Known for her sparkling turquoise hull, the 40m/132ft superyacht ANKA proves she has a lot more to offer than just an eye-catching paintjob, with a plethora of similarly striking features perfectly suited to the lifestyle of a modern-day charterer.
Built in 2015, ANKA is the fifth hull in the award-winning 40M series from Princess Yachts and, combining a proven platform with bespoke refinement and ample amenities, she is another fine addition to the global charter fleet from the celebrated UK shipyard.
Instantly recognisable is superyacht ANKA’s striking aquamarine-coloured hull and matching radar arch. Dubbed as ‘turquoise island’ by Princess Yachts, the glittering hue is wonderfully accentuated by the crisp white of her swept-back superstructure and certainly sets her apart from her sisterships.
Yet, despite their differing paintjobs, there are some important similarities between the likes of superyacht SOLARIS and superyacht ‘Imperial Princess, the latter of which was the first in the series and the winner of a prestigious World Superyacht Award after her launch in 2012.
All boast powerfully elegant lines and a commanding exterior that does little to hint at the large volumes within and across the decks. In fact, with a volume of 395 GT, the flagship build offers an incredible amount of space for a 40-metre superyacht.
Once aboard, guests can step into the Fendi Casa-designed interior from the main deck aft and be met by a light and airy open-plan main salon. Handsome wooden floorboards flow forward underfoot and a wide expanse of full-length windows frame the surrounds with whatever idyllic cruising grounds ANKA is docked in.
A large silver-grey rug designates a lounge, where two pale-coloured sofas and matching armchairs and foot rests invite guests to relax or socialise in absolute comfort, and the scene is completed by a central circular coffee table made of polished striped wood.
A highlight here are the two hydraulic balconies to port and starboard which, with the help of full-length sliding glass doors, increase the sense of space in the lounge, as well as provide a secluded spot over the ocean in which to read a book, catch up with a loved one over a coffee or simply soak up the beautiful scenery.
The atmosphere is one of casual elegance and extraordinary comfort
Forward of the seating area is a formal dining setup. Matching the coffee table is a striped, high-gloss table surrounded by 10 sumptuous dining chairs, while oak appears in two cabinets to port and starboard, and in the panelling of the forward bulwark.
Overall, the atmosphere is one of casual elegance and extraordinary comfort. Contemporary in look and lacking in elaborate detailing, the design is perfect for the modern guest who wants to feel at home and truly unwind with their family on a charter vacation.
To starboard, the dining area leads straight into ANKA’s marble-floored main foyer, where guests can reach the lower and upper decks via a central staircase, and there is also a port-side entrance to main salon which, with easy access to the galley, is reserved for the crew.
Leading off the hallway is a short corridor bookended by an office, equipped with an expanse of windows so charterers can catch up on business without missing out on spectacular views. The room also forms the entrance into the master suite, which spans across the forward section of the yacht.
Enter the suite from behind the bed, which sits on the centre line facing a widescreen television on an oak cabinet. Wooden floorboards and beautifully grained, polished oak wall panels are offset by a large, pale-coloured, circular rug and textured upholstery in creams and pale gold.
Two deep armchairs and a coffee table to port offer the principal charterer a private place to lounge and, behind the TV, a narrow bulwark forms part of a vanity table within easy reach of two walk-in closets located to port and starboard.
In the forward-most section, a contemporary en-suite bathroom is clad in creamy coloured marble and contrasting tiles in earthy brown hues and chrome accents. His-and-hers sinks are joined by a large shower, head and bathtub, and natural light is provided by a rectangular skylight.
On the lower deck, a VIP suite, one double cabin and two convertible twin cabins complete the accommodation line-up, meaning ANKA is able to sleep up to 10 guests on a private yacht charter in a flexible arrangement.
The two twins cabins are located amidships and are divided by the central corridor, while, the VIP suite stretches across the full beam of the yacht aft, incorporating a vanity area, sofa, walk-in wardrobe, and an en-suite with his-and-hers sinks, a shower and bath tub.
