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10 Best Charter Yacht Sky Lounges

Broker Ann Landry at Northrop and Johnson has two recommendations this week. First is the 154-foot Admiral Marine motoryacht Ohana: “The sky lounge is huge, large enough for a small group to gather at the game table while another guest is reading at the aft end of the sky lounge. Good windows, lots of light, all new fabrics a couple of years ago, so décor is fresh, relaxing, and very inviting. There’s a game table and a big-screen TV. Being on the upper deck, the views are terrific.”

Landry also suggests the similarly designed, sistership 198-foot CMN motoryachts Slipstream and Cloud 9: “The sky lounge layout is the same for both, although the décor is very, very different (both stunning), both done by Andrew Winch, showing how a talented designer molds his talents to the taste of the owner. The sky lounge layout is brilliant, with the forward portion devoted to a large conversational area that  becomes a black-out, big-screen cinema, a true theater experience. The aft portion is devoted to indoor-outdoor dining with circular table and circular fully opening sliding doors, glass floor to ceiling, allowing glorious views while dining either al fresco or in air conditioned comfort as weather and whim may dictate.”

Broker Trina Howes at CharterWorld.com suggests spending time in the sky lounge aboard the 269-foot Oceanco motoryacht Alfa Nero: “It’s light and bright with loads of comfortable lounges and plenty of space to hang out and relax—and of course enjoy  the fabulous views!”

The team at The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals has two recommendations this week. First is the 130-foot Westport motoryacht Miss Michelle: “Her sky lounge is a wonderful gathering spot with a long, elegant bar, comfortable seating area, game table, 50-inch high-definition TV and even a fireplace.”

Broker Barbara Stork at The Sacks Group also recommends the 191-foot Trinity motoryacht Unbridled: “The owner did not put a captain’s cabin on the bridge deck, so the layout allows for an enormous sky lounge.”

CharterWave editor Kim Kavin offers a handful of suggestions this week as well. First is the 139-foot Feadship motoryacht Never Enough, whose sky lounge is meant for food and business, not for leisure. It boasts a long, oval table that can be used for formal dining or as a conference area, providing vacationing businessmen with a view of the outdoors while they complete their work under way.

Kim also likes the sky lounge aboard the 124-foot Hakvoort motoryacht Perle Bleue. The Caribbean-themed décor offers a decidedly different ambience than the yacht’s more formal main saloon, and gives guests a way to “get away” without actually getting off the yacht.

Aboard the 164-foot Feadship motoryacht Hurricane Run, the sky lounge has an unusual floor covering. Instead of plush carpeting, guests can enjoy heated limestone tiles—and zero guilt should feet still be a bit wet from water sports.

The 183-foot Benetti motoryacht Galaxy has a sky lounge that includes a formal dining table that can be enclosed within a glass wall or open to the warm air and sunshine in any given port. The overall effect is spectacular for guests wishing to move seamlessly from cocktail hour to dinner.

Most unusual is the sky lounge aboard the 173-foot Feadship motoryacht Elisabeth F. Its entire back wall opens to make the sky lounge part of an open-air deck, offering views unlike any other in the charter industry.