Elegant and graceful, megayachts are like estates on the water. We’re curious about how these enormous “boats” find places to dock when they’re cruising around looking for the next hot spot to stop in for a night of dancing, dining and shopping.
We love to hear about where our favorite celebrities hang out while out on the open sea. We’re not suggesting that you plan a vacation around one of these destinations just to see these vessels. However, if you happen to be in one of these cities, consider stopping by these marinas to see the magnificence and splendor.
It doesn’t hurt to be seen in one of these posh areas, just in case you’re mistaken for another rich and famous and invited on board for an outrageous A-list party. These marinas are some the finest for billionaires who own the world’s largest and most glamorous luxury yachts.
Everyone knows that these boats cost millions, but does anyone realize that mooring these over-sized water mansions can cost as much or more than staying in the most expensive hotels in the world, particularly during popular events like the Cannes Film Festival.
In fact, just running a megayacht can cost nearly as much as the purchase price itself, if you include staffing, mooring, special travel docking, fuel and maintenance. However, make no mistake – we hear that it is worth every penny.
The marinas we’re about to show you include every amenity imaginable, including 24-hour concierge services. Yet, for the owners, it’s not about the marinas services as much as it is about the destinations. These marinas are located in some of the world’s most incredible beach cities and offer a great deal in terms of: nightlife, events, private clubs and other jet-setter activities. The marina prices on the following pages all reflect a per night berth cost in high season.
10. Yacht Haven Grande – St. Thomas, Virgin Islands: $1,500/Night
This lovely Carribbean location in the Virgin Islands, has been a regular stop for many celebrities, business moguls and politicians. This 48-slip marina is perfect for a secluded getaway with privacy, glamour and incredible views in almost every direction. The slips are much larger than some and can accommodate megayachts even longer than 450 feet, due to the marina’s spacious design. Up on land, in the Charlotte Amalie Harbor, there are several shops in the Galleria, as well as first class restaurants and clubs. This is a more affordable spot, so it could be a great place to rub elbows with some of the richest people in the world.
9. ACI Marina – Split, Croatia: $2,000/Night
Croatia is a quaint, colorful country steeped in history, culture and gorgeous coast lines. It’s relaxing marinas come with spectacular sights of the terrain that cascades uphill from the sea. Split is a typical Croatian beach town and includes shops, restaurants, nightlife as well as more cultural activities and parks. In the past couple decades, Croatia has become a hot spot due to its political change from communism to independence.
8. Porto Cervo – Sardinia, Italy: $3,100/Night
Sardinia is the second largest island in Italy and also the second largest island in the Mediterranean. Although its Italian influence is strong, it offers a slightly different flavor than on the mainland. The coastline of the island is spectacular and although there are many marinas around its large 9,301 square miles area, Porto Cervo is the place for the megayacht crowd. One of the main attractions in Porto Cervo is the Billion nightclub, which is three stories tall with incredible views, dining, music, dancing and impeccable service. This internationally renowned club is one of the most exclusive and desirable places to see and be seen.
7. Marina di Portofino – Portofino, Italy: $3,335/Night
Portofino is a small village, once known for fishing. With only one road in and out, megayachts and other vessels like to motor in rather than pop in by car. This marina is reserved for the enormously wealthy as there is only room for 14 megayachts. The personal services, exclusivity and privacy is worth every penny to celebrities such as: Rihanna and Russian billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko, owner of his own mega yacht that is around 390 square feet in length.
6. Ibiza Magna – Ibiza, Spain: $3,660/Night
Ibiza is a great Spanish party town and attracts the younger rich and famous crowd, as well as the more mature. Trendy restaurants, nightclubs and casinos all await with open arms for all-night fun and dancing until you drop. Celebrities Kate Moss and Jade Jagger rent villas in the area to get out of the limelight and hang out with the megayacht crowd. Roman Abramovich‘s yacht, Eclipse, has been known to frequent this gorgeous marina and city.
5. Marina di Capri – Capri, Italy: $4,000/Night
Capri has always been a famous hot spot for the likes of George Clooney, Jay Z and media king, David Geffen. Geffen’s megayachts are often spotted in this marina: Pelorus and the Rising Sun (two of the top 20 largest superyachts in the world). In the 50’s, it was also a known getaway for popular celebrities such as: Sophia Loren and Jacqueline Kennedy. Capri’s ambiance is lively with exciting nightclubs, shopping, restaurants and incredible villas.
4. Isle de Sol – St. Maarten, Netherlands: $7,500/Night
The mega rich, who own megayachts, love to play in sunny St. Maarten. The Yacht and Country Club, at the Isle de Sol marina, is noted as being the most prestigious mega yacht club around. It’s location is near the Simpson Bridge so the views are amazing. The Isle de Sol is a very private marina and can accommodate yachts up to 360 feet in its secure, gated area. The facilities are available every day of the week to ensure their yacht-owning guests have everything they need at all times, including fuel concierge services.
3. Port de Cannes – Cote D’Azur, France: $13,500/Night
Home of the French Riviera’s megayacht regulars, Cannes is unique with its famous blend of celebrity events, incredible beaches, five star restaurants and star-sightings. The coastline is so popular, the rich often book a limo through the marina so they can take a leisurely ride up and down the Promenade de la Pantiero. Even celebrities enjoy seeing the variety of international travelers that Cannes attracts. The south of France is très-très chic, so it pays to be someone to nab one of these ten superyacht berths, as they are booked nearly all year long.
2. Port de Saint-Tropez – Saint Tropez, France: $15,000/Night
The south of France has always been a draw for the rich and famous. With the Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Prix right around the corner and the infamous, La Voile Rouge – an expensive and exclusive beach club where you might see someone in a Chanel suit seated a foot away from a topless beach-goer. During high season, almost everything in this area will require reservations, particularly at this marina, as there are only 30 slips.
1. Port Hercule – Monaco: $20,000/Night
Monaco, known for its James Bond Casino, Princess Grace and the Grand Prix, is a country full of luxury. Did you know the country’s area is smaller than New York City’s Central Park – less than a mile – but is amazing nonetheless. There are very few residents who live there year round, making it a crowded little area during the various annual events, thus the beauty of staying on your own megayacht! However, during off-season, the country is more subdued, quaint and tranquil.