By Kim Kavin
Dunya Yachts made headlines worldwide in February 2013 when it launched the 239-foot Red Square. She was the first-ever superyacht from the Turkish yard, which went out of its way to work with a seemingly endless list of world-class yacht companies: Caterpillar engines and generators, Raytheon navigation equipment, Quantum zero-speed stabilizers, Awlgrip paint, and more. Everything from interior joinery to outdoor awnings was flown in from Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, and the United States, making Red Square a superyacht of true international caliber.
She made her debut at the 2013 yacht shows in Western Europe and soon after found an owner—who re-christened her Axioma, just like his previous yacht, which was a 155-foot ISA. (Talk about stepping up to a new size in primo style!) Even better is that also like his previous yacht, the owner is making this Axioma available for charter, allowing a lucky few guests the chance to see firsthand what this new and seemingly impressive shipyard is capable of achieving.
And by “lucky few guests,” I do mean those who have been fortunate in life altogether. Management company Yachting Partners International says the first opportunity to charter Axioma will be in early 2014 in the Caribbean. She is being offered there for 12 guests at a weekly base rate of €525,000, which is about $700,000 at the current exchange rate. That base price (not including food, fuel, taxes, or crew gratuity) puts Axioma in rarefied yacht charter air, even for the superyacht set. It’s about the same rate that the 200-foot Solemates—with a Lürssen pedigree—gets for charters in the Mediterranean, and it’s about $250,000 a week more than it costs to charter the entire 344-foot SeaDream, which accommodates more than 100 guests at a time.
What makes Axioma worthy of such a fee? Well, for starters, she has an infinity swimming pool on her main deck—and no, that’s not a fancy way of describing a plunge pool or a hot tub (that’s up on the sundeck, with built-in barstools, too). The infinity pool has a glass wall overlooking the swim platform and the ocean beyond, with chaise lounge seating either on the platform itself or in the shade on the aft deck, depending on how much privacy and sunshine guests care to enjoy. At night, both the pool and the yacht’s stern come alive with underwater lights, creating a magical effect for swimmers interested in a midnight dip.
Inside, Axioma has an interior décor by Alberto Pinto, a renowned designer who died in 2012 at age 67 before the yacht was completed. Pinto is best-known in yachting circles for having done the interiors aboard the 360-foot Lürssen Dilbar, the 269-foot Oceanco Alfa Nero, and the 248-foot Feadship Ocean Victory. Axioma is one of the last launches that will bear his fingerprints, with an interior décor meant to evoke a luxury beach house filled with natural light, beautiful woodwork, and comfortably contemporary furnishings. Axioma’s main salon is particularly impressive, with a ceiling twice the height of most other yachts (and a memorable venue for parties).
I could go on all day about additional features, which include an elevator, gymnasium, cinema, and helipad, but you get the idea. Axioma is, quite simply, one of the finest new yachts available for charter today. Welcome to the future of superyacht luxury.