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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 decks, and a large tender garage.  Charter Cloudbreak 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.

 

9 Female Luxury Yacht Interior Designers for International Women’s Day

March 08, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the gains made towards women’s equality in workplaces and societies across the world, and to draw attention to current women’s issues and push for greater social change. The yachting industry is filled with female talent, with architects and designers from both sides of the Atlantic creating innovative, bespoke and award-winning designs. The list below is by no means comprehensive but showcases some of the amazing talents of recent years.

Pascale Reymond:

Since opening Reymond Langton Design in 2001, Pascale Reymond and co-founder Andrew Langton have created the impressive interiors of many luxury yachts including  TITAN and SERENE from Abeking & Rasmussen and Fincantieri amongst others.

Superyacht SERENE with interiors by Pascale Raymond

Superyacht SERENE with interiors by Pascale Raymond

Laura Sessa Romboli:

This Italian designer has an established name in the industry, working on turning some of the world’s largest and most expensive yachts from bare hulls into lavish interiors. Amongst these are superyachts MADAME KATE (61m/199ft) and CHOPI CHOPI, the former winning multiple accolades at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2015.

 

MADAME KATE - Main salon by Laura Sessa Ramboli

MADAME KATE – Main salon by Laura Sessa Romboli

Fiona Diamond:

After great success with her first design company specialising in commercial and residential interiors, Fiona Diamond joined the design team at Terence Disdale Design and worked on more than 30 superyacht interiors before establishing Seymour Diamond in 2010. Past projects include prestigious names ECLIPSE, PELORUS, and Feadship‘s ROYAL ROMANCE.

Superyacht ROYAL ROMANCE. Photo credit Jan Ramaker

Superyacht ROYAL ROMANCE. Photo credit Jan Ramaker

Margherita Casprini:

A designer with a few notable launches this year, Margherita Casprini worked on the interior of luxury yachts ALBA and 2016 awards finalist SUERTE, as well as the upcoming Baglietto 55m and the Tankoa S501 in conjunction with Francesco Paszkowski.

Mega yacht SUERTE - Saloon by Margherita Casprini

Mega yacht SUERTE – Saloon by Margherita Casprini

Francesca Muzio:

Interior designer of the Shangri-La Hotel in London’s The Shard and part of the team behind FM- Architettura di Interni Design, Francesca Muzio produced interiors for long established industry names including Amels, Abeking & Rasmussen, Lürssen and Benetti. 65m/213ft POLAR STAR, 50m/164ft EILEEN and 52m/170ft AMORE MIO 2 are some of the luxury charter yachts available on the market that have Francesca Muzio’s effortless style and atmospheric surroundings.

Superyacht POLAR STAR - Main salon by Francesca Muzio

Superyacht POLAR STAR – Main salon by Francesca Muzio

Sandrine Melot:

Beginning her career in the hotel industry, Sandrine Melot soon expanded her portfolio into restaurants, office spaces, residential properties and superyachts. She debuted in the yachting industry with 34m/1112ft BLUE PRINCESS STAR and took first place in the ‘Semi-Custom M/Y – Open/Sport Cruiser Division’ category, furthering her stellar portfolio with projects including award-winning sailing yacht NIRVANA and awards finalist motor yacht PHILMI.

M/Y PHILMI - Wet bar by Sandrine Melot

M/Y PHILMI – Wet bar by Sandrine Melot

Adriana Monk:

Known for working on ‘interiors in motion’, Adriana Monk has designed for Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Land Rover. Her focus on forming an environment that is both stylish and functional led to her appointment as interior designer for the 30m/98ft WallyCento Hamilton and her work continues to focus on sailing yachts, particularly those designed for racing.

30m luxury yacht Hamilton - Salon by Adriana Monk

30m luxury yacht Hamilton – Salon by Adriana Monk

Daniela Zulli:

Heading her own design company before joining Terence Disdale Design, Daniela Zulli has been involved in a number of yachting interiors with the company, including M/Y KIBO from 2014 and 147m/482ft TOPAZ from Lürssen.

Abeking & Rasmussen luxury yacht KIBO

Abeking & Rasmussen luxury yacht KIBO

Cristina Gherardi:

From updating high-end retail and residential spaces, Cristina Gherardi has also worked on luxury interiors for jets and yachts, with well-known names such as ODESSA and SAVANNAH amongst others.

