A look inside a new build Lürssen motor yacht is a rarity and will remain a special occasion for as long as the German builder delivers these custom-built machines. When Areti’s doors were opened for viewing at the latest Monaco Yacht Show, visitors were once again reminded why some of the world’s finest vessels are born inside Lürssen's sheds and the level of customisation that certain owners demand from their yachts. This week we take a look inside the bespoke 85-metre superyacht and the features that her experienced owner has equipped his new nomadic home with.
No newcomer to big superyachts having previously owned the high-volume 60-metre Trinity motor yacht by the same name (now Mia Elise II), the owner’s brief called for a voluminous design that would comfortably accommodate large groups at the same time. The style of the yacht had to remain timeless, however, and family living was a priority.
This is where Winch Design’s holistic approach to the design of projects was put to good use. Not only having to deal with the complexities that surround the still fairly new Passenger Yacht Code to fit up to 22 guests, but doing so while keeping a welcoming and homely feel to the areas on board that would suite the traditional but fresh American-classic interior. The exterior, also the work of the Winch Design studio, resembles a similar look to the owner’s previous yachts with that subtle cream hull and alpine white superstructure, but with a few recognisable Winch styling touches.
With a volume of 2,851 GT, Areti is to date the smallest yacht built to the PYC code, but don’t let this statistic fool you; her beam of 15.14 metres and that high freeboard with flush foredeck means she looks every bit a megayacht. The twin forward hull doors swing open to reveal two 9-metre Yachtwerf Meyer tenders and above sits a helipad for easy transfers to the mountain.
The decks are fitted with two Jacuzzi’s – one on the upper deck for larger groups and another, more intimate pool situated just ahead of the master suite on the owner’s deck for easy and private access.
Areti’s luxurious style is best experienced inside and upon entering the formal main deck lounge and dining area, the overwhelming use of timber throughout the yacht becomes clear. It’s a combination of strain grain and figured Makore that give these spaces its traditional feel, and paired with fine fabrics such as silk and antique brass surfaces, you easily forget that this is, in fact, a floating vessel that you are on. There is even a self-playing Steinway Boston piano here that will whisk your thoughts away from reality.
It's not all old school, though. Down below a custom designed state-of-the-art wellness centre awaits. Capable of welcoming professional sportsmen and women, at your disposal is a full-depth plunge pool, steam room and sauna along with experience showers that have acoustic and aroma setting to simulate naturally relaxing environments.
The eight spacious guest suites and grand full beam forward-facing master suite are spread across three decks. Guest suites are decorated to match the style of the rest of the yacht and subtle colour changes in scatter cushions, for example, set these cabins apart, each of which can be converted to be used in a double or twin setup.
Located on the owner’s deck aft is Areti’s sky lounge that is designed to become one of the most comfortable spaces on the yacht. Here guests can relax on the oversized sofas, enjoy a drink behind the bar or get stuck in a poker match at the games table. The near full-beam glass doors lead out on the aft deck and remove just about any boundaries to the exterior deck.
Having done a fair amount of cruising since leaving the shipyard in July last year, Areti has well and truly been put through her paces on a technical level. With a respectable range of 6,000 nm, cruising options are virtually endless for Areti and her owner.Photos by Tom van Oosanen and Klaus Jordan