Why Yachting Is The Ultimate Luxury Vacation For Socialising

In high season, the yachting playgrounds of the world are the places to be seen. Whether you’re long-lunching in a Saint Tropez beach club, dancing under the stars on a terrace at Porto Cervo’s Billionaire Club, or spraying champagne at Nikki Beach in Saint Barts, the party life and superyachts go together like Beluga caviar and blinis.

By Kseniia Gribanova • 20 March 2023

Why Are Yachts So Perfect for a Life That Glitters?

For someone who loves to party, a yacht ticks all the boxes— whether you prefer going ashore to a party or like to host people on board for glamorous lunches and evening soirees. 

For most yacht charterers, it will be a little of both.

Some party-loving guests like to use their charter yachts more as private hotels, going ashore to VIP tables at restaurants, beach clubs and nightclubs, then returning to the yacht to relax, sleep, and move to the following party location. 

A yacht is a superb option for this kind of charterer.

A superyacht doesn’t just offer luxury accommodation for your entire group in the places you visit. Still, it removes the need for checking into different hotels and airports as you travel through the region. Add some water toys, a private chef, and an elite-level crew; you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable vacation. 

Most of the travel is done while you’re sleeping, meaning you wake each day in an exotic new location. You cure any dusty heads with a dive off the swim platform or a refreshing spin on a jet ski before sitting down for a healthy brunch to get the day underway. 

At lunch, you take the high-speed tender and arrive in style at a nearby beach club before lazing away the afternoon on a deckchair. Then it’s back to the yacht to shower and get dressed for the night, kicking off the evening with sunset canapes and cocktails on the sundeck, music thumping on the speakers to get everyone in the mood. 

Darkness falls, and it’s time for a wild night on the town, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and dancing up a storm. When the clubs close, it’s back to the yacht for a nightcap, watching the dawn light the sky before collapsing into your dreamy feather-soft bed.

Late the following day, you wake in another perfect place…

Where To Charter a Yacht for Nightlife and Beach Clubs

Every night might be the best of your life on a superyacht party charter in one of these destinations.

Western Europe: The French Riviera is a socialite’s playground, with celebrities and royalty frequenting iconic nightclubs like Jimmy’z in Monaco, Bâoli in Cannes, and the legendary Caves du Roy in Saint Tropez. Yet it’s not all after-dark glamour on the Cote d’Azur. Just as much of the Riviera’s reputation for hedonism comes from its beach clubs, including that decadent stretch of clubs along the golden sands of Pampellonne. Arrive in style at Club 55 (Brigitte Bardot’s old haunt) or Bagatelle and settle in for a long lunch and an afternoon on a deckchair, cooling off in the turquoise sea. Looking out at your superyacht at anchor isn’t half bad, either. 

Eastern Europe: Do you not instantly think of tiny, gorgeous Montenegro when considering beach clubs and parties? Time for a rethink! Montenegro has a host of glamorous beach clubs, including Almara, The Chedi Beach, and Dukley Beach Club, where Nikki Beach has set up a luxury outpost. After dark, get into Montenegro’s party scene at the super clubs: Maximus is set into Kotor’s city walls, while international DJs play to a 5,000-strong crowd at Top Hill, an open-air club in Budva. Want more? From Montenegro, it’s only a short cruise up the coast to Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands, where the party island of Hvar offers stunning beach clubs like the iconic Carpe Diem in the Plaki Islands, where the party goes on until dawn.

Caribbean: Another obvious contender for a superyacht party destination is St Barts. Specifically, St Barts over New Year’s, when some of the largest superyachts on earth gather to ring in the New Year under a sky full of fireworks. St Barts is vibrant right through the winter season, with guests passing lazy days at luxurious beach clubs like Ocean Club, Eden Rock, and Nikki Beach before heading to Bagatelle for dinner and increasingly wild drinks as the night wears on or Le Ti St Barts for a bit of Moulin-Rouge cabaret style fun. 

US East Coast: Miami offers that irresistible siren call of A-list nightclubs and beach clubs. Pass your days among the celebrity set at Soho Beach House or Nikki Beach, enjoying your view of the Atlantic from your all-white daybed before the party kicks off at Nikki Beach. Off the sands, South Beach nightlife is famously hot. From the iconic LIV, a favourite of the Kardashians, Kanye West, and David Guetta, to the elite boutique nightclub ’Do Not Sit on the Furniture’ or the kitschy Latin fun of Mango’s Tropical Cafe. There’s something for everyone in balmy, tropical Miami, where jet setters gather under the palms, and anything seems possible. 

US West Coast: There’s an energy to California that gets into your soul. And nowhere is this truer than in LA, one of the great party capitals in the world. Dock your yacht in Marina del Ray and step ashore into a film-set world, where bronzed bodies rollerblade along the seafront at Santa Monica and movie stars in dark glasses shop the boutiques of Rodeo Drive. If it’s beach clubs you’re after, there’s no more exclusive than the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica.

And when the sun goes down? Go high, with one of the city’s upscale rooftop bars, like Skybar. For A-list bars, head to Hollywood to hit venues like the Warwick, the Argyle, and the intimate Bootsy Bellows. A superyacht charter in LA is California dreaming.

What Is the Best Type of Yacht for Nightlife and Socialising?

The best type of yacht for someone who loves partying will depend a little on how you’d like to use the yacht. For example, are you planning to go ashore a lot to visit beach clubs and restaurants? Or is your idea of socialising entertaining a lot on board, whether hosting lunches, dinners, or parties?

Consider the amenities you’d like on the yacht — the choice of water toys, the ideal cabin layout for your group, and whether you’d like a masseuse onboard for those slow mornings. If you plan to entertain a lot on board, we suggest a yacht with an outstanding private chef and a wealth of ornate table settings to impress your guests. Please ask the Bluewater charter team for recommendations of yachts with peerless crew feedback and share as much information as you can about what cuisines and service styles you prefer for us to make your perfect yachting match.

If luxury, to you, is glittering parties and champagne-spraying fun at VIP tables, then a yacht charter is calling your name — and calling it loudly.