The Monaco Yacht Show is the glittering, ultra-luxury superyacht event of the year. From all across the globe the most outstanding superyachts will be on display, with shipyards using this dazzling platform to launch their very latest builds. The quays of Monaco’s Port Hercules are packed with 125 superyachts, over 40 of them highly anticipated world launches. Add to this line up almost 600 yachting business exhibitors and it’s easy to see why this is the industry’s biggest four days of the year.
Visitors to the show will be astounded by what’s on offer. If the yachts themselves aren’t enough, there is a jam-packed schedule of events, as well as parties hosted daily by exhibitors including shipyards, brokerage firms, designers, luxury lifestyle brands, nautical suppliers, and prestige cars and helicopters. The atmosphere at the Monaco Yacht Show is electric, with a genuine buzz of excitement and anticipation palpable throughout the show. For anyone wanting to step into yacht ownership, or thinking of chartering a yacht, Monaco is the place to be this September.
The Monaco Yacht Show takes place in and around the principality’s Port Hercules, with exhibition areas in Darse Sud, Parvis Piscine, Quai Albert ler and Quai Antoine Ler. The brand new Starboard is a focal point exhibition lounge, with views across the entire port. There are multiple entry points in to the show, with a whole suite of transport options to get you across the huge grounds including electric buggies and water shuttles – a great way to get a water-view tour of the exhibiting yachts.
Hottest New Boats this Year
The superyacht industry is waiting with baited breath for the 42 global launches unveiling this year. The MYS is the most highly anticipated event of the calendar, so where better for shipyards such as Feadship and Nobiskrug to reveal the very latest in luxury, marine architecture and engineering. These are the ships which are paving the way, moving the industry forward with innovation and creativity. You’ll find the complete list of exhibiting yachts and all the new launches on the official website, but make sure you don’t miss:
Excellence: The 80 metre wonder that is Excellence by Abeking & Rasmussen eschews all the norms of marine architecture. With her sharp plumb bow and striking multi-level reflective windows, the yacht has pushed the boundaries of design and engineering.
Lady S: Charter guests will be clamouring to see the stunning new custom 93 metre superyacht by Feadship. With an interior designed by Reymond Langton Design and exterior styling by Michael Leach, Lady S is bound to be a sight to behold, and is highly anticipated.
All About U 2: Built by ADA Yacht Works, this brand new 50 metre sailing yacht is going to be a head turner if her sister ship is anything to go by. With six staterooms accommodating 14 guests and signature family bar and beach club she epitomizes elegance.
Bold: This 85 metre yacht from SilverYachts certainly lives up to her name. Designed by Espen Øino she is revolutionary in her styling, featuring an expansive interior and exterior spaces based on a new generation hull platform.
Nomad 95: New designs and excellent value for money have put Gulf Craft on the map when it comes to 30 metre motor yachts. In fact, don’t miss their whole new line-up including the Nomad 75, Majesty 110 and the Nomad 65, one of the few 20 metre yachts which can be transoceanic.
The Monaco Yacht Show’s crowning glory is its line-up of staggering superyachts. Some of the largest yachts in existence are crammed into Port Hercules and wandering the quays and soaking up the festive atmosphere is the highlight of a visit. However, make time to visit some other exhibits to get a true feel for the luxury lifestyle. Whether you’re a yacht owner or in the market to buy or charter a boat, you’ll find everything you could need…and plenty that you didn’t even know existed.
Toys and Tenders Zone: Launched just two years ago, the hugely popular Toys and Tenders Zone is a jaw-dropping display of innovation. With cutting edge accessories and high-tech gadgets, as well as luxury goods, prestige cars and helicopters, this is a must-see zone sure to amaze.
Car Deck: Head down to the Car Deck located on the Quai Antoine Ier to see some of the most unique cars in the world. Gathered together are niche brands of tailor-made and customised cars and motorbikes by brands such as Brabus, Mercedes, Overfinch and Z’Art.
The Starboard: Also located on Quai Antoine ler, this modern-designed exhibition space honours the luxury lifestyle, with exhibits ranging from exotic destinations across the globe, to art and luxury products.
Location: Port Hercules, Monaco
Dates: 25th to 28th September 2019
Opening times: 11.00am to 7.30pm Wednesday to Friday; 11.00am to 7.00pm Saturday.
Tickets: General admittance tickets start from €280 per day. The festivals offers a variety of packages including the Visit and Lunch Pass (which includes a meal at the on-site Horizon Restaurant) or the limited edition Sapphire Pass which is offered to prospective charterers and purchasers of yachts.
Where to Stay
Rooms get booked up well in advance during the MYS, so if you haven’t already it’s best to get booking! Monaco’s hotels epitomize luxury, with a stream of Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s outside each one. From some of the most famous hotels in the world, to well-kept secrets frequented by under-the-radar celebrities, there are plenty of options packed into tiny Monaco. Our top picks for the best places to stay in Monaco are:
Hotel de Paris: Few hotels in the world are as iconic or opulent as Hotel de Paris. With a three Michelin-starred restaurant, one of the largest wine cellars in the world (over 400,000 bottles) and spectacular views across the harbour it is nothing short of divine. Which is probably why two James Bond movies were filmed here.
Fairmont Monte Carlo: The views from the rooftop terrace of this four star hotel are simply stunning. Take time out from the buzz of the show but stay within sight of the superyachts as you swim in the pool and enjoy a cocktail. A selection of excellent restaurants and a world class spa are almost as impressive as the hotel’s seafront location.
Villas and Apartments: From studio apartments tucked in the heart of Monaco old town, to sprawling villas with swimming pools, there is a huge selection of high quality accommodation to be found on websites such as Airbnb, Cap Villas and Monte-Carlo Real Estate.
Where to Eat
Like everything else it does, Monaco’s restaurants are first rate. Sublime Michelin-starred establishments grace the world’s best restaurants lists, while you’ll also find delightful family-run places who honour generations-old food traditions. Whether you want iconic bistros with perfect people-watching terraces, or sumptuous fine dining elegance, you won’t have to look very hard. Here are some of our top picks:
While you’re at the show enjoy lunch at Horizon restaurant in the Upper Deck Lounge or Starboard, a lounge-restaurant which offers high quality meals from breakfast onwards, with stunning views from its terrace of the show and yachts.
Le Louis XV: For a culinary experience you won’t forget, sample some of celebrated Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s masterpieces. As one of the most decorated chefs in the world, you can be assured of exquisite food which includes local seafood and Monégasque delicacies.
Castelroc: When you want genuine, traditional Monégasque dishes then head to Castelroc, owned and run by the same family for almost 60 years. Mediterranean flavours can be enjoyed from their beautiful terrace with views across the historic old town of Monaco.
The closest airport is Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport, which welcomes flights from all over Europe and beyond. Taxis, buses and a train link the airport to Monaco, which takes approximately 50 minutes. Alternatively, there are numerous chauffeured vehicles for hire, or you can fly by helicopter from the airport to the show in 7 minutes.
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