ALL PHOTOS: Luxury Vision Production
When a megayacht is as large as Oceanco’s Nirvana, measuring 290 feet (88.5 meters) LOA, some people would assume that the interior is a formal, rococo affair. Many megayachts of similar size are fashioned this way, after all. Other observers who follow design trends might imagine that the steel-hulled megayacht’s interior is instead thoroughly modern and minimalistic. Neither is the case with Nirvana. In fact, it’s refreshing to discover that the owner, working with Sam Sorgiovanni Designs, wanted something far more creative. It’s also more fitting for the personalities of the owner and his family. Since they enjoy an active lifestyle, the overall approach echoes the idea of a water-oriented escape.
One of the most creative decor elements aboard Nirvana involves the guest stairway and glass-enclosed elevator, rising through all six decks. Note the palm frond-like pattern on the carpeted steps and the earthy tones for both the carpet and the wall treatment. Sam Sorgiovanni says that his motivation for Nirvana was to visually take guests from sandy shores to tropical rainforests, in a chic way. Next, take a close look at the stainless steel sculpture wrapping around the elevator shaft. It’s made by a Balinese artist, depicting a whirlpool. No matter what deck the owner or guests (including charter guests) stand on, but particularly when in the foyer of the main deck, they can admire details of the design.
While Sorgiovanni’s tropical approach is subtle in many respects, it’s full front and center in this vivarium, one of two on the main deck. A vivarium is an indoor space with animals and plants in as close to natural conditions as possible, for observation or research. Those are real water dragons you see, living with bearded lizards, turtles, frogs, and more. The two vivariums aboard Nirvana are used as partitions between the saloon, dining room, and sitting room/massage room—and no doubt put a smile on the face of anyone who really likes the tropical ambiance.
Even Nirvana’s dining area gets into the tropical mode. It’s one of the first areas aboard the 46’6”-beam (14.2-meter-beam) megayacht that makes a distinct and dramatic departure from the earthy tone palette, yet still suits the tropical feel. Why “first”? Because Sorgiovanni has a few rooms throughout Nirvana make use of varying shades of green. (Name one, and you’ll find it; trust us.) The leafy pattern underfoot was custom designed and complements the backlit panels around the room. In addition, if you look forward, you’ll see one of the vivariums mentioned above.
The green goes on, in the games area one level up from the saloon. It’s also on the same deck as Nirvana’s owner’s suite, though it’s available for anyone to enjoy. Note the mix of bamboo flooring, teak, and other wood surfaces. Not visible: fold-down balconies to each side of the games table.
The bamboo here in the megayacht’s saloon and throughout Nirvana is treated in a way to look like rippled sand, much the way real sand does when waves recede from the shoreline. The effect is most noticeable by the barstool to the right, echoed in the carpeting. It’s solely a visual treatment, not a textural one, however, and not so dominant as to overwhelm the senses or detract from other decor elements. Other highlights of Nirvana’s saloon: backlit wall panels adorned with bamboo details, and Balinese and Indonesian art pieces.
Whether it’s the Bob Hope classic Road to Bali or a more modern flick, Nirvana’s below-deck cinema aims to please. There are 3,600 movies on demand, including some in 3D. Guests would be wise to look around before the lights dim, though, to take in the wenge walls (sandblasted, for effect), faux ports, and oak, rattan, and woven straw ceiling. And, what cinema would be complete without its own popcorn machine? (Make mine with butter, please.)
After a late-night movie marathon, guests can retire to one of five staterooms, all on the megayacht’s main deck. There are four queen-bedded staterooms and another queen VIP with a lounge that can be converted into an additional twin-bedded cabin. The VIP also has a his-and-her bath. Sandblasted oak walls and furnishings are complemented in each stateroom by rattan-adorned overheads, faux leather on headboards, and fish skin on side tables. Should they want to watch more movies, or request a snack, guests can use the Crestron control panels in their staterooms. As for the owner, his suite is 1,516 square feet (150 square meters) one deck up, with a skylight plus a private alfresco area containing a spa tub and sunning and relaxation space.
A proper megayacht has a proper wheelhouse, and Nirvana follows suit. It measures 377 square feet (35 square meters), which is smaller than some other megayachts’ working space, but no less well-outfitted. The yacht is equipped with a Dynamic Positioning system, whose information can be called up on one of the seven PC screens across the helm, as can data for the twin 4,830-hp MTU diesels, which permit a reported 20-knot top end and 14-knot cruise. Since Nirvana may also voyage in chilly areas, the windows can be heated upon demand.
Warm-weather cruising is also on the itinerary, of course, and Nirvana appropriately has good alfresco areas for the owner and guests to enjoy. From the sunpads up top to the fresh- and seawater pool on the main deck, there are spiral stairs yielding access. (That pool, by the way, is one of largest ever aboard an Oceanco megayacht, with a depth of 4’6”, or 1.4 meters, and measuring 24’6” long, or 7.5 meters. The floor is adjustable, made in-house by Oceanco of fiberglass.) The sunpad-clad deck area also includes a touch-and-go helipad, which benefits from fold-out wing-like extensions.
When it comes to alfresco enjoyment, and the active lifestyle the owner and his family so enjoy, Nirvana’s mini armada of watertoys is tough to beat. Ten PWCs, a ski boat, and two 36-foot (11-meter) tenders are at the ready in the tender garage, launched via one of four davits. There’s also a dive center aboard the megayacht. The owner and guests can board the tenders and toys via the side platform, formed when part of the hull folds down.
Nirvana (which was initially known only as Y707, her hull number) is the largest Oceanco megayacht to date. With naval architecture done in-house and by Azure Naval Architects, Nirvana is hard to miss on the horizon, and not just because of her size. From the flared bow to the faux mahogany caprail and transom (a paint feature created by Sorgiovanni), she strikes quite the profile. If you’re interested in chartering her, you might want to act quickly, as she’s available for sale. Edmiston has the central listing, for €230 million (about $299.9 million).