Summer in India is receding but certain parts of the world are still enjoying warm, sunny weather, along with travel to exotic locations. While flights, road trips and luxury cruises sound like a great way to get to your perfect holiday destination, chartering a luxury yacht is even better, and here’s why!
Ever since the pandemic started, travellers around the world have become cautious about having their own personal space. And so private charter companies, including private jets and yachts, saw quite a boom in business. Although private jets have been around for a while, in the past year, the charter yacht industry has really been expanding. In addition to the launch of several new charter companies, older ones have also added to their collection with new models featuring varied designs.
Chartering a yacht is one of the most luxurious ways to spend your summer. While there are plenty of cruise ships that serve the exact purpose — and might even be lighter on your pocket — chartered yachts are a better option for those who like to customise their own itinerary. Apart from getting to choose your own destination and preferred sail time, chartering a yacht can help guests learn about sailing from the expert crew themselves. What’s more, you have the entire space to yourselves, without a thousand people crowding you.
So if you’re looking for one last thrill before summer is officially over, here are some of the world’s most luxurious yachts that you can charter.
Superyacht Ahpo was built by German shipyard Lürssen while the interiors and exteriors were designed by Italian studio Nuvolari Lenard. At 115.1m, Ahpo is the largest yacht of 2021, with an 18.21m full beam, and a 4.3m draft. The overall volume of the yacht is 5,257gt. With so much space, the yacht can accommodate up to 15 passengers in addition to the 36-member crew. The yacht is spaciously designed with seven staterooms, a gym, a spa, a movie theatre and an elegant lounge. Within these, there are a range of luxury amenities like the on-deck jacuzzi, beauty treatment rooms, relaxation area, and even a helipad which provides seamless arrival and departures for guests.
A tri-deck yacht built by Ocean Alexander, Entrepreneur is resplendent of a chic Malibu beach home. Designed by Evan K. Marshall, the interiors of the yacht are ultramodern with neutral white walls and sand tone glossy wooden flooring. At 36m long, the yacht is perfect for smaller groups of up to 10 people, along with the 5-member crew. A majority of the space features floor-to-ceiling glass windows which provide a spectacular view of the outdoors while providing ample skylight to keep the space fresh and vibrant. The yacht has a few amenities like an on-deck jacuzzi, sauna, gym, and a cocktail bar.
The newest charter yacht on this list is the superyacht Kenshō. Built by Admiral Yachts, Kenshō was worked on by two different designers, Jouin Manku who styled the interiors and Azure Yacht Design who were responsible for the exteriors which borrowed heavily from nature. Hence, the curved lines and neutral tones. At 75.18m, the yacht can hold up to 12 people with a 23-member crew. The interiors of the yacht are very elegant and minimally designed using teak, marble, bronze and onyx. The full-length windows and panoramic saloon give guests some of the best sea views. On-board entertainment includes amenities like a gym, lounge area, spa, swimming pool, a jacuzzi with a glass front, a beach club and a cocktail bar with windbreak doors.
A small but super luxurious yacht, Nothern Escape is the newest oasis yacht by popular Italian shipbuilder, Bennetti. Their Oasis collection is a selection of luxurious yachts inspired by nature, that blend minimalism with contemporary design. The Northern Escape superyacht was designed by Bonetti/Kozerski, an architecture firm in the US. The 40m yacht will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests. But the real standout of the yacht is the stunning Oasis deck — an expansive open-air beach club. The deck features an infinity pool, a cocktail bar, a teppanyaki grill and al fresco dining, along with a massage table to add to the extravagance.
One of the premier launches of 2022, superyacht Rio was designed by Omega Architects and Allesandro Pulina. It boasts a contemporary, sporty design with interiors crafted from zebrawood and marble. Sleek and spacious, the 62m long yacht can host up to 12 guests. Being a home to some of the most luxurious suites, in addition, the yacht also has two VIP suites and the owner’s cabin which comes with its own office space. A dedicated owner’s deck includes a private foredeck featuring a hot tub and al fresco dining. While the lower deck has a more private vibe, the upper decks are the defined social spaces for onboard parties and events. These include a massive size swimming pool, another hot tub and jacuzzi, gym, lounging areas and more.
A yacht that looks like a mini cruise ship, Top Five II is a super luxurious charter yacht designed by Sinot Yacht Design. Stretching out to 61m, the yacht can house up to 12 guests, although it can hold a lot more for short events and parties. The interiors of the yacht feature oak, walnut and white Italian marble furnishings. One of the most impressive features of the yacht is the lavish beach club, designed in shades of blue and white like the beautiful Greek islands. It houses a huge swimming pool, jacuzzi and plenty of space for lounging in addition to the actual lounging area. Aside from these, the yacht also houses a fully equipped gym, spa and sauna room, bar and kitchen for al fresco dining.
Another super glamourous and chic, Victorious was designed by Michael Leach and H2 Yacht Design. This is one of the few charter yachts that takes luxury to a whole new level. 85m long, Victorious is perfect for family getaways accommodating up to 12 people. It has everything you need to entertain on the sea, right from a beauty salon, spa and Hammam to a gym, movie theatre and a dedicated children’s playroom to keep your children occupied and entertained.
One of the highlights of Victorious is her humongous 200m2 beach club that features a sea terrace with a counter-current swimming pool, jacuzzi, lounge area, wet bar, and dining area. The yacht also features a helipad on the front deck for charter guests’ arrival and departure.