, and Bruno’s signature dish, a potato and truffle combination, has people returning for more. Most of the produce is found within two hours of the restaurant, so diners are guaranteed the finest quality.

La Bouitte restaurant, Saint Martin de Belleville

La Bouitte

  1. La Bouitte, Saint Martin de Belleville

La Bouitte is a charming hotel located at the foot of the Saint-Marcel ski slopes in SaintMartin de Belleville. However, it’s the hotel’s restaurant that really draws the crowds. René and Maxime Meilleur are a father and son team whose impeccable cuisine has been granted three Michelin stars and classified among the ‘great gables of the world’ since 2012. The restaurant is set in an authentic mountain chalet with a cosy yet chic decor befitting an establishment that prides itself on creating cuisine that respects the quality of local products and the art of cooking. The outside terrace nestled amongst the trees is perfect for apres ski drinks or a pre-flight lunch, since the helipad is located 50 metres away.

Les Gorges de Pennafort, Callas

Les Gorges de Pennafort

  1. Les Gorges de Pennafort, Callas

Les Gorges de Pennafort is one of Provence’s unmissable highlights set in a beautiful setting close to the Cote d’Azur. Chef Philippe Sa Silva and his wife took over management of the restaurant twenty years ago and haven’t looked back, even receiving a Michelin star in that time. His innovative use of regional produce combined with a contemporary twist, such as foie gras and Parmesan ravioli, have won the loyalty of international customers. Chef Da Silva’s flavoursome menu also extends to an impressive cocktail list, including their unique speciality: champagne with grapefruit cream. The sensationally sublime cuisine can be enjoyed in the elegant and light-infused dining room or outside on the terrace under a bioclimatic pergola, which adapts to the weather conditions.

La Bastide de Moustiers restaurant Alain Ducasse

La Bastide de Moustiers

  1. La Bastide de Moustiers, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

La Bastide de Moustiers’s restaurant serves provençale cuisine in a wonderfully rural country setting. The lovely country house is an upscale inn owned by Alain Ducasse, a noted chef famous for his three Michelin star restaurant in London’s Dorchester hotel among others. Nestled in the Provence village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, the restaurant sits amid ancient olive trees and vibrant lavender bushes. The menu changes daily in accordance with the products available in the hotel’s vegetable garden and is served under a shaded terrace. Chilled pea and fava bean bouillon, steak, chimney baked lamb, and a cocotte of spring vegetables are all mouth-watering favourites prepared with care and attention.

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Cannes Lions 2016 Preview

Carlton Hotel during Cannes Lions

Cannes Lions, the International Festival of Creativity, will be held between 18 June – 25 June 2016 and bring together over 15,000 delegates from 4000+ companies dedicated to creative communications, advertising and related fields.

The 8-day Festival incorporates 3 events – Lions Health (18-19 June), Lions Innovation (21-22 June) and Lions Entertainment (23-24 June) with interactive sessions, workshops, screenings, masterclasses and inspirational talks that aim to connect and inspire industry professionals.

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Yacht Charters for Events in Cannes

Panorama of luxury yachts in the bay of Cannes, France

Corporate Yacht Charters are becoming more and more popular as international companies grow increasingly keen on having the extra edge over their competitors and maximising the company’s exposure throughout any chosen Cannes event. Hiring a luxury yacht berthed in the Port of Cannes, right outside the world famous Palais des Festivals is certainly going to make event delegates take notice as they walk along the Quay Albert Edouard looking for the best cocktail party to attend. Here branding is all important to stand out amongst the crowd and get the message across! What could be better than having your own exclusive floating venue to host meetings, discussion groups, TV interviews, elegant dinners and glamorous cocktail parties all in total privacy.

Charter Brokers at Bespoke Yacht Charter have over 20 years of experience organising event charters in Cannes and here we look at 5 key points on how to get the most out of the Cannes experience afloat.

Read more: Planning The Perfect Event Charter in Cannes

The Magic of Monaco – 2016 Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix Yachts

Monaco Grand Prix is held annually on a street circuit fringing Port Hercules and the Principality and is the most hotly anticipated race on the Formula 1 calendar.

This year’s event is held from Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May with the main race day on Sunday 29 May, and is a truly spectacular event with a backdrop of a bustling port filled with superyachts, Monegasque high rises and famous landmarks such as the Casino de Monte Carlo and Fairmont Monte Carlo.

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Wines of the Riviera

The fishing harbour of Cassis, near Marseille, France

It’s that time of the year again, where the ports between Imperia and St Tropez start to fill up with incoming yachts returning from tropical off-season adventures in the Caribbean or further afield.

