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The 20 Largest Yachts at the Monaco Yacht Show

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Monaco Yacht Show

Every September since the year that Bryan Adams charted with “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” yachting enthusiasts, buyers, charterers, yacht builders, and brokers have descended on the principality of Monaco for the annual Monaco Yacht Show . And this September, of course, is no different. Running September 26 through 29, show organizers expect 120 custom superyachts from builders, owners, and charter brokers around the globe to moor at the docks of Port Hercules. In addition, 40 of these yachts will be making their worldwide debut. The average length of participating yachts is 160 feet, but this year there will be seven superyachts between 230 and 328 feet in length. And four of them will be making their world debuts. In addition, watersports lovers can view and sometimes try out the 40 different tenders and toys on display. For those into automobiles, 10 luxury models will be exhibited at the show’s Car Deck. And we mustn’t overlook the two helicopters scheduled to appear. Overall, 580 companies participate in the annual show.

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For superyacht clientele, the Monaco Yacht Show offers a VIP visit pack, the Sapphire Experience, which provides exclusive services to new yacht buyers and current owners. VIP visitors may participate in two invite-only events held the evening of September 25: the Monaco Yacht Summit—mini-lectures and discussions with a panel of yachting-industry experts to explore the practical questions of future yacht charterers or buyers—and the Inaugural Gala Event and 5th Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards, where 400 guests celebrate the most spectacular yachts at the show.

Last year’s Monaco Yacht Show saw 36,400 people roaming the tents, halls, and docks. And usually, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco takes a (highly secured) stroll through the event, as well.

Oceanco Dar Monaco Yacht Show

Oceanco Dar.  Photo: Courtesy of Oceanco

Oceanco Dar

The 295-foot Oceanco Dar promises to be one of the most impressive debuts at Monaco, not only for its scale but also for the stunning profile, which is reminiscent of a smaller, sportier motor yacht. Dar ’s interior by Nuvolari-Lenard is just as stylish, with six large, contemporary staterooms for 12 guests, including a palatial master suite. The yacht has quarters for 31 crew. Dar also has the amenities one would expect on a gigayacht, including a spacious beach club, elevator, spa, swimming pool, sauna, and helipad. The Dutch yard, known for its technical prowess, has fitted the yacht with the latest technology, including state-of-the-art zero-speed stabilizers.

Pride Mega Yachts Illusion Plus

Pride Mega Yachts Illusion Plus.  Photo: Courtesy of Y.CO

Pride Mega Yachts Illusion Plus

By Danielle Cutler

Pride Mega Yachts recently launched the 290-foot, six-deck gigayacht   Illusion Plus . The interior design is by Netherlands-based Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design. London’s Rainsford Mann Design crafted the exterior, and Netherlands-based Azure Yacht Design performed the naval architecture. The interior fit-out was done by Dubai’s Greenline Yacht Interiors. It’s rare to find such an internationally respected group of names attached to a single build.

Combined with its nearly 300-foot length,  Illusion Plus ’s 50-foot beam makes the yacht palatial. One of the yacht’s most noteworthy features is the 860-square-foot owner’s apartment situated on its own deck. In addition to the apartment, the yacht has two VIPs, two double guest cabins, one twin, and two staterooms for the owner’s staff on the deck below. In total, the yacht accommodates 12 guests. Fifteen cabins house 25 crew members on the lower deck.

Illusion Plus  features four interior saloons and two dining rooms. Two Jacuzzis (including a huge main-deck hot tub with waterfall), three custom guest tenders, and a four-deck elevator all add to the yacht’s allure. A double-height atrium links the saloon on the main deck with the lounge on the deck. The tranquil spa offers a steam room, massage area, and sauna. The main deck has the gym and beauty salon.

Illusion Plus is propelled by a diesel-electric propulsion system with Azipull thruster pods that Pride developed with Rolls-Royce, making Illusion Plus  ultra-efficient and quiet. The yacht still offers up a speedy 17-knot maximum speed, 15-knot cruising speed, and 5,000 nautical mile range.

Turquoise Yachts Go

Turquoise Yachts Go  Photo: Francisco Martinez

Turquoise Yachts Go

Turquoise Yachts launched its flagship  Go  earlier this year. London-based H2 Yacht Design gave the 253-foot superyacht a long, sleek hull, a bulbous bow, and geometric rudders to minimize drag while the yacht is running and to deliver good fuel economy. You can’t miss the yacht’s turquoise-blue hull.

Other noteworthy features include a large entrance area that meets a central elevator running from the garage to the sundeck. The yacht can accommodate up to 18 passengers, with two VIP suites, six guest staterooms, and an owners’ full-beam stateroom with a private lounge area and hot tub on their own private deck.  Go  also provides housing for 20 crew members.

Go ’s amidships garage carries a 31-foot limo tender and a 26-foot general-use tender in addition to multiple water toys. The garage’s location gave more space to the 1,744-square-foot aft beach club. Plus, the yacht’s two rear side panels fold down, giving guests instant access to the water on three sides.  Go ’s sundeck also features a large outdoor space and a 16-foot swimming pool. The foredeck is home to the helipad.

Tankoa Yachts Solo

Tankoa Yachts Solo  Photo: Courtesy of Tankoa

Tankoa Yachts Solo

By Geri Ward

Tankoa ’s new 236-foot superyacht  Solo , designed by Francesco Paszkowski, features a large winter garden, a large aft deck with a 20-foot transversal pool, an upper deck with a large saloon with incredible views, and glass bulwarks for unobstructed water views from the saloon and staterooms.

Margherita Casprini designed the warm and contemporary interior, with details such as Fendi Casa tables. Solo  offers up six staterooms for 12 guests, including a VIP suite, four double cabins, and a master suite on the owner’s deck. The private deck features fold-out terraces, direct access to the helipad, and a private exterior deck with a hot tub, bar, saloon, breakfast nook, and bathroom with shower. The owner’s study and the beach club’s massage room can transform into two more cabins; both have en suite bathrooms.

The beach-club area includes a glass-walled gym and foldout terrace, sauna (with its own foldout terrace), hammam, bathroom, bar, and TV. The side-loading tender garage houses two 24-foot tenders, personal watercraft, and a rescue boat.

Two 3516 Caterpillar engines give Solo a top speed of 17 knots. At 12.5 knots, the yacht has a range of more than 6,000 nm.

Amels Volpini 2

Amels Volpini 2  Photo: Courtesy of Amels

Amels Volpini 2

The 188-foot  Volpini 2 —the first Limited Editions superyacht using Dutch shipyard  Amels ’s first hybrid power configuration—is the first new yacht to be Tier III compliant under new emissions standards put in place by the International Maritime Organization. Volpini 2 features exterior design by Tim Heywood and interiors created by UK firm Reymond Langton.

The yacht accommodates a total of 12 guests in an owner’s suite with a 130-square-foot folding balcony and six guest suites, including a private VIP on the bridge deck.  Volpini 2 also houses 12 crew and a captain. Guests will enjoy the water-level beach club with wellness center. A central staircase and an elevator join the decks.

Volpini 2  has a top speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots.

Mangusta El Leon superyacht Monaco Yacht Show

Mangusta El Leon.  Photo: Courtesy of Mangusta

Mangusta El Leon

Mangusta ’s flagship El Leon was launched in May. Designed by Alberto Mancini, the 178-foot superyacht is the first of its long-anticipated, fast-displacement GranSport aluminum line.

Mancini gave El Leon a long, sleek, and straight profile, with banks of windows providing sunlight to the saloon, master suite, and guest staterooms. A bulbous bow provides efficiency at displacement speeds and a solid maximum speed of 30 knots, provided by four 16V MTU 2000 diesel engines. The yacht has a range of 3,500 miles at optimal cruising speed.

Thanks to rotating doors, the stern transforms into a huge beach club with terraces. Up on the flybridge, a central bar serves both the open aft deck and a shaded area for alfresco dining.

Heesen Irisha

Heesen Irisha  Dick Holthuis

Heesen Irisha

The 167-foot all-aluminum Irisha from Dutch shipyard Heesen sports a stunning profile by Harrison Eidsgaard that was imagined to resemble a fighter jet with an unconventional color scheme. The designers combined a Snow White top with a Midnight Blue main deck, finishing with a metallic Pacific Blue hull. In changing sunlight,  Irisha ’s hull transforms from blue to a dark, olive-green. Concealed LED strips trace the lines of its profile at night, flooding the yacht’s glass surfaces with bright light.

The interior is a bit less dramatic but still beautiful with beige, gray, and blue. Special lighting was developed to draw a guest’s eye to the architectural and design elements in each room by creating different atmospheres, all with the touch of a button. Irisha was also designed to be a spacious, elegant gathering place. The main deck has a formal reception area for large groups, with a protected, aft-deck winter garden connecting to the main interior saloon. The 30-foot-long saloon has an “imperial” dining table that seats from 14 to 22 guests. In contrast with the social areas, the owner’s suite forward is a haven, with its own study, balcony with sliding glass doors, and his-and-her walk-in dressing rooms. Custom artwork defines the master suite and is laced across the yacht, including the main atrium with the yacht’s primary staircase.

Benetti Seven superyacht Monaco Yacht Show

Benetti Seven.  Photo: Courtesy of Benetti

Benetti Seven

Lucky number Seven boasts the longest fiberglass hull and aluminum superstructure that Italian yacht builder Benetti has ever launched. The 165-foot custom design has an impressive interior by London-based Bannenberg & Rowell Design, with an owner’s apartment on the main deck and four generous staterooms, totaling 3,330 square feet, on the lower deck. Benetti says that the upper deck can be converted into a VIP stateroom . Seven was built to be exceptionally quiet and vibration-free, something the guests on the lower deck will appreciate. The lower transom houses a beach club that overlooks the ocean. The twin Caterpillar C32 Acert engines produce a top speed of 15.5 knots. At 11 knots, Seven has a range of 4,000 nautical miles.

Monaco Yacht Show

Wider 165 Cecilia.  Photo: Courtesy of Wider

Wider 165 Cecilia

Cecilia , the new Wider 165, has features that the Italian builder pioneered, including a massive master suite with balconies, hybrid propulsion, and unusually large interior spaces. The Wider Beach is probably the yard’s most notable achievement. A Wider 32 is the yacht’s tender and fits into a specially designed garage. When the boat is launched directly into the ocean, the area fills and turns into a saltwater swimming pool. The Fulvio De Simoni design includes abundant exterior spaces and full-height windows. Cecilia has five staterooms for 10 guests, with quarters for nine crew members.

Ada Yacht Works All About U Monaco Yacht Show

Ada Yacht Works All About U.  Photo: Courtesy of Ada Yacht Works

Ada Yacht Works All About U

The 164-foot custom sloop-rigged motor sailer All About U from Turkey-based Ada Yacht Works launched this last summer. Now the company’s flagship, the sailing yacht accommodates 12 guests in a full-beam master suite, full-beam VIP stateroom, and four double staterooms, plus four crew cabins. An open-plan saloon, dining room, and wheelhouse provide endless views. A 700-square-foot flybridge deck means plenty of room for plenty of guests, and a folding transom that transforms into a 280-foot beach club gets everyone into the water. The All About U sports a top speed of 15 knots, thanks to two Caterpillar engines.

CRN Latona superyacht Monaco Yacht Show

CRN Latona.  Photo: Federico Ferretti

Delivered in May by Italian yachtbuilder CRN , 164-foot Latona (formerly Project Superconero) makes its world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show. Zuccon International Project and  CRN ’s engineers collaborated with the owner’s team to create a yacht that carries a glimmer of CRN’s past, the project adopting the name of CRN’s 75-foot SuperConero series of the 1960s and ’70s. That yacht, fairly small now, was an important project at the time because it was built in steel. The SuperConero design also had an iconic shape featuring an unusually long transom deck and sharp forefoot.

Latona inherited SuperConero cues such as a sharp entry and an extended transom deck, but modern features include a large social area on the foredeck, a terrace that folds out from the saloon, and a large beach club off the tender garage. Latona ’s flooding floating tender garage and beach club create a large waterside lounge area. The cockpit on the main deck, a level above, has a separate swimming pool and large area for socializing.

Boasting four decks and an underdeck, Latona ’s interior was created in the Liberty style, the Central European genre from the 1920s. The owner chose the sinuous dark-brown embroidery found across all decks. Depending on the area of the yacht, the pattern travels along both marble and carpeted floors as well as on the curved handrail of the internal staircase, contrasting nicely with the light-wood paneling on the walls. Full-height windows in the saloon and master suite provide incredible views of the water and welcome natural light. Latona accommodates 10 guests in five staterooms: the master, two VIPs, and two double cabins, plus housing for nine crew members.

Damen Yachts Power Play 

Damen Yachts Power Play  Photo: Courtesy of Damen

Damen Yachts Power Play  

Damen ’s new 182-foot  Power Play  support vessel does more than carry tenders, toys, and extra supplies. It’s kind of like a hybrid between a standard shadow boat and a primary superyacht, featuring a main-deck saloon, three large staterooms, and a rear deck for guests.

The sixth of  Damen ’s YS-5009 series,  Power Play  was made for adventure. It can be used for long-distance trips as a standalone yacht or as a support vessel for extra crew, supplies, or security. Damen made sure Power Play could operate in zero-discharge zones like marine sanctuaries.  Power Play features a 13-ton deck crane for launching large equipment such as personal submarines. Designed like a support vessel for running in rough seas, it sports a 20-knot maximum speed.

Rossinavi Flying Dagger Monaco Yacht Show

Rossinavi Flying Dagger.  Photo: Sandro Bertozzi

Rossinavi Flying Dagger

Rossinavi has built some of the world’s most interesting custom yachts in the world. Its recent launch, the 161-foot Flying Dagger , is no exception. Enrico Gobbi’s Team for Design penned both the interior and exterior. The jaunty superstructure, sloped windscreen, and extended foredeck is mated to a straight-line hull, with large windows on both sides. The boat has three 2,600 hp MTU engines that are linked to three KaMeWa water jets. That will give the yacht a top end of 27 knots and a cruise speed of 23 knots. At a leisurely 12 knots, Flying Dagger has a 3,300-mile range.

Baglietto 48m T-Line Cannes yachting festival

Baglietto 48m T-Line.  Photo: Giovanni Malgarini

Baglietto 48M T-Line

Baglietto ’s new 157-foot superyacht, the 48M T-Line, can rightly claim to be the yard’s first in-house design since the new executive team took over the iconic brand three years ago.  Baglietto , which built its first boat in 1854, is clearly moving into the next chapter of its long history with this new design.

Francesco Paszkowski has shaped  Baglietto  for nearly a decade, giving the yacht line its signature look, and he was commissioned to do the exterior for the 48 T-Line. Baglietto’s design team crafted the interior, using Italian walnut as the base wood and combining it with gold and bronze accents, light carpet, and cream-colored leathers. As a contrast to the dark joinery and tables, the team used a light-colored Canaletto-nut-pattern wood floor in the saloon and staterooms. The paneling on the walls features irregular cuts of inlaid wood to give it a modern feel without detracting from the yacht’s elegance. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the saloon and skylounge with natural light.

An unusually large beach club, more than 500 square feet, is devoted to a steam room, bar, and an area that could be used as a gym, spa, or some sort of quiet retreat center—not to mention the actual beach club that provides easy water access and a nice reprieve to enjoy the view.

Paszkowski’s exterior also includes social areas on the foredeck, flybridge, and aft cockpit—the sundeck alone has 1,400 square feet of open space.

Powered by twin Caterpillar diesel engines, the 48M T-Line has a 16-knot maximum speed and a cruising speed of 12 knots.

Mangusta Oceano 46 Q95 superyacht Monaco Yacht Show

Mangusta Oceano 46 Q95.  Photo: Courtesy of Mangusta

Mangusta Oceano 46 Q95

Mangusta ’s new tri-deck, 151-foot Q95 is a fresh departure for the Italian builder. The new steel-hulled model not only shows parent-company Overmarine’s commitment to the long-range displacement segment, but the Oceano 46 was also designed by a dream team comprised of two of Italy’s most celebrated designers. Stefano Righini’s exterior gives Q95 its contemporary look, a trait demanded by Mangusta owners, but Righini made sure to include large spaces that make the yacht a pleasure to cruise on over long distances. Those spaces include a swimming pool on the foredeck, a skydeck that invites relaxation and exceptional views of the water, and a rear cockpit on the main deck for alfresco dining. The interior by Alberto Mancini includes light-wood paneling on the walls, backlit stonework, and details like a dark-framed painting of tigers overlooking the formal dining table. The master suite has three skylights as well as a foldout balcony. The yacht’s staterooms can accommodate 12 guests.

Custom Line Navetta 42 yacht

Custom Line Navetta 42.  Photo: Courtesy of Custom Line

Custom Line Navetta 42

Back in the day—as recently as just five years ago—the naveta-style boat was the closest thing the Italians made to an American trawler, with a seaworthy displacement hull, a no-frills interior, and not much in the way of exterior social space. It was the type of vessel on which roughing it was considered a virtue and modern conveniences like, say, a Jacuzzi were for wimps.

Over the last three years, the designers of Ferretti’s  Custom Line  broke the naveta concept into small pieces and redesigned it for the modern superyacht world. The company’s reinterpretation means the naveta is no longer Italy’s equivalent of a slow boat to China, but a handsome, comfortable, and efficient design that is attracting owners of other types of motor yachts.

The 138-foot yacht is the largest semi-displacement hull that Custom Line has built, with a top-end speed of 22 knots and a transatlantic range of 3,000 nautical miles at its friendly cruise speed.

But that’s just the start. The 42 has a huge social island on the exterior foredeck with a settee, table, and four-person sunbed. On the flybridge is a small Jacuzzi forward, loungers, and a helm station under the hardtop as well as an open area at the stern with space for loose furniture—perfect for savoring the view. The cockpit just below has a similar layout, with an outside dining table for eight. The lower area of the stern features a tender garage with a new launch-and-retrieval system and transom space for a beach club.

The interior is also ultramodern. The main deck has a long saloon that includes sofas at the rear and a formal dining area forward, plus a full-beam master suite with a patio on one side and a desk along the other bulkhead. On the lower deck, four double guest suites, all with large windows, are equal in size and positioned for maximum room to move around the double bed. An owner can also opt for a five-stateroom layout.

Conrad C133 Cannes Yachting Festival

Conrad C133  Photo: Courtesy Conrad

Conrad C133 Viatoris  

Arguably the hottest studio in superyacht design, UK-based Reymond Langton was behind the contemporary but elegant look of the new  Viatoris , the 133-footer from Conrad shipyard. The designers did away with the usual stacked wedding-cake look and instead introduced curves to the rear of the upper decks that lend an air of individuality to its blue-and-white profile while also providing an exceptional view for the owners and guests. Besides the unusually ornate interior, the 133 differs from other yachts in its class with the four balconies that open outward on the main deck (two in the master suite and two in the aft saloon) that give an open-air feel to these areas. The owner uses  Viatoris  as a home on the water rather than a weekend retreat, which explains the full-beam master suite, generous social spaces on the bridge and sundecks, and custom interior.

