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Meet ‘Aalto,’ a 262-Foot Superyacht With a Humongous Owner’s Suite

Meet ‘Aalto,’ a 262-Foot Superyacht With a Humongous Owner’s Suite

A 262-foot yacht isn’t considered that big by today’s standards, yet when Aalto (meaning “wave” in Finnish) delivered in 2007, it was the first of Oceanco’s 700-coded superyachts and marked a new era for the Dutch yard transitioning into the gigayacht-plus sector. In the 17 years since Aalto splashed, Oceanco has seen even bigger behemoths leave its facilities, including Mark Zuckerberg’s 387-foot yacht Launchpad, which delivered in March.

For Aalto’s owner, the Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, his vessel was less about size and more about the features rarely found aboard yachts at that time, from a heated swimming pool and massage room to a helipad and a cantilevered billiards table.

Aalto’s exterior design by Nuvolari Lenard is complemented by a chic interior by the late Alberto Pinto, who made his name in the yachting world by designing the interior of La Créole, owned by the Gucci family.

Pinto’s signature use of ocean-inspired colors, including blue, turquoise and coral, is evident across Aalto’s guest areas, with coral motifs on the backs of the velvet turquoise dining chairs. The interior has enjoyed a refresh since the yacht’s launch, including new carpets and reupholstered soft furnishings, but the design and layout remain unchanged.

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about this Pinto classic, available for charter via Edmiston.

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