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December 30, 2012updated Feb 28, 2013

The 17 Best Yachts to Charter on the French Riviera

By Chris Boyle

Darlings Danama

Choose from our stunning selection of yachts available to charter this summer on the French Riviera



Aime Sea

Length | 115ft (35.1m) Number of guests | 8 Number of staterooms | 4 Builder | Alloy Yachts Year of construction/refit | 1994/2011 Cruising speed | 11 knots Draft | 12ft (3.7m) Weekly rate | $64,000

Aime Sea is flooded with natural light and finished in ‘tiger-maple’ with pale leather deckheads.

Acres of teak and automatic sailing systems result in plenty of uncluttered deck space, while the transom opens to a large range of water toys.

Leisure and recreation: 4’(4.26m) 60hp Novurania tender, 2 kayaks (1 double, 1 single), 1 x paddleboard, 2 x kitesurfers, 2 x SeaDoos, 2 sets of waterskis, kneeboard, wakeboard, snorkeling gear, 2 fishing rods with Penn reels, compressor and 4 tanks (rendezvous diving only), wetsuits.

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Length | 161ft (49.08m) Number of guests | 11 Number of staterooms | 5 Builder | Trinity Yachts Year of construction | 2009 Cruising speed | 18 knots Weekly rate | $235,000

Sophisticated and contemporary, Anjilis features Art Deco inspired architectural elements including exotic woods, custom parquetry and stone inlays to stunning effect.

The spacious deck areas, main deck bar and state-of-the-art entertainment system, make her an ideal yacht for entertaining in style.

Leisure and recreation: 21ft Novurania Custom Line 650 with 190hp and 34ft Intrepid with Twin 250hp tenders; 2 x diving equipment, fishing gear, bicycles, treadmill, dumbells and folding exercise bench. 8-person Jacuzzi, Quantum Zero-Speed stabilizers.



Length | 141ft (43m) Number of guests | 12 Number of staterooms | 7 Builder | Nicolini Year of construction/refit | 1995/2008 Cruising speed | 14 knots Weekly rate | $115,000

The beautifully designed CD Two offers an elegant interior and fantastic deck areas.

Cabins are well proportioned to accommodate guest in luxurious comfort. Up on deck, her exterior is equally spacious, providing numerous relaxation, dining and lounging areas.

Leisure and recreation: 1 x Stinger 20ft RIB with 140hp Suzuki 4-stroke outboard; 1 x Avion Cherokee 16ft RIB with 75hp Yamaha outboard. 1 x Yamaha WaveRunner (2006), 1 x Yamaha jetski (2004), diving equipment & Bauer diving compressor, waterskis, towable toys, snorkeling equipment.


Darlings Danama

Length | 197ft (60m) Number of guests | 12 Number of staterooms | 6 Builder | CRN Year of construction | 2011 Cruising speed | 14 knots Weekly rate | $345,000

Boasting a combination of vast open areas and airy interiors, this is the ultimate entertainment yacht. Every inch has been styled to perfection.

Leisure and recreation: 3 x tenders, 2 x jet skis (license required), 2 x underwater scooters, Mono Ski, jet ski with Mono capability, wakeboard, kneeboard, trampoline, Aquaglide chill out platform, 2 x donuts, 4-person banana, diving equipment, gym with cross trainer, exercise bike, and treadmill.



Length | 141ft (43m) Number of guests | 10 Number of staterooms | 5 Builder | Benetti Year of construction | 2007 Cruising speed | 16 knots Weekly rate | $173,000

Diane’s interior is finished in warm colors, with styling by the iconic François Zuretti. Equipped with the latest in communication and audiovisual equipment, she also has zero speed stabilizers for added comfort at anchor.

Leisure and recreation: 20ft main dinghy Novurania CL 600 with 190hp diesel inboard. 13ft Avon 400 Professional Emergency Rescue Boat with 25hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard. Kawasaki STX 12F Jet Bike 1200cc. Kawasaki 800 SXR Jet ski 800cc. 2 x one-man kayaks, waterskis, wakeboard, inflatable tow ring, snorkeling equipment and shorty wetsuits.



Length | 169ft (51.4m) Number of guests | 12 Number of staterooms | 6 Builder | Oceano Year of construction/refit | 1997/2012 Cruising speed | 14 knots Weekly rate | $239,000

The yacht comes with a range of amenities and luxurious staterooms. More than 2,500 DVDs can be enjoyed in every stateroom, salon area, the cinema or even in the Jacuzzi.

Leisure and recreation: 2 x tenders, 3-person jet skis, waterskiing gear, wakeboards, kneeboards, wake-skates, wake-surfers, slalom, trick-skis, underwater scooters, 2 x beach tents, towable ski biscuit and banana, snorkeling & fishing gear, compressor & scuba gear, water slide, inflatable wakeboard rail slide/fun box and waterski jump, fully equipped gym, massage room.



Length | 137ft (41.8m) Number of guests | 10 Number of staterooms | 5 Builder | Baglietto Year of construction | 2009 Cruising speed | 16 knots Weekly rate | $173,000

Huge windows allow sunlight to infuse Natori’s interior, highlighting the décor of Italian cabinetry and African materials.

