Exuberant and full of delightful surprises, Feadship’s Motor Yacht JOY, a 70m/634ft masterwork, made her much anticipated and much welcomed first appearance in July 2016. After a successful yacht charter season in the Mediterranean, where CharterWorld was the first to organise her maiden charter, she made a jaw-dropping attendance in the United Arab Emirates, as photographed below. This world class vessel has been described by her designers Bannenberg and Rowell (and many observers) as a masterpiece of delightful design, technology and build quality. Since her lunch she has recieved much deserved exposure, accolades, awards and favourable reviews.
A rare addition to the luxury yacht charter market, Joy enjoys the advantage of being the product of a fresh, perspective by the Dutch shipbuilders, Feadship. She embodies the youthful lifestyle of her owner and possesses a unique distinction from which prestigious superyachts are created. Sleek and refined, this motor yacht is all about style as well as innovative touches throughout.
Expect a truly cutting-edge exterior which gives Joy her remarkable profile. The radical exterior styling with its quirky, concave lines wasn’t easy. It brought with it a whole series of challenges for the yard in Holland especially in terms of construction, fairing and painting. This Dutch manufacturer certainly delivered exactly what the client wanted for true al fresco living and leisure.
In response to the owner’s desire to harmonise the exterior and interior spaces, professional designers developed a whole new concept with “winter gardens” on the main and owner’s deck. Formed by optional glass panelling that transforms instantly from open-deck space to air-conditioned zones, guests can alternate quite easily between the large indoor and outdoor areas. There’s still plenty of light where one has access to panoramic views.
An approach to flexible, luxury living
To fit in with the approach of flexible, luxury living, a semi open-air gymnasium was also installed on the bridge deck. Imagine working out and toning up your body in such luxurious surroundings. The exterior of the yacht is graced with angular surface shapes and sculptured sections which allow for a great deal of natural light to pass through. The large windows embrace the living spaces meaning that those lucky enough to be on board are always at one with their surroundings.
During the design of the vessel, the approach was taken to minimise anything that would get in the line of sight while at the same time maximising deck space. Available to charter, Joy is large enough to allow parties of 12 to enjoy the sophistication of this contemporary superyacht all to themselves.
A five-deck wonder, Joy is a spectacular addition to the global charter world and is now mesmerising guests with her curvaceous lines along with the artistic use of glass. Guests on board can take full advantage of the substantial deck space and cleverly crafted indoor and outdoor zones. Styling is bold and striking especially with the use of glass contrasting and the sculpted shape of the superstructure itself. Boasting dramatically lowered bulwarks partially lined with glass to create an open-concept cruiser, unobstructed views to the sea can be admired from every perspective.
Feel inspired as you step on board via the main deck aft. You’re sure to be surprised by the sofa which opens up to provide easy access to a staircase that leads to the beach club on the lower deck. Just like the hatch of a bomber jet, the upward hinging doors have the extra advantage of forming further seating arrangements to both port and starboard.
When the doors are brought down, the space transforms into an outdoor lounge with a retractable screen attached to the ceiling. Here you can enjoy endless hours of night time entertainment watching the latest movies. This multi-functional space is just one of Joy’s special features.
Speaking of features, what about the elongated foredeck? It’s a recreation space with a basketball court so you can practice your game while family and friends cheer from the comfort of a well-shaded lounge. At the rear, the transom door changes into a canopy to cover the large swim platform.
Let’s move onto the air-conditioned winter garden. A set of sliding glass doors open up onto a spacious dining area, encased by glass panelling is referred to as the “Winter Garden”. It creates a fresh new environment for guests to enjoy. Joy’s materials and styling makes the exteriors feel like they are actually an extension of the interior spaces, such is the design. What’s more, every living area on this superyacht has windows looking out onto the wide walkways making all rooms feel much larger than they are.
As you enter the main salon, you’ll get your first glimpse of the 250 different finishes and materials which the renowned studio Indigo have integrated throughout Joy. Interior designers have left no stone unturned regarding attention to detail. Comfort and ambience of communal spacious areas are well catered for. Terracotta carpeting is complimented by lightly toned fixtures and deep hued furnishings with floor-to-ceiling windows. The main salon embraces natural light which allows guests to take in stunning views of the sea.
Joy’s social hub
Joy’s innovative social hub is a classic styled bar situated on the starboard side. Expect to be served the latest and finest cocktails in these glamorous surroundings. The artwork remains totally unobtrusive with only a single impressionist painting hanging on one of the walls. The main salon is a colourful interpretation of minimalistic design. It offers warmth and an ambient atmosphere, a wonderful place to mingle with fellow guests.
As you head towards the VIP cabin and two double state rooms, you’ll find yourself passing a circular glass elevator. Occupying the forward section of the main deck, the elevator is located amidships on the starboard side. Check out the beautifully crafted timber staircase spiralling around its shaft. The elevator is consistent with the overall feel of the yacht while at the same time, is very functional. Connecting all decks apart from the lower deck, the circular glass elevator takes guests to both the owner’s deck and bridge deck.
