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10 Owner's Suites to Die For

Living the yachting lifestyle is hard work. Why with all that sunbathing, swimming, shopping at different ports of call and not to mention the constant pampering of an attentive crew! At the end of the day a place to retreat from a hard day's struggle is well deserved, here are 10 owner's suites to help you get that much needed R&R.

First off is the owner's suite onboard 'High power III" Built by Rossi Navi with interior styling by Salvagni Architetti. 

Photo courtesy of Rossinavi.it

Photo courtesy of Rossinavi.it

''QM of London'' by Benetti yachts calls you in to her elegantly styled surrounding. Thanks to the interior work of Terrence Disdale, with a room like this most people will probably never see any other part of the yacht. 

Photo Courtesy of Benetti Yachts.

Photo Courtesy of Benetti Yachts.

I always say it doesn't have to be big to be great, and Dominator yachts proves me right with this awesome example of an owner's suite onboard their 87ft (26m) D26 Ilumen.

Photo courtesy of Dominator Yachts

Photo courtesy of Dominator Yachts

A room with a view is key to help soothe the soul. So, the balcony in the owners suite of Majesty yachts 155 is just the thing you'll need to let in the cool ocean breeze.

Photo courtesy of Majesty Yachts.

Photo courtesy of Majesty Yachts.

One of the most exotic yachts on the water to date and whenever she is spotted her lines are unmistakable. M/Y "A" Built by Blohm + Voss and designed by Philippe Starck has an interior that matches her exterior. 

Photo courtesy of Bizzare magazine. 

Photo courtesy of Bizzare magazine. 

Celebrities love to charter yachts, and one of those yachts chartered almost as soon as she hit the water was Galactica Star by Heesen Yachts.  This sexy suite is the work of designers Bannenberg & Rowell. The lucky celebs that charted her first? Jay- Z and Beyoncé. If these sheets could talk the secrets they could tell..... "Jay-Z snores like a train" 

Photo courtesy of Heesen yachts.

Photo courtesy of Heesen yachts.

A proper nights rest can have the rejuvenation effect of feeling reborn. Exactly the name of the next yacht on our list of Suites to Die For. REBORN by Amels gives that feeling before you even close your eyes. 

Photo courtesy of Amels Yachts

Photo courtesy of Amels Yachts

Designer Remi Tessier went with that angelic white touch when designing the owner's suite onboard 'Grace e", and he succeeded. One night here would be like sleeping in heaven. Well I think anyway. Okay so I really can't be sure, but when I die I hope to wake up here! 

Photo courtesy of Perini Navi Group

Photo courtesy of Perini Navi Group

The main sleeping quarters onboard the 121ft 37m Navetta 37 by Ferretti group Is number 9 on our countdown but she isn't any less beautiful than the rest and I doubt anyone reading this would complain. 

Photo courtesy of The Ferretti Group

Photo courtesy of The Ferretti Group

Last but not least! The master suite aboard "MUSASHI" by Feadship. Do I need to say anymore? I'm ready for a nap. 

Photo Courtesy of Feadship

Photo Courtesy of Feadship

Top 5 photos from DIBS 2016.

The 24th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show came to an end recently having welcomed over 30,000 visitors from 120 countries with 430 boats that were on display. This year saw a revised outlook on the show with organisers having focused on creating an experiential lifestyle event with the aim to develop a visitor experience that not only showcased superyachts, but promoted the maritime lifestyle as a whole. Here we take a look at some of the coolest shots taken during the show.

Bird’s eye view. The forest of skyscrapers bordering on the water’s edge made for an ideal vantage point to appreciate the yachting section of the show.

 

Photo by Superyachttimes.com

Photo by Superyachttimes.com

Light it up. Mondomarine’s 41 metre superyacht Serenity made the 4,500 nm journey from the Med to Dubai to become one of the event’s star attractions.

Photo by SuperYachtTimes.com

Photo by SuperYachtTimes.com

Big Bigger Biggest. Heesen’s 42 metre Asya was the largest yacht on display as part of the DIBS 2016.

Photo by SuperYachtTimes.com

Photo by SuperYachtTimes.com

Perspective. Yachts of all shapes, sizes and intended uses lined the docks in Dubai.

