#ThrowbackThursday: Kolaha, by ISA Yachts

Privacy is a priority for many megayacht owners. The gentleman who commissioned Kolaha from ISA Yachts is among them. In fact, when this 207-footer (63-meter) launched seven years ago this spring, he didn’t want any fanfare. No press release went out with Kolaha’s name. All involved in the build only referred to her as the first ISA 630. He finally allowed publicity, along with the release of photos, a few years later.

If we had been in his shoes, we might have made the same request. After all, he commissioned Kolaha so that he and his family could feel like they were enjoying holidays every time they stepped aboard. And few things sound more enjoyable than spending those holidays amid a tropical-oasis-like atmosphere.


The owner worked with Patrick Knowles Designs to ensure colorful cues were everywhere. A few hand-painted murals adorn the interior, including the spiral staircase (top). Hand-blown glass in shades of green, accessories fashioned like coral (below) and sea horses, plus natural materials like bamboo, coconut shells, and palm wood are aboard, too.

While we take beach clubs for granted nowadays, back in 2010, they were few and far between. Kolaha has one due to the design work of Andrea Vallicelli and ISA Yachts’ in-house naval architects. The beach club does double duty as the tender garage, but no matter. It was still something unusual during her design stages and construction.


With a 39-foot (12-meter) beam, the megayacht has an ample sundeck for more relaxation. Guests get to choose from the pool perched fully forward and the panoramic seating area aft. A bar sits up top, too.

Keeping a yacht quiet isn’t easy in this 24-7 yacht-spotting world in which we live. But when an owner wants to enjoy alone time with family, it’s hard not to tip your hat.

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