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Superyacht of the Week: Benetti's 50 metre Vica

SuperYacht of the Week

In October 2014, Italian shipyard Benetti launched their brand new 50 metre superyacht Vica. As a unique project for the shipyard, she is the first Benetti project to join a fibreglass hull with an aluminium superstructure, resulting in maximum design flexibility for customising layouts and style. The result is a beautifully styled, luxurious and, above all, impressively spacious superyacht that combines classic finesse with contemporary luxury.

With a sleek, confident exterior look, Vica combines long, sharp lines with gentle curves and a confident silhouette, a look that is both bold and elegant. Her dynamically shaped exterior houses an environment that is perfect for Mediterranean luxury yachting, with ample generously sized decks to optimally enjoy life at sea. Her looks are characterised by full height windows which not only add to her streamlined look but also result in lush amounts of natural light throughout the interiors.

All of her rooms are beautifully styled with a gentle and subtle interior design that blends the finesse of classic yachting with the sophisticated look of contemporary Italian design. Dark natural tones from cherrywood and rosewood are combined with a soft palette of light creams and greys to form a pleasantly restrained ambiance that is warm and welcoming.

The main saloon is divided into two sections; an intimate panoramic aft lounge and a more formal American style saloon fore. The lounge offers an elegant bar, big L-shaped sofa and a baby grand piano which, combined with the stunning panoramas and pleasantly dramatic lighting scheme, results in a lounge that is gracefully informal. This style is extended into the saloon, where sofas, armchairs, coffee tables and stunning vistas assure a soothing environment for refined entertaining and relaxation.

The main deck has a seamless transition from interior to exterior living, with a semi-secluded salon outside, fitted with a long sofa on either side, blending into an airy aft deck with an al-fresco dining setting framed by the gorgeous views that seem to emerge everywhere onboard. The exterior salon easily turns into an intimate movie theatre with it's large flatscreen television.

Formal dining is located on the upper deck, where a spacious oval setting offers ample possibilities for any type of culinary experience for a company of up to 12 guests. Paired with a lounge area with a big L-shaped sofa, inviting armchairs and a games table, the upper deck is all about entertainging. Large glass sliding doors lead out into the spacious upper aft deck, where big private lounge and sunbathing areas are seamlessly combined. Here, too, the interior and exterior spaces blend together, accentuating Vica's take on lush, stylish outdoor living.

Vica offers impressive guest accommodations with a total of 6 luxury suites. On the main deck, moving fore from the main saloon through the grand main foyer which elegantly connects the lower, main and upper decks, a full beam master quarters consist of a classic stateroom with private balcony, separate owner's study, spacious walk-in wardrobe and his and hers en suite baths.

The overall style is light and soft, with gently curved woodwork and cabinetry complimented by the light colour palette that is found throughout Vica's interiors. The balcony, one of the master suite's many great features, offers a perfect setting for intimate lounging with stunning vista views, an amazing area for cozy breakfasts and late afternoon reading. From here, a private gangway to sea level is available for a refreshing private swim.

The master en suites are warm and luxurious, with ample space and a big shower area and Jacuzzi as main amenities. Woodwork in cherrywood with rosewood trims, also applied in the main saloon and all guest en suites, and light natural stone are key design elements which, along with ample amounts of natural light, result in a wonderful setting for one's daily rituals.

Vica's style of subtle classic luxury is continued downstairs, where two spacious VIP suites and two big twins offer guests space, comfort and privacy in a grand yet cozy way. Each suite offers large staterooms, lots of storage space and befitting en suites with large tubs for the VIPs and big shower areas for the twins. Right adjacent to the guest lobby, one of Vica's many impressive features can be found. With three hatches in the hull, one can be found here in the form of a guest lounge which opens up to transform into a amazing side balcony for guests to relax in comfort and privacy. Completing Vica's collection of lush guest cabins, the upper deck offers a big VIP suite right adjacent to the formal dining and upper saloon, again with spacious stateroom and luxury en suite.

Putting great emphasis on outdoor living, Vica has an impressive collection of exterior deck spaces that combine lush amounts of space, stunning panoramas and every luxury her guests can desire. In addition to the large main and upper aft decks, a big U-shaped lounge cockpit, sun bathing area with inviting sun pads and swimming pool can be found on the fore upper deck. Combining ultimate comfort and class, this deck is perfect for day to night lounging, sunbathing and relaxation with subtle light beams underneath the cream upholstered furnishing, instantly transforming a sun soaked lounge into an elegant nighttime salon covered by star studded skies.

To top off the impressive collection of spacious exterior decks, the amazing sun deck offers big lounge, sunbathing and al-fresco dining areas. Here, sofas, comfortable armchairs and inviting sun loungers are added to a big set of sun pads around a large Jacuzzi tub, to form a sun deck that will be an undeniable guest favourite to spend endless hours of luxury. Whether soaking up some sun or lingering comfortably in the shade, the virtually unobstructed vistas, amities such as a bar, conveniently located day head and gym equipment turn this sun deck into a picture perfect example of lush comfort and versatility.

With a big aft hatch functioning as a large swimming platform, and a side hatch located laterally towards the stern for tender launching and loading, Vica perfectly guest comfort and privacy with operational efficiency. Throughout her decks, guests are offered a lavish experience of style and luxury without being distracted by day to day operations.

Vica offers a fine blend of luxurious features that make her a true luxury yacht, luxurious and stylish yet subtle and welcoming. There is an overall sense of lightness and the atmosphere everywhere onboard is elegant and aimed at outdoor living. Her spacious decks and panoramic views throughout, combined with great guest accommodations and complete collection of luxury amenities, surely make her a guest favourite.

By Jochem Kaan

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