The eye-catching mega yacht ESTER III is a sleek and outstanding 66-metre vessel, delivered by the premier German shipyard Lurssen last year. Characterized by supreme comfort, engineering efficiency and seaworthiness, luxury motor yacht ESTER III mixes up a truly authentic classic interior design by Reymond Langton with an unusual deck layout, featuring a unique, distinct and masculine external profile, beautifully designed by Espen Oeino.
66m Lurssen mega yacht ESTER III – Photo by Klaus Jordan
Lürssen comments: “Two world-leading design studios, each adding unique ingredients to the successful recipe, together with a number of Owner-commissioned artisans, have allowed us the opportunity to create a truly unique vessel that opens the eyes to new possibilities in designing spaces for living. Combined with the Lürssen engineering and expertise, the end result is a superyacht that will provide decades of seaworthy enjoyment with an authentic feel.”
Among the many fine features aboard the striking 66m superyacht ESTER II belongs a huge swimming pool aft, a proper helicopter landing pad, situated above the wheelhouse, as well as two separate, external dining locations, large panoramic windows and a near vertical bow.
Luxury yacht ESTER III – aft view – Photo by Klaus Jordan
Reymond Langton Design stated that the emphasis was for practical living spaces concentrated on creating an intimate family home: “The owner requested a French Classical theme for the interior, with a strong emphasis on the correct understanding of the inspiration and quality of details and references used to ensure an authentic contemporary interpretation of the style.” To achieve this, Reymond Langton Design teamed up with experienced artisans to develop and create the desired elaborately detailed yet warm and welcoming atmosphere of the interior.
ESTER III Yacht – Sun Deck – Photo by Klaus Jordan
Pascale Reymond describes Ester III yacht’s character: “At the heart of the yacht is the main stairwell, a grand statement that features a breathtaking hand-carved leather artwork by master craftsmen of specialist furniture manufacturers Silverlining. Wood veneers, leather and metal, with a little bit of polished plaster, are combined in the marquetry using shades and textures. It sweeps from the Lower deck guest accommodation to the Bridge deck lobby, where full-height windows allow natural light to filter through a skylight to the Main deck below. This spectacular feature defines the character of the boat; finely crafted elegance, rich in detail and texture without compromise.”
Superyacht ESTER III – Bridge Deck aft – Photo by Klaus Jordan
Accommodation aboard luxury yacht ESTER III is divided into the main deck full-beam Owner’s suite, fitted with a private study and a lobby flanked by his and hers dressing rooms. As stated by Reymond, the suite is “the ultimate expression of the luxuriant style that defines the yacht.” The lower deck hosts five guest cabins, all benefitting from its own en-suite bathroom and plenty of natural light, thanks to large windows.
ESTER III superyacht – Swimming Pool – Photo by Guillaume Plisson
The main deck saloon is composed of three distinct zones; the lounge area furthest aft extends through large sliding doors – which disappear completely into the superstructure – onto the exterior deck, resulting in an open, relaxed ambience. Moving forward is a more intimate central seating group positioned next to an ornate ethanol-fuelled fireplace, then the dining area, enveloped in Amboyna framed fabric artwork that again continues into the ceiling ensuring a light, romantic atmosphere. A large television is hidden behind leather panels in the bulkhead when not in use, so as to keep the classical feel.
Super yacht ESTER III – Main Deck Saloon – Photo by Klaus Jordan
The bridge deck sky lounge is a bright, open area, connecting to the exterior with “oversize windows” and large sliding doors onto the aft deck. There are comfortable sofas facing the large TV, which is hidden behind marquetry panels depicting fish when not in use. The fully-integrated wheelhouse, with captain’s cabin immediately aft, offers twin raised seats each side of the captain so guests can enjoy being in the nerve centre while underway.
ESTER III Yacht – Skylounge – Photo by Klaus Jordan
The lower deck hosts the spa, with its Assyrian influence, setting a different tone to the main accommodation. A massage room doubles as a hair salon and the sauna and steam room adjoin one another. A dayhead and changing room complement the spa. Ornate mosaic inlays and a dramatic full-sized wall relief carved in stone in the gym mix up to form a relaxed, calm yet energizing ambience, with direct access to the sea.
ESTER III superyacht – Dining – Photo by Klaus Jordan
The exterior of ESTER III yacht can be characterized by an angular profile with grey and white used to breath-taking effect in elements of the cleverly sculpted superstructure. Espen Oeino, who is a friend with the Owner, describes the look of the vessel: “a unique, distinct and strong character in many ways reflecting the Owner’s character and in many ways also the strong heritage of Lürssen Yachts.”
Luxury yacht ESTER III – Spa – Photo by Klaus Jordan
“The layout reflects the family’s frequent use of the yacht and in particular the intense use of external deck spaces where meals, entertainment and meetings go hand in hand on a near continuous basis,” Oeino says, adding that the decks are laid out to be used in all weather conditions with various degrees of protection from the sun, wind, rain, heat and cold, providing dining in two separate external locations to complement the more formal main deck dining setting. On the bridge deck, glass panels can be closed at the sides and the stairwell to the top deck closed with a sliding panel, resulting in a protected winter garden.
Super yacht ESTER III – Owners Suite – Photo by Klaus Jordan
“Food and hospitality is a big thing for the family so the top deck dining is organized around a BBQ and teppanyaki fitted external kitchen – with a stylish mirror dome – which doubles as a bar. Entertainment on deck includes external cinema and a full blown discotheque-cum-bandstand as well as amenities for golfing…” Oeino continues. Galley and pantry are at main deck level boasting fantastic views to port.
Mega yacht ESTER III – Guest Cabin – Photo by Klaus Jordan
In addition to guest accommodation, the lower deck of ESTER III superyacht also hosts a generous crew mess and crew cabins. There is also an ample space dedicated to laundry and storage, aft of which are the technical spaces immediately forward of the double-deck engine room. A wonderful selection of water toys is stored aft of the engine room, to port of the spa. The vessel also hosts a custom-designed open tender, designed by Espen Øino International and constructed by Windy Boats.
66m super yacht ESTER III – Photo by Guillaume Plisson
Lürssen has kept noise and vibrations extremely low, exceeding the expectations of the Owner. To avoid releasing chain for short stays “at anchor”, while protecting the seabed, an electronic anchoring system integrates the bow thruster and the aft pump jet as well as the main propulsion into one system.
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