Saturday, 3 September 2011
Prince Al Waleed takes Abramovich’s parking spot
A Saudi sheikh left Roman Abramovich stranded at sea this week after taking the last megayacht berth at the so-called “Millionaire’s Quay” in Cap d’Antibes.
The Russian oligarch had wanted to moor his massive $800 million, 533-ft. yacht Eclipse, at the famed dock but arrived to find the only available spot had just been snatched by Saudi Arabian royal Prince Aziz al Saud.
According to Dailymail, the last space in Europe’s biggest yachting harbour simply wasn’t big enough for the two superyachts.
Antibes is the largest yachting harbour in Europe with more than 2,000 moorings – but only one spot big enough for Eclipse.
The yacht has its own missile defence system and an escape submarine, two helipads, a luxury spa, a swimming pool, cinema, a hair salon and sauna.
Abramovich is a resident of the posh resort town having purchased the eye-popping Château La Croë there in 2001, spending a reported $150 million to renovate it.
Abramovich had applied to Antibes council three years ago to build his own pontoon at the villa, but the plans were rejected.