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Superyacht of the Week: Benetti's 65 metre Seanna

SuperYacht of the Week

Benetti's Seanna, launched in 2011, seems to reach a majestic level of quality and style, with an enormous array of luxury and quite a few special surprises skilfully pieced together in 65 metres of sumptuous superyacht. But what is more, Seanna integrates these amenities all together, blends them with a sense of style and elegance truly and uniquely her own, and transcends from being a superyacht into an experience, tailored to fit each and every guest to sheer perfection. The SYT team stepped on board this week in Antigua.

With her interior designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon Ltd. and Susan Young Interior, and exteriors from Italy-based Stefano Natucci, a vessel of this size and pedigree is bound to be of the highest quality. Turns out she is, and with style and usability fused together like this, Seanna has obviously been crafted to perfection by everyone involved, with love, dedication and in complete collaboration.

With her crisp white hull and elegantly curved lines, Seanna blends a sportive character with a clean, sleek and slender silhouette. The result is a superyacht with a friendly personality, an attractive informal grandness and a large amount of warm hospitality. All the more reason to take a close look at this magnificent vessel, a promising superyacht that mixes tradition with surprising elements and personal touches.

Seanna's specs are impressive, to say the least. With a cruising speed of 15 knots and luxurious accommodation for a company of up to 12 lucky guests, she is all about combining a friendly, classic style with contemporary luxury. This proves to be a very pleasant combination, aimed at optimal ambiance and sublime guest comfort.

A perfect example of her sense of aesthetic can be sampled upon entering the main guest entrance, starboard on the central main deck. A spacious lobby, bathing in natural light, feels inviting and grand. It's location and design adds that little something extra for guests boarding, a warm welcome into Seanna's open arms. From the elegant floors, with inlaid patterns of natural stones pouring modern shapes into a classic theme, to the wide staircase connecting the interior decks, this area is a gracious introduction to Seanna's luxurious and informal hospitality.

One of Seanna's most striking surprises becomes apparent upon visiting the aft section of the main deck. Compared to other spaces onboard, this is an area that traditionally lacks a certain sense of privacy, mostly when in port. This issue was adequately solved by turning this location into a big, intimate cinema saloon with a large, custom made C-shaped sofa as centrepiece. Every seat is optimally focused on the impressive 100-inch screen, offering all guests a perfect viewing experience. Additional sofas on either sides assure ample seats for all guests, all with maximum screen visibility. As in all guest areas, the cinema's atmosphere is easily adjusted to one's needs with one central iPod, operating curtains, lights and audiovisual equipment, among others. This significantly enhances the guests' experiences, once again proving Seanna to be luxurious, up-to-date and user-friendly. The ambiance here is up to par with all guest areas, being warm, light, classically inspired and invitingly comfortable. Whites and off-whites dominate the colour palette and the light, cozy look and feel results in an attractive space, setting a new standard for movie nights.

The central section of the main deck has been reserved for a combined starboard meeting and dining room, adjacent to an elegant library port side. These rooms, separable by sliding doors along the vessel's central axis, breathe Seanna's classic and informal atmosphere. This traditionally being the location for a formal dining room, the superyacht's layout has again been successfully adjusted to seamlessly suit the owner's personal needs. The meeting room is light and airy, a perfect setting for both formal, informal gatherings and an apt environment for intimate dinners.

The neighbouring library is warm and elegant, with dark lacquered walnut cabinetry and wall panelling, main ingredients for a calm and soothing ambiance. Befitting a room of such finesse, the black marble-framed gas fireplace finely tunes the ambiance to perfection. These comfortable rooms, both snug and pleasingly intimate, evoke a well-balanced blend of the feminine and the masculine, suiting multiple purposes as either one connected area or two separate rooms. The design and colour scheme here, representative as a blueprint for all guest areas, are based on pale grey, charcoal and walnut tints blended with white and subtle off-whites, forming a successful formula.

Fore of the grand main deck lobby, a corridor leads towards the sumptuous owner's quarters. These spacious dwellings, elegantly designed in true Seanna-style, consist of a collection of rooms aimed at providing every conceivable luxury for the owner, both tastefully designed and well balanced. A private lobby leads into the master study, an textbook example of classic style subtly transformed to modern standards, with a lightly contemporary finish and refined ambiance. The interior design is mainly based on gorgeous and richly applied stained Italian walnut for cabinets, desk and ceiling framing, resulting in the room's rich personality and a private atmosphere. The overall design scheme exudes a sense of 18th century gentlemen's clubs, refreshed and updated to effortlessly fit Seanna's chic informal style. Bespoke masculine leather and velvet-clad furniture, nickel inlays and tasteful pieces of art seamlessly connect the past to the present. Opposite this port side study, and separated by the central master corridor, a lush double massage room can be found. Consisting of two treatment rooms, which can be combined into one large space, this is a heavenly slice of sumptuous luxury. Here, too, the modern is blended with the classical, resulting in one of those precious pearls that seem to be an integral part of Seanna's hospitable and welcoming character.

The master cabin is a stateroom in the true sense of the word, i.e. a stately and refined accommodation with luxury materials, a well-balanced and meticulously crafted design, aimed at superior guest comfort. Large in dimensions yet intimate in look and feel, this stateroom is classic with a modern touch, true to Seanna-form. Off-white leather wall panelling and plush carpeting, robust yet elegant furnishings and his and hers side rooms with fantastic views all blend into an ambiance of privacy, intimacy and class.

