The 14th edition of Top Marques Monaco 2017 drew to a close on Sunday 23rd April 2017, concluding the most successful edition in the event’s history. Held in association with the Edmond de Rothschild Group under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, the four-day exhibition showcased the latest and greatest in luxury supercars, fine jewellery, furniture, yachts, various other technological innovations, and even apartments for sale in Monaco. Over 45,000 guests passed the doors of Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum, with an increase of 25% in advanced ticket sales. There were seven world premieres on display in the Ravel Supercar Hall; over 1,200 test drives were carried out buy prospective buyers and press on Monaco’s F1 circuit, passing Port Hercule, the Fairmont Hotel and lavish Monaco real estate; and over 5,000 glasses of champagne and wine were served in the VIP bar. Discover the 10 attractions that stole the show at this year’s edition of Top Marques Monaco.
10. Venturi VM200-FE-02
Set to race in the Monaco ePrix – part of the FIA Formula E Championship – the Venturi VM200-FE-02 is an electric racing car with a difference. With a maximum power of 200 kw (equivalent to 270bhp) and a top speed of 150 mph, the Venturi racing car is a menace on the track but as quiet as the wind. Maro Engel and Stephane Sarrazin will drive it in Monaco on 13th May 2017.
Inspired by nature and rooted in technology, the Dendrobium electric hypercar opens up like a Dendrobium flower, yet merges aluminium, carbon-fibre and glass. The vehicle’s interior resembles something from the distant future.
8. 1969 Shelby GT350
A classic American muscle car, the immaculate 1969 Shelby GT350 stole the attention of many Visitors. With a price tag of €90,000 and a roaring V8 engine, the beautiful automobile will steal a buyer’s heart in no time.
7. Speedback GT – David Brown Automotive
The Speedback GT was meticulously coachbuilt by the team at David Brown Automotive for the 21st Century. Over 7,200 man-hours went into its construction. Although the spectacular car has a top speed of 155 mph and goes from 0 to 60 in just 4.6 seconds, this supercar is not about the performance. This is automotive sophistication at its finest.
6. Shelby Cobra 427 S/C CSX 6000
On display in both dark blue and metallic silver, the Shelby Cobra 427 S/C CSX 6000 is a thing of beauty and captured the adoration of diehard car enthusiasts with its classic styling and muscle performance credentials.
5. Lamborghini Centenario
Built to mark the 100th birthday of Ferruccio Lamborghini – a successful builder of tractors in the 1950s and 1960s in Bologna, Italy – 5 Lamborghini Centenario Tractors have been built. With a price tag of €250,000 (+tax), the vehicle has 2 seats, exposed metal colour, and was designed by Adler Capelli.
4. FV-Frangivento – The Charlotte Roadster
The aqua-themed Charlotte Roadster by Italian FV-Frangivento contains a fish tank behind the cockpit. The stunning interior console is unlike anything you’re likely to see in a car ever again. The hypercar is entirely electric, but can be adapted to contain a hybrid engine too.
The first of its kind, the Pal-V is a gyroplane and an automobile in one, meaning it can legally travel on roads and has the ability to fly. The ground-breaking product incorporates a number of patented technologies and was inspired by nature.
The AeroMobil has made a bit impression in the worlds of aviation, automotive and technology in recent weeks. A road-legal car, the AeroMobil has extendable wings that launch the vehicle into the air. The sleek, stylish design complements innovative technology. An airframe parachute system complements various other safety features to make for an impressive, convenient and safe flying supercar.
1. Silver Muse
For the first time in the history of Top Marques Monaco, a luxury cruise liner was included in the line-up of attractions. Press were invited onboard to experience the opulence of the Silver Muse – a recent launch from Silversea. The magnificent vessel looked perfect at home in the port of Monaco, surrounded by charter yachts, luxury Monaco real estate and an endless supply of supercars.
Manoj Bairstow, Managing director of Top Marques commented: “we say it every year, but this edition of Top Marques really was an incredible show of technology, innovation and the very best in luxury products, and in my mind, our greatest Top Marques to date.
The atmosphere in the Grimaldi Forum and around Monaco throughout Top Marques was electric, and we were delighted with the number of visitors that came over the four days.
Each year the attendance numbers grow significantly. We are now seeing visitors from all over the world at Top Marques which is a testament to the quality of our exhibitors.”
If you’ve ever flown into Nice airport in the summertime and looked down at the superyachts crisscrossing the blue, or wandered past the yachts docked in glamorous Saint Tropez, you’ve almost certainly wondered what it’s like to cruise along the French Riviera. How does it feel to be a guest on one of those wonderful yachts?
It is hard to overestimate the effect the heartbreaking landscapes and light of the French Riviera had on some of the world’s great artists. Monet and Matisse, Picasso, Signac and Chagall are just a few who fell under the spell of the French Riviera, enchanted by that mythic, ethereal light falling across the Cote d’Azur’s pastel facades, dusky-blue Alps and sparkling seas.
Many of these great artists came and stayed, finding a new vigour in their painting and spending much of their lives here creating Mediterranean-inspired masterpieces in the fabled southern light.
A luxury yacht charter in the south of france is the ultimate way to visit the artistic highlights of the Riviera, following the lives and works of the masters along a memory-trail of rose’ and Gauloises smoke, scandalous love affairs and tragic suicides. On your yacht charter you can go ashore to visit the fabulous museums and former homes of these artists, dine in fine restaurants hung with their paintings, and admire the very same views that inspired their masterworks. Follow the path of the masters from the dreamy coves of Cap d’Antibes to the flowery hill village of St Paul de Vence and along the coast to the pastel beauty of Saint Tropez.
If you are ever to understand the heart of a place, you must try its food. Food tells a story, and nowhere more than on the French Riviera, which has been rapidly transformed from a sleepy 19th century coastline of sheep farms and fishing villages to a jet-set destination littered with Michelin star restaurants and Provencal restaurants among the grapevines.
The delicacies of the French Riviera chart the cultural history of the area: of rustic peasant foods like socca and the fishermen’s hearty bouillabaisse stew, right through to the Tarte Tropezienne – a cake propelled to fame by a 1950’s silver screen starlet. Above all, Southern French food tells the tale of humble local produce done to perfection—of quality ingredients prepared in a way that startles the palate with something that it expects to be ordinary.
