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Top 15 Superyachts with Helicopters

April 28, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

With plenty of various amenities, superyachts offer comfortable and truly opulent travel experience, while yacht helicopters are an essential part of it. Just imagine: you can reach the most remote destinations to explore some hidden gems in the finest yachting locations in the world or land in busy city centres. All that includes total flexibility of point-to-point travelling, getting you to places you need to be at in luxury and style. The magnificent charter yachts nowadays offer the ultimate fun experiences for you and your group, including heli-fishing, heli-skiing and private island dining, due to their capabilities of landing and carrying helipads. Let’s take a look at the top 15 private and charter yachts with helicopters.

1. Amarula Sun (ex. Mine Games)

The incredible 50m charter superyacht Amarula Sun offers everything her guests would wish to have on a charter yacht: a spa pool with a swim-up bar, huge sun pads, BBQ area, gym, Xbox, Playstation, Plasma TV with satellite connection and luxury dining spaces are among her outstanding amenities. Amazing yacht charter experience is guaranteed. The guests have the opportunity of travelling to and from Amarula Sun by helicopter, as her sundeck area can serve as a touch-and-go heli pad. Amarula Sun can sleep 10-12 charter guests and is available for charters in the Bahamas and Florida from US$ 195,000.

Amarula Sun (ex. Mine Games) with helicopter

Amarula Sun (ex. Mine Games) with helicopter

 2. Cloudbreak

Cloudbreak is certainly one of the most popular superyachts of 2016. There is no wonder, as the team of acclaimed engineers and designers worked on the naval architecture, as well as her interior and exterior. She is a 72m expedition yacht, capable of cruising anywhere in the world. This head-turning floating masterpiece has some special features including a Jacuzzi, exercise equipment, an elevator operated on all deck, and a large tender garage.  Charter Cloudbreak in North America this summer from €750,000 per week plus expenses.

Motor Yacht Cloud Break - top view. Photo credit @brandondax

Motor Yacht Cloud Break – top view. Photo credit @brandondax

 3. Lady Christine

Undoubtedly, the list of the top 15 superyachts and their helicopters has to include a Feadship superyacht. The bespoke Dutch shipyard is best known for building exceptional quality superyachts. Motor yacht Lady Christine is one of those. Not only Lady Christine provides absolute comfort to her guests, but she also has an enormous storage space for a rescue boat, a large tender and a small sailing boat. This section of the vessel also serves as a helipad and stores two helicopter fuel tanks.

Lady Christine and helicopter

Lady Christine and helicopter

4. Attessa IV

Upon her re-launch in 2010 Attessa IV became the largest superyacht in North America. She made it to the top 25 largest yachts in the world, and back in 2010 was at the 23rd position. Originally built by Hayashikane Zosen Kk in 1999 and called Evergreen, she was sold to a new owner in 2007. She underwent an extensive rebuilt by Washington Yachting Group, where she was also extended by 30 feet. Attessa IV accommodates 36 guests, assisted by 21 crew members. This massive five-level yacht measures 100.60 metres and features a helipad on the upper aft deck and forepeak.

Attessa IV. Photo credit @rickyracer

Attessa IV. Photo credit @rickyracer

5. Garçon

Although Garcon is not an opulent superyacht but a fast yacht support vessel, she deserves the praise for carrying a huge luxurious helicopter, as this is what support vessels are for. Built specifically to serve Lurssen mega yacht Ace and to carry her water toys and tenders, Garcon measures 67m LOA.  Garcon also features a fully SOLAS certified helipad with 5,000 kg take-off weight for commercial use. Garson was built and launched in 2012 by Damen Shipyards, and in 2013 was honoured with the ISS Awards of Distinction for Innovation.

Garcon. Photo credit Jeff Brown

Garcon. Photo credit Jeff Brown

6. Sunrays

Motor yacht Sunrays was launched in 2010 by Oceanco, and in the same year received an award for the “Best Power Yacht over 65 metres” at the ISS Design and Leadership Award Ceremony. Her striking teal coloured aluminium hull is a work of Bjorn Johansson Design, while the interior styling is by famous Terence Disdale. Sunray’s heavenly interior design is unique, and have an airy and welcoming ambience. Indulge in luxury and add a helicopter ride when booking Sunrays this for charter in the Mediterranean.

Sunrays at Abu Dhabi Yas Marina. Photo @yachthelicopters

Sunrays at Abu Dhabi Yas Marina. Photo @yachthelicopters

7. Luna

If you are into yachts and luxury travelling, you probably know by now that the 155-metre mega yacht Luna is one of the largest yachts with some extraordinary features. She carries a submarine, multipurpose limousines and has not just one, but two helipads. Her 20-metre swimming pool is another wow characteristic. We wish Luna would be available for charter one day, as this expedition yacht could take her charter guests to breathtaking Galapagos, Alaska and the Pacific.

