Once every millennium (or so) journalists are invited to spend a day on a superyacht to really ‘experience’ it and write about how to charter. The stars must be aligned though, as a vast array of people, the owner being the first, must be willing to let you get a glimpse of this exclusive and luxurious lifestyle. I was lucky enough to be welcomed on board the 45-metre long Amore Mio (My Love) and set sail on the Mediterranean Sea for the day.
Of course, the location was hardly in Swansea or Calais - but the glorious sunlit Malta. In case you’re not familiar, Malta is a South European island-country located in the Mediterranean. It is home to a gorgeous fortified city with a gory history, renowned finance circles, popular beaches and some questionable nightlife. Some call it the ‘Hollywood on the Med’, which certainly fits the bill of this particular journey I was about to embark on.
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From the said blanket to the crockery, the interior design by Cristiano Gatto to the jet skis and other ‘water toys’ available, (more on that later), everything was bespoke. The superyacht itself is custom, for crying out loud. Sitting down with Sara Gioanola, media director of Heesen Yachts, the shipyard behind the impressive monstrosity, I asked her more about this particular aspect of the transaction. “We are the only shipyard with our own in-house interior furniture studio. Usually the client comes with its own designer, or in the case of a boat being built on speculation, they give their brief to our designer," she explained.
“At the moment it’s all about platforms and balconies, or loggias which are very on trend,” she added. Heesen once built a complex rainforest waterfall situation on top of an outdoor swimming-pool, where the ceiling could be turned into your own landscape cinema on the sea. A pretty cool twist on your Netflix binge-watching routine, I must say. In fact, powerful access to the Internet, either for work or pleasure, has become the number one priority for any superyacht owner and is now part and parcel of every request.rmandy in Château style
Watching Valletta, the tiny capital city, disappear in the distance in the early hours of the morning, was a sight to behold. No matter how many times I pointed my iPhone camera at the sumptuous décor for a photo, not a single picture did justice to the incredible cityscape bathed in the gold sunrise. Tragically bombed during World War II and partly destroyed, the city was then recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1980, which is just what it deserves.
Our serene cruise had begun, passing stretches of the Maltese coastline, hidden stone coves formed by the combined work of winds and sea salts, and the famous Saint Paul's Bay. The bay is named after the shipwreck of Saint Paul on his voyage from Caesarea to Rome, which laid the foundations for Christianity on the island. I found a particularly comfortable spot (there were many) on the main deck aft terrace and wrapped myself in a cosy blanket to admire the landscape in total peace.