Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard who specializes in luxury yachts, each uniquely developed around its owner. Its new hybrid giga-yacht, Luminosity, builds on its nearly 150 years of ingenuity, craftsmanship and nautical advancements to redefine ocean-based leisure. Thanks to a combination of exterior formwork by Reymond Langton Design and Zaniz Jakubowski of Zaniz Interiors and Benetti’s in-house designer, Giorgio M. Cassetta, it provides unparalleled views of every changing landscape. Just as stunning as its façade is, the interiors provide a natural connection with visual artworks that bring the natural rhythms and energy of the organic world into the heart of the yacht’s interior.
Luminosity complies with the Passenger Yacht Code classification and can host up to 27 guests in 12 suites. Equipped with a glass elevator, a 230 square meter beach club with a counter-flow swimming pool, a plunge pool, a gym, a Hammam, a massage room, and of course, a helicopter deck, it leaves no room for imagination. Luminosity features over 800 square meters of exterior glass wrapping around the main decks, a record breaker for Benetti. “Its design with three-meter-high windows are entirely uninterrupted, giving it a floating appearance, making it seem that you are leisurely floating across the water,” said Giovanna Vitelli, Vice President of Azimut Benetti Group. “Those on board are provided with a seamless connection with the outside world, coupled with meticulously crafted interiors.”
The skylight at Sun Deck level fills the yacht which cascades down the 17-meter staircase that passes through five of the yacht’s six decks. Light is used as inspiration in design throughout with an incredible variety of glazed surfaces which creates a constant impression of shifting light. On the Bridge Deck, the VIP Stateroom and lounge has its own chic identity illuminated by a 3-meter-wide white onyx moon.
The Owner’s Deck is down a corridor decorated by ten different types of marble and also is punctuated by granite details, a private massage room, an en-suite bathroom and more. On the Main Deck, three exquisite staterooms are included with each one differing in its design and materials, also with an enormous tender bay designed to accommodate custom built tenders and toys. The Lower Deck includes four guest staterooms, the in-house spa and private luxury health club, complete with elegant sauna and Turkish bath and a jaw-dropping 30-meter-square swimming pool (which can be transformed into a dance floor by raising the level of the pool bottom). Lastly, the Crew Quarters can accommodate a crew of 37 along with their own galley and large mess and includes a dedicated staircase for emergency escape.
“Luminosity afforded us to private not only a masterpiece on water, but a great technological achievement that is a lynchpin for Benetti,” said Giovanna Vitelli, Vice President of Azimut Benetti Group. “Its state-of-the-art propulsion package, expansive air conditioning system and chiller units, advanced Lutron domotics system and more, propel this yacht as a true technological and design masterpiece.”
Along with its impressive hybrid propulsion system, low emissions and other industry defining characteristics, its straight bow and its huge forward deck area bring guests a thrilling vantage point from which to cruise and relax. Sheltered and shaded by an overhang, the main deck is a step lower, offering further dining and social spaces. Above the main deck, the wheelhouse is secluded, with a private deck – which is a flexible space currently set up to accommodate two cars including a Rolls Royce Phantom, as well as a 24’ sailboat and two motorbikes – leading towards the certified helipad capable of accepting a Bell 429 helicopter.
Measuring 107.6 meters long with a beam of 17 meters Luminosity is constructed with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the yacht has a gross tonnage of 5,844. It is powered by an innovative hybrid propulsion system with diesel-electric engines and two ABB Azipods, which give a total silent output, with vibration-free navigation. As one of the greenest yachts yet to be delivered, the electricity produced by six generators feeds the consumption of the services on board, the two Azipods electric motors, while the spare electricity is also used to charge 36 tons of batteries which are sufficient to run the vessel for 12 hours without generator power.
Other technological features include:
- Two three-and-a-half meter dishes to receive signals anywhere in the world and 5G cabling
- cutting edge super-fast connection never used on a yacht of this size before thanks to Cat 8 cabling
- Two racks on board the yacht house servers for films and music, and a total of 74 top of the range televisions (70 tv + 4 cinema projectors)
- 10 intelligent mirrors on board including touch screen with multimedia and internet connection