Luna: Helicopter landing. Photo credit Muscapix

Luna: Helicopter landing. Photo credit Muscapix

8. Samar

Motor yacht Samar is a 77m steel-and-aluminum luxury motor yacht designed by Laurent Giles and built by Devonport Yachts of England in 2006.  She is a very large and luxurious charter yacht which boasts everything that can be offered on a private motor yacht. Samar is capable of extended global cruising, where her charter guests will never get bored. Samar has a helipad, a large Spa Pool pool, an open bar, large outdoor living areas, a garage, as well as a movie theatre. Accommodation is offered for 12 guests, assisted by a professional crew of 26. Portofino, NaplesCapri, Amalfi, Monaco, and France are the places she will be available at for charter in summer 2017. She is available from US$ 650,000 per week plus expenses.

Samar. Photo credit @kdewet

Samar. Photo credit @kdewet

9. Skyfall (ex. Mi Sueno)

Skyfall is a symbol of a high-quality motor yacht, which features the latest marine technology and exquisite styling. Launched in 2010 by Trinity Yachts, luxury yacht Skyfall measure 58 metres and offers accommodation for a party of 10. Her cabin configuration consists of a master suite, 2 VIP cabins, one double and one twin. Her name comes from the James Bond famous movie series, which implies that this superyacht surely has an outstanding feature. Aboard Skyfall, the guests will have an opportunity to have delicious breakfast prepared by a private chef and continue the day with taking off in a helicopter to explore the best of Mediterranean. The Ionian Islands, Grenadines, Greece, Turkey, East and West Mediterranean, and Croatia is where motor yacht Skyfall will be available for this summer from $275,000 per week plus expenses.

Skyfall. Photo credit @yachthelicopters

Skyfall. Photo credit @yachthelicopters

10. ICE (ex. AIR)

Motor yacht ICE became the Superyacht of the Year at the 2006 World Superyacht Awards. No doubt that the title of one of one the best yachts in the world implies that ICE is a very special vessel. The two famous designers Terence Disdale and Tim Heywood worked on her interior and exterior respectively. The result is the striking exterior profile and divine interior decor. ICE can sleep 14 guests in 7 well-appointed cabins. She has been spotted in various locations with her massive helicopter.

Superyacht ICE. Photo credit Julien Hubert

Superyacht ICE. Photo credit Julien Hubert

11. Serene

At 134 metres, motor yacht Serene boasts a huge beam of 18.5 metres. Can you image how much luxury living space is offered on board this beauty? Serene provides a full seven decks of exterior and interior space. With an abundance of amenities, this mega yacht stands out among other luxury yachts. The two helicopter landing platforms, an enormous internal sea water pool, several spa pools, plus storage for a large submarine are some of the superb features. Serene has enough space to accommodate 24 guests and 52 crew members.

Superyacht Serene. Photo credit Mark Oconnell

Superyacht Serene. Photo credit Mark O’Connell

12. Madame Gu

Madame Gu is a superyacht that has it all for a luxury vacation in style. A helipad, excellent water toys and tenders, a spa pool and a night club guarantee lots of entertainment to her guests. Although Madame Gu is not available for private luxury charters, we still admire this vessel. She was built by Feadship to the design by De Voogt Naval Architects. Her interior is by Andrew Winch. She has 6 lavish cabins to accommodate 12 guests, and 18 crew cabins to sleep 36 crew members. This floating masterpiece was photographed in Port Vell in Barcelona where is always a very welcomed guest.

Madame Gu. photo credit Jeff Brown

Madame Gu. photo credit Jeff Brown

 13. Triton

Back in 2004 motor yacht Tritone became the largest composite yacht built in the U.S. upon her delivery. Her capabilities include prolonged cruising distances, as well as cruising in the most distant locations. Triton was built for her owner, who is passionate about sports fishing, deep-sea scuba diving, and water games and various activities. Hence, the yacht was built with an advanced hull laminate schedule utilising carbon fibre to ensure strength and durability. Triton’s red-coloured striking helicopter is seen in the photo of her cruising in the icy waters.

Triton and Helicopter

Triton and Helicopter

14. Vibrant Curiosity

Another outstanding superyacht built by Oceanco, Vibrant Curiosity is an 85-metre displacement vessel that turns heads at any port. She was photographers in Auckland, New Zealand with her large helicopter a few weeks ago. This giant luxury vessel can sleep 18 guests in 7 beautifully furnished cabins. A professional crew of 26 professionals take care of everything on board. Vibrant Curiosity reaches a top speed of 20 knots and is powered y a pair of MTU 16V 595 TE70 engines.

