If you happen to be shopping for a luxury yacht, you have a lot to consider. Would you like a concert hall or a basketball court? Would you rather one swimming pool, or three? A quick examination of some of the world’s most luxurious yachts reveals that the beauty is in the details.
The Dubai Yacht is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, so it’s no wonder that its worth $350 million. This yacht is currently known as the world’s third largest yacht at 162 meters in length. It contains multiple VIP suites and can host up to 115 people. Notable features include a spiral glass staircase that changes colour, a brightly coloured mosaic swimming pool, and several Jacuzzis.
If one is in the mood for culture, this yacht might just be the ticket. It contains a concert hall that can house a large orchestra. Valued at $300 million, it was named after its owner Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said of Oman. It is rumoured that there are no photos of the inside of this yacht but one can be sure that the interior is just as opulent as the exterior which was styled by the Naval Architecture firm Espen Oeino—one of the leading design studios of large custom motor yachts. As far as speed, the mega structure can reach up to 25 knots and that’s with a crew of 154 who work on board.
Valued at $210 million, Lady Moura is owned by Saudi billionaire, Nassar Al-Rashid. While it may not rank as high on the luxury yacht chart in terms of size, it makes up for in style. The lettering and embellishments are all done in 24K gold. The yacht is propelled by twin diesel engines, each capable of producing nearly 7,000 horsepower each.
Rising Sun is a motor yacht housing a basketball court which can double as a helicopter landing pad, a movie theatre, wine cellar, and five floors with 82 rooms for guests. It is worth $200 million and was custom built in 2004 by Lürssen, the leading shipyard for the building of large luxury yachts, which is based in Germany. Rising Sun can also reach speeds up to 28 knots and accommodate a crew of 45.