There are thousands of ports and marinas around the world, and most of them are very charming, worthwhile places to visit. However, there are a few in particular that are simply irresistible to the superyacht set, boasting iconic facilities that see the world’s glamorous return time and time again to revel in their splendor. Whether you are a crew member looking for the destination that will offer the best experiences, a guest looking for the ultimate charter stop, or a captain looking to wow the owner when they are next on board, here is a list of the top 10 most exclusive, luxurious and expensive superyacht marinas.
- Marina Grande, the island of Capri in Italy.
Via Provinciale Marina Grande 272, 80073, Capri, Island of Capri Italy
We start with Marina Grande on the island of Capri, which is reportedly the most expensive marina in the world. With a real feel of exclusivity, berthing will need to be arranged many months in advance, especially during peak season. There are over 300 berths in total and the facility can accommodate superyachts of up to 60 meters. Highlights include cruising past medieval villages and luxury villas overlooking the rocky coast, shopping in some of the world’s most luxurious boutiques, relaxing on one of Capri’s white sandy beaches, watching the sunset paint the sea and cliffs pink and gold, and, during the evening, enjoying one of the city’s many restaurants or exclusive nightclubs.
- Marina di Portofino, Genova, Italy.
Via Roma, 35, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy
With only 14 berths for superyachts and an average daily berthing price of well over 2,000 euros, Marina di Portofino is one of the most exclusive ports in the world. Again, due to a lack of berths, reservations will need to be made many months in advance, especially during peak season. Portofino has become an ultimate playground for the super-rich and famous, including royalty and movie stars. Only accessible by one road, the preferred route to Portofino tends to be boat, creating a secluded and highly exclusive vibe.
- OneOcean Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain
Carrer Escar, 26, Port of Barcelona, 08039 Barcelona, Spain.
Originally built for the 1992 Olympic games, the marina has since been transformed, recently upgrading to become a five-star, 148-berth facility for superyachts up to 190m. New development will see an additional 8 berths created to host vessels between 30 meters and 80 meters. Situated in the heart of Barcelona, with idyllic views of the city and out across the sea, OneOcean Port Vell has become a hugely popular destination with the world’s trendsetters. Yachts can berth a stone’s throw away from the city’s beautiful beaches and world-famous attractions, including the iconic Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, Passeig de Gràcia and Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona.
- Port Hercules (Le port Hercule de Monaco), Monaco
Port Hercules, Monte-Carlo 98000 Monaco.
Monaco is among the most famous destinations in the world given its combination of luxury, wealth and extravagance. Its marina, Port Hercules, is no different. An opulent extension of the Principality’s flamboyant image; it’s surrounded by casinos, luxurious homes, grand hotels, and incredible restaurants.
One of the best-known marinas in the world, Port Hercule regularly welcomes yachts of 120 meters or more. Sitting center stage in the most glamorous principality in the world, a berth in Port Hercule is the perfect spot during the Monaco Grand Prix in May, where superyachts can berth to watch the action from onboard, and the Monaco Yacht Show in September – the world’s most luxurious boat show.
- Port de Saint Tropez, France.
Quai de l’épi, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France
A jewel in the French Riviera, and one of the most famous ports around the world due to its heritage, Port de Saint Tropez offers over 700 berths for boats with an area covering 22 acres. Though the marina itself can only berth yachts up to 70m, larger vessels can frequently be found farther out at sea. With other highlights including the beaches along the Baie de Pampelonne and the iconic nightlife the region is known for, it’s unsurprising Port de Saint Tropez features on our list. St Tropez is the quintessential celebrity destination; it offers luxury restaurants, shops, and expensive clubs that the world’s elite demand while retaining its own quaint charm. It has a classic feel, with narrow streets and architecture belying its standing as a playground for the rich and famous.
- Limassol Marina, Cyprus.
Limassol Marina St 3601, Limassol, Cyprus
One of the most exclusive superyacht marinas in the popular Mediterranean yacht holiday location, Limassol Marina is the only superyacht marina in Cyprus. It has recently welcomed four of the finest superyachts in the world: second time visitor, the 88,5m superyacht Nirvana, was followed by the 99m luxury yacht Madame Gu, the 119m mega yacht A and the 72,6m motor yacht Queen K. Marinas, Limassol Marina represents a safe haven for 650 yachts from 8m to 110m, and is a blend of local and internationally renowned excellence in services and facilities. Moreover, there are also luxury apartments and exclusive villas with private berths or direct access to the beach, with a mix of dining and shopping establishments, spa, fitness, and cultural facilities.
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