Photo By SuperYachtTimes.com

Photo By SuperYachtTimes.com

Crown Prince. An impressive fleet of Princess Yachts were amongst some of the mid-sized yachts on display at the show

Photo by SuperYachtTimes.com

Photo by SuperYachtTimes.com

Written by Charl van Rooy

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Top 10 Yacht Pools

Just having a yacht is great, and I always hear "why would I want a pool if I have the ocean?" I've asked that exact question to a few yacht owner friends and sadly many said pollution was a big factor. The other is its nice to have a place for the kids to jump into or adults to sit in with a drink anytime of day and not have to worry about anything else swimming with them. I can relate, I'm freaked out by sharks. Whenever I'm asked to jump into dark waters I suddenly come down with some sort of ailment. "Oh my belly hurts", "I can't I have leg cramps'' or something. YUP! That's right I'm CHICKEN!!! I never said I was The Swim In The Ocean GUY lol.

Anyway, without further ado here are the top 10 yacht pools ( in no particular order)  I think are out now. I would have probably expanded the list to 12 but I don't have access to pics of the pools aboard AZZAM and Octopus. 

Quattroelles pool isn't the largest pool of the bunch but I would be just as happy sitting here on a warm day with friends. ⬇️ Launched in 2012 by Lurssen Yachts 288ft (88m)

Photo By Klause Jordan

Photo By Klause Jordan


At 377ft (114.91m) LUNA built by Lloydwerft is currently the 26th largest yacht in the world and she has plenty of room for this palatial pool. Be honest if you had a choice to have drinks in this glowing pool or in the dark ocean which would you choose? ⬇️

LUNA

ALFA NERO by Oceanco Yachts 269ft (82.m) launched in 2007. This beauty still turns heads wherever she goes. So much so that movie director Steven Speilberg had a sister ship built for himself (with a few personal touches) and named it SEVEN SEAS. Alfa Neros pool is not only a great size but the pool floor comes up to double as a helipad or dance floor if you need the space. ⬇️


Here's a pool you don't see very often. It's onboard the worlds 3rd Longest yacht. ECLIPSE By Blohm + Voss is 533ft (162m) long and from what I understand her complete interior has been published in Boat International magazine. So if you've ever been interested in seeing what's inside this might be your chance. Just looking at this pic makes me want to dive right in!!


Here's another perfect example of a pool that isn't massive but it's perfectly fit for the purpose of lounging and just looking stunning even when there's no one actually in it. Ester III by Lurssen Yachts 216ft (66m) 

Photo by Klause Jordan

Photo by Klause Jordan


Red or Blue? Either way you'll have a hard time getting your kids or guest out of the pool aboard "Amaryllis" By Abeking & Rasmussen 257ft (78.43m) ⬇️ 


So you want to hang in the pool but you don't want everyone on the docks getting you in their photos as they're yacht spotting. No problem DB9 by Palmer Johnson yachts has that problem covered with a nice sized pool situated on the forward deck. Perfect for splashing and tanning without the worry of the paprazzi.

Photo By Marc Paris

Photo By Marc Paris


A yacht known for her night glow is SERENE 439ft (133.9m) by Fincantiere Yachts. Believe it or not is currently the 14th longest yacht in the world. What we don't all get to see is this super private pool area. Perfect for celebs who are looking to drop around 1.3 Million a week to charter her. 


Recently launched Galactica Super Nova (ex project Kometa) By HEESEN Yachts has a pretty epic pool. Not only does it have a waterfall feature but the floor of the pool acts as a skylight for the deck below. 


Last but not least, KISMET By Lurssen Yachts.  I actually left this one for last on purpose. Reason being is I just wrote a little about her in my last blog post. She is without a doubt my favorite yacht for 2016. Will that change next year? Possibly. But for now I can't get enough of this beauty, and the pool on the top deck makes it even cooler. Privacy, Sun, cool water, fantastic view and a hot tub away from prying eyes. Don't be surprised if you see more of her in my TOP TEN of something else. ;)

Photo By Guillaume Plisson 

Photo By Guillaume Plisson 

All photos are the property of their respective owners and were not taken by TheYachtGuy. 

Day 5 of DIBS

Day 5. Unfortunately the actual top yachts in the area aren't a part of the show. But that doesn't mean the top builders in the industry weren't here. Everyone from Lürssen, Heesen, Oceanco, Amels, Fincantieri and many others were at attendance. Ready to talk to not only potential clients but the crowd of show goers that may have had any questions. 