Vibrant Curiosity in Auckland. Photo credit CharterWorld

Vibrant Curiosity in Auckland. Photo credit CharterWorld

15. Pegasus VIII (ex PEGASUS V, PRINCESS MARIANA)

At 78.60 metres, luxury motor yacht PEGASUS VIII provides a lot more than you would think. Her amazing interior layout includes a large salon with sophisticated decor, a cinema theatre, formal and casual dining spaces, as well as other great living areas. There are five lavish cabins to accommodate 12 guests. Those who love water activities will love the beach club of Pegasus VIII, which can be “flooded” and therefore provides the easiest access to the water with embarkation and disembarkation inside the yacht. Pegasus VIII is ideal for charter with family and kids. The 12m swimming pool with underwater light, six wave runners, jet-skis and tenders will add extra enjoyment when on a charter vacation. The helipad on board also transforms into golf driving range. Secure motor yacht Pegasus for charter in the Italian and French Rivieras this summer, from US$ 650,000 per week plus expenses.

Pegasus VIII. Photo credit @yachtmasters

Pegasus VIII. Photo credit @yachtmasters

You can view a great selection of luxury yachts available for charter here. To find out more or to make a booking, please contact our friendly charter brokers. They will be able to assist you with all enquiries, as well as provide impartial advice and professional service. With the Mediterranean yachting season being just around the corner, superyachts are booking up very fast. Check out the 2017 Mediterranean charter specials and 10 brand new superyachts for charter.

 

Watch: The Best Video of Mega Yacht LUNA So Far

March 22, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The second largest expedition yacht in the world Luna is a stunning 115-metre vessel currently owned by Farkhad Akhmedov. Adored by many, Luna was pictured in the finest yachting spots in the world. This time we bring you the video of mega yacht Luna featuring her striking exterior, luxury amenities, spacious sundeck and enormous swimming pool, as well as her cool water toys.

Luna in Miami. Photo by @flye_drones

Luna in Miami. Photo by @flye_drones

 

 
You can find out more about mega yacht Luna here. Although Luna is not available for charter, there is a wide variety of mega yachts that you can charter right now. Contact our charter brokers for more details.

 

Photo of the week: Superyachts in Miami

March 03, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Three imposing superyachts were recently spotted in Miami, one of the most popular luxury yacht hubs in the world. The photo below shows the absolute beauty and massive sizes of these luxury vessels. Surely now the question “Who would not want to own a superyacht or charter it for a vacation of the lifetime?” crosses your mind.

Motor yacht Mi Vida is an impressive charter yacht, preparing for cruising the Mediterranean this summer. She was built in 2009 and features true sophisticated Italian design by Benetti Yachts and Francesco Pazskowski. The interior design of Mi Vida was created by Art-Line and incorporates a decó design with some contemporary elements. She comfortably sleeps 12 guests in 5 opulent cabins. Her highly professional crew of 8 will ensure the guest will have a remarkable yacht charter vacation.

  M/Y Mi Vida, M/Y Just J's & M/Y Luna - Miami. Photo credit Ron Rafferty

M/Y Mi Vida, M/Y Just J’s & M/Y Luna – Miami. Photo credit Ron Rafferty

Motor yacht Just J’ is another luxury superyacht spotted by the talented photographer Ron Rafferty. Her timeless exterior design and exceptional interior were drawn by Sinot Design. The total number of 14 guests can find maximum comfort and relaxation aboard the 61m mega yacht JUST J’s. She features 7 beautiful and contemporary cabins, including a full-beam master stateroom on the owner’s deck, boasting two bathrooms, a master study and a bar with sky lounge. The VIP stateroom and 5 double guest suites, each with bathroom, are situated on the main deck. Although Just J’s is currently not available for charter, we sincerely wish one day she would, and she will surely be one of the best opulent charter yachts.

Last but not least, mega yacht Luna was docked close by Mi Vida and Just J’s. Undoubtedly the most talked about expedition yacht, Luna received much attention for her striking looks, enormous size, and first celebrity owner. As Luna has been stalked by yacht spotters around a number of her photographs is enormous. However, you can view 10 best photos of Luna here.

To find our more about these luxury superyachts and some astonishing yachts available for charter, please contact our friendly charter brokers.

 

10 of the Best Photos of Superyacht Luna

February 24, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

In 2009 Superyacht Luna was launched as the largest expedition yacht in the world. Built by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Shipyard in Germany, the superyacht’s success escalated very quickly. Her very first owner was the celebrity, Roman Abramovich. The famous 20-metre swimming pool was the most talked about in the yachting industry. Her enormous open aft deck also included a sunbathing area with an opulent beach club leading down to the swim platform. Apart from that, the voluminous 115-metre superyacht was equipped with everything needed for a world cruise. She was carrying a submarine and multipurpose limousines for a VIP transport service. Until now Luna is a star in the world of mega yachts.

