July 26, 2013
By Shivani Vora | Yachts

An Ultra-Stylish Mega Yacht
Eric Laignel

The grand exteriors of the luxury yachts that ply the Mediterranean are awe-inducing, but their interiors get far less attention. That could change, thanks to the M/Y 360°, a newly designed, $21 million, 155-foot super yacht based in Cap d’Ail, France. Owner Al Njaeb Pty Ltd., a holding company in the British Virgin Islands, had a budget of $4 million to retrofit the entire five-level, five-suite, seven-bath vessel. (There is an owner’s cabin/master suite, two double cabins and two twin cabins; additional amenities include three outdoor lounge spaces, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a wine cellar and a helipad.)

It commissioned interior designer Yvonne Colacion, principal at California-based Colacion Studio, for the yearlong project. To get the job done, she made five trips from the United States to the ship’s then-base in Ancona, Italy, over the course of 12 months, working with a local retrofit team from International Shipyards Ancona (ISA). “The objective in the design was to capture the grandeur of the sea from the 1920s but with modern touches,” Colacion explains.

She began by repainting the exterior, including the hull, in gray and soft white. From there, the custom touches flowed. Flooring was a priority outside (teak decks) and in (ebony wood). Colacion turned to L.A.–based Decorative Carpets for rugs, including a handwoven red-and-white, silk-and-wool carpet in the large main salon and a leopard-inspired wool one in the observation lounge.

Colacion designed other furnishings and had them fabricated by artisans from around the world. ISA’s local mill-working tradesmen executed a custom circular ebony headboard reminiscent of the Art Deco period, and the bespoke bedding is courtesy of Ateliers Charles Jouffre in Lyon, France. A Ming-inspired table in the observation lounge hails from California, and a Saint Laurent French marble vanity in the owner’s cabin/master suite was built by Italian craftsmen. Additional Deco-style wood furniture is by Anne Hauck Art Deco.

In other words, a collaborative effort fit for the high seas. “It’s my style to rely on artisans who are really the best in what they do,” says Colacion. “Besides being impressive to look at, I think the customization is what makes this boat special.” Rates for a weeklong charter start at $238,000; 33-489/039-464;

February 20, 2013
By Erin Schumaker | Yachts

The Lungarno Collection Expands its Fleet
Courtesy of Lungarno Collection

Leonardo Ferragamo, president of the Lungarno Collection, Salvatore Ferragamo’s son and an avid sailor, recently added two new Swan sailing yachts to his two-year-old fleet. The boats, which dock in the Mediterranean (Greece and the Aeolian islands included), the Caribbean (Virgin Gorda, Tortola), the Spanish and French Rivieras and the East Coast of the United States, are available exclusively to guests of Lungarno hotels via customizable itineraries, such as a sail through the Tuscan Archipelago.

Like their sister ships (Solleone 90 and Virago), the two new additions—Highland Breeze and Alix—feature interiors hand-built by a Finnish craftsman and designed by architect Michele Bönan. Special touches are featured throughout, including custom leather door handles, leather-lined drawers and a 12-seat saloon table where a private chef serves delicacies like classic risotto nero, grilled vegetables, line-caught fish and pomegranate sorbet (all accompanied by crisp Italian wines). A four-member crew takes care of on-water details.

The experience is second to none: A group who chartered a Lungarno yacht during the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, last year took an afternoon swim at anchor and ate grilled local seafood and Amedei chocolate fondant under the stars. Three-night cruises (including crew), from $27,960; weeklong cruises (including crew), from $53,260;

March 09, 2012
By Jordan Kisner | Yachts

New Programs at the 2012 Armory Show
Credit: Ingrid Abery

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda recently completed its second location, a state-of the-art marina at the tip of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, flanked by a clubhouse that will be linked to the Oil Nut Bay Resort, which is accessible only by helicopter or—fittingly—by boat. To celebrate, they’re teaming up with luxury Italian brand Loro Piana to host the second annual Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, a four-day affair that will host a gathering of the world’s finest vessels for a long weekend of racing and cruising. Those who stay beachside won’t want for entertainment either, with nightly parties, including a Louis XIII–style tasting dinner, spa treatments at the resort and, of course, endless sun to lounge under.