84m/274ft superyacht SAVANNAH was one of the most anticipated yachts of 2015 – being launched as the world’s first hybrid propulsion yacht – and won accolades for her engineering and design.

M/Y Savannah - Interior by Cristina Gherardi. Photo credit: Jeff Brown

M/Y Savannah – Interior by Cristina Gherardi. Photo credit: Jeff Brown

 

10 Of The Best Luxury SuperYacht Photographers

February 23, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Ships have captured the public imagination for thousands of years as a symbol of power, elegance and affluence. Passing through history as worthy subjects of artist and poets, capturing the essence of a regatta fleet or the details of the most opulent and innovative mega yacht of recent times is as integral as ever. The yachting industry is filled with talented photographers and filmmakers, and here we highlight 10 prolific names who have shot prestigious yachts and events.

Jeff Brown – Breed Media

Notable superyacht shots: Savannah, Galactica Star, Ann G.

Best known in recent times for photographing the interior and exterior of Feadship’s 2014 superyacht Savannah, Jeff Brown captures the whimsical and abstract elements of modern design while retaining the realism that often disappears in vibrant environments and under dramatic lighting.

Savannah - photo by Jeff Brown

Savannah – photo by Jeff Brown

In 2003 Jeff Brown co-founded Superyacht Media, and his expertise combined with that of his team catapulted the company into a leading position in media content for superyacht-related marketing worldwide. His background in design has awarded him an uncommon perspective when it comes to selecting the focus of his photography and videos, which in turn has resulted in over 100 magazine covers in the last seven years alone and repeat business from builders.

Superyacht Ann G by Heesen Yachts. Photo courtesy Jeff Brown

Superyacht Ann G by Heesen Yachts. Photo courtesy Jeff Brown

Six deck luxury yacht Invictus by Delta Marine from 2013 and Irimari by Sunrise Yachts from 2014 have also prospered from Jeff Brown’s ability to see behind the finished product to pinpoint the detail from the designers, from the colour choice for the en-suite mosaic to the grooves amidst the gloss of the formal dining table.

Red Square. Photo credit Jeff Brown

Red Square. Photo credit Jeff Brown

 

Kurt Arrigo – Kurt Arrigo Photography

Maltese-born Kurt Arrigo is renowned for his superyacht regatta photography, although his diverse portfolio also includes superstars, fashion shoots and underwater photography of various subjects. There is a strong attachment to water in all his works and a nostalgic touch that turns modern events into instant classics. With an eye for the moment, Kurt captures fleeting scenes of celebrations and crowds in motion.

Sailing Yacht Moonbird. Photo courtesy of Kurt Arrigo

Sailing Yacht Moonbird. Photo courtesy of Kurt Arrigo

Contrast is a particularly strong element in the regatta pictures, balancing human fervour against a cool white deck, or the brand new fleet of superyachts sailing past ancient Mediterranean buildings. Kurt Arrigo also photographs the Rolex sponsored events.

Sailing Yachts. Kurt Arrigo Photography

Sailing Yachts. Kurt Arrigo Photography

 

Guillaume Plisson – Guillaume Plisson Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Silver Fast, Cloud 9, and Kismet

It’s likely that if you have browsed through the high-end yachts from shipyards Heesen and Lurssen in recent years, you have come across some of the work of Guillaume Plisson. Superyachts Ester III, Galactica SuperNova and Solandge have all benefitted from Guillaume Plisson’s playful touch with angled overhead shots and subtle lighting against moody skies.

66m super yacht ESTER III - Photo by Guillaume Plisson

66m super yacht ESTER III – Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Using the past as inspiration combined with cutting edge technology, Guillaume Plisson discovers the individual strengths of each design while treating them with the same respect as any vintage yacht. Stylised shots of the hull and up-close realism mark Guillaume Plisson’s work, making it recognisable whether as the cover of a high-end magazine or as one of a score of shots detailing the deck and interior.

Galactica SuperNova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Galactica SuperNova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

 

Ed Wright – Ed Wright Images

Notable superyacht shots: Maltese Falcon, Auspicious

From his warm and vibrant home in Monaco to the chill white Antarctic landscapes, Ed Wright has travelled the world and brought back with him glimpses of untouched landscapes devoid of human life, save for a fleeting presence of a yacht on the horizon.

