From the Bahamas to Greece, these exclusive marinas offer unparalleled mooring facilities for superyachts

Words: Jonathan Whiley and Will Moffitt

International Yacht Club d’Antibes, France
While Riviera hotspots Monaco and Cannes have historically stolen the limelight, Antibes has put itself back in the picture with a marina to rival its close competitors. Known for its quaint old town enclosed by 16th-century ramparts the coastal city has a new lease of life courtesy of The International Yacht Club d'Antibes (IYCA.) Launched this summer in Port Vauban, the chic facility has undergone a €135 million development, opening it up to larger vessels. More specifically: yachts up to 150-metres in length, as well as 20 superyachts from 70-metres. Equipped with modern facilities, including a lounge bar where crew and clients are most welcome, there are meeting rooms, sports facilities, a studio gym, and a centre dedicated to the crew members.

Port de Gustavia, St Barths
Billionaire hotspot St Barths is catnip for superyachts with the A-list regularly spotted off the coast. Spectacular firework displays during the festive season and a New Year’s Eve Regatta around the island ensure duty-free Port de Gustavia is one of the most popular marinas with the rich and famous taking one of the 152 superyacht berths to party in style. Looking to join the jet-set? Eden Rock St Barths, one of the Caribbean’s most iconic hotels, has a new partnership with Royal Yacht International to offer private chartered yacht voyages. The fleet ranges from 20 metres to 99 metres with 20 cabins with autumn and winter itineraries take in the USA, Caribbean, French Polynesia and the Maldives.

St George’s Marina, Bermuda
The beautiful island of Bermuda launched its first superyacht dock, fittingly named St George’s Marina and Superyacht Dock, in May this year to solidify its status as a leading superyacht destination. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of St George’s on the western side of the island (five minutes away from the newly opened St Regis Bermuda Resort), it can accommodate 10 superyachts up to 150 metres. Bermuda Yacht Services provide an onsite yacht agent and concierge, in addition to a superyacht owners’ lounge.

Albany, The Bahamas
Accommodating luxury vessels that range from 50 feet to 250 feet, the 71-slip Albany Marina is one of the largest berthing facilities in the Caribbean. Every slip is equipped with a cutting-edge floating concrete dock system and dedicated fuel slip, along with electricity, cable and internet access. Short and long-term slip rentals are available and marina attendants are available seven days a week to provide docking assistance. Visiting crew have access to a staff-exclusive Albany Recreational Centre with gym, lounge and outdoor sports facilities. Albany is a 600-acre oceanside modern luxury resort community on the island of New Providence in The Bahamas with short and long-term accommodation, a championship golf course, water sports centre and 24-hour concierge and butler service.

Triple Bay Yacht Club, Saudi Arabia
Amaala, the ultra-luxury development along Saudi Arabia’s north-western coast, recently revealed the standout design for its Triple Bay Yacht Club. The free-flowing structure by award-winning London-based architects HKS is set across four levels and will feature a terrace restaurant, infinity pool deck and rooftop cabana lounge. A 10-hectare basin will host a 120-berth marina for yachts up to 130 metres and is designed for yachting events, regattas and launches. Set within the Triple Bay Marina, it plans to become an international hub for luxury yachting with the first phase set for completion and ready to welcome guests by next year.

Porto Zante, Greece
This award-winning beachfront retreat, set in a secluded bay on the island of Zakynthos, recently installed new landing piers – ideal for tenders coming in from superyachts. Private beachfront luxury villas are set amid lush gardens and range in size from one bedroom to four bedroom sanctuaries with two private heated pools each and a private beach area. Facilities include a waterfront spa and two on-site restaurants; enjoy the freshest Greek and Mediterranean cuisine at the Club House Restaurant or sample sushi and sashimi among Asian-fusion specialities at the Maya Restaurant overlooking the ocean.

The high life

3 hotels to tempt you away from your superyacht

Silversands, Grenada
Drop anchor at Camper & Nicholsons’ award-winning Port Louis Marina just outside the capital St George’s (227 berths for yachts up to 300 metres) and it’s a five-minute drive (or 25-minute walk) to Silversands on the shores of Grand Anse Beach. A super sleek contemporary hotel, it has 43 suites, nine hillside and beachfront villas and the longest pool in the Caribbean.

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Cheval Blanc St-Tropez
Revel in the very best of the French Riviera by mooring your superyacht offshore and taking a short ride directly to Cheval Blanc St-Tropez with its own jetty and private beach. This exclusive retreat has 30 rooms, a three Michelin-star restaurant (Vague d’Or), Guerlain Spa and staff that outnumber guests five to one. The public square, Place des Lices, is only a short walk from the hotel.

Hotel La Palma, Capri
Marina di Capri is reportedly the most expensive superyacht marina in the world with 300 berths for yachts up to 60 metres. Serving up a generous slice of La Dolce Vita on an Italian island synonymous with elegance and glamour, Hotel La Palma is already a contender for one of Europe’s chicest hotels.

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