MED MOORING With overnight costs reaching more than $4,000 in high season, mooring up and bumping bows with the best of the mega-yachts on the Mediterranean comes with a hefty bill. Here is our “Top Five” list of the most exclusive and desirable marinas where you and your vessel can show off in style.
1. Marina Grande di Capri
Anchoring on Jackie O’s favorite Italian island will set you back about $4,000 per night in high sea- son. Competing for attention with celebrities like George Clooney and Mr. and Mrs. Carter – that’s Jay-Z and Beyonce for those whose Us Weekly subscription has expired – Rising Sun (eighth largest yacht in the world) and Pelorus (20th in the top 100 largest super-yachts) float out at anchor. Latitude/ Longitude: 40.5535 N/14.2383 E
Location: District of Campania; town of Napoli
Contact: +39 08 18 37 06 34
2. Marina di Portofino
Another jewel of the Italian coast, this uber exclusive marina with only 14 berths requires higher costs to assure its exclusivity and privacy. High season prices skyrocket up to $3,335 per night. If you are lucky or connected enough to get a spot, expect to mingle with the likes of Steven Spielberg (owner of the yacht Seven Seas) and a brawny representation of the Russian wealthy by way of Andrey Melnichenko, proud owner of the 119-meter Philippe Starck-designed super-yacht – arguably the biggest standout on the Mediterranean.
Latitude/ Longitude: 44.3386 N/9.0606 E
Location: District of Liguria; town of Genova
Contact: +39 01 85 26 74 04
3. Port de Saint Tropez
Lots can be said about this cradle of the French joie de vivre, but the one thing that sets this southern French port apart from the rest is its marina that, at times, resembles the showroom for the most prestigious yachts on the market. While super-yachts over 70 meters are not allowed to dock in port, they can drop anchor in the Bay of Saint Tropez or out in the Mediterranean, where you will find Bernard Arnault’s Amadeus or Roman Abramovich’s super-yacht Eclipse, which has recently dropped to “number two” on the “Largest Private Yacht Ever Built” list.
Latitude/ Longitude: 43.2667 N/6.6333 E
Location: District of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur; county of Var
Contact: +33 4 94 56 68 70
4. Ibiza Magna
If you are floating in on a super-yacht, be prepared to drop anchor outside the main port of this small island that is synonymous with gam- bling and nightlife debauchery. Those with “small- er” vessels (anything below 60 meters) will shell out up to $3,669 per night for their right to party with the likes of Kate Moss and Jade Jagger, Ibi- za’s unofficial ambassador.
Latitude/Longitude: 38.9817 N/1.4443 E
Location: An autonomous community of Baleares
Contact: +34 97 11 93 870
5. Port Al-Thani, Marbella
Granted, this marina is still in its development stage. But by the time this iconic port in southern Spain will be finished in 2015, Marbella will easily compete with the likes of Porto Cervo and Monaco for bragging rights. The marina will accommodate 860 boats of varying sizes – from 175-meter mega-yachts to smaller boats – while a 200- meter pier in the outer part of the marina will offer plenty of opportunity to see and to be seen.
Latitude/ Longitude: 36.5083 N/4.8823 E
Location: An autonomous community of Andalucia
Contact: To be announced
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