Maltese Falcon. Photo by Ed Wright

Maltese Falcon. Photo by Ed Wright

Much closer to home, Ed Wright has captured the spirit of sailing regattas through the Mediterranean and has completed shoots aboard yachts for luxury brands as well as yacht builders and owners. Whether taking wide-angle shots or close-ups of five-star dining delights, Ed Wright has produced consistently high-quality results that have made him an established name in the industry.

 

David Churchill – David Churchill Superyacht Photographer

Notable superyacht shots: Galactica Star, Galactica Super Nova and Athena

An award-winning photographer and co-founder of the Superyacht Creative, David Churchill has long-running experience with big-name builders in the yacht industry, working with Abeking & Rasmussen, Baglietto and Dynamiq to name but a few. He imbues his crisp imagery with a sense as if it were a still from a story in progress and this has contributed to his long-running success.

VICTORIA DEL MAR - Photo by David Churchill

VICTORIA DEL MAR – Photo by David Churchill

Past projects which received much acclaim in the media include Galactica Star and Galactica SuperNova, and his photographs have graced the covers of Yacht Design, Boat International, Architectural Digest and other magazines.

Charter Yacht Victoria Del Mar. Photo by David Churchill

Charter Yacht Victoria Del Mar. Photo by David Churchill

 

 Cory Silken – Cory Silken Photography

With an eye for sailing yachts, Cory Silken has photographed and videoed regattas for sponsors such as Bacardi.

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht - Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht – Cory Silken

His most recent work includes the Best Superyacht Challenge Antigua, which took place earlier this month. As well as creating visual marketing material for superyachts for charter, Cory Silken has a public gallery in his hometown of Newport in Rhode Island, where he exhibits and sells his photography.

Wisp superyacht - Exterior - Photo by Cory Silken

Wisp superyacht – Exterior – Photo by Cory Silken

Being close to New England and a quick flight to the Bahamas and Caribbean, he has filled his portfolio with invigorating photographs of favourite tropical locations.

 

Stuart Pearce – Stuart Pearce Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Sailing Yacht Aquijo

Sailing Yacht Aquijo. Photo by Stuart Pearce

Sailing Yacht Aquijo. Photo by Stuart Pearce

There’s more to a yacht than an impressive interior and a spa pool, and on a luxury charter, the crew can easily become the difference between an enjoyable break from the office and a holiday treasured for a lifetime. As well as photographing hulls, decks and interiors for marketing, Stuart Pearce covers the crews of luxury yachts and brings to life their passion and professionalism.

AQuiJo jacuzzi on board - Photo by Stuart Pearce

AQuiJo jacuzzi on board – Photo by Stuart Pearce

 

His experience with lighting and attention to detail brings out the best aspects of each room, and when the viewer’s eye roams away from the main focus, they are sure to discover some mundane element that is anything but when it serves to enhance the scene.

 

Kristina Strobel – Kristina Strobel Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Kismet, St David, Blade (ex.H2ome), Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem by Kristina Strobel

Carpe Diem by Kristina Strobel

Kristina Strobel has over a decade’s worth of experience in fashion, lifestyle and luxury travel, beginning her career working for Macy’s in New York. Her images have been published in international magazines, art books, lifestyle and travel publications and have featured notable yachts including Blade (ex.H2ome), St David and Kismet. In the diverse colour range and bustle of her works is a noticeable, crisp focus which is brought to the fore in her abstract work and used to focus the eye on background objects.

MY-MIRAGE-Exterior- Kristina Strobel

MY MIRAGE Exterior Kristina Strobel

 

Alberto Cocchi – Alberto Cocchi Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Param Jamuna IV, Vellmari’

M/Y Param Jamuna. Photo credit Alberto Cocchi

M/Y Param Jamuna. Photo credit Alberto Cocchi

Featuring on the covers of international luxury lifestyle and yachting magazines, Alberto Cocchi has a wealth of experience in photography with a focus on architecture, fleets, interiors and lifestyle shots. Turning already outstanding design into the captivating, bold colours are highlighted on his images of close-up cuisine to perfectly juxtapose the scope of his wide-angled evening fleet photography.