Princess Yachts Bandazul Monaco Yacht Show

Princess Yachts Bandazul.  Photo: Courtesy of Monaco Yacht Show/Princess Yachts

Princess Bandazul

The semi-custom 131-foot Bandazul by Princess Yachts has a number of custom modifications from the UK builder’s in-house design team. The owner opted for a combination of light stone, soft fabrics, and glossed wenge joinery. The yacht’s extended saloon joins an open sundeck. The seating on the foredeck is also expansive with a table and seats, and there’s another large area in the cockpit. The owner wanted four larger suites, rather than the traditional five-stateroom layout, so there’s a large VIP stateroom belowdecks. Bandazul is powered by twin 1,920 hp MTU diesels for a maximum speed of 22 knots.

CBI Navi Stella di Mare

CBI Navi Stella di Mare  Photo: Courtesy

CBI Navi Stella di Mare

The fully custom 131-foot Stella di Mare from CBI Navi is a long-range expedition yacht designed by Sergio Cutolo of HydroTec. The exterior design has multiple social spaces, including a flybridge with 915 square feet of open deck, a large upper foredeck, and a main-deck cockpit measuring 800 square feet. The interior by Fossati Design Bureau includes an expansive saloon with a formal dining area as well as five staterooms, with the owner’s suite situated on the main deck. The yacht is powered by twin 1,000 hp Caterpillar C32 diesels, which delivers a maximum speed of 14 knots. Stella di Mare has a range of 6,900 nautical miles at 10.5 knots.

Sunseeker 131 Zozo

Sunseeker 131 Zozo  Photo: Mike Jones

Sunseeker 131 Zozo

The first in Sunseeker’s new 131 Yacht line, Zozo launched last year. The beauty about the 131-foot tri-deck Sunseeker model is that no two will look alike. Sunseeker’s customization service not only personalizes the interior decor but also the internal configurations. The standard layout is for 10 guests in five cabins, though an owner can choose to increase or decrease the number of staterooms.

Building on the success of the Sunseeker 130, the 131 features improvements such as an extended skydeck and upper aft deck, allowing for a larger bar and more seating, as well as a hot tub on the skydeck. A deck below, the flydeck features a dining table for 10 that adjoins the upper saloon. On the main deck, the open-plan saloon has a large social area with sofas and a formal dining table. And the palatial main-deck master includes a large bedroom, separate desk and lounge areas, and a full-beam bathroom forward, with his-and-her sinks, a shower, a toilet/bidet, and even a bathtub.

The garage accommodates a 20-foot tender and two jet skis. Zozo hits a top speed of 25 knots— fast for a superyacht—and cruises at 10 knots to provide a 1,500-mile range.

Danielle Cutler

Danielle Cutler started covering yachts, marinas, and the yachting industry in 2005. Besides writing and editing yacht content for Robb Report, Danielle has worked for Yachts International and the…

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The Superyachts of the Monaco Grand Prix

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If you like nice boats and fast cars, and frankly who doesn't, the Monaco Grand Prix is the place to be.

Every year the world's elite descend upon the beautiful Mediterranean island to take in the annual F1 race. But over the years, it's become arguably as much about boating as it is about auto racing. Massive superyachts with premium slips can moor with their stern facing the racetrack. It's quite the sight, and it adds an additional spectacle to watching the world's fastest cars rip through the narrow streets of Monaco. Both on the track and off, there's plenty to see.

Those slips, and the top decks of those superyachts, have the perfect vantage point to catch a portion of the race. They also serve as a makeshift showcase for boating enthusiasts to see who, and what, is in town for the weekend.

There are 760 berths up for grabs near the racetrack, with the least expensive running about $3,800 a night. But, for those who want a guaranteed view of the racing, or for those who need a large slip for a large boat, they can run up to $110,000 a night.

This year included some of the nicest superyachts from around the world, plus a few smaller vessels that captured the public's attention. We took a deep dive into the three most eye-catching boats in Monaco over the weekend, and they're not your typical fare.

Conor McGregor yacht Lamborghini Tecnomar

Arguably the biggest splash on the scene was UFC superstar Conor McGregor and his Lamborghini Tecnomar 63 . And it wasn't because of the size of his boat, but because of the buzz it generated.

In 2020, ‘The Notorious’ purchased the 63-foot-long Lamborghini Tecnomar 63. The 63 is a boutique ensemble of old school Lamborghini style (the "63" is both the length of the boat and an ode to Lambo's first year in business), and ultra-modern tech from Tecnomar. Of the 63 being made, McGregor scooped up #12 in ode to his Proper 12 Irish whiskey.

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Not only is the yacht modeled after Lambo's new hybrid Sián Supercar , it also has old school kickbacks to the Countach and Miura of the 60's and 70's. Tecnomar provided the modern touch with carbon fiber accents, a futuristic layout, 4000 horsepower, dual diesel V12's, a top speed of 60 knots (70 mph). It even has the epic nickname of "Supercar of the Sea." That is some legit performance for a luxury yacht.

By all accounts, McGregor had a really good time in Monaco. Great dock slip, too.

Always known as a crafty fighter with clever trash talk, McGregor may have out-gamed the system by bringing a smaller vessel. The inner docks of Port Hercules overlooking the racetrack have a length restriction of 30 meters. With only a 19 meter (63 foot) LOA, McGregor was able to get right on top of the action.

The Octopus

Octopus superyacht

The biggest boat in Monaco this year might be familiar to yacht enthusiasts. The superyacht Octopus was the most expensive yacht sold in 2021 , and it was originally commissioned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. It is now reportedly owned by Swedish industrialist Roger Samuelsson .

The Octopus , at a whopping 414 feet long, went onto the market following Allen's death in 2018. it sold for a record-setting $266 million in August of 2021. Initially, the ship was listed as high as $325 million before undergoing several price drops until finding a buyer. At the time it was launched in 2003, it was the world's largest yacht .

The explorer-style yacht was built by respected German shipyard Lurssen, and some of its most recognizeable details include a full recording studio, a full size swimming pool, a gym, a library, and a basketball court. Her coolest feature might be the hydraulically-assisted swimming pool that converts to a dancefloor. As for guest accommodations, there are 13 cabins for 26 guests and space for over 60 crew. The master suite has its own private elevator and observation deck, not to mention two VIP apartments, seven double staterooms, and three twin staterooms.

most expensive yachts monaco

The rugged hull design was built for Arctic exploration, and power comes from massive diesel-electric engines and eight generators. Its hybrid propulsion system gives Octopus increased autonomy and greater range, allowing it to travel up to 9000 nautical miles (16,600 km) before needing to refuel. It also has an impressive top speed of 19 knots (22 mph). She's functional too, having helped the British Royal Navy recover the bell of the historic HMS Hood from a depth of 1.7 miles (2.8 km) in the Denmark Strait of the North Atlantic after it sunk during World War II.

But all of that undersells the coolness of what she hides below deck. Octopus was designed to accommodate one of the most insane collection of secondary vessels ever seen. Two helicopters, a submarine, and seven tenders all use custom holding stations inside the hull's framework. There are also two life rafts, multiple jet skis, and an autonomous robotic boat (ROV) for deep sea exploration. There is even a glass bottomed observation deck, a fully-equipped diving station, and a hyperbaric chamber for post-dive recovery. There's also the small matter of the literal Beatles-inspired Yellow Submarine .

If you couldn't make it to Monaco but would like a ride aboard Octopus, she's available for charter for a meager $2.4 million per week. The last time she went out for charter, F1 champ Lewis Hamilton and Olympic medalist Shaun White had one heck of a good time cruising around Antarctica.


'joyMe superyacht Monaco Croatia

The most visually stunning yacht that pulled up for F1's big hoorah might have been the 164-foot (50 m) 'joyMe . Most superyachts (and most yachts in general) tend to have bland colour schemes. Usually you get all-white, and sometimes if you're lucky you might see the occasional blue or green accent.

Not so with 'joyMe , as she's decked out with an eye-popping chrome lower half and a crimson red upper hull. To complement the unique colours and details, she also has a beautiful teak deck. Her interior also sports some avant-garde style that wouldn't be out of place in a modern art exhibit or inside David Bowie's wildly styled superyacht El Caran .

Her top speed is 15.0 kn (17 mph) and her cruising speed is 13.0 kn (15 mph), which is pretty average for a 164-foot superyacht, but we'll chalk that up to the fact she devoted her resources to looking good. On the upside, she does have a maximum cruising range of 3200.0 nm (3600 miles / 5800 km) at 12.0 knots, which is solid. She gets her power from twin Cummins diesel engines and can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms and 11 crew members.

Not only is her exterior unique, but so is her interior layout. All the guest staterooms are located on the main deck, which is both peculiar and extremely rare (they're typically well below deck). The perk is that it creates better views from enormous bay windows and easier access to everything topside. There's also a 'VIP Deck' for the owners, which is laid out like a full size apartment and includes a walk-in bathroom, master lounge, a jacuzzi, and access to the wheelhouse.

Since all the guests are on the top deck, that leaves room below for a full gym, a Finnish sauna, and a Hammam spa. What's a Hammam spa , you ask? Also known as a 'Turkish bath,' it uses hot steam during treatments to encourage a more intense and refreshing experience. As if sitting on her deck to watch an F1 race wasn't epic enough.

'joyMe is currently the largest yacht under the Croatian flag available for charter on the Adriatic, which makes her one of the best (and most attractive) options for exploring the coast of Croatia and Montenegro, or for taking in an F1 race.

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Following a summer of record demand this year’s event was glitzier than ever.

By Irenie Forshaw


Each September, thousands of yacht builders, designers and owners descend on Port Hercule for the Monaco Yacht Show. It is here, in the heart of the picturesque Côte d’Azur, that boat lovers make their annual pilgrimage to catch a glimpse of the world’s newest – and most exciting – vessels. 

This year, the hotly anticipated event took place between September 28 and October 1. And, following a summer of record demand for superyachts spurred by the pandemic, the 2022 iteration was bigger and glitzier than ever.

With over 600 exhibitors showcasing 125 superyachts, there was no shortage of incredible boats on display. So, whether you’re considering taking the plunge and purchasing a yacht of your own, or you’re simply here to marvel at the latest builds, we’ve rounded up the most impressive vessels on display at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.

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Project TIME

Project TIME yacht exterior

Kicking off our list of the biggest reveals at the Monaco Yacht Show is Project TIME. The 282-ft explorer yacht concept is the brainchild of German shipbuilder Abeking & Rasmussen and Valentin Design.

Suited for cold and warm water expeditions, the ship has been designed to travel everywhere from Antarctica to the South Pacific Islands. Powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system, Project Time would deliver a maximum speed of 16 knots, with a cruising speed of 14 knots, and a range of 5,000 nautical miles.

Boasting a helipad platform, submarine, two lounges and even an onboard German brewery, this is no ordinary yacht. The extravagant vessel also features an extra wide owner’s duplex suite complete with two marble bathrooms and an expansive balcony.

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Dutch shipyard Feadship unveiled its eleventh cutting-edge yacht concept at the show, Slice. Studio de Voogt was brought in for the project, with the ambitious goal of turning “the inside out and the outside in”. To this end, the design team fitted the yacht with a glass strip running from bow to stern, bathing the decks in natural light.

Unlike many yachts that are plagued by gloomy corridors and claustrophobic living spaces, the interiors onboard Slice are bright and breezy. At the heart of the yacht on the main deck is a sprawling 750-sq-ft atrium flanked by cascading circular balconies, which, according to Feadship is so much more than a lobby and instead becomes “a destination in its own right”.

In a sign of Feadship’s dedication to using the latest technology, Slice would be fitted with a propulsion system powered by four dual-fuel generators modified to run on both methanol and non-fossil diesel (hydrotreated vegetable oil), with the generated power delivered to two Azimuthing pods.

Luisine yacht with helicopter

Our list of the best superyachts on display at Monaco Yacht Show would not be complete without mentioning Lusine. The 196-ft vessel is Heesen’s largest ever steel Fast Displacement motor yacht and features a sleek silhouette with black thermo-bonded dark glass windows to keep out prying eyes.

Perhaps most impressive of all is the touch-and-go helipad on the sundeck which can accommodate an Airbus H-135. Sinot Yacht Architecture and Design was brought in to mastermind the lavish interiors. Lusine comfortably sleeps twelve set across six spacious staterooms, each of which has been thoughtfully adorned with bespoke furnishings and elegant sculptures. The most exclusive abode is the owner’s apartment located up on the bridge deck which has its own staircase to ensure total privacy.

Come Together

Come Together yacht

Next up on our list is the first vessel in Amel’s new 60 Limited Edition Series. Designed by Espen Oeino International and built in the Netherlands, Come Together was delivered to her owner this Spring for an estimated €69.5m (approx. $68.6m).

The gleaming new superyacht spans 196 ft and features a teak deck, steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Winch Design is responsible for the laid-back yet elegant interiors that are reminiscent of a relaxed family home in shades of walnut and bronze.

Come Together has been fitted with a hybrid propulsion system for smooth, quiet cruising and features an expansive sun deck and 157-ft swim platform. ,

XV67 yacht exterior

Winch Design and Heesen also unveiled XV67 at the Monaco Yacht Show – a brand new explorer yacht concept that builds on their XVenture design concept from four years ago.

The 187-ft vessel has been given a refreshed layout and updated with the latest technology. While the robust steel hull remains, she is 32 ft longer than her predecessor and the tenders have been moved to the open aft deck freeing up space for even larger guest cabins and an expansive three-story master stateroom.

As seems to be becoming commonplace onboard the newest superyachts, VX67 boasts a helipad (that functions as an al fresco cinema when not in use) and has space to store a personal submarine on deck. ,

Meyer took the Monaco Yacht Show as an opportunity to share the very first renderings of its sustainable One50 concept. The vessel – which was first unveiled a year ago at the 2021 show – is powered electrically by 25,000 kilowatts enabling her to reach a maximum speed of 23 knots.

After a year long wait to see what One50 could like, the renderings certainly don’t disappoint. Wellness is at the heart of the design; the 492-ft yacht features a retractable swimming pool, massage parlour, sauna and hammam. Other highlights include the top deck which is reserved entirely for the owner’s use and boasts an enormous suite complete with a private terrace.

Four Seasons Yacht

four seasons yacht rendering

Last but by no means least on our roundup of the most impressive vessels unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show is Four Seasons’ first branded yacht . Slated to set sail at the end of 2025, no expense has been spared by the luxury hotel group, with each suite costing a cool $4.2m to build.

The gigantic vessel will be 679 ft long and 88.6 ft wide with 14 decks and a total of 95 rooms and suites. While the initial launch is just one yacht, the order includes the option to add two further ships in the future – amounting to an eyewatering $1.1bn.

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri will build the Four Seasons yacht in Trieste before Tillberg Design of Sweden and London-based Martin Brudnizki are brought in to put their stamp on the interiors. As you would expect from the luxury hotel brand, the yacht will feature an array of facilities including gourmet restaurants, bars, and a full-service spa.

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The Largest Superyachts in Monaco for the 2022 Grand Prix

By Emily Dawkins

The Monaco Grand Prix is often recognised as one of the most iconic events in the summer calendar; not only for the fans of Formula One and motorsports, but also for the luxurious world of superyachts.

Marking the unofficial start of the yachting charter season, the prominent motorsport event offers the perfect opportunity for the UHNW elite to revel in all things luxury. From a-list events, dazzling car displays and lavish boutiques, the Grand Prix in Monaco has it all. 

Not just offering the perfect high-class experience inland, the waters of Monaco present an incredible location to watch the GP races unfold. The legendary Port Hercule provides numerous berths with stern-to-track mooring, allowing those on yachts to watch the action unfold from the comfort of their lounges onboard. 

With only one day remaining until the start of the 2022 Monaco GP, we take a look at the largest yachts that have been spotted in Monaco, either berthed in Port Hercule or deeper in the Monégasque bay. 

96.6m FAITH 

Delivered by Feadship in 2017, 96.6m FAITH is a magnificent example of the meticulous craftsmanship of the Dutch yard. Across five vast decks, FAITH offers numerous indoor and outdoor entertaining and lounge areas: an idyllic spot to watch the races from the water. With exceptional onboard features including a glass-bottomed swimming pool and large beach club, FAITH also provides an excellent retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the GP. Currently listed for charter with Burgess , it is no surprise that this breathtaking superyacht is berthed in Port Hercule. 


Two legends meet: Nobiskrug’s 92.4m TATOOSH has been spotted in the waters of Monaco. Delivered in 2000 by the German yard, the white superstructure of TATOOSH is recognisable around the world. Featuring several versatile exterior spaces and an array of onboard amenities including a jacuzzi, pool, and a floor that rises to become a dancefloor, TATOOSH fits in perfectly with Monaco’s opulence. Joining the brokerage market in 2021, the 92.4m motor yacht is listed for sale with Burgess . 


91.5m QUEEN MIRI is the largest yacht to be delivered by Greek shipyard Neorion. Abundant in space, both inside and out, alongside numerous sublime features including a children’s playroom, beauty salon and conference facilities, QUEEN MIRI presents the ultimate yacht for optimal work/life balance. Spotted moored in Port Hercule’s Quai Rainier III, QUEEN MIRI is currently believed to be privately owned. 


Launched by Benetti in 2016, 90m LIONHEART remains in her home berth of Port Hercule for the Monaco GP this year. Often spotted cruising the nearby Mediterranean waters, little has been revealed about LIONHEART since her launch, but with an array of comfortable outdoor areas the 90m would undoubtedly offer an exemplary location for watching the GP. She is currently berthed at the end of Quai Rainier Ier. 

88.5m CLOUD 9 

Moored at Monaco’s deep water anchorage is Oceanco’s 88.5m CLOUD 9. Previously named INFINITY,  the 88.5m was delivered in 2015 by the Dutch shipyard, and was sold by Burgess earlier this year. As one of the largest sales of 2022 so far, CLOUD 9’s appearance in Monaco is the first time she has been seen since her name change. She is now available for charter with Burgess for the first time since her delivery. 

Other large superyachts that have been spotted in Port Hercule and Monaco's surrounding waters include:


86m MAN OF STEEL for charter with Ocean Independence

82.5m SECRET for sale and charter with  Burgess

81.2m GRACE 

74.5m LADY E for charter with Burgess


109m BRAVO EUGENIA was recently spotted in Monaco but has since moved to the nearby Port Vauban Antibes, where 91.5m TRANQUILLITY and 97.2m CARINTHIA VII are also berthed. 

With the action set to kick off tomorrow with the first F1 free practice sessions, we can’t wait to see what the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix will hold, and what other superyachts will make an appearance in Port Hercule.

