Fireplaces on superyachts are a technical challenge, but when properly designed they can provide a stunning centrepiece for the saloon, instantly warming the atmosphere on board. We round up the very best yachts with fireplaces, starting with the classic 1930s cruiser Avocette III...
The best superyacht fireplaces
After lying unused for the best part of a century, Avocette III underwent a transformation under the supervision of Bill Morong of Yachting Solutions. While preserving the classic, Gatsby-esque 1930s exterior design from period drawings, the interior was totally refurbished. The pièce de résistance is a working, stainless-steel fireplace that the owner himself dug up in a small London shop. The fireplace is the centrepiece of the yacht’s convertible saloon/master at amidships.
This fireplace in the main saloon of this 66.5 metre classic is one of three found on board. There are also fireplaces in the owner's saloon and the formal dining room. The fireplaces on board Haida 1929 “burn small blocks that are like biofuel, which are the same sort of fireplaces that would be installed in apartments in New York City”, Captain Daan de Witt explained. Unlike some onboard “fireplaces” that use steam and LED light to produce a fire-like effect, the biofuel used on Haida 1929 generates some real warmth.
Designed by Francois Zuretti, the interiors on board Lürssen superyacht Amadea have a classic and regal feel. This is most aptly seen in the main saloon, which features a white marble stone fireplace finished with gold details. When the fire is roaring, this element adds warmth and a cosy ambience to the yacht's central room. A further firepit and comfy sofa area can be found on the huge aft deck - perfect for keeping warm outside on a chilly night.
You’ll warm to any one of the four fireplaces on board Kismet, but our personal favourite is the main deck firepit - by far the best spot to gather and enjoy pre-dinner aperitifs. Launched in July 2014, this 95 metre Lürssen took a major honour at the 2015 World Superyacht Awards, claiming top spot in the Displacement Motor Yachts of 1,300GT to 2,999 GT of 75 metres and above category. Having already built the first Kismet, now named Global, owner Shahid Kahn knew what was required when he decided to build a new bigger, better yacht: a winning combination.
Spirit Of The C's
When the 60 metre Perini Navi sailing yacht Spirit of The C's underwent a refit from 2014-2016, a fireplace was one of the new design elements added on board. Rome-based architect Michela Reverberi, who was in charge of the interior transformation, left greater open spaces in the main saloon but decided to add a long, thin gas fireplace as an accent piece, which contributes very little visual weight with its sleek design.
Owner Jan Verkerk was instrumental to this explorer yacht's rebirth at Icon Yachts and his antarctic cruising plans necessitated plenty of cosy spaces to warm up. The elaborate main deck fireplace is the most notable example, with ornate fish sculptures and dark woodwork contrasting with the plush white armchairs, but there are also several steam-powered Opti-myst fires on board this remarkable and rugged globetrotter.
Panoramic views aren’t the only sizzling feature in the upper saloon of this Westport 130; the lovely fireplace will spark interest, too. Built from GRP and with a top speed of 24 knots, this superyacht was designed by William Garden. She has accommodation for up to ten guests split across five staterooms, with additional space for seven crewmembers.
The spacious skylounge on board 40.52 metre Serenity was designed to be a true man cave complete with a fully stocked bar and humidor. However, it is the superyacht fireplace that steals the show, as its shimmering electric glow catches the eye from all angles. Launched in 2016 by IAG Yachts, Serenity was styled inside and out by Evan K Marshall.
At the forward end of the dining room on Serene is a magnificent glass-enclosed gas fire pit. Currently in 14th place on our definitive list of the top 200 largest yachts in the world, this 133.9 metre Fincantieri has seven decks, a hangar and two helicopter landing pads. Below decks a large salt water swimming pool can accommodate service craft and a submarine with a diving depth of up to 100 metres. She also boasts 4,500 square metres of interior space designed by Reymond Langton Design.
Ramp up the romance and snuggle up next to this 19th century English fireplace in the forward dining saloon of 100 metre superyacht Attessa IV. Originally built in 1999 by Hayashikane, Attessa IV was masterfully rebuilt by her loving owner Dennis Washington, for whom redoing yachts is his passion, pleasure and relaxation. The puzzle he worked on was how to keep such a large vessel intimate, both inside and out. To control the vastness of the space, he envisioned Attessa IV as having a waist at the area of the central ventilation and exhaust trunks amidships, and flares to widen the side decks fore and aft.