Luxury Yacht Vellmari by Rossinavi. Photo by Alberto Cocchi

Luxury Yacht Vellmari by Rossinavi. Photo by Alberto Cocchi

 

Alexis Andrews – Alexis Andrews Photography

Notable superyacht shots: Elysian (ex. Elandess), Panthalassa, Lady L

S/Y Panthalassa. Photo credit Alexis Andrews

S/Y Panthalassa. Photo credit Alexis Andrews

Alexis Andrews was born in Greece and studied fashion and advertising photography in Europe before he moved to Antigua in 1986. There he started his carrier of photographer in the yachting industry. Nowadays, Alexis Andrews works all over the globe for yacht designers, shipbuilders, yacht brokers and advertising agencies to deliver the best of the marine photography. His passion for sailing inspired Alexis Andrews to create the St Barts Bucket Race, which one of the most exciting racing events held every year in the Caribbean. His latest project is the Caribbean Documentary film Vanishing Sail.

Motor Yacht Elysian (ex Elandess). Photo credit Alexis Andrews

Motor Yacht Elysian (ex Elandess). Photo credit Alexis Andrews

 

 

Special mention: Marc Paris

Notable superyacht shots: Serene, Hokulani, DB9

Marc Paris photography

Marc Paris photography

Having completed assignments for renowned builders such as ISA, Mondo Marine and Amels, Marc Paris was a well-known photographer within the yachting industry, and before his untimely death in 2012, he had photographed a plethora of luxury yachts, including Lady Moura, Parsifal III and Seawolf. His agency FAB Studios continues to support young photographers looking to gain experience.

Seawolf. Photo by Marc Paris

Seawolf. Photo by Marc Paris

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

10 Incredible Pictures of Superyachts From Around the World

January 27, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Superyachts are someone’s dream, someone’s hobby, a lifestyle or passion. There are more than 10,000 superyachts in different locations, from the South Pole to the tropical islands and warm waters of the Mediterranean. They all look so different, each of them has her own style, charm and a beautiful name. Here are 10 superyachts spotted by photographers and travellers around the world.

1. Here Comes the Sun in Guernsey, UK

Here Comes The Sun has recently undergone her sea trials and has been delivered to her owner. She is now making her way to her first vacation. She is the largest yacht ever built by Amels.

Here comes the Sun

Here comes the Sun. Photo by Ian Toms

2. Serene in Malta

Serene is an impressive mega yacht. Measuring 134 metres she is designed to take her owner anywhere in the world in absolute comfort and safety. She is the 14th largest yacht in the world.

Serene in Malta

Serene in Malta. Photo by K B

3. Ilona at West India Dock, UK

This 74-metres yacht was built by Amels in 2004, while her interior and exterior is a fantastic work of Redman Whiteley Dixon. Ilona is able to accommodate 16 guests assisted by 28 crew members.

A Christy ILONA at West India Dock

ILONA at West India Dock. Photo by A Christy

4.Yas at Abu Dhabi port Mina Zayed

Mega yacht Yas in the 10th largest yacht. This 144-metre vessel was launched in 2011 by Abu Dhabi’s ADM Shipyards. Her strikingly graceful exterior features fluid curves and volumes, as well as an excellent structural covering of glass.

Luis Pérez Contreras Yas, puerto de Abu Dabi, Mina Zayed

Superyacht Yas. Photo by Luis Pérez Contreras

5. Superyacht Topaz in Tarragona, Spain

Motor yacht Topaz measures 147 metres, which secures her a position on the list of the top 10 longest yachts. Her superb exterior design is by bespoke Tim Heywood. Another famous designer Terence Disdale developed her interior design.

Topaz. Photo by Luis Perez Contreras

Topaz. Photo by Luis Perez Contreras

6. Maltese Falcon in Chania, Crete

One of the best sailing yachts in the world, Maltese Falcon definitely deserve the of “the best sailing yacht for charter“. Exterior design of this yacht is a work of the world-renowned shipbuilder Perini Navi. Maltese Falcon’s interior is luxurious with a rich contemporary décor, delightful to the eye and soothing to the soul.

Maltese Falcon in Chania, Crete photo by Giannis X

Maltese Falcon in Chania, Crete. Photo by Giannis X

7. Quattroelle in Dubai

Lurssen superyacht Quattroelle was launched in 2012. Among special features of the 88m megayacht (also known as Project Bellissimo) belong a hell pad, large gymnasium, spa/salon, cinema, art gallery, an eight-person Spa Pool as well as a direct positioning system.

