Best destinations for a luxury superyacht party
A great party is talked about for weeks. A great superyacht party goes down in the history books. Whatever the celebration or mood, throwing a sensational evening of beverages, food and entertainment is always uplifted with just the smallest element of showbiz, and choosing the some of the world’s party capitals as the place to drop anchor does exactly that. From the yachting hub of Monaco to the party realm of Ibiza, the location sets the tone, the yacht does the rest.
Monaco was born to host a superyacht party. Few locations rival the Principality for prime party-ready anchorages. The Cote d’Azur’s cosmopolitan culture and sun-kissed lifestyle goes hand-in-hand with late night revelry at celebrity haunts, such as Twiga Monte Carlo, Sass Café and the popular Buddha-Bar. When the cocktails are drunk and the table dancing has ended, it’s just a hop and skip to Port Hercules to continue partying the night away under a blanket of stars on superyacht sun deck.
If there’s a party to be had, you’re sure to find it when dropping anchor in Ibiza. The golden Balearic island, renowned for shining a light on both wellness and hedonism, is famed for hosting some of the best summer closing parties in the world. Its wild and lavish nightly servings of international DJs in the popular district of Ibiza Town, the largest being David’s Guetta’s Friday party held at superclub Hï, is countered by the slower pace of Bohemian daytime shopping, beaching and recuperating.
Combining a party with a yacht charter is a recipe for success. When island hopping around Greece, every night brings something different. Mykonos forms the epicentre of the Cyclades Islands, not to mention the heart of the region’s glamorous beach bars. But the star of the clubbing scene is the cliffside Cavo Paradiso, ranked no.10 globally with the best international DJ parties playing electronic music. With its outdoor pool and sea views, you can plan your move from land party to yacht party in one sitting.
Buddha-Bar Beach in the superyacht marina of Porto Montenegro combines all the spoils of the yachting lifestyle. Elegance, cocktails, an infinity pool with a view and located just seconds from your yacht berth. Forming part of the new yacht club facility, it’s the place to hang out whatever time of day. Throughout the year, soirées and fashion shows are hosted at the marina’s decommissioned submarine drydock. For ultimate exclusivity though, take the party back to the superyacht where dance floors throb, drinks flow and the music plays on late into the night.
It’s not just the world-class cruising grounds of Croatia that pulsate with life. The country’s 1,000 beautiful islands produce an array of marine life and natural landscapes to enjoy from morning through to night. When the sun sets, rooftop bars and throbbing club life takes over. Whether anchored off Carpe Diem on the island of Hvar or bouncing between beats in Split, Dalmatian parties are where it’s at. Hopping from heritage architecture to pop’s latest chart toppers is as easy and enjoyable as a superyacht charter itself. The only difficulty is choosing where to head next.
Few locations provide natural party acoustics quite like Sardinia’s plunging cliffs, taking a yacht party to another level. The country’s party centre is in the district of Costa Smeralda, with the three towns of Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo and Baja Sardinia providing an even sprinkling of night-time entertainment. It’s one of the best places to dive headfirst into a sandy-toed beach party, though the area’s multitude of music festivals present another excellent way to embrace cultural celebration when on a charter.
When in Saint-Tropez, let the music play. L’Opéra is a favourite haunt renowned for its dancers and artists who perform on central podium tables for an evening of memorable theatrics. Likewise, Les Caves du Roy and its resident DJ Jack-E let the good times roll, playing hit after hit to an adoring crowd. The glamorous opportunities available on the French Riviera abound, with chic shorelines littered with beach bars and coveted shops providing essential attire helping to ramp up the party atmosphere on land and sea.
Why host a superyacht party?
You don’t need a reason to host a great superyacht party, but for anniversaries, birthdays and romantic celebrations, they hit the sweet spot. Superyachts provide the ultimate party platform, with helipads doubling up as dance floors, disco lights and DJ booths bringing the personalised touch and a shifting backdrop of gorgeous vistas for a venue. The privacy that yacht charters afford means guests can relax and truly enjoy themselves, while the food, drink, entertainment and décor bring a bespoke level of intimacy to any occasion.