Built for American owner, Benetti’s M/Y Calex lived a life of secrecy until sailing into the limelight for the first time recently. Ahmed Ibrahim takes a look at this 67-metre bespoke superyacht.


It’s quite normal for a project to be built, launched and delivered to an owner in complete secrecy.

Many owners understandably want to keep their pride and joys private, but sometimes, as in the case of Benetti’s Calex, a public appearance at a boat show enabled us to get up close and personal for the first time.


The 67-metre, full custom Benetti made her world debut at the Palm Beach International Boat Show earlier this year, showcasing her sleek and streamlined Giorgio Maria Cassetta exterior. Here, the Rome-based studio has created private spaces that cater to the Owner’s passion for exercise and well-being. The feeling of calm is continued inside, as the Benetti Style Department has fashioned a contemporary interior style featuring alternating light and dark colourways, with the extensive use of maple and American walnut, ivory-coloured leathers, and white statuary and crema marfil marble.

Bold style: Calex’s exterior styling is by Cassetta Yacht Designers, while the contemporary interiors are designed by the shipyard’s Style Department.
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Calex extends over five enclosed decks, plus a sundeck with the main deck being specifically designed for hosting guests. Aft is a spacious open-air lounge and stepping inside, the main salon features a table seating 12, sofas and armchairs, followed by the galley forward. At the Owner’s request, two large VIP cabins have been located forward of the galley with the garage taking up the bow area.


From the main deck lobby, a stroll up the staircase leads to the 160 m2 upper deck and notably, the huge master suite. Featuring a lobby, a master bathroom, Owner’s study, a huge walk in closet and lavish bedroom, the suite is the highlight of the superyacht – and with a 180-degree view of the ocean as well as an exclusive foredeck lounge, it’s an area that the owner can disappear in. It’s most definitely a very private space, much of which cannot be seen from the upper decks as a result of the carefully planned volumes.

As expected, Calex features a huge beach club on the lower deck, with fold-down bulwarks adding extra space, while allowing extra light to shine in.

Good vibrations: M/Y Calex was custom-made by Benetti for a Californian owner.


For the most comfortable stay, guests are housed amidships on Calex. Here, four guest cabins (two VIP doubles and two guest twins (convertible), are located around the central staircase, while forward are the considerable crew quarters, which at the Owner’s request are decorated with similar materials and furnishings to those used in the guest area. As expected, Calex features a huge beach club on the lower deck, with fold-down bulwarks adding extra space, while allowing extra light to shine in.


Up top is Calex’s sun deck, with its central area with gym equipment and a Jacuzzi. It’s the perfect topping to Calex’s exquisite living spaces and a yacht that we’re really glad the Owner finally shared with the world.