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It is back on the market after an extensive 11-month retrofit.

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The superyacht includes two helicopter pads, a swimming pool, and a movie theater.

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This superyacht has an even higher price point than Tatoosh, at $95 million.

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It spans 6 decks with an owner's stateroom, a VIP stateroom, and six additional staterooms, according to Fraser, one of the largest yacht brokers in the world.

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Carinthia VII also includes a fully equipped wellness spa on the lower deck.

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This yacht is newer than most of the yachts on display at the Monaco Yacht Show, having been built in 2020.

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It includes a swim platform, a bar, and a hot tub with a lounge and is on sale for $13 million.

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Its back deck includes a large dining area for entertaining guests, according to Fraser.

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This $38 million yacht has a gym, elevator, sauna, and steam rooms.

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There is a bar on board, as well as a custom wine cellar.

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The boat was built in 2012 and retrofitted in 2022.

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It's one of the largest yachts in the world capable of accessing the Bahamas, according to Fraser.

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This nearly $27 million boat sleeps up to 12 people in five staterooms, and has accommodations for 11 crew, according to Fraser.

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Superyachts, with their extravagance and unparalleled level of comfort, represent the ultimate symbol of wealth and freedom. here are 5 of the most expensive yachts for sale currently on the market., 1.    lürssen: ahpo (115.1m) – €330,000,000.

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AHPO, built in 2021 by the German shipyard Lürssen, is the most expensive superyacht currently for sale. She measures an impressive 115.1 meters in length and is currently listed at €330,000,000. This magnificent vessel was designed by Nuvolari Lenard, both for its exterior and interior, featuring their trademark half-moon windows.

AHPO boasts eight staterooms that can accommodate up to 16 guests. The owner’s private duplex includes a gym, while the side decks on the sky lounge deck are exceptionally wide, measuring 100 meters all around. This feature allows guests to enjoy romantic strolls side by side while taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding ocean.

Twin MTU engines power this luxurious yacht, which allows for comfortable cruising at 14 knots and reaches a maximum speed of 18 knots. AHPO also has an impressive range of up to 8,900 nautical miles from her 409,000-liter fuel tanks at 12 knots.

2. Lürssen: PELORUS (115m) – €185,000,000


The impressive PELORUS, built by Lürssen, is currently listed for sale at €185,000,000. This stunning vessel has a length of 115 meters and was delivered in 2003. The yacht features luxurious amenities and stunning exterior design.

The exterior of PELORUS, designed by Tim Heywood, boasts two swimming pools, two helicopter pads, and a swimming platform. The yacht has a maximum capacity of 18 guests, with ample room for 46 crew members to ensure a comfortable and safe journey.

With a cruising speed of 18.0 kn and a top speed of 20.0 kn, PELORUS is not only stylish but also fast and efficient. The yacht has a range of 6000 nautical miles at a speed of 18.0 kn, making it ideal for long journeys on the open seas.

Although it was only enjoyed for a single cruise by its original Owner, PELORUS has the potential to bring countless hours of relaxation and luxury to its new owners. With its stunning design and impressive performance, it’s no wonder PELORUS is highly sought after in the world of luxury yachting.

3. Lürssen: KISMET (95m) – €185,000,000


The stunning yacht KISMET is currently listed for sale at €185,000,000.

KISMET boasts an impressive exterior styling by Espen Øino, while the interior was designed by Reymond Langton Design. The yacht features five decks, two helipads, and an Art Deco chandelier weighing an incredible 350 kilograms.

The vessel has a total of eight staterooms, which can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests. The yacht also has space for up to 28 crew members, ensuring that guests receive the highest level of service and attention.

With a cruising speed of 12 knots and a top speed of 17 knots, KISMET offers a smooth and comfortable ride for guests. The yacht is perfect for hosting events or enjoying a relaxing vacation with friends and family.

4. Oceanco: CLOUD 9 (88.5m) – €155,000,000


Photo: Burgess

CLOUD 9, a luxurious superyacht, is now available for sale at €155,000,000. Built by Oceanco from the Netherlands in 2015, the vessel was previously named Infinity. CLOUD 9 boasts a striking exterior design by Espen Øino International and features naval architecture by Oceanco and Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture. With a volume of 2,914 GT and a length of 88.5 meters, the superyacht can comfortably accommodate up to 14 guests and 28 crew members, including the captain.

The main deck of CLOUD 9 boasts impressive features, including a circular pool with steps leading down to a spacious swim platform. Inside, guests can take advantage of the wellness center, complete with a beauty salon and gym featuring a sliding glass wall. The owner’s deck lounge easily converts into a cinema, while an indoor and outdoor dining area and entertainment lounge provide ample space for celebrations. The sky lounge, jacuzzi, and observation lounge offer additional luxurious amenities for guests to enjoy.

5. Lürssen: AL SAID (155m) – Price on application


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AL SAID, another Lürssen-built megayacht listed for sale, was delivered in 2008. At 508 feet long, it cost the Sultan of Oman an estimated $600 million, and its opulence is evident. Espen Øino designed the exterior, which resembles a traditional cruise ship with dual exhaust stacks located in the middle of the superstructure. Constructed with a steel hull and lightweight aluminium superstructure, AL SAID can reach a top speed of 25 knots and cruises comfortably at 22 knots. The modern interior, crafted by Redman Whiteley Dixon, features standout elements such as a concert hall capable of accommodating a 50-member orchestra.

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A Closer Look at the $400 Million Superyacht Streets of Monaco

The country of Monaco has long been an isle of luxury and extreme pleasure. It's a premier destination for vacationers who prefer to take their holidays in grand style, and for the very rich and famous with a penchant for gambling, entertainment, and a hearty nightlife. A fair share of the jet-setting crowd enjoy spending at least a portion of their holidays on the streets of Monaco and one billionaire was so inspired that he ordered the commission of a superyacht to capture the opulence and extravagance of the locale in a recreation that is named for the country in the famed $400 million Streets of Monaco. To fully appreciate the splendor of this floating paradise, we take a closer look at this artistic and expensive rendition.

History of the superyacht Streets of Monaco

In 2015, the Streets of Monaco superyacht was just a concept. When news of its commission was revealed they were assumed to be rumors of wishful thinking, much like a fantasy that seemed unlikely to ever be realized. For a couple of years, there was the talk of a bold concept that would create a replica of many of the most famous landmarks found in the country of Monaco, captured on a large floating vessel, intended for the enjoyment of billionaires fond of locales such as the Hotel de Paris, La Rascasse, the Monte Carlo Casino, Cafe de Paris, Loews Hotel, and others. It was further rumored that the superyacht would cost an astronomical $1.1 billion to construct, but this, was an unsubstantiated rumor because when the ship was finally completed, much to the surprise of yachting enthusiasts who saw it as a pipe dream, the actual cost would be closer to $400 million.

Who's commissioning the Streets of Monaco?

To lend credence to the rumors, we did a fair amount of research and learned that this yacht doesn't actually exist, well, not yet anyway. The Island Design yacht company of the United Kingdom presented the blueprint for the yacht back in 2011. The design team from Island Design remarked that this vessel would be more like a floating city than it would a yacht. The billionaire backing the building of the Streets of Monaco is none other than Russian magnate Roman Abramovich, owner of The Eclipse yacht, according to this article .

The proposed specifications and amenities

Construction of the Streets of Monaco? couldn't confirm one way or another if it has begun but we do have information about the proposed specifications and at least some of the amenities. The ship is designed to be 500 feet in length with a replica of the streets found in Monaco with miniature replications of popular landmarks n Monaco including the Hotel de Paris, tennis courts and swimming pools. The Atrium will link the main living areas together including a network of seven guest suites with individual bedrooms, balconies, dressing rooms, bathrooms, and reception areas. The capacity of the ship will be 70 crew members for daily maintenance and operation and 16 guests. In addition, there will be a tunnel complex extending around the deck for the Monaco Grand Prix go-kart track. The plans also include an area for storing smaller yachts for VIP travel to and from the main ship.

The Streets of Monaco will also feature several casinos on board along with luxury resorts if you can picture this on board a yacht. Jacuzzi bars, a cinema, libraries, helipads, a submarine, underwater restaurants, and waterfalls are also included in the plans. There will also be recreations of a beach-inspired pool, cafe bars, barbecue facilities and interior opulence the likes of which this world has not yet seen, according to LuxeHabitat. There is also slated to be a basketball court, a dance hall, a full spa and hair salon and this is just what is known about the initial plans.

Will the fantasy ever be brought to life?

There has been a lot of speculation over the past eight years about the credibility of this design and as to whether or not it is even feasible. The Island Design company who currently holds the blueprints believe wholeheartedly that it is possible. The only element that is missing is a billionaire that is willing to commission the construction. There have been no concrete announcements about whether or not Abramovich has signed off on the construction, and according to the director of Yacht Island Design, Scott, Poxon, this requirement has yet to be satisfied.

Final thoughts

The Streets of Monaco is a lovely dream which one day may become a reality, but as of now, it's locked away in the minds of the designers in a set of blueprints waiting for someone to step up to the plate with the necessary funding to commission the building of this $400 million dream yacht. One thing is for certain, it would be the biggest and most expensive yacht on the ocean, but it could possibly be considered a floating city, given the amenities and onboard operations which would give it the full functionality of a city floating on the ocean. Resorts, hotels, casinos, restaurants, a Grand Prix in a miniature version, transportation via submarine, helicopter or yacht, and we're assuming that the communications technology would also be quite advanced. It's nice to dream but this is one dream that could possibly become a reality in the near future.

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Super Yachts at the Iconic Monaco Grand Prix

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Whilst attending the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend Yacht Informer took the opportunity to see some of the fantastic super yachts that were also there.

The Monaco Grand Prix took place on May 28, 2023. It is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. Held annually in the Principality of Monaco, the race is a major tourist attraction, drawing millions of spectators from around the globe.

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The event attracts a massive A-List of who’s who of celebrities, athletes, and high-profile business leaders who could easily afford a luxury super yacht or two! You may be able to spot a few celebrities enjoying some of the most popular beaches in Monaco, such as Larvotto Beach, known for its fine sand and clear waters, or Plage du Rocher – a smaller beach located in the heart of Monaco. If you want to increase your chances of spotting a celebrity, these are the beaches you should head to!

However, while Formula One motor racing is the main attraction, the super yachts that line the harbour are also a significant draw for race visitors and fans of exquisite luxury and wealth. 

Yacht Informer was on hand at the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix, and we were utterly blown away by the sheer number and size of the luxury yachts that were moored in the harbour this year. From sleek superyachts and classic sailing boats to luxury powerboats, there was something for everyone to gasp at and admire.

Yacht spotting in Port Hercules

The harbour area in Monaco where super yachts can moor is called Port Hercules. It is located in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from all the major attractions, and it is home to some of the most expensive and exclusive luxury yachts in the world. 

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The port is also a popular tourist destination in its own right, and it offers stunning views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. The port was built in the early 1920s and has been expanded several times since then. 

The port can accommodate yachts of up to 150 meters in length and has a total of 1,600 berths. The port is also home to several yacht clubs and a popular destination for yacht races and regattas. It is a beautiful and impressive sight and a great place to see some of the most expensive and exclusive luxury yachts in the world.

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  • Lady M: This 163-foot yacht is owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. It features a helipad, a swimming pool, and a tennis court.
  • Azzam: This 591-foot yacht is the world’s largest private yacht. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, owns it.
  • Eclipse: This 162-foot yacht is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. It features two helipads, a swimming pool, and a submarine.
  • Dilbar: This 156-foot yacht is owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. It features a swimming pool, a spa, and a cinema.
  • Solaris: This 140-foot yacht is owned by American businessman Larry Ellison. It features a swimming pool, a tennis court, and a basketball court.

These are just some of our favourite yachts we saw moored in the harbour at the Monaco Grand Prix. If you are ever lucky enough to attend this prestigious event, take some time out from watching the racing to admire the yachts. 

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Many of the yachts on display in Monaco use the latest cutting-edge design and technology, giving us a glimpse of what the future of yachting might hold. For example, the Solaris yacht features a glass-bottomed swimming pool that allows passengers to view the underwater world below. This is a new trend in yacht design that is becoming increasingly popular.

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The Azzam yacht is also a great example of the latest trends in yacht design. It is the largest private yacht in the world, and it features many innovative design features, such as a missile defence system.

The harbour is home to some of the most expensive and exclusive yachts in the world, and during the race weekend, they are all on display for the world to see!

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When it comes to sumptuous yacht hospitality, it doesn’t get much better than being on deck of a Super Yacht in Monte Carlo with a glass of Champagne while watching the most famous race in the world.

Heralding the unofficial start of the Mediterranean yachting season, the Monaco Grand Prix brings roaring races, A-lister events and a swell of superyacht titans to the principality each year. The event is one of just two Formula One fixtures on the calendar that can be watched from on board as the yachts moor stern to the track in Port Hercules. Whether you are watching from the sun deck with a glass of rosé in hand or from the comfort of home, keep an eye out for the following yachts in port for the weekend…

Atlantis II is one of the biggest superyachts in Port Hercules for the Monaco Grand Prix

Man of Steel  | 86m

Oceanco’s  Man of Steel  (ex Seven Seas) has secured a star seat to soak up the trackside action in Port Hercules, right in the heart of the buzz.  Guests will be able to enjoy the races from the main deck, with its swimming pool and line of sun loungers, or one of the upper decks, where there is a jacuzzi and lounge area. After making headlines as the second-most expensive yacht sale of 2021, this is the first high-profile yachting event that  Man of Steel  is attending since her change of ownership.

Symphony is one of the biggest superyachts in port for the Monaco Grand Prix

Coral Ocean  pictured pre-refit

Coral Ocean  | 72.5m

Fresh from an extensive refit,  Coral Ocean  is also right in the thick of the F1 action. The Lürrsen-built yacht left her refit facilities Palma earlier in the month and the Monaco Grand Prix is her first opportunity to show off her new look, which centres around a change of hull colour, new interiors and a modification on the upper deck. With original design from Jon Bannenberg, the 1994-built yacht is an icon of the yachting world and her fresh appearance is sure to be a big talking point in Monaco.

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Grace | 81m

Originally launched as  Kibo  in 2014, Abeking & Rasmussen’s  Grace  is a regular fixture around Monaco, and she’ll be berthed inside Port Hercules for the duration of the F1 Monaco Grand Prix. The yacht’s cascading aft decks offer stacks of space to watch the cars tear around the circuit, and a long list of amenities promises plenty of ways to relax after the Formula One buzz wears off.  Grace  is pictured above, third from the right.

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The Wellesley  | 56m

Oceanco’s 56 metre  The Wellesley  is one of the largest charter yachts on the scene for the Monaco Yacht Grand Prix. Listed for charter with TWW Yachts, her interiors follow an elegant, hotel-style theme and she has a number of crowd-pleasing features including a cigar room and waterfall-fed jacuzzi.  Below Deck Mediterranean  fans may know her better by her alias, The Wellington, which was her moniker when she appeared on the hit Bravo show for season 5.

Lady Moura is one of the biggest yachts in Port Hercules for the Monaco Grand Prix

Katina | 60m

Another yacht that’s fresh from a refit and showing off her new look at the Grand Prix is  Katina , a 2015 build from Croatian yard Brodosplit. A charter favourite for many years, this yacht for sale is packed with fun features and features a huge toy box which her guests can take full advantage of after the races wind down. She accommodates up to 12 guests in six cabins and is home to fully-equipped gym and a dedicated massage room. 

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Robbie Bobby  | 33m

Tucked right into the sharp turn where the circuit wraps around the harbour,  Robbie Bobby  has a prime spot for her guests to watch the Formula One action unfold. The motor yacht was launched by Dutch yard Lynx in 2013, and she is crowned by a generous sundeck where her guests will have panoramic views across the race circuit and the lively port. To make arrivals in and out of Monaco even easier, the yacht has a conveniently situated tender garage for smooth transfers.

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Sirocco | 47m

Berthed just in front of the Nouvelle Chicane, Heesen’s  Sirocco  boasts great seats to watch the Monaco Grand Prix. She is another popular charter yacht that starred in Below Deck and she is well-loved for her exotic interior, which uses a blend of woods and natural materials. An eight-person jacuzzi offers a prime vantage point over the  racetrack, and there’s also a multi-media room on the interior where guests can enjoy the Formula One in a more serene setting. 

Hampshire II is one of the biggest superyachts in port for the Monaco Grand Prix

Catching plenty of attention in Port Hercule, Palmer Johnson’s gold-hulled  DB9  is the perfect yacht for entertaining over the Formula One weekend. She’s primed for hosting Monaco Grand Prix yacht charters, with three pools, an integrated speaker system and an expansive sundeck that promises an immersive experience from one of the best seats in the house – right in front of Quai-des-États-Unis. With her sharp, sporty look and supercar-inspired name,  DB9  is completely at home at the F1.


Secret  and  Cloud 9  off Monaco

Secret | 82m

One of the yachts bringing the at-anchor action is  Secret , a 2013 build from Abeking & Rasmussen. Her Sam Sorgiovanni exteriors make her instantly recognizable off the Monegasque coast, and as a superyacht for sale she’s sure to be catching the attention of prospective buyers.

Lionheart is one of the biggest superyachts in Port Hercules for the Monaco Grand Prix

Cloud 9  | 89m

Cloud 9  marks one of the largest yacht sales of 2022 so far, and this is her first high-profile appearance under her new name. When she was known as Infinity, the Oceanco build was notoriously private – now it seems she’s spending a little more time in the limelight. She is listed for charter with Burgess and comes complete with expansive lounging spaces, a decadent beauty saloon and a main deck pool that measures almost 18 metres squared.

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Lionheart | 90m

In 2016,  Lionheart  was launched by Benetti as the Italian shipyard’s new flagship and is the owner’s third Benetti to bear the same name. The 90-metre motor yacht is no stranger to Monte Carlo, spending most of her time cruising the French and Italian Riviera from her home base in Port Hercules.  Lionheart  has remained secretive in the five years since her launch and is currently berthed at the end of Quai Rainier.

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Tatoosh  looking as imposing as ever

Tatoosh | 92m

Tatoosh  joined the sales fleet in 2021 to much excitement, and is currently one of the most recognizable yachts around the waters of Monaco. She was delivered in 2000 by German yard Nobiskrug and is packed from bow to stern with cool amenities, including a waterfront dive center and contraflow swimming pool with a floor that can be raised flush to the deck when drained. Interestingly, she is also fitted with bulletproof glass windows.

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What are the most expensive yachts in the world?

If you have a passion for sailing or can appreciate the engineering masterpieces mentioned below, then this is an article for you. 

To be able to afford even afford the cheapest superyacht on our list, your net worth will need to be in the hundreds of millions, if not, billions range!