This go-everywhere vessel has visited many cruising grounds, from the glamorous Mediterranean to the tropical Caribbean, and some of the finest location in the Galapagos, Alaska and the Pacific. Photographed from various angles, she has always looked incredibly beautiful. We bring you 10 of the best photos of Superyacht Luna:

1. Luna’s exterior design is a work of Newcruise Design, who made sure her sticking looks would win the hearts of yachting enthusiasts around the world.

Expedition yacht Luna by Ron Rafferty

Expedition yacht Luna in Miami. Photo by Ron Rafferty

 

2. Back in 2010 upon her delivery, Luna had the biggest swimming pool on a private superyacht seen at that time.

Luna in Miami. Photo by @flye_drones

Luna in Miami. Photo by @flye_drones

 

3. Luna looks great in any ambience. Even in the Big city life of San Diego, US.  She features two helicopter pads, facing forward and to the rear around the large communications tower.

Luna at San Diego Harbour.  Photo by Tomas Del Coror

Luna at San Diego Harbour. Photo by Tomas Del Coro

 

4. She features a truly exceptional performance. With “just” 1 million litre fuel tank (over 1,000 tonnes), she has a range of  9,000 nm at economical speeds of 16-18 knots.

Luna in Alaska, photo by Gillfoto

Luna in Alaska. Photo by Gillfoto

 

5. With a beam of 20m, this enormous yacht offers plenty of interior and exterior living spaces.

Luna in St Barths, photo by Kenyonc

Luna in St Barths, Photo by Kenyonc

 

6. Sumptuous accommodation is offered for a total of 18 guests, assisted by a highly professional crew of 50.

Luna in San Diego Harbour photo by Tomas Del Coro

Luna in San Diego Harbour. Photo by Tomas Del Coro

 

7.  Superyacht Luna photographed in France. Aft-View. 

Luna in France. Photo by Christo303

Luna in France. Photo by Christo303

 

8. The yacht’s cost has been estimated at approx. US$ 545 million (as of April 2010).

Superyacht Luna. Photo by Giorgio Ferretto

Superyacht Luna. Photo by Giorgio Ferretto

 

9. The 9-deck mega yacht is fitted with an anti-missile system, and all windows are bulletproof to B7+ levels.

Luna by Greg Shaw

Luna. Photo courtesy of Greg Shaw

 

10. From any angle, she looks fantastic.

Luna in San Dieg. Photo courtesy Roving Vagabond

Luna in San Diego. Photo courtesy of Roving Vagabond

 

 

World’s Largest Pools on a Privately Owned Superyacht

February 10, 2017

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

No longer content with just a humble hot tub, superyacht owners are demanding even bigger and more sophisticated swimming pools. As superyachts grow in size and volume so do stunning private pools, many of which are located on main decks as well as foredecks. At night these spectacular pools are lit up by underwater lighting providing a mesmerizing effect. From 5m long counter-flow sunken swimming pools to 12m custom infinity pools lined with mosaic tiles, surrounded by luxurious cushions and sun pads, there are different styles of pools for guests to enjoy. Some superyacht infinity pools have artificial counter-current and full dive stations which drop off directly into the ocean, awesome. Here are the top eight largest pools on superyachts.

1. J’Ade

Megayacht multi-purpose – J’Ade was designed by the Italian company CRN with luxury in mind. This spectacular vessel was nominated for best interior at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. The 196 foot megayacht also features a gym, hammam room and an aquarium as well as four cabins for ten guests. As well as having one of the largest onboard swimming pools, the J’Ade also has amazing features like a helipad and the world’s first floating garage. When this luxury eight-metre speedboat is not being stored, the basin can also be used as an internal ocean pool, located just behind the lower deck terrace.

J’Ade Megayacht

J’Ade megayacht

2. Octopus 

She is owned by Microsoft co-owner Paul Allen. This 414 foot (126m) superyacht is one of the world’s largest and most recognizable vessels. The Octopus has a glass bottomed swimming pool located in one of its upper decks, ideal to relax in and have a refreshing swim. This beautiful vessel also has many other major features like a cinema, a music recording studio, a hangar for two helicopters and even a ten person submarine. There’s also an owner’s exclusive deck with a walk-in closet, study, outside bar and a whirlpool.

The Octopus

The Octopus

3. Serene

This fantastic superyacht is owned by the Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Scheffler. The Serene has an internal seawater swimming pool (length 15 metres), a hot and cold Jacuzzi plus a jet stream swimming pool on the sundeck, what a choice! In addition to these pools the vessel also has a helicopter hangar, two helipads and a submarine hangar. There’s even underwater viewing space for the 24 guests onboard who are well accommodated in the spectacular 12 luxurious state rooms.

The Serene

The Serene

4. Lürssen TV

Launched in 2008 this 257-foot (78.3 metre) high volume luxury charter superyacht is owned by Mexican businessman Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Its sundeck area features a large, stunning spa pool with a capacity for 16 persons and a wonderful contra-flow swimming pool with a 20m water slide. There’s also a bar, barbecue and dining area on the vessel’s sundeck. The lower deck includes an amazing gymnasium, sauna, massage and beauty rooms, everything you need for a relaxing vacation.

