Over the generations, the Mediterranean coast has lured everyone from Winston Churchill to Beyoncé and Jay-Z to its azure waters, colorful villages, and lively beach clubs. But for model and actor Nicola Peltz Beckham and photographer turned chef Brooklyn Peltz Beckham, there was also a personal connection. “I used to spend childhood summers in the South of France with my family,” says Nicola. “So it felt sentimental to be able to take Brooklyn to some of the places where I spent so much time growing up—and have him show me new places too.” Here, the newlyweds, who celebrated their nuptials in Palm Beach in April, share what a romantic yacht adventure in the Med is really like—from their favorite meal to why they decided to bring along a laptop.
The perfect day
“We would wake up at about 11:30 a.m. and have breakfast on the top deck of the boat. Then, in whatever destination we found ourselves, we would dock where all the stores were. Nicola loved to walk around and check them all out, and afterward, we’d discover a place to have lunch. Later, we’d return to the boat and take a swim in the water, followed by dinner and a few rounds of roulette at the local casino.”–Brooklyn
The right fit
“I know how hard it can be to find a good bikini—and the boutique at Le Club 55 in Saint-Tropez sells the most perfect ones. I also bought Brooklyn a bracelet there, and he’s worn it ever since.”–Nicola
“We went to this amazing spot in Portofino called Ristorante Puny. The owner was nice enough to open the restaurant 30 minutes early, and we sat and talked with him over a glass of wine. Then he brought us a curry risotto with chicken that was just on another level—it was insanely delicious.”–Brooklyn
Most memorable moment
“One night, after dinner, we came back, got into pj’s, and brought our laptop to the top deck of the boat, along with wine and cheese, and spent hours streaming Love Island. It’s one of our favorite things to do together—so being able to do it in the most beautiful setting was magical.”–Nicola
This article appeared in the December 2022 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. Subscribe to the magazine here.