Superyacht of the Week: The explorer Aurora

With an exterior look that is bold, dapper and confident, brand new superyacht Aurora is the very first Nordhavn 120 and a finalist for the upcoming World Superyacht Awards.

Strong lines, that show off a mix of features from traditional expedition vessels and modern luxury superyachts, a recognisable silhouette and her exterior colour palette of cream and white, for her hull and superstructure respectively, are Aurora's main ingredients for the exterior look. At 36.75 metres, Aurora is ready to show the world what Nordhavn has to offer as a builder of superyachts. Judging from her strong look, it's apparent that Aurora is built for more than just anchoring at an uninhabited island or cruising along the Mediterranean.

Although boasting several spacious exterior deck areas, ample emphasis has been put on her impressive volumes, stylish interior designs and overall panoramic ambiance. This interior design style, by Destry Darr Designs, is elegantly classic with a modern touch, with refined yet contemporary furnishing and a warm, soft colour palette of cream, beige and the natural tones of luxury timber. These themes have been applied throughout Aurora's interiors, making a stroll through her decks one of consistent, warm ambiance and graceful style.

Obviously set for colder, harsher and more rugged territories than your average luxury yachting destination, one enters the main saloon through an aft pantry and is invited to a distinguished, warm lounge with large surrounding windows. It's easy to imagine the various natural surroundings of Aurora's many adventurous destinations serving as stunning backdrops for this elegant setting.

Large sofas and armchairs in a light cream upholstery, dark wooden wall paneling and cabinetry, it all serves perfectly well in an overall design scheme that is elegantly designed and soothing. These surroundings allow guests to have a large part of their attention focused on the extraordinary panoramas that will undeniably be part of every journey onboard Aurora. In other words, Aurora's main saloon is well-balanced, elegant and classically stylish, and in no way trying to overshadow what she truly is all about: adventurous travels in great comfort and luxury. Fore, the main dining area is designed in a similar style, turning this open-plan main saloon into a spacious yet cozy room, functioning as a central social hub for all guests.

There is a sense of luxurious hospitality to be enjoyed everywhere onboard, even the galley offers a particularly warm and inviting atmosphere. Perfectly well-equipped, this room was skilfully planned by the owners in order to offer a perfect arrangement for cooking. The result forms a seamless extension of the main saloon and all other guest areas onboard.

Warmth, space and openness are key, also for the multi-room master suite, which takes full advantage of Aurora's large interior volumes. A full beam stateroom, lounge and office areas, a private lobby and television room, impressive his and hers en suites and his and hers walk-in wardrobes make up these impressive master quarters. All in all, an oasis of elegance, classic ambiance and stylish luxury. Here, too, large windows assure stunning backdrops wherever the journey may lead, so panoramic splendor can be experienced throughout.

The full beam superstructure fore assures an extra spacious master suite, accentuating Aurora's voluminous nature compared to her relatively modest size.

Belowdecks, four spacious guest suites can be found. With the centrally located engine room, two VIP suites fore and two twin suites aft, one of which can be easily transformed into a double, assure perfect accommodations for all guests. Aurora easily accommodates a company of up to 10 guests, with all lower deck guest cabins also accompanied by luxury en suites, in Aurora's delightful design.

Upstairs, her panoramic sky lounge, including stylish bar and games table, offers the informal ambiance for any social occasion. Vista views and a large aft deck nearby, including a seating area and plenty of space for sun loungers, complete Aurora's upper deck as an area of relaxation and informal socialising.

This is continued on the enclosed flybridge, where a big bar, L-shaped lounge and, again, those stunning panoramic backdrops assure this to be an absolute guest favourite. Accompanied by the big aft deck, including a large hot tub, adventurous traveling has never been more appealing.

Aurora is pleasantly familiar yet appealingly different, set for a course of adventure and dramatic surroundings. She aims for new horizons, and does so in an elegant manner, with her spacious interiors and elegant classic ambiance.

By Jochem Kaan



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