As we prepare for another summer season, charters are booked, itineraries are created, and preferences sheets are filled out. When it comes to the wine selection onboard, many guests understandably stay true to tried and tested favourites: Champagne (a pre-requisite), a good Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc) or white Burgundy (Chardonnay), a mix of Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot), Burgundy (Pinot Noir) and Rhône (Syrah/Grenache) for the reds, and a crisp, dry rosé from Provence.

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Luxury Yacht Charters for the Monaco Grand Prix

Yachts in Port Hercule for the Monaco Grand Prix

The 74th Monaco F1 Grand Prix will take place from Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May 2016 and will see the Principality welcome the most highly anticipated event in the Formula 1 calendar.

Monaco F1 Grand Prix is an unmissable annual event which attracts major influencers in Formula 1 racing, celebrities, supermodels and luxury yachts – many staying on in the region after the Cannes Film Festival, and this year, the biennial Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is also hosted on the same circuit two weeks prior to the F1 event.

Read More: Champagne & Chicanes: Luxury Yacht Charters for the Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix 2016

Ferraris in Casino Square, Monaco

Ferraris in Casino Square

The Monaco Grand Prix 2016, the 74th edition of the prestigious event, is sure to be the ultimate fixture on this year’s Formula 1 calendar. Each and every stretch and corner is steeped in history, from Casino Square to the world’s most renowned hairpin, the Fairmont, past elegant yachts and through hillside tunnels.

The first practice laps take place at 10am on Thursday 26th May with the second coming later in the afternoon at 2pm. Although this means arriving in Monaco a full two days before the actual race, this is a great opportunity to see the cars in action and to take in the atmosphere of the track.

Yachts at Monaco Grand Prix

Luxury Yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix – Bespoke Yacht Charter

Overtaking on the Monaco circuit is notoriously difficult; qualifying is therefore more important in the Principality than at any other Grand Prix, and is definitely not to be missed. The qualifying begins at 2pm on Saturday, with the race itself starting at 2pm on Sunday, although be advised to arrive early to navigate the crowds.

Cars have been clocking exceptionally quick times this year so there is a quiet confidence among automotive fans that the circuit’s lap record of 1:18:0.63, set by Daniel Ricciardo in 2015, may be broken in 2016. Unlike most other Grand Prix races, you’ll have to book a grandstand seat to gain a first-hand view of the action, as the tight streets make it very difficult to walk from corner to corner. For this reason, a portable radio can be a good addition to the experience, so you can hear what’s going on even when you can’t see it.

Ferrari 458 wheel and dash

Ferrari 458 Italia

The nearest airport is Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport, from where it is possible to reach Monaco by train with the journey taking around 40 minutes. But which automotive racing fanatic ever took the train to such a prestigious automotive event? A more exhilarating way to arrive would be to hire a supercar and drive via the autoroute, which would take around the same time. It’s one way to turn an already incredible experience into a life-long memory.

But a hired luxury vehicle isn’t just useful for the journey into Monaco itself. The Grand Prix is unique in that there is a rest day between the practice laps and the race, which gives you a day to put a supercar through its paces on the very same picturesque streets that will later host the grand prix, and even explore the surrounding area. Envisage a trip through the streets of Monaco in a Ferrari 458 Italia – an icon of automotive design!

To complete the ultimate Monaco Grand Prix Experience, watch the race from a luxury yacht in the Port of Monaco!

Spring Yacht Charters on the French Riviera


Spring, or printemps, is an ideal time of the year to visit the French Riviera where people are feeling invigorated with the start of longer days after daylight savings moved the clocks forward the last Sunday in March.

Yachts are preparing ahead for the busy Mediterranean season, with many crossing back from the Caribbean, and the last remnants of winter in the south are slowly fading with dusk.

Spring on the French Riviera

The French Riviera had origins as a winter resort, where convalescing patients would stay for the health benefits of the mild climate, and aristocrats would visit to forget the grey skies of the northern winter. Almost one hundred years ago, luxury yachts were not common place here with the preferred transport being trains especially the Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée (PLM) expresses.

The PLM launched their first-class-only service to the French Riviera in 1922 and Le Train Bleu opened up the region and brought with it distinguished passengers over the years including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Somerset Maugham.

Eden-Roc hotel on the Cap d'Antibes, France

The attractions of good weather and sunny skies flipped the coin for the French Riviera as hotels began to extend their season to cater for wealthy visitors – Gerald and Sara Murphy convinced the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc to stay open in summer, and Coco Chanel startled everyone with her suntan when she stepped ashore in Cannes in 1923 from Flying Cloud, the yacht belonging to Hugh Grosvenor, the Second Duke of Westminster.

Today, the French Riviera’s popularity continues – it’s a great destination to charter a luxury 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.

Continue Reading: 5 Reasons Why Spring is Ideal for a Yacht Charter on the French Riviera