The Monaco Yacht Show is one of the most prestigious yachting events in the world. Its scenic setting in the beautiful and historic Principality of Monaco certainly makes it one of the most appealing exhibitions to attend for yachting enthusiasts with a penchant for luxury travel. This year, the MYS will take place between 28th September and 1st October 2016. The illustrious event makes for a wonderful final stopping point on a Monaco yacht charter, as the Mediterranean summer season comes to an end. This guide will help you make the most of the Monaco Yacht Show 2016.
Where should you stay?
Of course, the best place to stay would be in the comfort of your own luxury yacht charter, but failing that there are plenty of high-quality hotels in Monaco:
- The Hotel de Paris is the accommodation of choice for those with high tastes due to its indulgent décor and its proximity to the Casino. It is also celebrated for its Alain Ducasse-headed, three Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Louis XV.
- The Hermitage is another alluring option and is a masterpiece of Belle Epoque design. It also has the best views of the Monaco Yacht Show and Port Hercules from its southern end.
- The stunning Metropole Hotel also provides a wonderful base in terms of service, location, comfort and amenities.
Which exhibitions should you see at the show?
- The Monaco Yacht Show 2016 will debut 40 new launches, so make sure you view these world debuts in Port Hercules.
- If you’re more interested in water toys or tenders, head to the exhibitions on Quai des Etats-Unis to view the latest yachting accessories.
- Car lovers will particularly enjoy this year’s edition of the show – a new exhibition called the ‘MYS Car Deck’ will occupy Quai Rainier III in Port Hercules. Potential buyers will have the opportunity to test drive and purchase the finest supercars, from marques including Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and Mercedes.
Where to get tickets?
It’s too late to buy tickets online now, but you can buy tickets on site from 10am on 28th September. Day passes cost €150 and give you access to all the exhibition areas (but does not include access to the yachts – prospective buyers should contact yacht brokerages directly).
How to get around
Monaco-Monte Carlo Train Station is modern and a good choice if coming along the coast from Marseille or the Italian town of Ventimiglia. The nearest airport is Cote d’Azur Airport in Nice (around 30 minutes by car). Helicopter transfers are also available from Nice airport and take less than 10 minutes. Once you’re in the Principality and at MYS, free shuttle boats will transport visitors from 10 am to 6.30 pm on 6 routes across Port Hercules. A network of free golf carts will link the northern and southern quays via Quai Rainier III, Quai Antoine 1er, Parvis Piscine and Quai Louis II.
Where should you eat?
For fine dining, Monaco’s favourite chef Alain Ducasse’s restaurant in the Hotel de Paris is the ultimate in indulgent luxury and it has three Michelin stars to prove it. The two Michelin-starred Joel Robuchon Monte-Carlo at the Metropole Hotel specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and exudes style, ambience and quality. Finally, ideally located by Port Hercules, La Maree has sensational views and gourmet dishes to match.
Which yachts should you see?
Two spectacular Feadship yachts will be on display at the event and will attract attention: the 66.3m M/Y VANISH and the 33.5m M/Y KAMINO. VANISH includes a beach club spa with sauna, massage room and hairdressing salon, and an outdoor cinema. M/Y KAMINO distinguishes herself with her unique design, which integrates the most amount of exterior glass ever seen on a Feadship – perfect for viewing the scenery on an Amalfi Coast yacht charter. The new 47m M/Y MAJESTY 155 from Gulf Craft will make its European debut, while the spectacular 90m three-masted schooner S/Y ATHENA will also make an appearance.
Hints and Tips
- Bring a portable phone charger since you will be on the move a lot without access to wall sockets.
- Adjust your lunch times to avoid huge crowds; don’t buy food at peak hours.
- If travelling by train (which is advisable), buy return train tickets in order to avoid queues when you’re leaving Monaco.
- Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards if you plan on networking.