Top 10 emerging superyacht marinas to compete with the elite

From Port Hercule in Monaco and Puerto Banús in Marbella, to Marina di Porto Cervo and Marina di Portofino in Italy, there’s a certain feel of supremacy among the historically popular Mediterranean superyacht marinas. But, with the number of superyachts continually on the rise, and the desire of owners, guests and even crew to explore and experience new locations all around the world, there are a number of superyacht marinas emerging as challengers to the current set of elite destinations.

We shine the spotlight on a few rising stars. Yachting Pages lists 10 emerging marinas with ambitious plans in the coming years.

1. Vilanova Grand Marina, Barcelona

Vilanova Grand Marina, Barcelona

Opened in 2009, Vilanova Grand Marina is popular among superyachts. Located just outside Barcelona, not far from OneOcean Port Vell, it offers berths for superyachts up to 120m (393ft). There are a number of local restaurants, luxury shops and historic buildings in the surrounding area. Additionally, Barcelona airport is a mere 30-minute chauffeur-drive away for those arriving or departing by air.

Generally known as a peaceful and welcoming place to visit, the marina is a popular location for home porting due to the amount of services available within the marina complex. It has a 30,000sqm technical area equipped with state-of-the-art technology capable of superyacht repairs and dry-docking.

Furthermore, Vilanova Grand Marina is particularly crew friendly, with many dedicated services nearby. There are special offers, advice, activities and trips throughout the summer and winter seasons. This ensures crew have everything they need whilst they visit.

2. Porto Mirabello, La Spezia

Port Mirabello

Since opening in 2010, Porto Mirabello has developed an ever-growing popularity within the yachting industry. It attracts a vast array of different vessels. Located in the La Spezia gulf, the marina offers berthing for yachts up to 130m (427ft) and all the amenities of a modern facility.

What's more, La Spezia’s natural and cultural beauty makes it an enchanting place to visit. It has a diverse range of restaurants, bars and shops nearby to keep visitors busy as they soak up the sun. Further afield are a number of interesting Mediterranean destinations that are easily commutable from Porto Mirabello. This makes it a hub for exploration of historical sites such as Lerici, Porto Venere, Cinque Terre and Portofino, and the islands surrounding the Tyrrhenian Sea.

3. Limassol Marina, Cyprus

Limassol Marina, Cyprus

Described as a “jewel for Limassol and for Cyprus” at its opening ceremony in 2014 by then-President Anastasiades, Limassol Marina has over 600 berths and can host superyachts up to 110m (361ft). The waterfront development will bring a new lease of life to the south coast of Cyprus. It has 162 luxury apartments and 74 exclusive villas, all with private berths or direct access to the beach.

Limassol Marina also benefits from luxurious dining and shopping establishments, and spa and fitness facilities. Additionally there is a listed building which houses a marine training school and cultural centre for events throughout the year. Located in the heart of a vibrant country, Limassol is a city full of history and intrigue. It provides a completely new experience for visitors to the area.

4. Palmarina Bodrum, Turkey

Palmarina Bodrum, Turkey

Redeveloped in May 2011 by PALMALI Group to accommodate the increasing demand for superyacht berths in the east of Europe, Palmarina Bodrum is situated in Yalıkavak on Bodrum Peninsula. It’s the largest marina in the region in terms of mooring capacity. It has space for 620 boats in total, providing more than 70 berths for superyachts measuring 50m (164ft) and above.

Furthermore, the marina is situated along the Turkish Riviera, affectionately known as the Turquoise Coast. It is famous for its fine beaches, turquoise waters, mountainous backdrops and significant historical sites. Palmarina’s facilities include luxury restaurants Nobu and Cipriani and award-winning hotels Palmalife Marina Hotel and Palmarina Boutique Hotel. There is also the world famous Billionaire Club and over 100 high-end brand shops.

Other highlights for both owners and crew include Sailors Pub, Palmarina Bodrum Maritime Museum, art galleries, a natural seawater swimming pool and repair facilities.

5. Caroline Bay, Bermuda

Caroline Bay marina

Bermuda’s newest superyacht marina is located on the south side of the Caroline Bay development. It offers travellers unprecedented luxury in its refined yet serene environment. Officially opened in early 2017, it can accommodate up to 30 superyachts over 30m (98ft) and 80 smaller vessels.

