Kirsty Bertarelli, the richest woman in Britain and her husband Ernesto have bought the biggest motor yacht ever built in the UK, the 315-ft. foot Vava II.
The $160 million megayacht, which now ranks as the 33rd largest in the world, was built by Devonport Yachts in Plymouth and boasts luxury interiors, a helicopter landing pad, lavish guest cabins and four tenders.
Kirsty is a former Miss UK, while her husband is a Swiss pharmaceuticals magnate who has won the America’s Cup twice with his yacht Alinghi and is worth a reputed $10 billion, making him the 81st richest man in the world and the fifth richest in the UK.
Pearl Motor Yachts, one of the UK’s leading luxury yacht builders, has announced a special collaboration with British interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE.
Kellyis has been brought on board to design the luxury interior of the flagship Pearl 75, which will be launched in early 2012.
Kelly creates stunning interior designs for luxury homes, yachts and private jets for an ever-expanding international high-profile client base.
Rihanna let her hair down recently in the French Riviera aboard on Benetti’s stylish 172-ft. superyacht Latitude, which charters out at about $300,000 a week.
The London Daily Mail reports that the 23-year-old star rented the vessel for some R&R following her performances at the UK’s V Festival.
She thrilled paparazzi with glimpses of a toned bikini bod as she paraded around the yacht’s five decks.
This superyacht – dubbed the ‘Tropical island Paradise’ – has been designed by British boat builders Yacht Island Design.
The 90m Tropical Island Paradise design has a theme that is centred around a secluded island paradise, with elements inspired by the islands of the Caribbean.
The main exterior deck is a private beach “cove” with a voluminous ocean view swimming pool located forward that is fed by a stream emanating from a cascading waterfall on the volcano further aft.
Six months after he finally took delivery of the Eclipse, the world’s largest yacht, Roman Abramovich is offering it up for charter at a rate of $2 million per week.
The 538-ft. Blohm + Voss behemoth is available via ultra-exclusive brokerage SuperYachtsMonaco, and is the world’s most expensive yacht charter by far.
The yacht, which has space for 30 guests and 75 crew, reportedly features a military-grade missile defense system, armor plating, bulletproof windows, three helipads, two swimming pools and a wellness center, among other luxe amenities.
Abu Dhabi is to construct a new sailing village to boost the Emirate’s appeal to watersports fans, the country’s tourism authorities announced June 13.
The new “Destination Village” will be completed in time for the abu dhabi Volvo Ocean Race’s stop in the Emirate, which is currently scheduled for January 1, 2012.
While the Volvo Ocean Race is in town, the 55,000 square meter village will be the home of the flotilla and a place for members of the public to visit and see the yachts, which will be taking a break on the third stop of their round-the-world competition.
Harrods has teamed up with specialist London brokers Watkins Superyachts to offer their most expensive product ever – a £100-plus million motor yacht.
During the month of May three remarkable window displays will feature models, images and details of a unique and exclusive range of yachts.
There will also be specialist in store representation throughout the month, together with tailored direct marketing to the Harrods customer database.
Targeted at a luxury travel market, the Lifestyle & Luxury Tourism Fair 2011 styles itself the first high-end event in its part of the world.
Everything from luxury golf vacations to yachts will be on offer at the event, which also includes workshops and stage performances.
The super-luxe 73.5-metre superyacht Sapphire launched by Germany’s Nobiskrug last year has been listed for sale via Edmiston for $110 million.
The elegant steel displacement yacht with sleek exterior lines courtesy of Newcruise Yacht Projects of Hamburg is a pleasure craft fit for a billionaire with luxurious accommodation for 12 guests in six cabins along with 8 crew, with an emphasis on spaciousness throughout the well-appointed interior.
A hydraulically-retractable touch and go helipad on the aft deck provides the owner and friends a stylish way to arrive on board.
The 73.5-metre Silver Zwei, the world’s fastest long-range superyacht built by Hanseatic Marine, has been listed for sale via Burgess for €59 million.
Krass actually established Hanseatic in Australia specifically to build the sleek yacht to his exacting specifications.
