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As the world’s largest yachts continue to grow larger and larger each year, so too do the ideas of superyacht owners as to what features and amenities will make their, “floating villas” stand out from the crowd. This demand for over-the-top luxury pushes high-profile yacht designers to continually “reinvent” the ultimate onboard amenities.
No longer is an ondeck Jacuzzi style spa satisfactory. Now, the hot tub must double as a wave-generating swimming pool – with a backlit waterfall cascading over the edge of the spa into a smaller reflection pool. Along a similar innovation path, our company President, Jana Sheeder, recently toured a new build megayacht with designer Evan Marshall. The Marshall-designed yacht features a sundeck with a sunken-floor lounge area that can be flooded with several inches of water, to create a faux beach atmosphere – with the legs of the chaise lounges in the cool water!
Company President, Jana Sheeder, and our charter team returned from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show where many manufacturers and designers displayed their latest innovations and concepts. They took notes of the latest trends that are becoming more and more popular with superyacht owners and designers. Here are the top three amenity design trends seen for 2018:
In prior years, most sundeck bars were intentionally undersized, to make room for the storage of watertoys on deck. With the advent of more yachts keeping the tenders and toys in garages, the ability to expand ondeck amenities has seen an increase in large outdoor wetbars, built with luxurious stones, polished finishes, and mood lighting. The bars have become focal points ondeck – places where families and friends gather for extended periods to socialize and enjoy the fresh air and seaviews.
One of the most magnificent outdoor bars is located on the sundeck of Lurssen yacht SOLANDGE. The large curved bar is positioned to the port side and boasts an opaque lighting design that creates a glamorous evening hang-out. This 85 meter Lürssen superyacht was designed by Espen Øeino and has many other notable design features, including a spectacular superyacht fireplace.
Fun, unusable rooms are now popping up on the largest superyachts – from superyacht gyms and spas to cinemas and nightclubs, all designed around the owner’s passions and what they think will appeal to yacht charter guests. Designer Tim Heywood reflects on the trend:
“Lifestyle-specific rooms — from casinos to underwater viewing rooms to other ideas such as snow rooms, meditation spaces, art galleries or anything designed to meet an owner’s particular needs — have all featured in my designs. In fact, our first cryotherapy room is in production, and it won’t be the last.”
Interior designers Redman Whiteley Dixon created an amazing wellness area onboard the 63 meter Feadship motor yacht LADY BRITT. The standout room in this area is the Finnish sauna, which opens on to the ocean. Namaste … Charter guests can literally heat up, then take a plunge into the cool ocean. The wellness area features space for massage and hairdressing, and the gym’s panoramic sliding glass doors open to the large spa pool on the sundeck.
With more designers relegating tenders and watertoys to side-opening garages on superyachts, prime aft areas that once housed these items are being redesigned with hydraulic balconies and decks to serve as open–air beach clubs. First generation beach clubs were little more than extended swim platforms with tender garages emptied of their contents to make room for a lounge chair or two. Newer designs offer bars, lounges, and spa access points. The best of the new generation clubs serve as all-round waterfront entertaining venues.
Rarely do you find beach clubs on sailboats, yet sail yacht AQUIJO is anything but an ordinary sailboat. The editors of Boat International magazine described her club area: “As the world’s largest ketch, she has more than enough room to accommodate a spacious beach club, complete with a hammam [turkish steam bath], sauna and a spectacular spa pool that is illuminated by a large skylight. As if all that wasn’t impressive enough, the watertight aft doors mean that (sail yacht) Aquijo’s beach club can still be used when she’s sailing along at her brisk top speed of 20 knots.” Amazing…
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