A guide to the Cannes and Monaco Yachting Festivals
The Cote d'Azur is no stranger to glamour, and the Cannes Yachting Festival taking place this weekend, combined with the Monaco Yacht Show later in the month only cements the notion. Frankly, it's superyachts a go-go.
This year's edition features more than 580 boats – 25% of which are world-premiere editions, and we recommend you visit the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto at the far end of La Croisette to see the best in the business.
Look out for the Seaway Yachts' Shipman 59, a strikingly beautiful 18.9m carbon yacht that's "unsinkable" thanks to her carbon-epoxy construction, and boasts hybrid technology with zero emissions, sleeping six.
For those who prefer a quiet life, the Witness Admiral Sail's four-cabin Silent 76, is the biggest, and probably least noisy ever, boat you will see – at 23 metres. Its interior features onyx, marble and leather, and makes it seem more superyacht than high-performance sailing boat. It also includes a jet ski.
However there are likely to be few larger, or more ingenious than the 55m Ocean Paradise built by Benetti and was the star of last year's Monaco Yacht Show, this one belongs to the Singaporean investor Adrian Lee, whose portfolio includes Klapsons Hotel in Singapore. This means that a contemporary 'design-hotel' aesthetic translates over to his toys, which makes much of texture, colour and unexpected fabrics: Think pale blue ponyskin bedheads and crocodile-effect leather on the stair treads.
The Cannes Yachting Festival runs from September 9 to 14, and the Monaco Yacht Show takes place from September 24 to 27.