MIPIM 2018 Preview

MIPIM events on the beach in Cannes

MIPIM 2018 will be hosted in Cannes from 13–16 March 2018 and continues as one of the world’s largest events for global property professionals.

MIPIM party at the Carlton hotel in Cannes, France

Hosted at the Palais des Festivals, which is a key venue for other major Cannes events including Cannes Lions, Cannes Film Festival and MAPIC, over 24,000 participants will be inspired and make new discoveries during four days of intensive networking, conferences about property trends and the MIPIM Awards.

Read all about it in this Guide to MIPIM 2018 from Bespoke Yacht Charter

ANTISAN – One of the most popular Charter Yachts on the French Riviera

Yacht Antisan cruising Cannes, France

It’s easy to fall in love with a classic, and Antisan is a stand out with a perfect mix of elegance and classicism. Based at Vieux Port, Antisan is one of the best options for luxury yacht charter for groups in Cannes.

At 33 metres in length with a beam of almost 8 metres, Antisan offers a well-priced charter experience where her generous dimensions place her as a fine choice for clients seeking space that is usually found on bigger charter yachts.

Available for Mediterranean charters throughout the year, Antisan’s professional crew are highly skilled with service during luxury events and parties in Cannes and her onboard areas allow clients to maximise their experience for relaxing or entertaining as they wish.

Antisan has the capacity to host parties in port for up to 100 people, or even larger numbers during Cannes events such as Cannes Lions, Cannes Film Festival, MIPIM, ILTM or MIDEM utilising the adjacent quay.

Charter Antisan



Guide to Yacht Charter in Cannes

The Hotel Carlton in Cannes, France

As with these words from Renoir, visiting the French Riviera can only be felt by experiencing it, going to see the same landscapes that attracted famous painters, dining at the same restaurants that hold Michelin accolades and chartering a yacht in the same bays that writers and poets gain inspiration from.

Cannes, a major destination in the south of France, is an excellent starting point for yacht charters on the French Riviera. With easy accessibility to both Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and Cannes-Mandelieu Airport, Cannes has a well-established infrastructure for major conferences and events, and ample luxury offerings to satisfy any yacht charter guest.

Time ashore can be spent dining at great restaurants from traditional French bistros to fine cuisine, browsing some of the best luxury boutiques on the Côte d’Azur or sightseeing at world-class art museums and galleries.

Read more in this guide to Cannes yacht charters from Bespoke Yacht Charter.

Cannes Luxury Guide

Night panorama of the bay of Cannes with luxury yachts

The French Riviera’s most stylish resort, Cannes, is a showcase for the beautiful, glamorous and covetable. Host to prestigious events such as Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Collection, Cannes Lions and Cannes Yachting Festival there’s no shortage of celebrities, luxury offerings and high-octane parties.

We’ve curated an Insider’s Guide to our favourite luxury places to shop, eat, stay or party like an A-lister in Cannes.

The insider’s guide to luxury Cannes

Chartering a yacht at Cannes Lions

Celtra yacht at Cannes Lions 2016

Cannes Lions, the world’s largest advertising festival, might not start until June but booking a yacht for the event before Christmas is essential to secure the best yacht and a prime berth in the Port of Cannes.

Indeed, Alexander Coles, Charter Broker at Bespoke Yacht Charter, confirmed that their agency has already booked 5 Cannes Lions yacht charters for the 2017 event. In fact, the Cannes Lions has become the most popular venue for event charters in recent years.

Spanning over 8 days and incorporating 3 festivals, the Cannes Lions has become the most highly regarded event for advertising executives with impressive line-ups of keynote speakers. This year, the CEOs of AirBnB, Burberry and Time Warner are all scheduled to give talks to an audience of over 15,000 delegates from 4,000+ companies.


How One Yacht Charter Company Is Winning Clients at Cannes Events

Luxury yachts outside Cannes Palais des Festivals

Cannes is synonymous with major events on the French Riviera that take place in a destination used to media scrutiny and huge influxes of visitors.

Among it all, one yacht charter company is dominating the luxury yacht charter market in Cannes by offering professional advice about chartering with a stripped-back ethos that makes transparency and bespoke service appealing for top advertising companies, film industry execs and creative professionals.

Bespoke Yacht Charter have over 14 years experience with yacht charters in Cannes including MIPIM, Cannes Lions, Cannes Film Festival, MIPCOM, MIPTV, TFWA (Tax Free), MAPIC and ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) ensuring you receive in-depth knowledge from a proven yachting industry leader.

How One Yacht Charter Company Is Winning Clients at Cannes Events

MAPIC 2016

MAPIC 2016

MAPIC, the International Retail Property Market, organized by Reed MIDEM will be hosted in Cannes from 16-18 November and will unite property owners, retailers, property management professionals, airport authorities, e-tailers, food and beverage companies, architects and real estate developers.

Along with MIPIM that occurs in March each year and is another significant property trade show where luxury yacht charter is highly desirable, MAPIC welcomes small upcoming brands through to established names who come to Cannes to forge partnerships, present innovative retail concepts, see trends and stay one step ahead with the next generation of tech and digital solutions.

