Plenty of Hong Kongers spend their weekends on junks, but French entrepreneur Eric Noyel spotted a gap in the market for something more luxurious. He founded Riviera Orientale inspired by charter fleets he’d seen in the Mediterranean, and set about building his own, offering various sizes and services.
1. Variety is the Spice
“For years I dreamt of spending time on super sleek boats and grew frustrated that none were available for rental” says founder Eric Noyel. His company now boasts a 15-boat fleet of Azimut, Numarine, Princess and Sunseekers all ready to cruise guests across the spectacular waters off Hong Kong Island. The latest addition to the fleet is The Hip Nautist, a Numarine 78’, helmed by a French captain direct from Cannes. A 120-footer will arrive next summer.
2. When only the best will do
Rivieria Orientale’s Exceptional Yachts range in length from 100’ to over 150’ and are suitable for state functions and VIPs. These yachts offer the ultimate in size, facilities and luxury in Hong Kong, and are outfitted with maximum levels of security.
3. Explore like never before
Out on the ocean and where are you off to? It’s entirely up to you. Having access to your own yacht means you aren’t confined to any particular route or time schedule. “The south of the island is most popular for its calm and convenience,” says Eric. Guests also often moor amongst the other luxurious boats in Millionaire’s Bay or have the captain sail off to Tai Long Wan or Long Ke Beach. With over 260 islands around Hong Kong, there is plenty of choice. The crew can also organise water sports, fishing trips, scuba diving or snorkelling.
4. Sealing the Deal
“We always match our client expectations: whether that’s Michelin-starred food and beverage or just a clever choice of locations,” says Eric. The reputation of Riviera Orientale makes them perfect for corporate events or client hosting. The charters have proven to be a big hit among bankers and tycoons wanting a day of networking in relaxing surrounds, and they are prepared to pay for the pleasure. Plus, it’s a refreshing change from yet another dinner or round of golf.
5. Try before you buy
For those thinking about taking the plunge and buying their very own super yacht, then chartering is a great way to test out what type of boat will suit their needs and ensure everything has been taken into consideration when it comes to buying. How many cabins will you need? How’s the fuel economy and how does the boat perform in rough seas? Charter is a relatively inexpensive way to try before you buy.