Offshore Beach Clubbing
Superyacht decadence just keeps getting better. Yacht owners are increasingly yearning to play harder and relax easier – the onboard beach club has made this possible.
The stern has historically been the most underutilized area of a yacht, but boat and interior designers are creating exceptional areas for biophilic living by expertly exploiting every section of your superyacht. Enter the Beach Club: Aft spaces have evolved into stylish lounges, swim platforms, cocktail bars, wellness, sauna and massage treatment rooms, yoga platforms, state-of-the-art gymnasiums, and diving zones. The newly created spaces give way to indoor-outdoor living and the best in entertaining at sea level. The indoor lounges are perfect for reading and unwinding, whilst the outdoor setting is ideal for sunbathing or stargazing on oversized beds.
Onboard, guests seek complete privacy, easy water access, and a comfortable place to unwind with friends, family, and children. Beach clubs offer just that – with a waterside chill-out zone for the ultimate entertainment experience. Traditionally styled classic deckchairs, futuristic furnishings, hammocks and other beachside fixtures all look at home in these intimate settings.
Popularized on 100 meter+ vessels, the last decade has seen beach clubs becoming more frequently offered on yachts in the sub-50 meter category. Gone are the days where megayachts were the only vessels with spectacular beach clubs, as semi-custom builders begin answering the demands of their consumers and are designing beach clubs into their new models.
Storied American yacht builder, Westport Yachts embraced the beach club trend when they introduced the W125 model in 2014. More recently in 2020, Westport doubled down on the beach club when it introduced the W117. In both the W125 and W117, the transom lifts to reveal a wet bar and seating area where guests can lounge in the shade or launch into the day’s adventure.
Horizon Yachts offers a variety of motor yacht models under 40-meters that are fitted with a beach club, from their extremely popular FD series to the established E series, V series, and RP series. The Horizon FD87 caused quite a stir when it was unveiled at the 2018 Palm Beach Boat Show, her transom door open to showcase a voluminous beach club, and the FD series has become synonymous with Horizon’s beach club design. The largest of these, the Horizon FD125 offers a variety of options for a beach club – a transom opening for a more traditional beach club that utilizes interior stern space, a design that transforms the aft deck/stern outdoor area into a beach club with a pool and retracting sides, or a bespoke design customized to suit the client’s lifestyle.
Lazzara Yachts LSX 67 and 85 feature a solution for enjoying a beach club on an even smaller platform. Both of these yachts feature a spacious open cockpit with fold-down teak patio doors to port and starboard. Imagine a transom that folds down and transforms the aft deck into a beach club with sun loungers, comfortable sofas, informal seating, and an expansive swim platform. If you’re seeking an even more spacious beach club experience, Lazzara offers the LPC 85 catamaran with a monstrous space just off the master stateroom which is located in an industry-first hull to hull lower deck. The massive beach club offers immediate access to the water via a fold-down platform and is large enough for shaded seating or sun lounging, and features a large screen TV. While underway, there is space to store two jet ski’s in hidden compartments.
The yachting industry is seeing a shift in deck importance. Once sunning yourselves on the upper deck was the epitome of luxury, but in recent years, outdoor living has moved downstairs to the main deck and the warm turquoise waters. Alfresco living has been popular in warmer climes for decades. Interior designers are moving rugs, couches, pretty lanterns, and other textured fabrics into what once was a storage space to create a beach club and happy vibe. Designers are developing beach clubs with comfortable lounge living and extendable platforms ideal for swimming, diving, and access to various motor watersports.
If you seek the ultimate in luxury, a waterfront entertainment space in the form of a beach club will give you additional sea-level accommodation for elegant evening soirees and sunshine-filled days.