While today’s superyachts often have their own lavish amenities on-board, such hotels are providing all the temptation needed to lure guests and owners ashore to sample internally renowned restaurants, bars, spas , private beaches and plenty more besides.
Here are five of the very best hotels in Europe with superyacht marinas located on their doorstep.
1. D-Resort Göcek, Turkey
Göcek, situated on Turkey’s Dalaman–Fethiye highway, has a total of six marinas including its latest, D-Marina Gocek. Just five minutes’ walk from the quaint city centre, this registered area of special protection boasts an unspoilt natural environment of pine forest and coves within which a man made white sand 250-metre beach can be found. It is here you will find D-Resort Gocek.
By day you can enjoy lunch at Breeze restaurant, set on a pontoon beside the beach with white washed features from top to bottom. Its name is apt as the calm, cooling winds circle around you as you enjoy simple but perfectly prepared international specialities using locally sourced produce.
By night Q Lounge is a must – full of the ‘in’ crowd who come to enjoy its international offering of DJs, wine and cocktails. Set high, nestled between the trees, it is almost camouflaged by its discreet structure of wood and glass. Serving Japanese ‘Izakaya’ cuisine its presentation is as fine as its dining, making it a feast for the eyes as well as the palate
For those with more than one evening to spare, spend it at Gunaydin Kasap and Steakhouse, nestled harbour side. Here as the name suggests, steak and other meats and fish are prepared on an open coal fire alongside your table. Accompaniments are vast and tasty, including a selection of local delicacies to be enjoyed with either the friends you came with or those you could likely entice.
- 103 Rooms
- Closest airport Dalaman 20 minutes' drive away.
- 380 berths accommodating vessels up to 70m
- 24-hour water and power supply
- Maintenance and waste water facilities
Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates flights to Dalaman from Birmingham, London Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Luton airports, with fares, including taxes, starting from £54 one way (£101 return). For further information or to book Monarch flights and Monarch Holidays visit www.monarch.co.uk.
2. D-Resort Sibenik, Croatia
Situated on the Dalamatian coast, lesser known than Dubrovnik and Split, Šibenik is one of Croatia’s oldest historical towns with its own delightful charm. Little quaint streets lead to attractive squares where you will find beautiful examples of Renaissance architecture, including the spectacular Cathedral of St James (a UNESCO world heritage protection site) and the white stone St. Michael’s Fortress and its open-air theatre.
From here the views of the bay and neighbouring islands are worth climbing for. If you’re in the town be sure to reserve a table at the award winning Pelegrini restaurant, its menu a carefully curated compilation of local heritage, including a wide selection of reserve Croatian wines.
Continuing the high hospitality standard, D-Resort Sibenik flanks Mandalina, the only marina in the area to have been awarded 5 gold anchors and one of the most sophisticated hotels in the area. The Hotel Roof Exclusive Lounge and Yacht Club Bar located on the top floor are wrapped by a length long balcony and offer the perfect setting to watch the sun retreat behind the old town and Adriatic Sea. By day, the Pool and Lobby bar provide more of a casual retreat in between treatments if you’ve chosen to spend the afternoon at the sumptuous hotel spa.
It would be a mistake not to also put some time aside to visit some of the areas National parks - Krka waterfalls, Kornati, Pak Lenica and Plitvace Lakes are all a short drive away from the marina.
- 63 rooms, 6 suites and 3 Exclusive Villas
- Closest airports Split and Zadar 40 minutes' drive away.
- 429 berths accommodating vessels up to 140m
- 24-hour power / water supply
3. Regent Porto Montenegro
Located in the picturesque UNESCO-listed Boka Bay, Tivat, sits luxury Porto Montenegro Village. Thanks to the region’s non-EU status, it is the perfect location to take advantage of attractive tax and import regulations (and duty free fuel) at one of their 50 village shops. You’ll find ready-to-wear resort collections, including limited edition pieces from flagship and multi-brand concept stores as well as boutiques.