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017 is set to take over Cannes from 17-24 June where over 15,000 attendees who are passionate about creativity meet to network, share and celebrate ideas about advertising and marketing.
Cannes Lions and the three mini-festivals within the festival – Lions Health, Lions Innovation and Lions Entertainment – become the epicentre for creativity and innovation, where talented independent entries can square off against the media powerhouses to win the highly-coveted Lions awards.
Last year, there were a staggering 43,101 entries and there was industry talk the event had too many awards. However, efforts overseen by Jose Papa in his new Managing Director role at Lions Festivals have ensured the entry process for 2017 was simplified and improved with a 10-point entry checklist and there has been a lot of restructuring categories.
The French Riviera is one of Europe’s best destinations for cultural heritage, art and design with several world-class museums and historic sites with beautiful collections. From museums filled with artistic curiosities to important exhibits of maritime heritage, enjoy our definitive guide to ten of the best French Riviera museums.
Located between Monaco and Menton, east of Nice you’ll find the commune of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, an idyllic area of the French Riviera that is not as esteemed as the popular yacht charter destinations of Cannes or Saint Tropez, but with all the appealing elements that are unmistakably Côte d’Azur.
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin has a photogenically Mediterranean setting with a medieval Château dominating the village before the landscape drops down to the sea. There are three distinct parts that make up the commune – the town with coastal resort, Cap Martin and the medieval village.
Saint Tropez, originally a sleepy fishing village catapulted into the realm of the international jetset from the 1950’s and has remained the essential summertime playground for the famous and wealthy, where superyachts and sophistication bring savoir faire to the shores of the Mediterranean.
A must-visit stop for yacht charters on the glittering Côte d’Azur, the town has an unrivalled energy during busy months and a genteel charm of true Provençal ambience in the off-season.
Immerse yourself in our ‘Luxury Guide to Yacht Charter in St Tropez’ with practical advice on top places to dine, where to find the best shopping and useful tips about how to book a French Riviera luxury yacht charter.
Queen Victoria adored it; Winston Churchill painted its landscapes, and Robert Louis Stevenson and Katherine Mansfield came here to convalesce among the sunny lemon groves. Sean Connery filmed scenes of ‘Never Say Never’ in the old town, Jean Cocteau painted his famous frescoes of love here, and English nobles planted exotic gardens around Italianate villas shaded by palm trees. So enchanting is Menton that Eve is said to have planted the first lemon here, and the town, nestled on that last steep stretch of coastline before France gives way to Italy, is widely referred to as ‘The Pearl of France’.
So why is it then, that glorious Menton—set against a mighty backdrop of mountains, its cluster of pastel painted buildings and bell towers perched above the deep blue sea—is often left off the French Riviera yacht charter itinerary altogether? How can this be? For those looking for a place that brings the medieval and the gilded ages together with a gentle, well-preserved charm, Menton is paradise found.
The French Riviera isn’t well-known for its islands, yet just a stone’s throw from the glitz and glamour of Cannes and Saint Tropez lie tranquil archipelagos of exceptional Mediterranean beauty, where you can stroll through pine forests and rolling vineyards, explore ancient forts and monasteries, and sunbathe on soft-sand beaches in clear turquoise coves.
Stepping ashore on the Cannes or Hyeres islands, you cannot help but feel like you’ve travelled back to a simpler time when Provence was still a sleepy place inhabited by monks and fishermen, ruled by the rhythms of sunny days and the summertime buzz of cicadas. No cars are allowed on the islands and there are few inhabitants, so if you’ve ever wondered what the Cote d’Azur was like before the grand hotels and apartment blocks sprung up along the coast, you simply must visit the enchanting islands of the French Riviera.
If skiing in the Alps and sunbathing on a Riviera beach on the same day seems like a pipedream, read on. There aren’t many places in Europe where people can ski to their heart’s content and then be on the beach in their swimsuits a couple of hours after having a hot chocolate in Val Thorens. A quick and convenient helicopter transfer can transport you to the highest mountains and back down to the Cote d’Azur for a day to remember. It’s worth taking a luxury helicopter flight for the views of snow-capped peaks and dappled azure waters alone. We have selected three mountain/beach flight combinations that are easy to access and varied.
Tignes and Cannes
Tignes is always one of the last resorts to close its ski lifts because of its high altitude. Its 1,550m-3,450m slopes are heavy with snow, which makes it one of the most reliable places for late-season skiing. It’s ideally located in the famous Espace Killy ski circuit, which offers easy access to Val d’Isere. It also benefits from the presence of the Grande Motte glacier, which is open until 6th May this year.
A helicopter from Cannes to Tignes takes just 1 hour and 15 minutes. Enjoy white groomed pistes and white sandy beaches within one day. Sunbathing on Cannes glamorous beaches will take you a world away from the high-adrenaline slopes of Tignes and Val d’Isere. Should you tire of catching the spring sun on the private beaches on La Croisette, you can try one of the many chic restaurants along the prestigious stretch of coast. Alternatively visit the small public beach Plage de Casino nearby the Palais des Festivals, which is sheltered and good for swimming if the temperature is right. If you are a fashionista, don’t forget to take in the Cannes Shopping Festival at the Palais between 14th and 17th April 2017.
Chamonix and Monaco
Chamonix offers the highest skiing in the French Alps with the Aiguille du Midi lift at 3,842 m. Skiing is available throughout spring and closes in early May. Located at the foot of the legendary Mont Blanc, Chamonix’s altitude ensures great skiing and snow coverage. The resort has always attracted adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies with its advanced pistes such as the famous Vallée Blanche, but also has plenty of options for more amateur skiers. Chamonix also has some good restaurants and an abundance of snow activities such as snowmobiling and dog sledding.
After fun in the mountain sunshine, catch some rays on Monaco’s Larvotto Beach. This soft pebble man-made beach has a unique city setting, beautiful clear water for swimming and plenty of eateries around to satisfy even the pickiest of foodies. The good thing about this beach is how convenient it is for Monaco’s attractions such as the casino and the beautiful gardens. It’s also close to five-star restaurants and designer boutiques.
