March 18th 2014. By Diane Byrne.

ISA Yachts Aziza: A Minimalist Megayacht

Minimalism and luxury may not seem to go together, but Aziza from ISA Yachts proves the concepts can co-exist.

There’s a movement afoot in some yachting circles to strip down designs. Similar to what’s going on in the auto industry, designers feel styling and interior decor have been influenced by too many extraneous elements for too long. Clean lines, even to the point of minimalism, are the emphasis.

That’s not to say that yachts can’t and shouldn’t be luxurious. Aziza, part of the ISA Classic series of ISA Yachts, shows that the seemingly diametrically opposed ideas can actually be complementary. The 134-foot custom yacht, whose name means “precious” in Arabic, is as practical as she is pretty.

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Aziza’s styling is by Andrea Vallicelli, who has penned the lines of many ISA Yacht deliveries to date. There are chic features like the swept-back arch and the flared bow. There are additionally subtly sweeping lines through the superstructure. Overall, though, Aziza has a look that is clean and simple.

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Symmetry is an important concept aboard Aziza. ISA Yachts graces the ISA Classic series with two sets of steps that gracefully flow down to the swim platform and embrace the lazarette. Simplicity comes into play in having the lazarette serve more as a watersports storage area than a traditional beach-club lounge.

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Being a proper yacht, Aziza has a sundeck devoted to relaxation. Sunpads that can be shaded, dining, and more can take place up here from day to night. The owner plans to spend a good deal of time entertaining family and friends, while cruising leisurely. At 12 knots, Aziza should see a 3,000-nautical-mile range.


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Symmetry through simplicity extends to the interior. The curves of the settee in the foreground mimic the wave pattern on the wall (which has built-in lighting). Toward the background, note the dining table, doubling as a meeting area. The shape of the carpeting echoes the pattern overhead. The concept is borrowed from literature’s frame narrative, sometimes called Chinese box structure.

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Entryways, being areas where people don’t linger, don’t necessarily get the luxe treatment aboard some yachts. Aboard Aziza, the owner paid as much attention to them as he did the relaxation areas. This Buddha sits in the entry to his private office, attached to the master suite.


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Recall the symmetry of Aziza’s dining area. The carpeting here in the main-deck master suite follows the exact outline of the overhead design. Punches of purple fabric draw your eyes to the bed, where additional symmetry is found. The pattern of the fabric is mimicked in the fabric covering the headboard.


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All three guest staterooms below decks aboard Aziza have queen-size beds and en suite heads, as you’d expect. The design once again is clean and unfussy. For practical needs, also as you’d expect, the crew can quickly service the rooms thanks to a hidden door leading from their quarters.



Most megayachts in Aziza’s size range have four guest staterooms. We just mentioned the yacht has only three guest cabins; Aziza’s owner did not want the extra sleeping space, so the cabins are accompanied by this gym.

Since delivery last summer, Aziza has cruised around the Mediterranean and hosted happy friends and family along the way. Being an experienced yachtsman, the owner had a well-defined vision for Aziza. He’s also a repeat client of ISA Yachts, so he was confident that vision would be properly executed. While every custom shipyard strives for this, the team at ISA Yachts was pleasantly surprised by the owner’s reaction. He gave an emotion-laden speech during the launch party, saying he was proud to be part of, in his words, “ISA world.”

LOA: 134’5”  •  Beam: 27’6”  •  Draft: 13’3”  •  Displacement: 388 tons  • Fuel capacity: 13,209 gallons (approx.)

For more information, contact ISA Yachts.

Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.