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More than 100 yachts lined up at Monaco’s Port Hercules this year for the world’s premier boat show, including 32 new-build vessels. Here are five of the standout superyachts.

By Julia Zaltzman

1. Admiral’s 75-metre motor yacht Kenshō was the talk of the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show, not least because its turquoise hull and matching tender seamlessly blend in with the ocean. The imaginative interior by Paris design house Jouin Manku eschews traditional yachting layouts for high-volume rooms, minimal corridors and an upper-deck art gallery. A lower-deck entertaining area sits where the engine typically lives. In the master suite, a bath sculpted from a single block of Carrara marble and embroidered silk wall panels set the tone. Abalone ceilings, handpainted furnishings and coral-like door hardware evoke harmony with the underwater world. This is Aman Tokyo meets St. Tropez.

2. Few things in life compare to the thrill of sailing with the wind, and yet, in calm seas or when cruising into harbour, even sailing yachts need to rely on engines. This is where Perseverance, Baltic’s award-winning custom sloop, raises the stakes. Don’t be fooled by her classic pilot cutter-style features, with a straight stem, bowsprit, counter stern and deep bulwarks. This 35.8-metre boat features a modern propellor that generates electricity when underway, making the yacht fully autonomous at sea. Lithium-ion batteries allow the global cruiser to enter port in ‘silent’ mode, while smart cabins designed to minimise power consumption and heat-recovery systems are the eco cherry on the top.

3. Commissioned by two brothers, the aluminium Baglietto-built 54-metre superyacht ‘C’ delivers double the design impact with its dual master suites, two cinemas and two pools (one for the kids, one for the grown-ups). Flawless service is at the fore, with a lift, dumb waiter, pantries and storage at every turn. A highlight is the lower-deck beach club, a glass-bottomed pool casting dappled sunlight across the wooden interior. When at anchor, the transom door lifts, two side terraces drop down and the space transforms into an open-air lounge complete with submerged swim platform.

4. A mosaiced hammam, bamboo-walled treatment rooms and drop-down sea terrace prove the 115-metre AHPO has serious skin in the superyacht game. Pair that with four pools, a split-level master suite and perhaps the most impressive gym on the charter market, and you’ll begin to see why Lürssen’s full-custom build stirred whispers on the docks in Monaco. Interior- and exterior- designed by Italy’s Nuvolari-Lenard, the living spaces are feminine and romantic with nature-themed wall coverings and Lasvit crystal chandeliers. Next- generation soundproofing makes for restful sailing once you have boarded via one of the two helipads.

5. Step inside 60-metre Lusine and enter an Aladdin’s cave. Over 180 rare woods, precious fabrics and exquisite materials were used in the making of this steel-hulled Heesen yacht. This includes ceilings of palladium leaf (now worth more than platinum and gold), puffer fish skin walls, blue agate and straw marquetry artwork depicting celestial constellations. Soaring up the central staircase is a 3D leather artwork by British artist Helen Amy Murray. But the jewel in the crown, in what the Dutch shipyard describes as the most complex yacht interior ever crafted, is the moon rock table in the main salon. The custom table containing a slice of meteorite inlay is an out-of-this-world detail.