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On Board: Charter Yacht Lady S

The 224-foot Amels motoryacht has a Hinckley tender and a Cessna seaplane

 

Date toured: December 2013

Lady S is a 224-foot Amels motoryacht that previously was known as Lady Anne P.B. Her current owner took possession in 2011 and did a full refit of her interior, which now is contemporary and features a great deal of Hermes, Baccarat and Lora Piana along with silk carpeting. The current owner put Lady S into charter during winter 2012-13, and I got onboard about a year later, just after he added a Cessna Caravan Amphibian seaplane to the existing armada of toys—including a 30-foot custom Serenella limo tender, a 29-foot Hinckley day boat, a trio of Sea-Doos, a couple of wind surfers and a three-pack of Seabobs. Impressive, to say the least.

Chief Steward Lindsay Nicholas—whose energy is more bubbly than a bottle of Champagne—and longtime Capt. John King gave me a tour starting in the main salon, which feels enormous and sets the tone for the entire yacht. The furniture seems almost too small, the space is so big; the brushed oak walls and light oak floors only enhance the feeling of spaciousness. The previous owner was tall, so the ceilings are high; the current owner is involved in professional sports, and I was told that NBA players including Magic Johnson (standing 6-foot-9) have walked on board without having to duck.

Forward on the main deck is a VIP cabin that, like all the guest cabins, includes a healthy supply of Chopard bath products along with Frette towels, robes and bed sheets. In the master, also on the main deck forward, the towels and robes are Hermes. The master suite includes a proper office plus a sleeping area with white goatskin walls and a floor bordered in white onyx. Three Marc Chagall paintings hang here, dwarfed by the 84-inch Sony 3D flat-screen television (Nicholas and I fired up “Lord of the Rings” on the 3,000-title movie server with iPad controls and, I must say, even the human actors on that state-of-the-art TV looked computer generated, the picture was so ultra-clear).

Four additional guest staterooms are belowdecks. Three have queen beds and one has oversized twins plus a bunk-style Pullman berth. I’m told the owner’s teenage children use this cabin, though I thought it would also be fine for adults.

Charter guests can take the elevator or the stairs up to the bridge deck, which is where the formal dining room is located. It’s adjacent to the sky lounge, which in turn leads to outdoor dining and seating. A supernumerary cabin is on this deck with two bunks, set up for pilots, nannies or other aids.

The real fun, though, is on what Nicholas calls “the barbecue deck,” where there’s a hot tub with swim jets forward, an enclosed, air-conditioned gymnasium aft, and an amidships spa room for massages, manicures, pedicures—even “St. Tropez rub-on tans” and waxing. A hammam is inside for anyone interested in a steam, and oxygen facials are on the spa menu. Dining and seating on this deck includes a bar and a full-on teppanyaki grill where, King told me, the owner and most charter guests love to hang out.

Lady S does have a sundeck one more level up, but as you can see in the photograph at right, it’s more like an observation level, a smaller space with seating forward of the mast. It’s set up for “king of the world”-style views rather than ultimate sunbathing (though there’s of course plenty of space for that elsewhere onboard).

Also worth noting is that Lady S has all the superyacht features expected in her class of charter yachts: zero-speed stabilizers, VSAT-supported Wi-Fi and more. There are 19 crew on board, and the yacht is a certified RYA training center, which means the crew can issue Jet Ski licenses to charter clients who meet the age criteria.

Lady S is expected to complete the 2013-14 winter season in the Caribbean before returning to the Mediterranean for summer 2014 charters. Her lowest weekly base rate is $476,000.

Burgess Yachts is the management company, and any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin

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