Unquestionably the summer charter destination of choice amongst the discerning members of the international jet set community, the Mediterranean is home to a wide variety of picturesque cruising grounds. Bordered by 22 countries and 3 continents, this superb region offers a rich mix of histories, landscapes, languages and cultures that’s created an unbeatable haven for charterers of all types. From the prestigious events that attract the world’s biggest names to the historic maritime capitals immersed in old-world charm, the sheer diversity of the Mediterranean means you can forge the luxury getaway of your dreams and live the good life.
To put it simply, there is no Mediterranean season without a visit to the French Riviera. St-Tropez maintains its status as the pinnacle of all things luxury with its gaudy seaside restaurants and star-studded beaches. This is the very definition of a socialite’s playground where high-profile visitors show up by the yachtful hoping to soak in the enchanting seaside melodies. Monaco is already synonymous with glamour and sophistication, but this is taken to new extremes when the Monaco Grand Prix kicks off in May. The principality is the epitome of elite Formula One racing, enhanced by the elegant setting and haute couture glamour of the Côte d’Azur. You’ll need to be red carpet-ready for the Cannes Film Festival as well where stars and billionaires alike take turns striking a pose in sleek tuxedos and full-length ball gowns. This is followed by more than a week of the most extravagant celebrations in the world.
The Amalfi Coast is another place to look forward to. This strip of Italian coastline simultaneously teases ancient glamour and modern chic for its well-heeled clientele. The Amalfi Coast is certainly one of the most memorable destinations with its nail-biting vertical scene of colorful cliffside architecture, verdant forests and expansive waters. Located within the UNESCO-protected Boka Bay, Porto Montenegro has transformed itself in recent years with five-star yacht and tourist facilities. The tremendous coastline includes some of the most staggering mountains, crystal clear waters and scattered islets, whereas the luxury jet set lifestyle comes into fruition here in one of Europe’s most exclusive destinations.
The impressive list of first-class events and captivating coastal cities certainly call for the most inviting accommodation. There are an endless amount of hotels that sparkle with their resort chic, top-notch luxury, endless sunshine and culture. Housed in a 16th century military fortress in Palma de Mallorca, Cap Rocat is luxury comfort and a fascinating cultural experience wrapped into one. Internationally-renowned architect Antonio Obrador has led the way in a refurbishment that has fused the historic architecture into the stunning natural environment. This inviting world of refinement is further enhanced by the luxurious amenities and cozy suites. Overlooking the striking Bay of Kotor, the purpose-built Forza Terra Boutique Hotel & Spa puts forth 12 heavenly suites that are individually decorated and named after a well-known international designer: Armani, Gucci, Dior, Fendi and more. Beyond the flamboyant details, king-sized beds, lush fabrics and reflective surfaces, the spacious balconies allow you to fully take in the incredibly lush scenery complete with green foliage and expansive waters. Since 1967, Hotel Byblos has been a staple in the Med’s 5-star hotel scene. The elegant village within the St-Tropez casually subscribes to the highest standards of service and accommodation, hosting both the fire-cracking festivities and the discrete family holidays of the astoundingly rich and the truly celebrated. Be sure to check out our Luxury Hotel Overview to the Mediterranean for an expanded list of recommendations.
The people of the Mediterranean owe their health and slenderness to various cuisines based on light ingredients, seafood, vegetables, moderate amounts of meat and olive oil. Meals often include the several family members and friends, when good food is combined with good conversation and beautiful scenery. Situated within Le Grand Hotel in Cannes, Le Park 45 is the alluring seaside establishment where you can enjoy a delectable range of culinary surprises. The elegant dining room overlooks the manicured gardens with the croisette in the background, setting the stage for the French Riviera’s pinnacle fine dining experience. Located in the very heart of Dubrovnik’s historic district, Gradska Kavana Arsenal puts forth a sophisticated menu of fresh seafood and local wines. The heart-stopper, however, is the expansive waterfront terrace that sets the stage with a historical trifecta of fortresses, port and city walls. Be sure to check out our Restaurant Overview to Mediterranean Season for an in-depth look at the best culinary adventures.
Whether you envision yourself arriving at the Cannes Film Festival in style or hopping between white-washed islands in Greece, chartering a superyacht is a sure-fire unforgettable experience. The 110-foot (35m) M/Y Elysium by Riva brings a touch of refined Italian charm to the charter market with its good-looking exterior and thoughtful layout. The gorgeous flybridge, panoramic sundeck and sleek pilothouse highlight some of the fantastic exterior spaces, while the extended foredeck is equipped with an abundance of sunpads and loungers for spending quality time with family and friends. If you’re looking for a megayacht to entertain large-scale private parties and host exclusive gatherings, look no further than the go-anywhere 228-foot (69.7m) M/Y Sherakhan. The impressive leisure facilities include a multi-level dining atrium, extra-wide decks and 18-person sundeck jacuzzi. The Sherakhan sleeps up to 26 guests and can accommodate up to 130 for sophisticated parties steeped in timeless glamour and luxury. Check out our Featured Yacht Charters for an expanded list of recommendations.
Whether you spend the day shopping at high-end boutiques along the French Riviera or perusing the quaint seaside markets in Malta, you’ll realize that fashion runs deep in the Mediterranean. Before you hit the shores, make sure your summer wardrobe is up to speed as well. From infinity pools and glamorous beaches to island hopping and al fresco dinners, you’ll need to be properly equipped for a variety of situations and exquisite experiences that await. For SS19, we’re looking towards vibrant tonal shades such as mango and a general uptick in eccentricity when it comes to swimwear. Beige is another palette that’s been dominating designer threads as of late. One way to start your spring fling is with fisherman weaves and crochet for a true ‘handmade’ aesthetic for your sail–a truly intricate take on chic. When it comes to menswear, soft sage is likely the most wearable of all the shades that have emerged on the runways. The color has been seen on everything from dapper two-pieces to sporty sweaters. Wear this earthy tone at the beach or formally for an authentic Mediterranean style. Check out our Style Sheet for Mediterranean Season for a complete fashion breakdown.