Benetti are known for their luxurious yachts, and Galaxy is certainly one that is out of this world. After a recent record-breaking refit, the 56-metre superyacht has been completely transformed with state-of-the-art facilities onboard.
Galaxy completed a five-month refit in February 2022 with Njord by Bergman Design House. The impressive overhaul was achieved in record time with a project of this size usually taking around 18 months. The refit saw her designed with cosmic inspiration to fit the client’s desire to create a ‘spaceship’ to entertain yet also call home.
The award-winning design team at Njord by Bergman Design House have used the highest levels of eco-friendly design and techniques, to create a new era of sustainable superyacht designs. The refit was broken down into phases to allow the client to live and enjoy their new yacht while Njord simultaneously worked their magic on the interior design.
Phase one of the Galaxy’s refit took place in Spring 2021, and saw the addition of new rugs, artwork, exterior seating, cushions and a general up-styling of the interior so the client could enjoy a summer season onboard whilst living in a space that felt more like home. This allowed the owner to live in the space and give feedback to Njord first-hand on which areas they found most comfortable and which they used less, all of which helped to inform the second, full refit phase.
Every piece placed on board during phase one flowed into phase two, ensuring nothing was wasted. Once the concept was agreed, a full interior refit of the main guest areas took place alongside exterior styling, giving the yacht a new lease of life.
All materials used are from natural elements such as rock crystal and fully sustainable fabrics. The wood used in the flooring was specially selected to mimic the sensation of waves beneath the feet and enhance the senses. The furniture is also completely organic, designed by Njord and produced by BlackBerg Collection.
Galaxy has plenty of unique features onboard including; a private nightclub, multi-sensory saloon, meditation and wellness space, a cinema room and private music studio, touch-and-go helipad, and a private party deck. Galaxy is also the first ever superyacht to have a private member’s club designed onboard that turns into a multi-sensory space and cinema lounge.
Commenting on the Galaxy project, Njord co-founder Sarah Colbon said: “Galaxy is no longer just another white Superyacht gracing the ocean along the French Riviera, she has been transformed into the private owners’ own floating universe, a home which encapsulates their lifestyle and a design that has never been done before onboard a yacht of this kind.”
Each of Galaxy’s rooms are able to transport guests to another universe, with the saloon featuring a once-in-a-lifetime commissioned wall covering. The design was created by Dylan Cole who is renowned for creating the world of Disney’s Avatar, Maleficent and Superman. This was the first yacht project he has worked on and serves as a relaxation and yoga space by day, and the owners’ very own private members club deck for entertaining by night.
As well as this, ‘The Thinker’ sculpture by Joseph Kibansky is one of the most iconic sculpture pieces onboard Galaxy and is a centrepiece of the whole onboard experience.
Galaxy has been designed with the guest experience in mind and exceeds the expectations of what a superyacht can do. Galaxy exceeds expectations and inspires while pushing boundaries of floating hotel design.