Lürssen Ester III: A Bold Classic
At first glance, the strong angles of Lürssen’s dramatic superyacht Ester III appear edgy, displaying a contemporary, masculine profile from naval architect Espen Øino. Upon closer inspection, Ester III reveals a sophisticated menu of detail and a rather Parisian interior from the hand of Pascale Reymond that both delights and surprises. The combination proves stunning in this 2014 delivery as the result of excellent owner input and superb talent called to interpret the owner’s brief requests for the yacht.
This exquisite compilation of form, function, and luxury welcomes the owners and family on board a vessel with great status. Comforting, with a homelike atmosphere that indulges beyond most superyachts, Ester III’s profile is only surpassed by her intelligent features. A pair of forward tender garages allows for guest cabins to be placed further aft. The placement provides a more comfortable location for guests, also freeing up space on the more traditional location on the beach club level for spa, massage, and gym equipment.
A forward helicopter pad maintains a leisurely aft deck without the interruption of arrivals and departures. Its placement just above the wheelhouse also provides private access to the owner’s suite. Careful engineering and design with brilliant placement and construction of the pad, as well as the tender garages, generators, and HVAC vents, ensure an extremely quiet environment on board the yacht.
The owner’s suite, forward on the main deck, is accessed through a foyer embracing the glass lift and hidden stair, cradled with an artistic wall composition of leather, wood, and metal. A study and dressing area features his and hers wardrobes are all connected to his and hers baths. Both baths have showers with extraordinary sea views through large windows. Five additional cabins, each outfitted with posh textures and furnishings, are located on the lower deck.
Aft of the owner’s suite, a formal dining area invites guests to enjoy the classic French interior, with gilded details on patina finishes bearing just the right degree of authenticity. Aft of the dining area, a luxurious saloon, bar and al fresco dining area on the aft deck provide guests with ample social arenas for interaction. Upholstered walls, satin finish joinery, and a tooled leather ceiling further illustrate the level of detail.
The owners and their family relish time spent out of doors as is evident by the abundant fresh air spaces. The main deck pool area, surrounded by sunpads, offers two levels and submerged, swim-up seating. Aft of the bridge deck is another al fresco dining area offering the benefit of awning shade. Pantry, barbecue, teppanyacki grill, outdoor kitchen, and bar are all served by a concealed screen for cinematic viewing that tucks away when not in use, and a stage with disco lights for evening entertaining. Two secret niches nestled in behind Ester III’s exterior grillwork provide quiet space to dine, nap, or relax in peace.
A large galley indulges the owner’s chef, with spacious work areas given traction flooring, deep sinks, and abundant appliances, including dry storage, walk-in refrigerator and freezer, and wine fridge. The shimmer of deep silver on the hull complements the crisp corners on the superstructure and neat rows of oversized windows, ending in a graceful sweep of glazing that wraps the forward superstructure in a dramatic style.
Unique, contemporary, yet classic, Ester III is designed to feel like home, with comfort, luxury, and amenities envied by other comparable yachts. To put this stunning yacht on your calendar in one of the world’s most beautiful yachting locations, contact Steve@TheBestofYachting.