If you are in Monaco in April don’t miss the chance to ski in the morning and watch the Rolex Tennis Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club in the afternoon. The event brings the finest athletic talent to the city-state from 15th to 23rd April. The championship takes place in the stunning setting of the Monte-Carlo Country Club, which directly overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. People who prefer cars to sports, should pair a Chamonix helicopter ski trip with a visit to Top Marques, a prestigious luxury goods and supercar show which takes place on 20th-23rd April at the famous Grimaldi Forum. Taking a helicopter from Monaco to Tignes, Chamonix or Val Thorens is also an option if you’d prefer ski in the afternoon or enjoy the après ski scene.
Val Thorens and Nice
Val Thorens is the highest purpose-built ski resort in Europe and it has enviable snow conditions. Located in the enormous Trois Vallees ski area, it is home to more than 140km of pistes above 3,000m, and since most of them are north-facing, skiing goes on until late in the season. The resort is car-free, making a luxury helicopter transfer the ultimate ski pass with hundreds of mountain peaks in sight. However, if you’re hoping for a ski pass a little closer to earth, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find special deals are usually available on lift tickets from mid-April. The season runs through to May and re-opens for glacier skiing in the summer. The cutting-edge ski facilities and high-tech ski lifts complement the informal and laid-back feel of the resort.
When you’re ready to enjoy your apres-ski on the beach, fly to Nice where the water is clear and inviting and the scenery is beautiful. Neptune Beach is a wonderful central private beach option that is affiliated with the famous Negresco Hotel off the Promenade de Anglais. It’s also family-friendly and its beach restaurant has a children’s play area. In the unlikely event that the weather takes a turn for the worst, the indoor lounge area offers various games to pass the time. Plage Publique du Voilier is located nearby on the Blue Beach and is close to attractions like the Museum of Fine Arts. Nice’s beaches stretch along the coast for 10 kilometres so you’ll have your pick of private or public ones. They are composed of large pebbles called ‘galets’ that make the water a uniquely vibrant blue.
With these combinations of Riviera helicopter flights you are never far from a beach or mountain. So enjoy the best of both worlds!
Known worldwide as the go to destination for a superyacht charter, the French Riviera has upheld its strong reputation amongst the elites for decades, making it a particularly popular region for yachting with hotspots such as Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez.
The proximity of Nice’s airport to Monaco, Cannes and other key locations on the Riviera transform it into a magnet for private jets in the summer, which are catered to by a separate terminal throughout the year. From there, transport can be easily arranged to start a charter either in the Port of Nice itself or even in Monaco, just 7 minutes away by helicopter.
Sunshine, superyachts, and Saint Tropez: can there be a more wonderful combination? But for many, the dream of a Saint Tropez yacht charter hovers just out of reach. Until now.
We know that not everyone has the time or funds for a leisurely week-long superyacht charter along the French Riviera. But that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best bit of all: a weekend superyacht charter in Saint Tropez. In Saint Tropez, you have a magical stretch of the Riviera which combines all that’s special about the Cote d’Azur: a rolling Mediterranean landscape, soft white sand beaches, picturesque Provencal villages, glamorous boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants, hedonistic nightclubs — and a whole lot of celebrity sparkle.
So if you want to experience the best of the French Riviera by yacht, but only have a weekend to do it in, then a Saint Tropez weekend yacht charter is your dream solution.
Cannes Lions is one of the most important events for those working in the creative communications, advertising and related fields. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has celebrated everything creative since its inception in 1954. Following on the heels of the Cannes Film Festival, these special awards are also held at the Palais des Festivals every June. As well as handing out numerous accolades, organisers and attendees throw extravagant parties and press events. It is set at an ideal time of year to attend with a luxury yacht charter and enjoy the event in style.
This year’s event takes place from 17th to 24th June, 2017. The Cannes Lions Festival attracts a diverse array of designers, digital innovators, marketers and celebrity guest speakers. This exciting gathering was actually inspired by Cannes Film Festival as cinema screen advertising executives felt the makers of advertising films should be similarly recognised. It was originally held in Venice and later alternated between that location and the French Riviera before finally permanently establishing itself in Cannes in 1984. Since those days it has continued to grow in popularity and prestige and attracts a diverse demographic of creatives and business executives. These visitors want to participate in a cutting-edge event that continues to be relevant and reflect society through creativity.
The Lions Awards are the heart of the celebration and champion work from the past year. They are awarded in a number of advertising and media categories which constantly evolve according to new developments in the industry. Now there are categories including ‘Top 10 Startups to Watch’, ‘Mobile’ and ‘Branded Content & Entertainment’. The juries consist of the best talent with proven creative credentials and influence, and the prizes themselves are highly coveted since the Lion remains the ultimate symbol of excellence.
Throughout Cannes Lions Festival, the superyachts berthed in the Vieux Port form a glamorous backdrop to this already prestigious event. The festival is located on Cannes’ legendary Croisette, exactly where the Cannes Film Festival is situated just one month earlier. The timing of both events is perfect for a French Riviera yacht charter since the weather is warm, but not too hot and sailing conditions are good. As summer has officially arrived along the Côte d’Azur, superyachts become the must-have accessory for companies wishing to showcase their creative genius in a splendid setting.
A superyacht is not just a luxurious place to lay your head at night; they are also impressive venues for meetings, cocktail parties and other networking events. A business lunch on the aft deck could seal the deal you’re looking for, or maybe provide inspiration for your agency’s next advertising campaign. In fact, your yacht charter could become a marketing tool itself if you custom brand it with your logo and banner to ensure your brand is visible to the key players in the industry as they stroll past. However, berths are extremely popular at this time of year, so it’s recommended that you enquire about yachts for the Cannes Lions as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Exciting preview of the new flybridge yacht sailing on the Ligurian Sea, awaiting its debut in Hong Kong.
The jaw-dropping beauty of Riva 100′ Corsaro could not find a more ideal location than the Golfo dei Poeti, a place of enchanting splendor, in one of the most beautiful and world-renowned regions of Italy
The series of photo shoots off the coast of the Ligurian Sea have immortalized its first nautical miles traveled and intensified the wait for its official introduction in Hong Kong in April 2017.
