Sigh. Us, too.
Imagine waking to a breathtaking orange sunrise over the deck of your enormous luxury mega-yacht. You’ll have massages in the morning followed by a helicopter ride to a secluded island for lunch, champagne and caviar in the afternoon, and the most exclusive local cuisine cooked by your private chef for dinner.
That’s the life, eh? Well, we’ve got news for you. You, too, can live the life of luxury, if only for a week. Check out our luxury yacht charter rentals for some out-of-this-world nautical fabulousness that won’t cost you $1 million.
However, if you do insist on torturing yourself further, check out our list below of the top 7 best luxury yachts in the world, and keep on dreamin’…
She may not be one of the most expensive yachts in the world, but she’s certainly one of the most notable. In 1954, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis took Christina O, a once Canadian naval frigate, and turned her into a playground for the rich and famous. John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and many more set sail on the Christina O. This mega-yacht can accommodate 34 guests, boasts a massage room, a beauty salon, a library, a sports lounge, a glamorous dining room, and a deck that turns into a dance floor.
This yacht is so expensive that even its own name is carved from 24-carat gold lettering. The Lady Moura was built in 1990 for Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al-Rashid. On board this 344-foot yacht you’ll find a pool, a helicopter, and a 75-foot dining room table. But the most outstanding aspect of the Lady Moura is its private extendable beach; a sand-covered hydraulic platform that extends out from the side of the yacht down by the waterline; it even has palm trees, beach chairs and real sand.
Built in 2008 and owned by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, the Dilbar is said to be one of the world’s largest boats at 360-feet long and 50-feet high. With swimming pools, a helipad and enormous multi-layered decks that can host 20 people on each, the Dilbar is the perfect luxury yacht for Usmanov to cruise around his many private islands.
The Al Said houses a concert hall big enough to accommodate a 50 piece orchestra — that’s how big we’re talking. The Al Said was built by Lürssen Yachts in 2008 and is owned by Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Orman. It can move at up to 22 knots and is currently the world’s most powerful super-yacht. This huge luxury yacht can host up to 70 guests and a crew of 154.
At 390-feet long, Motor Yacht A is one of the most unusual looking yachts, but the Russian billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko, certainly likes its style. The interior of Motor Yacht A covers over 24,000 square feet — the master suite a whopping 2,583 — and houses a disco hall and six guest suites that can be converted into four large staterooms thanks to the yacht’s moving walls. It’s got a helicopter pad, three pools (one with a glass bottom that sits over the disco hall), a silver-plated staircase and a 30-foot speedboat. But, believe it or not, Motor Yacht A wasn’t quite lavish enough for the Russian billionaire, so he upgraded to something even more enormous, which you’ll discover below.
This superyacht has been owned by the Sheik of Dubai since 2006, but was originally commissioned 10 years earlier as the Golden Star by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei. Guests aboard the Dubai will find a glass staircase, a swimming pool, a helipad, and several jacuzzis. The decadent interior is full of handmade mosaics and bold colours, while the spacious deck areas create a large social area and lounge, and numerous VIP and guest suites. The Dubai can host a whopping 115 guests and is currently the world’s second largest yacht.
Here we are. The latest and greatest edition to the super-yacht world. Not to be confused with Motor Yacht A, Sailing Yacht A is something of an upgrade for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. Now the world’s largest sailing yacht, at 468-feet in length and with ship masts nearing 300-feet high, this luxury yacht was recently launched in Germany.
It has eight floors and an underwater observation room. It can hold a crew of 54 attending just 20 guests. It can reach a maximum speed of 24 miles per hour, and its hull is made of steel with a teak-finish deck. It’s one serious yacht.
The Azzam is another super-yacht creation by the people of Lürssen Yachts, and they claimed it was “the most complex and challenging yacht that has ever been built”. At $650 million and 590-feet long, the Azzam is said to be the largest private yacht in the world. It can reach speeds of up to 30 knots and boasts incredibly luxurious interiors designed by French interior decorator Christophe Leoni.
This yacht has got to be one of the most absurd and unnecessary luxury items we’ve ever seen. But, hey — it’s not our $1.1 billion. As you might have guessed, Streets of Monaco is a floating replica of the city of Monaco. It was designed by Yacht Island Design of Derbyshire County in England, and is still waiting to be given the go-ahead by a billionaire owner. This 500 foot super-yacht features the famous Monte Carlo Casino and racetrack, as well as Hotel de Paris, Cafe de Paris, La Rascasse and the Loews Hotel. There are just seven guest suites onboard, all with private reception rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms and balconies. The main suite is the size of a luxury penthouse, taking up three floors and 4,800 square feet. Streets of Monaco has swimming pools, tennis courts, a mini waterfall, a cafe-bar with underwater views, a helipad and submarines.
That’s right – another Russian billionaire. Roman Abramovich is the proud owner of the Eclipse, which was created by Blohm and Voss of Hamburg and measures 536-feet long. It’s got a disco hall, two helipads, 24 guest cabins, 70 crew members, two swimming pools, a mini-submarine, several jacuzzis, three launch boats, and is believed to have several secret exits. The master suite is 5,000 square feet, features bulletproof windows, and even includes a private garden. This yacht even has an anti-paparazzi laser shield sweeping the surrounding areas!
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