As Bel Abri was destined for the charter market, that meant having the ability to cross oceans and be a comfortable yacht in a wide range of weather conditions. The sundeck has a glass enclosure, which according to Amels and Heywood, makes it possible to enjoy outdoor living in a range of conditions. The aft deck al-fresco dining areas are quite sheltered, and the aft overhang features heaters that keep guests warm while they enjoy fine dining and vistas that are beautiful and cool.
Add to this the fact that the sundeck boasts a Jacuzzi for up to ten people, and you have a very fun yacht indeed. Sipping mulled wine from such a large, heated Jacuzzi while at anchor in the cooler climes of New Zealand; or cocktails in cooling pool while enjoying the scenery of Indonesia’s volcanic islands – both are possible on Bel Abri. Indeed, her first charter cruise after launch (and the subject of these images) was a trip through Norway’s famed fjiords.
Moving into the interiors, one finds a yacht that works well for both the owner and a potential charter party. For starters, the owner decided on removing a cabin from the main deck, and using that space to create an enormous office area. Should a charter guest wish to keep up with what’s happening back at the firm, that should be no problem, thanks to the office area and an Immarsat system, which opens up Wi-Fi internet access throughout the yacht.
Beyond that, the owner wished to have an inviting appeal to Bel Abri, and turned to well-known superyacht interior design specialist Laura Sessa. She approached her task with the aim of opening up the interior spaces to the sea, and in this she was certainly successful. “He (the owner) was looking for a feeling of warmth, to have a design that I would describe as classical modern. The selection of different types of wood was critical to achieving this look,” Sessa says.
Sessa continues: “Each deck highlights a different type of wood, finished in either satin or high gloss. For example, maple is featured on the main deck and zebrano on the bridge deck, with the dark wood sucupira running as a common theme throughout the whole interior. I find that on yachts of this size, the bridge deck is where the guests tend to spend the majority of their time, and so we have white and blue colours in the fabrics to maintain that connection with the sea outside.” Throughout Bel Abri, custom finishings, from carpets to door handles, are prominent.
Guests enjoying themselves after a day on the water, or even just a day in the Jacuzzi, will have plenty of entertainment options available. All guest cabins, main and deck saloons, and even the sun deck, are equipped with flat screen TVs and audio systems. All A/V systems are controlled by a specially-designed, hand-held puck, which allows users to access 125 DVDs and 3000 CDs stored on a central server. Guests can even use this ‘puck’ to call for a steward.
In addition to the spacious master cabin, there are five double cabins, three of which have double beds and two have twin beds. This opens up plenty of possibilities for charter parties.