While superyacht deck spaces have plenty to offer, from drinks on the flybridge to a dip in the hot tub, a library below deck offer a quiet oasis for those looking to unwind while at sea. BOAT steps inside six of the best reading rooms on board superyachts designed for both work and pleasure...
The 70 metre Skat isn’t short on luxury amenities, but you’d be forgiven for being surprised that the Lürssen-built explorer has a library. Guests find it nestled away on the bridgedeck, a spot which can be closed off via a sliding door for total indulgent silence. Here, they can really get stuck into their literature, among comfortable chairs and even a daybed for reading.
Admiral’s 73.2 metre Planet Nine was infamously the superyacht in Christopher Nolan’s 2020-blockbuster Tenet. Part of the film even saw stars Kenneth Branagh, John David Washington and Elizabeth Debecki moving through this elegant space in certain scenes. The yacht's cavernous library on the main deck offers a welcoming space to relax with two large sofas flanking a custom-made coffee table and well-stocked bookcases.
Tansu Yachts's 43.7 metre Cyclone is another yacht on this list whose military-style exterior conceals sophistication within. In this case, the multi-functional library forms the epicentre of the boat. Not only does the space offer generous family dining, but there’s coffee-making and wine-cooling facilities with a dumbwaiter to boot. That’s before even making mention of the library itself, which has an impressive three-metre high ceiling. All the more room for books.
The owner of 78 metre M5 doesn’t only have the distinction of occupying the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world, they also get to enjoy a dedicated office and library attached to the stateroom. The L-shaped sofa alongside rows of books and a desk provides an oasis in any storm. In 2019, the office underwent a refit, receiving new overheads, floors, and an updated colour scheme.
Positioned forward on the owner’s deck, the library on 68 metre Abeking & Rasmussen’s Soaring is a place of privacy amid the most lively level of the yacht. Together with an observatory and lounge, it's a dedicated spot for the owner to unwind, while aft is a place for entertaining guests, watching movies and enjoying panoramic views of the ocean. The room also transforms into a cinema, with a television rising out of the forward furniture. A geometric bookshelf, set along the aft bulkhead, is an eye-catching feature in an otherwise serene space.
The library on 77 metre Silver Fast is located on the main deck, exuding a tranquility and charm that belies the jetsetting nature of the yacht’s exterior. The sight of the comfy sofa framed by two paintings, reading lights and cushions is enough to make anyone want to delve into a novel as the ocean rolls on outside. Penned by Vain Interiors, the yacht's internal spaces feature luxurious warm wooden panelling in a striated effect, giving off cosy, Nordic hut vibes.