Four Seasons is joining the likes of Ritz-Carlton and Aman with the debut of own-brand yachts, each sheltering 95 onboard luxury suites. Itineraries will likely include stays at Four Seasons properties en route, and yachts will have an industry-leading staff-to-guest ratio to deliver the brand standard of highly personalised service. With the first vessel setting sail in late 2025, Four Seasons Yachts are being built by Fincantieri, one of the world’s leading shipbuilding groups.
The first Four Seasons yacht will be 207 metres long and 27 metres wide with 14 decks, all featuring bespoke design and a dedication to excellence, appealing to discerning guests looking to reimagine their love of travel by experiencing the splendour of modern sea voyaging. And at a cost to build of US$4.2 million per suite, no expense is being spared in terms of the design. The first Four Seasons Yacht will offer nearly 50 per cent more living space per guest than typically available, in a residential setting providing privacy, flexibility and spaciousness. Catering to large families and groups, it will be possible for many of the vessel’s 95 suites to be inter-connected to create villa-like residences.
Veteran luxury travel industry expert Larry Pimentel is responsible for leading the new enterprise. “In partnership with Four Seasons, we are creating a new category of luxury lifestyle travel that appeals to discerning guests,” said Pimental.”We are bringing together the very best across industries to create the pinnacle yachting offering through world-class design, curated experiences, and truly exceptional service.”
“Four Seasons Yachts represents the next chapter of our long history of industry leading innovation, and a milestone moment for our company as we continue to capitalise on new opportunities to extend the world of Four Seasons,” said Christian Clerc, President, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “True vision rests in the ability to imagine the possibilities while always remaining loyal to one’s values. Our vision for this new venture does exactly that. We are creating something extraordinary that combines their expertise with what Four Seasons does best – delivering unmatched quality and excellence, surrounded by beautiful acts of service and love for our guests.”
Suites will start at an average of 54 square metres of indoor/outdoor living space but more than half will be in excess of 76 square metres. The biggest will be the ‘Funnel Suite’, which will occupy four levels and cover more than 892 square metres. It will also have a private wading pool and dedicated private spa area. Each suite will offer floor-to-ceiling windows and access to expansive terrace decks.
The yachts will also have a full-service spa, sushi bar, salon and wellness programming. The canoe-shaped aft will be home to a pool deck that can also be transformed into an outdoor movie theatre. The elegant and industry-first ‘transverse marina’ will allow people to jump off and swim in the sea, as well as play with specially-designed aqua leisure toys.
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