Once completed, the Caroline Bay development will also feature a luxury Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel. This will bring further prestige to the marina and aid its evolution into a desirable yachting location. As its allure grows, Caroline Bay will become a hotspot for some of the most sleek and stylish superyachts around.

6. Marina di Stabia, Italy

Marina di Stabia

Dubbed a “new-generation superyacht facility”, Marina di Stabia is a popular cruising ground that offers state-of-the-art facilities and over 900 berths for superyachts up to 100m (328ft). It sits close to the popular tourist areas of Naples, Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi. The historical site of Pompeii is also located nearby. Conveniently, it is also just 20 minutes from Naples International Airport.

Furthermore, highlights of the newly developed facilities include the Captain’s Corner pub for crew. There is also a luxurious yacht club with lounge bar and swimming pool, a restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef, as well as a brand new gym and recreational amenities. The marina also has a travel lift, fuel and all the everyday comforts of a new superyacht marina.

7. Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts

Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts

Opened officially in 2015, Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts is unsurprisingly labelled as one of the hottest new superyacht destinations in the Caribbean. Located within the yachting hub of the eastern Caribbean, the marina, which is in one of the world’s most natural and beautiful harbours, offers berths for superyachts up to 91m (300ft).

The 300-berth marina village boasts an ultra-luxury resort with a range of facilities. This includes an elegant beach club, a spectacular cliff-top golf course, gourmet restaurants and access to the island’s untouched natural scenery and inimitable Caribbean culture.

As a destination, St. Kitts offers the chance to explore anything across its mountain ranges and beachside hiking trails. It also provides a wealth of scuba diving and deep-sea fishing opportunities too.

8. ACI Marina Split, Croatia

ACI Marina Split, Croatia

With charming scenery, towering mountains and archaic castles, Croatia is fast becoming a popular destination for superyachts. Split, in particular, offers something unique for both guests and crew; whether it’s exploring Diocletian’s castle, walking the quaint cobbled streets, enjoying the vibrant nightlife or drinking cocktails in a rooftop bar with a bird’s eye view of the ancient city. There really is something for everyone in the Croatian capital.

ACI Marina Split is surrounded on almost every side by a breakwater to protect it from the currents and strong southern winds. On approach the marina offers views of stunning architecture, including the tall bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Domnius. It has in excess of 350 berths for superyachts up to 90m (295ft) and has been modernised to bring ACI Marina Split in line with the best facilities in Europe.

9. Golfito Marina Village, Costa Rica

Golfito Marina Vollage, Costa Rica

Hidden away in miles of unexplored wilderness in southern Costa Rica, Golfito Marina Village is on course to become one of the most fashionable marinas in the world. It’s a private deep-water marina that offers accommodation to vessels exceeding 152m (499ft), making it a picture-perfect haven for global jet setters.

The location’s main appeal lies in the activities it can accommodate in such a tranquil and peaceful setting. For those with a strong sense of wanderlust, exploration of the rainforest is a major draw to berthing in Golfito Marina Village. Its idyllic blue seas allow for uninterrupted surfing and paddle boarding to get visitors up close and personal with the fascinating environment.

10. Marina di Loano, Italy

Marina di Loana, Italy

Not far from the yachting hubs of the Côte d’Azur, and ideally located between Nice and Genoa, Marina di Loano has been developed specifically with superyachts in mind. In May 2015, the marina unveiled a new cutting-edge and highly modernised superyacht area dedicated to vessels up to 77m (250ft) LOA.

With a view overlooking the sea and surrounding environment, the marina plays host to the luxurious Yacht Club Marina di Loano. This hosts countless events throughout the year. As well as all the expected services and amenities of a new superyacht marina, the Loano-based marina also offers an array of refit and repair services, a large travel lift, a Michelin-starred restaurant and opportunities for yachts to be involved in a range of sailing and sporting activities/races.

Loano as a destination has much to offer visiting owners, guests and crew. The historical centre with its many shops, restaurants and bars is a particular highlight. However the beaches and picturesque seafront are the perfect places to relax and admire the beautiful views.

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