Simple schooners or elegant design classics, pompous party islands or luxurious wellness retreats: yachts are simply spectacular. And, unlike any other real estate property, these floating palaces can sail towards the most beautiful places on earth, anytime. We’ve selected the ten most beautiful yachts in the world, so start dreaming…
Alfa Nero, built by Dutch shipyard Oceanco, was presented for the first time at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2007. This impressive yacht measures 81 metres and features beautiful clean lines and a sleek superstructure.
The ocean can be admired from a huge pool on one of the Alfa Nero’s decks, which are generously open and airy. The interior design is mostly modern, with sophisticated elements inspired by Art Deco. Overall, the Alfa Nero is a stunning combination of functionality, design and vision.
The Pelorus was designed by award-winning naval architect Tim Heywood and built by the German shipbuilding company Lürssen in 2003. The organic lines of the superstructure are mirrored beautifully in the shape of the hull, creating a harmonious vision that will never date – we’re sure of it.
The Maltese Falcon, built by Perini Navi in 2006, stands out due to her understated and functional design. Ken Freivoch, the designer of this beautiful yacht, says:
“She was designed without any attempt to be ostentatious or to conform to a set style – it was very much a case of “form follows function”, albeit with very careful attention to essential design principles, balanced proportions and uncluttered and purposeful shapes totally derived from the function they are designed to perform.”
We love the sleek and strong lines of the Maltese Falcon and agree that, even with yachts, sometimes less is more.
The Azzam measures an incredible 180 metres, making her the longest private luxury yacht in the world. The title was formerly held by the Eclipse, Roman Abramowitsch’s superyacht. This floating palace was launched by Lürssen in 2013 and belongs to Sheik Chalifa bin Zayid Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates.
On its seven decks the Azzam boasts a helipad, a salon measuring 520m² and, as rumour has it, even a private submarine and antimissile system. The cost of this beauty is estimated to be around a whopping 500 million euros.
Many celebrities, from Sir Winston Churchill to Marilyn Monroe, have enjoyed the luxuries of this elegant yacht. The Christina O was originally built by shipmaker Canadian Vickers for the Canadian marines and was even present for D-Day during the Normandy landings. Aristoteles Onassis bought this beautiful ship in 1948 and had it converted into a stunning luxury yacht, which he named after his daughter.
The Solandge was the highlight of last years Monaco Yacht Show and it’s not difficult to see why. The Solandge was built by Lürssen in 2013 and, measuring 85 metres, took home the title of longest yacht at the show. While passengers can pamper themselves in the gym or sauna, with a massage or at the hairdressers, at night the whirlpool turned into an open air party under the Monaco skies.
A one week holiday on board the Solandge will cost you a mere 1 million dollars and for just 175 million you could even buy the whole thing.
The Savarona was built in 1931 by German shipmaker Blohm + Voss for American heiress Emily Roebling Cadwallader, whose family built the Brooklyn and Golden Gate Bridge. At the time, the Savarona was the biggest yacht ever built, measuring an impressive 134 metres.
In 1938, Turkey bought the Savarona as a present for Kemal Atatürk.
With her stunning golden features, the Savarona is without a doubt one of the most beautiful yachts in the world.
This beautiful 68-metre yacht was commissioned from German shipmaker Abeking & Rasmussen in 2007. The Aviva is the first yacht with a plumb bow, an experiment we think paid off. The interior is incredibly high-end and luxurious, featuring a huge observation deck as well as a gym, cinema and wellness suite.
This huge, luxurious, three-masted schooner belongs to US software developer Jim Clark. The beautiful design of the Athena’s hull and superstructure make her, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful yachts in the world. No surprise: this beauty is also a masterpiece of computer automation and monitoring.
This iconic yacht notoriously owes her existence to the quick demise of her predecessor, the Carinthia V, which sunk in Greek waters during her first journey in 1971. Owner and German supermarket magnate Helmut Horten commissioned the Carinthia VI, now a yachting icon, the very next day.
Back in the day, the dramatic superstructure was a radical design choice and the designer, Jon Bannenburg, quickly gained a reputation as a renegade in the world of naval architecture. Nowadays, the Carinthia VI is known and loved worldwide for her clean yet strong lines and her suave style.
Jealous? Same here. Luckily, you can enjoy a luxurious trip on the high seas without spending millions. Just book an affordable sailing holiday on board one of Zizoo’s very own luxury yachts and keep dreaming.