Seven superb marinas for yachting aficionados

The seven following marinas offer sophisticated digs to come back to after a day at sea.

By Rebekah Bell 06/05/2017

Cruising season officially kicks off next month, which means superyacht connoisseurs from around the globe will soon be embarking on epic summer adventures. Ideal for boating connoisseurs who want to live near the water, the following marinas offer sophisticated digs to come back to after a day at sea.

Porto Montenegro

Since its inception in 2009, Porto Montenegro has enticed superyacht owners from around the globe. Offering 460 berths, the marina can accommodate yachts of up to 250 metres — a world record which makes Porto Montenegro the to-go place for many superyacht owners. At project completion, the property will have 850 berths, including more than 300 for superyachts.

Slated to open this summer, the Regent Pool Club Residences are the newest addition to Porto Montenegro's real estate portfolio. Overlooking the sea and mountains, each sleek one- to three-bedroom residence is equipped with a landscaped terrace.

Ranging from around 75 to 345 square metres, the units are both modern and chic. Residents can choose to purchase dwellings with an optional rental pool program, which gives them direct access to the services and amenities of the five-star Regent Hotel. Prices start at around $US444,000 (about $A601,000). (

Privé at Island Estates

Located on South Florida's last buildable private island, Privé at Island Estates is ideal both for those who love the water and those who prefer to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground.

Capable of accommodating up to 41-metre yachts, the 48-slip marina and pier will be a popular destination for boating aficionados. Meanwhile, the property's wine room, cigar room, library, dog grooming salon, children's playroom, and private dining rooms make entertaining a breeze. A 360-degree running path, two lap pools, and a two-story fitness centre and spa (equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and a steam room and sauna) provide plenty of exercise options.

Two boutique towers house two- to seven-bedroom residences ranging from 240 to more than 880 square metres. The open-concept layouts, which offer 360-degree views of the water, range from $US2.1 to $US8.2 million (about $A2.84 to $A11.1). Move-in will begin in July — just in time for residents to cruise the seas during summer. (

Caroline Bay, Bermuda

Bermuda's pink-sand beaches and perpetually sunny weather make it the ideal island getaway. The 73-hectare Caroline Bay, Bermuda community is the largest development in Bermuda's history — and it will be a welcome haven for anyone who wants to call the isle home.

The Cove, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residence — a collection of 149 two- to four-bedroom residences ranging from 180 to 295 square metres — offers sumptuous digs sure to delight. Bedrooms include deep soaking tubs and walkout terraces, while kitchens feature state-of-the-art appliances.

Retractable glass walls overlook the beachfront and brilliant blue water. Plunge pools or outdoor kitchens allow residents to soak up the sunshine. Homeowners who want to hit the links will appreciate a complimentary one-year membership to Port Royal Golf Club.

The Caroline Bay Marina (equipped with 80 boat slips for 12- to 24-metre vessels and 30 berths for superyachts from 30 to 91 metres) is scheduled to be completed in time for the 35th America's Cup, which will take place in Bermuda in June. The first of the residences, which start at $US2.5 million (about $A3.38 million), will be finished in December. (;

Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach

Designed by revered architect Piero Lissoni, the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach are a collection of 111 condos and 15 stand-alone villas at the water's edge.

Ranging in size from 178 to more than 930 square metres, the one- to five-bedroom residences feature private decks that overlook the ocean. Gourmet kitchens feature Gaggenau appliances and stone countertops, and marble-sheathed master bathrooms include jetted soaking tubs and glass-enclosed showers.

Outfitted with 36 boat slips, the private marina can accommodate up to 16.7-metre boats. Residents will also have unlimited access to the captained day yacht, which they can book through the concierge team.

Though the water is just steps away from the residences, there is plenty to do on land as well. A meditation garden, rooftop pool deck with private cabanas and a restaurant, an indoor-outdoor spa, a waterfront bar, an art studio, a screening room, pet grooming facilities, and other amenities ensure homeowners will be pampered to the nines. Residential listings range from $US2 to $US40 million (about $A2.7 to $A54.1 million). (

Christophe Harbour

Located on St. Kitts, Christophe Harbour is the newest superyacht marina in the Caribbean. Capable of accommodating up to 76-metre superyachts, the marina will include 300 berths, priced from around $US1.9 million (about $A2.57), at project completion.

Sporting the only berths in the Caribbean where owners can purchase a freehold title instead of a leasehold title, the marina will delight boating aficionados of all ages.

Construction is currently underway for the Marina Village, which will include a café, retail shops, and a three-story Customs House with a crew lounge, fitness centre, and marina services station.

The picturesque property also includes partial and whole-ownership residences for those who want to call the Caribbean home. Approximately 30 three- to four-bedroom units have been completed, with additional residences planned. Ranging from around 280 to 650 square metres, the residences are priced from $US450,000 to $US8.5 million (about $A609,200 to $A11.5 million). (

Island Gardens Deep Harbour

Miami is poised to assume its new role as a superyacht capital with the advent of Island Gardens Deep Harbour, the only marina in North America created specifically for yachts up to 167 metres. Capable of accommodating up to 50 superyachts at a time, the massive marina offers in-slip fuelling, immigration services, and water taxi transportation services.

The mixed-used development will also include two high-end houses, retail shops and restaurants, and private residences. Construction is currently underway, and additional information about the private residences is forthcoming. (

Limassol Marina

Opened in 2014, Limassol Marina is the first superyacht marina in Cyprus. Equipped with 650 berths for yachts of up to 110 metres, the marina includes round-the-clock staff, berthing assistance, crew facilities, and a fuel station. A quaint, seaside village features high-end stores such as Ralph Lauren and Graff, upscale restaurants and bars, and a fitness centre and spa.

The residential community includes 211 apartments and 74 villas. The marina recently launched its final phase of real estate development, a collection of 61 two- to four-bedroom villas with private adjacent berths on a private island surrounded by the Mediterranean. Accessible by a private bridge, the beachfront residences start at around $US2.4 million (about $A3.25 million). (


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