Likewise, the double cabin’s large en-suite bathroom is equipped with these amenities. All the staterooms boast similar styling to the master suite, with pale grey carpets, meaning no guest will be left short of experiencing the yacht’s exceptional laid-back sophistication.
Guests can watch a movie or catch the big game here, as well as socialise with loved ones
If guests require a more casual setting in which to get together, head up to the upper deck where a skylounge awaits. Again, the space is defined by wooden floorboards and ample glazing, but a huge L-shaped sofa upholstered in cream leather is the focus of attention.
A coffee table wrapped in a metallic fabric sits on a pale-coloured rug, and the cabinetry is made of a high-gloss dark wood, contrasting to the oak wall panelling of the forward bulwark. Opposite the sofa, to port, are two easy armchairs and matching foot stools.
There is also a widescreen television on the forward bulwark, so guests can watch a movie or catch the big game here, as well as using the lounge as a place to socialise. Again, crew have their own entrance for improved service on board.
Opportunities for entertaining and relaxing continue across ANKA’s decks, which are all minimalist in style with teak details and furniture made from natural materials. This design retains the easy-going ambience of the interior, and ensures a harmony between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
Open to the sun on the main deck is a seating area formed of a fixed U-shaped sofa, two square tables and movable armchairs. A casual lunch can be enjoyed here and, with a bar further forward, the space also acts as a greeting area with the capacity to serve welcome drinks.
Wraparound decks on this level also allow guests to easily reach the drop-down balconies located to port and starboard. A set of stairs on either side of the yacht forward then lead up to a sunning station and seating on the foredeck, offering much privacy when docked in a busy port.
The upper deck aft, meanwhile, can be reached from a staircase to port on the deck below. A large, 12-seater table sits at the centre creating the main alfresco dining area on board, where guests can catch up on the day’s activities over a delicious meal cooked by the resident chef.
Transparent bulwarks ensure the area is sheltered from windy weather conditions, while still allowing panoramic views to be taken in when sitting down, and there is enough room along the aft section of the deck for a pair of sun loungers.
Providing the very best in outdoor living, however, is the sundeck. Chaise lounges are open to the sun aft and, after a sunbathing session, guests can take a dip in the teak-trimmed, six-person Jacuzzi located just a few steps away.
Forward of the spa pool is a comfortable entertainment area with two sofas and a sleek bar. Bestowed with brilliant vistas, the area is capable of serving any occasion, from watching a romantic sunset to sipping cocktails with friends or taking some time out with a good book.
An electronically operated sliding Bimini attached to the radar arch also enables the large space to be covered from the sun is shade is required, further increasing its versatility.
The remaining deck area left on board is an oversized beach club, which certainly doesn’t disappoint. A drawbridge-style transom door is lowered to create a large waterside terrace, where guests can recline before cooling off in the refreshing ocean.
Lowering the transom door also reveals the vast array of water toys stocked on board. In fact, ANKA is a RYA-approved water sports centre, and the swim platform is perfect for jumping aboard the jet-skis, water scooters, stand-up paddleboards, water skis and towable toys.
There is also snorkelling and fishing gear, and scuba diving equipment for rendezvous diving. Plus, there is enough room in the stern garage for a 6.2-metre tender and two personal water craft.
A drawbridge-style transom door is lowered to create a large waterside terrace, where guests can recline close to the ocean
After catching the attention of onlookers with her sparkling turquoise hull, ANKA continues to captivate all those who step aboard, with her bespoke style and long list of modern amenities laced across her incredibly voluminous interior and exterior.
Radiating casual elegance, her interior entices with its contemporary design and remarkable comfort, offering a tranquil sanctuary in which guests can spend quality time with family and friends, as well as indulge in unadulterated relaxation to return home feeling rested and rejuvenated.
Likewise, the exterior deck areas present no-end of opportunities for socialising, dining and unwinding in soothing surrounds, with her incredible side balconies and fantastic swim platform allowing guests to form an event stronger connection to the ocean.
|Gross Tonnage395 GT|
|Max Speed23 knots|
|Cruising Speed21 knots|
|Fuel Consumption380 LPH|
|Range 2,000 nm|
|Range at 12 Knots|