It may be the world’s second-smallest country, but in the world of yacht charter, Monaco is larger than life. Renowned for being home to some of the largest and most luxurious superyachts ever built, the captivating French principality is also a popular haunt with the rich and famous, where heads of state, captains of industry and celebrities alike can be seen stepping on and off the luxury yachts lining the iconic Port Hercules marina.
A view of the Port of Monaco laden with yachts (Photo: Raging Wire via Flickr)
Thanks to its coastal setting in the West Mediterranean, many of those who charter a yacht in Monaco will often incorporate other destinations into their trip, such as St Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Antibes. Depending on how much time you have at your disposal, you may also be able to take in the picturesque Italian Riviera.
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Monaco has been a favourite with the Superyacht Set for decades and is one of the prime locations in the Mediterranean for luxury yacht charter during the summer season, as well as for marquee events such as the Monaco Grand Prix and Monaco Yacht Show. This ensures that some of the finest yachts on the market are made available there each year. To help you find the best yacht for your needs, we’ve dug deep and picked out three charter companies that we’d recommend for yacht or bareboat charters in Monaco.
With an impressive 182 vessels available in Monaco, Boatbookings cater for every budget and preference, with their fleet featuring yachts ranging from 17 to 82 metres in length. Among these, eleven are offered as bareboat (no skipper or crew) while the rest are crewed yachts. As for types of yacht, 11 are catamarans, 23 are sail boats and the rest motor boats. As well as their impressive range of vessels, the company also offers customer reviews, meaning you can read all about other people’s charter experiences on particular yachts before you book. Additionally, they claim to go and visit every yacht they list before agreeing to having it on the site. The search function is useful too, allowing you to narrow down your search to include yachts with particular on-board facilities.
Part of Camper & Nicholsons International, a global leader in all things luxury yachting, MYS Monaco offers a choice of 15 motor yachts – ranging from 10 to 90 metres – for visitors to this small but prestigious stretch of the Cote d’Azur. As well as the standard yachts, they can also arrange a variety of activities including scuba dives, deep-sea diving and whale watching, as well as off-shore services such as gourmet restaurant bookings and limousine transfers. Each yacht comes with a hand-picked captain and crew and the company claims to put professionalism and personal attention at the heart of their service. Yachts are available for both day and week charters,
Founded in 2008 by a husband and wife couple, the latter having served as a chief superyacht stewardess for a decade and the former with 15 years’ experience as a luxury brand consultant, it’s no surprise that Silver Star Yachting pride themselves on their customer service. And with a total of 111 yachts available in Monaco, from traditional sailing boats to state-of-the-art motor yachts, they certainly aren’t going to let anyone down on choice. They offer a 24/7 service – reachable even on the weekends – and provide a private welcome for all charter guests. Other services include creating bespoke itineraries, negotiating pricing with yacht owners, strong connections with Mediterranean ports, and organising private flight transfers.