Italian-made luxury yacht BARENTS (ex SOTAVENTO, LUMIERE, CUOR DI LEONE and LIONHEART) was the vessel which kick-started the hit Bravo TV show ‘Below Deck’ back in 2013 as motor yacht HONOR, and seven years on her professional crew and gorgeous living spaces have kept her stellar reputation secure.
She received an extensive refit in 2018 to refresh her interior and exterior appearance, and her status as an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre makes her all the more appealing to groups that love water sports. Read on to find out what made this yacht so desirable on the charter market even before she had her own series.
The highly acclaimed designer Stefano Natucci produced her neo-classical interiors, combining pale oak burl, honey onyx and matching marble along with Greek design elements that can be clearly seen in the wet bar detailing and foyer bannisters. The result is an uplifting and memorable environment for holidays, celebrations, and family and friends get-togethers with that added touch of sophistication.
The main salon is the hub for fine dining indoors, seating the whole group around a large glass-topped table for multi-course meals coupled with a wide selection of refreshments from the bar, which is ideally positioned aft to serve guests indoors and out. The main salon provides plenty of seating for receiving visitors while dockside, and for guests on the go there is easy access to the lower deck swim platform and the tender to jet off to the next big party.
The sky lounge features a 65″ widescreen TV perfect for film nights and makes a great second choice that lets the group split up for private conversations. There is a more laid-back ambience when compared with the main salon, and it has its own wet bar for convenience.
When it comes to outdoor space M/Y BARENTS has numerous options: Begin each day with breakfast alfresco on the main deck aft, or tumble into the comfortable sofa for lunch after spending all your energy on the water toys.
For elegant meals surrounded by the grandeur of nature, there’s no surpassing the upper deck aft, which has seating along the stern to take in the scenery and watch the sunset. The Portuguese deck offers a more intimate environment on the curved sofa, while still granting panoramic views of the location.
Guests can spend the whole day outdoors on the sundeck, which has a sun-exposed aft lounge filled with sun loungers and armchairs, a shaded alfresco dining area and bar, a raised Jacuzzi forward and an elevated platform for sunbathing in peace and quiet.
However and wherever guests choose to spend their days, the six en-suite cabins to sleep up to 12 guests are designed with the utmost comfort in mind: The warm and inviting colour scheme is enhanced with ample lighting and mirrors to further amplify the illumination, and the plush beds are fitted with the best quality quilts and covers. Every cabin has TV entertainment for winding down with a film before bedtime or a lazy morning recovering from a spectacular celebration.
These cabins consist of a Master suite, a VIP stateroom, two double cabins and two twin cabins that both have a Pullman berth, and the ability to convert into doubles.
The Master suite has the additional benefits of a private office and a massive en-suite bathroom with his-and-hers entrances accessed through wardrobes. Within, the highlight is the central spa tub, however, there is also a shower for when the occupants require efficiency overindulgence.
The VIP stateroom on the upper deck has elevated views and quick access to the sky lounge, and much like the Master Suite, it has greater privacy away from the majority of the accommodation on the lower deck.
The rest of the guest cabins are all generous in their proportions and their adaptability ensures that extended families and friends groups have options to suit their needs.
The Water Toys
As an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, guests can earn a jet ski licence during their time onboard. There is also a wide selection of towable toys to appeal to adrenaline seekers and for group activities, and fishing gear to relax and savour the sunshine with the opportunity to catch a mouth-watering meal.