Lurssen TV

Lurssen TV

5. Luna

Luna was formerly owned by Roman Abramovich and Farkhad Akhmedov. Few other superyachts have dedicated so much space to sun worshipping. Luna’s long, elegant, trail away deck offers a vast pool, one of the best found on a superyacht. There’s also a huge decking area for sitting and soaking up the sun, just what’s needed to recharge your batteries. Other features include 10 VIP guest cabins each of which is over 100 square metres, a 20 metre outdoor swimming pool, nine decks and a large outdoor entertaining area.

The Luna

The Luna

6. Ester III

This spectacular superyacht has a huge swimming pool. Located on the aft deck it spans two levels with a shallow end and a swim-up seat. Surrounded by sun pads this is one of the best superyacht swimming pools around. It’s perfect for mom and dad to soak up the sun while keeping a watchful eye on the kids as they play and swim in the pool. The water forms a waterfall down the front of the transom, running into teak grates below. It’s no wonder the Ester III was a real eye-catcher at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show.

Ester III

Ester III

7. Alfa Nero

This breathtaking yacht is owned by an  Omani billionaire owns the fabulous 269-foot (82-metre) superyacht Oceanco. One of the vessel’s most striking features is the Alfa Nero’s aft deck with its unusually large swimming pool, complete with glass waterfall siding that converts to a helipad. The Oceanco boasts one of the world’s modern superyacht infinity pool innovations, 12 x 38 foot (3.7m x 11.6m). Through a hydraulic system this can be transformed into a dance floor or a helipad – wow!

Oceanco

Oceanco

8. Eclipse

Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich owns the 1.5 billion pound megayacht the Eclipse. This 557 foot luxury yacht has two swimming pools one of which is a spectacular 15m swimming pool featuring a bottom that can be raised to create a paddling pool. After a day of swimming and frolicking in the pool, this innovative feature can be lifted to turn the area into a dance floor. The Eclipse also has a sauna, cinema, mini submarine, 30 luxurious cabins, two helicopter pads including plenty of high-tech gadgetry.

The Eclipse

The Eclipse

The Top Pools on Private Yachts

August 30, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

It’s a slightly unnatural thing to have a pool floating on a yacht. But the largest private luxury yachts have all the size and the space, so why not? Why not be able to swim in fresh water on the aft deck and laze around the pool when on holiday? Here, we have a look at a selection of some of the biggest and best superyacht pools known.

Expedition Yacht Luna on the other hand gets full marks for size…”

No longer content with just a humble hot tub, superyacht designers and owners are venturing for even bigger and more sophisticated swimming pools. As superyachts grow in size and volume so do stunning private pools, many of which are located on main decks as well as fore decks. At night these spectacular pools are lit up by underwater lighting providing a mesmerizing effect.

Yacht ESTER III - Swimming Pool - Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Yacht ESTER III – Swimming Pool – Photo by Guillaume Plisson

From 5m long counter-flow sunken swimming pools to 12m custom infinity pools lined with mosaic tiles, surrounded by luxurious cushions and sun pads, there are different styles of pools for guests to enjoy. Some superyacht infinity pools have artificial counter-current and full dive stations which drop off directly into the ocean, awesome.

1. Motor yacht QUATTROELLE doesn’t have the largest pool in the superyacht world however it is impressive none the less. One reason is that it’s positioned way up on the 3rd deck. This makes for fantastic views and full sun. The pool area is also beautifully styled. A striking pool like this comes at a cost in terms of stability, so the pool cant be huge. Obviously the water needs to be drained when the yacht is making passage, as can be seen below. There aren’t many infinity pools on the top deck so QUATTROELLE gets full marks for interest and innovation.

Superyacht QUATTROELLE  Aft Deck Pool

Superyacht QUATTROELLE Aft Deck Pool

Quattroelle the yacht pool

Quattroelle the yacht pool

Yacht QUATTROELLE upper deck pool

Yacht QUATTROELLE upper deck pool

2. The Expedition Yacht Luna on the other hand gets full marks for size. She has a huge aft deck and a huge swimming pool. Few other superyachts have dedicated so much space to sun worshiping. Luna’s long, elegant, trail away deck offers a vast pool, one of the best found on a superyacht. There’s also a huge decking area for sitting and soaking up the sun, just what’s needed to recharge your batteries. Other features include 10 VIP guest cabins each of which is over 100 square metres, a 20 metre outdoor swimming pool, nine decks and a large outdoor entertaining area.

