By Anetta Nowosielska
Think dockage rates in Sag Harbor are out of control this year? Think again. 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. Yet, that has not stopped some Hamptonite boating enthusiasts to pony up the euros. Here is our TOP FIVE list of the most exclusive and desirable marinas where they are showing off in style.
Marina Grande di Capri
Anchoring on Jackie O’s favorite Italian island will set you back about $4,000 per night in high season. Competing for attention with celebrities like George Clooney and Mr. and Mrs. Carter – that’s part-time Hamptonites 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-yacht) 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
Marina di Portofino
Another gem of the Italian coast, this uber exclusive marina with only 14 berths requires higher costs to assure its exclusivity and privacy.
High season process 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 Georgica Pond resident) and a brawny representation of the Russian wealth by way of Andrey Melnichenko, proud owner of the 119-meter Philippe Stark-designed super-yacht – arguably the biggest standout on the Mediterranean.
Latitude/Longitude: 44.3386° N/9.0606° E
Location: District of Liguria; town of Genoa
Contact: +39 01 85 26 74 04
Port de Saint Tropez
Lots can be said about this cradle of the French joie de vivre, but the only 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 on the sea, where you will find Roman Abramovich’s super yacht Eclipse, the second largest private yacht ever built, competing with Eos, the Hampton’s own Berry Diller’s stunner.
Latitude/Longitude: 43.2667° N/6.6333° E
Location: District of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azure; county of Var
Contact: +33 4 94 56 68 70
If you are floating in on a super-yacht, be prepared to drop anchor outside of the main port of this small island that is synonymous with gambling and nightlife debauchery. Those with “smaller” vessels (anything below 6o meters) will shell out up to $3,669 per night for their right to party with the likes of Kate Moss and Jade Jagger, Ibiza’s unofficial ambassadors.
Latitude/Longitude: 38.9817° N/1.4443° E
Location: autonomous community of Baleares
Contact: +34 97 11 93 870
Arguably the chicest of all marinas, this crown jewel of Mediterranean boating is home to more millionaires per capita than any other place in the world. Although the average price to moor a 70-meter super-yacht at $2,000 per night is less than places like Porto Cervo and Saint Tropez, rates skyrocket to $100,000 or more for a five-day stay in Monaco’s berths during the prime time events such as the Monaco Grand Prix. Expect to see all of the Hamptonite Mediterranean lovers congregating around the port during the Monaco International Fireworks Festival this July.
Latitude/Longitude: 43.7328° N/7.4197° E
Location: Principality of Monaco; town of Monte Carlo
Contact: +37 7 97 77 30 01