The fine interior is complemented by impressive outdoor areas, which offer plenty of space for sun loungers, dining and a bar area. Leisure and recreation: 1 x 32ft Luxury Scorpion 500hp tender with teak decks and range of water toys; 1 x 11ft Novarania rescue tender. 3-person SeaDoo, Wake Pro 215hp jet ski, 2 x 2-person inflatable expedition style Sea Kayaks, full water sport package including waterskis, monoskis, wakeboard, towable toys (large banana boat, single and double biscuit), diving and snorkeling equipment with onboard dive compressor, Nintendo Wii with a variety of games.



Length | 138ft (42m) Number of guests | 11 Number of staterooms | 6 Builder | Baglietto Year of construction | 2009 Cruising speed | 13 knots Weekly rate | $173,000

A magnificently styled yacht, Oxygen has a strikingly avant-garde interior with a wonderful New England feel. Expansive deck spaces boast large lounging and sunning areas.

Leisure and recreation: 19ft custom made Hypalon with 150hp inboard; 10ft custom made Hypalon with 50hp outboard. 2 x Yamaha GP 1300R jet skis.


Parsifal III

Length | 177ft (54m) Number of guests | 12 Number of staterooms | 6 Builder | Perini Navi Year of construction | 2004 Draft | 14.8ft (4.5m) Cruising speed | 12 knots Weekly rate | $200,000

The modern aluminum hull is complemented by an interior of crafted woods with leather and stainless steel features, a large Jacuzzi, Teppinyaki BBQ and an array of sunning and entertainment areas.

Leisure and recreation: 2 x tenders, 2 x jet skis, 2 x SEABOBS, Hobie Cat Wave, 2 x sailing dinghies, kayak, waterskis, wakeboard, towable toys, Jacuzzi, hoist to the crow’s nest, hydraulic swim platform, wireless connection throughout, SAT TV/DVD in saloon and all cabins, DVD Library, GSM, SATCOM.


Sai Ram

Length | 170ft (51.8m) Number of guests | 12 Number of staterooms | 6 Builder | Benetti Year of construction/refit | 2004/2010 Cruising speed | 13 knots Weekly rate | $264,000

Sai Ram features large, informal deck areas, perfect for entertaining. Her modern, spacious interior is complemented by striking features such as Oriental antiques and contemporary furniture.

Leisure and recreation: 21ft Castoldi jet with 240hp inboard diesel engine tender; 16ft Novuriana 500 Equator tender with 130hp engine; 16ft Zodiac rescue boat with 25hp outboard. 2 x Yamaha VX Cruiser deluxe WaveRunners, Bauer dive compressor and associated diving equipment, snorkeling and fishing equipment, waterskis, wakeboards, inflatables.



Length | 164ft (50m) Number of guests | 12 Number of staterooms | 6 Builder | Amels Year of construction/refit | 1999/2010 Cruising speed | 11 knots Weekly rate | $237,000

Operated under MCA and ISM since new, TJ Esperanza has been maintained to the highest standard and is one of the best-kept yachts of her type and age.

She boasts an excellent reputation throughout the industry with a fully documented history. Leisure and recreation: 2 x 18ft Nautica tenders with Yamaha 115hp engines. 3 x pairs of waterskis, 1 x single ski, 2 x wakeboards, 2 x kayaks, 2 x Yamaha jet skis, 2 x mountain bikes, 6 sets of dive gear (rendez-vous diving only), snorkeling equipment, towing donuts, bananas, gyro tube and various other toys.



Length | 196ft (59.4m) Number of guests | 12 Number of staterooms | 6 Builder | Lürssen Year of construction/refit | 2006/2009 Cruising speed | 14 knots Weekly rate | $464,000/492,000 (high season)

Although it was only launched in 2006, Oasis has recently undergone an additional refit to ensure everything on this Lürssen yacht is suited to the charter market.

Her spacious deck is perfect for relaxing in the sun and the outdoor cinema is a lavish spot in which to spend the evenings. Perfectly appointed for entertaining, there is ample dining space for 12 and a disco so you can host some unforgettable soirees. 15 crew members ensure every whim is attended to: a masseuse allows for some onboard pampering and a world-class chef will prepare daily gourmet meals. Other members of the crew are trained dive and jet-ski instructors meaning you can make every use of all leisure and recreation facilities.

Leisure and recreation: 2 x 7.5 meter Vikal custom tenders, 2 x Honda Aquatrax 180hp 2-person watercraft, Laser sailing dingy, 2 x bicycles, knee and wakeboards, waterskis, complete diving equipment and a Jacuzzi.



Length | 193 ft (59m) Number of guests | 12 Number of staterooms | 7 Builder | Austal/Oceanfast Year of construction/refit | 2007/2011 Cruising speed | 15 knots Weekly rate | $468,000

This 59-meter Austal yacht was designed for cruising in the sun. The open plan interior is bathed in light from the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, the 3,000 square foot sun deck can be almost entirely shaded from the sun if needed, while the oversized Jacuzzi is surrounded by day beds.

