Flevo Ship Holland recently delivered this week's Superyacht of the Week, the outstanding Belle de Jour. At just over 29 metres, this elegant vessel, with steel hull and aluminium superstructure, boasts the instantly recognisable look of a modern classic. Adding to her vibrant looks, there is a delightfully spacious ambiance to be enjoyed everywhere onboard, plus a surprising layout which reflects some of the experienced owner's specific requirements.
Designed by naval architect Pieter Beeldsnijder of PB Design, Belle de Jour shows off some confident and playful features. Long modern lines and an elegant, powerful and sportive look give her an appealing sense of elegance that emphasises her distinct elegance. With regards to seaworthiness, her closed bullwarks and large freeboard give Belle de Jour an exciting dash of adventurous personality, finding a perfect balance between form and function while staying fixed on her main goal: optimal guest comfort.
After having a tour onboard, it's instantly clear that Flevo Ship Holland delivered an exceptional vessel, not only boasting an outstanding exterior but elegantly designed and exquisitely crafted interiors. In short, Belle de Jour is without a doubt a superyacht that can confidently take up competition with the Netherlands' most prestigious and acclaimed shipyards, proving Flevo Ship Holland has joined the top ranks.
As the first vessel in a unique custom series of luxury superyachts, Belle de Jour is built to the highest standards with regards to quality, style and finish. Obviously with full Lloyd's certification, she has an inviting, contemporary light oak interior to match her exterior boldness. One of her many appealing features is an extraordinary attention to detail, with regards to interiors as well as exteriors. This becomes clear in, among others, the stainless steel profiles and rubbing strakes, custom deck fittings and countersunk doors. All this, and more, gives Belle de Jour a luxurious feel, undeniably adding to every guests' delight.
Traditionally, a superyacht of this size would features at least a raised pilothouse, however Belle de Jour was designed with just a prominent main deck. Located on this main deck, a large and beautifully crafted bridge, with big U-shaped seating for 8, greatly enhances the social aspect whilst underway. This adds to the overall onboard experience and shows that, with her style and high levels of quality, Belle de Jour is all about an optimal experience. Her layout shows the owner values the comforts of a luxurious main deck, without the need for extra volume with a separate bridge deck.
Upon boarding, the first surprise becomes apparent upon entering the main saloon, either through the port or starboard side. The aft section of this large and light space, which was deliberately left open, including the galley, was fully reserved for the lounge. This U-shaped area with big sofas and surrounding panoramic windows, which can be individually lowered when desired, is inviting, light and undoubtedly a central social hub onboard. The design, without the traditional aft sliding doors, results in a great sense of privacy and shows off a keen, efficient use of space. The open ambiance of the main saloon allows guests to enjoy each other's company, while relaxing and enjoying the vessel's delicate and elegant interior of stained oak, with Art Deco touches.
The lounge area is a perfect example of Belle de Jour's knack for soft modern lightness, top quality and exquisitely stylish comfort, which can be found throughout all interiors. The large windows supply wonderful vistas and ample amounts of natural light, while the ambiance remains remarkably cosy and friendly. The central section of the saloon offers a closed pantry, a breakfast bar and an L-shaped starboard seating arrangement, which includes an open fireplace port side opposite a built-in piano. Extending the lounge's style of luxurious modern elegance, it is quite easy to imagine ample hours spent here, relaxing in perfect comfort.
Belowdecks, three guest suites offer lush accommodation in the form of one full beam master suite, one double and one twin. The master quarters consist of a big stateroom, large walk-in wardrobe, lounge area, spacious en suite with glass sliding doors, with big bath tub and separate shower area.
The owner's suite gives extra protection through watertight bulkheads that can be locked from the inside. Fore, the two remaining guest cabins, each with big en suite, can be transformed into one big VIP suite by use of one big sliding wall. With regards to style, all of Belle de Jour's guest accommodations are light, contemporary and with a generously classic type of elegance, again reminiscent of a modern Art Deco style.
There is a delightful sense of serenity and lightness throughout all suites, with Belle de Jour showing off her great style, top quality finish and perfect attention everywhere. Each guest suite is perfectly well appointed, wonderfully stylish and, above all, inviting and comfortable.
Obviously, Belle de Jour also offers wonderful deck areas, with the flybridge as one of her most impressive features. Here, two extended balconies on either side allow guests to enjoy dramatic vista views, while a glass windscreen and stainless steel handrails offer extra protection. Midships, the mast has fixed bimini shades and panoramic glass panels, assuring elegant comfort for everyone, with a big U-shaped lounge area and al fresco dining area at guests' disposal, which can be transformed into a sun deck. Aft, a big area can be used as extra sun deck and tender storage, with a crane that can lift up to 1000 kg.
Belle de Jour is impressive on a range of levels, from style and design to quality and finish. On the one hand, she is a modern classic superyacht which effortlessly shows off a keen sense of hospitality and elegance. On the other hand, she is surprisingly different, in the most positive sense of the word.
The exquisite attention to detail onboard Belle du Jour is visible literally everywhere, including the engine room. With regards to style, ample high-gloss stainless steel has been used for a remarkably stylish and clean look, where stylish design seems to be equally important as neatness. From exhausts to railing and even LED mood-lighting, Belle de Jour's engine room is a treat in itself. Ample attention has been put into eliminating lines from sight as much as possible, and all systems used here, including airco, black and grey water tanks, and watermaker, are or the best quality available and also applied in the very best shipyards in the world.
Layouts, accommodations, decks and overall ambiance have been crafted to suit the owner's requirements while maintaining a natural sense of logic that will undeniably suit every guest onboard. If anything, Belle de Jour shows that the traditional and the surprisingly new blend well together. And she does this in an exceptionally elegant, high-quality manner.
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