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Time spent in a marina offers the chance to eat, drink, shop or sightsee. Emily Rookwood and Chris Evans canvas expert opinion as to the best ports of call

YAS MARINA
ABU DHABI

This award-winning marina exudes luxury, class and sophistication. Yas is noted for its privileged access to the 5-Star Yas Viceroy Hotel overlooking one of the world’s newest Formula 1 race tracks. “Marina patrons also have the chance to do some racing for themselves in a Formula Yas 3000 or Aston Martin GT4,” says Charlotte Broadribb of C&N Marinas, owners of Yas. The marina has 227 berths accommodating yachts up to 150 metres, as well as a heliport. It also boasts seven restaurants and bars with panoramic views. Nearby is the famous Italian restaurant Cipriani, set against a stylish backdrop designed by Michele Bonan. After dark, head to Allure Nightclub for a unique ‘Super Club’ experience.

Navigational coordinates:
24°28.0´N/54°22.0´E

yasmarina.ae

FORT LAUDERDALE
HYATT REGENCY PIER 66

Pier 66 has just undergone a multi-million pound renovation and the results are stunning. The marina can now accommodate more superyachts than ever before (up to 60) and all the docks are brand new, including, for the first time, floating docks. There is also new electrical infrastructure with up to 600amp/480volt power for the larger vessels. “Our new Captain’s lounge is the perfect place to relax, watch TV or sit out on our patio and enjoy the view,” says Jenifer Cognet, marina manager. All guests of the marina have full access to the Hyatt hotel amenities, including a swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre, tennis courts and six restaurants. Considered “Fort Lauderdale’s Best Place to see a sunset”, Pelican Landing is a casual waterfront bar and restaurant with an ardent local following and unprecedented views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Watch the boats sail past and enjoy flavourful drink specials and fresh Florida cuisine. Those who wish to partake in water sports can use the small vessels and tenders, paddle boards, kayaks and jet skis on offer. Like at Bahia, there are also high-speed pumps, but these don’t require truck-to-marina delivery, and can do up to 140 gallons per minute, so owners and crew can go about their business of the day quicker.

Navigational coordinates:
26°06.10´N/80°07.1´W

pier66.hyatt.com 

 

FORT LAUDERDALE
BAHIA MAR

This Marina is truly the luxurious heart of Fort Lauderdale, incorporating a Hilton Hotel with all its amenities – such as tennis courts, swimming pool and fitness centre – a pristine beach, and only a few steps from award-winning restaurants, bars, high-end shops and nightclubs on Las Olas Boulevard. “We have 250 slips that are easy to pull into, there are no service gates preventing you from coming in at certain hours, and we can accommodate yachts up to 300 feet (91.4m),” says Charles Walker, dockmaster and general manager at Bahia Mar. Other stand-out perks include high-speed pumps that can fill up to 80,000 gallons for one vessel, dive shops with scuba training pools, commercial fishing fleet, and the icing on the cake- personalised key cards for marine patrons giving private access to their own exclusive section of the beach.

Navigational coordinates:
26°06.8´N/80°06.5´W

bahiamaryachtingcenter.com

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ATLANTIS MARINA
BAHAMAS

A firm favourite of many YPI yacht owners, Atlantis Marina is essentially a luxury holiday island complex with an outstanding marina. It boasts a world-class casino, huge water park and one of the world’s biggest aquariums and marine exhibits, with 14 lagoons and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species. One of their best-rated water slides shoots through a shark tank. It also offers a Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course and incredible fine dining. The setting is absolutely stunning, surrounded as it is by beautiful beaches, and the marina village is always buzzing with cultural festivities. “We are also the most secure marina within this part of the world thanks to being land-locked, so we are especially popular during hurricane season,” says Herbert Bain, vice president of marine operations. The 62 berths are beautifully maintained, there are fuel pumps, door-to-door transport and delivery services to and from the marina. Staff service is impeccable. Anything paid for at the marina or hotel can be charged to the boat (simply flash your marine card). “Most of our customers are repeat bookers. They see us as a home from home,” says Bain.

Navigational coordinates:
N25.075, W77.32

atlantisbahamas.com

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PORTO MONTENEGRO
TIVAT

Set in the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro is a relatively new superyacht destination. It was recently voted THYA Superyacht Marina of the Year 2015. This redeveloped Austro-Hungarian naval base has 450 berths, ranging from 12 metres (39ft 4in) to 180 metres (590ft 7in), and is spotless. No expense had been spared in its development, which is backed by some of the world’s richest and most influential investors, including Canadian businessman Peter Munk. “They’ve created luxurious apartments around the edge, imported architects and builders from London, and brough palm trees in from Hawaii,” says Peter Murray Kerr of Mooringspot.com. There are designer shops and a five-star hotel, Regent Porto Montenegro, with more planned, including One & Only, Four Seasons, Banyan Tree and Kempinski. Golf courses and a casino are also planned. There’s a dedicated fuel dock at Jetty 3 with a stock of up to 800,000 litres of duty-free diesel. With a complimentary luxury lifestyle concierge and a multi-lingual marina team, it is quickly becoming a luxury haven in the Adriatic.

