Ten stunning superyacht interiors to make you feel right at home
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then surely the 5000-plus superyachts currently on the water are considered some of the most beautiful things ever created. Each, whether semi- or fully custom, has features that sprang from the mind of its owners.
Nowhere is that more true than in interior decor. Here is where owners really get to express themselves. Not only can they choose which tones and textures take centre stage, but they also have significant say in how and where those materials are used. Some prefer the classic appeal of mahogany panelling, for a gentleman’s-club look, while others like lacquered surfaces, for a decidedly contemporary ambience. Still others go completely avant-garde and put stone slabs on the walls.
The following 10 superyachts span the spectrum of these styles, and more. Where one captures bygone-era elegance, another reflects militaristic modernism. There’s a contemporary twist on French Classical design, and even an abundance of white marble meant to play second fiddle to an amazing art collection. You’re certain to find something that suits your definition of beauty.
The owner of Atlante wanted the yacht’s profile to echo that of a military ship, with sports-car styling mixed in. He worked with Gilles & Bossier to make sure the interior was just as assertive, yet still warm and welcoming.
Both smoked and black oak combine with brushed fir and larch wood on walls and underfoot. The level of detail is extraordinary, down to the trapezoid-shaped handrails, which are designed to more effectively reflect natural light. (crn-yacht.com)
Royal Huisman Elfje
Named after the Dutch word for “fairy,” Elfje has a sweet sensibility. This is a yacht meant for everyone to socialise, from the owners to the crew, and tones and textures are so soft, you almost want to reach out and touch them.
Elfje is also meant for being at one with Mother Nature. A see-through tube from the master suite’s glass-topped coffee table goes straight through the hull, so the owners can spot fish and other sea creatures. (royalhuisman.com)
Lurssen Ester III
It’s hard to make a 216-footer feel cosy, but Reymond Langton Design and the owner of Ester III did so by breaking up big rooms into intimate spaces with rich fabrics.
The French Classical decor is also executed in a thoroughly modern way, and largely defined by a hand-carved leather, wood, metal, and polished plaster mural rising up along the stairway and glass elevator. (lurssen-yachts.com)
Best known for being owned by the late Malcolm Forbes, Highlander looks completely different from when it was built in 1985.
Now, available for charter via Edmiston’s central listing, Highlander has a master suite located on the main deck and features family-focused spaces, as well as Philippe Starck furniture, Missoni fabrics, blue onyx flooring, glossy walnut panelling, and modern granite steps. (edmiston.com)
Benetti Illusion V
Illusion V is a study in contrasts, particularly between the glossy black walnut panelling and cream and white tones of soft materials.
The Green & Mingarelli–designed 190-footer is also a study in opulence, with liberal usage of Lalique crystal and a prominent rose motif featured on headboards, pillows, carpets, and the walls lining the spiral stairway. (benetti.com)
Sunrise Yachts Irimari
The owner of Irimari spends a lot of time aboard, so areas like the cinema (which boasts a 90-inch TV) get a lot of use.
There’s a quiet sophistication to the 207-foot yacht, but also an element of whimsy. The lacquered staircase mimics kelp, and a large-scale video wall rises behind it. Meanwhile, fish swim along the headboard in the master suite. (sunriseyachts.com)
It’s hard to imagine, but La Sultana first served as a passenger ship and eventually as a Soviet spy ship. The La Sultana Hotel Group acquired it in 2007 and spent seven years transforming the 215-foot vessel into a vintage-inspired gentleman’s yacht.
Hand-carved mahogany, cherrywood, cedar, and other prized woods abound, but the real highlight is the central staircase. It’s designed after renowned French furniture designer Louis Majorelle’s monnaie-du-pape bannister from the early 1900s, which features bronze flowers and elegant wrought-iron details. (lasultanayacht.com)
When it comes to interiors, the wow factor isn’t restricted to super-sized superyachts. At 135 feet, Nameless is akin to a floating art gallery. Its owner has an extensive art collection and wanted to be surrounded by some of his favorite pieces while at sea.
To keep them the centre of attention, Nameless has predominantly white walls and pure-white Carrara marble floors — no veins or variations in tone. (mondomarine.mc)
Tankoa Yachts Suerte
Suerte is a modern marvel. Guests can board via the beach club, which features a slate-covered back wall — a motif that is carried through the saloon.
And blocks of Jerusalem stone line the wall opposite the upper deck’s sushi bar. (tankoa.it)
Everywhere you turn aboard Taransay, you’re met with period-authentic furnishings and design. The 126-foot yacht is a painstaking replica of a 1930s cruiser — even down to the deck gear.
Ash wood, painted with satin-finished white lacquer, keeps the staterooms feeling airy. Satin-finished mahogany envelops the saloon and formal dining room. Even the wheelhouse is a throwback style, with a traditional teak wheel and a classic-looking binnacle housed among modern instruments. (rossinavi.it)