When it comes to investing in a vacation home, committing to a location can be a daunting task. For those with a tireless wanderlust, opting for a residence on Njord, the world’s largest private superyacht, might be the perfect solution.
Developed by Jean-Louis Stutzmann for Malta-based Ocean Residences Development Ltd. (oceanresidences.com) and designed by internationally renowned Espen Øino (espenoeino.com), the superyacht boasts varied itineraries that circle the globe, skipping from the Azores to Antarctica, the Maldives to Papua New Guinea and beyond, promising its residents and guests fulfilling, philanthropic-driven global adventures in a five-star setting.
Slated for delivery in 2024, Njord (named for the Norse god of the wind and sea) will feature a wealth of comfort-enhancing amenities for residents and guests. The ship’s 118 residences are designed in 20 different configurations and range from two- to six-bedroom apartments, from 1,250 to 8,600 square feet. Crafted to provide comfort as well as privacy, each onboard estate features a living room with floor-to-ceiling sea views and a breezy, open-air terrace. Plus, owners can customize furnishings and decor.
While onboard, bask in panoramic views from multiple outdoor terraces, kick back beside one of the two outdoor saltwater pools, dip into the steamy indoor hydro pool, book treatments at the 10,000-square-foot wellness facility, and spend evenings listening to fascinating speakers in the lecture lounge, taking in films in the theater, or grooving to live music in the jazz lounge. Equipped with a 311-member crew, the Njord promises top-tier service and a 1:2 guest-to-crew ratio.
In addition to its luxe interiors and amenities—like the top-deck telescope observatory lounge—Njord will also be home to two eight-seat, Airbus ACH 160 helicopters with a range of 400 nautical miles, as well as a full oceanographic laboratory. Staffed by scientists, the lab will collect environmental and marine data from the yacht’s various destinations and make it available to philanthropic missions and international research laboratories. Among its many technological features, the lab will be outfitted with a pair of submarines that can hunt down centuries-old shipwrecks and map the ocean floor using multi-beam echo sounders, underwater drones, and a gyroscopic telescope—the latter of which is Ocean Residences Development President and COO Alain Gruber’s favorite onboard amenity. The observatory’s self-leveling, gyroscopically stabilized telescope opens to the skies through a retractable glass roof, providing a totally unmatched stargazing experience.
“My vision is to leave a lasting legacy in our wake,” says Kristian Stensby, founder and CEO of Ocean Residences Development in a statement from the company. Njord is “a luxury yacht with a purpose, which is meticulously designed by icons of the marine world and that takes personalized services to an entirely new level. As residents travel the globe, they are united in a philanthropic purpose, creating positive change where it matters most. They will explore the planet, enjoy it in all its glory, and at the same time … give something back.” my-njord.com