There are yachts, and then there are super-yachts! These luxury vessels are more like mansions on the sea than boats, but where are you most likely to see them?
We’ve teamed up with SouthEast Yacht Surveys who specialise in yacht surveys in Essex to take a look at where in the world you might spot some of the world’s more elegant and luxurious super-yachts.
While you might not quite be able to afford one for yourself, it’s still quite an experience to see how the other half live, and you never know, you might just get invited onboard for some cocktails!
The island of Capri, just off the Italian coast, has long been a favourite holiday destination of the rich and famous, with the likes of Jackie Kennedy and Sophia Loren frequent visitors in the 50s.
More recently, the likes of George Clooney and Jay Z have been spotted on the island, but when it comes to super-yachts, the most noteworthy person is media mogul David Geffen.
Geffen, who has founded multiple record labels as well as the DreamWorks film studio owns two yachts, Pelorus and the Rising Sun, both of which are among the 20 largest super-yachts in the world and can often be spotted at the Marina di Capri.
Sint Maarten, the Caribbean
Technically a constituent country of the Netherlands, Sint Maarten is home to the prestigious Yacht and Country Club at the Isle de Sol marina.
The marina boasts impressive views over Simpson Bay and can accommodate yachts of up to 360 feet in length, making it very attractive to super-yacht owners.
Its location on the edge of the Caribbean makes Sint Maarten a popular hub for those looking to further explore the rest of the Caribbean.
Roman Abramovich’s famous Eclipse yacht is often spotted here as he is known to own an estate on the nearby island of St. Barts.
The Côte d’Azur (also known as the French Riviera) is one of the most popular yacht destinations in the world and is, of course, the home of Cannes.
Cannes is famous for its luxury hotels, beaches and of course the film festival, all of which draw celebrities in their droves.
Competition is high even among celebrities themselves to secure a berth at the exclusive marinas here.
Just down the road is the equally glamorous town of Saint-Tropez. Its proximity to Cannes and Monaco as well as its famous La Voile Rouge nightclub (which has since closed) have ensured Saint-Tropez is one of the most popular destinations of the rich and famous.
As you might expect, it’s an extremely exclusive area, and there are only 30 slips in the main marina, Port de Saint-Tropez.
Possibly the most iconic luxurious location in the world, Monaco instantly conjures images of casinos, 007, Grace Kelly and of course, the Monaco Grand Prix.
It may be a tiny country, smaller than Central Park in New York, but it’s still a stunning place to visit.
While it’s fantastic to see all the celebrities and yachts milling around during events such as the Grand Prix, it’s perhaps best to visit during the off-season when things are a little more laidback and tranquil.