Fort Lauderdale, considered the “Yachting Capital of the World”, will host the 59th annual FLIBS, with an enticing array of luxury lifestyle products such as exotic cars, fashion and timepieces to complement the exceptional craft on show over 7 venues and 6 miles of floating docks, involving 1,500 boats and 1,200 exhibitors from 52 countries. More than 110,000 visitors are anticipated to attend this year’s event, lured by the exceptional vessels on show, many of them premiering at FLIBS.
As in previous years, FLIBS is a significant charter show on the international circuit for Luxury Charter Group and we will be attending, eager to inspect this year’s fleet of charter yachts available in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and some further afield in emerging cruising grounds such as the Asia-Pacific region.
Here are our top picks of the charter yachts at this year’s FLIBS:
With her gleaming midnight-blue hull and tall, sleek superstructure, award-winning ELYSIAN is a head-turning 187ft (60m) Abeking & Rasmussen luxury charter yacht available for charter in the Caribbean, with accommodation for up to 12 guests in six opulent staterooms.
ELYSIAN has large entertaining spaces over her three decks and the sundeck is particularly enticing with its jacuzzi and sunpads, room for daily fitness with the gym equipment onboard, or a cocktail at the bar. The main aft deck has comfortable seating and tables for socialising, while the formal dining space in the saloon is ideal for special occasions, celebrations or simply delighting in the wizardry of your onboard Chef.
The modern and highly unique décor of ELYSIAN, designed by the acclaimed duo Bannenberg & Rowell, has plenty to fascinate and intrigue guests, with a masterful and tasteful blend of textures, colours and finishes.
Part of ELYSIAN’S charter appeal is its extraordinary versatility in the cabin layout. The extremely stylish full-beam master suite covers a huge 90 square metres on the main deck, with four additional staterooms found on the lower deck. These cabins are traditionally arranged as two queen and two twin cabins, but the four cabins can easily be transformed into two palatial full-beam VIP suites with varying berth arrangements to suit different charter group configurations. In addition, there is a cabin on the bridge deck with two Pullman bunks, which could be used for children, personal staff, or as a study with a spectacular view high above the water.
As for watertoys, ELYSIAN has a massive assortment of tenders and toys, including a 36ft Yellowfin centre console boat for fishing and other adventures, a 24ft custom built wooden tender for arriving onshore in supreme style, and a RIB for towing, as well as two 2-person Seadoos, inflatable trampoline, paddleboards, kayaks and an inflatable slide off the side of the yacht!
16 dedicated professional crew complete the picture and make your charter onboard ELYSIAN a veritable experience of a lifetime.
This superlative 205ft (62.5m) custom-designed and built superyacht offers exactly what her name implies – complete indulgence and the leisure lifestyle over her four levels and the ideal choice for your next charter vacation in the Caribbean, or the Mediterranean.
With eight cabins for 12 guests, PARTY GIRL is an excellent family-friendly charter yacht, served by 14 crew committed to delivering a memorable charter experience.
From her massive Beach Club with gym and to her uppermost sundeck, with its jacuzzi and sunpads, PARTY GIRL will thrill and delight everyone. She boasts opulent Art Deco-inspired interior by the awarded-designer, Christiano Gatto, two master suites convertable into a massive penthouse, formal as well as informal entertaining areas, a massive main saloon and an indoor-outdoor veranda on the main deck.
The upper sky lounge has two generous lounge areas and direct access to the spacious aft deck where there are an additional seating area and alfresco dining option. On the sundeck, PARTY GIRL offers plenty of seating, sunpads, shaded section and a fantastic jacuzzi.
When it comes to toys and tenders, PARTY GIRL spoils for choice with a 37ft (11.3m) Intrepid boat, 25ft (7.5m) Dariel DT7.5, 21ft (6.4m) Novurania 650 Pro, 15ft (4.5m) Zodiac RIB, and for fun, an inflatable waterslide, four Waverunners, Seabobs, SUPS, wakeboards, waterskis, snorkelling gear, various inflatables and mats for lounging around on water, plus other tow toys.
This 123ft (37.5m) Admiral luxury charter yacht is a striking light bronze and pearl white, with chic Italian styling and five stateroom accommodation for up to 11 guests in complete comfort.
With interiors described as “modern villa” in style, JEDI features floor to ceiling glass windows for unrivalled views, Carrara marble throughout the yacht and spacious deck areas that add to her beach club atmosphere.
The large transom section folds out to create a cabana/swim area with bar and sauna, and there is a side hull door for gym and tender stowage.
The sun deck is a huge terrace overlooking the sea, perfect for entertaining and relaxing. Guests will enjoy the generously sized jacuzzi surrounded by sun pads for complete relaxation. A foredeck seating area is yet another social space, ideal for sunset cocktails or curling up with a good book.
At 130ft (39.62m), W is a spacious and luxurious, tri-deck Westport motor yacht, which welcomes 10 guests aboard with accommodation in five lavish staterooms, offering the ultimate charter experience.
Like all Westport superyachts, W was designed for both relaxation and entertaining, with free-flowing deck and interior spaces, characterised by sapele and mahogany wood, leather and opulent fabrics used throughout.
