Superyacht of the week: The contemporary Benetti superyacht Panthera

Introducing the brand new, 47 metre Panthera, Benetti presents an unapologetically bold and elegant superyacht that is all about sportiveness, vibrant modern style and the ultimate comfort. The second launch in the acclaimed shipyard's 500s series, after 2010's Imagination, Panthera was completely constructed at Benetti's Livorno shipyard. Fully aluminium-built, with an 8.8 metre beam and a sleek shape, she perfectly combines superb performance with exquisite comfort. With her impressive stability and low levels of noise and vibration, Panthera is remains comfortable even when cruising at her top speed of 24 knots.

The owner's original brief was crystal clear: a contemporary yacht with timeless elegance. Bold and curvy lines, a firm silhouette and an overall sporty look define her exterior features. With her her large, tinted oval windows, metallic silver colour scheme and wavy forms, Panthera is all about sharp, futuristic strength. And with a collection of impressively spacious, panoramic exterior decks, outside living is definitely one of her key strengths.

On her lush main aft deck, she combines stunning vista views with a modern, white and silver look, with a big aft lounging sofa and al fresco dining area. Even the teak detailing, traditionally black, is done in silver grey. The large dining, contemporary table is paired with white modern armchairs and a spacious, open ambiance.

This spaciousness can be easily felt throughout, particularly on the upper aft deck which boasts a generously open and airy atmosphere. A set of big lounge pads, combined with colourful, round poufs and light bimini shades, offer guests a perfect environment to take in the lush surroundings. Gentle and soothing openness is emphasised by a pleasant lack of abundance, drawing one's attention to what it's all about: pure enjoyment. And guests' enjoyment is also Panthera's main concern when it comes to her lush sun deck.

Equally panoramic, she offers a large deck space aft for sunbathing on inviting loungers.The central section is reserved for the vessel's second al fresco dining area, combined with an intimate and cozy lounging space.

Fore, a big Jacuzzi accompanied by big sun pads perfectly complete the sun deck's delightful range of luxuries. Each of the deck's three main areas offer separate bimini shades, and generous vista views can be enjoyed from anywhere.

For those seeking a more secluded, quiet area while at anchor, or an adrenaline-pumping spot during a cruise, a set of big sun pads on the upper fore deck offers guests a perfect area to do just that.

With such generous and stylish exterior areas, comes the expectation of equally impressive interiors. In this respect, Panthera also certainly delivers. Upon entering her interior spaces, one is welcomed in an oasis of style and luxury, rich in personality and contemporary glamour. The main saloon, which is light and airy, consists of an aft lounge, a big central salon and formal dining area fore.

With a colour palette of greys, metallics and cool natural tones, this room is all about showing off a contemporary personality. Rich and gleaming, yet undeniably modern, the main saloon combines plush sofas with rounded tables and cabinetry, ample natural light, panoramic views and a distinct sense of personal style.

Moving fore through the main foyer, a lush master suite is uncovered. Consisting of a large private study, spacious en suite, full beam stateroom including lounge and vanity areas, and big sliding glass doors to a secluded exterior area on the main fore deck, the master quarters offers a warmer rendition of Panthera's interior style. With a particularly soft and rich carpeting, reminiscent of a beach, contemporary furnishing and a warm, light colour palette of natural, sandy tones, the master stateroom boasts a soothing ambiance of pleasant modern luxury. Ample amounts of natural light flow into the room through large windows on either side, adding a sense of openness to the soft, contemporary design.

Equally modern, yet showing off more colour contrasts with a palette based mainly on of black and white, the spacious en suite is open, cool and clean. High gloss white surfaces, black details and tiling in the big shower area, sharp, modern lines and a touch of brass here and there, the master en suite is distinct and radiant with regards to style.

Belowdecks, Panthera continues her natural, contemporary style for her guest suites, which are all situated around a big, stylish lobby showcasing a modern, natural style and some tasteful pieces of photographic art. One full beam VIP suite and two doubles offers every guest onboard luxurious, stylish and welcoming accommodations.

The designs are definitely vibrant, although the colour palettes are, like the master stateroom's, mainly consisting of a balanced selection of grey, beige, sandy and silvery tones. With some dashing accents found, for instance, on cushions and inside some of the cabinets, with the latter surprising guests with a delightful splash of hot red sheen, the VIP stateroom, like all guest suites, offers a spacious and inviting atmosphere, with a great modern style and a smooth lighting scheme.

The warm, natural colours and designs are extended into the en suites of all guest quarters, with luxury woods, floral patterns in the shower area tiling, and large windows all add to the ambiance of light, modern finesse.

Upstairs, the upper deck offers a second VIP suite, totalling the number of guests that can find lush accommodations onboard Panthera to 10, including the owners. Apart from great style, space and luxury, this suite offers stunning views outside due to the big window on starboard side.

Aft, a big lounge saloon boasts a more informal style, combining, sand, off-white and vibrant orange tones and stunning vistas courtesy of the large panoramic windows on either side. Big lounging sofas invite guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury. Here, too, the ambiance is open and inviting, perfect for stylish social occasions in an elegant, contemporary environment.

Panthera is a bubbly, modern superyacht, with ample luxury, a great personal style and lots of character. From her silver metallic, sporty exterior features, spacious decks and elegant guest areas, she is all about dazzling and pampering her guests. A great collection of photographic artwork, can be enjoyed throughout her main areas, adding even more glamour to enjoy. She is a sophisticated superyacht, refined in style and subtle yet perfectly luxurious.

Benetti Yachts
+39 0584 3821
[email protected]
www.benettiyachts.it

By Jochem Kaan

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