Standing central to the marina village you’ll find the imposing edifice of the 5-star Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel, a spectacular terracotta roofed waterfront property inspired by the countless Italiante palazzi of the area. As well as an in and outdoor pool and luxury spa, the hotel offers numerous dining options for any time of day.
You’ll stumble across The Italian Gardens first, framed by the hotel walls and interweaved with water features joining the bay to the hotel entrance, once inside the lobby the more casual Gourmet corner serves coffee and pastries best enjoyed on an outside table taking in the daily flow of harbour life. Those in search of a more formal affair will find fine dining at the Dining Room which is also conveniently located alongside the Library Bar for a pre or post dinner aperitif overlooking the hotel gardens and mountainous backdrop.
Rivalling the hotel for prestige is the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club. Recently named among the world’s finest yacht clubs, it’s worth sampling the reality yourself. It’s the perfect combination of sporting and social, with a lively mezzanine bar, rooftop restaurant and nightclub as well as a clubhouse, fitness centre and tennis courts for the more energetic minded.
Those looking to soak up some of the city’s history can take a short taxi ride to Kotor, a walled city of churches, alleys, palaces and squares.
- 87 Rooms
- Closest airport Tivat five minutes’ drive away.
- 450 berths accommodating vessels up to 250m
- Maintenance and Service
- Bank, pharmacy, laundry service, hair salon, day spa
- Lifestyle concierge
4. Mirraggio Thermal Spa Resort, Greece
When passing through the Halkidiki Peninsula, be sure to add a spa stop to your schedule. Housed at the spectacular Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, the Myrthia Thermal spa specialises in aqua-centric pampering and personalised wellness programmes utilising the geothermal water of the area.
Built across two floors, the spa houses a large thalassotherapy pool which is fed in from the sea and heated up to 30 degrees, four separate thermal pools, a thermal well-life suite which includes steam room, finnish sauna, tepidarium, herbal sauna, cold plunge walking path and two experience showers plus an array of individual treatment to choose from.
The amenities continue with Mirraggio’s nine restaurants and bars, with local ingredients reflecting the healthy, plentiful options of the region alongside more international options. The two main eateries, Kritomo and Toroneo, are located overlooking the azure sea for an ambience as relaxed as it is regal.
- 300 rooms (48 with private pools)
- Closest airport Thessaloniki an hour’s drive away
- 81 berths accommodating vessels up to 40m
- Power and water facilities
- 24-hour security
5. Nobu Hotel, Ibiza Bay
Ibiza has always been a firm favourite for every type of holiday-maker, but now the Balearic Island has a new attraction to lure visitors to its shores. Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, located off Talamanca Bay, brings with it the brand’s signature five-star luxury, augmented by a number of lavish amenities including the introduction of the first Six Senses Spa to the area.
Inspired by the island’s colours and textures, a sophisticated atmosphere has been created by a combination of natural wood and artisan ceramics, together with land blown pendant lights set against a palette of white and blue. It’s a grown up haven that makes you feel young at heart.
Just fifteen minutes’ walk from Marina Botafach you’ll be glad of the stroll back after an indulgent visit to one of their four restaurants. Nobu takes anchor as the hotel’s main restaurant where you can savour its renowned Japanese fusion dishes alongside a few special creations inspired by the island itself. Elsewhere, Chambao offers freshly prepared seafood against a beach backdrop, best enjoyed socially with groups of family and friends and with a cocktail in hand.
Those looking for healthy fare won’t be disappointed either, thanks to the wholesome café Celicioso which offers mouth-watering gluten-free cuisine, nourishing juices and superfood salads. In short, it’s a hotel whose mood will simply suit yours.
- 152 Rooms
- Closest airport Ibiza 20 minutes’ drive away
- 428 berths accommodating vessels up to 30m
- Power and water facilities
- Service and maintenance
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