YachtCharterFleet takes a closer look at the award-winning 65m/217ft motor yacht ‘Silver Angel’ and finds out what makes the 2009 custom Benetti such a shining success.
There is no denying that Silver Angel has her very own, unmistakable identity. Not only is she said to be one of the finest examples of a Benetti and Stefano Natucci collaboration, but her interior from Argent Design is a modern showpiece of glittering Art Deco style.
While admiring superyacht Silver Angel on the water, it would be a surprise to hear that, at 1,400 GT, she has one of the highest volumes for a yacht of her length.
What makes this so astonishing is how her low, dynamic profile does little to hint at the incredible spaciousness within, which is able to accommodate 12 guests in a huge master suite with an adjacent private gym, steam bath and dedicated massage room, a VIP stateroom on the bridge deck and five en-suite guest cabins on the lower deck.
To ensure her sleekness, naval architect Natucci has employed a number of clever styling techniques. These include a long black stripe that frames the main deck windows, the gentle curves of the supports and windows, and a slender radar arch perched atop the sundeck.
Equally impressive is her long range of 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots, which makes her ideal for extensive world cruising and charter. And, whether at anchor or underway, her four fin stabilizer system ensures the utmost comfort.
Impossible not to notice once aboard, however, is the shimmering, monochromatic interior from London-based Argent Design, whose contemporary take on the glamour of the 1920s has been beautifully brought to life by the incredible craftsmanship of Benetti.
For the most striking welcome, step aboard Silver Angel via her main starboard entrance, where walls of black veneer dramatically contrast a smooth white marble staircase and floor, the latter of which is decorated with sparkling inlays of Lalique crystal.
Adding to the shiny surfaces are large mirrors on the wall and ceiling, and a silver balustrade topped by a banister of white onyx on the grand, sweeping staircase.
Stylistic themes introduced here are continued throughout the entire motor yacht, particularly the limited colour palette of black, silver and white, the use of multiple reflective surfaces and the exquisite artistry of only the finest materials.
A slip of corridor leads off the lobby aft into an extraordinarily opulent main salon. Lacquered walls of ebony-stained oak are punctuated by large windows and glass cabinetry, and the marble underfoot is replaced by a pale grey carpet.
Twelve silver framed chairs are placed around a glass-topped, rectangular table for the ultimate formal dining setup and, further aft, three curvaceous, white sofas face a low, glass coffee table to form a sumptuous lounge.
Different textures are provided by a variety of silver scatter cushions and vibrant green plants again enliven the scene. The symmetry of the furniture and surrounds, and the sultry grow created by the layered lighting are also references to the Art Deco influence.
Charterers rest assured that while unwinding or entertaining in the main salon - as well as any of the other guest areas on board - there will be no unnecessary intrusion from the 19-strong crew thanks to the well-designed layout of the interior.
Argent Design's contemporary take on the glamour of the 1920s has been beautifully brought to life by the incredible craftsmanship of Benetti
On the deck above, the corridor seamlessly flows from the central staircase into the skylounge aft. Although slightly less formal than the main salon below, the space has still been treated to an exceptional amount of attention to detail.
Huge, full-length mirrors with black lacquer borders line the walls, radically enhancing the perceived amount of space available as well as highlighting the myriad reflective materials.
A curved, cocktail bar neatly fits into the port-side corner, wowing with its solid black, varnished surfaces and black bar stools upholstered in a jet black, quilted leather. Matching the bar stools, four chairs then join a glass games table to starboard.
Further aft, three pale grey sofas centre on a square coffee table wrapped in black leather. Luxurious fabrics such as mink throws, and silk-fringed and crystal-encrusted cushions, and glass vases and ornaments continue the preoccupation with all things lavish.
Stretching across the forward section of the main deck is a full-beam master suite, offering equal measures of extravagance and comfort for the principal charterer.
