YachtCharterFleet reviews the 63m/205ft superyacht ‘Party Girl’ after undertaking an exclusive guided tour at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Launched by Dutch shipyard Icon Yachts in 2013, Party Girl is certainly the life and soul of a yacht charter, with a range of stylish entertainment areas designed to host both formal and informal occasions, from large social gatherings to precious downtime with loved ones.
The third build in the Dutch shipyard’s 62.5 metre series, superyacht Party Girl shares an engineering package and hull design with her predecessors, the 68m/221ft motor yacht ICON and the 63m/205ft motor yacht ‘Baton Rouge’. But the similarities between the three sisterships end here and Party Girl is, in fact, very much her own yacht.
British design house Redman Whiteley Dixon – which worked alongside Icon Yachts on crafting her proven platform – also turned its hand to penning the 2013-build’s crisp and contemporary lines, highlighted by a simple all-white finish.
Party Girl’s individuality, however, comes through most clearly in the interior, where Italian firm Christiano Gatto Design has adjusted customisable parts of the layout to fulfil the Owner’s wishes for entertainment areas and family privacy. And, transforming these spaces, is a magnificent art deco style of decoration with oriental accents.
Stepping aboard via the aft deck, guests are greeted by a unique inside-outside veranda, which serves a number of purposes. Curved glass doors slide open to reveal the wide space, with two blue and ivory lounging areas mirrored to port and starboard.
A circular wet bar divided in half by the sliding doors, so half sits inside and half sits outside, and teak flooring give the effect of being outside, especially as ample natural light floods through the bow windows. Yet it is these windows that provide shelter from the weather, needed for example when cruising in cooler climes.
As well as being a superb greeting place or a spot to simply unwind in, the veranda is also well-primed for watching sporting events on the two televisions. Fixed on the port and starboard walls, these TVs are hidden behind paintings when not in use.
Further forward, in the 17-metre-long main salon, is where the glamorous art deco styling truly comes into its own. High-gloss wall panels and cabinetry in various woodgrains and black lacquer contrast with sumptuous ivory-hued upholstery for a warm, rich and sensuous ambience.
A wingback sofa and matching armchairs face a low coffee table to form an intimate lounge where guests can watch a widescreen television that pops up from a central bureau. Able to rotate, the TV can swivel to face the dining area forward, meaning guests will never miss that big game.
Continuing the mix of textures is a luxurious ivory carpet, offset by dark wooden floorboards that border the surrounds, and span across the full breath of the yacht in the dining area.
At the centre of the dining area, which exudes formal glamour, is a handsome 14-seat rosewood table, which can convert from a long rectangle into two smaller squares.
Extremely glossy, the table is lined by fawn-coloured velvet chairs, adding to the opulence alongside a glittering, seven-metre-long chandelier by the artists of Venini.
During the day, however, the wide, recessed windows ensure the whole main salon is filled with natural light, amplifying the multitude of reflective surfaces.
Another highlight of the space is the Owner’s 300 bottle-strong wine cellar, which is hidden inside the forward bulwark and accessed by sliding doors.
A corridor to starboard leads forward to the central lobby where a mirrored ceiling, and a beautiful Portoro marble floor with white and gold streaks continue the shimmering art deco effect.
Natural light highlights these glossy surfaces even further as it filters through a Japanese shoji screen, which forms the main entrance to starboard.
A beautiful toucan ornament made from sparkling gemstones looks over the scene, and a tan-coloured staircase, with floating treads and a handrail in weaved leather, leads to the decks above and below.
What is most striking about the interior and showcased spectacularly on the main deck is the incredible variety of materials, textures and finishes. From exotic woods to leather and stainless steel, the list is seemingly endless and evoke the theatrical contrasts of the art deco era.
What is most striking about the interior of PARTY GIRL is the incredible variety of materials, textures and finishes at work
Two master suites – located on the main deck forward and upper deck forward respectively – can combine to form a two-storey type penthouse. Such a setup enables Party Girl to cater for a variety of charter groups such as two groups of friends sharing charter costs.
