For the fifth season of hit TV series Below Deck, the luxury yacht was bigger and more luxurious than ever before: 56.2m/184.5ft motor yacht THE WELLESLEY was named THE WELLINGTON on the show, and here is the tour through her cabins and cigar room right up to the sundeck – almost as good as being there yourself!
Built in 1993 by Oceanco, she received and extensive refit in 2016 that refreshed her appearance inside and out. Luxurious marbles are used across the decks, accompanied by plush leather furnishings and impeccable joinery in a range of high quality wood varieties.
The formal dining room is separate from the main salon for a more intimate dining experience between guests. A high-glass circular table sits in the centre of the room and the seating arrangement can be altered for up to 12 guests.
The inviting main salon is one of the first areas guests and visitors will encounter: Velvet sofas and armchairs form a cosy conversation area at the centre of the room, surrounded by mahogany panelling and top notch technology for entertaining day or night. Lighting plays an important part in the ambiance, and in addition to the numerous ceiling spotlights there are table lamps that fit seamlessly with the art deco-inspired surroundings.
What would be the skylounge aboard most vessels is the cigar room aboard this superyacht! Situated on the upper deck aft, famous cigar smokers of the past century adorn the walls of this distinctive gentleman’s lounge. An entire wall cabinet is dedicated to vintage cigars and a choice whiskeys accompanied by crystal glasses. Overstuffed leather armchairs are placed in the centre of the room and the widescreen TV for the latest sports and a large library of films. A desk in the corner lets the room be used as an office by charter guests who need to keep an eye on business matters.
The main deck aft is unusual in providing a raised aft area extensively furnished with sofas, armchairs and drinks tables for outdoor relaxation in the sunshine or shade. Steps lead down to the grand alfresco dining area, and a staircase leads to the lower deck and the beach club in the stern.
The upper deck aft is fitted with a massive sunbathing area along the stern that can be covered by a bimini shade for use throughout the day. Farther forward, the seating arrangement provides comfort and great views as guests unwind with drinks and savour the fresh air.
Those looking for the Jacuzzi will find it on the sundeck forward, surrounded by plush sunpads on both sides. Guests can soak up the sunshine on the sun loungers along the stern too, while the expert chef prepares a delectable lunch and cocktails are served from the wet bar.
The accommodation is placed across the decks, with a Master suite on the upper deck benefiting from elevated views. White panelling and mahogany woods add to the sense of space and elegance with a simple and clean appearance. The room has an abundance of space for a king-sized bed and a lounge in front of a massive widescreen TV, and the en-suite bathroom is just as opulent with marble floors and wall panels.
The twin cabin aft of the Master suite is the only cabin on board not to have its own sofa, although it does have large plush beds and its own en-suite.
Since the 2016 refit, the main deck forward has changed from an observation room to become the second VIP suite. Here the occupants have a gorgeous light-filled space thanks to the skylight panels arranged in a semi-circular formation, and at night these can be left open for stargazing or covered for complete privacy.
The lower deck has the original VIP stateroom amidships and this highly desirable cabin is more the equivalent of a second Master suite: The full beam affords an abundance of space with a king-sized bed at its centre, a wall-mounted widescreen TV, a lounge to starboard and a desk to port. The en-suite bathroom has a bathtub in addition to a shower, and it connects through to the walk-in-wardrobe, which in turn leads back into the bedroom.
A double and twin en-suite cabin are also placed on this deck and both provide a generous amount of space with a sofa and widescreen TV for relaxing in comfort at the end of a busy day.
The collection of water toys onboard is vast, encompassing everything from high-speed jet skis and Seabobs aboard this Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, to Scuba diving equipment and inflatable and towable toys. The water slide will be a hit with guests of all ages, and when the group wants to stay on board there is a range of gym equipment including yoga mats for exercise, fresh air and panoramic views.
Among the crew there are trained jet ski instructors and a professional massage therapist, so guests can spend the morning learning how to use the water toys and exploring along the coast before returning to a delectable lunch and an afternoon of sunbathing and treatments.
Superyacht THE WELLESLEY is available for charter to make your holiday, honeymoon, corporate charter or other special occasion one to remember.