Sunday, March 20th, 2011
The French Riviera: Superyacht Destination
Rebecca Pattinson Charter Broker Ocean Independence.
For me the French Riviera will continue to outshine all charter destinations as being the ultimate, ideal and forever favourite place. The climate is sublime, the landscape stunning and the charter stops offer everything from tranquil islands to the flash social scenes of St Tropez and Monaco.
With 80km of coastline, there is certainly something for everyone. In this Mediterranean playground you might well find a restaurant seat next to Brad Pitt in his flip flops, or climb into a tender with Naomi Campbell because the Riviera is perfect for those seeking to see and be seen. Those less willing to join the glitterati, should drop anchor in the crystal clear waters off the Porquerolles or Lerins Islands or the beautiful deep bay of Villefranche. Explore winding cobbled streets, hilltop villages or stroll through old towns and flower markets of Nice.
One of the Rivieras great attractions is the perfect infrastructure. Guests can arrive direct into Nice airport from New York (or indeed Nottingham!) and simply embark on the superyacht beside the runaway (or as good as!)
With the Alps playing bodyguard against inland winds and the warm Mediterranean breezes, the French Riviera enjoys a nearly tropical climate. The impossibly blue waters after which the coast is named, the Cote d’Azur remains undeniably captivating. There is good reason why many of the most famous painters, including Picasso and Cezanne, chose this area to live – it’s simply stunning!
Cruise the waters of the Rivera aboard 4H a 38.5 metre San Lorenzo available from €110,000 a week through Ocean Independence. www.ocyachts.com