Superyacht swimming pools represent the ultimate spot for onboard relaxation and some of the world’s biggest yacht builders have taken novel approaches to this challenge. We take a closer look at some of the finest examples, including favourites Flying Fox, Madsummer and Octopus...
The best superyacht pools in the world
Sitting behind the empty fordeck on Ace, Lürssen’s 85-metre superyacht, lies a huge pool. Designer Andrew Winch was inspired by Roman designs; the resulting effect is a seating area around the pool that makes you feel like you’re in a taverna. Whole days can be spent sunbathing and swimming, with evening cocktails out on the foredeck and the sound of piano drifting from inside.
The 73 metre Feadship superyacht was designed for a big family, which explains the huge eight metre long infinity pool on the main deck. With swathes of curved glass found on Lunasea's bulwarks and exterior stairways, the pool is no different. The glass for the pool was specifically designed to ensure perfect fit and stability. Surrounding the area are sun loungers on a vintage wooden slatted deck, which gives the pool a vintage feel.
Designed by Espen Øino and Ozgun Yacht Design, 63 metre North Star has a massive spa pool located on the sun deck. "There was a lot of emphasis on the sundeck space,” according to Øino. “That was the pièce de résistance of the whole boat.” Known to be an active superyacht, North Star's poolside seating area can seat a large party of guests - lucky then, as it's recently been spotted cruising round Spain.
Golden Yachts’ 95 metre flagship, O’Pari, is the eleventh in their “O’” franchise and the largest to date. Built in 1996, the superyacht pool’s is found on the bridge deck - and doesn’t look out of place in terms of size on the sprawling five decker.
Flanked by sunbeds to create a communal atmosphere around the pool, while there is a covered area for when the elements become too much. The opposite end has a politely curved edge and sports Roman-esque decorations on the tiles.
The pool on the top deck sits forward of the helipad. Glass-clad, with an opening roof, it offers a private set-up, surrounded with casual dining and coffee tables, a spa pool, dance studio and terrace.
DreAMBoat has a 6m x 3.1m pool on the main aft deck as well as a large spa pool on the sundeck. The latter is tucked away behind the wheelhouse, way up on the bridge deck. It’s a space that can be used in seclusion even when the boat is in port and other boats’ beach clubs are closed up and out of use.
One of the coolest offerings to join the brokerage market in recent years, the 126.2 metre Lürssen superyacht Octopus was built for the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and is packed with all sorts of treats. Alongside her two helicopters and bright yellow submarine, a glass-bottom swimming pool can transform into a dancefloor with a nearby bar for drinks served poolside.
One of the biggest superyachts in the world, Lürssen's 136 metre Flying Fox, is unsurprisingly home to one of the biggest pools. Thanks to the yacht's 22.5 metre beam, the aft deck accommodates a 12 metre pool that sits transversely (the first of its kind). Among its cool features are counter-current jets, a height adjustable floor, and a glass front that can be misted to opaque at the touch of a button.
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When Feadship teamed up with CG Design to create Savannah there was a real focus on fine details, and the swimming pool is a great example of this with an intricate mosaic pattern created on the bottom. Flanked by sunpads and a massive C-shaped wrap of seating, this is an ideal spot to soak up some sun.