|By Jamie Matusow||
|September 17, 2005 10:45 AM EDT||
With the launch of the spectacular 280ft P/Y Annaliesse in 2004, Liveras Yachts’ director Kiri Kyriacou says his company has opened a new market in yacht charter. “Several years “ago,” he says, “we set out to design a yacht to accommodate 36 guests.” The result was an opulent, floating palace with an unsurpassed level of luxury. At a charter rate of $120,000 per day (or $800,000 per week), Kyriacou says the yacht’s leisure complexes and state-of-the-art business facilities are particularly well-suited to corporate use, though large families would be equally appreciative of her many amenities. He says that to the best of his knowledge, Annaliesse is the largest and newest SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) vessel built specifically for the charter market.
To appeal to corporate accounts, considerable attention was paid to relaxation as well as to business. One of Annaliesse’s most unique features is a full-service super spa, with separate male and female – as well as communal – areas to accommodate clients of various cultures. Here, on the lower deck, guests can take advantage of a full range of services from facials to massage. The center includes a large area surrounding a marble Jacuzzi, a relaxation room for quiet time after treatment, and private his-and-hers sections that each include a steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool, and a Jacuzzi. The ceiling is enhanced with stars, and lit with fiber optics that create a light show of sorts. While you gaze at an array of brilliantly colored underwater life swimming to and fro in a full-wall aquarium separating the his-and-hers-relaxation/meditation rooms, you can contemplate what your next beauty treatment of the day will be. Two full-time crew are on hand to revive your sea-blown damage in a salon that offers hair, skin, and nail treatments. If you’re feeling more active or need to burn a few calories from last night’s gourmet feast, a full gym with treadmill, rowing machine, cycles, and free weights can help assuage your guilt. Do you have your children along? No need to worry if you didn’t bring along your nanny. A large, brightly colored playroom, complete with a slide and a ball scramble will help keep your little ones content.
Even the giant master suite is designed to be conducive for small children accompanying their parents. A twin stateroom is part of the over-1300sq.ft luxurious suite located on the upper deck. Here, the owner’s stateroom features a king-size bed and a 42in retractable television with built-in DVD player. Panoramic windows provide an awesome 180-degree forward view. A remote-control system enables you to operate the window coverings from your bed. The all-white Afion marble bathroom, complete with skylight, is a suite in itself with two walk-in closets, a double Jacuzzi tub, two basins and separate his-and-hers areas that include showers, toilets, and bidets. An adjacent fully equipped study in the suite completes your private home away from home.
Fifteen additional lavish staterooms are available to accommodate the rest of your party. These include a VIP suite on the bridge deck (with a separate television lounge and pullout sofa for two), 10 staterooms on the main deck, and four on the upper deck. Each of these minisuites pampers you with the finest handmade fabrics and accoutrements, with special attention given to silk curtains, raised carpets, and an array of unique lighting systems. Large en-suite bathrooms finished in cool Michelangelo marble lie within.
Depending on which deck you’re on, the marble will differ, for each level boasts a different type. Upon entry into the multilevel entrance lobby on the main deck, you’ll be wowed by the large slabs of blue Makauba Brazilian marble that surround the grand staircase on each landing from the lower deck to the bridge deck. If you’re too tired to manueuver the stairs, a separate guest elevator holds six, and runs from the lower deck to the sun deck. A separate elevator carries the crew.
Annaliesse’s main deck provides one of the largest areas for entertaining of any private yacht. Comfortable sofas and groupings of armchairs in neutral colors are arranged amidst marble columns in the main saloon. Relax and listen to an accomplished musician on the yacht’s gleaming grand piano as you sip your favorite beverage while awaiting dinner. All 36 guests can be seated at once in the grand dining room at two tables. Mirrored ceilings, gorgeous linens, and theme lighting set the mood for yet another unforgettable evening aboard. Afterwards, you may want to head to the saloon on the bridge deck or to the vessel’s cinema, located on the upper deck.
|International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine 09/17/05 10:49:10 AM EDT|
Monaco Yacht Show 2005 Live Coverage - P/Y Annaliesse Raises The Bar in Yacht Charter. Lavish accommodations, state-of-the-art communications, and plenty of space for entertaining provide guests with the perfect mix of business and pleasure. With the launch of the spectacular 280ft P/Y Annaliesse in 2004, Liveras Yachts' director Kiri Kyriacou says his company has opened a new market in yacht charter.
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