Luna has a vast pool and sunning area

Luna has a vast pool and sunning area

Luna aft

Luna aft

3. One of the earlier very large yachts, Octopus is a 414 foot (126m) superyacht and one of the largest and most recognizable vessels in the world. The Octopus has a glass bottomed swimming pool located in one of its upper decks, ideal to relax in and have a refreshing swim. The yacht’s higher decks rap around the pool leaving a direct line to the sun, or the stars. This beautiful vessel also has many other major features like a cinema, a music recording studio, a hangar for two helicopters and even a ten person submarine. There’s also an owner’s exclusive deck with a walk-in closet, study, outside bar and a whirlpool.

Yacht Octopus aft deck and pool

Yacht Octopus aft deck and pool

4. The Serene superyacht is a yachting masterpiece with an internal seawater swimming pool (length 15 metres), a hot and cold Jacuzzi plus a jet stream swimming pool on the sundeck, what a choice! In addition to these pools the vessel also has a helicopter hangar, two helipads and a submarine hangar. There’s even underwater viewing space for the 24 guests on board who are well accommodated in the spectacular 12 luxurious state rooms.

The Serene

The Serene

Serene

Serene

Serene at anchor

Serene at anchor

5. The Lürssen yacht TV launched in 2008 is a 257-foot (78.3 metre) high volume luxury superyacht is owned by Mexican businessman Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Its sundeck area features a large, stunning spa pool with a capacity for 16 persons and a wonderful contra-flow swimming pool with a 20m water slide. There’s also a bar, barbecue and dining area on the vessel’s sundeck. The lower deck includes an amazing gymnasium, sauna, massage and beauty rooms, everything you need for a relaxing vacation.

Superyacht TV - The Sundeck Spa Pool

Superyacht TV – The Sundeck Spa Pool

Superyacht TV

Superyacht TV

6. The spectacular superyacht Ester III has a huge swimming pool. Located on the aft deck it spans two levels with a shallow end and a swim-up seat. Surrounded by sun pads this is one of the best superyacht swimming pools around. It’s perfect for mom and dad to soak up the sun while keeping a watchful eye on the kids as they play and swim in the pool. The water forms a waterfall down the front of the transom, running into teak grates below. It’s no wonder the Ester III was a real eye-catcher at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Yacht Ester has a pool

Yacht Ester has a pool

7. Now a common feature on mega yacht designs, the 269-foot (82-metre) Oceanco superyacht Alfa Nero was one of the first to have a large pool with glass window aft. One of the vessel’s most striking features is her aft deck with its unusually large swimming pool, complete with glass waterfall siding that converts to a helipad. The Oceanco boasts one of the world’s modern superyacht infinity pool innovations, 12 x 38 foot (3.7m x 11.6m). Through a hydraulic system this can be transformed into a dance floor or a helipad – wow!

Alfa Nero was early to have a very large swimming pool on her aft deck.

Alfa Nero was early to have a very large swimming pool on her aft deck.

Alfa Nero Underway

Alfa Nero Underway

8. The all conquering megayacht Eclipse is a 557 foot luxury yacht has two swimming pools one of which is a spectacular 15m swimming pool featuring a bottom that can be raised to create a paddling pool. After a day of swimming and frolicking in the pool, this innovative feature can be lifted to turn the area into a dance floor. The Eclipse also has a sauna, cinema, mini submarine, 30 luxurious cabins, two helicopter pads including plenty of high-tech gadgetry.

The Eclipse

The Eclipse

The Yacht Eclipse by night

The Yacht Eclipse by night

9. Superyacht PEGASUS V. Another well know yacht, she provides guests with a variety of outside space and a decent sized pool to match. One of the most impressive features on board yacht PEGASUS VIII is the Beach Club (see photo below). This is a dry dock for the custom built tender which disembarks guests directly inside the yacht which can be “flooded” when the tender is outside and forms a 12 metre swimming pool with underwater lighting and steps.

Superyacht PEGASUS V (ex PRINCESS MARIANA) -  Swimming Pool

Superyacht PEGASUS V (ex PRINCESS MARIANA) – Swimming Pool

Motor Yacht PRINCESS MARIANA

Motor Yacht PRINCESS MARIANA

10. NOMAD. Once again, this yacht was early to have a very large pool and outside lifestyle area and many designs have taken up this successful concept over the last 10 years. The sun deck features a spa pool and swimming pool, where you can swim up to the bar, and sunbathing mattresses on each side as well as a fantastic Barbecue area.

Yacht NOMAD - Sundeck Pool

Yacht NOMAD – Sundeck Pool

11. Solandge is an 85m luxury yacht which was designed by Espen Oeino to offer many places for her guests to socialise or relax in privacy. Each deck has its own distinctive function with all the necessary furniture and amenities, such as built-in bars, buffets, dining areas, a pool and two hot tubs. There is a fantastic exterior cinema and a nightclub with a DJ station on the top deck. There is also an indoor/outdoor gymnasium.