Its first time on display in Hong Kong will be the ideal occasion to celebrate the truly limitless success of an icon of sporty style and luxury, proven by the fact that the entire 2017 production is already sold out to a few selective ship owners.
The Riva 100′ Corsaro is born from the collaboration between Officina Italiana Design – the studio founded by designer Mauro Micheli alongside Sergio Beretta – exclusive designer for the entire Riva fleet, the Strategic Product Committee and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department. It is the natural heir to previous legendary models as well as the perfect combination of comfort, performance, style and safety.
Its majestic dimensions are arranged harmoniously with the athleticism of the design, 100’ Corsaro is characterized by a sharp profile, which evokes the shape of an arrow with metallic colors in dark tones and large glass surfaces.
In particular, the layout of the first unit will present exclusive, original interiors that reflect the style and high standards of its owner.
Glamorous, decadent, and dripping in celebrity history, the beach clubs of the Cote d’Azur have long been synonymous with the superyacht set. Yet of the hundred or so beach clubs along this stretch of storied coastline, which ones should you visit on your superyacht charter?
The best beach clubs have a seductive magic about them, an allure that goes far past the sophisticated decor, the handsome charm of the waiters, or even the softness of the sand where white-cloth tables sit before the sparkling sea. At the top beach clubs—the ones that the A-list compete to get into in the long, languorous days of a Mediterranean Summer — there’s a lingering sense of summers past, of all the famous people who have mingled, dined and danced here, passing happy days diving off pontoons and basking in the sun.
So join us as we float from the towering cliffs of Monaco down to the Gulf of Saint Tropez, dropping anchor at the most glorious beach clubs along the French Riviera.
Monte-Carlo Beach Club
This prestigious beach club at Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel offers the most impressive selection of options of any Monaco beach club, with a private beach with watersports and luxury tents; an Olympic sized saltwater swimming pool with diving tower, and a Michelin star restaurant on a deck overlooking the glittering sea. Laze back in your cool striped cabana with a hookah pipe, go parasailing high above the Mediterranean, or dine on fresh deliciousness at Elsa, the first all-organic restaurant to be lauded by the Michelin inspectors. Naturally, there’s also a spa onsite to take your pampering beach club experience to the next level.
The global Nikki Beach franchise has extended its reach with a pop-up ‘beach’ club on top of the Fairmont Hotel, which will return for another bout of party madness in April 2017. All the action at Nikki Beach Monaco takes place around the pool, which is surrounded by luxurious white deckchairs, from which you can indulge in some quality people-watching or gaze out at the endless Mediterranean views. With chilled DJ beats ramping up as the day wears on, Nikki Beach Monaco feels very much like a daytime nightclub, so it attracts a young crowd bent on having a good time.
If the idea of loud DJ music and enthusiastic young things spraying Champagne makes you want to retreat with haste to a place of cool, calm exclusivity, there can be no better oasis than La Note Bleue in Monaco. This sophisticated beach club at Monaco’s Larvotto Beach offers a garden-like setting by the sea, with decadent daybeds with wispy curtains, soft white deckchairs by the water, and elegant dining tables shaded by graceful sweeps of canvas. At night, drink and dine by soft lantern-light as notable jazz musicians play to an appreciative crowd.
For sheer celebrity history and Mediterranean charm, it would be hard to go past Paloma Beach, an iconic beach club nestled on a small cove in exclusive Cap Ferrat. Family-run since 1948 and named after Picasso’s daughter, the beach club at Paloma Beach offers heart-soaring views of cliffs and blue-green sea, with opulent villas climbing the steep slopes behind. Paloma Beach isn’t shiny and decadent— in fact it’s slightly rustic compared to its Monaco counterparts, with the same “shack” from 1948 serving up fresh-grilled seafood and family-style service to the dining tables scattered along the pretty pebbled beach. Paloma Beach promises the French Riviera experience… as it used to be. After a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water, lie back on a deckchair with an icy glass of rose’ and listen to the cicadas buzzing in the nearby pines. A place of family tradition, celebrity patronage, and the bewitching nostalgia of summers past, Paloma each is the French Riviera, and it would be remiss not to stop here on your Cote d’Azur yacht charter.
Return to where the French Riviera legend truly began, at the gloriously pretty Plage de la Garoupe. This stunning powder-white sand beach is where an American socialite couple called the Murphys launched the French Riviera as a summertime destination in the 1920s, clearing the beach of seaweed and fishing nets and inviting Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Picasso to sunbathe and swim in the crystal clear waters. Today, Plage Keller is the pick of the beach clubs along this pretty cove, offering excellent Mediterranean food in a sophisticated setting and beautiful views across the Bay of Angels to the distant Alps. Take a table on the silky soft sand or a deckchair on the long jetty, shaded by jaunty yellow umbrellas. Celebrity history is everywhere on the Riviera— if you only know where to look, and the refined Plage Keller beach club is the ideal beach club to celebrate the birthplace of the Riviera as we know it.
This designer-chic beach club is part of the Hotel Martinez, and is famous for its wide beach area and vast pontoon with teak decking and deliriously comfortable lounges. The most sought-after beach club experience in Cannes, Z Plage has an adjoining restaurant, a smoothie and cocktail bar, and a beach cabana offering Givenchy spa massages during July and August. Find your heaven under the shade of a white umbrella, or find an oasis of privacy between wisps of white curtains that wave gently in the afternoon breeze.
This glamorous beach club is a sister venue to the famous Baoli nightclub in Cannes’ Port Canto, and attracts the same A-list crowd of the young and genetically blessed. With a premier position by the majestic art deco façade of the Carlton Intercontinental hotel, Baoli Beach is the perfect venue to have an elegant lunch at a table on the sand or soak up the sun on the large jetty covered in plush deckchairs. The white and cream décor is set off perfectly against the blue sea and sky, and as the day heads into afternoon there’s a party vibe in the air that carries on long into the summer nights.
When talking of beach clubs in Saint Tropez, you simply must start with Club 55. In 1955 when filming And God Created Woman, Brigitte Bardot’s husband Vadim mistook a simple bungalow on the beach for a bistro, and asked the owner if the film crew could have something to eat. His wife kindly agreed to cook them a meal, and so history was made. That film would propel both Bardot and Saint Tropez to global stardom, and with it, the humble bungalow that would soon become the infamous Club 55 beach club.