Replicating the style of the main salon, the spacious sleeping quarters centre on a large, aft-facing black lacquer bed with matching low, elaborate cabinetry and a huge mirrored headboard. White bed linen and upholstery, and a crystal dressing table provide further contrast.
Behind the bed are two dressing rooms to starboard and port, which lead through to his and hers onyx-clad bathrooms. A highlight is the bath tub in the ‘her’ bathroom that was carved from one single piece of stone.
Before entering the sleeping area, guests pass a gymnasium to starboard complete with a six-person Turkish hammam, while opposite to port is a sleek office finished in black leather and finished in the same black veneer.
Demonstrating just how much volume Silver Angel is bestowed with, there are another five staterooms situated on the lower deck and an upper deck VIP suite. All take on the same design as the master suite with detailed ceiling patterns and private en suites.
In unwavering dedication to the Art Deco theme, the exterior areas maintain the monochromatic colour scheme, chrome details and geometric patterns
Likewise, the exterior deck areas aboard charter yacht Silver Angel are extremely generous in size and, in unwavering dedication to the Art Deco theme, maintain the monochromatic colour scheme, chrome details and geometric patterns.
Another way to enter the yacht is via her aft deck, where an alfresco lounge shaded by the overhang of the deck above provides a superb greeting area. Intricately sculpted pillars frame a u-shaped sofa in white upholstery, charcoal cushions offset the look and a white corner bar serves cocktails to port.
Opportunities for lounging and getting together with friends and family continue on the upper deck aft. Built-in sofas line the aft-most bulwark, shaded by two black parasols, while a long, glass table lined with black and white chairs provides alfresco dining for up to 16 guests.
There is yet another bar here and a staircase to starboard sweeps up to the sundeck, which is designed to offer the very best in luxurious outdoor living, with a rare yet welcome emphasis on fun and relaxation.
On the forward section of the sundeck, half a dozen steps lead up to a raised pool and sunning area clad in sand-blasted travertino – a material that is used in all of the exterior furniture. Glass windbreakers protect the wind, while still allowing for fabulous views of your cruising grounds.
The sunken pool with resistance jets is another of the yacht’s unforgettable features. A whole host of tiny ebony and silver mosaic tiles form a ‘silver angel’ glittering beneath the water’s surface and, after taking a dip, guests can dry off on the surrounding sunpads.
On the lower level, a large bar lines the starboard side opposite a lounge area with oversized furniture. Parasols overhead provide shade here but for a more effective retreat from the sun there is a covered, central atrium, complete with more lounging options and a dining table.
Teak decking, which runs across the whole deck, full-length windows and a skylight ensure the climate-controlled space remains connected with the outside world, and a glass screen can be lowered for those who enjoy sea breezes. Yet plush details such as an ornate geometric design on the ceiling replicate the opulence of the interior below.
Sliding glass doors open to reveal the aft third of the deck. Extremely open, the space is lined with free-standing furniture, including a selection of chaise longues and a retractable TEEIT golf machine can be set up here for those who fancy a round.
With the foredeck reserved for the storage of tenders, the remaining guest deck area aboard Silver Angel is a drop-down, teak swim platform. There is enough room here for a couple of deck chairs and a row of mirrored doors beyond which is more storage for tenders and toys.
The platform is also designed as a place to board and access the extensive collection of on-board water toys. There is also a dedicated compressor room for those scuba divers among your party and an black inflatable water slide, which deploys from the sundeck.
After spending time on the water trying out the water toys, guests can then indulge in a massage from the on-board therapist in a dedicated massage room.
Thanks to her distinct design and various spaces dedicated to luxury living, there’s nothing quite like her on the water
Ultimately, Silver Angel offers charter guests the opportunity to experience the very best in design and modern features. Indeed, thanks to her distinct design and various spaces dedicated to luxury living, there’s nothing quite like her on the water.
For more information on M/Y Silver Angel, please speak to your preferred charter broker.