Although this year’s edition may be on hold due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, each September it’s all eyes on Cannes when the city hosts the Cannes Yachting Festival. Bringing together over 300 exhibitors, the Cannes Festival is a unique opportunity to meet with the key players in the international yachting industry and enjoy private preview events from the world’s biggest yachting groups.
The first show on the international calendar, the Festival officially marks the launch of the yachting season and there is no shortage of exciting events on offer during the six-day show. Cannes is the place to check out the global launch of new yachts from the world’s top luxury shipyards and enjoy exclusive preview events presenting this year’s new collection of tenders, water toys, gadgets and more.
Our Top Tips for making the best of the Cannes Yachting Festival:
To really make the most of your trip to the Cannes Yachting Festival, we recommend checking out the show’s prestigious VIP programme. Dedicated to offering visitors the ultimate Festival experience, the VIP Card can be purchased for one, two or six days and includes VIP access to the show and the Club restaurants plus use of the courtesy cars and a full concierge service.
If you’re looking to take it to the next level while you’re in town, the VIP programme also includes the exclusive Riviera Card. With all the benefits of the VIP card, the Riviera Card also offers access to all the yachts on display, a boat tour and lunch at either the Panoramic or Skipper Restaurants. As a Riviera Card holder, you can also enjoy a helicopter transfer from the airport to the yacht show with panoramic views of the Croisette and the Lérins islands below.
Here’s everything you could possibly need to know about the Cannes Yachting Festival:
- Venue: Palais des Festivals, Port Pierre Canto and the Vieux Port
- Location: Cannes, France Currency: Euro Time zone: CET Travel: Bus, Plane, Helicopter, Car, Taxi, Train,
- Yacht Participants: Shipyards, Brokers, Architects, Designers, Luxury Lifestyle Brands
- Visitors: 50 000 plus Services: Boat shuttle, Concierge Service, Business Centre, VIP Programme, Photo & Video Service
With a full line-up of yachts plus an impressive programme of events, the Cannes Festival is always an unmissable date in the global calendar. The ideal location for yachting professionals to see and be seen, there are many unique event venues available across the city from luxury villas to boutique hotels and chic waterfront apartments, all set against the glittering background of the Mediterranean.
Whilst the show may be on hold for this year, planning for the 2021 season is already underway and next year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. To find your perfect venue for Cannes and Monaco 2021, why not check out our selection of hand-picked spaces below and then click through to check pricing and availability for next September in 3 easy steps :
Set on the 8th floor of a luxury building on the Croisette, this incredible penthouse apartment is the perfect spot for hosting events, presentations and more during the yacht show. The light-filled interior boasts a spacious open-plan living space with 5 ensuite bedrooms while the private swimming pool on the 100m² rooftop terrace offers breathtaking views of the Croisette and the Mediterranean beyond.
Capable of hosting up to 120 people onboard for events and parties, this spacious and open catamaran is a truly unique venue choice. With 2 terraces and a large interior living area, the catamaran is fully equipped with Wifi and has a high-tech entertainment system for onboard presentations. Designed to get you closer to the water, the catamaran also comes with paddle boards and kayaks for use by guests.
Located in the hills around Cannes, this stunning villa is impeccably finished in ultra-modern style. Glass doors seamlessly connect the interior with the outdoor living space which includes a spacious terrace, a heated pool and a beautifully-manicured garden. Offering panoramic views over the city and the Iles de Lérins, the villa is just a short drive away from the port and the Palais des Festivals.
Once the curtain closes on the Cannes Festival, the superyacht fun continues as the Monaco Yacht Show takes over the Principality for four days at the end of September. Held in the iconic Port Hercules, MYS showcases the very best of the yachting industry and the world’s leading luxury lifestyle companies confirming once again the French Riviera’s reputation as the most prestigious yachting destination in the world.
Why not get up close with all the action during festival week aboard this powerful motor boat. Designed to impress, this sleek modern yacht has an onboard capacity of 12 people and can reach speeds of up to 40 knots out on the water. Featuring a triple sunpad plus a semi-automatic Bimini top, the yacht can also be used for overnight cruising thanks to her queen-size cabin and galley station.
A truly exceptional venue with a long and colourful history, the Chaplaincy is a wonderful haven of peace and tranquility just minutes away from the principality of Monaco. Set in spectacular grounds overlooking Monte Carlo, the house features a spacious living area with accommodation for 14. With multiple terraces for outdoor living plus a heated swimming pool, this enchanting space is the ideal choice for your stay on the French Riviera during Superyacht September.