Diamonds Are Forever: A yacht like no other
Diamonds Are Forever yacht has a steel hull with a aluminium superstructure with a beam of 10.60m (34'9"ft). Diamonds Are Forever is built to comply to MCA standards. She is capable of 16.00 knots flat out, with a cruising speed of 15 knots from her 20,000 liters fuel tanks. Diamonds Are Forever offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 suites comprising one owner cabin, one VIP cabin, three double cabins, one twin cabin. She is also capable of carrying up to 15 crew onboard.
The central main-deck foyer has an onyx floor with a hand-made glass inlay by Dutch company Marieux. Mounted in chrome frames are paintings of sultry women, their jewellery highlighted with diamanté studs, while fixed side-tables support Jeanette Staluppi’s Erte sculptures. The foyer opens into a main saloon and toward the end of the room there is a beautiful mosaic with chrome-backed glass, etched and studded with diamantés. A central seating area features cream chairs with apple-sized crystals at the ends of the arms.
Guests are served from the galley forward, on the other side of the foyer and the space was designed incooperation with chef Dieter Curth. There is a gym across the corridor from the galley, and a sauna and beauty salon with a massage bed. Further forward is the full-beam, split-level VIP suite, which is as grand as the master above it. The VIP cabin has 180 degree views, a chaise longue, cream bed base and panelling, and burr wood cabinets, while the gold design on the bedspread is highlighted with diamantés.
The upper deck master suite is slightly larger and the bed faces forward, raised on a platform to enhance the 180 degree views. It has a similar colour scheme to the VIP, a large cream sofa, and Art Line myrtle burr cabinets with crisscrossed mother-of-pearl inlays. The en suite has twin showers, a grand central bath in honey coloured marble and Lalique lamps. Aft is a corridor of mirrored wardrobes etched by Marieux and an out-of-the-way study.
Diamonds Are Forever's full-beam sky lounge aft feels relaxed and bright. White furniture enhances this airiness and Staluppi insisted on correspondingly pure marble for the top of the wet bar by expert Guido Menchini & Son. A strip of diamantés runs around the coffee table, and of a card table, whose high-backed, white leather chairs pick up the theme with diamanté-studded spines. On the sundeck above, a large spa pool overlooks a raised dining area and marble topped wet bar with a television. ■
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