Fresh seafood feasts fit for kings, the lull of carols beneath a bed of stars, the clanging of Italian church bells signalling for midnight mass, and wine that flows warmly into your veins – the Mediterranean can be a divine destination for a Christmas super yacht charter. Whilst many megayachts are sure to be sailing for the glitzy allure of the Caribbean seeking warmer weather and rum, the Med can be a beautiful place, alive with the breath of winter chill and resplendent in her quiet charm. MY Starfire can take you sailing, along the French Riviera where the high season celebrities and casinos are replaced with charming Christmas markets selling illustrious handicrafts and mulled wine steeped in spice. Cruise along the Amalfi Coast where the sea caps blow blue and white and the villages make Virgin Mary murals and dine on salt encrusted fish. Huddle under cashmere blankets on deck drinking eggnog and watching Christmas movies on the outdoor cinema, and work your way through the beautiful array of worldly spirits with seasonal soirees on your own superyacht. Take a look at these divine destinations to spend a Mediterranean Christmas on your super yacht charter.
Super yacht charter Christmases on the Riviera are always striking even though the weather is mild and bright without the fall of snow. Yet, the twinkling lights and the seasonal markets certainly add a hint of festive cheer. Those who want to step off the beaten track should head away from the fame of Nice to the tiny village of Luceram. During the month of December this darling medieval place turns into a nativity wonderland with over four hundred nativity scenes on show. Wandering through the sleepy streets you can see scenes curated using light, sound, adorable living farm animals, placed in windows and ovens and in every nook and cranny. The result is truly lovely. The French celebrate Christmas on the 24th with tables laden with food and lashings of champagne. Throw a seasonal dinner on MY Starfire, ask the chef to cook up a feast from the local market with ripe wheels of cheese, beautifully studded cuts of meat, berries, goose liver pate, home baked bread and plenty of vintage ruby red clarets to wash it all down.
Merry making in Malta is certainly scrawled on the cards when Christmas rolls around. Super yacht charters seem to adore the golden gaze island resting in the sapphire waters and steeped in history, fine food and an evocative culture. In the Christmas months the winds still blow fair and the streets of Valletta are decked out in endless twinkling lights, ornamental baubles, and glittering tinsel. Carols echo against the playful splash of the sea, Santa’s toy town is in full swing with rosy faced children smiling in glee, and Christmas mass signs off with a holy flourish before the luxury hotels open their doors for a 1am breakfast. Take the tender out around the shoreline of Gozo, sip seasonal cocktails on the deck of My Starfire as you watch the lights twinkling on the bay, and join the locals as everyone heads out for Christmas dinner with festivities that seep well into the starlight.
Season’s greetings in Italy are always awash in the most wonderful things; endless foods, religious parades, colour, charm, and pop up craft markets fill the cramped and noisy streets of one of Italy’s most charismatic cities. Sailing on your super yacht charter around these parts gives no much opportunity for exploring the delights of the Amalfi coast and soaking up the vibe in Napoli. Wander the markets on the street of San Gregorio Armeno, dine on fresh succulent clams and salted cod, listen to the street musician’s pipe out their music beneath a blaze of fairy lights, and pick up wooden carved toys and intricate lace treasures from the wrinkled faced women touting their wares on the streets. Afterwards you can slip back to the divine beauty of My Starfire for a late night pampering session and to celebrate the coming of Christmas with a sauna and Jacuzzi complete with bubbles fizzing in the glass.
Mount Pelion, Greece
Legendary, lovely and steeped in powder soft snow, myth and mystery, there is no better place to spend the season in Greece than in the dizzying heights of Mount Pelion. Of course super yachts cannot climb mountains but the azure hues of the sea sitting beneath the dramatic cliffs provide a perfect anchorage and home for exploring the region. Swish down the slopes where the sun glints like scattered diamonds on the flakes, wander through stony hilltop towns soaked in quietude, book a ride on the oldest railway train in the country and chug your way through frost bitten olive groves and gorgeous scenes. Back on My Starfire the temperature outside is mild without the gnaw of the wind, making it the perfect environment to sit on the aft deck, nibble on mezze platters and sip the sweetest wines still fragranced with the memory of soft summer nights.
If we have caught your attention and you would like to talk to us about spending your Christmas or a charming winter vacation in the Mediterranean, then don’t hesitate to contact us for free advise and personalised charter itinerary.