Today, the bungalow still stands, surrounded by tall stands of bamboo and tamarisk trees that bend gently in the afternoon breezes which skip up off the water. Tables are shaded by swoops of white canvas, deckchairs are set up on the soft sand with stunning views, and as the day goes on and the inhibitions loosen, people begin to dance. Club 55 is beach club royalty, and the guest list shows it.
For a younger and wilder crowd, head to Nikki Beach St Tropez where beautiful young things dance on tables to big-name DJs, and as much Champagne seems to get sprayed as is drunk. This is hedonism at its most energetic.
In Summer, expect your A-list crowd of young celebrities and racing drivers to be tempered with a crowd of party-goers keen to brush shoulders with the superyacht set. Despite the name, Nikki Beach St Tropez isn’t actually right on the beach, so all the action centres around the pool, which is surrounded by the signature all-white lounges and daybeds of the Nikki Beach franchise.
Tradition is important in Saint Tropez, but it is not everything. Every once in a while, a newcomer announces its arrival with such success and fanfare that it immediately rockets to the top of the ‘must-visit’ list. Bagatelle Beach is one such venue, expanding to Saint Tropez after success in St Barts, Rio, and New York. After a fire destroyed the beach club in early 2016, Bagatelle Beach reopened and is going from strength to strength. The décor is coastal chic, with wicker chairs, white tablecloths, and flashes of bright blue — all reflecting that air of bright light and sparkling sea which makes the Riviera so entirely irresistible to anyone with a touch of romance in their soul.
Another thrilling chapter for Riva opens in the maxi yacht sector in the pursuit of style, elegance and raw performance.
The most renowned shipyard in the world officially presents the Riva 110’, the flagship of our fibreglass fleet, succeeding the Riva 100’ Corsaro as the next-generation model in our restyled flybridge range.
A collaboration between Officina Italiana Design, the studio founded by Mauro Micheli in collaboration with Sergio Beretta, the Strategic Product Committee and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, the Riva 110’ promises to be a flybridge of boundless beauty and unprecedented elegance. The design of the hull has been fully refreshed and is now almost 112 feet (34 metres) in length, and a width of over 22 feet (7 metres).
The exterior design builds on the untamed lines of the 100’ Corsaro: distinguished by her sporty profile, the hull of the Riva 110’ boasts an impressive glass wall and integrated portholes. On deck, a stretched glass roof extends over the length of the entire living area, constructed with panes nestled in a stainless steel frame. A second window surrounds the wide body master suite as far as the nose of the bow, complementing the sleek design.
In addition, the raised bridge enjoys expansive front and side windshields. Two lateral fibreglass structures, finished with glass, reinforce the flybridge in the stern, further accentuating the aerodynamic profile. A streamlined hardtop with an innovative asymmetrical design, moulded glass and chrome inserts, completes the yacht and exemplifies the obsessive attention to the finest details.
STERN AND MAIN DECK
As found on the Ferretti Yachts 850 and the Riva Corsaro 100’, the stern includes a submersible hatch, featuring Ferretti Group’s innovative, patent-pending actuating system. Experts have already lauded the hatch with a victory at the 2016 Boat Builder Awards in Amsterdam.
The stern garage door opens and tilts down creating a generous beach club area at water level. The platform may also be submerged to offer maximum enjoyment from the stern area. Once beneath the water, a lift opens the garage for practical and straightforward launches; choose to store a Williams 505 or a jet-ski with independent launches, or enjoy staggered launches for larger tenders such as the Williams 565 and a jet-ski.
The cockpit on the main deck features a C-shaped sofa, table and chairs and leads into the main salon. An extensive open-plan space enhances the convivial atmosphere and includes both a living and formal dining area. The deck features yet another elegant innovation: a polished stainless steel frame supporting the superstructure and glass from top to bottom. This allows natural light to flood the three-dimensional space, creating a luxury loft open to the ocean on all sides.
As on the larger yachts, the central zone serves to regulate the flow of crew and guests by keeping their circulation routes separate.To the left is access to the guest area below deck and the main deck master suite. To the right is access to the bridge, the galley and the below-deck crew cabins.
The left-hand lobby offers access to the external companionway, as well as the day head and stairs to the lower deck. It also leads to the wide body master suite, with a double bed located in the centre, the bathroom and walk-in wardrobe facing the stern to enhance separation from the service areas, particularly the galley. The suite is finished on the right with an armchair and coffee table, and on the left with a spacious walk-in wardrobe and a desk with panoramic sea views.
Guest accommodation is comprised of 4 VIP cabins with vanity tables and en-suite bathrooms. The starboard VIP cabin forward has twin beds and may accommodate, on request, an additional Pullman bed.
The crew area in the bow consists of a captain’s cabin with en-suite bathroom, and two additional single crew cabins each equipped with bunk beds and private bathrooms. Crew amenities also include a dinette complete with laundry facilities and a fully-equipped galley.
The engine room is accessed via the left-hand side of the cockpit, passing first through the machine and systems room. This guarantees both increased practicality and safe accessibility, even during navigation, as well as reducing the noise in the cockpit to a minimum.
FLYBRIDGE AND EXTERIOR BOW AREA
The sundeck of the Riva 110’ is striking in its sporty and innovative design. In the stern, the furnished open air sundeck is enclosed by a mahogany handrail finished with stainless steel and polished carbon fibre. There is also a cocktail bar with two stools and an informal dining area with C-shaped sofa, all naturally illuminated thanks to a glass skylight in the hardtop roof. The helm station is situated on the right side, with co-pilot seats on the left.
The flybridge is not only accessible from deck through a sliding glass and steel hatch, but it also linked to the foredeck through a side door on the left. This permits easy access to the facilities and offers practical crew access to on-board services.
The space is dominated by a C-shaped sofa opposite a centrepiece sunpad, all designed to promote sociability. On request, it is possible to substitute the sunpad with a garage in which to store an additional tender or water toy with appropriate launching crane. On deck, freestanding furniture may also be accommodated to increase the flexibility of the space.