Silver Zwei claims to be the fastest long distance cruising yacht in the world with trans-Atlantic range at 22 knots.
Turkey-based Dream Ship Victory (DSV) has signed a contract to begin new 141-meter sailing superyacht, destined to become the world’s largest.
Now a construction schedule is slated to begin this summer with a five-year build plan, making for a launch date of 2016.
Naval architects Dykstra & Partners and Ken Freivokh Design collaborated with DSV’s Valeriy Stepanenko on the Art Deco-inspired all-wood yacht.
Steven Spielberg is offering his new $200 million megayacht as the world’s most expensive yacht charter at an eye-popping rate of $1.3 million per week.
Built by Dutch shipyard Oceanco, the ultra-luxe craft features an elegant and tasteful interior design scheme by Nuvolari & Lenard.
Its most striking feature is an infinity pool with a 15-foot glass wall that doubles as a movie screen so you can watch your latest production while swimming.
Steven Spielberg was recently spotted in St. Barth’s and St. Maarten aboard his new toy, the 86-metre Oceanco superyacht Seven Seas.
Featuring naval architecture by Azure and an interior design scheme by Nuvolari & Lenard, the ship was launched by the Dutch shipbuilder a few months back.
Said to have cost about $200 million, the yacht features an infinity pool with a 15-ft. glass wall that doubles as a movie screen.
LVMH acquired UK-based yacht builder Princess Yachts in 2008 and they are now entering the superyacht sector with the launch of the first of their M class vessels.
The first model in the series, the 32M, was unveiled at the London Boat Show in January 2011. It is also the first craft truly worthy of the world-class LVMH imprimatur.
For the yacht’s debut the company brought in some of its other brands, including Fendi, De Beers and Moet to demonstrate the glamour of the new range.
Teodorín Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinea’s dictator of 30 years commissioned plans to build a superyacht costing $380 million.
According to Timeslive, it’s nearly three times what the country spends on health and education each year.
German company Kusch Yachts has been asked to build the yacht, housing a cinema, restaurant, bar and swimming pool, though construction has not yet started.
Brazilian yacht maker Intermarine has collaborated with BMW DesignworksUSA to develop an ultra luxury yacht that has been dubbed Intermarine 55.
Intermarine 55 is inspired by modern architecture and automotive surfacing, such as the BMW X6, and is scheduled to go on sale this July.
Highlights of the new yacht include two head compartments along with a master suite having queen sized bed and an enclosed shower.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has purchased a 53m superyacht valued at approximately $42 million as a venue to host world leaders in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The Kremlin bought the boat last year, the Guardian reports. The explorer type superyacht, which is presently called Leo Fun, will be renamed as yacht Sirius.
The yacht was built by Proteksan-Turquoise and Turquoise Yacht Construction for an Italian businessman and launched back in 2009.
Italian superyacht builder Pershing has launched a new hull in its flagship 115’ range with all the bells and whistles plus a gut-busting engine upgrade.
Fitted with twin diesel MTUs delivering a total of 7,400 hp together with the applied thrust of the two Kamewa Rolls-Royce water-jet propellers, the standard model has an impressive maximum velocity of about 38 knots.
The new 115’ features an additional Vericor TF50 gas turbine, typically used in the aeronautical sector, with a central water-jet propeller producing an additional 5,100 hp, for a total top speed of 52 knots.
Michael White of the Ocean Independence has listed the 70 metre Reverie for sale with an asking price of $75,000,000.
Massive volume and interior space, as well as huge deck areas set her apart. The luxury superyacht has been meticulously maintained and sensibly upgraded.
The magnificent Reverie has very versatile accommodation for between 18 and 24 guests in 8 cabins with a further two staff or guest cabins.
Google’s billionaire cofounder Larry Page just bought a $45 million superyacht called Senses from a New Zealand business man named Sir Douglas Myers.
The stylish 194-ft. expedition superyacht was designed by Kusch Yachts and built back in 1999 at Germany’s Schweers yard with a refit in 2010.
The superyacht features interiors by design genius Philippe Starck with accommodation for 10 guests and 14 crew over six decks.