They say size doesn’t matter, but as the largest private yacht built in Spain and one of the biggest yachts to enter the charter market for 2024, the 367-foot Renaissance and its $3.25 million a week charter rate makes a sizable splash. With two cinemas, two jacuzzis, a large wellness center, and 33-foot pool, there’s a lot of yacht to go around.
Built by Freire shipyard in 2023, the six-decked 7,190 GT vessel is one of the largest projects designed by British studio Bannenberg & Rowell. “Renaissance has a comprehensive list of features, but perhaps the most unique is the overall concept,” designer Simon Rowell tells Robb Report. “The balance between yacht and adventure vessel, home and hotel, luxury and practicality, and resort and passenger vessel allows any guest to feel deeply at ease without the sense of trespassing.”
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It’s a tough balancing act that Renaissance pulls off for both owner and 36 guests. The 19 guest cabins are accessed via personal wristbands that contain a “call button” and are named after global cities—Beijing, Madrid, Monaco, New York—some of which will be visited during the yacht’s charter Mediterranean itinerary this summer with Burgess. Few places in the world are off-limits thanks to an ice-class hull.
The owner’s deck includes a 646-square-foot suite with twin walk-in wardrobes and bathrooms, both with side deck access. There is also a media room and lounge with a bar and private dining. The suite pairs semi-precious stone panels with marble, mosaic, and bronze fittings, linked with woven metal screens by French artist Sophie Mallebranche. A private terrace forward includes a jacuzzi, sun loungers, and seating. A private aft deck dining area seats up to 12 guests.
International cuisine is also on the menu, including a Japanese-themed sushi bar and pizza oven, while the yacht’s temperature-controlled wine cellar has capacity for 1,000 vintages from around the world. “The aim is for Renaissance to supply a large variety of special wines without charter guests needing to specify beforehand,” the owner of Renaissance tells Robb Report. It’s part of his mandate to provide a charter experience with a difference, an ethos that is best displayed on the spa deck.
The dedicated spa deck comprises a fully equipped fitness center, including a ballet bar and yoga mirrors. Its therapy and wellness area includes two treatment rooms, a hair salon, and beauty room. Swedish-inspired hot and cold plunge pools are twinned with a steam room, sauna, and a side deck. Among the multi-skilled crew of 45 are spa therapists, a yoga instructor, personal trainer, hair stylist and world-class chef. Even the engineer doubles as a magician.
Forward of the spa deck is a commercially certified helipad capable of landing an EC145 helicopter. The yacht’s four custom Cockwells tenders are another source of pride for the owner, in particular an enclosed limousine tender with an interior inspired by private jet design and headroom that allows guests of more than 6-foot to stand up inside.
High ceilings are a theme, notably the double-height 18-foot ceilings in the main deck dining room and starboard side salon. These are matched with double-height windows with white marble-clad glazing mullions and carved bronze-finished wall and door panels. “A further salon floats centrally above these two areas with a dramatic screened walkway separating the double-height areas below,” explains Rowell. Anchoring the four corners of the main salon are back-illuminated stained glass panels by British artist Grace Ayson.
A more intimate circular dining area on the upper deck can be fully closed off in the style of a winter garden using sliding glass doors. Further al fresco dining areas are spread across five decks.
When the evenings draw in, entertainment moves to the bridge deck DJ station or the outdoor cinema screen for starry-skied movie nights. A second 19-seater indoor cinema on the lower deck is fitted with snug reclining seats. The jazz bar on the main deck, with its clubby cocktail theme and illuminated rock crystal spirits display, suggests more low-key socializing.
Alongside an armada of watertoys, the beach club with openings on three sides and transom Z lift for easy access to the water, rounds off the argument as to why size, on occasion, does matter.
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