To create a link between the interior and exterior, each of the two double cabins found on the main deck are fitted with large windows and lavished with exceptional soft furnishings. Due to the distinct use of colour and uniquely installed reflective surfaces, guests feel a great sense of space.
The fabulous VIP cabin is just as impressive or even better than the master suites on many large superyachts. With a wide dressing area and spacious bathroom, the VIP cabin is heaven on earth. This premium cabin has a desk at starboard side where business needs can be carried out, perfect for guests who wish to keep in touch with the office. For total relaxation, sofa seating has been added at the foot of the bed.
This master suite is forward on the owner’s deck. It has generous his and hers bathrooms with sublime 270 degree views through the ornate curved windows. Located to port and starboard on the lower deck are the children’s and nanny’s cabins. They are beautifully furnished with luxury furnishings and fixtures. The décor’s soothing colour schemes in pastels and marine tones are visually appealing while the custom-made furnishings blend in really well to create a harmonious setting.
The owner’s deck
Resembling a contemporary penthouse, the owner’s deck boasts a state room, two children’s VIP suites and a large lounge towards the aft. All cabins are uniquely styled and pleasantly laid out. Modern decorative touches and cream coloured furnishings are complimented with light wood.
The owner’s lounge also serves as a relaxing hang-out room with a state-of-the-art TV and sofa seating. It’s a popular lounge among charterers who enjoy socialising with fellow passengers. Next, we move on to the owner’s state room and what a room it is! It’s surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and has an overhead skylight for additional light.
With the clean design of the foredeck, the wraparound windows provide unobstructed ocean views from the large bed. As you would expect on this super elite motor yacht, the owner’s state room boasts his and hers bedrooms along with attendant dressing rooms. Accommodation on this deck is modern and is close to the children’s suites, a distinct advantage for families on a charter vacation.
The deck forward of the owner’s suite, can be changed into a games deck. With a 2m-high safety net, keep yourself fit and active playing outdoor sports like volley ball, football, badminton or basketball. This deck is ideal for guests of all ages to let off a bit of steam throughout their yacht charter vacation. Watch the action taking place from the al fresco dining area available on the terrace forward of the master suite. Thanks to the imaginative walk-around exterior, you can quite easily reach the various outdoor areas without any difficulty. To enjoy those warm sea breezes, take a stroll from the second winter garden situated towards the aft to the bow, at a leisurely pace.
As a natural extension to the owner’s deck, the bridge deck has a sizeable office including a wheel house and semi open-air gymnasium. There’s an array of gym equipment where you can tone up your physique and look after your body. The ocean views on offer will make your workout even more pleasurable and pardon the pun, a complete joy!
After a good workout, relax in the spa room or have a massage by a masseur. Your health and well-being are also a priority while on-board so feel free to use all of the facilities available. Beneath the sun deck, the gym offers great views of the Jacuzzi above.
Communal outdoor space
After leaving the gym take the staircase on the aft where you will find soft, sofa seating on the deck. It’s a wonderful communal outdoor space to unwind and look out over the ocean. For your comfort, there are forward facing sun pads, a selection of extra furnishings for light dining and a wide Jacuzzi. The deck can also be transformed from a sun-drenched area to a chill-out zone in a matter of minutes.
Anticipating long stretches of time spent on the sun deck, Joy’s designers have installed a bar on the port side. At the starboard, space has been put to good use with a full grill.
The exciting beach club converts to a disco room or party zone. With plush seats, a collection of bean bags, video walls, a huge TV and coloured LED lighting, it’s just the place to be for evening entertainment. The area is entirely child-friendly, there’s even the option of booking up video game consoles to keep youngsters entertained and amused.
As well as the beach club, the lower deck has a sophisticated treatment room offering a selection of wellness programmes. The large shower doubles up as a steam room and the electronically operated massage bed can be used to carry out different spa therapies. To cool down, why not head to the swim platform that extends off the aft deck?
You can reach the swim platform via the broad staircases on the port and starboard sides. It’s large enough to accommodate families and parties of guests who can easily board the toys and tenders. To wow luxury charter yacht guests, Joy boasts an exceptional choice of water toys. These include an 8.5m chase tender with 300hp engine and two three-metre jet-tenders, just what’s needed for an exhilarating, fast ride on the water.
Other water toy facilities include an inflatable slide, a wakeboard, tows, water skis and inflatable kayaks. There’s also equipment for snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing enthusiasts. If you just want to relax, not a problem. The raised transom door provides plenty of shade as you watch friends and acquaintances frolic on the towable toys.
A five-deck wonder, Joy mesmerises guests from around the world. The flexibility of the decks and guest spaces ensures that guests can fully appreciate the fine balance socially and privately. This superyacht really does set a precedent in the world of interior and exterior design. Her highly experienced and talented crew of 17 are dedicated in ensuring everyone has a most memorable vacation. Rest assured, your every need will be taken care of while on board this beautiful yacht.