Navigational coordinates:
42°26.03´N/018°41.33´E

portomontenegro.com

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ONE OCEAN PORT VELL
BARCELONA

With Spain now opening up to the world of superyachts thanks to the recent exemptions from the infamous Tax Matriculación, this is one marina definitely worth noting. Perfectly located on the doorstep of the old town, it is a natural deep water harbour built by the Romans and Phoenicians, and used throughout the centuries by the kings and queens of Spain. A recent major redevelopment, thanks to £100 million of investment from Salamanca Group, has transformed it into a state-of-the-art superyacht destination for yachts up to 190m (623ft 4in) with 148 spacious berths which are designed to be wide enough to open side doors and get the tenders out. There is also a tender service and pick-up from the helipad opposite the marina, and the private members OneOcean Club “provides a fine dining gastronomic experience and international cocktail bar,” says Regina Serrano, marketing and communication executive at marina Port Vell. “The Gallery is the ultimate business hub with over 10 international superyacht businesses, a dedicated crew lounge, gymnasium and OneOcean wellness centre.”

Navigational coordinates:
41°22 12.00´N/2°10 48.00´E

marinaportvell.com

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FRENCH RIVIERA

Mixing old school elegance with modern business sense, Monaco is ensuring it remains at the top of its game. The Government of Monaco identified yachting as one of their key growth sectors and as such they are doing all they can to make themselves a haven for yacht owners and captains alike. From the Monaco Yachting Cluster, a think tank dedicated to improving yachting in the area, to the planned artificial island set to provide even greater berthing capacity, Monaco is constantly innovating. Innovation, though, is still surpassed here by the sheer glamour of the resort. Images of Grace Kelly and the grand casino reflect in the windows of the luxury shops, five-star hotels – including the Metropole with its Karl Lagerfeld-designed pool area – and Michelin-starred restaurants that pepper the hillside, while the boat show and Gran Prix bring the stars to the area. There’s also the new Norman Foster-designed Yacht Club de Monaco, which offers exclusive facilities, including a rooftop swimming pool, high-end shopping and wonderful views over the Grand Prix circuit.

Navigational coordinates:
43°44 9.74´N/7°25 31.19´E

ports-monaco.com/en/who-are-we.html

THREE OF THE BEST UP AND COMING MARINAS

 

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FLISVOS
GREECE

Located on the ‘Greek Riviera’, an area aiming to rival Monaco with a plethora of luxe hotels loved by the likes of Queen Letizia of Spain and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (plus beach club parties hosted by supermodel Naomi Campbell), Flisvos is a modern, spacious marina. The owners pride themselves on an environmentally friendly approach and have spent a huge amount of money upgrading the marina and landscaping the area, so there is plenty of greenery nearby. The development is ongoing, with a recreation area on the way, but the marina already has 303 berths, over half able to accommodate yachts over 30 metres (98ft 3in) in length, and an array of modern facilities including a helipad. Located just 6km from Athens it is perfectly situated for exploring the Greek islands.

flisvosmarina.com

 

MARINA DI STABIA
ITALY

Travelling south of Naples has caused captains concern in the past, but Marina di Stabia is changing the southern Italian yachting landscape. MDS have invested in the marina ensuring excellent facilities and there is a renowned shipyard nearby. There are 900 berths accommodating yachts between eight metres (26fr 3in) and 100 metres (328ft 1in), a Michelin-starred chef, yacht club and brand new fitness facilities. The marina complex should be finished in five years’ time and Peter Murray Kerr thinks it has the potential to become ‘the superyacht hub’ for the region.

marinadistabia.it

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MARTINIS MARCHI, MASLINICA
CROATIA

It is fair to call Martinis Marchi a boutique development. In a similar vein to restaurants with rooms, this is a luxury hotel with a marina. The castle, now a hotel, was originally built on the Island of Šoltato to defend against pirates and has a history dating back to 1703. With just 50 berths for yachts measuring up to 35 metres (114ft 10in), the marina is intimate but immaculate and marble covered. Guests at the hotel can make an online reservation for a berth in advance to have a complete luxury yachting experience.

martinis-marchi.com


OTHER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED MARINAS

Marina Di Porto Cervo
Italy

marinadiportocervo.com

Port de Gustavia
St Barts

portdegustavia.fr

Marina Di Portofino
Italy

marinadiportofino.com

Port Louis
Grenada

portlouisgrenada.com

 

 

Our thanks to everyone who helped with this feature, especially Peter Murray Kerr. For more information, please contact YPI or visit Mooringspot.com