SuperYacht of the Week: Karia by RMK and Ron Holland
By Jochem Kaan
In August 2008, Istanbul-based shipyard RMK announced plans to build a brand new 45 metres superyacht. The project, RMK 4500, would be developed based upon a design concept specifically created as a response to the brief of an experienced European yacht owner. A starting point as such usually results in a high quality vessel which is customized into the finest details, and this remarkable vessel proves to be no exception to this rule.
The final result, the refined Karia, was successfully launched in 2011 and has indeed already proven to be nothing short of extraordinary. She has been scooping up nominations for design awards since then, achieving high acclaim from both visitors and judges alike.
Karia's Ron Holland design started out as an extensive study of the accommodation possibilities for a 40 metre yacht, a size resulting in an extensive number of compromises. With that in mind, plans for Karia's final design as a 45 metre vessel was developed, carefully maximizing interior volumes within the critical MCA 500 GRT limit. With this maximum volume envelope, Ron Holland's main aim was to design a classic, ocean capable superyacht, avoiding trendiness and aiming for a result that would stand the test of time.
Her exterior look surely is classic, with lines that show just a slight hint of curve and proportions that are refined and averse to any abundance in superfluous detail. Yet, her look is also undeniably modern, by no means “avant-garde” but with a contemporary feel that gives her an overall sense of sophistication. In short, she proves that good, high quality design truly is timeless. With a white and navy blue hull and delicate features, her charm is alluring, to say the least.
Design Unlimited was contracted for all interiors design, with a brief to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for the clients, their young children and large groups alike. The latter could be either families or business use, so a true versatility in design and functionality was to be accomplished. With this in mind, Karia's interior designs were based on traditional Thai and Japanese influences, which immediately becomes apparent upon entering the main saloon. With a superyacht built in Istanbul, traditionally a focal point of East and West, this design concept instantly feels all the more natural.
The main saloon, which mainly focuses on casual seating since dining areas are predominantly located outside, has an immediate welcoming and warm atmosphere. With a contrasted colour palette of dark and light tones, straight lines and a soothing lighting scheme, the main saloon pleasantly feels like a traditional Japanese environment combined with European functionality. Plush, off-white carpeting, furnishings that might best be described as modern classics, elegant shutters and ample natural light form the main ingredients for this space.
Aft of the main seating area, a bar and inside dining area can be found, with large windows throughout and a direct connection with the aft deck. A subtle blend of interior and exterior areas was accomplished here, undoubtedly adding to guests' comfort and onboard experience. The spacious aft deck is a traditional area, with direct access to the large swimming platform and wonderful panorama views. With the large overhang of the upper deck, which is largely owner dedicated, an wonderful al fresco dining area has been created.
Aside from the master suite and the main deck VIP cabin, all guest cabins can be found on the lower deck. With two doubles and two twins, all with spacious en-suites, guests are supplied with all comfort and luxury. Each interior has the distinct Japanese feel, a calm and soothing atmosphere with is both luxuriously comfortable and elegantly minimal that is consistently continued throughout the staterooms' en-suites.
On the main deck a sumptuous VIP suite can be found. Equally spacious and with additional vista views, this cabin conveniently converts into an additional sitting area or playroom, with the double bed elegantly folding up into the wall, completely out of sight.
The owner's suite can be found on the upper deck, with a sumptuously spacious full beam stateroom, his and hers bathroom and an office/master lounge area which opens up to the upper aft deck area. The latter can be used either as a private space for the master suite or an exterior space for all guests to enjoy. This luxurious master suite was designed in Karia's signature style, based on space, comfort, elegance and privacy.
A wonderful sun deck more than completes all that Karia has to offer. A spacious, airy and versatile space, this deck can be used as a dining area with a table seating an impressive 24 guests. With a bar area, Jacuzzi, several seating arrangements and a large flatscreen lowering down from the hardtop, this is a space totally dedicated to guest enjoyment.
Karia has an overall sophisticated feel, blending Asian elegance with European versatility in a complete, classic package with pleasantly contemporary touches. A superyacht successfully aiming for optimal use of space, without compromising on style or comfort.