Best of the Best 2005: Charter Yachts
Feadship yachts are among the most popular with charter clients, regardless of the vessels’ sizes or their details, which are as varied as the tastes of the owners. The new 235-foot Utopia, the largest yacht ever launched from the De Vries yard in the Netherlands, promises only to enhance the Dutch builder’s cachet in the charter market. The yacht was finished according to Feadship’s specifications, and it is operated for charter the way Feadship wants it to be run.
The client who commissioned Utopia intended to use it for entertaining his family members and corporate clients, but when he died during its construction, Feadship assumed ownership of the yacht and modified the plans to finish and outfit it in a manner that the builder believed would be the most pleasing to the widest audience.
Feadship’s 56 years of experience building yachts suggested that an owner’s deck comprising a suite of rooms stretching more than 100 feet would have universal appeal. The suite consists of an owner’s study, dressing areas, and a marble bathroom with a spa tub that sits under a skylight. Forward of the bath is a palatial bedroom offering a panoramic view of the ocean. A door from the bedroom provides access to a private sundeck. Aft on this deck are a skylounge, with a bar and a home theater, and deck lounge astern. A large butler’s pantry that is finished to residential standards is tucked out of the way on port.
Two VIP cabins and a slightly smaller cabin for children or a bodyguard occupy prime real estate on the forward portion of the main deck. This group of rooms also can serve as a suite for a second family group. Rearward are the formal dining and main salons and another open deck. Two additional twin guest cabins are located off a large foyer on the lower deck. Utopia can accommodate a helicopter, and it carries a Chris-Craft tender, a jet boat, a sailboat, kayaks, and Jet Skis. Utopia is staffed with a rotating regiment of 48 crew members, including four captains and four chefs.
Feadship, +31.23.524.7000, www.feadship.nl
(available worldwide for about $450,000 a week)
De-liveras In Style
Before Greek charter specialist Andreas Liveras created the 280-foot Annaliesse, large families or corporate groups had to charter yachts in tandem. Now as many as 36 passengers can travel the seas together in staggering luxury that includes a 1,184-square-foot master suite. In addition to a bath with his and her sinks, this suite has panoramic views, a private outdoor deck, an office, and a second stateroom for children or private staff. Among the yacht’s amenities is a fully equipped and staffed business center and conference room. Once you have justified the trip with a few meetings, you can enjoy the spa and fitness center, which includes a sauna, steam room, cold plunge pool, Jacuzzi, massage room, and beauty salon. A koi aquarium separates the men’s and women’s dressing rooms, and a children’s playroom is located opposite the gym. Annaliesse also carries speedboats, scuba gear, Jet Skis, wind surfers, and a helicopter. The library/theater features hundreds of movie titles and a 100-inch screen for viewing satellite TV. Unlike a cruise ship, this yacht is decorated with silks, tapestries, and handmade carpets, and it has a 1:1 crew-to-passenger ratio. Among those at your disposal are a nurse and a world-class chef.
Liveras Yachts, +3188.8.131.52.10, www.liverasyachts.com
(available in the Caribbean and Mediterranean for $840,000 per week plus expenses)
Bridging the Gap
Andale, the handsome, 164-foot new issue from Italian builder Codecasa, has something for everyone of every generation to enjoy. For example, an elevator eliminates the possibility that a wheelchair or a bum knee would keep a guest from using the sundeck, and the separation afforded by three salons and a dining room allows children space to play without interrupting adults concentrating on a rubber of bridge. Light woods, elegant marbles, and beautiful fabrics create a fresh and relaxing interior. Pairs of queen and twin cabins are arranged around a lovely lower foyer, while an enormous master suite with sitting room and full-beam bath featuring a Jacuzzi and steam shower is forward on the main deck. A sixth cabin aft of the master is well situated for a personal assistant or bodyguard. It also is suitable for extra guests. In addition to an air-conditioned veranda on the main deck offering 180-degree views aft, there is an abundance of outdoor social areas, including a partially shaded sundeck with a secluded hot tub forward of the mast.
Camper & Nicholsons, 954.524.4250, www.cnconnect.com
(available in the Caribbean and Mediterranean for $210,000 per week plus expenses)
Lady Sings the Blue
A 171-foot beauty from the Dutch builder Amels, Lady in Blue offers charter clients a brilliant, unique interior design scheme so beautiful that they will be tempted never to venture beyond her enormous windows and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Amels maximized the yacht’s interior space by extending the superstructures aft and placing most of the outdoor living area on the upper deck. The design by Alberto Pinto is informal and contemporary but executed with the highest-quality materials. The use of eight varieties of wood brings a sense of intrigue often lacking on charter yachts. Textured fabrics invite lounging, perhaps in front of the fireplace in the media room. Wireless, high-speed Internet throughout eliminates the need to duck into an office to check e-mails, although the owner’s suite does feature a proper desk. All cabins are oversize, and most feature king-size beds. For those who like to socialize under the stars, the aft end of the media room features a DJ’s mixing board, microphone, and a complete array of entertainment electronics. A sliding glass window links the DJ station to the aft deck, which serves well as a dance floor.
Koch, Newton & Partners, 954.525.7080, www.kochnewtonandpartners.com (available in the Caribbean for $215,000 per week and in the Mediterranean for $240,000 per week plus expenses)