Starting off the year in a refreshing, friendly and particularly inviting way, the remarkably stylish, brand new Heliad II is a 33.4 metre LOA superyacht was launched just last year and is, deservingly, 2014's very first superyacht of the week. Designed by Diana Yacht Design, with interiors from Weber Yacht Design, and built by Lynx Yachts at the Scheepwerf Made facilities, Heliad II is all Dutch, all splendid and, above all, delightfully contemporary and exquisitely luxurious.
With lush accommodations for up to 12 guests, she boasts a layout that is similar to those usually found on superyachts exceeding 45 metres LOA. This gives Heliad II an instantly airy, open ambiance, presenting guests with plenty of feisty personality and an elegance, with a style that might best be described as light, contemporary and slightly playful.
Her exterior look is strong, curvy and well balanced. Heliad II is an undeniable modern classic, with her navy blue, steel hull and clean white, aluminium superstructure that form a silhouette with a classic touch. Her shapely, round aft, gentle curves and overall look of friendly yet feisty finesse, make Heliad II reflect an exterior look of confidence, fun and elegance.
Upon boarding, one is welcomed on a spacious, panoramic aft deck deck which emphasises the luxurious, natural modern atmosphere that can be enjoyed everywhere onboard. Heliad II is all about offering her guests a refined, luxurious ambiance, to allow everyone the chance to relax, soak up the magnificent surroundings and enjoy all the good things life has to offer.
Framed by dramatic vista views, the large, elegant teak deck is combined with light, modern furnishing in a wicker-style finish and soft beige upholstery. Inviting sofas and armchairs are paired with marble topped tables. It all brings out a certain sense of warmth and airiness, which is instantly becoming and, as we are to find out, one of the Heliad II's many appealing features. Fore, the main deck has a great Portuguese deck that offers generous vista views and perfect privacy, with a cozy sofa to sit back and dream away.
The aft bridge deck enhances Heliad II's spacious take on panoramic exterior areas even further, with a space that offers elegant modern armchairs, lush bimini shades and a set of big sun pads aft, perfectly utilizing the vessel's round aft, as key ingredients. The design is light and modern with a touch of classic elegance, all in a colour scheme of white, light grey and fresh blue. Again, exquisite vista views frame this deck perfectly, resulting in a rich sense of lightness and luxury that is simply wonderful. Fore, a panoramic cockpit, with chairs and a sofa paired with a round table, offers a perfect spot for lush relaxing at any moment of the day. Reading a book, having an elegant lunch or enjoying some lazy lounging, the fore bridge deck simply has the perfect setting.
Heliad II's spacious yet cozy sun deck is one of her most impressive features, with ample space, great style and a wonderfully luxurious ambiance, framed by dramatic, 360 degree vistas. There is a large round dining table available aft, covered by big bimini shades, as the main al fresco dining area onboard. The open and airy lounge fore, combining big lazy armchairs and a large sofa with the delightful surroundings, has a distinct feel of subtle luxury and a soft modern design. From intimate get togethers to refined cocktail parties and long evenings of dancing and stargazing, Heliad II's sun deck can host it all, especially when combined with the spacious aft bridge deck. With ample space for lush hours of sunbathing, lounging, relaxing and simply enjoying all the good things she has to offer, this deck, like all of Heliad II's areas, easily combines a particularly friendly ambiance with a refined luxury, making her, in a word, irresistible.
With regards to Heliad II's wide and spacious exterior areas, her starboard swimming platform is one of her most impressive features, especially considering her size. Tender storage is conveniently located on the central lower deck, for easy access. With part of the hull folding out, not only can Heliad II's tender be easily launched, guests are offered a great space to take a swim and simply relax.
The overall sense of spacious luxury is extended inside, starting with the main saloon. Large windows bring the outside in and allow the flow of ample natural light, perfectly framing the soft, contemporary design. Natural colours are combined with luxurious materials, soft and curvy shapes and an overall sense of contemporary finesse. Almost minimal, yet still rich and pleasantly inviting, the main saloon offers a big aft lounge and main dining fore, all in an open-plan room with minimal abundance and maximal style.
Colours are light and natural, with dashes of vibrance here and there, all framed by soft lighting and modern furnishing. There is a rich sense of hospitality, a main saloon that truly feels like a luxurious home. The lounge consists of a big L-shaped sofa and armchairs, right next to large sliding glass doors leading to the aft deck, while the dining area is based on a modern stainless steel and wooden table surrounded by classic white Eames dining chairs.
Upstairs, the sky lounge continues this modern elegance in a slightly more informal manner, with an impressively long, inviting sofa port side, big L-shaped bar aft and a games table as main ingredients. All around big windows offer great views outside, and big sliding glass doors aft open up and turn this entire deck into one big area of day to night entertainment, suitable for any social occasion and with a great sense of luxurious, modern style.
Heliad II has impressively spacious accommodations for a company of up to 12 guests. With five suites, the main deck master and four lower deck quarters, every guest is guaranteed stylish dwellings and ample privacy. The master, which occupies the fore main deck, consists of a full beam stateroom with lounge and office areas, big en suite and a spacious walk-in wardrobe. With lightness and an elegant, luxurious simplicity throughout, the design is modern, soft and natural. The palettes of soft natural colours and luxury materials offer a rich, welcoming and soft environment.
Belowdecks, two VIPs and two twins, the latter offering an extra Pullman berth each, all have atmospheres of luxurious softness and modern finesse. The ambiance in every suite is instantly appealing and soothing, with an abundance of details pleasantly absent yet all offering a perfect level of finishing throughout. It feels wonderfully well balanced, with a sense of lush luxury and delightful calm.
Overall, Heliad II surely is an instantly appealing, stylish superyacht, not just for her great style but also the impressive amounts of space and her overall ambiance. She has a great luxurious feel, yet retains a sense of softness and elegance that makes her perfectly hospitable. There is an airiness and openness everywhere onboard, resulting in that great sense of luxurious freedom, which is what superyachting, for the greater part, truly is all about.