Quatroelle in Dubai by Ade Ownes

Quatroelle in Dubai. Photo by Ade Ownes

8. Skat in Fort Lauderdale

Another beautiful yacht by Lurssen, Skat is a 70.70-metre vessel. This project was developed by  a team of experts in the yachting industry: her exterior is by Espen Oeino and interior is a work of the Italian designer Marco Zanini.

Skat Yacht Fort Lauderdale by Ron Rafferty

Skat Yacht in Fort Lauderdale. Photo by Ron Rafferty

9. Elysian off Norman Island in the BVI

Motor yacht Elysian (ex. Elandess) is a 60-metre vessel built by Abeking and Rasmussen in 2009. She was refitted in 2012, and features contemporary interior design, spacious outdoor living areas. Elysian offers plenty of room for relaxation and entertainment.

Superyacht Elysian off Norman Island. Photo by Anoldent

Superyacht Elysian off Norman Island. Photo by Anoldent

10. Lady L in Nassau, Bahamas

Heesen superyacht Lady L is a 44 metre yacht from the popular Heesen 4400 aluminium series. She features an elegant exterior design, with soft lines and stunning black hull. Her interior is truly luxurious, and was developed by Omega Architects.

Lady L Luxury Yacht in Nassau. Photo by Alex Galiano

Lady L Luxury Yacht in Nassau. Photo by Alex Galiano

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.

The Best Superyacht Spas

June 16, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

Not only do superyachts exude charm, style and elegance, they have many other fantastic features too. Some are large enough to have onboard gyms, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, tender garages and amazing spas. Superyacht charters offer a sense of freedom and the opportunity to spend your time as you wish. Sunbathe all day long, have a refreshing and soothing massage or sit on the aft deck with a cool drink. What could be better?

Lady Britt's Spa

Lady Britt’s Spa

1. Lady Britt’s On-The-Water Spa – if you want to pamper yourself while on vacation sailing to exotic destinations, use the beautiful spa onboard this spacious superyacht. It has a magnificent Finnish sauna which opens out on to the ocean so you can take a cool swim in the sea. Why not have your hair cut and styled in the hairdressing salon? Or for the more energetic, work out in the well-equipped gymnasium. There’s also a huge spa pool on the sun deck.

Serene’s Spa

Serene’s Spa

2. Serene’s Snowy Spa – as the name suggests this superyacht has a snow room as well as a sauna. The snow room is an innovative addition to the Serene and is a winter oasis where guests can escape from the hot sun. A thermal suite is kept between -6C and 0C, with powdery snow and even has occasional snow flurries throughout the day. Guests can benefit from this unique snow room, the low temperature increases the blood circulation in the body to strengthen the immune system.

J'Ade Megayacht

J’Ade Megayacht

3. J’Ade’s Spa – the J’Ade has one of the top spas ever created onboard a superyacht. This beautifully stylish spa offers an absolutely amazing Turkish Bath for relaxing your mind and body. With bright green mosaic tiles, reminiscent of some of the most exclusive baths in Turkey, the bath onboard the J’Ade is a place where you can go to indulge yourself in sheer and blissful luxury.

Moonraker

Moonraker

4. Moonraker’s Spa – luxury, peace and tranquility are words that spring to mind when using Moonraker’s Experiential Spa. Beautiful colors and aromas exude from this delightful spa along with programmable water jets in the shower. The water jets can alter your mood and energy ready for an enjoyable evening dining on the aft deck, having a drink or two with friends or family.

SOLANDGE

SOLANDGE

5. The Solandge – this luxurious superyacht definitely has one of the top spas. It features a sauna with a custom-made glass wall, beauty salon, massage room and a hammam. Unwind, relax and enjoy every moment onboard the Solandge with a spa that has everything you could possibly wish for and more.

Sherakhan’s Spa

Sherakhan’s Spa

6. Sherakhan’s Mosaic decorated Spa – expect to be awe struck when you first visit this spectacular mosaic decorated spa onboard the Sherakhan. With hand-crafted mosaic walls next to a cold water tub, a glass bottom spa pool that seats 18 people and a Finnish sauna, this spa is just awesome. Spend time in the spa to refresh and rejuvenate the mind and body, it really does work!

If there’s a feature that you want that will absolutely make or break your holiday, let CharterWorld find it for you and source the best luxury yachts to meet your specifications. Contact us with your requirements and we will be in touch.

