Aside from the fantastic and costly customised private jets that soar above us, owning a luxury superyacht is another status symbol of extreme luxury.
Among the most highly-valued and largest yachts cruising around the waters on our planet, are massive and sometimes golden opulent yachts owned by billionaires and members of the wealthiest royal families.
From mini-submarines, helipads, crystalware, dozens of guest suits, underwater decks and so much more, we look at the five most exclusive and expensive superyachts in the world.
What is a superyacht?
A superyacht, also known as a megayacht, is a large and luxurious vessel but there are no official definitions for these leisure playthings of the rich and famous. It is generally accepted that the lengths of these sometimes gold crusted behemoths are 30 to more than 180 metres in length.
Worth Avenue Yachts says superyachts are often defined as longer than 78 feet and offer the epitome of luxury and glamour, from oversize guest suites to over-the-top amenities.
Superyachts may also be accompanied by a support vessel that could carry other watercraft or even helicopters.
Superyachts are often also available for charter with a crew and staff provided to tailor to high standards of comfort and service. The crew areas are below deck and can consist of a crew mess, crew cabins and laundry. Captains and chief engineers often will have their own cabins on the larger superyachts.
1. History Supreme - World’s most expensive superyacht?
With a remarkable price valuation of USD$4.8 billion, the History Supreme is thought to be the world’s most expensive superyacht. The History Supreme is believed to be owned by Malaysia's richest man, Robert Knok.
Measuring at 100 feet (over 30 meters) in length, this prestigious and luxurious yacht used 10 tons of solid gold and platinum during its three-year production. Designed by renowned UK luxury designer Stuart Hughes, the precious metals can be found throughout the dining area, deck, rails, staircases, and even the anchor.
(Liverpool-based Hughes is famous for converting iPads and iPhones into luxury items, by adding gold, the finest of leathers, and even diamonds on them.)
The master suite even features a meteorite rock wall, as well as a statue made of Tyrannosaurus Rex bones, and an astonishing 68 kg 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium. There is even rumoured to be a liquor bottle with a rare 18.5-carat diamond- the D’ Amalfi Limoncello Supreme, worth $35 million.
- Owner: Robert Knok
- Estimated Price: $4.8 billion
2. Eclipse - Superyacht with a mini-submarine
Well-known Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is the owner of what is believed to be the second-largest superyacht on the planet.
Launched in 2009-2010 the Eclipse has a crew of 70 and among the range of state of the art features, are an intruder detection missile detection system, and 24 guest cabins, one disco hall, two swimming pools and of course - hot tubs.
The Eclipse was built by Germans Blohm and Voss and designed by Terence Disdale to produce a 533 feet long (around 160 meters) yacht with a master bedroom and the bridge of the yacht fitted with armour plating and bulletproof windows. For privacy, the yacht even has an anti-paparazzi shield.
The Eclipse is powered by hybrid diesel-electric engines which enable the vessel to reach a top-end speed of 21 knots, with a range of 6,000 nautical miles.
Another exclusive feature of the Eclipse is the addition of a mini-submarine that is capable of submerging up to 50 metres for those open-sea adventures. The megayacht also has the capacity to hold three helicopters, including one in its below-decks hangar.
- Owner: Roman Abramovich
- Estimated Price: $1.5 billion
3. Streets of Monaco - The Potentially Billion dollar superyacht
The Streets of Monaco super luxury yacht measures 500 feet in length and is quirkily designed to feature miniatures of renowned landmarks from throughout Monaco on its huge deck (such as the Monte Carlo Casino, Hotel de Paris, and Ca Rascasse). However, this is a concept and has not been developed - yet.
The so-called “floating city” will feature a three-floor bedroom with a private elevator, seven guest suites, an office, sundecks, balconies, a mini waterfall, a barbecue pit, and a café-bar that provides an underwater viewing deck. The guests will potentially share a full suite of communal amenities, including a library and cinema reports Curbed.
The exteriors of the Streets of Monaco were designed by Opulent Yacht, while the interiors were dreamed up by Filthy Rich Boaters. When completed, the superyacht could also include a go-kart circuit and furthermore, for additional transport, there is space for helicopters and submarines.
- Owner: N/A
- Estimated Price: $1.1 billion
4. Azzam - A Grand Megayacht
It’s unsurprising that at least one of these prestigious superyachts will belong to royalty. Azzam is a luxury yacht owned by a member of the royal family in Dubai. And at 590 feet long (approximately 180 meters) it is the longest and is also one of the fastest luxury yachts globally.
The style and design are French-influenced due to Christophe Leonie leading the interior designs on the Azam, while the exteriors were designed by Nauta Yacht. Lürssen Yachts constructed this mega superyacht and describes the interior by Christophe Leoni as “sophisticated, with luxurious decor inspired by the Empire style of the early 19th century.”
Azzam is powered by two turbines and two diesel engines with a total power of 35048 kW and can reach speeds of 30 knots.
The royal family member who is believed to be the owner of the Azzam is Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi which would explain why it is believed the vessel has a missile defence system, as well as a bullet-proof master suite.
- Owner: Member of the UAE royal family
- Estimated Price: $600 million
5. Motor Yacht A - Stealth Superyacht
Although the fifth spot is contentious, there seems to be some slight consensus that the
Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko-owned luxury superyacht Motor Yacht A is deserving of the top five spots.
The modern and sleek, almost stealth-like designed yacht is 390 feet long and was constructed by Architect Martin Francis and designed by Philippe Stark but built by Blohm and Voss shipyard in Kiel in 2008.
The luxury yacht is able to accommodate 14 guests and 42 crew members aboard the 400-foot vessel and the features include a 2,500 sq ft master bedroom. There are six guest suites, with unique moving walls so they can be adapted and converted into four large staterooms.
Some of the luxury touches include glassware and tableware made of French crystal, a helicopter hanger, a 30 feet speedboat as well as not one, nor two, but three swimming pools! One of these is even glass-bottomed and situated directly above the onboard disco.
- Owner: Andrey Melnichenko
- Estimated Price: $440 million
*Prices in USD are approximate.
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