The other stars at Cannes: Inside the superyachts moored nearby that come with helipads, bronze-edged swimming pools, spas and Michelin-starred dining for up to £500,000 A WEEK!
By CHRIS KITCHING FOR MAILONLINE
After the red carpet, the next best place to be seen at this week’s Cannes Film Festival is on board a flashy superyacht.
For some, the massive luxury vessels docked at Cannes’ picturesque Vieux Port will be the real stars of the show, with some costing upwards of £500,000 a week to charter. In addition to private planes and sprawling villas, superyachts are the ultimate symbol of wealth when the rich and famous visit French Riviera hotspots such as Cannes, Monaco and Saint-Tropez.
As the 69th film festival begins today, yachts will play host to exclusive parties or high-stakes business deals, or serve as lavish hideaways for studio executives or A-list actors and their hangers-on.
Extravagant amenities include helipads, personal submarines, infinity pools, spas, bars and even Michelin-starred cuisine. For those who don’t have one of their own or haven’t arranged a charter just yet, these are some of the best superyachts available for hire in the Mediterranean this season.
Titania – €600,000 (£475,000) a week
Measuring 239.5ft, Titania was designed for seamless indoor-outdoor lifestyle, with all of the amenities one would need for a luxury holiday at sea and port.
It was built by Lurssen in 2006 and refitted in 201 5 with intimate spaces, large entertainment areas, windows that allow in plenty of natural light and a lift that transports guests from the lower deck to the sundeck within seconds.
There is accommodation for 12 guests in seven cabins, including two master suites, all with marble bathrooms and the latest entertainment systems.
Titania’s stern has a beach club with a sauna, bar and sofa, and can be converted into a nightclub for parties, while the top deck has a pool with a swim-up bar.
The yacht is an accredited RYA training centre and has a crew of 20, including a chef, two qualified personal watercraft instructors, a fitness instructor, massage and beauty therapist, and a hairdresser.
Wealthy holidaymakers who still haven’t picked a yacht for the Monaco Grand Prix in late May can get Titania at a deal of €390,000 (£305,000) a week.
Axioma – €580,000 (£455,000) a week
Guests will be well taken care of on board Axioma, which has a crew of 20, including an award-winning chef, and offers plenty of opportunities for pampering and relaxation.
When passengers aren’t soaking up the sun at an outdoor pool, swim-in bar or Jacuzzi, they can spoil themselves at the spa, sit back and watch a film in the cinema room or work out in a fully-equipped gym.
Perhaps the most impressive feature is the double-level main saloon, which has an open mezzanine and a bar.
Inspired by a beach house, the 236ft vessel, built by Dunya Yachts in 2013, accommodates 12 guests in six cabins, plus crew members.
Christina O – €560,000 (£440,000) a week
For those looking to impress with a massive party, the historic Christina O, which has hosted political leaders and A-list celebrities, may be the finest option.
Built in 1943, glamorous 325ft superyacht was used as a World War II surplus Canadian frigate before it was bought by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1954 and transformed into a floating palace. In the 1950s, Onassis threw star-studded parties attended by the likes of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, US President John F Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Onassis later married President Kennedy’s widow, Jackie.
Today, the five-deck Christina O, named for Onassis’ daughter, features an elegant interior and amenities such as a bronze-edged swimming pool, Jacuzzi deck, spa, Michelin-starred cuisine and music lounge after undergoing another refit in 2001. There is accommodation for 34 guests and 38 crew, although the yacht can host 250 guests should the owner decide to throw a cocktail party at port.
Double Down – €455,000 (£355,000) a week
Based in Monaco, Double Down has nine staterooms and is on the charter market for the first time ever. For quayside parties, the 213.3ft yacht has room for 80 guests and offers a 14-seat cinema, full-size grand piano, Jacuzzi, outdoor bar and barbecue.
It accommodates 12 guests and has Thai, Egyptian and Chinese-themed suites. Built in 2010, Double Down was completely refinished inside and out this year.
Lady Kathryn V – €450,000 (£355,000) a week
The 200ft superyacht features spacious and well laid out decks, with six en-suite staterooms for up to 12 guests and zero speed stabilisers to keep the boat stable even at anchor.
Lady Kathryn V has a Jacuzzi on the sun deck, an owner’s suite with its own terrace, a cinema room, a fitness room and a golf mat and clubs so guests’ swings don’t get rusty while at sea. If business has to mix with pleasure, the yacht has an office with broadband internet, satellite TV, GSM phone lines and VoIP.
Saluzi – €440,000 (£345,000) a week
The 226.8ft Saluzi was built by Austal in 2003 as a small luxury cruise ship in Polynesia but was transformed into a superyacht with a brand new interior. It comes with a 69ft waterslide, outdoor cinema and two Jacuzzis, but what really makes it stand out is a painting on its hull by Li Jiwei.
She accommodates up to 32 guests in two master suites, seven VIP staterooms and seven twin cabins, and every stateroom has a full entertainment system and bathroom. There is also room for 32 crew. For pampering, guests can retreat to a spa with an on-board masseuse, while other activities include a gym, karaoke bar and water toys.
Platinum – €217,000 (£170,000) a week
Platinum, built in 2009 by Benetti, is designed for outdoor living thanks to its expansive deck areas, which include an open-air gym, al fresco dining, bar, barbecue area and Jacuzzi.
The interior of the 163.7ft vessel, including six cabins that sleep up to 12 guests, features a contemporary design with Far Eastern touches.
Eleven crew members are on hand to take care of guests’ every need. The yacht is suited to those who love spending time in or on the water, with a range of toys including personal watercraft, inflatable kayaks, paddle-boards, waterskis and wakeboards and snorkelling and fishing gear.
Should guests wish to spend time indoors or if the weather isn’t ideal, the yacht is equipped with satellite TV and Wi-Fi to keep up on the latest programmes or news.
Allegria – €175,000 (£140,000) a week
Designed for comfort and adventure, this 151ft vessel features a sky lounge that converts into a movie theatre with a 112ft drop screen, projector and full surround sound, plus a 42in TV.
Allegria, a Hakvoort yacht launched in 2004, has five guest cabins, including a master suite and VIP queen suite that accommodate up to 10 people, plus sleeping quarters for nine crew members.
The full-width master suite on the main deck includes a private study area, walk-in closet and dressing room, along with a marble bathroom featuring a large Jacuzzi and rain shower. In the open air, two aft decks have space for al fresco dining, sun lounging and relaxing in a Jacuzzi or even a hammock.
In addition to water toys, it comes with two 150cc Vespa scooters and mountain bikes for land excursions.
Ocean Sapphire – €130,000 (£100,000) a week
For the tycoons or celebrities who are looking for a yacht with a striking appearance, Ocean Sapphire does not disappoint. At 134.6ft in length, the vessel’s distinctive design features an arching superstructure with dual staircases uniting its four decks. It is staffed by seven crew and has accommodation for up to 12 guests in five cabins, and is ideal for families.
Built in 2010 by Rodriguez Yachts, Ocean Sapphire’s amenities include a home cinema, cappuccino bar, games area, gym and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Mayama – €99,000 (£78,000) a week
Despite being just six years old, the 121.5ft Mayama is fresh off a refit that was undertaken last year. One of the more affordable options, it is a modern and sleek vessel with a master cabin on the main deck, Jacuzzi on the spacious fly bridge and a host of water sports equipment, including personal watercraft, seabobs and snorkelling gear.
Guests can also manoeuvre around the deck on a Robstep, which is similar to a Segway. The Couach-built yacht has enough room for 10 guests in five cabins, plus six crew members.