Flying Fox: The world's ultimate charter superyacht

Written by Francesca Webster

From her state-of-the-art spa to her world class crew, the SuperYacht Times sits down with Imperial Yachts to find out what makes the 136-metre Lürssen superyacht Flying Fox, the ultimate charter yacht, and to discuss how the company collaborated with the famed German shipyard to create this record-breaking superyacht.Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen in Porto Pollo, SardiniaPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesFlying Fox is one of the largest superyachts and the largest charter yacht in the world. How did the team at Imperial collaborate with Lürssen, and her owner, to create a vessel tailored for charter that also works as a private vessel? 

The strong partnership between Imperial and Lürssen was fundamental to this successful collaboration for the incredible Flying Fox project. Lürssen was effectively in sync with the owner’s needs, and the entire team from Espen Øino to Mark Berryman worked in perfect synergy. Øino decided to steer away from traditional colours and forms for the hull of the vessel, therefore giving Flying Fox her iconic steel-grey hull and wave-shaped lines. Berryman designed the interior space with an abundance of living plants, creating a magical feeling of serenity and tranquillity. Imperial was meticulously involved in every aspect and each stage from construction to delivery, ensuring the owner’s ideas and interests were protected. As a result, the owner received a truly unique vessel, unlike any in the world. Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen in Porto Polo, SardiniaPhoto: SuperYacht TimesWhat would you consider the top five features that attract charter clients to Flying Fox?

Each member of the highly professional and trained crew was personally selected by the Executives of the Imperial team. The crew underwent advanced training to comply with the most stringent requirements established by Imperial’s management team and her owner. Crew training allows Imperial to provide standards that exceed client expectations and offer quality service. The crew on board are trained to be flexible and can organise many different bespoke experiences from wine tastings on a desert island to themed soirees.Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen deckPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / Imperial Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen deckPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / ImperialThe state-of-art technical equipment on Flying Fox includes a never seen before 400 square-metre spa, sprawled over two floors and includes the most luxurious amenities and treatments. Guests will find a large spa pool where the water can be changed from steaming to icy in less than ten minutes. There is also the first cryotherapy chamber ever installed on a yacht. Built for lovers of the great outdoors, the 12-metre swimming pool that runs transversely on the main deck is a first for a superyacht of this size. The floor height is adjustable which means it can offer a deep swim or shallow paddle. Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen deckPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / ImperialAs Flying Fox was built by the reputable German shipyard Lürssen, this in itself is a stamp of excellence. The latest technologies, luxurious amenities and quality construction using the finest materials were used in alliance with the team at Lürssen.Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen deckPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / ImperialShe is currently the biggest vessel available on the charter market. She is also PYC compliant and can welcome up to twenty-five guests. With an ample number of guests allowed on board, it is the perfect amount to host family and friends.Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen exteriorPhoto: ImperialFlying Fox features one of the most impressive diving centres in the world. She offers open circuit, scuba diving, nitros, full-face masks, closed-circuit, experienced rebreather diving, technical trimix diving and plenty more. The vessel is also equipped with a fully functioning three-seater Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber in case of any eventualities. The dive centre comes with compressor pumps and its folding platform as a starting point for underwater adventures. For experienced divers, a professional double-lock decompression chamber IHC 1600mm with three places are available, which is considered amongst the best available today. Charter guests will find a great variation of diving suits and even the latest generation of underwater cameras are offered to capture incredible sights. Furthermore, there is a huge selection of surfboards as well as wakeboards, paddle boards and sea-bobs. Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen deckPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / ImperialYou mentioned Flying Fox’s wellness centre is world-class, can you expand on this particular element, and elaborate on how it compares to the world’s most exclusive spas?

The spa was designed to replicate a retreat that offers holistic practices as well as premium body and facial treatments using the best quality products. Flying Fox has the largest superyacht spa with a bounty of equipment, facilities and treatments. She is currently one of the only boats available with a -110°c Cryo-Sauna onboard as well as a ‘wet massage room’, a variety of therapeutic massages and an array of natural, skin correcting and oxygenating facials.Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen in MonacoPhoto: SuperYacht TimesFor a vessel of her size, how have Imperial and her designers, retained a sense of tranquillity to make guests feel immediately at home?

Mark Berryman designed the interior of Flying Fox with the aim of a calm and tranquil atmosphere on board. The entire atmosphere of the vessel is enhanced through the use of greenery. With towering ficus trees and planters, the contemporary and neutral colour palette and natural textures create a warm and relaxing ambience. The trained crew on board are ready to fulfil any wishes the guests may have to make them feel at home, from delicious dinners to teaching water sports.  Flying Fox yacht by Lürssen exteriorPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / ImperialWhat are Flying Fox’s charter locations, and how can guests maximise their time aboard while also visiting some of the most picturesque locations in the world? 

Traditionally during the Summer season, Flying Fox will be cruising the Mediterranean Sea and there are plans for Summer 2022 to be at French Polynesia. As for winter season 2021-2022 she will be heading for the Indian Ocean around the Maldives or Seychelles. In addition to the winter season, Flying Fox has been scheduled to travel to the Caribbean. Flying Fox has the flexibility to cruise anywhere the guest desires. Whether that be Northern Europe, the Red Sea or Indonesia, Flying Fox can navigate the seven seas to cater to her guests. 

For more information and to enquire about chartering Flying Fox, contact Imperial Yachts at;

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