W’s aft deck has a bar, 42-inch LCD TV and seating for alfresco dining for 10. There’s also a large sundeck with shaded table for alfresco dining, a jacuzzi flanked by oversized sunpads, 42-inch TV, bar and chaise. W’s bow also has lounge chairs for the best view on the vessel!
At 129ft (39.32m), with five large cabins for up to 10 guests, a range of social spaces for entertaining and relaxing over three decks, and an amazing array of watertoys, SAFIRA is a superb choice for your Caribbean charter. Refined and elegant inside, with classic timberwork and chic décor, SAFIRA has a spacious saloon, with separate lounge and formal dining section, as well as large aft deck, plus a sundeck with jacuzzi, sunpads and table with seating.
SAFIRA also boasts a gym with an assortment of equipment and all the tenders and toys a large group or family could wish for to make their Caribbean charter a memorable experience.
An impressive 150ft (45.72m) PALMER JOHNSON superyacht, GREY MATTERS boasts cutting edge styling, distinctive sleek profile and thrilling performance, with accommodation for up to 10 charter guests in five staterooms, each with ensuite. Her expansive sun deck and open sun deck lounge incorporates jacuzzi and bar, high-tech AV system, barbecue and covered dining space. Inside, the interior décor is elegant and inviting, with ebony and leather panelling, exquisite granite and marble with backlit onyx throughout the cabins and living areas.
Along with a new 11.2m Axopar tender and 5.6m Castoldi jet tender, GREY MATTERS comes equipped with two Sea-Doo jetskis, a glass bottom kayak, waterskis, wakeboard, three SeaBobs, SUPS, snorkelling gear, fishing gear and a water pontoon for guests to enjoy.
Her experienced and enthusiastic crew of eight, led by Captain Andrew Burridge, are adept at exceeding the expectations of charter guests.
New to charter in 2017, 144ft (44m) MUCHOS MAS has lavish accommodation for 11 charter guests in five suites and is available for charter in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
With her eye-catching metallic silver hull, MUCHOS MAS is stunning inside and out. The contemporary interior is a tasteful fusion of rich Walnut Burl timber paneling and grey Vinyl Tweed fabric. Rift Sawn White Oak flooring offsets the sleek walnut cabinetry throughout.
An owner’s office leads into the elegant full beam Master suite, with Smart Glass Privacy Film windows. The opulent onyx ensuite boasts a central 2-person shower and includes a state-of-the-art therapeutic Vichy shower with six shower heads and four adjustable modes over a horizontal onyx bed. A central skylight through to the foredeck Jacuzzi completes the spa-like ambiance. Four equally stylish guest cabins are located on the lower deck. The aft convertible guest cabin can transform into a private sitting room and open up to create a deluxe full beam VIP suite.
In addition to the main saloon that features bar and lounge, plus formal dining, MUCHOS MAS has a pool with swim-up bar, a brilliant Beach Club and a massive range of the latest water toys for hours of on-water fun.
This incredible 180ft (54.86m) luxury charter yacht, SOVEREIGN, has six stylish and comfortable staterooms with accommodation for up to 12 guests, with all the amenities even the most discerning charter guests could require for a brilliant charter vacation in the Caribbean.
On the main deck, the large saloon and dining area are elegantly decorated in classic style, comprising timber panelling, impeccable furniture and lighting, as well as original artwork.
On the upper deck, the panoramic skylounge boasts a second saloon with lounge, bar and uninterrupted views, theater-style seating, and a 90-inch projector screen and 80-inch flatscreen TV which are ideal for movie nights or watching the game without missing a moment of family-fun on your charter.
Her sun deck has seating and lounge space, as well as a full-service wet bar and an infinity-edge pool/jacuzzi. The upper aft deck has a large, circular alfresco dining table for elegant outdoor dining, sun pads, seating areas and tables to relax outside in privacy, out of view from the dock.
SOVEREIGN has a fantastic selection of tenders and toys, including a 32ft Intrepid boat for fishing and other expeditions, 21ft jet drive tender, two Waverunners, two Seabobs, waterskis, wakeboard, tow toys, kayaks, snorkelling gear, a drone with Go-pros and for the exercise buffs, a full range of gym equipment.
Bound for the Caribbean for the winter season, 118ft (36m) ZULU is an impressive explorer-style luxury charter yacht from Inace Yachts in Brazil, with distinctive design, exceptional capability and unique interior styling, with amazing amenities and room for up to 10 guests in five suites.
Her spacious aft deck area with elegant curtains and awnings for shade, is the ideal area for a decadent celebration, or to assemble your group for a foray to shore, or leap into the blue on Seadoos! The huge hydraulic swim platform makes access to the water easy. ZULU’S inviting sun deck boasts a jacuzzi, sunpads and expansive undercover terrace for meals with a view.
Inside, a recent interior redesign from acclaimed Italian designer Stefano Pastrovich has created a relaxed and inviting feel, with a masterful mix of modern art, mementos from around the globe and ornate fabrics, textures and fascinating furnishings. ZULU has the latest AV and entertainment systems, AC throughout, and all the accoutrements you’d require for the ideal charter vacation.
For accommodation, there is a brilliant master suite which offers fantastic views from its gallery windows, plus double, twin and single cabins, each with marble tiled ensuite, which are ideal for an extended family or large group, offering flexibility
For full details about these sensational superyachts and others that we will be inspecting at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show please contact the luxury charter yacht specialists at Luxury Charter Group.