The brand new, handsome 80-metre Elements is at anchor during the Monaco Yacht Show, having been delivered on September 7 to her owners by Yachtley of Turkey and made a 1900-nautical-mile maiden voyage.
Designed for 24 guests by naval architects Alpha Marine of Greece, with interior by Cristiano Gatto of Italy, the yacht successfully completed sea trials in July and August 2019.
Alpha Marine’s Chairman, Nikos Dafnias, said: “Elements is a mixture of contemporary exterior styling complementing classic ‘elements’ within the interior. She is endowed with advanced engineering features which depend on latest technology and high-quality equipment – all designed and constructed under the umbrella of Solas regulations, which impose the highest safety standards”.
Cristiano Gatto was asked by the owner to “Create a beautiful environment… an interior where beauty and glamour set the tone.” Element’s interior sports a rich decorative scheme and precious materials, marbles, etched glass surfaces, backlit onyx, gold, silver and mother of pearl inlays. Gatto said: “A ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ atmosphere lingers everywhere you look”. Gatto was influenced by Islamic/Ottoman architecture of Istanbul with its mosques and palaces and this is evident throughout the spectacular interior detailing.
“Each environment on board has its distinctive decoration, the red thread being the preciousness of materials and decorative elements. Engraved arabesque on etched glasses and mirrors, fabrics and upholstery but also plaster decoration on ceilings and richly inlaid marble flooring and backlit alabaster panels create a sumptuous ambiance. Distinguishing motifs of the decoration are ordered repetition, radiating structures and rhythmic patterns but also architectural structures such as columns and niches. These features, taken together, constitute a unique pattern that defines the yacht’s character and atmosphere.”
On the Main deck the saloon is the heart of the yacht and natural meeting point for all guests. Entering from the aft deck one is immediately struck by the backlit onyx wall panels flanking you and the intricate marble flooring. Rather than one single lounging area, the saloon offers a variety of sitting areas conducive to smaller groups pursuing different activities at once.
Moving forward through the main lobby, displaying precious marbles and a glass lift, one enters the main guest area featuring nine spacious and elegantly appointed suites, all leading off a long corridor. The decoration conveys a warm and welcoming ambience. Timber floors, rich fabrics, hand-tufted carpets and adorned ceilings and details further accentuate the elegance of the rooms.
One level above, the Owner’s deck is laid out as a private apartment with two large VIP suites with luxury bathrooms, office, cinema room, and an astonishingly luxurious owner’s cabin. The suite opens onto a panoramic foredeck with Jacuzzi pool and helipad where the Owner’s private helicopter can land in the utmost privacy.
On the Bridge deck, a 180-degree panoramic lounge with bar opens onto a well-appointed stern terrace. This top deck hosts also the Captain’s cabin and office and a wheelhouse arranged with six display units. The Captain confirms the twin fixed shafts can achieve a 20-knot maximum speed and can be run at full speed for cruising. At 13.5 knots the range is 7000nm. Quantum stabilisers keep the vessel steady.