Here’s a list of the 20 most expensive yachts in the world…  

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The list of yachts and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as Luxhabitat , List25 and Unilad . 

These are the 20 most expensive yachts in the world:  

20. Lionheart – $150 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Lionheart

Sir Philip Green kicks off the list with his 207-foot behemoth, Lionheart.

The British retail billionaire commissioned Italian shipbuilding company, Benetti, to build his superyacht.

The boat has six VIP rooms, several private balconies and was finished in 2016.

Lionheart has had many famous faces walking its decks, including Kate Moss , Simon Cowell and Cristiano Ronaldo .

19. Aviva – $150 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Aviva

British billionaire Joe Lewis’s superyacht comes in at number nineteen at a cool $150 million.

His boat has a full-size tennis court and is thought to house some of his most precious and expensive art pieces, including Picasso.

When he’s not spending time in his Bahamas residence, Joe spends several months a year aboard Aviva and his other three superyachts.

18. Solandge – $180 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Solandge

Next up, we have the $180 million dollar superyacht built by Lurssen. 

In 2017, the Solandge was the highest brokerage and is available to rent for around $1.1 million a week.

The 280-foot yacht has eight VIP suites, a grand piano and a glass art installation by Murano.

17. Ecstasea – $200 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Ectasea

Built by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in 2004, Ecstasea was the largest Feadship ever built.

The yacht is made of steel and is approximately 85.95 metres long and has a beam of 11.50 metres. This means it has a deadweight of 585 metric tons!

Ecstasea comfortably sleeps 14 passengers and has won multiple design awards for its stunning interior.

16. The Rising Sun – $200 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun was designed by Jon Bannenberg and built by Lürssen in 2004 for Larry Ellison .

It has 82 rooms over five floors, a basketball court, wine cellar and a movie theatre.

From 2010 it has been owned by David Geffen and is the 12th largest superyacht in the world, measuring 138 metres.

The Rising Sun cost $200 million to build and has since had even more money spent on luxury fixtures and fittings.

15. Octopus – $200 Million 

Most Expensive Yachts - Octopus

Designed and built in 2003 for Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen, Octopus has one hell of a lavish interior.

It has a large study, basketball court, recording studio, an outside bar with a whirlpool and a glass bottom swimming pool.

Octopus sleeps up to 26 guests and 56 crew members at any one time and comes equipped with two submarines and two helipads. 

14. Lady Moura – $210 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Lady Moura

The next most expensive superyacht in the world is Lady Moura.

Lady Moura is owned by Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al-Rashid, who’s also an advisor to the Saudi Royal family.

The yacht comes with some very impressive features, such as a pool with a retractable roof, a helicopter and 24 karat gold lettering and embellishments throughout.

If that wasn’t enough, Lady Moura also features a unique sand-covered hydraulic platform that comes out of one side, to give guests a beach-like experience in the middle of the ocean.

13. Al Mirqab – $250 Million 

Most Expensive Yachts - Al Mirqab

Al Mirqab is owned by Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, the former Prime Minister of Qatar.

The yacht has 10 bedrooms, a helipad, a swimming pool, a selection of VIP suites, an onboard cinema, jacuzzi and a variety of watersports equipment.

After it was completed in 2008, it was dubbed the second most beautiful yacht in the world.

It can accommodate up to 24 guests and comfortably house crew members in its 55 crew cabins.

12. Dilbar – $256 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Dilbar

Number twelve is Russian owned superyacht, Dilbar.

It belongs to Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, and he’s often seen using Dilbar to cruise around his private islands.

As well as being one of the most expensive yachts in the world, it’s also one of the largest – measuring a colossal 360ft in length and just over 50ft high.

It was built in 2008 by Lürssen Yachts and was named after Alisher’s mother.

Dilbar has one helipad, several swimming pools and accommodates 20 guests and 48 cabin crew.

11. Pelorus – $300 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Pelorus

Pelorus was built by Lürssen in 2003 and bought by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich in 2004.

Since then, Pelorus has changed hands a few times and is now owned by HongKong based billionaire, Samuel Tak Lee.

Pelorus is 115 meters long and weighs a staggering 5517 tonnes.

As well as all the normal luxuries you’d expect to find onboard a superyacht of this calibre, she also comes equipped with two helipads, landing boats and jet skis.

She accommodates a full-time crew of 46, year round.

10. Serene – $300 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Serene

The tenth most expensive yacht in the world is the 439-foot, Serene.

Built-in 2011 by Fincantieri, for Russian billionaire Yuri Scheffler, Serene is has been one of the favourite rental yachts for the mega-rich, reportedly costing celebrities like Bill Gates around million a week!

It was purchased in 2015 by Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and sleeps around 24 guests and 52 crew members.

It comes with multiple swimming pools, two helipads, a submarine, and an amazing underwater viewing room!

9. Al Said – $300 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Al Said

The next mega yacht on the list is owned by and named after the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos Bin Said Al Said.

Built between 2007-2008, little else is known about the Al Said, other than it has a large concert hall that’s big enough to house a 50-piece orchestra.

Also, it can host up to 70 guests, sleep a crew of 154 and reach around 22 knots!

8. Radiant – $320 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Radiant

Built by Lürssen in 2009, Radiant is owned by Emirate Billionaire Abdulla Al Futtaim.

The superyacht is roughly 110 meters long, weighs approximately 5027 gross tons and sleeps up to 20 guests and 44 crew members.

She comes with multiple swimming pools, a helipad, a massage room, a swimming platform, a movie theatre, a gym and a jacuzzi.

The Radiant is also equipped with a highly powerful water cannon to defend herself from pirate attacks!

7. Dubai – $400 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Dubai

Dubai is owned by the Sheik of Dubai, Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum.

Some of its features include jacuzzis, a swimming pool with handmade tiles, a helipad and a striking circular glass staircase which changes colour when lit from above.

Dubai also houses a split-level owner’s deck, several VIP and social areas, guest suites and a crew of up to 115 people.

6. Motor Yacht A – $440 Million 

Most Expensive Yachts - Motor Yacht A

This very impressive looking 390-foot superyacht was built by Blohm + Voss shipyard and launched in 2008.

It’s thought to be owned by Andrey Melnichenko, a Russian billionaire businessman and philanthropist.

Motor Yacht A can accommodate 14 guests and 42 crew members and is around 400 feet long.

It features a 2,500 sqft master bedroom, a disco, a helicopter hanger, a separate 30-foot speedboat and a glass-bottomed swimming pool.


5. Topaz – $527 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Topaz

Coming in at number five is this stunning Lürssen built superyacht, Topaz.

She was built for Abu Dhabi tycoon, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Germany and launched in 2012.

The exterior was designed by Tim Heywood and Terrance Disdale Design did the interior.

It has a large jacuzzi on the main deck, a swimming pool, double helicopter landing pads and a state-of-the-art gym, cinema and conference room.

4. Azzam – $600 Million

Most Expensive Yachts - Azzam

This 590-foot megayacht is the world’s largest yacht to date.

Its owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi.

Lürssen Yachts are the ones behind this mega build. Azzam has its very own missile defence system, a bullet-proof master suite and can reach speeds of more than 30 knots, or 35mph, making it one of the fastest yachts on the planet!

3. Streets of Monaco – $1 Billion

Most Expensive Yachts - Streets of Monaco

The first billion-dollar yacht on our list is the “Streets of Monaco”.

By far one of the most impressive and expensive yachts in the world, once finished, the Streets of Monaco is going to be a 509-foot mega yacht, designed to feature miniature versions of some of Monaco’s and Monte Carlos most renowned landmarks.

The finished superyacht will include a go-kart circuit, three swimming pools, a mini-submarine a helipad, seven guest suites, a mini waterfall and a restaurant that with a fabulous underwater view.

2. Eclipse – $1.5 Billion 

Most Expensive Yachts - Eclipse

The second most expensive yacht in the world, Eclipse, is owned by Roman Abramovich.

The Russian billionaire has spared no expense when it comes to his superyacht.

He’s installed a private defence system, including missile detection sensors, intruder alarms and armour plating and bulletproof windows in his master bedroom. 

On top of that, Eclipse has two helipads, two swimming pools, 24 guest bedrooms, a disco hall and a mini-submarine.

It’s unclear how much Eclipse actually cost, but it is believed to be in the region of $1.5 billion!

1. History Supreme – $4.8 Billion

Most Expensive Yachts - History Supreme

Topping the list of the most expensive superyachts in the world at an eye-watering $4.8 billion is History Supreme.

This magnificent accomplishment is built from 10,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum and is 100-foot long.

It was designed by Stuart Huges, a world-renowned luxury designer, for Malaysia’s richest man, Robert Knok. The History Supreme took roughly three years to build and features an array of luxury items.

The master bedroom includes a genuine Tyrannosaurus Rex bone statue and a wall made entirely of meteorite rocks!

If that wasn’t enough, the master suite also has a 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 most expensive yachts in the world.

How cool would it be to spend a few months a year cruising the world on one of these bad boys!

Here’s a quick recap of the 20 most expensive yachts in the world!

  • History Supreme – $4.8 Billion
  • Eclipse – $1.5 Billion
  • Streets of Monaco – $1 Billion
  • Azzam – $600 Million
  • Topaz – $527 Million
  • Motor Yacht A – $440 Million 
  • Dubai – $400 Million
  • Radiant – $320 Million
  • Al Said – $300 Million
  • Serene – $300 Million
  • Pelorus – $300 Million
  • Dilbar – $256 Million
  • Al Mirqab – $250 Million
  • Lady Moura – $210 Million
  • Octopus – $200 Million 
  • The Rising Sun – $200 Million
  • Exstasea – $200 Million
  • Solandge – $180 Million
  • Aviva – $150 Million
  • Lionheart – $150 Million

What’s your favourite most expensive yacht? Leave a comment below.

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The 20 Most Expensive Tequilas in the World

The Most Expensive Tequilas in the World

What are the most expensive tequilas in the world?

Tequila is one of the most popular liquors in the world and, in the United States alone, nearly 20 million 9-liter cases are consumed every year!

Whether you’re drinking it neat or mixing it into a margarita, you probably have a favorite brand that you know tastes great.

However, some brands can get incredibly expensive, and it is these tequilas that we are counting down today.

How did we select this list of tequilas?

We’ve put over 10 hours of research into re-writing and updating this list for 2024.

The tequilas on this list were selected by taking the current average sale price, at the time of writing.

Prices for rare tequila can vary depending on where they’re listed for sale; so for each tequila on this list, we checked the price across multiple websites and settled on the average.

Next comes the question, when does tequila stop being tequila, and start being artwork?

If you’re a fan of tequila you can probably think of at least one brand that treats their bottles as artwork.

These bottles can often be worth thousands, but is it all just similar tequila in a fancy and unique bottle?

We’ve decided we’re not going to be the judge of what’s tequila and what’s artwork, so what you see on this list reflects a true order, based on price per bottle.

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Tequila is a very versatile liquor and there is no shortage of varieties you can find at your local store.

That said, some of these tequilas are reserved for only the most wealthy buyers, and you certainly won’t want to drink them on a casual night out.

Without further ado, here’s our list of the 20 most expensive tequilas money can buy:

20. 1800 Coleccion Tequila

Most Expensive Tequilas - 1800 Coleccion Tequila

Price/Bottle: $2,000

This unique expensive tequila gets its name from the year that distillers started using oak barrels for aging, and it is owned by the insanely wealthy Beckmann family.

Distilled twice during its 10-year aging process, this tequila has a flavor reminiscent of Amaretto, but with a bolder kick that reminds you that it’s tequila.

For $2,000, this tequila comes in its own crystal decanter trimmed with pewter and securely placed in a lavish case lined with suede to protect its precious contents.

It doesn’t get much more high-end than that!

19. Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio

Most Expensive Tequilas - Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio

Price/Bottle: $2,200

Made from 100% agave, Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio is a luxury tequila that has been aged for 10 years in French oak barrels and it is limited to special batches of only 2,000 bottles per year.

While its purity does impact this tequila’s price, the bottle that it comes in also makes it more expensive.

Each bottle comes with lettering and images engraved with one of the most expensive precious metals in the world, 21-karat gold.

It definitely looks and tastes every bit worth its hefty price tag.

18. Clase Azul Extra Añejo Ultra

Most Expensive Tequilas - Clase Azul Ultra

Price/Bottle: $2,500

The first Clase Azul product to appear on this list is the only one in regular production and not a limited edition.

Clase Azul’s extra anejo ultra is aged for 5 years in American whiskey and sherry casks.

The bottle is decorated in platinum, silver, and 24-karat gold.

You can expect to pay around $2,500 a bottle for this tequila.

17. AsomBroso Reserva del Porto Extra Anejo

Most Expensive Tequilas - AsomBroso Reserva del Porto

Price/Bottle: $2800

This brandy-like tequila is the type of drink that you break out during life’s greatest milestones.

Aged for 10 years in port wine barrels from Portugal, it is mixed with a small portion of white oak-aged tequila before being bottled.

Stored in a bottle shaped like a historical decanter found in an eighteenth-century Portuguese castle, it even comes secured in its own cedar humidor.

Although this tequila usually costs $2,800, you can sometimes get lucky and find it on sale for $1,499, which is honestly a great price, all things considered.

16. AsomBroso The Collaboration 12 Year Extra Anejo

Most Expensive Tequilas - AsomBroso The 12 Year Collaboration

Price/Bottle: $3,000

AsomBroso’s The Collaboration is an extra anejo tequila, aged 12 years in Silver Oak Cellar’s American casks.

The tequila is bottled inside a crystal decanter hand-made by Luciano Gambaro, a famous Italian artist.

The decanter is then packaged in a custom-polished humidor with laser engraving.

A single bottle might set you back $3,000, but there are places where you might be able to get your hands on one for cheaper.

15. Tesla Tequila Limited Edition Anejo

Most Expensive Tequilas - Tesla Limited Edition Tequila

Price/Bottle: $4,000

It does seem that Elon Musk can do no wrong. 

Tesla Tequila started as an April Fool’s joke but quickly became a physical product that sold out immediately.

For the limited edition variant, only 420 bottles were produced, a number that jokingly references a time when Musk said he was going to take Tesla private at $420 a share.

The numbered limited edition variant with matching shot glass is currently selling for around $4,000, whilst the regular variant can fetch up to $1,500.

14. Codigo 1530 14 Year Extra Anejo

Most Expensive Tequilas - Codigo 1530 14 Year Extra Anejo

Price/Bottle: $4,500

Codigo’s 1530 extra Añejo has been aged inside French White Oak Napa Valley Cabernet wine barrels for 14 years and then finished in French Cognac casks.

This is Codigo’s most expensive tequila they’ve ever produced.

A single bottle is now worth $4,500.

13. Clase Azul Pink Limited Edition Reposado

Most Expensive Tequilas - Clase Azul Pink Limited Edition

Price/Bottle: $6,000

This isn’t the first Clase Azul tequila featured on this list, and it definitely won’t be the last.

The ‘Pink’ limited edition reposado was originally released in 2016 for breast cancer awareness, with a percentage of the proceeds being donated to charity.

Just 3000 bottles of the original 2016 version were produced, featuring a white bottle hand-painted with pink artwork.

There have since been one or two other ‘Pink’ breast cancer awareness releases from Clase Azul.

12. Patron Limited Edition En Lalique Serie 3

Most Expensive Tequilas - Patron En Lalique Serie 3 Limited Edition

Price/Bottle: $7,500

Patron’s En Lalique Serie line the creme de la creme of their tequila. 

Whatever we have here is the Serie 3, their latest release, but it’s the least expensive of the three.

The Serie 3 contains a blend of 14 different extra anejo tequilas, aged in 6 different barrel types.

Held in a crystal hand-carved decanter, with decoration inspired by the Weber Blue Agave.

The decanter is stored inside a luxurious wooden box.

Each decanter is numbered, and given the fact that this is Patron’s latest release, you can expect the Serie 3’s price to rise over the next few years.

11. Patron Limited Edition En Lalique Serie 1 Extra Anejo

Most Expensive Tequilas - Patron En Lalique Serie 1 Limited Edition

Price/Bottle: $8000

Patron’s En Lalique Serie 1 uses some of their oldest tequila, presented in a hand-made decanter inspired by Mexico’s Weber Blue Agave plant, topped off with an amber stopper.

Although this bottle cost $8,000, it’s not their most expensive tequila. 

Patron went one step further for their next tequila, but more on that shortly.

10. Dos Armadillos Extra Anejo Sterling Silver

Most Expensive Tequilas - Dos Armadillos Sterling Silver Extra Anejo

Price/Bottle: $10,000

The Dos Armadillos Extra Anejo uses only an 8-year mature Blue Weber Agave.

The tequila is bottled in their signature armadillo-armored bottle, however, the armor for this edition is made entirely out of sterling silver.

$10,000 is the current price to pick up one of these bottles, a number that’s far more expensive than any other product in their range.

9. Clase Azul Puebla Limited Edition

Most Expensive Tequilas - Clase Azul Puebla Limited Edition

The Clase Azul Puebla limited edition tequila was released on the 5th of May 2021, to commemorate Cinco de Mayo, or the Battle of Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo is a yearly celebration held on the 5th of May to celebrate Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire in 1862.

Just 300 bottles were produced and sold with a price tag of $400.

If you wished to purchase a bottle of Puebla Limited Edition today, the price would be more along the lines of $10,000.

8. Clase Azul Dia de Muertos Limited Edition

Most Expensive Tequilas - Clase Azul Dia De Los Muertos

The Dia de Los Muertos collection from Clase Azul features several individual releases, but with most of them fetching similar prices, we’ve decided to include them in one single entry.

Dia de Muertos, or ‘The Day of the Dead’ as it’s otherwise known, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated during November. 

Clase Azul has released a new edition within the Dia de Muertos line annually for the past several years.

Some of the bottle designs for the Dia de Muertos range are spectacular and tend to rise in value once they are no longer produced.

7. Patron Limited Edition En Lalique Serie 2 Extra Anejo

Most Expensive Tequilas - Patron En Lalique Serie 2 Limited Edition

Price/Bottle: $10,500

Patron’s En Lalique Serie 2 is aged and made slowly in small batches to ensure perfect quality.

The bottle is carved crystal, featuring a crystal bee stopper with hand-painted gold accents.

It’s then placed inside a wooden box that spins to open, creating a rather luxurious effect.

We’ve seen prices ranging from $8,000 to $12,000 for this bottle, so if you’re patient you might be able to get it at a good price.

6. Clase Azul Master Artisans

Most Expensive Tequilas - Clase Azul Master Artisans Limited Edition

Price/Bottle: $20,000

Clase Azul’s most popular and iconic tequila is their resposado tequila, housed in a blue and white bottle.

In 2021, the brand collaborated with the award-winning artist, Ángel Santos to create a hand-crafted, limited edition resposado.