The Yacht Solandge superyacht pool and aft deck

The Yacht Solandge superyacht pool and aft deck

Another View of the Solandge pool

Another View of the Solandge pool

Luxury yacht Solandge - Pool bridge deck - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury yacht Solandge – Pool bridge deck – Photo by Klaus Jordan

12. IRIMARI – 63m motor yacht IRIMARI is a spectacular vessel, built by the Turkish shipyard Sunrise Yachts, with naval architecture by Unique Yacht Design. Designed by respected Espen Oeino, IRIMARI superyacht boasts beautiful interior by renowned German studio Focus Yacht Design. Top deck pool pictured below.

IRIMARI

IRIMARI

IRIMARI Pool and Bar

IRIMARI Pool and Bar

13. Superyacht Galactica Star has won awards and heart a plenty. The 65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star is a Fast Displacement (FDHF) superyacht as designed by Van Oossanen and Heesen Yachts Naval Architects. The yacht’s Galactica Star’s exterior is designed by Omega Architects and they have done magical things with her aft deck pool.

Galactica Super Nova

Galactica Super Nova Pool Area

Galactica Star

Galactica Star

Please get in touch with CharterWorld, the superyacht charter experts, to let us know your preferences for exterior decks and yacht pools for your next yacht charter.

Top 10 Best Aft Decks on Luxury Yachts

August 24, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

What makes a superior aft deck?

To an extent, the response to this question is personal to each individual who answers. The aft deck is perhaps the most important location on a yacht, whether it is a private or charter yacht. One of it’s core roles is the social interface between the outside ocean world and the yacht’s interior. The aft deck is certainly prime real estate in luxury yacht terms, however there are many different design responses attempting to achieve the ultimate.  Lets have a look at a selection of them.

Kometa at dawn (70m alu) by Heesen Yachts

Kometa at dawn (70m alu) by Heesen Yachts

Sleek and sexy performance sailing yachts naturally have a beamy layout for spacious aft decks, whilst large motor yachts are designed specifically with social areas and aft decks in mind and they often have multiple decks available. Aft decks provide space for al fresco dining, relaxing on and enjoying cocktails at sunset. They provide access to the water for swimming or boarding the tender and they present a first impression to visitors when the yacht is at anchor.

Motor Yacht GLEAM - Opens Itself to the Ocean Lifesyle

Motor Yacht GLEAM – Opens Itself to the Ocean Lifesyle

“One of it’s core roles is the social interface between the outside ocean world and the yacht’s interior. The aft deck is certainly prime real estate..”

GillSchmid Design have two pools

GillSchmid Design has two pools – or is that 4?

Some of the top 10 best aft decks on luxury yachts are quite unique in appearance and styling. With comfortable couches and large tables, they offer the best place on board a luxury superyacht to chill out with friends or family.

Alfa Nero was early to have a very large swimming pool on her aft deck.

Alfa Nero was early to have a very large swimming pool on her aft deck.

Below is a personal selection of the top ten vessels that have glorious and amazing aft decks:

1. Quatroelle – the 88m Quatroelle is all about massive exterior aft decks where guests can feel the breeze while watching the sun rise and set. Clever touches include technical marvels, a section of the big stern platform lowers into the sea. The yacht also has exterior stairs on all of its five decks for easy access to cabins. After a day in the sun, there’s nothing better than cooling off in the bridge deck infinity pool.

Superyacht QUATTROELLE  Aft Deck Pool

Superyacht QUATTROELLE Aft Deck Pool

2. Indian Empress – this superyacht is famous for starry parties on her sprawling aft deck. There are flowing rounds of seating, a marble bar, plenty of space to dance the night away. Dance to music provided by a professional DJ positioned on the sun deck above. The Indian Empress is very popular with people from around the world and makes an excellent charter yacht. The upper aft deck table alone can seat about 30 guests. Hold a party and you’ll essentially be running a nightclub.

Indian Empress

Indian Empress

3. Alfa Nero – the Alfa Nero has one of the best aft decks you can find on a luxury yacht. This trail blazer of a superyacht has an awesome eye-catching aft deck that looks cool and trendy. The floor of the 7 x 3.5 metre pool lifts hydraulically to deck level and turns the aft deck into a dance floor or helipad. You’ll just have to remember if you’re choppering your guests home at midnight or inviting them to stay on for a late night swim. As well as the aft deck, there’s a club-like upper salon.

Alfa Nero Aft

The Alfa Nero Aft View

4. Maryah – everyone likes a good mystery. The Maryah is ultra-private but what we do know about her is quite fascinating. The hull began life as a Russian research vessel launched by the Polish Szczecinska Yard in 1990. After the rebuild this superyacht had sweeping curves, accommodation for 54 guests, a cinema and a helipad. Included in the design were three aft decks, a sun deck, a beach club and a profusion of fold-down terraces.

