The ultimate bonus rooms on board luxury superyachts

Swimming pools, gyms and even private cinemas are becoming increasingly common features of luxury superyacht design. So how do superyacht interiors stand out from the crowd? BOAT takes a look at some of the unique "bonus rooms" on board superyachts, showcasing unique and innovative design in the form of libraries, research labs, cigar lounges and more...

Joy's disco nightclub

The superyacht cinema is becoming an increasingly popular amenity on board, but how many can transform into a full-blown nightclub in just a matter of minutes? The 70 metre Feadship superyacht Joy boasts such a set-up, designed by Studio Indigo. The cinema space when used for film screenings offers beanbags and a video screen by VBH that covers an entire wall but flick a switch and disco lights change the atmosphere while the owner's star sign is displayed on the teak floor in LED spots. “We can invite guests on at the transom, they walk through the beach club, all lit up in disco lights and with the video wall, and that really sets the scene for the party,” says Joy’s captain.

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Feadship   70 m •   2016

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Elandess' Neptune Lounge

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The Neptune Lounge on board 74.5 metre Elandess is modelled on the Nemo Room of 83.5 metre Feadship Savannah, but with even larger viewing points. “I knew one other boat had attempted this,” says the owner of Elandess. “I also knew that the yacht industry had made great strides in recent years with the use of glass. Putting all that together, we set about designing our own version of such a space – one that would be fun for youngsters and adults alike.”

The Neptune Lounge provides a relaxing area to observe the views above and below the waterline; it's part grotto, part submarine and part amphitheatre. The space is constructed with three-metre-high ceilings and near full height glass which is 10 centimetres thick, with one-third of the windows below the waterline. To make the atmosphere suitably aquatic, the floors and ceilings are painted blue with soft furnishings matching in colour.

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Abeking & Rasmussen   74.5 m •   2018

OceanXplorer's science labs

Credit: Andy Mann

First delivered as an oil vessel in 2010, the 87.1 metre OceanXplorer has been transformed into a luxury superyacht with leading research facilities. “More than 50% of the superstructure was demolished, completely stripped. From the main deck up, we built almost completely new,” says Damen project director Tjarco Ekkelkamp. This rebuild included the installation of four cutting-edge science labs for wet and dry work. These laboratories provide the on-board research team with the capabilities to undertake fine microscopy and genetic sequencing, allowing for the quick identification of new species through eDNA analysis without having to send samples off to an on-shore facility. OceanXplorer’s research credentials have made her a valuable team member in research and media projects led by NASA, National Geographic and Sir David Attenborough together with the BBC.

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Freire   87.1 m •   2010

Skat's library

Credit: Guillaume Plisson

With an interior volume of 1,998GT, there's plenty of space on board 70 metre explorer yacht Skat for luxury amenities. Her military-style Espen Øino interiors belie a colourful interior that's bright and light-filled thanks to large sculptural windows. To retreat for some peace and quiet, guests and owners on board Skat can retreat to the well-stocked library which offers comfy chairs and even a daybed for reading, bookcases filled with reading materials and floor to ceiling views out to sea. For total silence, the library can be closed off from the rest of the bridge deck areas which include an informal saloon with a bar, games space and snack area.

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Lurssen   70.7 m •   2002

Victorious' cigar room

The 85-metre explorer yacht Victorious has plenty of unique features, but those who enjoy smoking an after-dinner cigar on board will particularly appreciate the gentleman's club-style lounge where most yachts would feature a sundeck. Styled by H2 Yacht Design, there's a cigar humidor accompanied by a glass-fronted wine cellar and cocktail bar, an angular marble fireplace and plush, curved sofas for evening entertaining. Guests can also move out to the adjoining aft terrace to enjoy a cigar in the fresh air under a starry night sky.

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AKYACHT   85 m •   2021

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Aviva's padel tennis court

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The 98.4 metre Abeking & Rasmussen flagship yacht Aviva takes sport on board to a whole new level, with a spectacular padel tennis court situated amidships that measures 20 metres long by ten metres wide with 6.5 metres of headroom. Launched in 2017, she was styled inside and out by the Reymond Langton Design studio and won a Boat International Design and Innovation Award for this unprecedented lifestyle element, which the owner uses for a game of squash and tennis every day that he's on board. "Build a big yacht around a padel tennis court was the main brief, I guess,” details the yard’s project manager Andreas Hering.

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Abeking & Rasmussen   98.4 m •   2017

Savannah's Nemo lounge

Credit: Feadship

Feadship superyacht Savannah features a semi-submerged viewing lounge, which was a technical feat to build. While from inside the glass looks like a single slim pane, it is, in fact, a “belt and braces” approach of several laminated panes about two inches thick in total. For safety reasons, there are actually two windows: an outer window flush with the hull and a second one flanged to the interior of the room, each of which passed the class society destruction-testing requirements. “The challenging part was to get a good, clear view and to fit the glass nicely in the hull,” details Feadship’s marketing manager Francis Vermeer.

Feadship CEO Henk De Vries elaborates: “With the central powertrain, there is room at either side [of the hull] where shafts might have been,” he explained. “This led to the idea of a floor below the waterline, a room at the side half submerged because the fun is in seeing both above and into the water at the same time.”

Savannah’s Nemo lounge could have gone anywhere in front of the propellers, but its location links it to the pool deck and to the swim platform, where a complex hatch in the aft stairs provides secondary access. Guests relaxing in this area are treated to unique views and can enjoy the sunset at the same time as watching fish swimming beneath the surface.

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Feadship   83.5 m •   2015

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My Escape's cigar lounge

When UAE yard Gulf Craft began construction of a 47 metre flagship yacht on speculation, the original plan was for a main-deck superyacht gym designed by Cyrille Bieri to be installed just to the fore of the saloon. But during the build, this project attracted the attention of a buyer who had an entirely different idea for this area — a gentleman’s cigar lounge. My Escape’s unique relaxation space features a pair of leather armchairs, a large flatscreen television, and of course, an octagonal table for storing the owner’s humidors and cigar cutters. The Gulf Craft design team's elegant décor shines through in this bonus room, with subtle lighting and precious stonework.

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Gulf Craft   47.6 m •   2015

Mystere Shadow’s nightclub

Mystere Shadow is more than your typical superyacht support vessel. Sure, she can carry submarines, motorcycles, cars and helicopters for the mothership, but, after a redesign by Pastrovich Studio, she’s pretty luxe in her own right, with a pool, spa area and her own bonus room: a disco. Sans toys, Mystere Shadow’s hangar becomes a full-on nightclub with laser lights, smoke machine and, of course, a disco ball.

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Candies Shipbuilders   47.55 m •   1981

Miss Sarah J's motorcycle garage

Pop music legend Billy Joel is a serial yacht owner — owning up to five yachts at one time, including a Shelter Island runabout he had a hand in creating. On top of this, he’s a motorcycle collector, and of course he needed a place to stow his motorcycles on his superyacht. Billy Joel had his Inace 95 Audacious (renamed Miss Sarah J in 2013) purposefully re-built to transform the forward lower deck into a bonus room — a garage for his motorcycles, which could be lifted out by a crane from the main deck above and ferried to shore on a landing craft boat.

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Inace   29.02 m •   2002

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