A selection of the best mega-vessels currently available for charter, whatever the size of your entourage
As technical as warships and as luxurious as five-star hotels, for any self-respecting sybarite the superyacht is still the ultimate object of desire - not that you need a billionaire's budget to enjoy one. Luxury London considers the best mega-vessels currently available for hire.
BUILT 2009, Benetti, Italy
LENGTH 59.3m (194.6ft)
GUESTS 12 (4 x Double, 2 x Twin)
CRUISING SPEED 12 knots
Meamina was designed to serve as a luxurious background to its scenery. That said, there is much to enjoy on-board. In addition to six perfectly appointed cabins, there is a Jacuzzi, gym, sundeck, lounge bar and on-board masseuse.
Service is, as you’d expect, superlative – attentive, intuitive, gracious and pampering, it puts most high-end hotels to shame. Meamina can reach ports larger ships can only dream of – the chic Croatian resort of Hvar, Norway’s majestic fjords and the idyllic atolls of French Polynesia are all waiting to be explored.
Summer rates (high/low) €350,000/315,000 pw*; winter rates (high/low) $408,000/371,000 pw*, www.burgessyachts.com
LENGTH 22m (72ft)
GUESTS 6 (2 x Double, 1 X Twin)
CRUISING SPEED 24 knots
Custom-built to sail the waters of the Spanish Mediterranean, Maia Fair provides an effortless method of exploring the coastline of Spain’s most glamorous resorts. A high-performance, high-speed, 72ft yacht, Maia Fair is dedicated to mercilessly pampering its guests, with two crew catering for a maximum of six overnight visitors (12 during the day). Indeed, Maia Fair is renowned for its hospitality. Watersport options include hi-powered jet ski, paddleboards, water skiing, and a rib.
From €40,000 for one week + 21 per cent IVA, www.marbellaluxuryboatcharter.com
BUILT 2014, Moonen Shipyard, The Netherlands
LENGTH 36.9m (121.2ft)
GUESTS 10 (3 x Double, 2 x Twin)
CRUISING SPEED 16 knots
The appropriately-named Crystal is the spectacular creation of master yacht designer Bill Dixon. The styling is utterly captivating, with an extensive use of marble, dark wood and glass contrasting with the sculpted shapes of the superstructure.
In the end, though, Crystal is a yacht designed primarily for lovers of watersports: jet skiing, diving, kayaking and more are easily accessible from the yacht’s bathing platform. Five luxurious cabins, a glorious dining room and sun deck/bar round things off in suitable style.
Summer rates (high/low): €165,000 pw/€150,000 pw*; winter rates (high/low): €150,000 pw/€150,000 pw*, www.princessyachtcharter.com
BUILT 2016, christensen shipyards, united states of america
LENGTH 48.8M (160.1Ft)
GUESTS 12 (6 x double, 1 x additional berths)
CRUISING SPEED 11 knots
The Chasseur is the epitome of elegance, boasting a gorgeous sky lounge and sun deck – composed of backlit crystal agate – and top-of-the-line entertainment spaces, including the Armani custom table and main salon.
The staterooms are no less grandiose – luxurious accommodation is arranged across six cabins, including one master suite and a VIP area with a Hermès Jean X Michel Frank club chair. Suffice to say, Chasseur’s furnishings and fittings are of the highest quality, as is the service onboard.
Summer rates (high/low) €273,000/231,000 pw*; winter rates (high/low) $294,000/224,000 pw*, www.burgessyachts.com
BUILT 2006 (refit 2012), Lurssen-Werft, Germany
LENGTH 72m (236.5ft)
GUESTS 12 (7 double cabins)
CRUISING SPEED 13 knots
Designed by maestro FranÇois Zuretti, and refitted in 2012, Titania’s furnishings and fittings are simply exquisite, invoking the grandeur and timeless elegance of a Claridge’s hotel suite.
A beautiful outdoor pool is surrounded by wooden decking and complements vast entertainment spaces, including the beach club incorporating a sauna, bar, sofa and a state-of-the-art gymnasium. Accommodation-wise, you’re spoilt for choice, with seven cabins, including two master suites and a VIP cabin.
Summer rates (high/low): €600,000 pw/€490,000 pw*; winter rates (high/low): €600,000 pw/€420,000 pw*, www.burgessyachts.com
LENGTH 82m (269ft)
Built in 1991, the Esprit was converted into a luxury yacht of the highest order by cruise-specialist Crystal in 2015 and has, in a relatively short space of time, earned a formidable reputation for its exceptional service and cuisine. Charming staff greet every passenger by name and soon learn their drink preferences. The amenities are similarly impressive, particularly as the Esprit is a relatively small cruise yacht.
A beautiful pool area is complemented by the sunset and cove bar, gymnasium and the yacht club restaurant. Best of all is a retractable aft marina, where guests can try their hand at windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing, diving or paddle-boarding, at no extra charge. The more adventurous will want to experience Esprit’s most tantalising feature, a three-person submersible. It offers a chance to descend 300 metres (almost 1,000 feet).
The food at the signature Yacht Club Restaurant, presided over by chef Adam Jenkins, is outstanding. Having cut his teeth at The Ritz and the Sloane Club,
Jenkins transforms every evening into a memorable banquet. There emphasis is on service and fine dining, accompanied, of course, by never-ending selection complimentary
fine wines and spirits. Nights are long, headaches almost obligatory.
A full seven-night charter of Crystal Esprit costs from $420,000. Price is subject to change depending on date and location. This rate is all inclusive of meals, beverages, land excursions, gratuities, port taxes and fees if based on the already programmed itinerary. If the itinerary changes then the rate quoted may change. Call Mundy Cruising on 020 7399 7670 or visit www.mundycruising.co.uk
*All rates exclude operating costs (food & beverage, port taxes, fuel, crew gratuities, which are in addition to the weekly rate). Full pricing on application.
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