La Belle is being touted as "the first luxury mega yacht for a lady.”
You’ve come a long way, baby” was the marketing tagline Phillip Morris employed in 1968 to launch its Virginia Slims brand of cigarettes. Young professional women could take pride that, “You’ve got your own cigarette now, baby.”
Professional women really have come a long way; now they can have their own luxury mega yacht. Lidia Bersani Luxury Design recently unveiled LaBelle, a yacht designed for the millionaire woman. At this stage it is only a concept and no price tag has been announced, but if you have to ask….
Bersani, located in Monte Carlo, Monaco, designs only “unique, outstanding, high Luxury Interiors,” her website proclaims. She christens La Belle as “the first luxury mega yacht for a lady.”
The boat measures more than 262 feet and has five decks and sleeping accommodations for up to a dozen people. The architectural design, predominantly white, ivory and gold, is festooned with crystal, fur, onyx, gemstones and flowers.
Other features include:
Lounges, dining rooms and facilities for live music
Fitness club with outdoor jacuzi
Library with firelance
“A few bars”
Main deck swimming pool
Helicoptor landing pad
“It was to be designed as a yacht completely different from other luxury boats, standing out, recognisable from a distance, ultra-modern and luxurious, while having a woman's touch,” Bersani told reporters..
Were La Belle to be built, it would rank among the world’s 100 biggest superyachts, according to the Telegraph newspaper. Not bad as far as status symbols go, but it has a hard act to follow; the 314 ft-long Vava II, owned by Britain’s richest woman, Kristy Bertarelli, a former beauty queen. The super yacht, the largest ever built in Britain, was a gift to her by her billionaire husband, Ernesto, a pharmaceutical tycoon, and reportedly the fifth richest man in the UK.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.