From the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand to the pristine waters weaving their way through the Indonesian archipelago, Southeast Asia offers some of the best cruising grounds you’ll find anywhere in the world. Calm seas and year-round warm weather in the region means there is always somewhere to take advantage of with your yacht.
Add the easing of travel restrictions between countries, and you’ve got yourself the perfect formula to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. The real question then isn’t where to go, but how to get there. For a stress-free vacation, Simpson Marine’s your best bet. Since opening its doors in Hong Kong more than three decades ago, the name has been Asia’s leading new yacht sales, brokerage and service company for its extensive focus on making yachting as easy and enjoyable as possible. With 12 offices in Asia including Singapore, Jakarta, Phuket and Pattaya in Southeast Asia, Simpson Marine has gained traction for being one of the most convenient and reliable in the industry when it comes to purchasing yachts and their after-care.
Which is why we’ve put together our pick of the top seven yachts to best explore the region with. From Italian superyachts including the likes of Sanlorenzo, to a French sailboat from Beneteau, Simpson Marine has you covered with an array of options, regardless of how you’d like to spend your time. The only thing that’s left to do, is to pack your bags, grab your family and friends, and climb onboard for some well-deserved fun in the sun.
Beneteau Gran Turismo 50
The latest sports cruiser by Beneteau replaces the well-loved GT49, and redefines the idea of a sport cruiser. Based on the ‘full space’ concept, the new flagship of the Gran Turismo series is designed with an open-plan main deck for all 11 of you to enjoy the breezy cruise. It’s also the best candidate for the brand’s debut of the new onboard ship control technology, which simplifies controls on a centralised panel for ease of use.
Plenty of natural light fill the 15.8-metre space, which also features a full-beam owner suite, an en-suite shower room, and a generous tender garage and huge swimming platform for all your activities.
Beneteau Oceanis 51.1
Considerably faster and more comfortable than her predecessors, the Oceanis 51.1 credits its interesting architecture to Olivier Racopeau, who created its flared shape with a stepped hull for better customisation opportunities.
Space is fully utilised on this 16.7-metre long vessel, which sees an owner’s cabin with a luxurious 1.6-metre wide island bed and rotating shower cabins to protect the room from water spray. The outdoor fittings are equally decadent, with a large modular cockpit table, built-in plancha grill and spacious open swim platform that will cater to all your vacation needs.
Taking the torch from the Lagoon 620 as the company’s new flagship, the Seventy-7 is a catamaran that combines grace and competency effortlessly. On the exterior, the tennis-court sized vessel sees two main connected spaces that make full use of the expansive 12-metre width.
A platform on the aft deck connects the two transom skirts which can either house all your recreational sea toys, or provide a tranquil environment for relaxation. In the saloon, take in the panoramic view of the seas over a drink or decadent dinner, with the galley within convenient access to the area. Below, an opulent suite with a king-size bed, a full walk-in closet, and a sofa are just some of the luxuries you’ll enjoy.
However, the icing on the cake — the personal veranda which folds down from the master stateroom — seals the deal for most. Catamarans are known to be reliable in their stability on waters, so expect minimal rocking and maximum fun on board.
Viking 62 Convertible
Thrill-seekers and fishing enthusiasts will love this one. With a top speed of 42.2 knots, the 19-metre Viking Yacht 62 Convertible is a speed demon that could easily chase down that marlin. Several angler-friendly features characterise the sporty vessel, including an observation mezzanine for fish-spotting, a 16-square-metre teak-covered cockpit, and clever storage options inside for your catch, spare reels, tackle, and rods.
Inside, opt for three of four staterooms. The former includes a private bathroom in each room — a luxury not often seen in a such a utilitarian boat. Perfect for angling expeditions, a short getaway, or simply a relaxing day out in the clear waters of the archipelagos.
Monte Carlo Yachts 96
The latest member of the Nuvolari Lenard-designed range is the 29-metre MCY96, which proudly complies to RINA standards — the highest in the market. Taking styling cues from the successful MCY 105 range, the 96 is characterised by its sleek profile, smooth lines and high bow.
A full-beam owner’s cabin on the main deck features a fold-out superyacht terrace, with a spacious four-cabin layout that allows for total customisation. Large sundeck spaces onboard are perfect for both sun-filled activities in the day, and intimate get-togethers by dusk.
Combining the best features of a compact explorer yacht and a flybridge yacht, the 27-metre crossover vessel boasts wide open spaces and large glass windows that integrate the stunning interiors with its sleek facade seamlessly. The former comes courtesy of famous interior designer Piero Lissoni, who lends his sophisticated eye to the transformation of the large yacht, imagining it as more of a loft than a vessel.
The main deck can be completely opened up from front to rear — a la an open-plan home — and a beach club at the rear will house all your toys. The SX88 is impressively quick for its size at 23 knots, and fuel efficiency is achieved via an eco mode that allows it to run on batteries when moored for up to eight hours. This means that you won’t need to start the engines to run the electric systems onboard, making it a great option for those long well-deserved trips.
Inspired by transatlantic liners of the 1930s, the 38-metre long SD126 is a four-deck motor yacht that’s become the flagship of its semi-displacement hull SD fleet. Several upgrades define this yacht, including a main saloon terrace that opens up the interior to the sea below, as well as a 12-seater dining saloon that opens to merge both inside and outside spaces.
Plenty of deck space outdoors are at hand for activities at sea. The fully customisable vessel allows for the little comforts in life, such as a jacuzzi on the bow, or a barbecue-grill at the aft. The SD126 can accommodate up to 10 guests and six crew with its five state rooms — perfect for intimate gatherings at sea.
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