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Paradise Found

Bailey S. Barnard

Adrian Lee, the young designer of the ultramodern interior of downtown Singapore’s Klapsons, the Boutique Hotel, brought his unique sense of style to Ocean Paradise, his family’s new 180-foot yacht. The Benetti-built vessel, which the Italian yard delivered to the Lees in June, offers a wealth of water toys and amenities, augmented by a crew with expertise in everything from ice sculpture to underwater photography. Available for charter in the Caribbean this winter and the Mediterranean next summer, Ocean Paradise promises a heavenly experience on the high seas.

ORGANIC GOODS ✵ Mauro Izzo, Benetti’s in-house designer, oversaw the implementation of Lee’s vision throughout Ocean Paradise, whose roughly 500-square-foot main saloon features an organically designed sofa by Lee, with a cream-colored plush velour finish. The space’s wall panels are painted oak, and black leather lines the backs of the recessed shelves. As with most of the boat’s onboard functions and entertainment equipment, the saloon’s 60-inch Samsung flat-screen TV can be controlled via Apple iPads.

LIGHT DINING ✵ Located forward in the main saloon, the 12-seat dining table affords ocean views through adjacent floor-to-ceiling windows. The table is custom made from carbon fiber and glass; legs that slant inward and a lit panel beneath the glass create the illusion that the dining surface is floating. Here and throughout the yacht, passengers enjoy the cuisine of a German chef who hails from Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe.

STAIRWAY TO ZEN ✵ Dual stairwells—both with faux-crocodile-leather steps and LED-lit handrails recessed into a black-leather wall—give guests and crew separate entry points to the main and upper saloons. Beneath the stairs, a sand-floored Zen garden with bonsai trees complements the siltstone-marble floor of the main foyer, which leads to the master suite.

SUITE SERENITY ✵ Thick, textured carpeting from Stepevi stretches nearly the width of the full-beam master suite. Amorphous light sculptures and ceiling-high mirrors flank the oversize bed, which appears to hover above an ambient LED glow. A portside patio, outfitted with a hanging woven-fabric sitting pod from Kettal, offers a private seaside retreat.

SOAKING IT UP ✵ The roughly 1,000-square-foot sundeck includes a carbon-fiber wet bar, a movie projector, a DJ sound system, and Technogym exercise equipment. The deck’s expansive hot tub, located forward, features massaging jets and waterspouts. A sliding glass partition protects the space’s dining and lounging areas, the latter of which is an ideal spot for a treatment from the yacht’s onboard masseuse.

Chartering Ocean Paradise

Builder: Benetti (www.benettiyachts.it) Delivered: June 2013 Length: 180 feet Cabins: 6 Guests: 12 Crew: 12 Cruising areas: Caribbean in the winter, Mediterranean in the summer Weekly base rate: From $300,000 Toys and tenders: 20-foot ski boat, Sea-Doo watercraft, underwater scooters, sea kayaks, powered surfboards, towables, and a sea trampoline Highlight: Diving or snorkeling adventures with the yacht’s underwater photographer, who worked with Jacques Cousteau Charter contact: Y.CO, www.ycoyacht.com