There is no denying Lurssen‘s reputation as a builder of quality luxury yachts, and it is for this reason that their latest creation, 136m/446ft mega yacht FLYING FOX (ex.PROJECT SHU), has garnered so much interest with industry professionals and yachting enthusiasts alike.
Launched earlier in 2019, M/Y FLYING FOX is currently one of the world’s 20 largest superyachts and her styling brings together accomplished designers Espen Oeino and Mark Berryman, who worked on her exterior and interior spaces respectively.
From the outside, Lurssen’s latest vessel covers six decks and has a 22.5m/73.9ft beam, which is put to use for laying out the 12m/39ft swimming pool from port to starboard instead of the typical direction of forward to aft.
Both the upper deck and bridge deck aft are fitted with a fire pit, either side of which is plenty of seating and sunbeds for use in the sunshine or under the stars. The upper deck aft in particular is designed for hosting lavish outdoor events, as underneath the bridge deck overhang there is a gorgeous back-lit bar, an alfresco dining table for an intimate group of eight, and plenty of plush sofa seating for group conversation close to refreshments.
The sundeck aft and foredeck both host a helipad for multiple guests to come and go as they please. Both the sundeck and bridge deck forward are furnished with a large oval Jacuzzi for relaxation in a tranquil setting away from the main group.
The very top deck is known as the observation deck and has a central glass ceiling as well as sofa-sunbeds placed with drinks tables on both sides.
The interiors from Mark Berryman are unmistakably light and modern, combining a neutral palette with eye-catching vegetation in specially designed planters throughout the rooms.
The main salon spans two tiers and the pale colour scheme with plantation shutters covering the windows creates a homely environment on the water. The fireplace and widescreen TV act as the centrepieces on the lower floor, and the upper floor also has sumptuous sofas around a smaller fireplace and widescreen TV, with a formal dining area immediately behind.
The bridge deck dining room has timeless elegance, making use of the cut-away bulwarks for great views and increased natural light. Large light panels on the ceiling, spotlights and more subtle floor lighting ensure that guests have numerous options at their disposal for setting the mood for a special occasion.
While cruising between destinations, guests can indulge in the 400m²/4305.6ft²spa across two decks, which comes equipped with a massage room, beauty room, sauna and steam room, a gym and beach club.
Evenings can be spent unwinding together in the movie theatre, and for relaxing with hobbies away from the group there is satellite TV with on-demand options, games consoles and iPod docks.
The accommodation consists of a Master suite and 10 VIP staterooms, and as one might expect they all come with finely crafted en-suite bathrooms.
The crew accommodation provides for up to 54, ensuring that there is plenty of room for instructors and experts to join the cruise.
Currently cruising in the Eastern Mediterranean, the luxury amenities aboard luxury mega yacht FLYING FOX no doubt be put to the test by her Owners this summer as she travels from one sensational destination to the next.
All photos via Imperial Yachts