Maryah

Maryah

5. Luna – her main aft deck is vast, about one third of the yacht’s overall length. When the weather cools, the massive beach club provides a chic shelter with an on-deck feeling. Other explorer yachts look quite dull in comparison to the Luna. The huge aft deck is the perfect area for a cocktail party or any other special occasion like al fresco dining by candlelight.

Explorer Yacht LUNA'S Aft Pool

Explorer Yacht LUNA’S Aft Pool

6. Zefira – winner of the Sailing Yacht of the Year Award in 2011’s superyacht awards, the Zefira is ideal for loafing on deck during long, lazy yacht charter vacations with family and friends. She is big and sleek with long clean lines and uncluttered decks. The beautifully designed aft deck dovetails perfectly with the light and bright Remi Tessier interior design. Start your day with a delicious breakfast on the aft deck.

Zefira

Zefira

7. Ester III – this 66 m motor yacht’s interior spaces have been planned as carefully as the exterior. With protection from the sun, wind, rain and cold, the aft deck has a stunning bar up top including a large glass backed swimming pool. Relax on one of the sun beds during the day and then enjoy a tasty meal in the evening outdoors on the large aft deck that has been transformed into an exquisite dining area.

Ester III

Ester III

8. Invictus – the Invictus is all about volume. The beautifully designed, spacious water-level aft deck is made larger still by a vast, fold-out, bathing platform and behind it all, there’s a well-stocked bar. It’s no wonder that the aft deck is one of the most popular spots onboard. The garage beyond the aft deck can hold two 8.35 m tenders including a gorgeous Comitti.

Invictus

Invictus

9. Galactica Star – the sleek design and space is what’s so impressive on the superyacht, the Galactica Star. Access to the awesome aft deck is made easy thanks to two brilliantly lit stairways either side of the beach club. This is ideal for guests onboard. The water, either in the main deck pool or off the bathing platform, is never out of reach. Relax on one of the aft deck’s sun beds while watching the sun go down at anchor.

Galactica Star

Galactica Star

10. Axioma – is ideal for a superyacht holiday, perfect for outdoor living. The slightly different, yet attractive aft deck is supplemented with a bridge deck bar, spa pool and mouth-watering al fresco dining options. It’s a chilled out, private feeling aft deck, if you need any more sun this is the place to be. The swimming platform also transforms from the grand entrance into a sprawling space for sunbathing, just a few steps from the sea and the pool.

Axioma

Axioma

A design from GillSchmid that would be nice to see being launched one day:

Project Acuore

Project Acuore

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Imposing 114M Mega Yacht LUNA spotted at her home yard

January 04, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The imposing 114,20-metre LUNA was spotted by ‘DrDuu’ at the Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany on Saturday, January 2, 2016, following her sea trial, which took place on Friday, January 1. Launched as the world’s largest expedition yacht in 2009, this outstanding vessel returned to its home yard for a rebuilding in January 2015.

LUNA bears exterior design by Newcruise Design, with interior design by Donald Starkey. She can sleep an impressive number of up to 18 guests in pure luxury and comfort. There is also a huge, open aft deck, featuring a large swimming pool and sunbathing areas, with a dedicated open luxury leisure area, fitted with a beach club, leading down to the swim platform.

Video: 115m expedition motor yacht LUNA

February 12, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The impressive and outstanding 115-metre motor yacht LUNA was launched as the world’s largest expedition yacht by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Shipyard in Germany in 2009. Luxury mega yacht LUNA has been superbly penned by Newcruise Design, with interior design by Donald Starkey. Below is a video showing this jewel of the sea in the beautiful Caribbean yacht charter location – Grand Cayman, released by ‘alvinski100’ in 2012.

Photo of impressive 115m expedition yacht LUNA cruising in San Francisco Bay

September 02, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Luxury expedition yacht LUNA has been recently captured by Michael R. McGee, cruising in the waters of San Francisco Bay. Measuring impressive 115 meters in length, the 2010 motor yacht LUNA represents one of the largest expedition superyachts in the world. Destined for world exploration in remote areas, she was jointly constructed in a collaboration between the Lloydwerft and Stahlbau Nord Shipyards in Germany.

115m luxury expedition yacht LUNA - Photo credit to Michael R. McGee

115m luxury expedition yacht LUNA in San Francisco Bay - Photo credit to Michael R. McGee

Boasting innovative exterior styling by NEWCRUISE, the 115-metre mega yacht LUNA can comfortably sleep up to 18 guests in the lovely interiors, designed by award winning Donald Starkey. This breath-taking vessel also offers a generous, open aft deck, featuring a large swimming pool and sunbathing areas, with a dedicated open luxury leisure area, fitted with a beach club, leading down to the swim platform.

As an expedition yacht, superyacht Luna allows her owner and guests to navigate challenging seas and weather conditions without having to refuel in maximum comfort, while offering first class luxury yacht amenities and style.