TIS, a newly launched 364-foot superyacht built at Lürssen Yachts in Germany and designed inside and out by UK-based Winch Design is as opulent as they come. TIS was commissioned for a long-time charter client of Fort Lauderdale-based Moran Yacht & Ship. According to Moran, their client has chartered some of the largest and best motoryachts in the world, and that experience led to his involvement with the build on nearly every level.
“The yacht’s ambience is intended to evoke Edwardian elegance, a great time for grand yachting” says Andrew Winch, founder of Winch Design. For those readers who are bit shaky on recalling specific British historical periods, the Edwardian era took place from 1901-1910. American writer, Samuel Hynes, in his book Edwardian Turn of Mind, described the era as “a leisurely time when women wore picture hats and did not vote, when the rich were not ashamed to live conspicuously, and the sun really never set on the British flag.” Winch eschews the word palatial when describing the yacht, he says, “TIS is all about sunlight, softness and classical elegance.”
The owner is especially enamored of the world’s finer grand hotels and has modeled TIS after some of his favorites. For instance: The Connaught in London, the Hermitage in Monaco, and the Bristol in Paris. His yacht evokes all these places and more. Amidships on the main deck is a stunning formal entrance lobby. The sweeping marble staircase has ornately carved brushed steel and 23.8 carat gold handrail. Suspended above the lobby are the hanging balconies of the upper decks, allowing for the visually stunning impact of a quadruple height ceiling. Up these stairs is the Owner’s salon, with a color palette of creams and off whites with touches of lime green. Forward on this deck is the Owner’s stateroom. A serene haven away from the world, it includes a private hair and beauty salon and massage room, his-and-hers bathrooms, dressing rooms and private balconies and a full beam cabin with 180-degree views over the bow.
As she was constructed to PYC (Passenger Yacht Code), TIS can take up to 36 passengers. There are eight guest cabins, each representing a unique geographic destination. On the lower deck, Provence and China Seas can be arranged into singles or double configurations. Russian Dacha and Tuscany are doubles and have pullout sofas. On the main deck are cabins named London, Paris, New York and Marrakech. Each stateroom conforms to the name designation in terms of décor.
The upper deck is home to the most unexpected room on board: a Parisian Ladurée-inspired tearoom. This unique space is a feminine tribute to this elegant pastime, with traditional tones of pastel greens, pinks and purples. On the bridge deck, the spa features a citrus themed.
This virtual lemon grove is a dedicated relaxation room, with carved stone lemon trees climbing the walls. There is a Hammam, a hair salon, a massage room. Aft of the spa is the impressively equipped modern gym, complete with four live lemon trees, which leads out to the 39-foot long infinity pool and Jacuzzi.
The Edwardian (post Victorian) period was a romantic golden age and feels a far cry from our fast lives of today. One step onboard TIS, and you know you are not at the Marriott in Miami.
For more information, visit lurssen.com, winchdesign.com, and moranyachts.com.