Imagine sipping Champagne on the deck of a breathtaking superyacht as the fastest cars in the world scream past mere meters from your sun lounger. For those in the know, the best place to watch the Monaco Grand Prix is from one of the prime trackside berths in the city’s main marina, Port Hercules. Starting from practice beginning on Thursday May 24th followed by qualifying on Saturday and the ultimate race on Sunday afternoon, the city is a riot of fashion shows, glittering parties and spine-tingling action which draw glamorous superyachts from all over the globe.
With the race a magnet for the rich and famous, all of the top charter yachts and hot berths have already been snapped up for race week. Market-leading charter company Burgess Yachts advises clients to book their Monaco Grand Prix charter at least five to six months ahead. If you’re still dreaming of summer in the South of France, though, don’t despair. There’s still some time to secure your charter yacht for the summer season if you book now. We asked veteran Burgess Charter Broker Craig Cohen to give us his favorite stylish charter yachts for exploring France’s chic Mediterranean destinations where looks matter just as much as awesome onboard amenities. Ranging from Asian Zen aesthetic to Hamptons Beach House vibe, here’s his top five chosen for their own unique signature style and charm.
A truly opulent option for your South of France charter, the Lurssen 239.50ft (73m) M/Y Titania makes the perfect retreat after a busy day soaking up the culture and glamorous social scene of Monaco or Saint Tropez. Wind down with a glass of Champagne in her swim-up pool bar or one of her elegant lounges designed by Zuretti, enjoy a massage in her dedicated spa room or let off steam with her vast selection of water toys which includes the biggest slide on the charter market.
Fresh from a recent refit, Titania offers great versatility thanks to her large volume. She’s ideal both for couples and families thanks to her seven roomy guest cabins which can host up to twelve guests and her talented crew of 21 to ensure every detail of your charter experience is taken care of. Titania is available for summer charter in the Mediterranean with Burgess Yachts ($495,000) per week plus expenses.
Incredibly popular with charter guests, the 177.8ft (54.2m) M/Y Talisman Maiton star features are her vast sun deck designed for making the most of the gorgeous Mediterranean sunshine and her well-equipped water toy chest. Come sunset the place to be is her raised platform above the sun deck which offers unbroken 360-degree views before enjoying dinner under the stars in her aft lounge area on the bridge deck. When it’s finally time to retire to bed, guests will love her six sumptuous cabins with their own unique design inspired by her Art Deco-Asian Zen fusion aesthetic. Built by Turquoise Yachts and boasting elegant interior styling by H2 Yacht Design, Talisman Maiton is available for charter for up to 12 guests with 13 crew members from €231,000 ($283,000) per week plus expenses.
Arrive in Monaco in style onboard Benetti’s 194.6ft (59.3m) M/Y Meamina which bears the elegant touch of Italian designers Stefano Natucci and Studio Massari. Ideal for hosting close friends and family, Meamina’s stellar offerings include two top chefs, a talented onboard masseuse and personal trainer, a sundeck gym and sumptuous interior furnishings which form the perfect backdrop to your luxurious charter experience. Meamina boasts six comfortable guest cabins which can receive up to 12 overnight guests and she has a crew of 15. Charter Meamina in Monaco and the South of France from €315,000 ($389,500) per week plus expenses.
For those after a more classic motor yacht aesthetic, the 238ft (72.6m) Lurssen M/Y Coral Ocean harks back to an age gone by with her elegant Jon Bannenberg design. Hold a glamorous summer party on her main deck which can accommodate up to 80 guests or simply luxuriate in her decadent spa facilities which include a steam room, fully-equipped gym and plunge pool on her vast sundeck. Coral Ocean boasts a total of six guest cabins which can receive up to twelve overnight guests with two double and two twin cabins located on the lower deck, VIP suite on the upper deck and a master suite on her top deck. A crew of 19 is on hand to ensure you need not even lift a finger. Coral Ocean is available for charter this summer in select Western Mediterranean hotspots from €320,000 ($396,000) per week plus expenses.
The 196.9ft (60m) CRN M/Y Ramble On Rose is last but not least on our list thanks to her chic Hamptons Beach House aesthetic designed by Laura Sessa Romboli and her tremendous flexibility. Take advantage of her sublime and spacious swim deck, seamlessly guiding you from yacht to sea. With ample room and easy access to tenders and toys, the horizon will definitely be beckoning that jet ski.
. When the day is done, enjoy a Champagne aperitif and stunning 360-degree views from the deck jacuzzi as the crew of 14 prepares a lavish dinner with the freshest Mediterranean ingredients. Ramble on Rose is available for charter for up to 12 guests in the Western Mediterranean from 329,000 ($403,000) per week plus expenses.
For more information on chartering any of these yachts for the Mediterranean summer season, please contact Burgess Yachts.