The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection unveils Ilma

Named after the Maltese word for ‘water’, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has revealed the elevated interior design of Ilma, the latest addition to its ultra-luxury superyacht fleet…

exterior render of Ritz Carlton luxury yacht collection Ilma

Promising refined elegance at sea, Ilma is slated to debut on a seven-night voyage from Monte Carlo to Rome later this year. At the heart of Ilma’s inspiration lies the unique guest experience, infusing expertise and insight into integrated design to create enduring memories for guests. The company’s second newbuild superyacht will feature spacious suites with private ocean view terraces, intimate communal areas encouraging connection, and exciting new venues including the Beach House—a Peruvian and Pan-Latin-inspired eatery—and an expansive pool deck offering some of the most spectacular views at sea.

render of owners suite on Ilma by Ritz Carlton

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“As we look forward to the launch of Ilma, our commitment to expanding our superyacht fleet reinforces our vision of ultra-luxury hospitality at sea,” expressed Jim Murren, Executive Chairman and CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.“Ilma has been meticulously crafted to enliven the senses and elevate every aspect of our guests’ journey.”

The 790-foot superyacht will showcase expert craftsmanship and polished interior finishes, envisioned by London-based architectural and design firm AD Associates and award-winning lighting designer DPA, while exteriors reflect the vision of Helsinki-based design studio, Aivan. The fluid link between interior and exterior spaces is a defining feature of Ilma, inviting guests to soak in the azure waters and coastlines it sails.

signature suite render on ritz carlton super yacht

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Ilma’s design subtly tells stories inspired by the shores of its flag. Design features, colour palettes, materiality, patterns, and works of art are inspired by elements of Maltese mythology, coastline, history, and native fauna. Its interiors will incorporate fresh, neutral tones juxtaposed by light and dark finishes, enhancing the visual richness, while the adorned exterior nod to the sleek design of private yachts.

“With an aesthetic influenced by superyacht design cues, Ilma’s defining feature is its seamless integration of spaces, fostering a profound connection to the sea,” said Nicola Preece, Design Director at AD Associates. “A harmonious flow of geometry and texture between the interior and exterior creates a cohesive and tranquil atmosphere.”

seating area in concierge suite on ritz carlton yacht

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The 224 suites aboard Ilma epitomise a refined sophistication, where careful attention and a peaceful setting capture the romanticism of private yachting. Each suite boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a private terrace, resulting in light-filled accommodations that envelope guests in scenic seascapes and seaside harbours. Within the suites, delicate hues contrast rich textures and warm lighting. Designed with both serenity and versatility at their core, every suite can be adjusted to a variety of functions that seamlessly adapt to guest preferences.

restaurant on board opening onto deck

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Across the yacht, guests will discover a myriad of beautiful spaces for both social and private experiences. The onboard art program has been meticulously curated with thought-provoking pieces that encourage guests to immerse in their surroundings. A signature feature across the fleet, Ilma will expand on The Marina and Marina Terrace, featuring large Panasonic glass windows that draw in natural light, side doors that open and float above the water, and a hydraulic platform that will connect guests directly with the sea.

Beach House restaurant interior by Chapi Chapo

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Deck 10 presents a dynamic open-air space for live entertainment and sunbathing, with the main pool, pool bar, and an outdoor LED screen. A new destination onboard Ilma will be the Beach House, conceptualized with Toronto-based luxury design firm Chapi Chapo Design. This indoor/outdoor restaurant will transport guests to a vibrant waterfront haven with 180-degree views, enveloping them in a casually elegant environment where they can discover unique ingredients and culinary creativity rooted in Peruvian and Pan-Latin cuisine, alongside craft cocktails.

Embodying its natural surroundings, the Beach House seamlessly integrates with the coast, creating a daytime to night time experience where guests can relax and unwind. The design evokes a serene coastal atmosphere that reflects the sand and the sea, evoking understated indulgence.

tables and seating in restaurant with ocean views from yacht interior

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“Our guiding principle was to embrace the diverse flavours and colours that are not only part of Peruvian cuisine but also deeply ingrained in the culture and lifestyle there,” expressed Tatiana Sheveleva, Partner at Chapi Chapo Design. “We looked to their bold use of patterns, unexpected colour palettes, and vivacious spirit for inspiration. We wanted to create a space that lived and breathed these foundations, celebrating and reflecting the culture both aesthetically and atmospherically.”

render of spa relaxation room on Ritz Carlton yacht Ilma

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa, an onboard oasis with revitalising treatments from 111SKIN and ESPA, will expand to 11 rooms, with five equipped to offer outdoor treatment options. There will also be three distinct fitness spaces with a Movement Studio, Cycle Studio, and Fitness Studio with weights and cardio machines. In addition to exceptional amenities, the new superyacht will include five distinct and expanded dining venues, seven bars, and a wine vault.