The ‘Master Artisans’ line aims to highlight the work of Mexico’s most talented artists.

The Ángel Santos edition, which at launch sold for $5,000 a bottle , can now reach up to $20,000.

5. Clase Azul Jalisco 200 Limited Edition

Most Expensive Tequilas - Clase Azul Jalisco 200 Limited Edition

Price/Bottle: $25,000

The Clase Azul Jalisco is an extra anejo tequila, named after Jalisco, a state in Mexico.

As the name might also suggest, only 200 bottles of this limited-edition tequila were distilled.

The tequila comes packaged inside a custom-built wooden box, which opens to reveal a drinking glass on either side.

With just 200 bottles released, getting your hands on one of these bottles isn’t cheap.

4. Clase Azul 15th Anniversary Edition

Price/bottle: $30,000.

The Clase Azul celebrated its 15th anniversary by releasing 15 limited edition bottles priced at $30,000 each.

Each of the unique bottles was handcrafted to convey the story of Mexico and all proceeds from the sale of these bottles were donated to the Fundacion con Causa Azul A.C, which supports the work of craftsmen and artisans in Mexico.

Although this tequila is no longer available for sale, we imagine that Clase Azul will release another special edition for a future anniversary, so if you want to grab a bottle, be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

3. Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario The Rolling Stones Special Edition

Most Expensive Tequilas - Jose Cuervo 250 Anniversario Rolling Stones

Price/Bottle: $75,000

Jose Cuervo was the very first legal tequila company to be established, with the company’s history dating back to 1795 .

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Case Cuervo, Jose Cuervo released the 250 Anniversario tequila.

They also released a limited edition of the tequila, in collaboration with the Rolling Stones rock band.

The Jose Cuervo brand played a leading role in the Rolling Stones’ 1972 North American tour, ‘Tequila Sunrise’.

For the Rolling Stones special edition, the tequila bottle is embossed with the famous ‘Hot Lips’ logo in 14-carat gold, and spikes along the sides.

It also comes packaged in a leather guitar-shaped case, including seven shot glasses.

The tequila was initially released with a price tag of just $4,000, but prices have skyrocketed to almost $75,000 since then.

2. Tequila Ley .925 Ultra-Premium

Most Expensive Tequilas - Tequila Ley .925 Ultra-Premium

Price/Bottle: $225,000

In 2006, the artists at Tequila Ley designed three unique bottles to contain the tequila designed by Mexican artist Alejandro Gomez.

Each bottle was only created 33 times, for a total of 99 bottles, each more expensive than the last.

While this tequila in a glass bottle retails for $3,500, the gold and silver bottle goes for $25,000, and the gold and platinum for $150,000.

The most expensive of all was the white gold and platinum, which carried the insane price tag of $225,000!

Although the tequila itself is delectable, the real stars are the bottles that collectors and tequila enthusiasts scrambled to try and grab while they lasted.

1. Tequila Ley .925 Diamante

Most Expensive Tequilas - Tequila Ley .925 Diamante

Price/Bottle: $3.5 Million

Recorded as the most expensive tequila ever sold by a mile, the .925 Diamante is a true work of art.

The Ley .925 Diamante tequila is made from 100% Blue Weber agave, which is grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

The tequila is then aged for 7 years inside French Oak barrels before being poured into a platinum and white gold version of Tequila Ley’s signature-shaped bottle.

However, none of these things truly account for the Diamante’s insane price tag.

As the name might suggest, the bottle is encrusted with 4000 diamonds, amounting to a total of 18.5 carats.

Now that we’ve come to the end of the list, you might have noticed a common theme.

Clase Azul had the most entries on this list, holding seven positions in the top 20.

This is largely due to the fact they treat their bottles as artwork, often showcasing hand-painted art in limited edition releases.

That’s not to take away from their tequila, but to say that their unique approach is very popular among collectors and tequila enthusiasts alike.

Here’s a quick recap of the 20 most expensive tequilas in the world:

  • Tequila Ley .925 Diamante
  • Tequila Ley .925 Ultra-Premium
  • Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario The Rolling Stones Special Edition
  • Clase Azul 15th Anniversary Edition
  • Clase Azul Jalisco 200 Limited Edition
  • Clase Azul Tequila Master Artisans
  • Patron Limited Edition En Lalique Serie 2 Extra Anejo
  • Clase Azul Dia de Los Muertos Limited Edition
  • Clase Azul Puebla Limited Edition Tequila
  • Dos Armadillos Sterling Silver Extra Anejo
  • Patron Limited Edition En Lalique Serie 1 Extra Anejo
  • Patron Limited Edition En Lalique Serie 3
  • Clase Azul Pink Limited Edition Reposado
  • Codigo 1530 Fourteen Years Extra Anejo
  • Tesla Tequila Anejo
  • Asombroso The Collaboration 12 Year Extra Anejo
  • AsomBroso Reserva del Porto Extra Anejo
  • Clase Azul Extra Añejo Ultra
  • Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio
  • 1800 Coleccion Tequila

Are there any tequilas we missed out from the list? Leave a comment below.

The 25 most expensive cigars in the world.

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What are the most expensive cigars in the world?

Cigars have risen in price rapidly over the past two decades.

They’re associated with luxury and wealth more than ever before, and cigar aficionados are constantly looking for rare and exclusive cigars to add to their collections.

This begs the question: how expensive can cigars be, and how difficult could it be to get your hands on the rarest of the rare?

Today we’re bringing you our updated list of the most expensive cigars in the world.

How did we select this list of cigars?

One of the issues with many expensive cigar lists on the internet, including the original version of our own, is how the cigar values are calculated.

For instance, there was once an auction for a very rare box of cigars that sold for more than half a million dollars, but the box consisted of almost 800 cigars. More details on that are below.

We’ve decided to thoroughly calculate the price/stick for each of the entries on this list, so you can have a clearer understanding of exactly which cigars are the most expensive in the world.

Whilst it may be difficult to obtain some of these cigars individually, assuming you’d want to obtain them of course, we think this is the best way of ranking the list.

Another thing we decided to take into account is limited edition releases which are packaged in custom humidors instead of regular boxes.

These humidors can often cost thousands of dollars alone, and end up distorting the price of the cigar.

Can people still buy these cigars?

Most of the cigars featured on this list can still be bought and smoked to this day. 

Many of them are limited edition lines and are likely harder to find than most cigars.

What exactly makes some cigars more expensive than others?

Typically, there are a few things that can factor into cigar price:

  • Limited edition productions
  • Aged tobacco
  • Brand recognition

Limited edition productions can often limit the total number of cigars produced, and as time passes the number of those remaining drops.

A lot of rare cigar releases also use aged tobacco leaves, and you’ll see several brands on this list that age their tobacco for at least 10 years before the cigar is rolled.

Brand recognition also plays a part as particular brands such as Cohiba are always sought after.

Finally, if none of the above results in a cigar being expensive, there are a select few who will cover cigars in gold leaf, and diamonds, and infuse them with expensive cognac.

But more on that later.

The 25 Most Expensive Cigars

We’ve done countless hours of research to ensure that our updated version of this list is the best resource available.

Without further ado, let’s get into this list of the 25 most expensive cigars in the world:

25. El Septimo The Zaya Collection (Mirifico Sapphire)

Most Expensive Cigars - El Septimo The Zaya Collection

Price/Stick: $100

The Zaya Collection, produced by El Septimo, contains 8 different varieties of cigars.

Each variety contains five different filler tobaccos, with the tobacco leaves aged up to 15 years.

Typically, each cigar features are larger ring gauge of around 60, due to the variety of filler leaves used.

Whilst the cigars within this collection have very different flavor profiles from one another, the prices/stick are relatively similar.

At the time of researching this article, we’ve included the variety selling for the most, which is Mirifico Sapphire, at $100/stick.

Other varieties within the collection include:

  • Bomba Orange
  • Short Dream Topaz
  • Kolosso Amethyst
  • Fabuloso Dark Ruby
  • Excepcion Esmerelda
  • Double Shot White
  • Bullet Black

24. Arturo Fuente Opus X 20th Anniversary

Most Expensive Cigars - Arturo Fuente Opus X 20th Anniversary

Price/Stick: $115

Arturo Fuente has long been known for their high-quality cigars, and their Opus X range contains some of the most sought-after cigars in the brand’s history.

The Opus X line was created in 1995 and in 2016 Fuente released the ‘Opus X 20th Anniversary’ edition to commemorate 20 years of the Opus X.

The ’20th Anniversary’ line contained four cigars:

  • Father & Son
  • God’s Whisper
  • Power of A Dream

The prices do vary between each variety, however, because the ‘God’s Whisper’ variety comes in a ‘Perfecto’ size it tends to be sold for higher prices than the rest of the line.

23. Cohiba Spectre 2023

Most Expensive Cigars - Cohiba Spectre 2023

Price/Stick: $130

The Spectre line from Cohiba was initially introduced in 2018 and cost $90 per stick.

Separate versions of the Cohiba Spectre have since been released annually, with the most expensive being the Spectre 2023.

The 2023 Spectre is limited to 600 boxes of 10 cigars, featuring a 52 ring gauge and 6 1/2 inches in length.

What’s most interesting about the release is the packaging, which differs somewhat from most cigars, including that of Cohiba.

The cigars are stored in a box that opens vertically, featuring a hydraulic system that elevates the tubed cigars when you press the ‘O’ button inside the Cohiba logo.

22. Davidoff Royal Release Salamones

Most Expensive Cigars - Davidoff Royal Release Salamones

Price/Stick: $150

To be qualified enough to roll the Royal Release Salamones, Davidoff makes sure you have more than 15 years of experience rolling cigars.

This cigar is only rolled by 8 different people who together have rolled over 7 million cigars.

The Royal Release Salmones takes 10 years to grow from tobacco seed to finished product and is sold in boxes of 10 for $1,500.

21. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 Reserva Cosecha 2012

Most Expensive Cigars - Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No 2 Reserva Cosecha 2012

Price/Stick: $181

The Epicure No. 2 is one of Hoyo de Monterrey’s signature cigars.

In 2016, Habanos SA announced the release of the No. 2 Reserva Cosecha 2012.

This blend only uses tobacco leaves from 2012, aged for a minimum of three years.

With just 5000 boxes of 20 cigars produced, this cigar is bound to increase in value with time.

20. Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013

Most Expensive Cigars - Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013

Price/Stick: $200

Here we have another Hoyo de Monterrey ‘Reserva’ release, the Double Coronas Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013.

Typically, Gran Reserva lines are more sought after than regular Reserva series, due to the difference in tobacco aging.

Reserva cigar blends use tobacco leaves that are aged for a minimum of three years.

Whereas Gran Reserva blends use tobacco leaves aged for a minimum of 5 years.

Gran Reservas are also produced with only 15 sticks per box, instead of the usual 20.

19. Cohiba Siglo De Oro (Year of the Rabbit)

Most Expensive Cigars - Cohiba Siglo De Oro

Price/Stick: $250

In 2023, Cohiba announced the release of the Siglo De Oro, to commemorate both the Chinese ‘Year of the Rabbit’, and also the 30th anniversary of the Siglo series.

Naturally, people across China, Hong Kong, and various other countries in Asia were the first to see these cigars unveiled.

Only 18,888 boxes of the Siglo De Oro will be produced.

That number might sound oddly specific, and it is indeed no coincidence, as the number 8 is lucky in Chinese culture.

The Siglo De Oro is a 54 ring gauge, 4 1/2 inch long cigar, sold in boxes of 18.

  18. H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosecha 2011

Most Expensive Cigars - H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosecha 2011

Price/Stick: $260

H. Upmann is one of the oldest cigar brands in the world, with history going all the way back to 1843.

The Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosecha is of course named after the legendary Sir Winston Churchill , who was known not only for being one of the most important prime ministers in British history; but also for his love of cigars.

The Gran Reserve line was launched by H. Upmann in 2009, and in 2011 the Sir Winston edition was released.

Just 5000 boxes of 15 cigars were produced, for a total of 75,000 cigars.

17. Partagas Serie E No.1 Colección Habanos 2013

Price/stick: $280.

The Serie E No. 1 Colección Habanos 2013 from Partagas appears 18th on our list of the most expensive cigars.

With this particular cigar now being over 10 years old, its price has risen heavily.

You can still find this cigar for sale in the USA for roughly $280 per stick, however, prices do vary.

16. Hoyo De Monterrey Maravillas Collection 2015

Price/stick: $290.

The most expensive Hoyo de Monterrey cigar is the Maravillas Collection 2015.

There were just 2000 boxes of 20 cigars produced, amounting to a total of 40,000 cigars.

Given the smaller production number in comparison to the other Hoyo de Monterrey’s featured on this list, you can expect to pay $290/stick for this cigar.

15. Cohiba Behike Series

Most Expensive Cigars - Cohiba Behike

Price/Stick $300

Cohiba Behikes are one of the most popular and sought-after cigars in the world.

Behike cigars are known for their full-strength flavor and quality, provided you can get your hands on the authentic product.

They’re sold in three different ring gauges: 52, 54, and 56.

These sizes are represented in their names respectively: Behike 52, Behike 54, and Behike 56.

The Cohiba Behike cigars are sold in 10-count boxes and increase in price depending on their size.

14. Oliva Serie V Roaring Twenties Super Limited Edition

Most Expensive Cigars - Oliva Serie V Roaring Twenties Super Limited Edition

Oliva Cigar Co. are well known for producing cigars that provide a great smoking experience for a great value.

However, in 2023 they decided to do something a little different.

The most popular line of Oliva cigars is the ‘Series V’, and last year they announced a new Series V Roaring Twenties Super Limited Edition.

When we take a look at the average price of an Oliva cigar, we can see a price of around $10, so what’s different?

The packaging is the most notable difference, with the Roaring Twenties SLE cigars being placed in boxes produced by Daniel Marshall.

Half of the cigars (the top layer) are also covered in gold foil.

In addition, there will only ever be 300 boxes created, for a total of 3000 cigars.

13. Trinidad Casilda Coleccion Habanos 2019

Price/stick: $370.

As you may have already noticed, Habanos limited edition collections can become incredibly expensive.

The Trinidad Casilda 2019 is another edition within the Coleccion Habanos with only 3000 boxes being produced.

This cigar once again features the traditional book-shaped box packaging as with any ‘Coleccion Habanos’ release.

Getting your hands on a single stick could cost up to $370.

12. Daniel Marshall 24KT Golden Gigante

Most Expensive Cigars - Daniel Marshall 24KT Gold Cigar

Price/Stick: $395

Continuing both the obsession with gold and also the story of Daniel Marshall brings us to the next cigar on our list.

For those who are unaware of Daniel Marshall ; he’s a well-known figure within the cigar industry for his work with manufacturing custom humidors.

In 2011, Marshall decided to create a 24KT gold cigar for his friend’s 64th birthday. 

Marshall then produced a limited run of the cigar which would be packaged in a custom-signed travel humidor.

The 24kt cigar comes in two sizes, Torpedo and Gigante, with the Gigante size being the more expensive of the two.

Its base is that of the DM2 cigar, also sold by Daniel Marshall, which is rolled and sold to him by the Plasencia factory.

Daniel then covers the cigar with a thin layer of gold leaf from Italy.

  11. Montecristo Gran Piramides Limited Edition 2017

Most Expensive Cigars - Montecristo Gran Piramides 2017

Price/Stick: $400 

Montecristo is one of the most popular cigar brands in the world, and one of their most expensive cigars is the Gran Piramides Limited Edition from 2017.

The Gran Piramides are part of the ‘Coleccion Habanos’, which come packaged in a box that’s shaped to look like a book.

At its core, the Gran Piramides are a Montecristo No. 2 that has been increased in size for this limited collection.

This cigar has a length of 6.25 inches and a ring gauge of 57, while Montecristo No. 2’s are a 52 ring gauge, and slightly shorter in length.

Only 2000 boxes of the Gran Piramides 2017 were produced by Habanos SA.

10. Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007

Most Expensive Cigars - Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007

Price/Stick: $430

Continuing with another Habanos SA-produced cigar, the 2007 Gran Reserva Lusitanias from Partagas is our 11th most expensive cigar.

Just 5000 boxes of 15 cigars were produced, resulting in a total count of 75,000 cigars.

The Gran Reserve Cosecha 2007 can still be found for sale, but given its age, you might have to shell out more than you wish to.

9. Cohiba Talisman Edicion Limitada 2017

Most Expensive Cigars - Cohiba Talisman Edicion Limitada 2017

Price/Stick: $450

When it was originally released, the Cohiba Talisman EL 2017 cost just $547 for a box of 10.

Since their release, the price has risen rapidly year over year.

The cigars were produced at the world-famous El Laguito factory in Havana, Cuba.

At the time of writing this article, you’d be lucky to find a single stick for under $450.

8. Cohiba 55 Aniversario Edicion Limitada 2021

Most Expensive Cigars - Cohiba 55 Aniversario Edicion Limitada 2021

Price/Stick: $500

While not the most expensive release from Cohiba in the year 2021, the next entry on this list was certainly an important one.

The 55 Anniversario Edicion Limitada 2021 marked the 55th anniversary of Cohiba.

As the name suggests, the cigar was indeed a limited edition, and difficult to get a hold of.

The cigar was released in 10-count boxes, costing roughly $5000/box.

7. Davidoff Oro Blanco

Most Expensive Cigars - Davidoff Oro Blanco

Price/Stick: $600

Davidoff claims that the Oro Blanco is the most exceptional cigar they’ve ever created.

The Oro Blanco is a 6-inch, 54 ring gauge, toro-shaped cigar, with an all-Dominican wrapper, binder, and filler

So why does it cost $600 per cigar?

One of the main reasons for its high cost is due to Davidoff’s aging process.

The Oro Blanco, which translates to “White Gold”, is made with tobacco leaves grown in areas with some of the richest soil across the entire Dominican Republic.

The leaves are then aged for 12 years before the cigar is rolled; a task completed only by Davidoff’s most experienced rollers (15+ years of experience).

After one additional year of aging, the single cigar is then reviewed, approved, and placed into a custom box.

6. Mayan Sicars

Price/stick: $633.

At the beginning of this article, we mentioned a specific auction involving a box of 800 cigars.

In 2012, a large crate of Mayan cigars, expected to be more than 600 years old, was discovered in Guatemala.

It’s important to mention that the most reliable source of this information mentions the sale of all 800 cigars for a total of $507,000, which would put the price/stick at $633.

The cigars were buried deep below the surface in sealed clay pots, and discovered by an archeologist team from Tampa University.

Who paid the $507,000? A man named Gary Liotta, owner of the Santiago Cigar Factory in New York.

5. Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve

Most Expensive Cigars - Gurkha His Majesties Reserve

Price/Stick: $750

On the sixth spot, we have Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve cigar.

It’s made each year, and if you’re a cigar enthusiast, you will need to preorder them a few years beforehand. 

