It was announced this week that Jennifer Lopez, a superstar, spent her 52nd birthday in style by sailing the Mediterranean with her on-again beau, actor Ben Affleck. In J.Lo’s Instagram pictures, Bennifer looks more vibrant.
The power couple has also been captured on camera in upscale Saint-Tropez, rehabilitating stores in Monaco, and touring the enchanting island of Capri from their 280-foot getaway, Valerie, designed by Lürssen.
Little was known about the 280-foot superyacht prior to this moment. Valerie, a ten-year-old Ukrainian oligarch’s private hideaway, is now for sale for around €110 million, or $130 million.
It is available for rent for a stunning $1.12 million per week until a buyer is found through Monaco-based Dynamiq Sales & Charter, which is also handling the sale. J.Lo is thought to have planned the event initially.
The superyacht’s sleek, timeless design is the product of Norwegian naval architect Espen Ino. He designed the 426-foot Flying Fox, the late Paul Allen’s 413-foot Octopus, and the 600-foot REV Ocean, which will soon be the world’s largest superyacht.
“Valerie is still regarded by many as one of the most beautiful yachts Lürssen has built,” The Monaco-based singer ino
The upper pool provides visitors with a safe, paparazzi-free lounge area
The yacht’s interior is roomy enough to accommodate 17 guests in nine cabins, including a lavish master suite, and has an impressive gross tonnage of 2,755 tons. When Lopez and Affleck boarded Valerie, her 27 staff members treated them like royalty.
One of the yacht’s many design highlights is its large, private upper deck. A 20-foot swimming pool, a hot spring, and enough lounge chairs to fill an entire football field are all on the roof.
A 10-person dining table with musical cascades that illuminate at night is just steps away, hidden from prying eyes and paparazzi cameras by towering walls.
The interior of Valerie is decorated in an art deco style
For additional sunbathing and swimming, Valerie’s vast forward deck contains a second pool and a semicircle of sun loungers, in addition to a helipad large enough to accommodate a Eurocopter EC130 or Bell 407. The terrace can also be used as a golf driving range.
Pascale Reymond and Andrew Langton of Reymond Langton Design in London created the luxurious interior. They specified ceiling heights of 7.5 feet and walls of full-height windows to provide panoramic ocean views.
In contrast to the more casual outside areas, the living areas have an Art Deco appearance and feel. Soft leather wall panels—even the elevator is lined with leather—wood flooring with an exquisite inlay, and the pièce de résistance: genuine butterflies placed into metal accents—decorate the interior.
Who needs a formal dining room when there is a 14-person dining table with a mirrored surface in a protected cockpit area?
Equally astounding is the lounge’s floating Schimmel Pegasus grand piano, which was the vision of eccentric German industrial designer Luigi Colani. The device costs about $100k.
Another noteworthy aspect is Valerie’s wellness haven, especially for the physically active Lopez. It has a Hamman, steam room, and state-of-the-art Technogym training equipment produced in Italy. After a tough exercise, there are a massage parlor and beauty shop nearby.
The owner chose an outdoor eating area on the main deck outside the salon as opposed to a stuffy formal dining room. At the round, inlaid, mirror-varnished table with sweeping views of the stern deck, there are 14 chairs available.
The oceanfront club, with access to the water via stairs
The steel-hulled Valerie is propelled by twin 2,700 hp MTU V-16 engines placed in a large engine room with quadruple height to ensure the yacht can sprint from Monaco to Capri before daybreak. She has a transatlantic range of 6,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 14 knots. These propellers have a top speed of 20 knots and a transatlantic range of 6,000 nautical miles at a more relaxed 14 knots.
Valerie is in excellent condition, having undergone a major refit in 2019 that included a fresh coat of bright-white hull paint and an overhaul of all systems, as well as a 10-year Lloyds survey in May of this year.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most remarkable and meticulously maintained superyachts on the market without having to wait years for a new build, according to Maria Dobroserdova, Dynamiq Sales & Charter broker.
A massage chamber within the wellness center of the yacht
By the end of this week, J.Lo and Ben may have fallen so in love with the yacht that they will write a check.
View additional images of the lovely Valerie below: