#TravelTuesday: Skyacht One takes luxury into the sky
It's first class all the way
The world's most expensive private jet, an Airbus A380 owned by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, features a stable for livestock, a two-car garage, and a rotating prayer room to ensure it's always aligned with the direction of Mecca. However, we reckon Prince Alwaleed would happily trade in his luxurious ride for Skyacht One, one of the most luxurious aircrafts slated to take to the skies.
When it comes to the world of private jets, many makers have embraced modernity: Sleek cockpit windows, cabins decked out in a palette of calming neutrals, and discreet buttons that dim the lights when you're ready to slip into your cashmere jumpsuit. However, Skyacht One boldly bucks the trend by drawing inspiration from the past. By fusing elements of old with the plane's state-of-the-art technology, the creaters of Skyacht One have turned out a vessel that impresses with old-world charm and nautical leanings. Think faucets that resemble the dual throttles of a classic boat, silk Cellarius carpeting, Chesterfield sofas, and window "portholes" lined in brass and mahogany. You won't find any utilitarian buttons here; even those are concealed beneath fine knobs or levers.
The 20-passenger craft is designed to fit a conference room, master bedroom with ensuite shower, and a main cabin that pulls together the dining and entertainment area. The cost to bring this concept to life? A cool $83 million — mere spare change for the billionaires out there. With its hand painted "trompe l'oeil" mahogany "hull" and towering vertical stabiliser, it'll be hard to miss this work of art when it sails through the skies.