The Indian Empress, one of the largest yachts in the world
The 311.68ft /95m Custom Motor Yacht ‘Indian Empress’ was delivered from Oceanco in 2000 and underwent a superb and comprehensive interior refit by Mark Berryman design in 2015. Previously named ‘Al Mirqab’, the luxury yacht also possesses the sophisticated exterior styling and engineering of The A Group
Featuring all of the charms typically associated with Dutch craftsmanship, Indian Empress is every bit the entertainer- from the numerous sunbathing spots to spacious social spaces and a sizeable movie theatre, guests are sure to enjoy only the finest of luxury charter vacations. What’s more, the complete interior refit on all four decks in 2015 has meant that all of the available space is both stylish and functional.
Motivated by the desire to create timeless aesthetics which cohere entirely with the engineering of a given superyacht, The A Group have ensured that Indian Empress possesses a striking profile without compromising an inch when it comes to her overall function. Indeed, with an abundance of sun loungers, long al fresco buffet bars, and a massive sundeck designed for entertaining, charter guests are able to enjoy themselves in the sun whilst appreciating all of the aesthetically impressive details of Indian Empress. During her refit, the spa pool at the aft end of the owner’s deck was replaced by a bespoke table which seats up to 24 guests, a decision which ultimately enables for a greater social experience when chartering the yacht. What’s more, the helideck which originally occupied space on the upper aft deck has been converted into a spacious outdoor lounge complete with a fully stocked bar- the perfect spot for enjoying a cocktail whilst looking out across the ocean.
Originally designed for a member of the Qatari royal family, Indian Empress possessed a distinctly Arabic elegance which her new owner has brought into the modern age by refitting her with more neutral and contemporary tones and furnishings. Chief among the new additions to Indian Empress is the Yamaha Disklavier piano which once belonged to none other than Elton John. Taking pride of place in the main salon, the unique feature is no doubt best enjoyed whilst entertaining guests or unwinding after a day on the water. Carried out in the Turkship shipyard Turquoise Yachts, the extensive interior refit has also graced the upper salon with a range of satin woods and pale colours which work to effectively accentuate the volume of superyacht Indian Empress. Expertly integrated with the original wood panelling, the introduction of limed oak and walnut has been carefully applied in order to complement the artwork by Picasso and Husain which adorns the walls. Divided by slats to create dedicated areas without entirely closing off the interior, the layout of Indian Empress remains completely spacious and convenient for charter guests to navigate. The waterfalls on either side of the bar in the upper salon, for instance, create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor social spaces.
Sleeping up to 12 guests with an attendant and discreetly positioned crew of 33, Indian Empress offers six double berthed cabins on the main deck and five twin berths on the lower deck. For the principal charterer, there’s a generously sized master’s cabin which comes with a displaced study allowing for any necessary business to be to carried out in a highly contemporary environment. The bedroom itself includes a retractable television screen which, when lowered, allows guests to look out on the ocean through floor to ceiling windows- no doubt the best sight to wake up to. At night, or indeed at any other time of the day, electric blackout blinds can be lowered for some truly undisturbed rest. Consistent with the ulta-contemporary aesthetic found elsewhere on board, each of the guest suites are furnished with engaging works of art and light woods to create entirely inviting spaces.
Leisure & Entertainment
Featuring a comprehensive spa area, an impressive collection of towable water toys, and an assortment of gym equipment, there’s something for every guest to enjoy. Complete with plenty of cinema seating, her home movie theatre creates an authentic atmosphere for enjoying a blockbuster or two following a day out in the sun. Also equipped for diving, Indian Empress provides guests with the opportunity to get properly acquainted with the marine life surrounding her charter grounds.
Featuring a sumptuous ‘Gentleman’s Lounge’ inspired by classic cigar lounges, and a richly elegant library, Indian Empress manages to effortlessly imbue classic charm into her wholly modern aesthetic. What’s more, the sheer amount of space available on the exterior is truly unrivalled, and makes effective use of every inch of room.
As a custom displacement yacht, Indian Empress is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilization system which reduces roll motion effect and results in a smoother, more enjoyable cruising experience. She features ‘at anchor stabilisers’ which work at zero speed to increase onboard comfort at-anchor and on rough waters. With a cruising speed of 14 knots, a maximum speed of 25 knots and a range of 6nm from her 564,000litre fuel tanks, she is the perfect blend of performance and luxury.
Why Charter Indian Empress
As one of the largest superyachts available for charter, Indian Empress is ideal for both parties and families looking to experience the very best in both design and function.With a wealth of opportunities which span from the adventurous to the truly relaxing, she fuses style with substance to ensure a charter vacation unlike any other. Indeed, by dividing the interior and exterior into multiple dedicated spaces, Indian Empress accounts for every kind of charterer- whether it’s getting together for an evening of cocktails or sunning themselves in quiet, guests can be confident that their every desire will be comfortably met.
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