Imposing 134m Fincantieri Mega Yacht SERENE arrives at Palumbo Super Yachts facility in Malta

August 27, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This week saw the Palumbo Super Yachts facility in Malta welcome the imposing 134-metre mega yacht SERENE for a refit. Built by Fincantieri, the impressive superyacht SERENE was the largest yacht built in Italy at the time of her launch in 2011.

134m Fincantieri motor yacht Serene at the Palumbo Super Yachts facilit in Malta

134m Fincantieri motor yacht Serene at the Palumbo Super Yachts facility in Malta

One of the most important service destinations in the Mediterranean, Palumbo Super Yachts of Malta is well equipped to host any super yacht. The facility boasts a 160m long graving dock and a 140m covered dock.

Luxury superyacht Serene

Luxury superyacht Serene in Malta

As the summer season comes to an end and superyacht captains make plans for winter works, Palumbo are experiencing an increase in activity not just in Malta, but also in their facilities in Marseille and Naples.

Mega yacht SERENE in Malta

Mega yacht SERENE in Malta

Luxury motor yacht SERENE is just one of many super yachts that have confirmed booking in to the extensive network of refit and service centres that Palumbo have throughout the Mediterranean. It will be undoubtedly a busy and successful season for the Palumbo team.

The top 10 most expensive superyacht charters in the world.

June 04, 2015

Written by Chelsea Smith

Ever wondered what the most expensive yachts to charter in the World are? We have compiled a list of the top ten most costly yachts to charter below.

The most expensive superyacht to charter at the time of writing was superyacht SERENE that charters at a rate of somewhere between 1,6 mil and 2,8 mil per week, with the possibility of some charters costing up to 4million! Don’t forget that any applicable VAT, and a 30% expense allowance for food and fuel is added to the charter fee, along with customary yet discretionary crew gratuity which is usually based on 5-15% of the charter fee. The SERENE megayacht does stand out as the only yacht in this list to charter for more than EUR 1 million per week. All the other yachts below are a relative bargain, chartering for between EUR 500,000 and 1,000,000.

Superyacht SERENE – 133.90m (439′ 3″)

Luxury yacht Serene

Luxury yacht Serene

Superyacht Serene comes in at number 1 on our list of the most expensive superyachts to charter. Measuring 133.90m (439′ 3″) in length, SERENE is a truly remarkable yacht, spanning seven private decks, designed to take you anywhere in the world in absolute luxury. She was launched in 2011 by Fincantieri Yachts with exterior design and engineering by Espen Oeino.

Find out what the next 9 most expensive superyachts for charter here… 

Busiest summer season ever for Auckland’s Silo superyacht marina

May 19, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This year’s summer season saw the prestigious Silo Marina, nestled in the fabulous Auckland yacht holiday location, host a record number of visits. These included the outstanding 134-metre mega yacht SERENE, the largest yacht that has ever visited the fantastic New Zealand shores.

134m super yacht SERENE docked in Auckland's Silo Marina

134m super yacht SERENE docked in Auckland’s Silo Marina

Silo Marina was designed as a purpose built facility in 2010 to cater for the increasing number of superyachts visiting New Zealand waters. Since then, the marina has significantly increased its berth capacity from four berths in 2010 to current 10 berths.

The latest summer season from October 2014 to April 2015 saw 28 visits to the marina. The manager of Silo Marina, Luke Wigglesworth, comments:Due to our relative small size to other like marinas internationally, we’re able to also provide a more boutique service and better cater for the specific demands of our clientele.”

Silo Marina in Auckland

Silo Marina in Auckland, New Zealand

One of the largest vessels to visit Silo Marina in recent months is the 134-metre motor yacht Serene that currently represents the largest private vessel that has ever visited New Zealand waters. Moreover, the previous summer saw the 119-metre Philippe Starck-designed superyacht ‘A’ dock in Silo Marina.

Waterfront Auckland Chief Executive, John Dalzell, said to have the superyacht visits like these has been vital to sustaining a key part of the marine industry. “It’s been great to see an influx of these luxury vessels appearing on the Auckland waterfront in recent years as every time we get one in the dock we’re talking about more jobs and apprenticeships for the region in the rapidly growing refit sector. Silo Marina has been pivotal to this, and illustrates how public investment in infrastructure is essential as a catalyst for economic growth.