Once again proving the hottest ticket in town, superyachts have been flocking to the picturesque harbor of Gustavia on the Caribbean island of St Barts to ring in 2022. Promising an epic night of New Year’s Eve parties, celebrities from Jeff Bezos to Dua Lipa have already been spotted doing the rounds on the iconic French isle.
One of the most exciting events on the superyacht social calendar, St Barts’ New Year’s Eve celebrations are world-renowned and wouldn’t be complete without the superyachts on show. We bring you our top picks from the current charter fleet on the scene.
Not allowing the pandemic to dampen the party spirit, yacht owners along with A-list guests and other familiar faces have all arrived in good time to soak up the signature atmosphere in the countdown to midnight, whether that’s on board their gleaming yachts, on the myriad powder-fine beaches or in one of the many lively bars and restaurants this idyllic island has to offer.
Celebrities were out in force at the LuisaViaRoma's UNICEF benefit held at Eden Rock in the beautiful sunkissed Baie de St Jean, which also plays host to the celebrated Nikki Beach resort. Singer/songwriter Dua Lipa was the main attraction at the event, performing a medley of her songs to a star-studded crowd.
With only a few large berths available in Gustavia Harbor itself, most yachts are content to anchor out in the surrounding turquoise waters where guests can enjoy the luxury amenities available on their yacht, with trained and attentive crew catering to their every whim.
Having secured one of the coveted marina slips, the 60m (197ft) yacht DREAM is sure to garner plenty of stares as visitors take in the designer shops, bars and restaurants that line the port.
Undoubtedly generating plenty of excitement at the mouth of the port, the iconic 80m (262ft) superyacht EXCELLENCE showcases her radical reverse bow profile. More spaceship than superyacht, she has been spotted at these New Year’s celebrations regularly since her launch in 2015.
Anchored further out, and representing the largest charter yacht attending this year’s celebrations, lies the resplendent 95m (312ft) Lurssen yacht KISMET, renowned for her “Champagne and Caviar” Art Deco interiors and prowling jaguar on her bow sprite in a nod to her Owner’s basketball team.
Playing host to the very best of the yachting scene, the turquoise waters also feature a vast number of additional standout charter yachts, including the impressive 74m yacht LADY JORGIA and the ever-popular 73m charter yacht AXIOMA.
There are also star turns from superyachts W, MOSKITO, HOME and EIV, to name but a few of the incredible selection from this year’s line up, where Owners are clearly taking advantage of a much-needed respite from the pandemic on board their yachts.
Being anchored outside of Port de Gustavia, guests on board these superyachts can choose to enjoy a private party or can just as easily deploy tenders to allow those on board to soak up the celebrations taking place on the island.
Festivities typically begin after a just-for-fun regatta which takes place later this afternoon. Parties will be hosted on board superyachts as well as on shore, and fireworks will light up the sky above the harbor as the clock strikes midnight.