Yacht Charter Fleet reviews the spectacular superyacht AMARYLLIS after she wowed at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show.
Stood on the docks at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina, it was easy to spot the magnificent profile of the 78m/257ft motor yacht AMARYLLIS berthed across the bay in Falmouth Harbour.
Built in 2011 by the German shipyard Abeking and Rasmussen, her sweeping curves and structural detail cut a handsome figure as her navy blue steel hull and white superstructure sparkled in the Antiguan sunshine. Indeed, luxury yacht AMARYLLIS is certainly a sight to behold – inside and out.
The superyacht designer behind the yacht’s striking exterior and interior is the UK-based Reymond Langton. On account of the owner’s brief, the design team sought inspiration from the Belle Époque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods and the end result is one of the most innovative interiors on the luxury yacht charter market.
In the main salon, stylised flower marquetry on the walls, furniture and ceiling evoke the curved and sinuous lines of the Art Nouveau era as does the feminine shapes of the cream sofas and high-backed armchairs.
Even the honey-hued sycamore wall panels have curves thanks to the award-winning UK cabinet makers Silverlining, whose hand-crafted furniture also appears throughout the motor yacht.
In opposition to the typical layout of a superyacht, the formal dining room is located on the deck above the main salon. A large circular table made of Ziracote comfortably seats 12 guests and is looked over by a glittering bronze and crystal chandelier. Panoramic glass doors mirror the curve of the table and slide open to create a semi-alfresco dining setup.
Forward of the dining area is a piano lounge, home to a self-playing Schimmel Piano, which captures the aesthetics and technological excitement of the Belle Époque era. Light wall panels, artwork and intricate marquetry are highlighted by two glowing crystal pillars, creating a warm ambience for relaxation or socialising with family and friends.
A sky lounge on the bridge deck boasts a similar design to the main salon but has the addition of a 103-inch plasma TV, making the space perfect for movie nights. Outside aft is a bar and oblong dining table with amber-coloured inlays, which seats up to 12 guests. A mist cooling system keeps guests refreshed and two pendant chandeliers above provide atmospheric lighting for evening events.
The design team sought inspiration from the Belle Époque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods and the end result is one of the most innovative interiors on the luxury charter market
Steps lead up to a spacious sundeck where there is a variety of seating and sunbathing areas as well as a large Jacuzzi which, at night, bathes the deck in multi-coloured light.
The owner’s staterooms, meanwhile, are located forward on the upper deck and are entered through a striking curved lobby with walls wrapped in sculpted leather. The one-of-a-kind passage opens up into a full-beam study centred on an Art Nouveau-style desk carved from rare English walnut.
Further forward is the opulent full-beam master suite, which features stunning panoramic windows, a large Art Nouveau hand-carved bed, a luxuriously soft cream bamboo carpet and a regal colour scheme of gold and purple.
A beautiful Japanese-themed VIP suite is located on the main deck of luxury yacht AMARYLLIS. Soft taupe shades and silver highlights are joined by a sculpted leather ceiling and automatic shoji screens reveal panoramic views.
Three further double cabins are all individually styled yet all Art Deco-inspired. One takes on a masculine look, composed of striking grey, silver and royal blue hues while another boasts a colour palette of soothing cream and olive. The third, meanwhile, is decorated in serene lilac and purple tones - similar to the one twin cabin on board.
Another highlight of the yacht is the spacious beach club on the lower deck, where a retractable swim platform lowers to provide space to sunbathe and easy access into the ocean. Gym equipment sits under cover, allowing guests to work out close to the water, and further forward is an Asian spa with plunge pool, sauna and steam room.
The Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th century was based on the idea of ‘total art’, meaning art should be a way of life, embracing everything from architecture and interior design to furniture, textiles and household silver. Such a philosophy is certainly embodied in AMARYLLIS, whose exquisite design and unrivalled attention to detail has broken down the barriers between art and life at sea.
For further information on M/Y AMARYLLIS, please get in touch with your preferred charter broker.
Abeking & Rasmussen
Reymond Langton Design
Reymond Langton Design
|Gross Tonnage2108 GT|
|Max Speed16 knots|
|Cruising Speed14 knots|
|Fuel Consumption550 LPH|
|Range 5,000 nm|