Asia Yacht Focus is our series where we either profile a Chinese or Asian-built yacht for our readers, or a yacht delivered to an owner based in Asia.
Today, we’re featuring M/Y Saluzi which is owned by Victor Hwang. Hwang is based in Hong Kong and an influential businessman in energy, real estate and hospitality industries.
Hwang is the President and CEO of Primeline Energy Holdings Ltd, with an offshore license for oil and gas exploration and production in the East China Sea. As well, he is the Executive Director of the Hong Kong-based Park View Group with investments including Hong Kong Parkview residential complex, Parkview Green (Beijing), Parkview Dingshan Hotel (Nanjing), 2 Parkview developments in Singapore and Le Beauvallon, a Belle Époque private hotel residence in Saint-Tropez in southern France.
70m M/Y Saluzi was built as a luxury cruise vessel in Australia by Austal in 2003 and underwent a refit by Horizon Yachts in 2013. Interiors are by Luiz de Basto Designs.
Saluzi offers great entertaining and recreational spaces spread over 5 decks including the sundeck with 2 jacuzzis, a large gym, a dedicated cinema for al fresco entertainment and plenty of seating and dining areas.
It’s hard to imagine not being entertained on board, Saluzi’s water toy selection is certainly impressive. The toy box includes Seabobs, paddleboards, wakeboards, Hobie Cat Sailboats, jetskis, surfboard, water skis, a glass-bottom kayak, fishing equipment, a slide and floating pool and of course, snorkelling gear.
The yacht’s name originates from the mystical warhorse Saluzi owned by the Tang Dynasty Emperor Taizong (AD599-649). She can accommodate guests in 16 cabins, including 2 master suites, 7 VIP cabins and 7 deluxe cabins as well as host 32 crew on board.
She has completed charters in Thailand, Maldives and Japan and will be based in Asia.
The most outstanding feature of Saluzi is her eye-catching hull artwork created by artist Li Jiwei. The dynamic artwork polarises opinion, much the same as the designs for M/Y ‘A’ and S/Y ‘A’ by Philippe Starck, however the emotional connection for all parts of the yacht remains distinctly Oriental.
“By integrating an ancient Chinese royal horse with a modern yacht Saluzi is an expression of both East and West. It is a blending of spirituality and materiality, a representation of multidimensional thinking.” – Li Jiwei, Artist