The 17th annual edition of the BOAT International World Superyacht Awards, the “Oscars of the yachting world”, recently took place in London, with a number of charter yachts being crowned at the Award ceremony. These luxury charter yachts are stunning; perfect for your next vacation. Talk to us for further details and to book.
Benetti’s 36.8-metre Motopanfilo model, KOJU won the category Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts, 35m to 39.9m
This impeccable motor yacht, with accommodation for up to 10 charter guests, was praised for its high standards of construction, aggressive profile and bright living spaces.
The judges said that the deck spaces provided “an ideal model for outdoor living”. These comprise of a huge sundeck topped by a crow’s nest observation deck, two further well-sized aft decks at bridge and main deck levels, together with a pool and sunbeds on the foredeck.
On top of this, the stern door opens to create a large, level platform where a beach club can be set up at sea-level and features a retractable fabric canopy providing ample shade when needed. As one judge put it “a pleasant open-air area, not one tucked away in the bowels of the yacht and lacking sunlight”.
The interiors boast huge windows, seamless flow from the aft deck into the spacious saloon and a vast full-beam, main deck master suite with office, vanity and ensuite. The four additional guest cabins are well-appointed and ideal for families and groups.
EMOCEAN, an explorer yacht built by Rosetti Superyachts took out the Displacement Motor Yachts 499GT and below, 30m to 44.9m category
The 38.1-metre vessel possesses the rugged good looks of an explorer and boasts a 5,000-nautical-mile range, seaworthiness and long autonomy to undertake every voyage.
The owner also asked for enhanced interior volume and a fully featured beach club, while also calling for a closable sundeck to suit all weather conditions and a crew area that would provide for a comfortable lifestyle and good working conditions. The judges felt that the design team had achieved this goal in admirable fashion, with clever design features throughout impressing the judges.
As one example, to meet the owner’s request of keeping the enclosed area of the beach club tender-free, the tender’s primary stowage is on the bridge deck aft, with an alternative berth on the bathing platform in calm weather. Such positioning requires a sizeable crane that would dominate the bridge deck aft, but clever design camouflages the crane and its lowered jib by giving it a second purpose as a convenient bar.
The expansive sundeck is extraordinary for a yacht this size and includes a 3.5m infinity pool as well as a spacious bar, sunpads and a covered alfresco dining area.
EMOCEAN’S interiors feature floor to ceiling windows, while recycled ocean plastic fabrics and rugs have been used instead of traditional animal products. The formal dining area seats 12 and there’s a 150-bottle wine cellar.
EMOCEAN offers spacious accommodation for 12 charter guests, comprising a full beam master suite located forward on the main deck complete with an owner’s office, a private fixed balcony and his and hers ensuite.
Another Benetti motor yacht, 65.4-metre TRIUMPH, won the category of Displacement Motor Yachts, 1,000GT to 1,499GT
Her owner’s brief was for a practical charter yacht with excellent internal flow and a seamless relationship between the interior and exterior of the yacht. It was also important for the owners to be able to work during their time on board.
The judges were initially attracted to Triumph’s clean, drop-dead-gorgeous exterior lines drawn by Cassetta Yacht Designers. The judges praise TRIUMPH’S lounging and dining spaces over four levels, as well as a private owner’s deck forward on the upper deck, and an extensive bathing platform and beach club at the stern.
Added to this external beauty, the judges felt that her interior, laid out in house by Benetti and decorated by Benetti’s Interior Style Department assisted by Green & Mingarelli Design, to be practical and functional, displaying a fair balance between guest and crew areas, service facilities, storage compartments and machinery spaces. All in all, this adds up to an ideal charter vessel, which is exactly what her owner requested.
The yacht accommodates 12 people in six double cabins, as well as luxurious amenities including a touch and go helipad on the bow, a sauna, fully-equipped gym, massage room and 70-square-metres of beach club with a drop-down platform.
The sundeck boasts a jacuzzi, comfortable seating and a dining area with wind sheltering. The sky lounge on the upper deck blends seamlessly with the aft dining/lounge space. The owner’s apartment, set over a sprawling 130-square-metres takes full advantage of stunning views.
In the Rebuilt Yachts category, one exceptional luxury charter yacht took out the Judges’ Special Award for a recent major overhaul: KALIZMA
The oldest motor yacht in the world in operation, KALIZMA, famously owned by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1970s and 80s, and now owned by Shirish Saraf, has a history spanning more than 110 years. A true classic motor yacht built by Ramage & Ferguson in Leith, Scotland in 1906 as “Minona”, KALIZMA has hosted fabulous celebrities over the many decades.
KALIZMA was named after the Hollywood couple’s daughters, Kate, Liza and Maria and is where Burton presented Taylor with the world-famous 69.42-carat diamond, now known as the Taylor-Burton diamond.
In the past few years, however, she had suffered neglect and was bought by her current owner, who restored the vessel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This latest, beautifully executed restoration was undertaken by specialists from India, Spain and Portugal, bringing this one of a kind luxury charter yacht back to life.
Her interiors have been brightened, freshened and modernised, while still retaining an authentic sense of old-world glamour. According to Saraf, “KALIZMA has this old-world charm. I see her as a piece of art.
“I wanted a look that was also something we could live with. It was very staid, and very dark because of all the mahogany. So, we cut out a lot of the dark wood to give it a little more light, and now it’s beautiful.”
Interior designer, Alessandro Ortenzi used “grey shades, champagne white and neutral tones”, mixed with modern colour accents throughout, to create a softer, more feminine scheme. In the outdoor areas, deep blue accessories punctuate fresh white, while indoors, violet – inspired by Taylor’s famously unusual violet eyes – adds an element of interest.
The master cabin has been completely refreshed with custom-made furniture, and a new lighting system has created a more relaxed, intimate mood on board. Meanwhile, beautifully detailed and sophisticated pieces from Italian artisans and brands such as Palazzo Morelli have elevated the look and have been chosen in keeping with a classic nautical theme. Brass details, handmade ropes and beautifully textured fabrics on the cushions, sunbeds and sunscreens sit alongside the ship’s original surviving brasswork and brass bell.
Some of Ortenzi’s favourite areas are a custom bar counter, with the yacht’s coat of arms proudly displayed on the front; the master cabin with its television and audio equipment, masterfully disguised behind a sleek structure built into the bed; and a gallery wall of black-and-white portraits of Burton and Taylor, “because the legend is always alive”. New teak decks throughout complete the picture.
The freshly refurbished classic KALIZMA is available for charter in the Maldives November to April and in the Mediterranean during the summer.
For these and many more award-winning luxury superyachts available for charter world-wide, please contact the luxury charter experts at Luxury Charter Group.