Both suites take on a warmer, less formal feel when compared to the other spaces on the main deck due to the use of Canaletto walnut and ebony, woods which are much lighter in colour when compared to the dark, rich ones used in the main salon and foyer.
But the attractive combination of dark wooden floorboards and ivory textured carpet appears again, the latter of which is matched by the cream-coloured leather panelled headboards, ceilings and wall sections.
In the full-beam master suite on the main deck, a large bed faces a wall-mounted TV to port and is divided from an intimate seating area to starboard by a tan leather arch. Stretching across the forward section is a his and hers en suite, clad in caramel-coloured Timber Silk stone.
From the private corridor that enters this suite via the main lobby, a staircase padded out in a golden brown brushed leather ascends up to the second suite. This access can, of course, be closed off if the quarters are being used by two different sets of guests.
The upper deck suite has the best views of the whole yacht as well as a private deck area forward, with seating and sunpads. A VIP suite is also found on this deck, located amidships to port, boasting styling similar to the two masters.
The rich styling of the main salon is replicated in the guest cabins on the lower deck, which consist of two double cabins aft and two convertible twin cabins forward.
Defined by high-gloss mahogany and rosewood veneers, dark walnut surrounds, and padded ivory leather bedheads, ceilings and walls panels, the staterooms are exceptionally sumptuous and ensure all guests on board have an elegant space of their own in which to retreat.
Televisions pop out of the foot of each bed, and leather blackout screens and blinds can be operated using an iPad or iPhone app, while each en suite has a glass basin etched with a floral pattern and a marble shower with a rain shower head.
On the upper deck aft, a skylounge is divided into intimate sections to suit a number of functions. Seating to port offers guests a place to socialise and enjoy a drink, while a more relaxed sofa area opposite faces a pop-up television, on which guests can watch movies.
Ebony and Canaletto walnut are present once again, and panels of golden goatskin parchment on the forward wall add to the warmth these woods create. Although lacking the glamorous formality of the main salon, the lounge is still sumptuous and appealing, and offers a more laid-back environment in which to relax or entertain.
Glass doors open out onto the upper deck aft where a circular table for 12 provides Party Girl’s main alfresco dining option. Fixed seating runs along the aft-most section and, all in all, the space is perfect for hosting guests, whether it be for casual luncheons, dinner parties or drinks and canapes.
Boasting only minimal furniture, the main aft deck is designed for accommodating a larger group of guests in a party setting, whereas opportunities for relaxation and sunning abound on the bridge deck aft and sundeck.
A spa pool and surrounding sunpads on the bridge deck aft are exposed to the sun, while chaise loungers and deck chairs sit in the shade of the sundeck above, adjoined by the Captain and Chief Officer's quarters that spread across the remainder of the deck forward.
By far the most impressive exterior area aboard superyacht Party Girl, however, is her chic beach club.
The beach club can be reached by either descending the exterior stairs to port and starboard on the main deck aft or via a central corridor on the lower deck. The latter is a very rare feature for a superyacht and means those sleeping in the lower deck guest cabins can access the water-side lounge in a matter of seconds.
The seating area is formed of two blue sofas facing a central coffee table, and teak decks and pale brushed natural teak wall panelling create a beachy atmosphere. A dayhead is located to starboard, while gym equipment takes up the port-side section.
After working out or soaking up the sun, guests can take a refreshing dip in the sea or access the huge range of water toys, which include WaveRunners, Seabobs, stand-up paddle boards, wakeboards, water skis and a range of inflatable toys.
Living up to her name, Party Girl is well-primed for entertaining with a long list of different areas designed for socialising, whether it be at intimate family gatherings or formal dinner parties.
Adding to her appeal is her flexible accommodation offer. Able to sleep up to 12 in eight rooms, guests have a choice of cabins, including the two master suites which can transform into one penthouse-style apartment.
What’s more, her Christiano Gatto styled interior effortlessly sets the perfect mood for charterers, from the formal glamour of the main deck to the warm and welcoming master suites, and fresh and tranquil beach club.
No matter what's on the agenda for your next charter vacation, M/Y Party Girl will be able to fulfil your wishes and provide you will a holiday of a lifetime.
Cristiano Gatto Design
Redman Whiteley Dixon