If you’ve been hovering over a choice or two for your next private luxury yacht charter around the romance-laden shores of the Mediterranean, it’s time to land on a most exquisite new option – the 190.3ft (58m) Illusion V. Built by Benetti Yachts, this is the ultimate yacht for anchoring close to the Adriatic destinations that capture hearts.  Illusion V is an elegant and contemporary masterpiece from the inside-out, bringing together beautiful design, exotic materials and all the amenities you could possibly ask for.


With every detail attended to in sumptuous sync, sporting a most graceful exterior line, an incredibly spacious interior and exterior layout, and exotic materials and fabrics throughout, Illusion V ensures your experience onboard will be nothing short of perfection. Something, however, is missing – noise. The entire yacht has been meticulously fitted with top tier noise reduction technology. The Benetti team worked with a Danish firm to ensure the hush is heard throughout, following with carpeted crew areas for extra measure. Something else is also missing. That would be traffic. The yacht is designed to keep crew access separate, ensuring ultimate privacy while on board.

Contemporary electronics and oversize plasma screens are tucked unobtrusively, easily viewed when called to perform. Jacuzzi, gym, beach club with amenities, air conditioning, BBQ and outdoor bar are just a few of the additional perks. A waterslide, Seabobs, SeaDoos, wakeboard, water skis, paddleboard, snorkeling, scuba, and fishing equipment all await your pleasure.


Everything else expected in a superior luxury yacht of Benetti quality is on board in abundance, much of it subtly branded with a graceful rose motif. Employing the impeccable skills of Green & Mingarelli Design, the owners lavished Illusion V with clean-lined, contemporary furnishings, plush white textiles, natural skins, and textures, all outlined and underscored with high-gloss black walnut, travertine, mother of pearl, crystal, and onyx. A study in shades of white, dove, chocolate, and black, the color palate is one echoing the warmth of a comfortable, livable, spacious home.

Large windows and glass walls on the main deck allow natural light to spill across the spaces, opening up to embrace the outdoors when weather and lifestyle dictate. A gorgeous formal dining area, leading to a broad salon dressed in white, glass, parchment, cocoa, and cream, outlined in dark, highly-polished woods, invites pleasant parties to linger as long as they like under ivory leather ceilings, further softening the sound as well as the look.

The signature rose motif appears in relief along the stair in an effortless cascade, as well as on the bar front, in crystal, in metal, in embroidery, and in the stone of the pool, a casual reminder of beauty and nature Illusion V delivers. Lush throws and luxurious pillows plump the sofas and chairs, while onyx, Lalique crystal, and well-chosen accessories provide the punctuation on this dramatic design statement.


The owner’s suite is large and luxurious, with a royal scale onyx bath and carved marble sinks, entered through a formal lounge with sofa allowing gracious reception. Perfectly placed lighting hidden within the ceilings, along with abundant natural light from oversize windows, make the expanse airy and bright by day, romantic and restful by night.

Illusion V most comfortably accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins served by 13 crew. Her hull powers across the ocean at 12 to 15 kts with a range of 5,000 nautical miles. The world debut was celebrated in Monaco last year, but you can arrange for Illusion V to debut for you with a single call.

Illusion V is available for charter via Camperson & Nicholson beginning at $397,500 (€350,000) per week plus expenses.

Summer Cruising Destinations: Mediterranean & Adriatic

Winter Cruising Destinations: Caribbean