September’s annual Monaco Yacht Show (also known as the MYS) is a four day celebration of yachting and all things related to the luxury lifestyle.
The dazzling array of superyachts for sale and world premiere launches attracts an international clientele of owners, enthusiasts, industry players and media. EAT LOVE SAVOR headed to the postage stamp principality for the MYS 2018 and our feet barely touched the ground as we toured yachts, met with exhibitors and attended some fabulous parties. Here are the trends we spotted:
Helipads are in at MYS 2018
While beach clubs are definitely still trending in the superyacht world, we couldn’t help but notice the number of yachts on display at the MYS 2018 with helipads or touch-and-go helipads. A feature reserved for the largest of superyachts, the capacity to land a helicopter on board is a huge attraction for potential buyers, especially since Owners and charterers alike are awakening to the potential of off-the-beaten track and remote cruising destinations. MY ANNA I stood out for the immense helicopter stationed on her top deck for the entire duration of the show.
Tenders and toys
Water toys were the must-have accessory in the Mediterranean this summer, a trend that showed no sign of fading at the MYS 2018, where a dedicated Tenders & Toys zone gave a taste of just some of the fun you can have on board a yacht charter. Chase boats, limousine tenders, fully carbon e-bikes, inflatable water parks, even a matching sky blue Lamborghini Aventador and El Toro de Lamborghini power boat; there’s no end of possibilities with the current selection of tenders and toys on the market for your yacht.
A World of Firsts
It seemed as if every new yacht that pulled into Monaco’s sparkling Port Hercules, along with every new construction that was unveiled by the shipyards during the MYS 2018, introduced a feature or design aspect that had never been seen before in the world of yachting. From Oceanco’s 90m new build M/Y DAR, with a superstructure made entirely out of reflective glass, to M/Y ILLUSION PLUS from China’s Pride Mega Yachts, Asia’s largest ever yacht, and Nobiskrug’s environmentally conscious M/Y ARTEFACT (Project 790), which is currently in construction in Germany and includes solar panels, large battery storage, and the capability to re-use water, there’s no shortage of innovation in the industry.
Prime Real Estate
While the yachts were definitely the star attraction, it’s hard not to notice the luxury properties and striking buildings that frame the principality’s central port. Home to an array of private residences and commercial offices, one of the most distinctive is the Monaco Yacht Club. Designed by Sir Norman Foster, this exclusive location hosted some of the most lavish events during the MYS 2018, including Fraser’s Captain’s Dinner on Thursday evening. Yet, speak to any Monaco real estate agency and they’ll tell you that these prime properties overlooking the port are highly sought after settings throughout the year, from the Monaco Yacht Show through to the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. We can’t wait to be back to experience more!
Written by: Laura Bataille