The total size of each cigar is 7-5 x 52 inches. The Connecticut Maduro wrapper comes with a Dominican binder and filler that is aged for 12 years.

The filler is infused with Louis XIII cognac, which gives it an amazing aroma.

This cigar is very rare and special, and the cognac has been known for selling only to dignitaries worldwide. 

A total of 75 boxes are being made every year. The incredible aroma, as well as the taste of the cigar, will be something that you will be so impressed with that you will never forget. 

4. Cohiba Ideales Coleccion 2021

Most Expensive Cigars - Cohiba Ideales Limited Edition 2021

Price/Stick: $1100

As the name suggests, this Cohiba cigar was released in 2021, measuring almost 7 inches in length, with a 56 ring gauge.

The Ideales Coleccion 2021 is limited to just 3000 boxes of 20 cigars, totaling 60,000 sticks.

The box is manufactured to look like a book.

Cohiba’s Ideales Coleccion 2021 is the last cigar to feature on this list that isn’t either covered in gold leaf and crystals or nearly 20 years old.

Which makes it the most expensive plain cigar that can still be purchased today.

3. Gurkha Black Dragon (2006 Edition)

Price/stick: $1,150.

The Gurkha Black Dragon is a cigar that you can still buy and smoke newer versions of to this day, but the original 2006 edition is a rare find.

The OG boxes were handmade using camel bone and were limited to just 5 boxes of 100 cigars.

Those who have smoked the original Black Dragon from 2006, and the newer editions seem to conclude that the taste is more or less the same.

Although the 2006 first edition of the Gurkha Black Dragon cost around $1,150, given how limited it was at the time; the current version of this cigar can be added to your collection for just $40/stick.

2. King of Denmark Cigar

Price/stick: $4,500.

The King of Denmark cigar is produced by Royal Danish and only 30 sticks are rolled per day.

Buyers can customize the cigar with both 24KT gold leaf and Swarovski crystals. 

They’re also able to have their name inscribed on the cigar.

Whilst this cigar doesn’t have to cost you thousands, it can reach up to $4,500/stick depending on the customization.

1. Gurkha Royal Courtesan

Most Expensive Cigars - Gurkha Royal Courtesan

Price/Stick: $1.36 Million

The most expensive cigar in the world is the Gurkha Royal Courtesan cigar.

The Royal Courtesan is worth a ridiculous $1.36 million per stick.

One of the most interesting things here is that Gurkha are not known for their quality. 

In fact, Gurkha’s quality control is often a common problem reported by fellow cigar aficionados.

This begs the question: why does this cigar cost so much more money than anything else on the list before it?

Let’s get into the details of the Royal Courtesan:

  • The cigar’s filler is infused with Remy Martin’s Louis XIII cognac.
  • It’s hand-rolled by a select few skilled rollers, who are blindfolded.
  • The band of the cigar is covered in 5-carat diamonds.
  • Rare Himalayan tobacco leaves are used for the wrapper.
  • The wrapper is also covered in a layer of 24KT gold leaf.
  • Personal delivery to the owner by a messenger

Notable Mentions

That concludes our main list of the 25 most expensive cigars in the world.

There are, however, a few entries we’d like to mention.

Although these weren’t included in the main list, they’re worth mentioning to any fellow cigar aficionado.

Regius Double Corona Cigar

Price: $52,000.

We decided to leave out the Regius Double Corona from our main list as the cigar itself is not the main reason for the high price.

In 2013, Regius Cigars developed their Double Corona cigar, which is produced in Nicaragua.

However, the main attraction was not actually the cigar itself, but what was included with the purchase.

The buyer of the cigar would be flown first class out to Regius headquarters in Nicaragua, where they would be given a private tour of the factory.

They would also be allowed to create their own cigar blend, and be given 1000 sticks of said blend to take home with them.

Gran Habano #5 El Gigante

Price: $185,000.

Technically this cigar does have a clear price/stick, selling for $185,000 in 2013.

However, it’s probably worth mentioning that the cigar is 19 feet long, 3 feet thick, and weighs over 600 pounds.

Here are some interesting facts about the Gran Habano #5 El Gigante:

  • Despite its size, it can be smoked by multiple people at the same time.
  • Made with 1,600 pounds of tobacco.
  • Equivalent to smoking 25,000 cigars
  • Contains 15,000 wrapper leaves
  • Has a ring gauge of 1920
  • Weighs 2,500 pounds with the wooden case

We decided to separate the El Gigante from our main list of expensive cigars, but the story itself is worth mentioning.

If you enjoyed this list, don’t forget to check out our other most expensive lists:

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Here’s a quick recap of the 25 most expensive cigars in the world, per stick:

  • Gurkha Royal Courtesan
  • King of Denmark
  • Gurkha Black Dragon (2006 Edition)
  • Cohiba Ideales Coleccion 2021
  • Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve
  • Mayan Sicars
  • Davidoff Oro Blanco
  • Cohiba 55 Aniversario Edicion Limitada 2021
  • Cohiba Talisman Edicion Limitada 2017
  • Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007
  • Montecristo Gran Piramides Limited Edition 2017
  • Daniel Marshall 24KT Golden Gigante
  • Trinidad Casilda Coleccion Habanos 2019
  • Oliva Serie V Roaring Twenties Super Limited Edition
  • Cohiba Behike Series
  • Hoyo De Monterrey Maravillas Collection 2015
  • Partagas Serie E No.1 Colección Habanos 2013
  • H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosecha 2011
  • Cohiba Siglo De Oro (Year of the Rabbit)
  • Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013
  • Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 Reserva Cosecha 2012
  • Davidoff Royal Release Salamones
  • Cohiba Spectre 2023
  • Arturo Fuente Opus X 20th Anniversary
  • El Septimo The Zaya Collection (Mirifico Sapphire)

Are there any cigars we’ve missed from this list? Leave a comment below.

The 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide.

The Most Expensive Countries to Live in

Which are the most expensive countries to live in worldwide? Hold tight, as you’re about to find out.

If you’ve dreamed about moving abroad and starting life afresh in a new country, then read through this list before you do, as you might be shocked to find out just how expensive some of these lesser-known countries are. 

We’ve put together this list based on accommodation and living expenses for a single person living in the capital city of each country, and according to population. 

Here’s a list of the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide…

The list of countries and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as World Population Review & Nomad List .

These are the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide:

10. Barbados – $2,061

Most Expensive Countries - Barbados

Kicking off our list of the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide, is Barbados. 

Barbados is a sovereign island nation in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, which is the Caribbean region of North America. 

It covers approximately 349km² and is 23 kilometres wide and 34 kilometres long, with a total population of 285,719 people. 

Barbados is the fourth-most densely populated country in the Americas and, it’s capital city, Bridgetown, has approximately 110,000 people living in it. 

To rent a one-bedroom studio apartment in Bridgetown, you’re looking at spending around $500 a month, or $100 a night in an Airbnb. 

A basic meal out will cost you no less than $13. A beer is around $6.50 and coffee is approximately $5.00 depending on where you go. 

9. Japan – $2,612

Most Expensive Countries - Japan

The ninth most expensive country to live in worldwide is Japan. 

Japan is an archipelago island nation in South-East Asia, made up of 6,852 islands, with a current total population of 126.8 million people. 

Of the 6,582 islands, the four largest islands account for the majority of inhabitants, as roughly 97% Japans population live on the four islands. 

Japan has many major cities, like Osaka, Yokohoma, Nagoya and Sapporo, which are all populated by more than 2 million people. 

However, Tokyo, Japans Capital City and the largest city in Japan, has an approximate population of 37 million people. 

To rent a one-bedroom studio apartment in Tokyo, you’re looking at spending in the region of $1,370 a month, or $111 a night in an Airbnb. 

Eating out varies in price, but as an average for one person, you should be looking at spending around $15.00 for a basic meal and around $6.00 for a beer.

Coffee is also pretty reasonable, considering how expensive Tokyo is, at $2.81 a cup. 

8. Norway – $2,659

Most Expensive Countries - Norway

Located in Northern Europe, Norway is a Scandinavian country with a total population of 5.3 million people. 

Norway shares its borders with Sweden, Russia and Finland, and has a total landmass of 385,203 km².

It’s only the 171st most densely populated country on earth, with roughly 14 people for every square kilometre. 

Rent is expensive in Norway’s capital, so renting a one-bedroom studio apartment in Oslo, will set you back around $1,193 a month, or $85 a night in an Airbnb. 

You won’t have much change left from $15 when buying a meal out, and a beer will set you back around $9.11.

7. The Bahamas – $2,704

Most Expensive Countries - The Bahamas

The next most expensive country in the world to live in is The Bahamas. 

Made up of over 700 islands, the Bahamas has an approximate population of 389,482 million people living across its 13,943km² landmass. 

The largest city in the Bahamas is Nassau, with a total population of 255,000. 

If you’re thinking about visiting the Bahamas, then you should budget approximately $950 a month for a one-bedroom studio apartment in the city, or $149 a night for an Airbnb. 

You’ll need to take at least $50-$100 with you when you go out for a meal and some drinks, as a basic meal costs around $15-$20 and a beer will cost you around $2.50. 

Coffee is a little on the expensive side, at around $5 each. 

6. Luxembourg – $2,751

Most Expensive Countries - Luxembourg

One of the smallest countries on our list, Luxembourg, is also one of the smallest sovereign nations on the planet, and it won’t leave you with a lot of wiggle room when it comes to your monthly expenses. 

Luxembourg is a landlocked country, located in western Europe, and has an estimated population of 620,319 people. 

Its population is small compared to other countries on the list, however, it has roughly 207 people per square kilometre, making it the 67th most densely populated country on earth. 

When you arrive in Luxembourg City, you can expect to pay around $1,322 per month for a one-bedroom studio apartment, or $80 a night in an Airbnb. 

Luxembourg seems like it’s slightly more expensive than the Bahamas when it comes to luxuries like beer and coffee, as one beer will cost you around $9 and coffee will set you back $6. 

Eating a basic meal out will cost between $17-$25 for one person depending on what you order. 

5. Iceland – $2,802

Most Expensive Countries - Iceland

Coming in at number five on our list of the most expensive countries in the world is Iceland. 

Iceland is located between the North and Atlantic Oceans and has a total surface area of 103,001 square kilometres. 

However, Iceland’s population of 339,949 people, remains relatively low in comparison to others on our list as its harsh geographical landscape proves difficult to live in for many, at times. 

As a result, Iceland has the lowest population density of any European country, at just 3 people per kilometre. 

Staying in Iceland will cost you approximately $1,236 a month for a one-bedroom studio apartment in the capital city of Reykjavik, or $128 a night in an Airbnb.  

Whilst you’re there, eating out will cost you around $12 for a basic meal, $8 for a beer and $2.15 for a cup of coffee. 

4. Denmark – $3,312

Most Expensive Countries - Denmark

The southernmost Nordic country in Northern Europe, Denmark, is the fourth most expensive country to live in worldwide. 

Denmark, bordered by Germany, Sweden and Norway has a total current population of 5.7 million people. 

The Scandinavian countries capital city is Copenhagen, which has an urban population of 1.2 million people, and a metropolitan population of 1.99 million.  

Known as one of the happiest places to live on earth, Copenhagen is also a very expensive city to live in.

For a one-bedroom studio apartment, you’re looking at $1,917 a month, or $96 a night in an Airbnb. 

Eating out will cost you approximately $18 per person and beers and coffee are anyway between $5.50-$6.50 a pop!

3. Switzerland – $3,162

Most Expensive Countries - Switzerland

Switzerland is the third most expensive country to live in worldwide. 

With more than 8.6 million people living across, 41,285 square kilometres, Switzerland is the 95th most populated country in the world, and the 135th largest country in terms of the total landmass. 

Switzerland has a number of beautiful cities to live in, like it’s capital, Bern, and it’s the largest city, Zurich. 

Bern has approximately 133,000 people living there and accommodation for a month in Bern, for one person, will cost in the region of $1,366, or $86 a night in an Airbnb. 

A meal out will cost you approximately $15-$20, with an additional beer costing around $6.00 and coffee costing around $5.00 a cup. 

2. Cayman Islands – $3,387

Most Expensive Countries - Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is the second most populated British overseas territory in the world, just behind Bermuda.

It is located in the western end of the Caribbean sea and has a total current population of approximately 63,000 people. 

It’s made up of a number of islands like Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. 

The Cayman Islands are well known for housing offshore companies, and it’s believed that there are over 100,000 companies registered in the Cayman Islands. 

If you’re considering doing business in George Town, the capital city of the Cayman Islands, then a one-bedroom studio apartment will cost you around $1,924 a month or $83 a night in an Airbnb. 

Food and drink on the island are where you might spend a lot of your money.

A basic meal out will cost you at least $20-$30, with beer costing around $8.00 and coffee costing around $7 a cup. 

1. Bermuda – $5,011  

Most Expensive Countries - Bermuda

At over $5,000 a month for accommodation and living expenses, Bermuda is the most expensive place to live in worldwide.

Similar to the Cayman Islands, Bermuda is another British territory located in the North Atlantic. 

Bermuda has a total population of approximately 65,000 people living across a total landmass of 20.5 square miles. 

Its capital city, Hamilton, is also Bermudas only incorporated city and has a current population of just over 1,000 people. 

When looking for accommodation in the city, you’re going to need some deep pockets, as a one-bedroom studio apartment will cost you around $2,675 a month, or $212 a night in an Airbnb. 

If you’re a drinker, then get prepared to spend some cash, as one glass of beer will cost you a minimum of $10, and dinner will be around $20-$30 per person. 

Bermuda is the most expensive country to live in worldwide. 

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide.

Well, there you have it, those were some super expensive countries to live in.

Living in those countries might make you think twice about drinking alcohol , on a regular occasion, and make you sharpen the purse strings a bit more.

However, it’s all relative and depends on your disposable income and expenses.

So, if you’re still planning on moving to, or even visiting one of these countries long term, then at least you know what to expect. 

Here’s a quick recap of the 10 most expensive countries to live in worldwide:

  • Bermuda – $5,011
  • Cayman Islands – $3,387
  • Switzerland – $3,162
  • Denmark – $3,312
  • Iceland – $2,802
  • Luxembourg – $2,751
  • The Bahamas – $2,704
  • Japan – $2,612
  • Norway – $2,291
  • Barbados – $2,061

What’s your favourite most expensive country? Leave a comment below.

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The 50 most expensive yachts for sale now

How much does a superyacht cost? The answer is not so simple. Much like a luxury watch or car, the asking price depends on a variety of factors such as age, pedigree and finish, with the largest and newest vessels peaking into the hundreds of millions. To give you a better idea, BOAT International rounds up the 50 most expensive yachts currently listed for sale, starting with the 105.3-metre H3 ...

Builder : Oceanco Length : 105.3m Designers : Reymond Langton Design , Lateral Naval Architects

The most expensive superyacht for sale is H3 . What began as a refit project escalated into a three-year rebuild that completely transformed the 95-metre Indian Empress. Twenty two years after her initial delivery, she was relaunched as the 105.3-metre H3, with virtually nothing left from her original design except the hull (which had also been extended a further 10 metres). This "rebirth" won her international acclaim and a World Superyacht Award . Her amenities are too numerous to mention but some standouts include a large pool with a waterfall feature, a huge spa and wellness area with a hairdresser and nail salon, a gymnasium and a climate-controlled winter garden in the owner's suite.

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Builder : Lürssen Length : 91m Designers : Reymond Langton Design

Lady Lara joined the market in September 2023, marking the first time she had been available for sale since her delivery in 2015. She boasts a range of entertainment amenities, including two swimming pools – the largest of which can be transformed into a dancefloor – and a custom surround sound set-up. The second pool is found on the sundeck with a swim-up bar, with a large daybed and sunlounger also on this level. Accommodation is for a total of 16 guests across eight cabins and the master suite is positioned on a dedicated owner's deck. It includes a private exterior terrace accessible from the cabin, a library, his and hers bathrooms and dressing rooms.

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Here comes the sun.

Builder : Amels Length : 89m Designers : Tim Heywood , Azure Yacht Design and Naval Architecture , Winch Design

Here Comes the Sun was delivered in 2017 as the flagship of the Amels fleet, a title that she has held for the past six years. She was commissioned by a repeat client with a penchant for The Beatles and has an exterior and interior from the boards of design royalty: Tim Heywood and Andrew Winch . Her outdoor spaces are certain to impress, housing a two-metre-deep swimming pool with contraflow jets and a beach club and bar that leads into a wellness centre with its own sauna, massage room and beauty salon. A full rebuild in 2021 won her a Neptune at the World Superyacht Awards .

Builder : Oceanco Length : 90m Designers : Luiz De Basto , Azure Yacht Design and Naval Architecture , Nuvolari Lenard

DAR was delivered in 2018 and won Motor Yacht of the Year "by a good margin" at the World Superyacht Awards the following year. Standout features include an owner's deck – complete with private saloon and Jacuzzi – as well as a wellness area, with Hammam, sauna and massage and beauty room. The upper deck sports a fresh water pool with counter current and the yacht also has a gymnasium with floor-to-ceiling windows. A six-person elevator serves all guest decks, with an owner's party of up to 14.

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Builder : Lürssen Length : 114.5m Designers : Tim Heywood , Terence Disdale

Pelorus was delivered in 2003 as the 11th largest superyacht in the world and easily the largest yacht to be built by Lürssen at the time. She was commissioned by a Saudi businessman who enjoyed a single cruise aboard his new vessel before a new buyer made an offer too good to refuse. Exterior designer Tim Heywood stocked the yacht with a top deck lido featuring two swimming pools, two helicopter pads and a vast sea-level platform that is revealed by opening the transom. The immense task of designing the interior was carried out by Terence Disdale, who opted to use natural materials wherever possible to maintain a "casual" atmosphere to offset the yacht’s imposing frame. Pelorus can welcome 18 guests with room for an additional 46 crew members.

Builder : Feadship Length : 83.5m Designers : Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects , Cristina Gherardi Design

Savannah 's boundary-pushing design landed her the Motor Yacht of the Year Award at the World Superyacht Awards in 2016. She was the first superyacht to receive a completely metallic paint job and was equipped with a first-of-its-kind hybrid power plant, making Savannah one of the first truly "eco-conscious" members of the international fleet – though she's more popularly known for her Nemo Lounge. Another first, the lounge is designed with a semi-submerged sheet of glazing that provides an incredible view beneath the waterline. The glass wall is also fitted with a drop-down screen for impromptu cinema nights. 

Builder : Benetti Length : 107.6m Designers : Reymond Langton Design , Giorgio M. Cassetta , Zaniz

With rotating seating areas, an interactive, 18-metre-high forest wall and 800 square metres of windows, Luminosity set a new standard for yacht design when she was delivered in 2022. Accommodation is across an impressive 11 cabins, not including the dedicated owner's deck with its own helicopter pad.  Meanwhile, her counter-flow swimming pool is the exterior centrepiece, kitted out with underwater speakers, an adjustable bottom and a custom chandelier inspired by a diamond. An accompanying four-degree plunge pool is decorated with on-theme visual cues such as mirror-backed acrylic "ice-cubes".