The deck is clean with an open teak deck offering an abundance of space to dine alfresco and a semicircular set of sun beds occupies an infinity terrace. Having been recently refitted, Idol now comes with a huge array of water sports and leisure facilities as well as astounding audio and visual technologies.

Leisure and recreation: 7.8 meter Naiad tender, 7.2 meter Nautica Express tender, Zodiac rescue tender, Kawasaki 800 SXR (stand-up) Jet-ski, 2 x Yamaha FX 1300 3-person Jet-skis, 3 x SeaBob underwater jet scooters, assorted inflatable toys, wakeboard and waterskis, Jacuzzi, four complete sets of diving equipment with extra tanks, a Bauer dive compressor and complete snorkeling gear. The gym includes a running machine, rowing machine, exercise bike, weights and mats.

Edmiston & Company

+377 9330 5444



Length | 144ft (44m) Number of guests | 12 Number of staterooms | 6 Builder | Baglietto Year of construction | 2009 Cruising speed | 25 knots (max speed 30 knots) Weekly rate | $187,000/202,000 (high season)

Apache II’s appeal is in her style, modernity and speed. With a top speed of 30 knots, she is the perfect yacht for zipping around the West Mediterranean in style.

Speed is often compromised by space, but Apache II, through a feat of design, still manages to accommodate 12 guests in absolute luxury. The formal dining room expands from two unique extendable terraces on the port and starboard sides and the sundeck offers a 360-degree panoramic view with lounging areas, wooden steamer sun loungers, and a wet bar with easy access to the swimming platform via stairs to the port side. Apache, it seems, was almost custom-made to enjoy the French Riviera in utmost style and speed.

Leisure and recreation: 4.30 meter Novurania with 60hp engine, 5.20 meter semi-rigid Norurania with 160hp engine, RST Seadoo jet-ski, RXP Seadoo jet-ski, diving and snorkeling equipment, surfboard, wakeboard, inflatable donut, waterskis and fishing equipment.

Edmiston & Company

+377 9330 5444



Length | 120ft (36.6m) Number of guests | 10 Number of staterooms | 5 Builder | Benetti Year of construction | 2007 Cruising speed | 14 knots Weekly rate | $137,000/151,000 (high season)

Of all the Benetti built classics, Andiamo is undeniably one of the best. Her elegant hull is unassuming, blending traditional lines with modern performance.

The traditional theme continues into the interior where rich mahogany paneling is abundant and combined with pale brown onyx surfaces and cream carpets. The master suite boasts a stunning 180-degree panoramic view, and the sky lounge offers a stylish bar bedecked with comfortable Frau sofas. Behind Andiamo’s unpretentious façade, the yacht is true comfort and class, festooned with modern amenities.

Leisure and recreation: Castoldi 18-foot jet tender with 135hp engine, 2 x Yamaha 1300 2-person jet-skis, waterskis, wakeboard and various inflatable towables, complete snorkeling equipment, Jacuzzi and barbecue.

Edmiston & Company

+377 9330 5444



Length | 180ft (55m) Number of guests | 10 Number of staterooms | 5 Builder | Factoria Naval Marin Year of construction | 2009 Draft | 17ft (5.2m) Weekly rate | $100,000/116,000 (high season)

This stunning schooner, a modern recreation of the 1928 Trans-Atlantic Race holder designed by Nathaniel G Herreshoff, is a wonder to behold.

Under full canvas Elena will attract admirers and she will certainly turn heads in port. Her spacious teak decks provide an abundance of room for an entire race crew, a cocktail party of 80 guests or, alternatively, plenty of room for relaxing and sunbathing. Elena’s interior, in accordance with the original designs, is a masterpiece of mahogany wood paneling with gracious fittings. But don’t take this yacht for granted, for underneath her classical hull and luxury amenities lies a true racing pedigree that can be put to the test during Mediterranean classics such as Le Voile de Saint-Tropez or Monaco Classics Week.

Leisure and recreation: Wally tender available and further watersports facilities available upon request.



Length | 170ft (51.7m) Number of guests | 10 Number of staterooms | 5 Builder | Alloy Yachts Year of construction | 2008 Draft | 16ft (4.9m) Weekly rate | $267,000

To rival motor yachts in terms of space and amenities, sailing yachts have to be more intricately designed and few achieve this better than Mondango.

This stunning Dubois 52-meter ketch from Alloy Yachts has been carefully thought through: the interior radiates a colorful contemporary Asian style with light oak paneling and dark brown leather trims garnished with Inuit sculptures. The two VIP suites, owner’s suite and two twin staterooms make superb use of the lower deck space. Up on deck there is a Jacuzzi – a rare feature on a sailing yacht – and dining and lounging spaces that remain free from rigging. However, the finest feature of a meticulously designed yacht like Mondango is, without doubt, her ability to harness the wind and reach surprising speeds across open water.

Leisure and recreation: Pascoe 6.2 meter Jet drive, Nautica crew tender, Topper sailing dingy, Hobie tandem kayak, 2 x inflatable kayaks with clear view bottom, complete snorkeling gear for ten people, multiple water skis, wakeboards and towable inflatables and 2 x model remote-controlled sailing boats.

Edmiston & Company

+377 9330 5444

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