Lurssen - Arkley
Yachts are typically about daytime fun, but Lurssen’s 2009 lauch Arkley really begins to shine at night
Lurssen’s stately 60-metre Arkley begins to impress you as you near the entrance. Designed to encompass a huge volume, Arkley cries out for on-board fun and entertainment. As the day begins to wane, guests may arrive, tired from a journey to reach her, or perhaps spent from a day on the water in some gorgeous and private bay. Climbing out of the water on her stern, or entering from the marina into the main foyer, you immediately notice the attention to detail, the art and the dedication that has gone into this yacht.
Nearing day’s end
The main foyer immediately sets the tone, with the clever and subtle use of texture and materials, and artistic highlights providing dashes of colour and an ambience of youthful sophistication. The foyer’s centrepiece artwork is surrounded by oak panels, which are arranged in a wave pattern, while marble flooring accentuates the stately mood created on the Espen Oeino-designed exterior. The walls lining the sides of the main staircase are leather panels and the handrail, covered in woven leather, makes for an inviting detail.
Once onboard, you want to explore this beauty as darkness begins to fall. Perhaps a trip to one of the many sun decks is in order, to watch the sun setting over the ocean. Arkley offers much for those who revel in the sight of the heavens. From the foyer, wander up the stairs to the top deck, where completely open saloon connects fore and aft sundecks, both sheltered by removeable bimini cover tops, letting the gathering stars come into view.
Head forwards to the front end of the top deck and you find a Jacuzzi with sunpad – perfect for star-gazing. Protected with a glass wind breakers that has no visible frame, take in your first cocktails of the night with a sweeping view of the surrounding seas. The very large inside areas of the top deck also works very well as an observations lounge, and comes complete with a large bar, sofa area and a TV. Moving aft, curved, sliding doors open up to create a huge indoor-outdoor space that more sundeck space and an elegant dining table that lets the conversation start over some canapes.
In a clever piece of design, the aft sunpad covers a rescue boat hidden underneath, while the mattresses can be removed to create a small stage. A Karaoke system can also be plugged into the system, so if you’ve finally worked up the courage to give your favourite song your best shot, your chance to do it is never going to be better.
With the sun down and the stars out, the time has come for a proper meal. Sauntering down the central staircase a level, guests find spectacular dining options. Most amazing is the main dining room, which nicely connects to the main deck saloon, and features a self-playing grand piano (which is iPod compatible) by Bosendorfer.
As the appetizers arrive, guests will begin to appreciate the surroundings. The main dining table is made of Bog Oak, with a centrepiece inlay of silver leaf. The shape of the centrepiece is the same as in the carpet, and also the inlay in the ceiling, this one made of gold leaf. The walls in the dining room are out of oak with a wave pattern that is similar to the one found on the entrance centrepiece. Animal-like patterns on the chairs add a touch of funky zest to an otherwise very refined place to hold a repast.
The spacious and professionally-equipped galley has been located on the port side adjacent to the dining area on the same deck, and offers a large service pantry – a prerequisite for prompt five-star service.
Not everyone enjoys formal surroundings for a meal, and is often the case on a yacht, a more relaxed mode may be the ticket. Arkley’s upper aft-deck offers al-fresco dining surrounded by comfortable seating areas. The dining table even has a lazy Susan to add to the informality, while gentle sea breezes and lounge tunes pervade the scene.
At the movies
After a marvelous dinner, the evening switches into an even more laid-back mode, with plenty of space to stretch out in total comfort at your finger tips. It is at this point in the night that you begin to discover the wonder of Arkley’s main saloon. During the day, it is awash in natural light thanks to its large windows. At night, classy blinds can be shut for distinct look, or left open to let a night time vista become your backdrop.
Separated from the dining area by a large television screen, the main saloon quickly takes on the aura of a personal screening room. A very open and large space is created by keeping low settees and matching coffee tables on either side of the aft area, leaving a huge open space. An overhead projector and retractable screen hidden in the ceiling (and the latest surround sound systems) let weary guests enjoy the best cinema after a day of fun, sun and food. Additional cushions provide casual seating on the floor and the space can be completely blacked out for proper experience. If you’re a cinemaphile, you’re now in heaven.
The main saloon is complemented nicely by the upper deck saloon, which is also laid out as an open space. It offers a beautifully-designed bar, an extravagant seating area with teak art pieces and two gaming tables. The television area is quite unusual as it features two television screens on opposite sides of the wall with comfortable couches below. The advantage of this setting is that no television console is disturbing this open area and that two parties are able to watch different programmes simultaneously. Whether above or below, you’ll find plenty to keep the company in good spirits as the night progresses.