Alternatively, the owner may opt for a Jacuzzi with sliding integrated sun-pad covers. This conceals both the Jacuzzi pool and the mooring stations, offering guests the ultimate in refinement. On this model, the area is equipped with a practical stowage compartment.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
The Riva 110’ sports twin MTU 16V series 2000 M94 engines, each outputting 2638 mhp. With this engine setup, the yacht will reach a cruising speed of 23 knots and a maximum speed of 26 knots (preliminary data). The maxi yacht also benefits from zero speed and underway fins, to which a gyroscopic stabilizer may be fitted to maximise comfort, even when anchored.
MIPIM Cannes, set to run from 14 to 17 March 2017 at the Palais des Festivals, will unite 23,000 delegates from over 90 countries for the world’s leading property market. Held over four days, MIPIM Cannes 2017 will focus on the theme ‘A New Deal for Real Estate’.
Alexander Coles, Senior Charter Broker and CEO at Bespoke Yacht Charter, has confirmed that MIPIM Cannes 2017 is already proving popular for corporate yacht charter bookings from international property companies.
Alexander says, “Yacht charters at MIPIM have gone from strength to strength over the years. Each year, more and more companies are wanting to charter yachts at the event. The port is usually fully booked by the December preceding the event and due to the number of repeat bookings every year, it is absolutely essential for companies wanting to charter at MIPIM to have chosen their yacht and submitted the berth application to the Port of Cannes at least six months in advance of the event.
We are also seeing an increase in the size of yachts that companies are choosing to charter, many started of with us by chartering 25m yachts and have now moved up to much larger vessels due to the great entertaining options these larger yachts provide. Because MIPIM takes place in March, many yachts are either having work done in the shipyard or have crossed to the Caribbean for the winter season. Therefore the number of yachts to charter at MIPIM is limited and this makes it very important to plan well ahead in order to be able to find the right yacht.”
The proximity of Vieux Port to the Palais des Festivals allows MIPIM yacht charter clients to maximise the location for their branding, meetings and on board entertainment without a need for travel between venues.
Alexander commented that, “MIPIM Cannes is an important event for networking with influential real estate players. There are a few changes to the Cannes event this year such as the move to a central zone in the Palais for the Innovation Forum, therefore for anyone attending MIPIM Cannes, securing a prime location to meet other delegates and get their message across is crucial.”
About Bespoke Yacht Charter:
Bespoke Yacht Charter are synonymous with luxury yacht charter for major Cannes and Monaco events, specialising in corporate static charters and boat rental. With over 12 years experience, they offer expert unbiased advice from a team of fully independent yacht charter brokers for private or corporate charters on the French Riviera or worldwide.
If you would like brochures or further information about any of the yachts for charter during MIPIM Cannes or other French Riviera events, please contact Alexander Coles at Bespoke Yacht Charter; E-mail: email@example.com or Mobile: London +44 7708 014404 , Monaco/France +33 (0)6 77 46 97 00
Bradley Mitton, founder of Mitton Wines and Club Vivanova brings a new level of sophistication to the world of wine for expats in the French Riviera and Monaco.
Hi Bradley. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background, and your business?
I left the UK twenty five years ago to travel and experience Australia and Asia and through various work opportunities, I developed my career in the food and beverage industry and worked for eleven years amongst a number of reputable fine dining restaurants in Australia’s Gold Coast, Cairns, Hong Kong, Manila, Subic Bay and Seoul. The affinity of food and wine played a large part during my last eight years working in Asia and when I moved to Seoul in 2000, I managed an international business that focused on gastronomy, Australian wines and cigars and I acquired the ability to successfully market and promote wines, menus and events. It was when I moved to Berlin in 2002 that I started working primarily in wines and I decided that it was time to set my own company up so on a shoe-string budget, I established Mitton International Wines. The company is based in Berlin, we import boutique Argentinean, Australian, New Zealand and South African wines to Central Europe and we sell exclusively to leading hotels, private clubs, villas, yachts and international restaurants across the Continent. I then pioneered Club Vivanova that runs events in parallel with my wine business in locations that list our products as a service to build relationships with our gastronomy partners. Both Club Vivanova and my wine business work hand-in-hand to develop relationships between our wines and our clients and they are growing dynamically in the seven European countries that we work in. I currently travel throughout Europe training and educating hotel and restaurant employees in the diversity and regionality of New World wines and hosting my wine events that are mostly sold-out in Barcelona, Berlin, Milan Monte Carlo, Prague and Warsaw building great business and social connections for me and my partners. We host around 80 events per year.
Why did you decide to switch gears from being a chef to wine importing/distribution and event management?
It wasn’t something that I planned as I loved running and working in restaurants but as my career progressed, I started moving more towards sales, marketing and events and in 2002, I was flown to Berlin from Seoul and employed by a German wine importing company to channel their portfolio towards the New World and so I went from running restaurants to selling into them and the move was seamless. Having a good understanding of your clientelle is important and I understand the gastronomy business well, so I was naturally able to build a good rapport with my sommelier and restaurant managing clients. Looking back, I am happy I made the move, the restaurant industry is a killer; long hours, heavy pressure and it’s tough to make money in this sector, there’s just so many flaws in the industry that cause financial loss. The social life is great but the financial benefits just didn’t weigh up for me so I think simplifying to a trading operation made business life somewhat less stressful for me and more clean in an operational point of view.
You’ve been running your company now for 13 years. How long did it take for it to become successful?
I’m still working on that. The first five years was just building, setting-up clientelle, establishing a database, changing portfolios, learning from mistakes, losing money left right and centre and basically trying to get a start-up business on the road. It was very tough, long hours but inspirational and a great learning curve. I see my business as an train, with an engine and carriages and you have to continuously fine tune the engine to keep it moving ahead but also make sure the carriages (employees, administration and back-office) are keeping up as in our business, it’s the weakest link that is the threat. The wolf is only as strong as the pack and the pack is only as strong as the wolf; so you have to have the whole package running like clockwork from purchasing to pricing and stocking, communication then delivery and of course, the after-sales. We run a slick and specialist operation, I refuse to accept mediocrity and I’m always challenging ourselves internally to do better and be better and grow but carefully and in a planned and selective manner.
You mentioned that the first few years were tough. How did you keep yourself motivated?
