The only twilight Formula 1 race in the world and the Middle East’s biggest international sporting event, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix offers a heady mix of adrenaline, beauty and luxury. Those in the know charter a superyacht which provides a stunning and comfortable base and plenty of space for entertaining before and after the race event. Although it is now too late to charter these yachts for this year due to the popularity of this unique race, here are five breathtaking yachts which are well worth considering for the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
SilverYachts Silver Fast
One long, gorgeous slip of a superyacht, Silver Fast is 77 meters/252’62” of chic, pampering 12 guests in 8 cabins accommodated by 19 crew. Espen Øino design with Vain Interiors’ impeccable furnishing choices, Silver Fast matches the luxury of the place. Perfect for viewing the Abu Dhabi F1 races, Silver Fast is equipped with stabilizers, deck Jacuzzi, gym, Wi-Fi, and a posh clutch of aft decks for watching the sun set on one of the most iconic settings of the series. Rates begin at €650,000/$755,000 per week.
A majestic 74-meter/242.8-foot yacht built by Nobiskrug, Mogambo was launched in 2012. Interiors by London’s Reymond Langton Design are simple, contemporary, and welcoming, with lots of outdoor deck and entertaining space. Accommodating 12 guests in 6 cabins with 19 crew, Mogambo graciously welcomes a larger crowd of celebratory guests.
Austral Ships Motor Yacht Saluzi.
Boasting a stunning 2014 refit and dramatic graphics of her warhorse namesake, Austral Ships Saluzi offers spacious luxury for 32 guests in 16 cabins served by 32 crew on board her 69-meters-226-feet of indulgence. Tons of toys, spa and massage services, two Jacuzzis, gym, RYA personal watercraft training center, golf driving range, dive center, Yamaha waverunners, windsurfer, kayak, snorkel gear, towables, and two Castoldi jet tenders keep things active by day.
Open air cinema, autoshuffle mahjong table, transformable casino table, satcom, cellular, and WiFi keep evenings buzzing. Luxurious, contemporary interiors and zero speed stabilizers keep everyone comfortable no matter the conditions. Charters begin at $480,000 per week through Burgess Yachts.
A superb yacht charter choice for families and friends, the stylish Italian Benetti Meamina is designed for enjoying the outdoors while pampering guests with gorgeous interiors. Dressed in white with exotic dark wood trim and cabinetry, Meamina carries 12 guests in 6 cabins served by 15 crew. The split level master spreads out in lavish fashion, with a walk-in wardrobe, lounge, relaxation area, and steps up to the semicircular study with spectacular forward-facing views and door to foredeck.
The VIP cabin owns privacy on the bridge deck, with 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins on the lower deck. A pair of Pascoe jet drive tenders, waverunners, jetski, surfboard, rendezvous scuba and snorkel equipment, with abundant water toys make active use of the gorgeous sea, with an RYA training center for personal watercraft. Elevator, gym, Jacuzzi, karaoke, Xbox, Nintendo, WiFi, Satellite, cellular and VSAT communications add to the extensive list of indoor activities, with a large cinema in the main salon. Oversize swim platform makes morning dips and afternoon dives easy to execute and comfortable to watch. Charter rates begin at $360,000 (€315,000) per week through Burgess Yachts.
Benetti St. David
A traditional 60-meter/198-foot yacht from the Benetti yard, St. David offers six cabins for 12 guests but accommodates up to 200 for race viewing. Alfresco dining deck, fly deck Jacuzzi, lots of sun beds and bars in both the salon and flybridge, St. David is also equipped with abundant diversions in electronics, entertainment, water sports equipment, and a sun deck transformation that changes into a nightclub. St. David charters begin at €285,000/$325,000 per week.