Even from a distance, M/Y BARBARA breaks the superyacht mold. Huge expanses of gleaming black glass curve around the yacht’s superstructure, vast elliptical windows lead gracefully along the dark blue hull, and massive drop-down balconies sit out above the water.
BARBARA offers sumptuous outdoor spaces that spill over 5 decks, from the observation deck right down to the sea-level terrace, where the hydraulic bathing platform slopes gently into the crystalline sea. The sundeck is a temple to wellness, with a glass-bottom pool and a fully enclosed gym with 360° views. The touch-n-go helipad on this level also converts to an open-air cinema for movies under the stars. The sundeck is the place for glittering parties or sunset cocktails, with glamorous alfresco dining on the bridge and aft decks.
Stepping inside the Sam Giovanni interior, there’s a sense of entering an Asian-inspired retreat. Running through the center of the yacht is a jaw-dropping glass elevator wrapped in a silver tree root sculpture. The elevator rises up from the Lower deck, with its plush cinema, beauty salon and day spa, up to the Main deck, where the main salon and dining areas are separated by a large tropical aquarium, and the furniture moves aside to create a dance floor under party lights.
Five of BARBARA’s six double staterooms are located on the Main deck, including a full-beam VIP which can convert into two cabins. Up on the Wheelhouse deck, you enter the spectacular superyacht office – a double-height atrium with drop-down balconies and soaring 3.5m ceilings, all lit by dancing, watery light from the glass-bottom pool above. This is part of the magnificent split-level master suite, with stairs leading up from the study to the Owner’s private deck. The raised master bedroom feels truly masterful, with sweep of panoramic windows, a central skylight, and another drop-down balcony that floods the room with light and air.