On board the first 67m Amels 220: Aurora Borealis

Written by Jason Spinks

The 67.1-metre Aurora Borealis is the first Amels 220 superyacht. With delivery taking place earlier this year, her owner was looking for a shipyard that could build their superyacht within three years and Amels was able to fit the bill thanks to its Limited Editions design and engineering platform. SuperYacht Times steps on board to find out more about what this superyacht has to offer.Aurora Borealis yacht cruisingPhoto: Jeff Brown/ Breed MediaThere were a number of customisations, including extended decks, a large beach club and swim platform, to be made with a relatively short delivery time of less than three years. That obviously always adds challenges but thanks to the naval architecture and engineering already being in place, we were able to get started with the steel-cutting straight away,” explains Antoine Larricq of Fraser Yachts, who represented the owner during the build.Aurora Borealis yacht beach clubPhoto: Jeff BrownAurora Borealis yacht spaPhoto: AmelsAurora Borealis yacht gymPhoto: AmelsThe yacht’s exterior comes from the drawing boards of design legend Tim Heywood, who comments that “for any designer to have the opportunity to refine and develop an existing design is always a great pleasure.” Heywood’s design incorporates his signature forms and well-balanced proportions to create modern classical lines that he describes as “strong, athletic, feminine and sleek.” Basing his design on the Amels 212, a successful predecessor, Heywood has ensured that “the exterior deck areas work incredibly well as the extensions of the interior spaces with cool muted colours and tactile materials.Aurora Borealis also features a 33-square-metre beach club with a large swim platform, a spa, a fully-equipped gym and a spacious tender garage home to two eight-metre tenders and various water toys.Aurora Borealis yacht saloonPhoto: AmelsAurora Borealis yacht saloonPhoto: AmelsAurora Borealis yacht bridge deck saloonPhoto: AmelsThe fully-custom interiors are the work of the London-based industry veterans Winch Design, and they were inspired by wind, water, fire and earth. The designers opted for a fresh and spacious feel with soft, natural textures illuminated with custom art-deco lighting as explained by Jim Dixon, Winch Design’s Director, Yachts and Aviation. “A harmonious, refined and Scandinavian influenced design is bought to life with intricate detailing to create an impressively luxurious and fully custom interior.” On the bridge deck, the skylounge functions as the superyacht’s social hub, showing off a big screen and a marble-topped bar. Andrew Winch describes Aurora Borealis as “a grand yacht, in the tradition of the great ocean liners of the 1920s and 1930s.” Aurora Borealis yacht stateroomPhoto: AmelsAurora Borealis yacht stateroomPhoto: Amels

Aurora Borealis can accommodate up to 14 guests across seven staterooms. These include a 90-square-metre master suite forward on the main deck with his-and-hers bathrooms and an office, and two VIP suites on the bridge deck with French windows opening onto a balcony. Four convertible double staterooms complete the guest accommodation. In addition, the vessel can sleep up to 16 crew.Aurora Borealis yacht bridge deck saloonPhoto: AmelsThe yacht’s main saloon benefits from ample natural light, floors of foot-worn oak and walls made from pale timber. Guests can enjoy the white Steinway piano surrounded by ceramic shells and decorated with porcelain sea urchins, a glass nautilus shell bowl and a seating area centred around the feature coffee table made from a single slab of Italian marble. Aurora Borealis yacht jacuzziPhoto: AmelsAurora Borealis yacht sun deck diningPhoto: AmelsRose Damen, managing director of Amels and Damen’s yachting division, comments that “the 67.1-metre Amels 220 is impeccably modern, with a nod to the past. The large volume interiors recall the stylish enjoyment of the sea in the grand tradition of the great ocean liners.”



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