Builder : Lürssen Length : 74m Designers : Winch Design

Constructed to Lloyd’s classification, Aurora ' s key figures include an impressive volume of 2,113GT (split across four decks) and a beam of 13.2 metres, while a crew of 22 waits on an owner’s every need. 1920s Art Deco-inspired interiors house up to 16 guests in eight stately cabins. Among these is the private owner’s suite which features wraparound views and access to a private lounge foredeck. She also features an intimate top deck observation lounge with a daybed and a lounge with three bar stools forward, while a gym and Jacuzzi are found aft.

Builder : Lürssen Length : 90m Designers : Winch Design

Phoenix 2  takes a page (or two) from Art Deco styling with her cherry velvet flooring and gilded details. The owner commissioned Winch Design to create her intricate cityscape-inspired design concept, including a 5.7-metre phoenix figurehead modelled after the Chrysler building's mounted eagles. Roaring highlights include a sommelier room, multiple swimming pools, a plush cinema room and a custom Steinway for some musical accompaniment at mealtimes. Accommodation is for up to 14 guests in seven cabins, including a full-beam owner's cabin accessible via a glass spiral staircase.

Builder : AKYACHT Length : 85m Designers : Michael Leach Design , Marco Yachts , H2 Yacht Design

After beginning life as a 77-metre explorer 14 years ago, the completion of Victorious was long-awaited. Key features include an indoor pool in the beach club, cocktail lounge, observation saloon and a wine and cigar “clubroom” which features its own fireplace. Accommodation is for 24 guests in 12 cabins, with further quarters for a crew of 22. The owner's suite is located up on the bridge deck and benefits from direct access to the Jacuzzi and sunpads aft. On the foredeck is a "touch-and-go" helipad that can also be used as an entertainment space.

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15 Most Expensive Yachts In The World | 2024 Edition

While there is no official definition of a yacht, it can be simply described as a large vessel (with cabins) intended for luxury or pleasure purposes. Any yacht over 40 meters in length is usually identified as a superyacht.

Modern superyachts are designed with the utmost focus on comfort and power. They are required to accommodate various luxurious amenities to cater to every need of the owner and guests. It includes anything from swimming pools, spas, and entertainment centers to water sports toys and helipads.

While some superyachts are exclusively used by their owners, many are offered to charter businesses through which these superyachts can be rented or chartered. The cost of leasing a superyacht could be anywhere between $80,000 to a staggering $4 million per week.

So what are the most expensive yachts in the world? Who owns them, and what extravagant amenities do they have? Let’s find out.

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12. Nord – $300 Million

Nord superyacht

Launched In : 2021

Builder : Lürssen Owner : Alexey Mordashov

Nord is a massive superyacht built by German shipbuilding company Lürssen in 2021. It was initially named OPUS. According to Forbes, the yacht is currently valued at $300 million.

The yacht’s construction was done under the supervision of Moran Yacht, a private yacht dealership based in Florida. Both its interior and exterior designs were carried out by an Italian naval design firm, Nuvolari & Lenard.

The superyacht is fitted with state-of-the-art zero-speed stabilizers that reduce roll while being anchored or not underway. It features amenities such as a swimming pool, spa, a tender garage, and two helicopter landing pads, one on the top deck and another on the bow.

Nord is owned by Russian billionaire Alexei Mordashov, the chairman and majority shareholder of the biggest steel and mining company in Russia – Severstal.

Specifications :

At 142 meters in length, Nord is one of the largest superyachts in the world. It has a volume of 10,154 gross tonnage or gt. It can accommodate a maximum of 36 guests at a time.

The vessel is powered by four MTU engines and has a cruising speed of 15 knots or 28 kph.

11. Pelorus – $300 Million

Pelorus superyacht

Launched In : 2003

Builder : Lürssen Current Owner : Samuel Tak Lee

Pelorus is the oldest superyacht on this list and has a rich history. Since its completion in 2003, the vessel has changed hands several times.

Pelorus was initially ordered by a Saudi businessman named Sheikh Abdul Mohsen in 1999. The construction started in the year 2000 and entered service two years later in 2003.

However, the yacht was sold to the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich within a year of its launch. As a new owner, Roman Abramovich made several modifications to the superyacht, which included adding a second helicopter pad.

In 2011, Pelorus was bought by David Geffen for about $300 million. But he sold the yacht after a brief period to sultan Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of UAE.

The superyacht changed ownership again in 2016. Its current owner is Samuel Tak Lee, a Hong Kong-based real estate billionaire.

At 115 meters in length, Pelorus is perhaps the smallest superyacht on this list, but it is still a gigantic vessel. For perspective, the total length of an entire football field is 110 meters. It has a volume of 5,317 gt.

Pelorus has a cruising speed of 14 knots or 26 kph and a reported maximum speed of 20 knots (37 kph).

10. Dubai – $400 Million

Dubai superyacht

Launched In : 2006

Builder : Blohm+Voss Owner : Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

‘Dubai’ is a superyacht owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and the vice president/prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. It is currently the tenth most expensive superyacht in the world.

Until 2009, it was the largest private superyacht in the world but was surpassed by Eclipse, Azzam, and Fulk Al Salamah.

The yacht is built by Blohm+Voss, a German shipbuilding company best known for producing the German battleship Bismark during World War II. Blohm+Voss was acquired by the Lürssen shipyard in 2016.

Dubai superyacht is designed by renowned yacht designer Andrew Winch along with interior designer firm Platinum Yachts.

The superyacht carries a helipad, two motorboats, water bikes, and a submersible. Amenities include a large dining room, swimming pool, a movie theater, and disco.

At a length of 162 meters, Dubai is currently the fourth largest private superyacht in the world. It has a tonnage of 13,470 gt. Dubai superyacht is powered by four MTU diesel engines, each delivering 8,479 hp. It has a maximum speed of 26 knots (48 km/h) and a range of 8,500 nmi (15,700 km).

The superyacht has a maximum capacity of 115 guests with 88 crew members.

9. Eclipse – $438 Million

Eclipse superyacht

Launched In : 2009

Builder : Blohm+Voss Owner : Roman Abramovich

Eclipse is a massive superyacht owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. He is currently the 13the richest individual in Russia and made his wealth through the steel industry and other investments.

After its launch in 2009, Eclipse became the world’s largest private yacht. However, it has been surpassed by Fulk Al Salamah and Azzam in recent years.

Eclipse was built by Blohm+Voss, three years after the Dubai superyacht, in 2009. Its estimated cost is around €340 million.

The superyacht accommodates about a dozen of luxurious cabins for guests, two helipads, an entertainment hall, and a mini-submarine that can submerge up to 50 meters below the surface.

While it is clear that Eclipse is no ordinary superyacht, what makes it truly stand out from the rest is its military-styled missile defense system that detects and fires missiles at possible threats.

The yacht also features an ‘anti-photo shield’ for enhanced privacy. When activated, the shield detects a CCD sensor (closed coupled device) and fires a shot of laser in its direction to destroy any photographs. However, the effectiveness of such technology remains debatable .

Eclipse has a length of 162.5 meters and a volume of 13,000 gt. Its beam is 22 meters, and the draft is 5.9 meters. The vessel is powered by four MTU diesel engines and has a maximum speed of 22 knots or 40.7 km per hour.

It requires about 70 crew members to serve all the guests. Eclipse was last seen at a small village port in Turkey.

8. Flying Fox – $455 Million

Flying Fox

Launched In : 2019

Builder : Lürssen Owner : Dmitry Kamenshchik

The Flying Fox is a luxury yacht built by Germany’s Lürssen shipyard in 2019. It is perhaps the world’s largest and most expensive yacht available for charter. A week-long vacation on this superyacht would cost you about $4 million.

This spectacular vessel is a result of collective design work from interior designer Mark Berryman and renowned superyacht architect Espen Oeino . Apart from the Flying Fox, Mr. Oeino is known for his work on other superyachts such as Silver Fast and Octopus (owned by Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen).

Like most modern superyachts, the Flying Fox is primarily centered around wellness and watersports themes. Its exceptional tender garage carries nearly every water sports equipment from hoverboards and seabobs to windsurfs and flying boards. Moreover, it also carries a personal submarine that can be launched using a crane.

Often regarded as a ‘floating resort,’ the superyacht has guest suits, a two-level saloon space, a specialized gym, multiple fireplaces, and lots of greenery.

But perhaps its most eye-catching feature is the 12-meter deck pool with adjustable height floor, massage jets at one side, and swim jets at the other. Moreover, the yacht also carries a cryosauna which can help you emulate the post-workout endorphins rush.

Due to the sheer size and splendor of the Flying Fox, it was speculated that the yacht was owned by Jeff Bezos (the world’s richest person in 2019).

However, in 2022, it was revealed that the actual owner of the yacht is a Russian oligarch named Dmitry Kamenshchik.

The Flying Fox measures 136 meters in length and 9,022 gt in internal volume. It has a beam of 22.5 meters and a draft of 5.1 meters. It is currently the 22nd largest yacht in the world by length.

The superyacht requires a crew of 55 (including four chefs) to serve a maximum of 25 guests at a time.

While the Flying Fox is privately owned, it’s managed mostly by superyacht brokerage house Imperial Yachts.

7. Solaris – $474 Million


Builder : Lloyd Werft Owner : Roman Abramovich

Solaris is a giant superyacht owned by Roman Abramovich. It is perhaps the most expensive yacht in his possession. At a length of 138 meters, Solaris is smaller but a more expensive and luxurious yacht than Eclipse.

The superyacht features amenities including a Jacuzzi, sauna, a gym, entertainment center, an office, and custom-built lounge areas. It also carries several high-speed jet skis and even a submersible for adventurous guests who want to explore the ocean.

Apart from the luxuries, Solaris has some of the most impressive and up-to-date security features to prevent any crisis situation. It is fitted with bulletproof windows, armored cabins, and a radar-controlled missile detection system. The yacht also has the ice-breaking capability.

Solaris was built by Lloyd Werft, a German shipyard that went bankrupt in 2022.

The overall internal volume of Solaris is about 11,000 gt. It has a total of eight decks with a capacity of 36 guests and 60 crew members onboard.

Solaris is powered by two high-tech marine propulsion units called Azipod, which consists of an electric motor driving a fixed pitch propeller. It is mounted on a steerable pod that allows the vessel to be more maneuverable.

6. A+ (formerly Topaz) – $527 Million

A+ (Topaz) yacht

Launched In : 2012

Builder : Lürssen Owner : Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The next in the line of most expensive superyachts is called A+. It was built by Germany’s Lürssen yachts for about $527 million. The yacht was initially named ‘Topaz.’

A+ is currently owned by Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the deputy Prime minister of UAE.

The exterior of the ship was designed by renowned yacht designer Tim Heywood. For interior design and decorations, Lürssen hired Terence Disdale, a U.K-based specialist design firm that has worked on several superyachts, including Pelorus, Tatoosh, and Ecstasea.

The superyacht has eight decks, three swimming pools, two helicopter landing pads, a jacuzzi, and a theater, among other amenities.

In 2020, A+ was embroiled in a global scandal after reports surfaced that it was partially financed by embezzled funds from Malaysia’s 1MDB sovereign wealth fund.

At 147 meters, A+ is currently the world’s tenth largest yacht by length. It measures 11,589 gt in volume. The main structure of the vessel is made of aluminum.

A+ is powered by two French-made Pielstick diesel engines, each producing 7990 hp. The yacht has a cruising speed of 22.9 knots, while it can reach a maximum speed of more than 25 knots.

5. Serene -$550 Million

Serene superyacht

Launched In : 2011

Builder : Fincantieri Owner : Mohammed bin Salman

Serene is currently the fifth most expensive yacht in the world. It was built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri initially for Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler, who made his wealth through his alcoholic beverage empire.

Serene’s interior design and decoration were carried out by Reymond Langton Design, an independent design studio specializing in luxury yachts. The estimated manufacturing cost of the yacht is around $330 million.

After its completion in 2011, Serene was among the ten largest private yachts in the world. However, it is currently ranked 21st. It has a bunch of ultra-luxurious amenities, including a large seawater pool, spa, a nightclub, a full-scale library, and a helipad. There is also an underwater viewing room.

Yuri Shefler sold the superyacht to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman for about $550 million in 2014. A few months before this transaction, Serene was rented by Bill Gates for a fee of $5 million a week .

In 2019, a report stated that Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting , was stored inside the yacht. However, it was never confirmed.

Salvator Mundi is one of the most iconic paintings made by Leonardo da Vinci. It was sold for a whopping $450 million ($497 million adjusted value) at Christie’s auction house in November 2017.

Specifications and features:

The superyacht has a moderately large internal volume of 8,230 gt and a total length of 134 meters . Instead of a single large propeller, it is fitted with two controllable pitch propellers. Serene has a total of seven decks with 12 guest cabins and 30 crew cabins.

4. Sailing Yacht A – $578 Million

Sailing yacht A

Launched In : 2015

Builder : Nobiskrug (Former) Owner : Andrey Melnichenko

A sailing yacht differs from a typical motor yacht as it uses sails as a primary method for propulsion. A or sailing yacht A is actually a sail-assisted motor yacht with a hybrid powerplant and three mast sailing rig. It is the largest sailing yacht in the world.

Sailing Yacht A is designed by renowned French industrial architect Philippe Starck, who has worked for brands such as Adidas, Hilton International, and a bunch of private entities. The yacht is owned by Andrey Melnichenko.

With a gross tonnage of 12,558 gt and a length of 142.81 meters, the sailing yacht A is perhaps the largest yacht of its type. The beam and draft lengths are 24.8 meters and 8 meters, respectively.

The vessel features an underwater observation pod with 30 cm thick glass. The cruising speed of sailing yacht A is 16 knots (39 km/h) and has a range of 9,890 km.

3. Dilbar – $588 Million

Dilbar yacht

Builder : Lürssen (Former) Owner : Alisher Usmanov

With a price tag of nearly $590 million, Dilbar is currently the third-most expensive yacht in the world. It was built by Lürssen Yachts for Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. The yacht is named after his mother.

Usmanov is one of the richest Russian oligarchs, who made his wealth through steel, telecom, and investments after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Dilbar is not just your regular large yacht. It is currently the third-largest (by gross tonnage) and sixth longest motor yacht in the world ( the third-longest built by Lürssen). Apart from other luxuries, the superyacht has two helipads and a huge indoor pool.

According to the U.S Department of Treasury, Dilbar’s estimated worth is between $600 million and $735 million . The annual maintenance cost for this gigantic ship is about $60 million.

Dilbar superyacht was among the many private assets owned by Russian billionaires that were seized by foreign governments in 2022. The yacht was impounded by the German authorities at Hamburg port in April 2022.

At 15,917 gt, Dilbar is the second largest private yacht in the world by gross tonnage after Fulk Al Salamah , owned by the Omani Royal Family.

The length of the superyacht is 156 m. For perspective, the total length of a football field is 110 m or 360 ft. It has a beam of 24 m and a draft of 6.1 m.

Dilbar has a cruising speed of 18 knots (33 km/h) and a maximum speed of 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h).

2. Azzam – $605 Million

Azzam superyacht

Launched In : 2013

Builder : Lürssen Yachts Owner : Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of UAE (Until his death in May 2022)

Azzam (Arabic word for ‘Resolute’) is a luxury superyacht built by German yacht maker Lürssen. The construction of the yacht was personally ordered by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former president of the United Arab Emirates.

The superyacht is a remarkable piece of engineering in more than one way. It took Lürssen about three years to complete Azzam’s construction after an entire year of design work. The vessel has a shallow draft of 4.3 meters. It is currently the longest motor yacht in service.

The total manufacturing cost of Azzam is estimated to be around $600 million making it the second-most expensive private yacht in the world.

After the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in May 2022, it was reported that Azzam was listed for charter.

Azzam’s recorded length is 179.9 m, which is about 17 m more than Eclipse’s. It is powered by two diesel engines and two gas turbines, each producing 23,500 hp.

1. History Supreme – $4.8 Billion

History Supreme

Launched In : 2011 Designer : Stuart Hughes

At $4.8 billion , History Supreme is the most expensive superyacht ever made. Like any other superyacht, History Supreme has private cabins, a swimming pool, and other luxury amenities. At 30 meters, it is also significantly smaller than other superyachts on this list. However, it is way more expensive.

The reason behind History Supreme’s sky-high value is the amount of gold and other precious metals that are used on its body. The yacht has over 100,000 kilograms of gold and platinum from top to bottom.

While the deck, a large dining area, and railings are coated with gold, the main cabin is covered with platinum. It is also reported that a real dinosaur bone from T-rex is placed on a cabin wall.

Moreover, the entire base of the vessel is wrapped in a thin layer of gold.

History Supreme is designed by Stuart Hughes, a British luxury goods designer widely known for his extravagant use of gold and diamond on electronic gadgets, luxury cars, and other luxury items.

According to reports, the superyacht is owned by Malaysian businessman and billionaire Robert Kuok.

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13. al mirqab – $250 to $300 million.

Al Mirqab

Launched In : 2008 Owner : Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani

Al Mirqab, initially known as ‘Project May,’ is a superyacht owned by Qatari politician Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. It is currently valued between $250 and $300 million.

The vessel is constructed by a small German shipyard Peters Werft and is designed by a pair of renowned yacht designers – Andrew Winch and Tim Heywood.

Al Mirqab has two VIP or owner suits and 10 additional suits for guests. It can serve up to 24 guests at a time. The amenities include a jacuzzi, a swimming pool, and a helipad.

  • Length: 133 meters
  • Volume: 9,518 gt
  • Cruising Speed : 21 knots (38.8 km/h)

14. Ocean Victory – $295 Million

Ocean Victory

Launched In : 2014 Owner : Victor Rashnikov

At the time of its launch in 2014, Ocean Victory was one of the ten largest superyachts in the world. It is built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and designed by naval architect and designer Espen Oeino.

Ocean Victory superyacht has seven decks, a large tender garage, multiple pools, and a helipad. It can accommodate a maximum of 36 guests at a time.

According to Forbes, the yacht is currently owned by Russian billionaire Victor Rashnikov and is valued at $295 million.

  • Length: 140 meters
  • Volume: 8,506 gt
  • Cruising Speed : 18 knots (33.4 km/h)

15. Octopus – $240 Million

Octopus superyacht

Launched In : 2003 Owner : Paul Allen (Until his death in 2018)

Octopus superyacht was built by Lürssen yachts for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2003. It was the largest yacht at the time of its launch. Unlike most private superyachts, Octopus has been mostly loaned out for scientific research and exploration purposes.

