Stylish or just absurd? ‘Monaco Yacht’ by Yacht Island Design

Owning a yacht is a dream for most people, it is an ultimate luxury and a great passion for some people, so some would love to make their yacht even more exclusive and personal. That is where Yacht Island Design comes into play. Yacht Island Design is a team of designers who create themed yachts. Yacht Island Design’s first proposal is a 155m SWATH vessel that takes the principality of Monaco to the ocean. In order to showcase its capabilities, Yacht Island Design has set about developing several concept proposals. The first of these is ‘The Streets of Monaco’

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‘The Streets of Monaco’ is the focal point of the story and the anchor for the themes that run throughout the yacht. On the upper deck is ‘Casino Square’ featuring a large glass bottomed fountain situated in a tranquil garden setting. Heading past the Casino you arrive on the roof of the ‘Loews hotel’ which extends to the bow. This area features a small swimming pool, large Jacuzzi and expansive sun decks with BBQ facilities. Moving after we arrive at the main swimming pool which represents the Port Hercule harbour with a maximum depth of 3m incorporating a swim-in Jacuzzi/bar. Continuing to the stern we pass into an area focussed on sports. The multi-use court can be configured to a variety of activities including tennis and basketball. Completing this floating city is the Prince’s Palace which as you would expect, houses the owners private apartment in a prime location on the port bow. `The Oasis’, located aft, acts as the main boarding point for the yacht, an expansive area modelled on the gardens just outside the Monaco Casino.Located forward on the lower level is the Spa, with manicure and hair salon, private massage suites, sauna/steam rooms and a large relaxation lounge featuring a spa pool with bar. To either side of the spa entrance are located grand marble staircases and elevator access to the mezzanine, with a cafe bar and magnificent views of the gardens below. Nestled between the feature portholes and the Gym is an art lined hallway which acts as the entranceway to `The Grand Atrium’.`The Grand Atrium’ is the central hub of the yacht, linking the upper and lower living areas.The seven guest suites are located off of the lower atrium level and vary in size, from the more modest 135 m2 suite to the grand 356 m2 VIP suites. All include their own reception room, bathroom, dressing room, bedroom and balcony. The VIP suites have the added luxury of a private office. On the same level and located centrally to the guest suites are the Library, Communal Office, Communal Balcony and Cinema. The upper level of the Atrium leads to the main entertainment areas and the Owners suite. The entertainment areas comprise the Main Saloon with separate Havana room and adjoining wine cellar, the Dining Room, Casino and Dance Hall. At the farthest end of the Atrium lies the Owners Apartment.  As well as the usual lounge with a feature fire place and double height ceiling, office, bedroom, bathroom, his/hers dressing rooms, the apartment also benefits from a listening room, private courtyard, sunroom, numerous balconies and private sundeck with a Jacuzzi/swimming pool. Two large tender garages to store all manner of launches, offshore power boats, jet skis etc. Multi configurable sports court sized to championship tennis regulations also doubles as a Heli-Pad. Ample crew quarters including a gym and private sun terrace.Crew can access all areas of the yacht via a network of corridors allowing for maximum guest privacy.

So what do you think? Amazing or simply ostentatious, would you get such a yacht made? If yes, what theme would you follow? I think I would like a Fashion themed yacht maybe.
Yacht Island Design
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Interior Design: Kelly Hoppen designs yacht Pearl 75

Renowned designer Kelly Hoppen MBE has collaborated with Pearl Motor Yachts, one ofthe UK’s leading luxury yacht builders to design the Pearl 75.Laden with a host of unique features, the vessel is the largest of the Pearl fleet.

Created by the highly acclaimed studios of Dixon Yacht Design and designed by Kelly, Pearl 75 offers owners outstanding levels of comfort with four luxuriously appointed staterooms, anunusually spacious ‘lounge style’ saloon and a unique open-plan galley and dining areawhich are flooded with light from the conservatory style glass roof.Kelly’s well-known design ethos of balance, sophisticated use of texture and trademark.


Galley and lower helm: Kitchen table Custom made, Side table in the background Kelly Hoppen Range, Halo Table lamp, Bella FiguraSofa – Meridian

The Saloon Side table – Kelly Hoppen Range / Halo Table lamp – Bella Figura Sofa – Meridiani Coffee table – Kelly Hoppen Range / Halo Ottoman / Pouf – custom made

Master Stateroom-Bed and headboard – Custom made, leather from Moore and Giles Sofa, trunks and bedside tables – All custom made Wall lights – Boyd Lighting Wall reading lights – Cantaloupi Lighting.Trunk and Dressing table fabric and inlay- Alma leather and Abbott and Boyd Cushion fabrics – Abbott and Boyd, JR Scott

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Cruise Control

We all grew up crooning Celine Dion’s “My Heart will go on” from the movie Titanic, and besides having a crush on Leonardo and cursing Kate for letting him lose his life the one thing that fascinated me and I am sure a lot of other people was the ship itself. It looked so grand and luxurious, the most romantic thing a girl could dream off (besides Leo’s lips ofcourse). Anyway that was 1997, where going on a cruise seemed like a fairytale, atleast to me who had even decided I will get married on a ship, I still want to if I do ever get married, well atleast sail to my honeymoon destination, oh well fine go on a vacation with my girl friends, basically a cruise has been my fantasy since 1997. Anyway move ahead two decades and in 2012 a cruise does not seem like such a distant dream, thanks to company’s like Royal Caribbean International.

Royal Caribbean International,a global cruise line has 22 innovative ships touching more than 290 destinations like Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Dubai, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal and South America.They provide a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature on board amenities, entertainment, and award-winning family programming. From the lure of the Caribbean to the charm of Europe, enjoy the serenity of endless beaches, tropical breezes and sunsets over shimmering blue waters. Basically all you can ask for and more.



And if you are honeymooners or know a newly married couple, guess what they also have amazing honeymoon registry options. These include couple massages and other Spa packages to romantic dinners at specialty restaurants of your choice; from swimming with dolphins to other exciting land and shore excursions that let you discover the amazing sights, sounds and flavors of different destinations.Royal Caribbean International’s Honeymoon Package is the ideal wedding present. The stateroom will be beautifully adorned with Just Married decorations including a fragrant 6″ rose heart arrangement upon arrival. Then, at sundown, a bottle of Moet and Chandon Champagne and Royal Caribbean International vanilla cupcakes will be delivered to the room. The couple receives ‘His and Hers’ Wraps and Slippers and a Keepsake Framed Portrait to remember their incredible time onboard, for years to come.
If not a honeymoon couple, fear not Royal Caribbean offers a varied range of activities to family vacationers as well as singles.Try your luck at the world-class ‘Casino Royale’, get an adrenaline kick and conquer new heights at the on-board rock-wall, indulge in sumptuous culinary preparations, partake in wine tasting and enjoy exciting beverage packages, purchase keepsakes from the onboard shops, discover a world of tranquil bliss in the day spa and fitness center or just relax by the pool and simply do nothing at all. All in all planning your vacation could not sound more fun!


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