I used to take each day as it came, there are always fires to put out with the business and issues to deal with and you’re going to have battles and you win some and lose some but you’ve just got the make sure that you win the big war, that’s the main objective and you’ve got to always be trying to streamline the way the company runs. The motivation comes from within, you need to be hungry, you have to want to survive and succeed and if you are not driven , you just won’t make it and if you’re not strong, it’s no use even starting out. There are employees and there are entrepreneurs and we all have our place in life and I think I was just born ready; I motivate myself and focus on my targets, taking very little notice of distractions and negative people or influences, I take most of my business decisions myself and I am driven to be the best and I think even though that can sometimes be a bit dangerous, that is the key to success, if it is controlled and not erratic. Never take no for an answer and if you fall down failing, just get up, and start again, keep going. Winston Churchill once said that when you’re going through hell, keep going!
You’re originally from England but have lived in Australia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Korea, Germany, and now France. Which place has been your favorite so far and why?
I’ve enjoyed everywhere that I’ve lived for different reasons and at different times, they showed me many different facets of life; but my favourite part of the world is the South of France. I studied French at school for eight years and I fell in love with the language, the literature, the culture, the food, the art, the women, the fashion, just everything, it was all so romantic and so when I moved back to Europe after Asia, I decided to develop my wine business in Monaco and travelled frequently and just fell back in love with the lifestyle. Eventually I had enough business there to be able to move and now live in the hills behind Cagnes Sur Mer looking down over the Mediterranean and it’s serene. The food is wonderful as are the wines, you can be in many of Europe’s business cities quickly and the pace of life is slow so I can balance that with my frantic, travelling and pressured corporate life running events and wine sales. One thing I have always respected though is my work ethic; it’s a relaxing and ambient place to live but you’ve always got to make money, if you start to get too comfortable here, you can end up on the slippery sslope of just having fun and then waking up one day with nothing. So I still work as hard here as I have ever done, but I just enjoy life in this region so much more than anywhere else I have lived. And I think that if you’re willing to give and commit in business in this part of the world, there are amazing rewards.
Have you ever experienced any major culture shocks?
Yes, plenty and especially in Asia; it’s an amazing place and just has so much to offer and the diversity of cultures is quite astonishing. I’ve lived in mud-huts and tree-houses and travelled extensively through East Timor, Komodo, Lombok, Bali and other parts of Indonesia in the 1990s. I spent a few months in the North of the Philippines living amongst the rice paddies in villages without power and I set-up a restaurant in Boracay (Philippines) before it had any power and the restaurant and kitchens were run off generators. I have many wonderful, humorous, humbling, sad and inspirational stories from my experiences and they all built me to be the person I am today. I’m going to write a book.
Where would you say people are most conscious of how they dress and how they present themselves?
I can’t say France as I think in general, the fashion in this part of the world can be superficial and scruffy so I will say Milan; locals always look sharp and Italians have a wonderful and diverse fashion sense; it’s not a style, it’s a statement and in Milan, everything is fashion, the people, the buildings, the restaurants, the designs, the hotels; they just like to make things look good and they like to look good themselves. It’s a great pleasure walking around Milan seeing how people really take pride in what they wear and how they look; I like that, it shows self-respect and pride and a drive to look and feel well.
The traditional English and French styles are quite different. Would you say living in France has had an influence on your style?
I haven’t lived in the UK for 25 years; the styles are at different ends of the fashion spectrum. Living in France has made me dress less formally but with an open-mind to believing that most clothes fit together, jeans with a jacket and formal shirt, colours that would normally not go in the UK, for example brown shoes with blue trousers is forbidden in the British scene, I’ve become less classical and more Continental and I like it, it’s relaxed. I buy most of my suits from Ermenegildo Zegna, shirts from Gucci and Dolce Gabbana, ties from Hermes and shoes from Tod’s. You can mix and match here as long as you’re looking elegant.
How would you describe your style? How has it evolved over time?
Yes, definitely, we evolve as we get older. I would say I’m a classic dresser, I like clean-cut, blues and whites; I try to dress sharply but casually, open-necked shirts, dark colours and not always formal clothing but I have to look professional and elegant as I’m meeting and doing business with leaders of the greatest hotels on the Continent and they want to deal with like-minded, executive, quick-thinking and clean-cut partners. You have to be able to walk into a room and make an impression in my business and wearing something sharp but acceptable to the eye is important.
What items will you never leave home without?
I never leave home without my sunglasses (unless it’s evening) or a jacket. I always wear a jacket, I think it’s a great accessory to turn any outfit into something that makes a statement. I also always wear one ring, a gold one my Mother gave to me; it’s a charm, but I think minimal jewellery is also important and of course a good watch.
Why is it important to present yourself well?
As I’ve mentioned, the people I deal with in business and the people that I like to surround myself in general in life are international business leaders. They run exceptional and highly professional operations in which success, efficiency and leadership is key and so I have to have an effect on these people when I meet them and in turn, they also want to also do business with sharp, sincere, executive and elegant people. So I have to look the part, to fit the sector that I work in and that means dressing well, not over-dressing but just to be clean and crisp and I have to wear that character well to present myself in the right manner. It’s not just what you wear though, it’s how to carry that but the impression has to be right and of course the style of clothes you wear is important.
Turning back to Club Vivanova – what are the most important elements of a good event?
Again, I think it all comes back to relationships and efficiency. One of my regular attendees recently sent me a testimonial, it said “Bradley is the soul of Club Vivanova, the brains and the heart behind it, and that is a guarantee in itself for us that he will continue to attract new and interesting people.” My club members and my clients trust my judgement and they expect excellence, they expect the best and I cannot give anything else, no waivering, no excuses, we have to perform at the absolute top level as reputations are always at stake and so we have to put on a good show. If we have partners involved, they have to fit the profile, they hav to be leaders in their sector. The most important elements for a successful event are good communication, promotion and advertising of the date, an excellent and tested menu with specialist wines that match, a unique venue that is managed well so there are no disappointments and then of course I run each event like my own open pop-up restaurant, we manage the door, the aperitif, the service, the menu, wines, presentations then the finale of the event with appreciations, after-service images posted online and so on. We have to have a well-run, professionally executed package so people arrive, and they know I’m taking care of business until the end of the night. It is tough work as we’re dealing with temperamental human beings, alcohol and food it can get complicated but it is inspirational and challenging and I love it, because we always do it right and so we always succeed.