The superyacht has a total of eight decks with 13 guest suites and a private owner’s deck. Amenities include a gym, a spa, an entertainment center, and a basketball court. Moreover, it has not one but two helipads.

‘Octopus’ was designed by Espen Oeino and Seatle-based interior designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett. During its construction, Paul Allen asked the designers to build a vessel capable of conducting long expeditions and even rescue operations on top of having leisure amenities onboard.

It is equipped with two mini-submarines and a remotely operated underwater vehicle or ROV for underwater research and rescue operations.

In December 2018, the yacht underwent an overhaul at Blohm+Voss shipyard for over seven months. In 2021, the yacht was reported to be bought by an anonymous buyer for £200 million .

  • Length : 126 meters
  • Volume : 9,932 gt
  • Maximum Speed : 19 knots (35 km/h)

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More To Know

How long it takes to build a superyacht.

The construction of a superyacht is usually done in four phases – planning or design, engineering, superstructure construction, and outfitting.

It takes about three to four years to build an entire custom superyacht. While it takes less time to construct a vessel on a pre-developed platform with standard elements, building a customized superyacht that caters to all your requirements takes more time. You also have to take unexpected delays into consideration.

The design or planning is the most critical phase in a superyacht construction. Considering the budget and specific requirements, the entire process could take between nine months and a year.

The Current International Market for Luxury Superyachts

The yacht industry is on the rise, and the demand for luxury superyachts has exploded in the last few years during soaring stock markets and crypto gains. Most of the demand is from the United States.

The global yacht industry is valued at $64 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $84.7 Billion by 2027 growing at a CAGR of 4.1 percent.

According to Boat International’s Global Order Book, about 1,024 superyachts are under construction or on order globally in 2022. It is about a 25 percent increase from the last year’s 821 vessels.

A large chunk of these under-construction superyachts is semi-custom options that are relatively smaller in size than most superyachts on this list. Moreover, about 33 percent of these orders are some sort of expedition superyachts that can sail through ice and other remote regions of the world.

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The 10 Most Expensive Yachts in the World (2022 List)

Let's take a look at the list of the 10 most expensive yachts in the world in 2022.

The 10 Most Expensive Yachts in the World

Yachts are indispensable vehicles of the summer season, especially appealing to sea lovers. We can say that it is possible to find suitable for every budget for these beautiful vehicles that make life even more beautiful. However, in this article, let's escape to some luxury and take a look at the list of the 10 most expensive yachts in the world in 2022. In addition, some of the following yachts are mentioned in our article named Top 10 World's Biggest Yachts in 2021 .

How Much Is The World's Most Expensive Yacht?

1)      history supreme ( $4.8 billion ).

History Supreme

2)      Eclipse ( $1.5 billion )


3)      Streets Of Monaco ( $1 billion )

Streets of Monaco

4)      Azzam ( $600 million )


5)      Motor Yacht A+ (old name Topaz) ( $527 million)

Yacht A+

6)      Motor Yacht A ( $440 million )

Yacht A

This stunning looking 119-metre superyacht was built by Blohm + Voss shipyard and launched in 2008. It is thought to belong to Russian billionaire businessman and philanthropist Andrey Melnichenko. Motor Yacht A can accommodate 14 guests and 42 crew members and is approximately 390 feet long. It features a 2,500-square-foot master bedroom, a disco, a helicopter hanger, a separate 9-foot speedboat, and a glass-bottom swimming pool.

7)      Dubai ( $440 million )

Yacht Dubai

The magnificence of this 162-meter-long yacht, which belongs to Sheikh Mohammed Rashid al-Maaktum, the Emir of Dubai, is evident even from its name. It is also known that the owner contributed a lot to the interior design. The swimming pool of the yacht, which has a jacuzzi on all sides, is also a masterpiece equipped with special tiles. One of the yacht's most eye-catching features is the glass staircase that changes color all the time.

8)      Radiant ( $320 million)


Built by Lürssen in 2009, Radiant is owned by Emirati Billionaire Abdulla Al Futtaim. The superyacht is approximately 110 meters long, weighs approximately 5027 gross tons and can accommodate 20 guests and 44 crew members. It comes with multiple swimming pools, helipad, massage room, swimming platform, movie theater, gym and jacuzzi. The Radiant is also equipped with a very powerful water cannon to protect itself against pirate attacks!

9)      Al Said ( $300 million)

Al Said

This yacht, which belongs to the king of Oman, was built between 2007-2008. However, information on the yacht's characteristics is limited. Although it is known that it has a concert area large enough to accommodate an orchestra of 70 people, unfortunately it is not possible to reach much information about the yacht.

10)   Serene ( $300 million)


The tenth most expensive yacht in the world is the 134m long Serene. Built by Fincantieri for Russian billionaire Yuri Scheffler in 2011, the Serene has become one of the mega-rich's favorite charter yachts and reportedly costs around $1 million a week to charter to celebrities like Bill Gates! It was purchased by Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2015 and houses around 24 guests and 52 crew members. It comes with multiple swimming pools, two helipads, a submarine, and an awesome underwater viewing room!

1-     History Supreme – $4.8 Billion

2-     eclipse – $1.5 billion, 3-     streets of monaco – $1 billion, 4-     azzam – $600 million, 5-     motor yacht a+ (ex topaz) – $527 million, 6-     motor yacht a – $440 million, 7-     dubai – $440 million, 8-     radiant – $320 million, 9-     al said – $300 million, 10-   serene – $300 million.

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At Anchor: Must see superyacht charters attending the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix

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By Katie Scott   24 May 2024

Putting the pedal to the metal, the fast and furious Monaco Grand Prix returns to the streets of Monte Carlo on one of the toughest courses of the Formula One calendar. One of the biggest social events of the year for visiting Mediterranean yacht charters , the Circuit de Monaco draws crowds in their thousands, plus a glistening array of superyacht charters .

An adrenaline-fueled 77-lap race with intrinsic chicanes and hairpins, Circuit de Monaco is one of the ultimate tests for participating Formula One racers, battling for their place on the coveted podium. Being just one of the very few courses to feature trackside berths, visiting Monaco yacht charters can offer a completely immersive experience just meters away from the action.

Close up view of the pits at the Monaco Grand Prix

While many corporate yacht charters thrive on the electric atmosphere of Port Hercule during the racing program, some of the most extravagant megayacht charters can be spotted at anchor in the bay.

Close enough to enjoy the atmosphere of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix , but far away enough to escape the hustle and bustle on the mainland, charter guests out in the bay can embrace the best of both worlds, with easy access to the main event via helicopter or tender, and abundant space to open up the toy garage for fun in between in the races.

Here are some of the stunning super yacht charters currently at anchor at the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Superyacht charter RENAISSANCE at anchor

A striking  Freire Shipyard yacht charter with interior styling by English designer Bannenberg & Rowell and accommodation for up to 36 guests in 19 extravagant cabins, 367.5ft (112m) super yacht charter RENAISSANCE launched onto the charter market in 2023 and has rapidly become a highly sought after West Mediterranean yacht charter . 

Featuring a spectacular alfresco living environment with ample dining and lounge options, plus a captivating infinity pool and a spacious beach club for charter guests wanting to be close to the waves, RENAISSANCE delivers optimal comfort and entertainment on every deck, making her an ideal choice for see and be seen yacht charters .

Highlights onboard include a commercially certified helipad, a cutting-edge toy selection, and a state-of-the-art movie theatre.

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One of the most expensive yacht charters in the world, the iconic 377.7ft (115.1m) superyacht charter AHPO is industry renowned for providing nothing less than effortless opulence and luxury yacht charter experiences that will never be forgotten. An asset to the fleet of Lurssen yacht charters , AHPO features an impressive collection of premium amenities including an elaborate cinema, a gym with sweeping views for indulgent  France yacht charters , and a spa-quality health and wellness area.

Highlights onboard super yacht charter AHPO include a sprawling full-beam owner’s duplex, an expansive beach club, and a certified foredeck helipad.

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A 2022 Golden Yachts yacht charter with a distinguishable exterior design, 288.9ft (88.01m) luxury yacht charter PROJECT X is a premium choice for French Riviera yacht charters with an enticing plethora of onboard amenities including a large swimming pool and adjacent sun loungers, a huge array of toys and tenders for legendary watersports yacht charters , and a stunning 360-degree sun deck gym.

Offering seven impressive cabins, plus a VIP and on-deck owner suite with a private pool, PROJECT X is a contemporary yacht charter perfectly matched for a variety of yacht charter destinations around the world.

Other key highlights onboard include a triple-height glass atrium and elevator, a vast wellness suite with spa, Hammam, and Finnish Sauna, plus juice bar and lounging area, and chic interiors penned by Massari Design Studio.

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A 164.1ft (50m) Benetti yacht charter  that comes fully equipped with a RYA water sports center, multiple alfresco dining and lounge options, and a large swimming pool, motor yacht charter FANTASEA  is a captivating addition to the Italian fleet of yacht rentals that boasts an impressive collection of water toys.

Perfect for corporate or family yacht charters , FANTASEA has plenty of entertainment options for charter guests of all ages, with interior and exterior environments providing optimal comfort.

Other key features include a beach club, spa-quality health and wellness facilities, and a deck Jacuzzi.

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A timeless 180.5ft (55m) Amels yacht charter , motor yacht charter SAMIRA was delivered in 2003 and completed a refit in 2022. Sporting interior and exterior designs by Terence Disdale, she can accommodate up to 12 charter guests in a well-appointed five-cabin layout, ideal for events yacht charters .

Keeping charter guests entertained throughout their charter vacation, SAMIRA offers Wi-Fi connectivity, a piano, and an exterior bar with sweeping views for memorable South of France yacht charters .

Other key features onboard include a hydraulic swim platform, a great selection of water toys, and opulent interiors.

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Port Hercule, Monaco, during the Monaco Grand Prix, with many superyacht charters berthed

If you’re interested in learning more about a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter, contact your preferred  yacht charter broker  today about availability for the 2025 Monaco Grand Prix and  yacht rental costs , or view our  complete guide to the Monaco Grand Prix .

Alternatively, view and compare all  superyachts for charter in Monaco .

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  • Monaco's lack of personal income tax attracts high-net-worth individuals, making it a haven for the wealthy.
  • Monaco has an excellent public transport system, including buses and a scenic railway, making it easy to navigate.
  • Gambling is a big part of Monaco's allure, with the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo being a must-visit attraction.

Playground to the rich and famous, Monaco is enigmatic to many foreigners and reportedly the world's richest country . Appearing as a sea of casinos, five-star resorts, and expensive yachts, the microstate seems almost like a theme park based on all things opulent and lavish. It certainly seems too extravagant for mere mortals to visit.

Even though a sizeable chunk of the local population is made of millionaires, one doesn’t have to be extremely wealthy or famous to visit Monaco . Anybody can go and have a total ball - they just have to know a few travel tips before you go! Keep reading to find out what they are.


Everything You Should Know About Visiting Monaco

One can never know so much about a place before visiting. Despite its small size, Monaco is a unique place, so this list has been updated to include more things about the microstate.

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Monaco's most distinctive feature is its lack of personal income tax. This fiscal policy has attracted individuals seeking tax advantages, making it a haven for high-net-worth individuals. Residents of Monaco enjoy the benefits of retaining a more significant portion of their income.

This unique tax status, luxurious lifestyle, and picturesque setting make Monaco an enticing destination for those seeking financial advantages without compromising on quality of life. However, it's important to note that the absence of income tax is just one facet of Monaco's broader tax and financial regulations, which may vary depending on individual circumstances.

  • The average annual income of Monaco's residents is $186,080

Excellent Public Transport

Travelers don't need to worry about spending a lot on taxis when in Monaco, as it has an excellent transport system that is efficient and well-connected. Locals and tourists can rely on buses and a scenic railway.

The buses cover the entire principality, making it easy to navigate the compact city-state. The railway connects Monaco with neighboring French towns, providing picturesque views of the Mediterranean coastline.

The city's small size allows walking between many attractions. While taxis are readily available, well-planned public transport offers a cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative.

Yes, You Can Gamble

This is the first thing that everyone wants to know about Monaco. Because gambling is illegal in so many countries, Monaco can seem like a totally different world. The Casino de Monte-Carlo is one of the most famous in the world and is worth visiting even if you don’t want to gamble at all. Remember, this is the very same casino that James Bond often visits!

While it’s not mandatory that you gamble, there will be a lot of wealthy people at this casino who will expect you to either join in or get out of the way.

  • Where to Go: Casino de Monte-Carlo, Casino Café de Paris , Place du Casino

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Tipping Is Not Mandatory

In a luxurious destination like Monaco, you would think that tipping would be not only compulsory but at an all-time high rate. But in reality, tipping isn’t mandatory in Monaco. Servers and staff tend to be very relaxed, and in most cases, it will be up to you as to whether or not you would like to leave a tip . Remember that hotel service (and most service charges) will already be included in your final bill.

If one wants to leave a tip for exceptional service, around 10 percent is considered to be appropriate. But there won’t be hard feelings if they don’t!

Stay Away During The Grand Prix

It’s one thing to specifically visit Monaco so you can attend the Grand Prix. But it’s another to unwittingly plan your vacation at the same time as this famous race is on, not realizing that everything is a hundred times more hectic in Monaco during the Grand Prix.

Many of the main streets will be closed off during the race. Not only that, but there will be far bigger crowds to contend with, and the whole place will seem much more confusing. You’re better off visiting outside the month of May when the race normally takes place.

  • Grand Prix 2024: Thu 23 May - Sun 26 May

Be Prepared To Pay A Lot

One of the most important things to know about Monaco is that it’s not the sort of destination you go to if you’re looking to save money. There are plenty of locations around the world that are cheap as chips, but Monaco isn’t one of them . Around 32 percent of the local population are millionaires. Just let that sink in. Monaco is expensive to visit .

Most hotels and restaurants will charge much more than one is probably used to pay, even by European standards. There are free things to do in the country, but in general, one should be prepared for some large bills.

It’s Really Small But Heavily Populated

Before traveling to Monaco, it’s a good idea to become familiar with how big the country actually is: Only two square kilometers. To put it into perspective, there is only one country in the whole world that is smaller than Monaco, and that’s Vatican City which is contained within Rome .

Even though Monaco is super small, it is the world’s most densely populated country, with a total population size of around 37,800. Add on the flocks of tourists, and it can get crowded. Avoid traveling in the summer months and in May during the Grand Prix if you prefer fewer crowds.

  • Monaco population: 36,686

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You’ll Be Walking Everywhere

Given that Monaco is such a small country, it should come as no surprise that the most common way to get around is to walk . This isn’t as easy as it sounds since the landscape is quite hilly. But still, other than catching the city bus or a boat, it’s often the only option you’ll have. There are taxis, but they tend to charge incredibly steep prices.

The city bus can be a cost-effective way of getting around that doesn’t challenge your body so much. But if the weather permits, walking will allow people to properly absorb the wonderful surrounding scenery.

Visit During The Warmer Months

Although you might want to stay away between June and August if you don’t like crowds, the warmer months are the best time to visit Monaco. That’s why it’s so popular, then! And with its beaches and resorts, Monaco does tend to be a typical summer vacation. If you travel to Monaco in the winter, be prepared for cold temperatures.

To avoid the cold and crowds, the best option is to visit in early May before the Grand Prix or in September and October, when the weather is still balmy.

There’s A Dress Code

Monaco is in the Mediterranean, so you’ll find that many locals have that relaxed Mediterranean attitude toward life. But at the same time, it’s one of the most prestigious places you can visit. According to Going Somewhere Soon , there is a dress code to abide by. The main thing to remember is that you can’t wear beach clothes around the town, even if you’ve just visited the beach.

Classier establishments will also have specific rules about what one can wear, so it’s always better to check before you go. Generally, make sure you’re not barefoot and are at least wearing a shirt! It's good to remember that other countries also have strict dressing codes .

Understand That Monaco Is Not France

A lot of travelers get confused between Monaco and France. It’s easy to assume that Monaco is just another region of France, considering the close proximity between France and Monaco. There’s also the fact that the majority of people speak French. But if you want to leave the best impression on the locals, don’t make the mistake of saying (out loud) that Monaco is part of France.

Monaco is an entirely separate country. It has its own language (although French is widely spoken), and locals may be a little miffed to hear that you don’t recognize their country as an individual territory.

Bring Your ID With You

As a rule of thumb, bring your identification with you when you’re out and about in Monaco. This can be a driver’s license or a passport. The main reason for this is that different rules apply to locals and foreigners in Monaco. The most well-known is that foreigners are allowed to gamble, but locals aren’t . They aren’t even allowed to set foot in the casinos.

So if travelers can’t produce an ID to show that they’re not a local, they probably won’t be allowed in the casino. And for many people, this is the major highlight of traveling to Monaco!

Monaco On A Budget Isn't Impossible

Admittedly, Monaco isn't the easiest place to be thrifty with money. That said, it's not impossible to go to Monaco on a reasonable budget. Visitors who can look past the grandeur of luxury five-star hotels will find that there are budget hotels and even hostels scattered around the city-state.

Because Monaco is walkable, commuting costs are next to none. Plus, Monaco may have extravagant restaurants that dish out flavors of the rich, but it also has plenty of food markets that serve freshly caught seafood on the cheap every day of the week.

  • Travelers can expect to spend approximately €211 ($221) per day when in Monaco .

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Driving Isn't The Best Idea

Tempted to take your own sports car out for a spin after watching Lamborghinis and Ferraris zip away on the streets of Monaco? Think again! Although luxury sports cars are easily available for rent -- as are other non-sports cars -- driving in Monaco is not as flashy as it may seem.

The small city-state can easily get congested, and its many tunnels and overpasses can make driving in Monaco an extremely tight and anxiety-inducing experience.

Street parking is practically non-existent, so unless you plan to center your Monaco adventures exclusively around places that offer valet parking, driving is probably not the best idea.

There's Much To Do Besides Gamble In The Casinos

Casinos may be the highlight of Monaco, but it's not the only thing that's worth checking out. Monaco is also the land of museums, breezy gardens, and marvelous architecture. The Oceanographic Museum, for example, is over 100 years old and has one of the world's oldest aquariums overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Nearly a fifth of Monaco is occupied by lush gardens and parks. Plus, the cathedrals and chapels of Monaco are proof that opulent architecture isn't just limited to luxury hotels; it's everywhere in Monaco.

Can't Find A Flight To Monaco? That's Because There Is No Airport

Monaco is one of only five countries in the world to not have an airport which makes sense considering how small the city-state is. So how exactly do you get to Monaco, then? The closest airport to Monaco is the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport in France, some thirty-odd kilometers away.

From there, visitors have several options. For those who can afford it, helicopter services regularly run between the Nice airport and Monaco, connecting the two in under 10 minutes. As for the rest of the common folk, trains, buses, boats, and rented cars are the way to go.

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