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10 Best Charter Yacht Dining Areas

Broker Missy Johnston at Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters says: “The 183-foot Benetti motoryacht Galaxy offers both an interior and exterior dining experience at the same time, your choice.  On the bridge deck is a lovely dining area with a large, circular table seating 12. This table is positioned just forward of the outdoor deck on that level. This dining area is enclosed from the outdoor deck by a semi-circle of sliding, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, so that the doors can all be closed to gaze out on the scenery behind glass if inclement or on the chilly side, or wide open to the outside, to be literally dining al fresco.”

Burgess Yachts also recommends a Benetti motoryacht this week, the 147-foot Domani: “She has indoor/outdoor dining on the aft deck, with revolving, 180-degree sliding doors.”

Edmiston and Company suggests the 169-foot Alloy sailing yacht Mondango: “The dining area is separated from the main saloon by a specially commissioned papier-mâché artwork created by London artists Andrea Maflin. This same artist also created three papier-mâché panels to divide the dining area from the wheelhouse.Two of these panels can slide, allowing different room set-ups. Once they are hidden, a stunning view from bow to stern is revealed.”

Another suggestion this week from Edmiston and Company is the 124-foot Heesen motoryacht Calaf: “Strong lines and bold colors dominate her spacious saloon and dining area. A splendid piano is situated in that area. The highly experienced and talented French chef will prepare an exceptional dinner.”

Last this week from Edmiston and Company is a recommendation for the 183-foot Feadship motoryacht Hampshire: “She boasts the finest quality features for maximum comfort.”

The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals recommends the 100-foot Hargrave motoryacht Cocktails: “She has several different dining areas on board, including one on the flybridge deck with a large high-low table. Guests love to eat dinner al fresco on that deck because there’s a retractable moon roof in the hardtop overhead, so they can stargaze to their heart’s content after dessert.”

CharterWave editor Kim Kavin has several recommendations this week. First is for the 112-foot Alloy motoryacht VvS1: “She has a traditional dining area on her aft deck, plus an unusually elegant square dining table indoor on the main deck. Then, on the sundeck, VvS1 offers a full-size teppanyaki bar. I enjoyed it for nighttime Asian meals or morning pancake breakfasts while cruising in Fiji.”

Kim also likes the dining area aboard the 228-foot motoryacht Sherakhan: “Hers is one of the most impressive dining rooms I’ve eaten in, be it on a yacht or on land. The long table is in a room that is two stories high, with massive chandeliers hanging from the ceiling overhead. Even farther up, natural light cascades inside from the bottom of the opaque-glass Jacuzzi floor on the sundeck.”

The dining area aboard the 134-foot sailing yacht Mare Nostrum is also one of Kim’s favorites: “Unlike traditional, gulet-style sailing yachts, which have dining areas in their aft section, Mare Nostrum’s is placed amidships on the main deck for full outdoor views in all directions. The effect is especially nice for guests who want to dine while other guests want to sunbathe. They’re not on top of each other, and each can enjoy their own activity simultaneously, as I did while on a charter in Turkey.”

Last this week from Kim is a recommendation for the dining room aboard the 214-foot Feadship motoryacht Trident: “Her formal dining table is turned lengthwise along the yacht’s centerline, as opposed to going across the yacht’s beam, the way dining tables traditionally do aboard motoryachts. The positioning has a wonderful effect, making the room feel grand and spacious.”