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Why we like it
- Luxury phinisi, a traditional Indonesian dual-masted sailing ship
- Custom-made interiors from teak, rattan and other locally-sourced materials
- Five well-appointed suites including a sumptuous master suite
- Fully-licensed PADI dive centre and spa therapist on board
- Travel wherever you wish: empty beaches and spectacular coastline can be entirely yours for the day
Found a beach you love? Relax on the sands with a signature massage from your on board spa therapist, who will literally follow you across the ocean to give you the pampering of your life.
Our consultant (Annie Jensen) really was excellent designing a great itinerary minimising our time waiting around for transfers and both hotels, Four Seasons Bali and Oberoi Lombok exceeded our exceptions.
- SL, Hertfordshire
A phinisi is a type of traditional Indonesian sailboat with twin masts and iconic, instantly recognisable ochre sails. The Alila Purnama (her name translates as ‘full moon’) is a fabulous example of this type, at 46m long with three decks for relaxing, dining or simply watching the world go by. Once used by the Bugis seafarers from south Sulawesi, she’s hand-made, an in keeping with Alila’s emphasis on style and sustainability, the furniture throughout the ship has been crafted from locally-sourced materials such as teak and rattan. Catering for up to 10 guests at a time, the Purnama has stunningly designed yet simple en suite rooms including a Master Suite (our favourite) called Sriwijaya which has large panoramic windows offering a 180-degree view of the Indonesian landscape, as well as a bath tub and shower, private balcony and separate sun deck.
The boat has its own fully-licensed PADI dive centre on board, and plenty of space for wining, dining and relaxing while enjoying the sea breeze. The outdoor sundeck is scattered with large comfortable day beds shaded by umbrellas. Other on board facilities include a library, lounge, bar and indoor dining area.
For those with a taste for adventure, other activities on offer include yoga, kayaking, snorkelling, visiting local islands and pearl farms, picnic lunches and BBQ dinners by the beach. Whatever you are dreaming of, be it secret bays enclosed by limestone pinnacles, a unique insight into a rich and diverse culture or experiencing Raja Ampat’s most incredible dives spots, a journey alongside Purnama’s dedicated crew will not be easily forgotten. The coastline of Raja Ampat and the Komodo islands lends itself perfectly for exploration by boat.
Denpasar (British Airways via Singapore, Thai Airways via Bangkok)
16 hours 30 minutes via Singapore
GMT +8 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders, issued on arrival
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
April - October
Indonesia is located very close to the Equator which means you have 12 hours of daylight daily. It is a year round destination with the western monsoon bringing the wet season from October to April providing nice, warm temperatures and rain in the afternoon, perfect for a nap, especially with a twist of sea-breeze in the coastal areas. The eastern monsoon brings the drier weather from May to September, which is generally a more popular time to visit
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