The growing trend of cantilevered "sea terraces" on luxury mega yachts was evident at this year's Monaco Yacht Show and again at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Balconies are bound to be high on the wish-list of charter guests as they become de rigeur with the new breed of owners commissioning these impressive motor yachts.
Hydraulic balconies add wow factor, lending outsiders an alluring peek into the sanctuary of the saloon or suite beyond. They add living space onboard, open these vast vessels to natural light, sea breezes and views, and create a retreat, often for the principal charter guests to savour time alone – perhaps a morsel of breakfast as the day begins, or cocktails and sweet nothings à deux illuminated only by the stars above.
As Beach Clubs become the health, fitness and watersport platform, with elaborate setups comprising gyms, saunas, equipment garage, or a bar and lounges for the ultimate in hedonism, balconies become a secondary platform for sunbathing, admiring the toys, the skills of those game enough to ride them, to access the tender as it floats past or slip into the restorative waters.
Here is our selection of the luxury charter yachts with impressive balconies and terraces, awaiting your booking to bring your dream yacht charter vacation to life.
This impeccable 242ft (74m) CRN superyacht is bursting with unique and technically brilliant features, an elegant portside reception area for guests arriving by tender, a large private terrace forward of the Owner's stateroom and a balcony from the spa/beauty salon for massages or refreshments hovering above the water.
Then, below the 12m pool on the aft deck, there's the massive Beach Club at her stern - perfect for sunbathing and as a launch platform for CLOUD 9's many water activities. The tender garage with bespoke limousine tender is to the side – yet another cutting-edge feature of this exceptional charter vessel.
CLOUD 9 is available for charter in the Mediterranean in summer and the Caribbean during winter with a professional crew of 22 to take care of the finest details.
This marvelous charter yacht is the first of the popular Benetti Veloce fast displacement series. At 140ft (42.6m) CHEERS 46 offers the size and comfort of a much larger vessel with huge social spaces including the largest sun deck of any vessel her size. In addition to the sun deck she also offers a larger Beach Club and an entertainment area off the foredeck with pool, plus several diving boards along her deck spaces for the active water enthusiast! The incredible full-beam, on deck, state-of the-art gymnasium boasts Technogym equipment, massage room, TV and entertainment systems, ample air conditioning and a sensational fold-down terrace for complete water's edge tranquility.
The 155ft (47.25m) luxury charter yacht BLUSH with her dazzling ice-blue hull is the largest and most advanced Sunseeker motor yacht ever built with sumptuous accommodation for up to 10 charter guests and available for your next charter vacation in the Mediterranean. BLUSH boasts a slew of unique features, including a stunning private balcony off the full-beam Master suite. The elegant formal dining area too has side patio doors and balconies for sublime panoramic views of the surrounding sea and passing landscapes.
An exceptional 99ft (30.45m) Princess motor yacht, KOHUBA is the first Princess Yachts 30M of the new generation M CLASS range of superyacht, available for charter on the French Riviera, France, Corsica, Sardinia and the Balearic Islands of Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Minorca.
KOHUBA sleeps 10 guests in 5 staterooms and boasts vast flybridge and cockpit areas for formal or social occasions. From the saloon, at the touch of a button, a balcony unfolds over the sea, providing the perfect spot to enjoy a sunset.
This 137.99ft (42m) luxury charter yacht GEOSAND is a superb Italian-built Baglietto with a brilliant bronze hull and plenty of unique features. With accommodation for 12 guests in six staterooms, GEOSAND is remarkable for her space and lavish décor, as well as whirlpool Jacuzzi on the sundeck, generous exterior spaces including a full beam upper saloon and two balconies off the Master cabin.
A prime example of Italian ingenuity and craftsmanship, the San Lorenzo 126, TAKARA is 125ft (38m) of elegance and refined living – a brilliant four-deck luxury charter yacht available in Spain, the Western Mediterranean and the Balearics. TAKARA accommodates up to 12 guests in five lavish staterooms, each with its own ensuite and furnished impeccably. TAKARA is Japanese for "treasure", and her décor and finishes such as bamboo, Ziricote and splashes of deep colour and original artwork and sculptures make her worthy of that name.
In the main saloon with its large lounge seating, the most impressive feature is the retractable balcony which extends off the starboard side. Accessed via a large glass sliding door, this unique addition provides expansive views and allows guests a magic connection with the sea beyond.
Separated from the main salon by a stone shoji screen and opening up onto another starboard-side balcony, is the serene and spacious formal dining area.
Brand new to charter, the 171ft (52.12m) SEVEN SINS is hull 1 of the new Sanlorenzo 52Steel line. The 52Steel is a five-deck superyacht designed in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design.
One of the groundbreaking elements on the aft section, introduced by the Technical Department of Sanlorenzo Superyacht division, is the large swimming pool on the main deck. Boasting a transparent floor, it allows natural light to filter into the beach club below. This space features two folding terraces, one on each side of the yacht, serving as platforms with direct access to the sea.
The same area can be transformed into a garage with a controlled flooding system for the storage of a tender up to eight-metres in length. This part of the boat also houses a fully equipped, customised gym.
The internal layout hosts a large owner apartment in the bow on the main deck. With two VIP and three guest cabins on the lower deck, there is ample room for family and friends. It also has two spacious saloons, one on the main deck and one on the upper deck and external living areas on the main, upper and sun deck.
At 92.36ft, HIGH ENERGY is a Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht. Inside, HIGH ENERGY features wraparound glazing and full height windows for superb panoramic views, while the drop down saloon balcony provides a wonderful space to take in the scenery and sea breezes. HIGH ENERGY has accommodation for eight guests in four cabins and client feedback proves she is an extremely popular charter yacht in the Mediterranean.
OKTO is a 217ft (66m) luxury charter yacht with accommodation for 10 guests in five cabins available for charter in the Mediteranean. OKTO is packed with special features such as helipad, a 6m swimming pool, guest elevator, and four tender bays, as well as a huge Owner's suite with a spacious balcony.
For further details of these trend-setting superyachts and other motor yachts available for charter please contact the luxury yacht specialists at Luxury Charter Group.
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