Get ready now for a fun-filled summer yacht charter season

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During the final week of April, Barcelona’s iconic Port Vell plays host to the world’s finest charter yachts for the MYBA Charter Show, marking the start of the summer yacht charter season.

An industry-only event, the MYBA Charter Show is always well attended by industry professionals who get the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the leading charter yachts available on the market, as well as the designs, layouts, facilities and crew available for the upcoming season. Armed with first-hand knowledge, they can then provide a superior service to clients when it comes to choosing the finest yachts for unforgettable cruising vacations.

A wide selection of top charter yachts are making their way across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The favoured summer cruising grounds of the Mediterranean have much to offer the waterborne. Think island hopping in the Balearics, a dot-to-dot tour of ancient archaeological wonders in Greece or wine tasting in Provence.

With so many choices of cruising ground and yacht, we’ve selected a quartet of incredible charter yachts to make it easier. With their pools, water toys, panoramic views and impressive dining options, this selection of superyachts represents the pinnacle of yachting elegance this summer.

Party Girl, photo courtesy Northrop & Johnson

If you’re ready to be bold with your cruising choices this summer, the 85-metre Silver Yachts stunner was launched in 2019 and is available throughout the Mediterranean. From her helipad to her beach club set up with an exceptional selection of tenders and toys to her resplendent interior spaces, this superyacht is the ultimate platform for an unforgettable on-water holiday with family and friends. Based in Porto Cervo for the summer season, Bold welcomes 12 guests in eight staterooms. She is run by a professional crew of 20. As one of the largest and most eye-catching yachts available on the market, if you want to see and be seen this summer, be bold and charter Bold.

The 85m Bold is available for charter in the Mediterranean, with prices from €875,000 per week, plus expenses.

RoMa, photo courtesy Northrop & Johnson


Luxurious, sophisticated and packed from bow to stern with impressive facilities, RoMa proves that it is possible to have it all. Minimalist and design-led but still eminently comfortable, RoMa’s contemporary interior is slick, fresh, achingly chic and inviting, giving her universal appeal that has made her an extremely successful charter yacht since her launch in 2010. She has three spacious and well-appointed decks – all linked by an elevator – as well as a sun deck for her 12 guests who are attended by a crew of 18. She also has a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a cinema/ games room and an exceptionally large Jacuzzi.

At RoMa’s stern, a beach-club area houses some of the best water toys on the market, including SeaBobs, Sea-Doos, waverunner, flyboard, kayaks and paddleboards, and allows guests to access the water with ease – perfect for those looking to take advantage of her PADI Dive Centre. However, the star of the show has to be her 20-metre inflatable water slide. When RoMa is anchored at sea, this vast slide delivers her more adventurous guests to the cool waves in a matter of seconds. RoMa also has a RINA Green Star Certification for sustaining the highest environmental standards.

The 62m (203’5”) RoMa is available for charter in the Mediterranean, with prices from €370,000 per week, plus expenses.

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Party Girl, photo courtesy Northrop & Johnson


As her name might suggest, Party Girl is designed to offer the most incredibly fun and luxurious charter experience. Among her many attractions is a chic sea-level beach club with a lounge area and gym. During moments of leisure, of which there are many, guests make full use of the floating bar, complete with canopy, a waterslide attaching from the upper deck, a beach set up and a variety of watersports equipment and toys. She also has an upper-deck jacuzzi with sumptuous seating for true relaxation.

Blending the outside with the inside space is often the goal of many modern yacht designs, but Party Girl really takes this to another level with her large indoor/outdoor lounge area on the main deck. Decoratively, the interior invokes a sense of leisure and relaxation with exotic woods and textures throughout, and charter guests describe feeling immediately at ease as they step on board.

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Party Girl pool, photo courtesy Northrop & Johnson

No luxury has been spared in the guest accommodation – including in terms of volume. The master stateroom has an impressive lounging area and his-and-hers bathrooms. There is also a private stairway connecting it to the second master stateroom above, which also has a private lounge. The yacht also has two queen-sized guest staterooms on the upper deck and four staterooms on the lower deck, completing her guest accommodation for up to 12 guests.

The 62.48m Party Girl is available for charter in the Mediterranean, with prices from €505,000 per week, plus expenses.

Top Five II

Imagine yourself sunning seaside on a fold-out swim platform in the Mediterranean Sea, sitting on a forward sunpad with a cocktail in hand, enjoying an alfresco barbecue or relaxing during your massage in a private relaxation space during your luxury yacht charter aboard the Dutch-built Hakvoort superyacht Top Five II.

This 61-meter superyacht has all the amenities needed to escape at sea but all the capabilities to keep connected if that’s what you need. 12 guests are accommodated in six stunning staterooms. The yacht’s crew of 19 professionals will provide nothing short of five-star service while you enjoy your time aboard.

With an onboard arsenal of tenders, wave runners, kayaks, Seabobs, inflatables, snorkelling gear and so much more, the kids will be over the moon and are sure to be tired come the end of a busy day on the water, which is when they can enjoy the yacht’s theatre-quality entertainment systems. After they’ve gone to bed, the adults can enjoy five-star alfresco meals under starlight in the sparkling waters off some of Europe’s most sought-after coastal cities.

The 61m Top Five II is available for charter in the Mediterranean, with prices from €550,000 per week, plus expenses.

There is no time like the present to book your summer yacht charter holiday. Charter brokerages like Monaco’s Northrop & Johnson are seeing their charter yacht calendars fill up. Charter brokers advise that if you see a yacht you like, reach out immediately as availability is falling as temperatures rise.


