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Benetti’s Illusion becomes reality at Monaco

Published on September 11, 2014 by   ·   No Comments

It’s that time of year again, the days are getting shorter and it’s time to think about dusting off your winter coat as the Med season comes to an end for another year – hasn’t it come round quickly?  With the end of the season comes the superyacht industry’s most prestigious event, the Monaco Yacht Show, where anyone who is anyone gathers to party, schmooze, catch up with old friends and take a look at what’s new in the yachting industry.

9_1This year, the 24th Monaco Yacht Show runs from 24 to 27 September in the spectacular deep water Port Hercules.  There will be 115 yachts on show, topping out with 91.5m Oceanco M/Y Equanimity and Royal Huisman’s latest offering, 90m S/Y Athena presented by Ocean Independence.  In addition to the big boys, there will be around 30 luxury tenders and over 500 exhibitors showcasing their wares in a new and extended exhibition area.

With yachting’s elite all gathered in one place and an estimated attendance of 33,000, the 24th Monaco Yacht Show will be a great place to launch a new superyacht and ensure you command the yachting world’s attention.

One of the stars of the 2014 Show will surely be M/Y Illusion I.  This four decked steel and aluminium 58 metre is the latest custom yacht out of the Benetti Livorno shipyard.  The exterior was designed and built by Benetti, whereas the owner, and his Monaco-based design team at Green & Mingarelli, were responsible for the interior.9_2

Benetti is one of the oldest builders of luxury motoryachts in the world, established in 1873 by Lorenzo Benetti.  Over 140 years they have built close to 300 boats, won countless awards and gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the best superyacht manufacturers in the world.  Italian entrepreneur Paolo Vitelli, who founded Azimut Yachts in 1969 as a university student and who is still at the helm 45 years later, acquired Benetti in 1985 to create Azimut Benetti Group, the world’s largest privately owned yacht company.

Illusion I has everything onboard to keep the guests and owner happy, from small details such as a cigar humidor up to your very own cinema.  And what superyacht would be complete without a beach area and oceanside bar?  The main deck, thanks to lowered gunwales and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, is a magnificent light-filled space, perfect for entertaining.  There is a dining table for ten, sofas, lounge chairs, TV and bar.  The owner’s suite is also located on the main deck and makes use of the ten plus metre beam of the yacht and is extremely light and spacious.  In addition to the cabin, the owner’s suite also contains his and hers dressing rooms and, the ultimate in luxury, his and hers toilets.

The superlative entertainment theme continues on the upper deck where you will find a 14-seat dinner table, lounging area, wine cellar and bar.  After dinner just pop next door to the cinema to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster or why not head upstairs to the sun deck to relax in the Jacuzzi under the stars, and help yourself to a Hendrick’s and tonic from the rooftop bar?

On the lower deck there is a stunning full beam VIP cabin amidships and a further four guest cabins, three twins and one double, all of course with luxurious en suite bathrooms. In total, the yacht accommodates 12 guests and seven crew.

Noise and vibration throughout the yacht is kept to a minimum, at the specific request of the owner, so while you’re partying at one of the many bars on board, you can be sure you won’t be disturbed by the hum of the engines.

M/Y Illusion I will also be available for charter in the Caribbean and Bahamas through Camper & Nicholsons International, at a weekly rate starting from $350,000.



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