From downtown to the beach to a slightly out-of-the-way, the first experience can never be repeated. M/Y Chakra made every moment of my onboard experience count and this is one of my ultimate escape.
Chakra was built in 1963 as Cumulus II at Gebr. Van der Werf Shipyard in Deest, Holland as an ocean weather ship for the Civil Aviation Authority in The Netherlands. She was a former “Ocean Station Vessel” and used for air traffic control by the Dutch Civil Aeronautical Service, as well as a weather station in the North Atlantic.
The 71.2m/ 233.’7” ship was handed over to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) 12 years later. In 1998 the ship was converted into a superyacht at Devonport Yachts (now Pendennis Shipyard) in the UK and renamed Salem.
In 2016 this luxurious yacht went through a thorough renovation at SSH Maritime in Greece. Demonstrating what can be succeeded with the unwavering efforts and commitment of an outstanding team. The converted Super yacht Salem sails again under the new name CHAKRA. Some notable appearances after the three-month refit are the new hull paint, the swim platform at the stern and her extension; the yacht was lengthened to 86m/ 282’1”. The impressive transformation of CHAKRA includes replacing engines, generators, air-conditioning, and stabilizers, as well as fitting her with a highly luxurious interior. Refitted for a Middle Eastern client, Salem offers a rather unusual layout, where men and women are accommodated on different sets of self-contained decks. A design feature is seen on only a handful of other superyachts.
CHAKRA is meant to be one of the most exclusive, high-class and special superyachts. The results of the refit are spectacular, not only on its re-made design but in the way the elegance flows, the peculiar arts, painting and decors mesmerizes, and the neutral shades with a pop of tones dominate each room. The classic lay outing, elegant fittings and lavishing areas all over, to create a captivating and pleasant ambiance.
A yacht is the ideal setting for a celebration, with the crew going the extra mile to make your event unforgettable. Yachts also make excellent settings for corporate days; many offer business equipment on board.
Combined with roomy and comfortable lodging with an extraordinary 21 cabins. Visitor areas include the beauty salon and spa room to experience the ultimate relaxation with crew massage and beauty therapists standing by to offer treatments at any time.
For guests with a fitness regime, there comes with the fully equipped gym and a selection of sea toys to have fun, explore or learn a new skill on the yacht’s water toys, with instruction by trained crewmembers. Race jet skis, fly on a Jet-Lev, learn to kitesurf or explore the world under the ocean with onboard dive gear.
It was indescribable; if it can offer an experience that is impeccably curated, leaves nothing to chance and appears effortless while at the same time introduces you to a new adventure, an absolute sense of belonging to this luxurious place. I enjoyed every moment as we set sail on this beautiful, large, comfortable and modern yacht.