This article is by Northrop and Johnson, a sponsor partner of Monaco Life.



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Football: AS Monaco’s Groupe Élite beat Chelsea’s U21s

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AS Monaco’s Groupe Élite overcame a talented Chelsea U21 side (3-2) in a thrilling, open match in front of onlooking owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. 

Chelsea and Monaco have a history. The club’s first-teams faced off in a classic Champions League semi-final tie back in 2004, which Monaco won 5-3 on aggregate, whilst Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoué Bakayoko, and more recently Benoît Badiashile, are amongst the players to have featured for both sides.

Dmitry Rybolovlev, Paul Mitchell and Philippe Clement in attendance

Whilst the match between Les Monégasques’ Groupe Élite and Chelsea’s U21 side wasn’t played in front of the masses of Stamford Bridge, or under the iconic arches of the Stade Louis II, the match certainly piqued the interest of the club’s hierarchy.

Photo of Dmitry Rybolovlev

Rybolovlev made a rare appearance to support Monaco’s La Diagonale, whilst first-team manager Philippe Clement was also in the stands, on the lookout for the next player to integrate into his professional squad. Sporting Director Paul Mitchell, Performance Director James Bunce, Director of Youth Development Pascal de Maesschalck as well as La Diagonale academy graduates such as Eliesse Ben Seghir and Eliot Matazo all watched on. They would have been impressed with what they saw in the first half.

Edan Diop features in strong Monaco line-up

Monaco fielded a strong starting XI, which included first-teamer Edan Diop. Players such as Yllan Okou, Yann Lienard and Soungoutou Magassa, all of whom are fixtures in first-team training featured in the fixture.

However, it was the Blues who took the lead through England U20 international Harvey Vale. Monaco looked dangerous, however, and quickly struck back through Enzo Baglieri, who latched onto a clever ball from Diop.

Photo of Edan Diop and Enzo Baglieri by Luke Entwistle, Monaco Life

Lienard then got the better of Vale just minutes later, turning the Englishman’s curling effort around the post. That proved a turning point, with Monaco then unleashing a barrage on the Chelsea goal, which yielded two more goals before the break. Mamadou Coulibaly scored Monaco’s second with a fortuitous deflected effort before Baglieri got his second.

Mason Burstow halved the advantage in the second half, but Monaco held on and will face Chelsea again in a return leg in London on 2nd May.

“It’s a beautiful win. We were looking forward to this match. We really wanted to win this one, so it’s mission accomplished. We saw a bunch of boys who gave everything they had,” Groupe Élite coach Damien Perrinelle told Monaco Life.

“The complete momentum of the club is towards the development of its academy players.”

He added, “The best reward for the Groupe Élite is when Philippe Clement calls up one of our players, and when he gets minutes with the first team, or when I’m told that a player has adapted well. That’s the priority of the group.”

Photo of Damien Perrinelle by Luke Entwistle, Monaco Life


Whilst denying that Rybolovlev’s attendance at the match motivated the players further, given that “they’re all competitors,” Perrinelle described the presence of the club’s hierarchy as “gratifying”.

“I don’t know if the players realised that the President was here! I didn’t want to tell them so as not to put them under pressure. That proves, I think, that the complete momentum of the club is towards the development of its academy players, from the U17s to the U19s. Having Paul (Mitchell) and the President come and watch this kind of match is gratifying and highlights our work. We’re also very proud to show them, as well, what we’ve been working on all year,” he told Monaco Life.


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Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo present La Belle like you’ve never seen her before

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Experience the tale of Sleeping Beauty like you’ve never heard it before with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Jean-Christophe Maillot’s award-winning reinterpretation of the famous fairy tale this April.  

From 26th to 30th April, the dancers of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will partner with Prima Ballerina Olga Smirnova for a series of performances of La Belle, a “ferocious psychoanalytical interpretation” of Sleeping Beauty that has won numerous awards since its first conception by Jean-Christophe Maillot in 2001. 

“Jean-Christophe Maillot taps into our childhood memories, fears and desires. The feats that mark Sleeping Beauty’s story mirror the rites each woman must go through throughout her life. Perrault understood this only too well, and in turn, the choreographer has managed to break through the sugar-coated casing Disney previously used in handling the tale,” says the company. “The lesser-known second half of Perrault’s story is brought to the fore, in which Sleeping Beauty awakens from her slumber and her marriage to the Prince leads on to further exploits. The second part of the fairy-tale is dark and terrifying: now Queen, the Princess and her children are threatened by her wicked stepmother, the Ogress Maleficent.” 

We all know of Sleeping Beauty, but in Maillot’s creation, Maleficent is one of the most emblematic characters and “the perfect embodiment of the sheer terror contained within this story”. 

“Maleficent is like a magnet, sucking in all of our fears and taboos,” says choreographer Maillot. “I created an androgynous, ambiguous being that is far from a straightforward symbol, and that might be a potential partner for Sleeping Beauty. Although the character embodies evil, evil is nevertheless difficult to define. My ballets always reject Manichaeism, the concept of evil versus good.” 

Tickets are now available for the five performances, which each take place at the Salle des Princes in the Grimaldi Forum at 7.30pm, except for the finale on 30th April at 3pm. To reserve your seat, please click here.  

For the full programme of upcoming events by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, please click here.


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Photo by Alice Blangero. This article was originally published on 24th February 2023.