As we were stepping off the 42m/138ft motor yacht GEOSAND at this year’s Mediterranean Yacht Show, one of the helpful stewardesses remarked how, ‘on this yacht, we holiday’. Whilst succinct, such an observation ultimately crystallized all of the thoughts the editorial team had regarding this endlessly fascinating charter yacht.
Delivered from the Italian shipyard Baglietto in 2011, and bearing an interior and exterior designed by Francesco Paszkowski, GEOSAND wholly elevates the standard of the modern superyacht.
Whilst often repeated, the expression ‘less is more’ is perhaps the only way of sufficiently summing up what it feels like to step foot on board superyacht GEOSAND.
Indeed, with only the occasional eastern flourish punctuating the lightly hued canvas, the yacht lets the space do the talking, and transports guests to an almost zen-like environment before they’ve even made their way across to the formal dining area.
Flanked by wide windows, the main salon also ushers in plenty of light to spill in and illuminate the relaxed interior.
Though traditionally reserved for more formal occasions and when the weather is less appealing, the main dining area of luxury yacht GEOSAND is reportedly just as popular as her alfresco alternatives.
Explaining how guests regularly gather here for casual dishes as well as more elaborate celebrations, the chief stewardess giving us the guided tour was keen to impress on the team just how exceptional it was for a charter yacht to have such a well received interior dining option.
Of course, this is hardly surprising when you consider how inviting the space is, and how its tranquil composition would nicely complement a wide range of cuisines.
This isn’t to suggest, however, that eating outdoors is off-limits or not as appetising- as we came to realise later, charterers really are spoilt for choice when it comes to tucking in on board GEOSAND.
Before proceeding through to the master suite, the team spent some time inspecting the decoration which has been subtly added to the yacht.
Consistent with the zen aesthetic which defines the interior, the inclusion of small ornamentation and the occasional lotus flower brightens the rooms without intruding on them.
Sparsely placed, guests are ultimately more likely to appreciate these finishing touches as they add character and conjure an atmosphere without ever once crowding the spaces they occupy.
A floating sanctuary, superyacht GEOSAND offers a charter experience which is defined by its quiet repose
Entering the master suite via the private office which precedes it, charterers are provided the chance to utilise a finely arranged workspace should they need it.
Like everything else about GEOSAND, this space is entirely unimposing, and could well serve as a natural extension of the corridor for those who do not have any pressing business to attend to whilst away on their luxury yacht charter vacation.
The full-beam master suite itself is unquestionably one of the crowning achievements of the motor yacht, and it’s easy to imagine how the retractable balcony found on the starboard side would be the perfect place for a long coffee following a morning swim.
Congruous with the symmetry found elsewhere, there is another balcony located on the port side which figuratively and literally opens up a wealth of possibilities.
Perfectly primed for couples, the his and hers bathrooms are separated by a central steam bath which doubles up as a Jacuzzi, a design choice which makes GEOSAND as exceptional in her private spaces as she is in the social ones.
Travelling down the broad staircase to the lower deck, the team set about the five additional staterooms.
Interestingly, the configuration is comprised of three VIP suites and two twin cabins complete with pullman berths.
Featuring supplementary furnishings and distinctly oriental decoration, these suites form an impressive union with the ongoing ambient theme.
Prior to exploring the exterior of GEOSAND, the stewardess walked us through the skylounge which includes its very own bar and is in many respects a continuation of the main salon.
With a small collection of suitably placed lighting fixtures to keep things bright at night, it was no surprise to find out that this area is a popular choice among charterers who are partial to some cocktails whilst away on vacation.
Nicely dynamic, this area is just as appealing by day, and makes a nice alternative for when the sun is at its highest.
Composed of various ‘wow factors’, charter yacht GEOSAND treats her guests to charming surprises at every turn
Exiting the interior for the sundeck, the first thing the team noticed was the clarity of the background music making its way through the Bose sound system.
Noticing the surprise, the stewardess made the observation that whilst many designers tend to side with volume, the designers of GEOSAND have privileged quality, and it’s a decision which sets her apart- the clear sound forming the ideal background to such a relaxed superyacht.
In terms of the amenities available on the sundeck, guests have the choice of various alfresco dining spaces, many of which have their own bimini for partial shading.
Situated towards the aft, the Jacuzzi is generously sized, and offers up panoramic views due to the short bulkheads surrounding it.
Stored on the foredeck, two Jetskis travel discreetly, with a retractable cover maintaining the seamless flow of the unique exterior.
Whilst GEOSAND is a travelling haven, she’s still immense fun. There’s a 3D television in the main salon, for instance, and a whole host of towable water toys stored in the tender garage behind the swim platform, not to mention the party-friendly layout throughout the yacht.
What’s more, with a bulbous bow designed for smoother and more effective performance, cruising is only ever done in style, and is barely noticeable to those inside.
In summary, the superyacht is a true all-rounder, marrying functionality with a highly impressive design sure to impress all who step on board.
With all of this in mind, it’s clear that GEOSAND truly is a superyacht which does holidays unlike any other.
Francesco Paszkowski Design
Francesco Paszkowski Design
|Length42.06m / 138'|
|Beam8.5m / 27'11|
|Draft2.20m / 7'3|
|Gross Tonnage424 GT|
|Max Speed20 knots|
|Cruising Speed15.5 knots|
|Fuel Consumption700 LPH|
|Range 1,180 nm|
|Range at 16 Knots|