Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wally World

I do love a good ocean-going yacht, but let's face it, most of them look fab from the outside, but their interiors are generally palaces of kitsch. Think overstuffed buttoned velvet lounges, heavy brocade curtains, dark wood-grain panelling, swirling hideous coloured carpet, mirrored wet bars, gold faucets in 'overcooked' bathrooms - too much is never enough. So when I discovered the wonderful world of Wally, I wanted to catch the next plane to Italy & give Wally's Founder Luca Bassani the biggest smooch ever. His company has created a range of the sexiest sailing yachts on the water, beautiful yachts with an interiors style that just oozes modern, minimalist style. French designer Odile Decq has waved a light hand over the interiors of all the Wally's & gosh has she got it right.

The loft concept in the stunning main salon of the Esense works a treat.

The twin double guest cabins are one to port and one to starboard and both feature two single beds that can be joined together to become a queen size bed.

The slick galley.

The Saudade is slightly larger than the Esense, a true ocean-going mega yacht perfect for round-the-world cruising.

The deck is characterised by the low and aggressive pilothouse, that perfectly matches the sleek lines of the yacht.

The central social cockpit features two identical dining areas with fold down tables, seating up to 12 people.

It features a wide glass sliding door that gives access to the main saloon and floods the interiors with natural light along with the large windows of the deckhouse.

The opening transom with swimming platform. One of the two tenders is stored in the stern garage, that opens up laterally; the tender is launched with a small crane.

The raised saloon has a 360 degree view and features the dining area to starboard and the lounge to port side. Both living areas are framed by sofas.

The lounge area to port seating up to 12 people and featuring a 40’ LCD screen that rises from behind the centre sofa.

The dining area seating eight people is to starboard. Bookshelves flank the wide glass doors, which lead aft to the large cockpit only three steps above the saloon level.

The master suite is aft with the bed to port and the lounge area with a desk to starboard, and includes two large dressing rooms and a companionway for direct access to the aft deck.

The owner’s suite lounge area.

The master’s en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bathtub, a large shower room and two basins is to the starboard side of the owner’s suite.

The owners’ office with sofa and another en-suite bathroom can be accessed both from the master suite and from the corridor and can be converted into an additional guest cabin with two bunks if required.

The two double guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms feature twin beds that easily convert into a double. Both have pulman beds above the portholes.

Dark-stained oak floor planks with textured sea grass carpets, are used for the guest cabins.

The guest en-suite bathrooms.

The galley and pantry are fully equipped for long journeys. Either yacht would be the perfect venue for the next Hedgies blogging 'Convention'. I have no doubt, if I asked nicely, dear Luca would be happy to loan us one. After all, think of all the publicity we could give him!

Images: Wally



  1. WOW, absolutely stunning Millie!

    Surely though it's only a matter of time before Stirling's latest megastar purchases said super-boat-extraordinaire and sets sail around the world to visit his fans ;) Just make sure you are on board Millie :)

    How is MOTH, any more TV offers?!


  2. Oh well, I guess I could cope if I had to stay on there for a while :D Nice to see how the other half live!

  3. Love the W.H. Auden quote Millie. Personally, my heart quickened considerably at the hope that Luca will look upon your free advertising favourably and offer up one of his fleet for the next Hedgies bloggies convention.

    This post was not at all what I was expecting. When I read "Wally World" I thought we were going to see your version of National Lampoon's Vacation with you, MOTH and the boys. I guess now that he's a TV personality, you have to guard photos of MOTH pretty carefully right? Any chance he's going to release his own clothing line with King Gee? Meredy xo.

  4. OMG what a boat! my brother in law has restored an old timber yacht and its polished timber floors inside, lovely bedroom and bathroom and kitchen with flat screen TV and computer. Very nice but nothing now compared with these pictures! My brother in law and his wife sailed the whitsundays from brisbane in their boat for 3 months and had a fab time! oh to dream! Cathyxx

  5. This is just amazing. i could do some traveling in this yacht.

  6. I needed to light up a cigarette after just viewing the photos, & I don't smoke! Wow Millie, what amazing yacht builders. I so enjoyed this post!! Hugs to you my friend xxoo

  7. Very swish. I think we will all need to do some serious clothes shopping for the Hedgies Convention in order to fit in with the chic surrounds. I especially love the night view of the dining area.
    Clare x

  8. Oh my!... Millie.
    This would be the perfect getaway in one of these ~ fabulous.
    I thought I was going to be needing to find the little guy with the red and white stripy tee shirt.

    Happy Thursday

  9. Fabulous pictures Millie. I wish I was not the type of person that gets sea sick. I just know sailing would be so much fun. Alas, I can't even sit on a swing without feeling ill . . . so boating of any kind is out of the question for me! xxoo

  10. i have fantasized for years about living on a yacht.
    ..and i could do this one for sure.


  11. gulp..nothing like our boat - I need to do the refurb next time and use this as a guide!

  12. Woah. Now that is a boat. My Dad has a cute little yacht, but to be perfectly honest it wouldn't even hit "kitsch" on the boat fabulousness scale.

    You've ruined me for life, Millie! :)


And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
~W.H. Auden

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