Since the days of around-the-globe sea voyages, yachts have been a symbol of the luxury lifestyle and the millionaire’s ability to get away from it all.
Today, yachts have come a long way. With swimming pools, Jacuzzis, outdoor theater systems and other luxury amenities for on- and off-board fun, yachts are now superyachts worthy of Grace Kelly, the Kennedys and superstars like Beyonce and P. Diddy.
Even if you aren’t a world leader or business magnate, you can still enjoy the luxury life with a VIP yacht charter for a romantic dinner, an important party or a week surrounded by azure waters. Here are six luxury yachts that will make your journey unforgettable.
Built in 1965 and refitted in 2008, Sherakhan is a modern superyacht that combines classic details with high-tech amenities. At $385,000 per week in winter and $518,030 during peak season, the Sherakhan is a steal that the whole gang can slip away in. The 226-foot vessel is equipped with jet skis, a massive 18-person Jacuzzi, a laser sailboat, a kayak, fishing gear, an inflatable trampoline and amenities for the whole family. With 13 staterooms and suites, this impressive boat accommodates 24 guests comfortably.
When music mogul P. Diddy takes to the seas, he chooses the ultra-luxurious Solemates, a 200-foot vessel decked to the hilt with elegant amenities. From the outside, Solemates is a streamlined work of art that makes a big impression at sea or in the harbor. The ship’s six beautifully appointed staterooms and opulent communal areas are bound to impress all of your guests. Rates for this award-winning Lurssen yacht start around $600,000 per week plus expenses.
Constructed by the famed yacht builders at Feadship, this sleek superyacht has a bright, airy interior with seven staterooms that accommodate 12 passengers. The 265-foot vessel is outfitted with a plethora of luxury amenities plus all kinds of fishing, diving and watersports equipment to make any voyage more enjoyable. At $1.1 million per week, Air is one of the most exclusive charter yachts on the sea as well as the largest superyacht built by the masters at Feadship.
4. Martha Ann
Formerly called Shark, Martha Ann is another famous vessel built by the German yacht maker Lurssen. This 230-foot super yacht sails the Mediterranean and Caribbean carrying up to 12 guests. Although not as large as some super yachts, Martha Ann is impressively spacious and has amazing architecture. Six decks linked by a glass stairway and elevator provide ample space for a sea-bound vacation. Take an excursion off the ship on a wave runner or jet ski, or embark on a mini voyage on the yacht’s sailboat. A trip on the Martha Ann will only set you back $819,000 per week.
Selected by Beyonce during her visit to Dubai, the Asfar is a discreet super yacht that embodies the concept of understated elegance. The 98-foot vessel is smaller than some but has plenty of room for 10 guests in its five suites. This sleek motor yacht was built by Dragos in 2006 and has been seen cruising through the pristine waters of the Persian Gulf.
6. Christina O
Luxury and history are part of Christina O’s charm. This impressive vessel is a second home for the rich and famous. The one and only Aristotle Onassis entertained his way around the world on this massive 325-foot yacht. Aside from the famed Onassis master suit, this 1943 Canadian Vickers yacht has 16 deluxe cabins with room for 34 guests. The newly refitted yacht has a dance floor, elevator, pool, library, grand piano, outdoor bar and all manner of water sports equipment for full-on fun. A week-long stay on this world-famous yacht costs a trifling $612,000.
From classic sailing yachts to modern motor yachts with pop-up televisions, Wi-Fi and iPad controllers, there’s a vessel for every person and personality. If these multi-million-dollar sea palaces seem out of reach, try a more modest vessel, or book a single cabin on one of these famous yachts that sail the open seas from Baja to Beirut.