Now and then, you come across those wonderful manmade creations that make you curse your middle-class existence and wish for a lavish lifestyle. And the creation to have evoked such desires in me is none other than this beauty of a superyacht, the Laurel. The 73 meter Laurel was launched way back in 2006 by Seattle-based Delta Marine. For five years, her owners managed to shield this beauty from the world, but this beauty with her blue hull has finally been revealed to the world. A beauty like no other, the superyacht commands attention with its compelling design and high-tech features.
Donald Starkey takes the credit for the exterior styling, interior space planning, and interior design of the superyacht. Her interiors perfectly live up to the expectations set by the stunning and stylish exteriors. The main aft deck with spacious outdoor seating, consisting of two symmetrically placed arrangements of chairs, sofa’s and coffee tables, screams comfort and luxury. The main saloon does not break the theme of comfort and luxury set by the main aft deck and is situated around an octagonal carpet. Soft, shapely sofas and chairs only add to the charm of this space.
The dining room with its large windows on either side redefines grand dining. A staircase takes you to the different spaces of this luxury yacht. The owner’s suite offers optimum privacy with a separate lobby and study areas. The Master stateroom offers two outside terraces, port and starboard side respectively.
The bathroom is tastefully done with two separate shower areas and his and hers walk in wardrobes on either side. Guest cabins are configured into five doubles (including one with an extra available Pullman) and one twin, all situated on the lower deck and large en suite bathrooms, two offering luxurious bathtubs and four fitted with big shower areas.
With an impressively sized crew of 25, the remainder of crew cabins can be found fore of the lower deck and on the tank deck. Spacious enough to accommodate a total of 14 guests, the Laurel promises one luxurious sea voyage.
The upper deck is designed is perfect for entertaining with ample space and privacy. An informal sky lounge located adjacent the remarkably spacious aft deck, makes this space perfect for entertaining. There is also a library that can be converted into a media room. A private al fresco dining area, additional outdoor seating and large fixed sofas make up the upper deck. An aft sundeck area and Jacuzzi, the latter adjacent to the vessel’s very own herb garden, and sunbeds and loungers aplenty make it a perfect space for sunbathing.
But here is the best part. For all those who have the money to indulge in this beauty, the Laurel is actually up for sale with Fraser Yachts. She is also available for charter with Burgess.