I had a chance to sit down with part of the Lurssen team Michael Breman and Sylke Auf Dem Graben. Actually I've been bothering them for the last year at every event. I met them both at the 2015 DIBS and we've been friends since. Well I like to think so anyway. 

Anyway for those of you that aren't to familiar about brands in the yachting industry Lurssen is a 3rd generation family owned yacht building company. With that much history and experience it's no wonder they are at the top of their game. Building some of the worlds most famous Yachts like "AZZAM", 'Northern Star" and the Latest Project "OMAR" which is said to be the new DILBAR but they wouldn't confirm. (No Pic available)

 Client confidentiality in this industry is huge and no matter who's asking these guys don't break. That is common knowledge amongst the journalist so I can't imagine anyone would even ask. 

I can go into the history of Lürssen and how they started etc. You can probably find all that by typing in their name on Google or visiting their site.

“...talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” 
― Patrick SüskindPerfume: The Story of a Murderer

I find humility in abundance within the yachting community. But in life I've had my share of run ins with some serious snobs. People who know nothing about you and feel the need make you feel like you're a nobody talking to you as if you are not worthy of their conversation. Everytime  I do it breaks my heart, Being kind is the easiest thing anyone can do. Why it comes so hard to many always baffles me.  

Lurssen on the other hand is one of those companies that everytime I run into them they are a cheerful, welcoming bunch. Greeting everyone and treating everyone they meet with the same level of respect.  While sitting with the team as I always do this past show and I can't count the number of times they stood up to greet someone, say hi to an interested passer by or take a few minutes to answer some curious kids questions about one of their models. I can go on about the pleasantness of this team but I think you get the idea. 

Photo by Tom Va Oossanen of Superyachttimes.com

Photo by Tom Va Oossanen of Superyachttimes.com

Being the top in your industry no matter what you do is an accomplishment in itself. Staying grounded on the other hand is another accomplishment all together. So Hats off to the entire Lürssen family for not only building great yachts but being great people. 




Day 4 at DIBS

Four days down and one to go. A common element you'll find in the major boat shows is cars. Cars and yachts go hand in hand. Below are a few pics I took of some of this years four wheeled stars of the show. Even a few that weren't a part of the show. 


Day 3 at DIBS with Gulf Craft Yachts.

Day 3 of the show and I think I'm finally getting over the jet lag. Though I am up till 4 am everyday (which for me isn't typical) I'm making it through the day without feeling like a zombie. Anyway....... It was a good day with Sabrina Monte-Carlo yesterday and her team. Today we will visit the guys at Gulf Craft makers & Majesty yachts which range from a 48 to a 155.

Arriving at their stand it's easy to see they have the largest collection of yachts at the show. Everything from their smaller 48ft sport brand Oryx all the way up to the 135 Majesty mega yacht. Not something everyone can do because of the logistical cost.  For Gulf Craft however it's not that difficult seeing how the yard is situated relatively close by.

I meet up with Mahmoud Itani Marketing and Communications Manager at Gulf Craft and we take a tour of the Majesty 122

Photo by Gulf Craft

Photo by Gulf Craft

Walking aft and entering the main salon Mahmoud explains that Gulf Craft prides themselves in the fact that everything is built and made by hand in house, from the hull to the furniture to the curtains. This isn't something you see too often in the industry anymore. With yards getting larger and busier outsourcing is now a very common practice. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Many yards outsource to some very high end brands so having a known designers touch can be an added perk when selling/purchasing a yacht, but when it comes to Gulf Craft and their Majesty Yachts brand in house is the only way to go. 

For more on Gulf Craft and their Majesty line be sure to stop by their stand at this years Dubai show at Stand EX-17 and MD-30. You can also click the image below. 

 


Day 2 at DIBS with Sabrina Monte-Carlo

Day two and the show goes on. It's an even busier day than yesterday. I imagine by Friday it will be a full house,with everyone in the area getting in their last chance to see some beautiful boats, yachts, toys and marine equipment on display. 

Today I spent most of my day hanging with Interior and exterior designer Sabrina Monte-Carlo and her team. 

