Nothing broadcasts ultra-high net worth quite as clearly as ownership of a superyacht. It’s perhaps unsurprising then that, in a world where the numbers of the very wealthy are on the rise, so is the number of bigger boats. Take a look at 5 Star Luxury Homes on Glamorous Marinas!
In the world of modern yachting, the word “marina” means so much more than a harbor. Owners of superyachts don’t just require a reliable source of fuel and expert technicians; to make a port worth calling at, what’s on land must be a mirror of what’s on board. Nowhere is this truer than in the case of property. The stunning Dalmatian coast, for example, has added a deluxe marina at Porto Montenegro in the Unesco-listed Bay of Kotor (where Savills is selling a three-bedroom beachside villa in Strp, with mooring and pool, for €1.6m), complementing the established ACI marina in Croatia (where Savills is selling a four-bedroom waterfront villa on Brac, the exclusive island opposite Split, for €2.4m) perfect for million-dollar homes.
Opened in 2014 and operated by legendary marina management firm Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, the marina is partly inspired by the Côte d’Azur’s famed Port Grimaud and forms part of a significant redevelopment of Limassol old town. Designed with the guidance of French architect Xavier Bohl, the landscape is now a mix of low-lying villas and apartments whose tiled roofs and stone walls echo the scale and period of the town. A number of the villas also incorporate private berths, allowing owners to moor their yachts at the bottom of the garden, then walk out of their front doors and into the center of Cyprus’s liveliest city in a matter of moments – here you can find the perfect luxury homes for an exquisite escape from the hectic world.
Building a superyacht marina in an area with a well-developed infrastructure is a monumental task, but nothing like as complex as setting out to achieve the same result in virgin territory. Charles P “Buddy” Darby III, founder and CEO of Christophe Harbour and former CEO of Kiawah Partners, is both a superyacht owner and a developer who likes to be tested – something that was evident when, in 2007, he was approached to see the potential in what is thought to be the crater of an extinct volcano on St Kitts, the Caribbean island twinned with Nevis (both of which, mercifully, were spared the brunt of Hurricane Irma)
Darby owns a classic sailing yacht and as a young man worked in his family’s boatyard, so his own standards for a marina are exacting. Here, yachtsmen are well supported with the largest marina fuel farm in the eastern Caribbean, and (opening in November) a customs office with a crew and captain facilities. But the resort is intended as much for those who like to feel part of a yachting community as for the boat owners themselves.
More established resorts have had time to build up their ease of access, and Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast – undoubtedly among the world’s most exclusive yachting destinations –has one of the largest private-jet terminals in Europe. The small but perfectly formed village, created by Prince Karim Aga Khan and his fellow investors in the 1950s and ’60s, is home not only to a shipyard capable of repairing the largest yachts, but also to the renowned Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which organises the annual regattas and presents the prizes in the village square.
The seamless combination of sophisticated city living and holiday pleasures is one of the reasons Barcelona has seen a growing demand for property near its superyacht harbor, OneOcean Port Vell. Originally built for the 1992 Olympics, the marina has recently undergone a complete makeover to provide it with 148 berths for superyachts up to 190m.
OneOcean Port Vell lies in the center of Barcelona, the briefest of strolls from the city’s famed shopping, nightlife, restaurants, and cultural attractions, and purchasers here expect the same sophisticated standard of contemporary living they’ll find in other major cities. Until recently, most developments were in period buildings reinvented behind an existing façade. Of course, beautiful luxury homes with prime marina access can be an income generator as well as a private escape.
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