PICTURES: How JayZ, Beyonce Cruised In Notorious Nigerian Launderer, Kola Aluko’s Super Yacht
Helipad, outdoor jacuzzi, its own ‘beach club’ and a choice of 10 places to dine: Step on board the $50m yacht Beyonce and Jay Z cruised on around the Mediterranean
- UK has requested Switzerland arrest Kola Aluko in connection with one of the largest looting trials in history (over $50 billion) of Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, arrested last week in London
- The Galactica Star has its own ‘beach club’, private helipad, high-end galley and outdoor jacuzzi over three decks
- Beyonce and Jay-Z were pictured sailing on luxury vessel which is owned by Nigerian energy magnate Kola Aluko
- Aerodynamic design and aluminium hull means it handles well and can reach top speed of up to 28 knots (32mph)
- The master suite, VIP room and four guest suites can house 12 guests who are looked after by 13 crew members
The opulent, 65-metre-long Galactica Star is owned by Nigerian energy magnate Kola Aluko, who loaned it to the superstars for a reported $900,000-a-week.
On board his floating luxury hotel is a ‘beach club’, private helipad, high-end kitchen, several bars and dining areas, hundreds-of-metres of sundeck space and an outdoor jacuzzi to help guests take in the views.
Ultimate luxury: The £50million Galactica Star yacht is owned by a Nigerian energy magnate who loans it out to superstars like Beyonce and Jay-Z, who were pictured on board last week
Fast and efficient: The Galactica’s unique aerodynamic design and aluminium hull make it incredibly fuel-efficient and fast for a vessel its size
Despite being the largest yacht ever made by Dutch ship-building company Heesen, the Galactica glides through the water with great grace – and speed.
Its aerodynamic design and aluminium hull allow it to reach speeds of up to 28 knots (32mph) and has a range of 4,200 miles at 14 knots (16mph).
The Galactica’s sumptuous master cabin, the upper-deck VIP cabin and four guest suites can comfortably house 12 passengers who are serviced by 13 crew.
The ‘full-beam’ master suite comes with a private balcony, a walk-in wardrobe and spectacular views of the ocean.
And when guests want to sunbathe under the scorching Mediterranean sun, they can choose from an array of areas on the yacht’s 267-square-metres of space on three upper decks.
They can sunbathe on the side platform which is ‘perfect for two sunbeds and a drinks table’ or jump into the sea from the Galactica’s ‘beach club’, a 22-square-metre landing at the yacht’s back where guests can jump into the sea for a swim.
Getting away from it: Passengers can relax away from the sun in the air-conditioned, 77-square-metre lounge located next to the outdoor ‘beach club’
No compromise: The four, lower-deck double cabins have the same elegant design and stunning hand-crafted bathrooms as the master
Luxurious: The 3.5 metre infinity-view jacuzzi, located at the back of the Galactica, offers incredible ocean views
Culinary delight: The yacht also has it’s own high-end galley and chef’s table (pictured), inspired by the world’s top restaurants
Speedy: The Galactica (pictured) can reach speeds of up to 28 knots (32mph) and has a range of 4,200 miles at 14 knots (16mph)
There is a 77-square-metre air-conditioned lounge, luxurious sofas, fully-stocked bar, sauna and plasma TV directly inside the ‘beach club’.
The Galactica’s brochure claims there are 10 different places to dine on board.
It says passengers can grab a quick bite at the ‘beach club’, a lazy lunch on the sundeck, a romantic dinner with spectacular panoramic views on the upper deck, a finger buffet on the foredeck and a formal, sit-down meal in the main dining saloon.
The large main deck gallery has its own chef’s table, a concept taken from the world’s top restaurants.
The yacht, owned by Nigerian businessman Kola Aluko, has won several awards including the top prize at the Monaco Yacht show, Nigerian websites reported.
It has raised the bar and redefined how the luxury vessels are designed, according to Superyacht Times.
It wrote: ‘Along with excellent guest accommodations, [Galactica Star] hosts a collection of equally impressive exterior areas that will have guests enjoy their time on board to the fullest.
‘The sun deck offers an array of amenities with more than enough to enjoy for everyone. From the big panoramic cockpit fore, the bar and lounge areas, the aft Jacuzzi and the big sun pads, the sun deck is an outstanding finale for a superyacht that is exquisite in every sense.’
So many choices: Passengers can sunbathe on the side platform which is ‘perfect for two sunbeds and a drinks table’ or jump into the sea from the Galactica’s ‘beach club’, located on the back of the yacht
Opulence: The remarkable upper-deck VIP cabin has its on separate lounge area to relax from a busy day of swimming and sipping champagne
Setting the standard: In its review of the Galactica, Superyacht Times wrote: ‘Along with excellent guest accommodations, [Galactica Star] hosts a collection of equally impressive exterior areas that will have guests enjoy their time on board to the fullest.
Spiralling: A grand stiarcase (pictured) lined with ebony and metal strips connects the three floors of the yahct