As always I can count on Sabrina to welcome me in with a giant smile. I met Sabrina last year here in Dubai for the very first time. From the very beginning she made me feel like family. I'd love to say that it's just me and that I'm special but her warm charismatic attitude is just who she is, treating everyone she meets like they are family. 

It's that bright and positive attitude she brings to what she does. 

At first glance one feels that sophisticated charm with a splash of elegant Mediterranean style that fills the space.

Only the very finest tablewear will do and a demonstration to crew and staff on how to properly set a table is a common task for the SMC team.

Though Sabrina has over 90 yachts under her design belt, her expertise goes beyond, adding chalets, villas and homes to her decorating portfolio.

For more about Sabrina-Montecarlo and how you can have her team work their decorative magic on your next big design venture click the link below. 

Day 1 of The Dubai International Boat Show

It's was day one of The Dubai International Boat Show here in beautiful Dubai.  Before we get started I would like to thank my sponsors for their support. You can see them all by clicking the 'Official Sponsors" tab at the top of the page.

I'll be walking around bringing you the latest updates and live coverage of the show as the event progresses. We'll be stopping and talking with some of the industry leaders and find out first hand what's going on in the world of yachting and the luxury lifestyle. 

Before going anywhere I pick up my VIP Majilis passes courtesy of the DIBS team. This will definitely help getting past the long lines at the gate. 

Once you reach the VIP entrance hostesses and waitresses make the rounds offering up beverages and hors d'oeuvres to the lucky few.

Once passed the greeting area a nice collection of exotic cars waits to greet you.

Walking through the indoor part of the show vendors from every part of the industry have set up shop to display their products away from the hot sun. Every year the Dubai International Grows. So there's always something new to see. Like this scuba bike. 

 

Night falls quickly because the show starts mid afternoon. At first I thought it was strange to start so late till one of the locals explained to me that the temperatures can be unbearably hot during the early hours. Makes perfect sense since we are in one of the driest places in the region. Summers here are hot and humid. the average high reaching 41 c (106F) and the overnight dropping to around 30c (86F). So far the highest recorded temperature in Dubai was a scorching 52.1c (126F) back in July of 2002. 

The Beach was a new addition to the show and it was definitely a hit. Good food, music and drinks? Count me in! 


Welcome to the Pre DIBS show.

Well tomorrow is the big day!!! Everyone here is getting ready with last minute preps. I was tempted to post some before and after pics but I think I'll just wait till tomorrow to show you everyone at their best. 

This year I have the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Habtoor Grand which is just a short walk away from the main entrance of the show. So after dropping off my luggage I wasted no time going down to get some shots for you guys. 

Just a taste of what's to come including meets with some industry greats! So check back in tomorrow for day 1 of The Dubai International Boat Show. #DIBS

Cruising the Caribbean

Last year about this time I had the pleasure of doing some sailing aboard a 59ft CAT called 'ALIVE" in the Caribbean with a great group of journalists and the Trade Winds Sailing family.

Upon arrival in St Martin we were greeted by one of the founders of Trade Wind Sailing, Magnus, who quickly shuttled us aboard S/Y "ALIVE".  MegaYacht "Le Grand Bleu" in the background eclipsed every yacht in the area. 

After a night in St Martin getting  acquainted we are off to St Barths the next morning to do some shopping.

Thanks to the culinary expertise of the crew we were never hungry, however we were always left wanting more. Well I was anyway ;)

Thanks to the culinary expertise of the crew we were never hungry, however we were always left wanting more. Well I was anyway ;)

Once done with our shopping in St Barths we sailed around to a small beach on the island and dropped anchor. There we enjoyed dinner while waiting for the sun to set.

The following day the crew set sail to Panel Island. Its emerald green water has to be seen in person to truly appreciate its beauty. Fortunately, Trade Winds offers a sailing experience that is comparable to a resort vacation. 

The following day the crew set sail to Panel Island. Its emerald green water has to be seen in person to truly appreciate its beauty. Fortunately, Trade Winds offers a sailing experience that is comparable to a resort vacation. 

Nothing last forever but great memories will last a lifetime.

Nothing last forever but great memories will last a lifetime.

You can see more of S/Y "ALIVE"  below.  

Photos below are courtesy of Trade-Winds.com

Background image by  @TheYachtGuy.