Italian yacht builder teams up with Hong Kong interior designers to create bespoke “floating villas” for wealthy Asians



a view of a city next to a body of water: Aerial view of the Marina Club in Discovery Bay in Lantau, where the developer has pledged to turn its marina into “Hong Kong's most exclusive” superyacht club. Photo: Roy Issa


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Aerial view of the Marina Club in Discovery Bay in Lantau, where the developer has pledged to turn its marina into “Hong Kong’s most exclusive” superyacht club. Photo: Roy Issa

An Italian luxury yacht builder has partnered with Hong Kong-based interior designers to create new bespoke “floating villas” targeting the wealthy in Hong Kong and Asia looking for an alternative form of holiday homes.

In an attempt to attract more buyers, the builder Sanlorenzo will be working with Hong Kong-based Steve Leung Designers to infuse luxury residential designs into the compact space of a yacht in an attempt to redefine and elevate the lifestyle among the region’s millionaires.

The new partnership will bring Leung and his team’s expertise to the rest of Sanlorenzo’s range of yachts through their “design to measure” style, according to Sanlorenzo, a shipbuilder founded in 1958 and based in Ameglia in northern Liguria region.

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“Yacht design has long been dominated by a Western lifestyle approach, which is very different from the way we live in Asia, especially in China,” said Leung, an architect and interior designer whose firm was engaged in the Novotel City project in Tung Chung and the Orchard Residences luxury apartments in Singapore, among others.



a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Hong Kong architect and interior designer Steve Leung is teaming up with Italian yacht builder to create


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Hong Kong architect and interior designer Steve Leung is teaming up with Italian yacht builder to create

Simpson Marine Group, which represents Sanlorenzo in the regional yacht markets, has doubled its sales in Asia this year, including nine yachts by the Italian builder in Hong Kong. They contributed more than 60 per cent of the group turnover, according to its managing director Mike Simpson.

The pickup suggests the economic crisis from the Covid-19 pandemic has not done much damage to the wealth of the richer segment of the population. The number of millionaires in Hong Kong rose 22 per cent this year, while China’s billionaires have this year rebuilt their net worth to the size of the Russian economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Leung has previously designed the interiors for Sanlorenzo’s SX88 yacht, which measures 27m in length with four cabins with en suite bathrooms. It features a flybridge with barbecue facilities, while the indoor area has a traditional Chinese round-table dining area.



a boat sitting on top of a table: An interior of Sanlorenzo's SX88 yacht. Photo: Steve Leung Designers


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An interior of Sanlorenzo’s SX88 yacht. Photo: Steve Leung Designers

“During the entire design process of shaping a villa-like yacht, we reimagined the spatial configuration of the yacht based on the owner’s lifestyle, utilising the yacht mainly as a ‘floating space’ for social entertainment,” said Leung. “We also added a subtle Asian touch, especially in the seating zone of the living and the dining rooms, ensuring a comfortable capacity for big groups’ gatherings.”

Leung hopes the venture can establish another new take on the yacht design by integrating international lifestyle with local cultural features, to attend to local tastes.

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This Clean and Crisp Super Yacht Is Filled to the Brim with a Luxury Interior

That’s exactly the definition nearly everyone gives to this vessel the moment they set eyes upon it. Just so we’re on the same page this luxury yacht is known as the Metis 63 by Benetti. Oh, you don’t know who they are? Not a problem. They’ve been building sea-faring vessels of any kind since 1873, so you know they mean business.

But for the Metis, Benetti worked with world renowned Bannenberg and Rowell Design. If you remember them from the Predator yacht, great. If you don’t, they’re known as the yachting worlds best known secret. The vessels they work one, will always remain a one of a kind. They will be the point of focus for when we discuss the interior.

That ‘63’ in Metis 63 stands for the length of this vessel’s steel hull, a full 63 meters or 206.6 feet. And like most other seafarers it includes an aluminum superstructure. This allows the designers to create a number of decks and sleek exterior paneling.

As With most modern-day yachts, this one too uses a white and black color scheme. To bring a bit of balance to the mix, the use of metals and woods help set a soft tone to the ship. The large amount of hull integrated windows let you know that this vessel is ready with quite the number sleeping quarters. Up to 13 guests can lay their heads upon those Bannenberg pillows in seven cabins.

To make this designer machine move along the seven seas we will be able to find two MTU diesel engines that put out a total of 3702 HP. It’s enough to keep it cruising at 12 knots with a top speed of 16.

Now on the inside, this ship really shows off what level of comfort and style you can expect. Just to start, we can see the sun deck situated at the bow of the ship and equipped with 8 lounge chairs and a perfectly lain wooden flooring. While at the rear of this same deck we find a sitting area suitable for all guests on the ship at once. Once again, the wooden flooring is not missing and helps warm the white and beige materials.

Even though the Metis has large windows that offer natural light into the interior spaces, the use of LED lighting in the ceiling helps maintain the soft light the furniture sets well through the night. Any walls that aren’t made of glass are completed with wood.

A dining area fit for all and equipped with wine cabinets can also be found. But to entertain your guests, the Metis is set with an entertainment area that also includes a grand piano. Just in case you get enough courage to start playing after you’ve had a few drinks from the onboard bar.

Once you need to pass out, just head up to one of your silk linen bedrooms and pass out. But upon waking up, be sure to hydrate and head on down to

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