This award-winning private crewed charter yacht, with exterior design by Tim Heywood, was praised for her technical innovation and design when she launched in 2010 as the largest US-built motor yacht for a century. In 2016, AQUILA underwent a major refit to incorporate state of the art facilities and the latest in navigational and recreational gear.
This included redesigning the sun deck with DJ booth, AV system, smoke machine and lights for all night dancing. The finely tuned speakers at 3m intervals to ensure sound consistency.
The beach club was also expanded and now boasts a fully equipped gym, along with an array of watertoys. For family movie nights, the acoustically perfect cinema screens the latest releases, or for complete indulgence to unwind during your charter, the on board masseuse in one of the two spa areas can provide therapeutic and aesthetic treatments.
Each of the deck spaces have been reconfigured to allow for an al fresco lifestyle, with multiple dining options, sunbathing and socialising: the bridge deck with its sunbathing areas forward, sundeck with lounge areas and the main aft deck is devoted to relaxation with a jacuzzi, sun beds and two dining spaces.
AQUILA’S beautiful interior design is by Florida-based interior designer Liz Dalton. Some of the highlights include a spiral wrought iron staircase with cherry wood handrail linking every floor from the lobby to the sun deck (there is also an elevator), a magnificent library with fireplace and grand piano, and on the main deck, the superb nearly 170m² saloon with separate private dining room, designed as a rotunda.
Much of the beautiful glass work throughout AQUILA was created by Preciosa of the Czech Republic including the 11.2m waterfall chandelier, with over 800 hand blown glass pieces and 500 polished stainless fittings, which cascades down four levels from the sun deck down to the lower deck creating shards of light across the white marble floor.
The “London bar” has a real gentleman’s club feel, and its bespoke bar is covered in compressed and glazed Tabaco leaves trimmed with cracked duck egg.
For guests keen on keeping fit, AQUILA boasts a well-equipped gym with the latest machines and workout gear. There’s a cinema on the main deck with state-of-the-art projection and music and movies on demand, plus a massage/beauty salon on the owners’ deck and a separate spa room for guests.
Mega yacht AQUILA offers accommodation in eight lavish suites for up to 12 guests, comprising five double, three twin and one convertible.
There is an entire deck dedicated to the owner’s stateroom and additional facilities – a seven-room suite including generous lounge areas aft deck and dining for up to 14 guests.
The gym is opposite a yoga studio that doubles as a beauty salon and massage room. Forward of the two bathrooms and dressing rooms is a full-beam sitting room and study while all the way forward, facing windows that sweep 180 degrees, is the owners’ bedroom with a canopied king-size bed. There is also a private sundeck area which folds out from the master cabin for intimate moments hovering above the water.
The six spacious guest rooms are located on the main deck. Each guest room has been designed in classic style with its own colour scheme, but they all feature plenty of storage and abundant natural light through oversized windows.
WATERTOYS & TENDERS
Guests aboard AQUILA will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the incredible array of toys housed in AQUILA’S massive garage, nicknamed “The Boathouse”.
For support craft, there’s a 10m Limited Edition AquaRiva Centos, an 11.3m custom-built Vikal Limousine for jaunts to shore, arriving in style, and for towing and watersports there are a 10.4m Scorpion RIB and 5.5m Nautica RIB.
AQUILA is an approved RYA water sports training centre for personal watercraft, and these include three Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Waverunners, two Jetsurfs, sea kayaks, two SeaBobs, waterskis, kneeboards, wakeboards, tows and snorkelling gear.
For pleasant beach barbecues, the crew can set up the complete marquee and chairs, grill and games for special occasions or just to watch the sun set on a picturesque stretch of sand.
This exceptional charter yacht is helmed by two Captains who lead a crew of 28, all well known for their skill, professionalism and knowledge of secret anchorages that will make every charter aboard AQUILA a monumental, memorable experience.