With everything from conferences to cocktail parties, the Monaco Yacht Show is an annual display of opulence and luxury. But the real stars of the show sit in the harbour, sitting pretty and turning heads. So, if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to the principality this September, which vessels should you be chartering a course for?
At 90m, Burgess’ Athena is one of the largest sailing yachts ever created. Currently on sale for £70 million, she is a classic three mast schooner trimmed out with modern technology. Interior designer Rebecca Bradley created a plush, traditional look for all of the rooms and cabins when the yacht was refit in 2011 – and the dark lacquered wood she used helps give Athena the feel of a vessel from a bygone era of sea voyages.
The 80 metre Elements is the new kid on the block – or in the harbour. Designed to exhibit supreme quality, ultimate performance and the ambition to create the perfect yacht, builders Yachtley gave the vessel a classically-styled steel hull and aluminium superstructure, fabricated to the highest standards. Well-designed on-board systems and superb attention to detail mean that although Elements only debuted this year, she is already a yacht many will never forget.
Perini Navi’s biggest and most challenging yacht since 2006’s Maltese Falcon, the new 70 metre Sybarite has already been turning heads online – with many eagerly anticipating its arrival at the Monaco Yacht Show. Designed to be a high performance ketch, the Sybarite is capable of regatta winning performance, thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre rig.
Moran Yacht and Ship fully custom built and launched the uniquely designed Okto in 2014. With unconventional grey and black pinstriped decking to bold stylish interiors, Okto can comfortably accommodate 11 guests in 6 suites – one of which is a dedicated owner’s quarters complete with vast walk-in wardrobe. You’ll never get bored onboard this yacht, with a cinema room, beauty salon, jacuzzi, and 6 metre pool to keep you entertained.
Aston Martin AM37 powerboat
Quintessence Yachts have teamed up with Aston Martin to create a powerboat that captures all the performance, handling, comfort and style of one of the British brands iconic cars. Although not strictly a yacht, the AM37 is definitely worth your time – and the result of years of research fusing the maritime and automotive worlds.
The largest yacht ever designed and built in Spain, Camper and Nicholson’s 59 metre Maybe has all the features you’d expect of a custom built megayacht. In its centre is an impressive spiral staircase that sweeps around the elevator connecting each level. Maybe is very spacious, with six luxurious bedrooms that can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests – and the helipad on the rear gives this yacht the edge amongst those looking for a little more adventure.
Designed by the world famous Nuvolari & Lenard, and constructed in the American shipyard Palmer Johnson, Blue Ice is a distinctive masterpiece with a striking blue exterior. A sleek, shape gives this 46 metre yacht a sporty edge, and zero speed stabilisers and a quiet, low vibration ride promise to turn even the choppiest conditions into an enjoyable cruising experience.
A sleek, elegant and resolutely contemporary yacht with a wealth of ingenious features to enhance your experience on board, Northrop and Johnson’s Suerte can accommodate up to 12 guests in six luxurious staterooms, including a master suite which is a veritable penthouse. A sizeable beach club and bar are the perfect way to relax in comfort, right on the water, while an onboard sauna offers you the chance for a good steam. The helipad can be converted into a dance floor if the mood strikes and, for those craving time alone, a crow’s nest is accessible by private elevator.
Superyacht Moonraker is the 8th Mangusta 165, but she is the first in Moran Yacht and Ship’s new E series. With an exceptional range of water toys, she is a fantastic ship for those looking to play. These extras include: a Castoldi jet tender, two Yamaha wave runner VX cruisers, an inflatable slide, water skis and a fold-out diving board. On the main deck, a jacuzzi surrounded by large Nikki Beach-style sunbeds creates a relaxed atmosphere well suited to sunbathing, relaxing and making the most of the sun.