Interview with Alexander Coles of Bespoke Yacht Charter

Superyachts in Montenegro

Alexander Coles 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

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

Le Suquet

Restaurant in Cannes' historic Le Suquet area

Cannes is viewed as the definitive French Riviera resort with its magnificent seafront hotels, designer boutiques, luxurious superyachts and major cultural and business events including the Cannes Film Festival, MIPCOM, Cannes Lions, MIPIM and ILTM.

There is, however, much more to the city than these glossy events at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès or shopping on rue d’Antibes and the palm-lined Croisette.

To the west, on the small hill of Mont Chevalier lies a compact district, Le Suquet, that largely avoids self-promotion and gives visitors a sublime contrast to the glitz of modern Cannes.

Read more: Le Suquet Proves Cannes Isn’t The City You Think It Is

Planning The Perfect Event Charter in Cannes

Cannes Port

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.

Yacht charters for Cannes events

MAPIC – 18-20 November 2015 in Cannes

The final Cannes event of the season is coming up in just 8 days! Cannes welcomes delegates from around the world attending MAPIC 2015, the International Retail Property Market (Marché International Professionnel de l’Implantation Commercial et de la Distribution). The 20th edition of MAPIC, organised and hosted by Reed Midem, takes place at the Palais de Festival from the 18-20 November 2015.

International representatives from retail real estate worldwide markets converge in Cannes to share ideas, attend conferences, networking sessions and keynote speeches. Many delegates offer up their latest retail ideas for scrutiny in the various competitions, with winners announced during the gala awards ceremony which this year takes place on Thursday 19 November at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez attended by the world’s most influential retail real estate professionals. This annual competition is a fabulous platform for young and exciting new product managers, alongside innovative well established companies to show off their ideas and earn the respect and recognition that only this event can provide.

Rules state: “Any developer, architect, retail company, local authority, city, service provider, consultant or agent registered to MAPIC may enter the competition in one of the following ten categories”:

  • Best Fashion & Footwear Retail Concept
  • Best Food & Beverage Retail Concept
  • Best New Retail Concept
  • Best Retail Global Expansion
  • Best Retail Digital Strategy
  • Best Pop-Up Shop
  • Best New Shopping Centre
  • Best Factory Outlet Centre
  • Best Refurbished Shopping Centre
  • Best Urban Retail Project

Each year a county of honour is recognised specifically for their contribution to the world of retail real estate. For 2015 the country of honour is the USA. As part of their recognition the best American entry in the above competition categories will also be honoured with a special award during the gala dinner.

Party at MAPIC in Cannes

Cramming so much into only three days has led the organisers to be innovative with the way they organise the multitude of events taking place throughout MAPIC. A recent networking format is Speed Matching, based on the Speed Dating concept, participants are permitted just 3 minutes each with 10 potential business partners, giving just enough uninterrupted time for a proper introduction and an exchange of business cards – hopefully leading to further communication later in the event or once everyone is back home. Participants are listed on the MAPIC on-line database so communication year round is as simple. However there’s nothing quite like that first face to face meeting for building lasting relationships and the format has proved very popular!

MAPIC discussion

To give an idea of just how much Reed Midem mange to squeeze into just three days, here’s a look at the key numbers for MAPIC 2015:

  • 74 Countries
  • 8,400 + Participants
  • 2,400 Retailers
  • 1,500 Brands
  • 2,300 Property Developers 
  • 340 Investment Companies
  • 700 Exhibiting Companies over 12,000 m2 
  • 100 Cities & Local Authorities
  • Over 20 Conference Sessions 

With so many participants, what better way to get the edge over the competition than to showcase your company on board a luxury yacht moored in the Port of Cannes right next to the Palais des Festivals! Bespoke Yacht Charter has been arranging luxury yacht charters for Cannes Events for over 12 years and perfectly understands the needs of event charter clients looking for an exceptional platform to showcase their ideas, products and services:

● Professionally crewed luxury yachts ranging in length from 23-70m and sleeping from 4-20 guests. Capable of hosting cocktail parties for 20 to over 200 people.

● Prime berths in the Port of Cannes along the Jetée Albert Edouard, right behind the Palais des Festivals and therefore offering the perfect spot at the heart of the event’s activities to showcase your company.

● Increased exposure from the use of custom branding including flags, banners, welcome carpets, company logos and turning the yacht into heavily branded company HQ for the duration of the event.

●  A luxury yacht offers the perfect venue to not only act as a base and place to sleep for delegates or key personnel, but also to host meetings throughout each day, in various locations throughout the yacht. These areas can be privatised in order to host several intimate meetings concurrently. A yacht can also host more than one lunch at the same time, for example a larger buffet style lunch on the upper deck for larger groups whilst in the interior private dining room, key sponsors, clients, investors can enjoy a formal fine dining experience.

●  Yachts are not only equipped with first class professional crew, there to serve and look after your every need, they also offer dedicated chefs who often work with outside caterers for larger numbers. The service on board is bespoke just for your company and therefore the standards are exceptional and will exceed all expectations.

●  Your dedicated charter broker from Bespoke Yacht Charter will assist with absolutely every last detail from finding additional staff, DJs, live entertainment, caterers, photographers, drivers, Cannes to Nice helicopter transfers, and anything else you require to ensure your MAPIC experience is the best ever!

To discuss a yacht charter for MAPIC, please call Alex Coles on +44 20 7368 3328 or email alex@bespokeyachtcharter.com