Mediterranean Magic | Where to cruise on a private holiday

13 July 2016

Mediterranean Magic

13 July 2016 – By Laurie Foulon

Ocean Alliance’s expert charter manager, Laurie Foulon, speaks to Unique Estates Luxury magazine about her favourite spots in the South of France. [June 2016.]

“Today begins with your luxury motor yacht pulling into a quaint marina amid a colourful kaleidoscope of fishing boats bobbing beneath a sparkling Mediterranean sun…”

Ocean Alliance has access to more than 1,400 of the globe’s best, most opulent and modern vessels and motor yachts available for charter. We are accredited to access the industry’s B2B listing platform, Yachtfolio, which allows us to perform the most refined yacht selections for our clients, with itineraries spanning the entire world.

It is hard to beat the inside knowledge possessed by Ocean Alliance’s charter division manager, Laurie Foulon, a French native who has lived and breathed life in the Mediterranean.

From the classic hubs of Monaco and Nice, we explore the fifty shades of Blue that Corsica and Sardinia offer.

Monaco, on the French Riviera, is the must-see Mediterranean destination for most visitors. Port Hercules is party central, with one of the most happening nightclubs, Jimmy’z. Ms Foulon says, among the most exquisite restaurants are Beef Bar in Fontvieille, the supreme fare by Joel Robuchon at Metropole Hote and Alain Ducasse’s La Trattoria. Trattoria is also notable for offering stunning views. For an outdoor lunch, it’s hard to go past the roof terrace of Monte Carlo’s Oceanographic Museum.

Further along the French Riviera, Ms Foulon tips one of the best (if not the best) beaches is Plage Mala, Cap d’Ail. The sandy stretch leading to crystal blue water is often voted the most beautiful on the Cote d’Azur. The beach bar and restaurant here make this place particularly hard to leave. If the Cote d’Azur becomes too crowded for your liking, Ms Foulon says those in the know head to the Moored in Nice Porquerolles Islands, a short cruising distance from St Tropez. On neighbouring Sardinia, Ms Foulon says one of the most stunning locations is the 20km-long coastal stretch,  Costa Smeralda, on the island’s north east. Costa Smeralda is filled with white sand beaches and rocky coves flanked by stylish hotels and restaurants brimming with the freshest of seafood and cuisine. With its artisan traditions, this sliver of Sardinia is where to find lovely local handicrafts.

The full article is available here, and sample itineraries can be created for you according to the yacht size, time of the year, charter party,…

Ocean Alliance will be attending the Monaco Yacht Show, one of the major events in our calendar, from 28 September to 1st October 2016.

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