If you are a cinema enthusiast, your spring travel plans may include a jaunt along the Mediterranean coastline of France to attend the Cannes and Monaco film festivals. Chartering a yacht can be a transformative way to experience the silver screen festivities while luxuriating in an abyss of creature comforts. Whether yachting by motor or sail, the options for onboard amenities—heliports, cinemas, and spas to name a few— are endless. Mix in the ambience of the Gold Coast beaches surrounded by deep azure water and the intoxicating smell of Mediterranean air, and you’ve got front row seats to your own award-winning feature along the storybook French Riviera.
Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28)
Attend this world-class event with an extra pinch of panache. Celebrating its milestone 70th birthday this year, the legendary festival boasts a packed agenda against a backdrop of old-style Hollywood glitz meets European haute couture. May is considered off season —except for during Cannes Film Festival, which is considered high season and the time when Hollywood’s elite descend on Europe’s most stylish seafront on massive yachts that dot the Vieux Port.
Celebrity spotting is a sure thing at Park 45, the Michelin-starred restaurant of the Croisette’s five-star Grand Hotel, the beachside tables of La Plage du Festival at the Grand Hotel or at Cap d’Antibes where you can grab afternoon tea at Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc.
Make sure to visit the red carpeted stairs of the Grand Theatre Lumiere, where A-listers pose in breathtaking gowns and jewels before entering the festival’s 2,300-seat Grand Auditorium space. Invitations are required to attend the black tie, twice a night gala screenings.
Due to the high demand for luxury yachts during Cannes, rates are higher, ranging from as low as $200,000/week to $3 million+/week. A one-week minimum is standard. It’s best to book early since securing the right yachts and berth can be competitive.
Arthaud Yachting allows you to choose from motor or sailing yachts and serves both cruising and quayside events such as Cannes. Advisors help establish a customized program that meets your budget and needs. Rates range from 6,000 euros per week to 650,000 euros per week.
Silver Star Yachting specializes in crewed yachts in the French Riviera among other destinations. This family-owned business provides a wide variety of luxury yachts that can accommodate up to 24 guests in 12 cabins with a crew of over 50. Prices range from 12,000 Euros to 2.4 million Euros.
A hub of wealth and allure, Monaco is not a destination but an adventure. May is an ideal time to charter a yacht at the world’s second smallest country (yes, Monaco is its own sovereign city-state), as the temperature is still quite comfortable during the Monaco Charity Film Festival.
Monte-Carlo has two elegant boulevards, Boulevard Princesse Charlotte in the west and Boulevard des Moulins at its southwestern end with many fashionable shops. Gourmands can choose from three Michelin-starred restaurants; Le Louis XV which features the cuisine of Alain Ducass, Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, Le Vistamar which offers seafood served on a terrace overlooking the sea, and Yoshi, a contemporary Japanese restaurant that is a collaboration between Joël Robuchon and Takéo Yamazaki.
As with Cannes, the Monaco Grand Prix brings oodles of tourists to Monaco in May, resulting in heavy competition for the best yachts.
Yacht Charter Fleet has an impressive selection of super yachts and can help you navigate your yacht hunting experience so you’re not overwhelmed.
If you are staying for the Monaco Grand Prix, you’ll want to check out My Yacht Monaco for an experience of a lifetime. Wrapped into four days of luxury hospitality, you’ll enjoy exclusive VIP-only receptions with hundreds of high society guests and royalty.
A list from yachtcharterfleet.com features these options and many more:
The 49.07 metre Trinity motoryacht LA DEA II currently has availability for both the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. Built in 2007, she can accommodate up to 80 guests for parties at the dock and boasts a myriad of leisure and entertainment facilities that make her the ideal charter yacht for socialising and entertaining.
Motor yacht SEA FORCE ONE is also available for both events. Built by Mariotti Yachts in 2008, the 53 metre charter yacht can hold 80 guests at the dock and features a professional disc-jockey booth and sound system onboard.
The 57 metre Aegean sailing yacht MONTIGNE also has availability and is able to host parties for as many as 150 guests. Featuring a spa, on-deck Jacuzzi and WiFi connection throughout, she was custom built in 2009 and showcases exterior styling by the shipyard.
Royal Denship motor yacht FORCE BLUE is accepting charter enquiries for Cannes and Monaco. A conversion expedition yacht at 63 metres, she has a layout that can hold as many as 130 people onboard for quayside events.
The 46 metre Su Marine sailing yacht ROXANE has availability for the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival. Built in 2010, she was put forward as a finalist for the World Superyacht Award for ‘Best Sailing Yacht in the 45m+ size range’ and the Showboats Design Award for ‘Recreational Area for Guest Use’ award in 2011.
44 metre Baglietto motor yacht APACHE II, able to accommodate 100 guests in port, is open for both the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. Custom built in 2009, she features huge outdoor spaces including an18 metre sundeck.
The CMN motor yacht PARAMOUR is available for both events and her owner is offering free berthing for a six-day charter at Cannes. The 43 metre custom built charter yacht was refitted in 2012 and is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilisation system to reduce roll motion effect.
The 42.75 metre Baglietto superyacht SOFIA 3 is available for the Monaco Grand Prix only. Her owner has arranged for a berth in Zone 2 at the floating dock.
By Shana Martin