Superyacht of the week: The 48.8 metre Bilgin 160 Timeless

Almost a year ago, Turkey-based Bilgin Yachts launched their latest superyacht, a 48.8 metre vessel from the Bilgin 160 Classic series that was christened M&M. An instant classic she truly is, which becomes obviously clear upon first glance. After having had a successful debut at last year's edition of the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, M&M now offers her vision of past eras to all her guests. With enormous amounts of charm, and drawing inspiration from the heydays of the golden age of luxury yachting, she is however much more than a mere rendition of a classic superyacht.

Starting off with her exterior, M&M boasts an exquisite and elegant look that features a traditional, navy-coloured schooner hull with smooth curves and a sleek silhouette, and a white classically styled superstructure. An elegant appearance, she has an attractive charm to her that is hard to resist, making guests feel like they are experiencing a different era.

Upon boarding, one is welcomed on a wonderfully open, elegant and cozy aft deck, with large fixed sofas and an al fresco dining area set around a big oval table. With uninterrupted panoramic views, a classic maritime style and informal ambiance, M&M's main aft deck is a great introduction to all she has to offer.

Inside the main saloon guests are welcomed with a grand, lush and warm atmosphere, with curvy furniture, richly applied luxurious woodwork and a delicate lighting scheme. Creamy carpets are combined with silver grey upholstery, ruby red velvet curtains and ample wood for cabinetry, paneling and furnishing, to form one delightfully warm look, that seems all about reminiscing golden age, in a stately and informal manner. The main saloon consists of a central L-shaped lounge and formal dining fore. Both areas are designed with large, richly upholstered furniture that add a sumptuous feel to the room.

Two generously large, curvy sofas are paired with sizeable armchairs for the lounge, while the dining has a large, oval wooden table as main ingredient, surrounded by plush dining chairs. All furnishing, cabinetry and paneling is designed in a great antique style, resulting in a warm and friendly ambiance that is easily suitable for both formal and informal occasions. Only the contemporary amenities give away M&M as a brand new, modern-day superyacht.

Moving fore through the central lobby, one discovers the first of M&M's lush guest accommodations in the form of a large owner's suite. Entering through the private office and wardrobe, one enters the stateroom with it's classic warmth and panoramic views fore.

There is a romantic feel to the stateroom, with the curvy chaise longue, tufted violet headboard and elegant woodwork adding to the chic friendliness throughout. The en suite is remarkably spacious and light, with a large shower area, big bathtub and luxurious marble and other luxury natural stones as key ingredients. Overall, the master suite is undeniably classic yet with a distinct modern character when it comes to amenities and luxuries provided.

The remaining guest quarters are downstairs, offering luxury accommodation for a party of up to 12 guests including the owner. Full beam VIP quarters, including office and lounge areas, and four additional suites, with luxury en suites all including large shower areas, and a big bath for the VIP, offer guests a wonderfully stylish stay onboard, supplied with all modern luxuries and a classic style. All suites boast similar designs and material palettes, with colours accents for each suite varying between fresh apple green and powder pink.

Portholes supply all staterooms and en suites with ample amounts of natural light, while also adding to the classic look and feel of every room, with gentle lighting schemes, mainly consisting of illuminated ceiling frames, soft spots and small shaded bedside lamps, for nighttime ambiance. Guest suites are configured into two doubles and two twins which, combined with lush VIP suite, offer any company of guests ample possibilities for suitable accommodation.

Moving upstairs, guests can enjoy an informal, and slightly more modern, upper saloon. Still classic in atmosphere, and supplied with large furnishing of a more contemporary nature, the upper lounge offers a perfect environment for many social occasions. With a large lounge as main ingredient, a big sofa is paired with a set of three inviting armchairs to form a space equally suitable for intimate movie night and elegant cocktail hours. This slight shift of design style and ambiance is continued outside, where the aft deck offers arguably one of M&M's most charming features.

Here, a wonderfully spacious exterior space, with retro design furniture offering the lounge area a big splash of personality, offers guests a perfect place to spend ample hours in great style and comfort. Two sofas and two armchairs, in a charming, 70s reminiscing style, form the deck's refined lounge, which is combined with a big arrangement of large sun pads aft, allowing guests to soak up some sun.

With a red, white and blue colour scheme, M&M's continues her navy design scheme that fits her exterior style so well. The foredeck consists of a wonderful, intimate breakfast and lounge area, with two fixed sofas paired with two small coffee tables. This foredeck simply makes perfect use of the amazing vista views and perfect privacy, an undoubtable guest favourite. To top it all off, M&M offers an open and airy sun deck with all around panoramic views, which can be perfectly enjoyed from the luxurious sun loungers, while soaking up some sun.

There is an undeniable and distinct charm about M&M, offering a full package of luxury combined with a warm and friendly personality. From her exterior look, reflecting an elegant golden era of yachting, and her luxurious accommodation, to her smart, maritime-retro style deck spaces and classic interiors, she might best be described as pleasantly different, perfectly elegant and delightfully luxurious. M&M is stylish, hospitable and personable, a superyacht that combines great classic style with modern luxury, all with a perfectly unique personality.

Refreshingly new and aptly familiar, M&M will undoubtedly charm all her guests in many years to come. And in the meantime, Bilgin Yachts is building the next delivery from the 160 Classic series, which is planned for delivery in the near future.

Bilgin Yachts
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By Jochem Kaan



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