What are your future plans for your businesses and your “brand”?
I just keep my head down, keep pushing for better and more exclusive events, inspirational event partners, out-of-the-box thinking in regards to the concepts but all the time, remembering that it’s the clients who have to enjoy themselves so we have to feature projects that will impress or interest them. Our plans include two galas in 2016, one at the Fairmont on 12th March and one at the Café de Paris on 23rd April. I’m also releasing and wine and food cookery book and we’re just going to keep pushing to be better, fine-tuning all the time, listening to our clients, re-focusing and using all of the criticism we get positively to drive the brand forward fast. The brand has grown extensively in Monaco, though it is always important to be grounded in this part of the world and stick to the basic guidelines of running a successful business. Success goes to people’s heads, not mine, we’re still the same, caring, small company we were ten years ago, straight and true and I’ll never lose that special sincere touch that we give to everything that we do.
Are there any rules or principles that you live by? What keeps you grounded?
Principally, I try to be a gentleman. I believe in truth and sincerity, there is no other way; and that you only get out of life what you put in, I am a non-believer in luck or fate, business and success is 0% luck and 100% determination and grit. My father always taught me that there are two ways of doing things in life, the right way and the wrong way and the right way is always the hard way and so getting to the top is painful and sometimes lonely but when we strive for that and drive ourselves to do things correctly, no short-cuts, no excuses, then we normally get to where we want to be. And then when we get there, we aim for the next plateau and so on. Driven people are never satisfied, they just want to keep becoming better and better and so I stick to my principles and strive for greatness in work and in life. I’m grounded because I’m a father, my son is 16, he lives with me in France and so I have a wonderful home life, full of love and happiness. I cook a lot at home, I entertain and run my home like an extension of my old restaurants and that is what gives me the grounding that I need. I love nature and so spend lots of time in my garden and I run most mornings between 5 and 10 kilometres, it clears my mind, focuses and channels my thoughts and once I arrive at my desk, I’m ready to challenge anything that comes my way.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
In my field of sales and marketing, I would advise entrepreneurs not to take on anything that you are passionate about, you have to work with a business almost remotely as if you’re tuning a racing car, feelings and personalities have to be left behind. If you’re too close to your business personally, you’ll make emotional decisions, not good. Decisions have to be made clinically and with a view to total survival. I’m not saying that you have to be impersonal but business is business and business is cut-throat these days and if you want to succeed and build something substantial in a lifetime, you have to be ready to challenge, sacrifice, accept physical and mental pain and sleepless nights and drive yourself to perfection. Nothing in this life is easy, there is no free lunch, so be prepared to do it the right way, the hard way and always surround yourself with amazing, smart, sharp and successful people and always be true! “If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it, and what’s more, you’ll be a man, my son.”
Bespoke Yacht Charter, the leading charter brokerage for Cannes events advises clients to book now to avoid disappointment for Cannes Lions
LONDON, ENGLAND, December 18, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Senior Charter Broker and CEO at Bespoke Yacht Charter, Alexander Coles, has confirmed unprecedented interest for yacht charters for Cannes Lions, to be held from 17-24 June 2017.
Cannes Lions is the premier event for creative excellence, attracting attendees from over 90 countries to the annual ‘International Festival of Creativity’ and yacht charter demand is outstripping supply. Alexander commented that “Cannes Lions is a tremendously successful event in all aspects and our charter clients expect the best service. We have repeat clients for most of the events in Cannes, and this unrivalled loyalty has resulted in 5 yachts already booked with us for Cannes Lions 2017, with 3 more in discussion.
We highly recommend companies attending Cannes Lions to book their yacht in Cannes now to avoid disappointment – early January is the latest deadline. There has been a significant rush of early bookings with around 40 yachts already reserved; Vieux Port can facilitate 76 yachts so there is a fantastic opportunity for last-minute bookings to still secure a berth for this pinnacle event. We have access to the latest portfolio of yachts available on the charter market, ideal for corporate parties or business meetings. Our clientele desire the best for their guests and trust our expert knowledge of every yacht’s crew, facilities, and availability to ensure an enjoyable experience onboard.
Here is what Bespoke Yacht Charter can offer companies attending Cannes Lions in 2017:
– Fully crewed luxury yacht rentals and boat hire – Yachts from 60ft to 300+ft available to charter by the day or for the duration of the event.
– The best berths in the Port of Cannes, right next to the Palais des Festivals.
– Your very own floating venue in the heart of the action to host meetings, lunches, presentations and parties for groups from 15 to over 300.
– A fabulous boat fully branded with your company logos, flags and banners. This enables companies to have the ultimate high profile during this event. You also have the opportunity to cruise to nearby beaches and towns, including St Tropez! Lunches at Club 55, Nikki Beach and Bagatelle are ever popular!
– Every yacht we offer for charter at Cannes Lions is professionally crewed and has a dedicated chef onboard. You will receive exceptional service and sublime food throughout the charter and your yacht crew will guarantee that your events are the ones that people leaving Cannes at the end of the week are talking about!
Bespoke Yacht Charter has over 12 years experience organising yacht charters for companies during Cannes events and we are able to assist with every detail in ensuring you and your company the ultimate Cannes Lions experience! We take care of every detail from helping you choose the perfect yacht, obtaining the best berth in Cannes, assisting with catering arrangements, branding, additional staff, DJs, photographers, marketing materials, Nice – Cannes helicopter transfers, limousine transfers etc.
Well regarded as the French Riviera’s leading luxury yacht charter company, Bespoke Yacht Charter offers impartial and expert advice by a team of fully independent yacht charter brokers. In addition to unforgettable luxury yacht charter holidays on the French Riviera, throughout the Mediterranean and worldwide, they specialise in corporate static yacht charters and boat rentals for companies attending major industry events in Cannes and Monaco.
If you would like brochures or further information about any of the yachts for charter during Cannes Lions or other French Riviera events, please contact Alexander Coles at Bespoke Yacht Charter; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile: London +44 7708 014404 / Monaco/France +33 (0)6 77 46 97 00