Small yet mighty, the stylish principality of Monaco is well-known as the ultimate millionaire’s playground, frequented by the rich and famous. An illustrious place to see and be seen, visiting on a luxury yacht charter provides the perfect opportunity to become immersed in the hedonistic blend of glitz and glamour on offer. Luxury superyacht brokerage Ocean Independence has seen unwavering popularity in this yachting hotspot, driven by a passion for luxury, where rubbing shoulders with A-listers in chic restaurants is commonplace and supercars frequently vie for prime position outside the legendary casino.
Exceptional Monaco measures no more than 0.75 square miles along the Cote d’Azur and can be walked across in less than an hour. An added bonus is the 300 days of sunshine a year and residents who unsurprisingly enjoy the highest life expectancy in the world. Buzzing with a wall-to-wall atmosphere, where spectacular sights and unique character provide a huge draw, a Monaco yacht charter delivers an access-all-areas experience in the heart of the effervescent French Riviera.
Dubbed the home of yachting, Monaco plays host to momentous global events such as the Monaco Tennis Masters, Monaco Grand Prix plus the nearby Cannes Film Festival. For visiting yachts, Port Hercule serves as an incredible hub and plays host to the largest yacht show in the world. This naturally deep marina at the foot of the rock hosts up to 700 of the most sought-after Mediterranean berths and brims with gleaming superyachts adding inimitable embellishment to the lively waterfront.
A Monaco yacht charter offers the perfect jumping-off point to appreciate some well-known enclaves along the Riviera. Drop anchor beneath the towering clifftop at medieval Eze then cruise to picture-perfect Cap Ferrat for magnificent scenery. A hop away along the iconic coastline, discover the dynamic locales of Cannes, Juan-les-Pins and Nice, while enchanting spots such as Portofino can be found to the east over the border in Italy.
Choose from a variety of beaches where sparkling azure waters offer an irresistible setting to launch the yachts’ water toys and while away endless hours with fun activities. Head to private Mala Plage at Cap D’Ail, serving up an impeccable blend of decadence and delicious cuisine on the golden sand, or discover the high-octane vibe at famous Nikki Beach, favoured by celebs.
Alongside the melange of luxury spas and five-star hotels, the charms of the Prince’s Palace are plentiful, with sensational Venetian chandeliers and 16th century frescoes on display. Stop by early to catch the changing of the guard ceremony and watch proud carabinieri in traditional dress follow the 100-year-old ritual to a tee. From the square opposite marvel at the wide-reaching views across the harbour over to the casino’s onion domes on one side and Monaco’s stadium on the other; it will take your breath away. For an experience to capture the essence of a bygone era, wander the character-packed old town streets and follow the pathways through the flagrantly exotic Jardins Saint-Martin to the Oceanographic Museum, packed with a host of enthralling marine treats.
Shopping options are diverse with historic Condamine Market presenting a colourful prospect to buy local fare. Luxury opportunities to satisfy the most elaborate tastes await at the Carré d’Or boutiques, where homage is paid to numerous distinguished brands including Gucci, Valentino, Prada and Christian Dior. Retail therapy builds a healthy appetite, so dinner at the Café de Paris followed by a dice-roll at the prestigious Casino de Monte Carlo are a must when hopping aboard a Monaco yacht charter. Furthermore, the nightlife here certainly won’t let you down. As dusk falls, beach clubs such as Nikki Beach transition from mellow lounge spots to a vibrant food and music venue where you can party until the early hours. Oozing glamour at the heart of the elite Monégasque party scene for over 30 years, revelry at Jimmy’z is an exciting indulgence. Alternatively celebrate at Sass Café, a local favourite, located near the Grimaldi Forum, it is the place to go to dance until dawn.
Specialist for Monaco yacht charters, Ocean Independence Senior Charter Manager Rebecca Pattinson comments, “Monaco is, simply put, one of a kind. A luxury yacht charter here presents a magical blend of pleasure, luxury and indulgence – the sky really is the limit. Chartering a yacht at the Monaco Grand Prix is without a doubt the social occasion of the year and once the cars cross the finish line, the harbour erupts into the biggest party ever! The only way to fully appreciate it is to do it!”.
Yacht charter itineraries that include Monaco offer far more than sand, sea and sunshine. Encompassing all aspects of a grand lifestyle, from dining to yachting, shopping to racing, the ultimate in luxury is visible at every turn. This is the place to admire historical landmarks, stroll through stunning gardens and soak up picturesque seascapes whilst relishing the opulent atmosphere that makes this exclusive principality so very special.