YACHT DES­TI­NA­TIONS

En­joy an end­less sum­mer on a su­pery­acht.

Signature Travel & Lifestyle - - Contents - The iconic Rock of Monaco is a bea­con for su­pery­achts

MEDITER­RANEAN, OLD AND NEW

The Mediter­ranean’s it-crowd sta­tus was con­firmed in the 1960s and no des­ti­na­tion can dis­pute its reign. Sum­mer on the French Riviera means par­ties, glam­our – Brigitte Bar­dot all but cre­ated Saint-Tropez with a few quin­tes­sen­tial im­ages – and su­pery­achts. Slips in the mari­nas of Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Monaco are rare and ex­pen­sive, with a berth in Port Her­cule ru­moured to be worth $20,000 per night dur­ing the Monaco Grand Prix. Glit­ter­ing events aside, the Mediter­ranean still of­fers some­thing for all: ex­cep­tional cui­sine, cul­ture, nat­u­ral beauty and quiet iso­la­tion. Sail south to­wards Toulon and you’ll find the ‘Golden Isles’ of Por­querolles, Port-Cros and Le Le­vant, three wild des­ti­na­tions bring­ing a Caribbean feel to France. Cross the Lig­urian Sea and you’ll dis­cover Cor­sica, birth­place of Napoleon and home to rib­bons of white beaches in­clud­ing Calvi, Tuara and Plage de Salec­cia. Just 80 kilo­me­tres away is Italy’s West Coast, also famed for lur­ing star­lets and bil­lion­aires to the colour­ful towns that cling to its cliffs. Sip a Bellini in Portofino and watch the yachts drift in. The Cinque Terre links the towns of Mon­terosso, Ver­nazza, Corniglia, Ma­narola and Riomag­giore, five chic towns with caves and canyons for div­ing ad­ven­tur­ers to dis­cover in be­tween. Per­haps the most fa­mous, though, is Capri, the erst­while wa­ter­ing ground of Sophia Loren and Jackie Kennedy-Onas­sis, still alive with night­clubs, le­gendary hotels and vil­las.

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