Both side rooms lead into large walk-in wardrobes, from where the master's bathrooms can be reached. With a bathtub, separate showers and lavatories, ample amounts of white marble, these are meticulously chic bathrooms, private temples for executing one's daily rituals in style.

With flexibility and multi-functionality being key in many areas on board Seanna, moving upstairs towards the upper deck offers yet another example of this smart sense of design. The upper saloon can be found here, which is a light and spacious area offering two seating arrangements, a game table and large bar as main ingredients. The style is loose and informal, the ambiance spacious, warn and comfortable.

Seanna's signature colour scheme is applied in a totally different variation and with a broader collection of materials, resulting in a saloon which shows yet another side of Seanna's rich personality. Like most other rooms onboard, a large amount of pieces from the owner's personal Chihuly-glass collection is displayed, adding personal touches and complementing the interior design scheme. As a whole, the upper deck saloon emphasizes the modern aspects of Seanna's style, with a light, cozy and fresh result.

Fantastic amounts of exterior deck space can be found on Seanna, making her perfect company for outdoor living, relaxing and enjoying. The main aft deck, adjacent to the large cinema room, boasts a setup that is spacious and inviting, with a collection of elegant armchairs, sofas and lounge pads available, framed by panorama views and a fully equipped bar, in close vicinity to the big swimming platform. Perfectly set up for a cocktail after swimming, gathering point before embarking on some on-shore shopping or a pre-movie night meeting point. In any case, countless functions can be effortlessly imagined for this, and all other exterior deck spaces.

On the upper aft deck, a luxurious oversized dining table is the centre piece, allowing for sumptuous and comfortable al fresco lunches and dinners, in perfect privacy. Here, too, a complete wet-bar is available and the vista views are a sublime framing for each and every meal to be enjoyed on this deck. Several arrangements of armchairs and lounging sofas invite guests to stay and spend some more time, and with bimini shades this area is perfectly suitable for both day- and nighttime entertaining.

Including the owner's suite, 7 guest staterooms can be found onboard Seanna. With one VIP fore on the upper deck and three doubles plus two twins on the lower deck, she effortlessly and comfortably accommodates companies of up to 12 guests, including the owner. All remarkably spacious, luxuriously fitted with en suite bathrooms, including big showers areas for the twin staterooms and large bathtubs for the VIP and doubles, these are hospitable and private dwellings for every guest, assuring optimal comfort during a stay on board.

All of these magnificent guest staterooms are spacious, meticulous in style and designed, and equipped with ample amenities. As with the double and twin staterooms, the VIP suite is spacious, light and designed in a style similar to the owner's suite, with either rich off-whites or green tints complimenting the lacquered Italian walnut of cabinets and furnishing. All suites have similar design schemes but in slightly different variations, adding a personal touch to each guest's on board experience. Bathrooms are rich in natural light, privacy and space, with fine marble as a main design ingredient and all are luxuriously fitted with either a large bathtub or a big shower area.

Like Seanna's double and twin staterooms, several of the vessel's extra special features can also be found on the lower deck. Aft, there are two in particular to be discovered. There is a very large swimming platform and beachclub area, folding out and transforming this section into an attractive section for guests to start an adventurous snorkelling expedition or trying some of the many watertoys. Seanna has a very large array, including two 3-man waverunners, canoes, waterskis, wakeboards & tows, snorkelling and fishing gear. One could also opt to simply soak up some sun, have a relaxing swim and hang out. The two available tenders are stored efficiently fore of this area, port side. Starboard, there is yet another a amenity making this section all the more attractive, namely a spacious and fully equipped gym. The starboard outer wall completely folds out here, not only creating a magnificent view, and arguably the best setting for a solid workout ever created, but an ambiance that is simply remarkable. With a complete array of exercise equipment available, and separate bathroom and washroom at the guests' disposal, working out has simply never been more attractive.

Moving towards the sun deck, which can be easily called the crown on Seanna's personality, there is a large aft area with a collection of sun loungers complemented by impressive vista views. But if enjoying dramatic views is one of the guests' pleasures, one has the possibility to move upstairs to the raised observation deck.

This unique feature, created by optimally utilizing the normally unused space under the radar mast, was designed to offer the ultimate 360 degrees vista views in a pleasant, cabana-like atmosphere. Located right under this platform, a spacious and covered lounge area is at guests's disposal. With a collection of sofas and armchairs set up in several casual arrangements and large flat screen television, in a fresh and light beach club atmosphere, cooling down from some sunbathing has never been more stylish or comfortable. From here, passing a large outdoor lounging sofa opposite a bar, just a few steps lead up to a big Jacuzzi, surrounded by lush sun pads.

Seanna is one of those special superyachts, perfectly blending timeless style with sublime comfort and every conceivable luxury. She seems to evoke a wow-factor around every corner, yet remains to stay true to herself with an intimate and subtle ambiance.

Seanna is available for charter with Burgess.

Burgess
+44 20 7766 4300
london@burgessyachts.com
www.burgessyachts.com

Redman Whiteley Dixon Ltd
+44 (0)1590 611 300
studio@rwd.co.uk
www.rwd.co.uk

Benetti Yachts
+39 0584 3821
sales@benettiyachts.it
www.benettiyachts.it

By Jochem Kaan

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