Sophistication and the yachting world go hand in hand, especially in places such as Cannes and the Côte d’Azur. One such event where this is particularly evident is the Cannes Yachting Festival, one of the most prestigious yacht shows, where extravagant, cutting edge luxury sailing yachts are showcased. The yacht show season has already begun in the Côte d’Azur, and will be followed by the Barcelona and Monaco yacht shows, so don’t miss out!

This week, Cannes awoke to 580 luxury yachts moored in its marina, all of which were featured in the city’s 37th annual yachting festival. The event is renowned for its prestige in the yachting world, and this is evident in the yachts’ designs, which combine eco-friendly and minimalist features, with ample, modern and light interiors with the latest technology incorporated into their design. This year the show is shared between Vieux Port, Port Pierre Canto, and the Palais des Festivals, making this the biggest Cannes Yachting Festival yet.

The star of the show is the 55 metre long Ocean Paradise 90 STS luxury superyacht, built by the French yacht maker Benetti, with a pool on deck, open air saloon, and room for 12 passengers.

The interior of the Oceanis Paradise is a marvel in design, with an innovative open plan design, creating the sensation of being outdoors. The outside deck features a barbecue area, an open air bar and a pool which is reminiscent of the beach on a desert island. On the other side of the boat, the interior saloons feature high ceilings, large windows and French doors, making light a central theme on this yacht.

Maura Izzo, the yacht’s designer challenged the design standards by setting a contrast between black and white in the majority of the yacht’s spaces, and by creating distinct atmospheres, with coloured lighting playing a major role. The Oceanis has room for 12 passengers, in 6 double cabins and a master suite, the latter benefiting from 180º sea views and a private terrace.

In terms of technological advances, the Shipman 59 eco-yacht stands out with its hybrid engine, which combines solar power with the diesel engine and lithium batteries. This carbon-fibre yacht is 18.9 metres long and can be moored in a marina without producing an ounce of pollution. This also makes for quiet operation, as the eco-friendly technology greatly reduces the engine noise, even when docking.

Shipman 59

Shipman 59

The Berzinc Yacht is another of Cannes Yachting Festival’s flagship models. Renovated by Astilleros de Mallorca, a yacht maker located on the eponymous island, the yacht is a 44 metre long aluminium frame yacht, with an ultramodern interior design, featuring a bright colour scheme with red, orange, black and earth colours, which help to create a cosmopolitan luxury hotel feel.

The boat has a main saloon, featuring 180º sea views and a relaxation area with sofas. It has room for 12 passengers, in 4 double cabins and a master suite.

The luxury yacht Baglietto 46 is a yacht built in the Italian Riviera region, in La Spezia province. It is 46 metres long and is built in an avant-garde style, designed by the famous Francesco Paszkowki, who also designed the Tankoa S693 luxury yacht.

The interior of this luxury yacht is in keeping with this year’s design trends in Cannes; bright contrasting colours and high ceilings with large windows and a great deal of lighting. On deck, there is a 25 square metre space near the stern, for sunbathing and bathing. The yacht accommodates up to 10 passengers in 5 double cabins.

If you yourself would like to embark on a luxury sailing yacht voyage on the Côte d’Azur, don’t miss out on the new models being presented at the Monaco Yacht Show. In the meantime, check out our offers, such as sailing on a luxury catamaran or a skippered yacht in Bormes-les-Mimosas, one of the most charming cities on the beautiful Côte d’Azur.