Monday, November 12, 2012

Alila Purnama, the first luxury Phinisi Boat for cruises

Alila Purnama is the first Bugis traditional Phinisi Boat to sail for luxury cruises, starting with Raja Ampat in Indonesian Papua.

Come December 2012, Alila Hotels and Resorts is set to launch its own luxury wooden Phinisi sailing boat, the Alila Purnama, which will take guests on voyages of discovery and relaxation throughout the stunning, undiscovered waters and islands of Indonesia.

Alila Purnama, translated as The Full Moon, will be the most luxurious Phinisi boat in the region, providing ultra-modern and relaxing accommodation for up to 10 guests, pampered by an experienced crew of 16.

The 46-metre-long Alila Purnama consists of three decks and has been built by hand in the traditional style of a Phinisi, as used by the Bugis seafarers from south Sulawesi in Indonesia. In keeping with Alila’s emphasis on style and sustainability, the furniture throughout the boat is custom-made from teak, rattan and other locally sourced materials from Indonesia.

Onboard are four well-appointed suites, all air-conditioned with queen-size beds, en-suite bathrooms with shower, separate toilet, double wardrobes and writing desk. In addition, there is the master suite, designed with large, wraparound windows offering 270-degree views of the ever-changing yet incredible landscape. Its bathroom features shower, bathtub, two washbasins and an enclosed separate toilet, while a private balcony and large sundeck with daybed and deckchairs provide space for relaxation.

For those with a taste for adventure, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, visiting local islands and pearl farms are among the many other pursuits on offer. Alila Purnama’s first sailing will set off this December from Raja Ampat in Indonesia’s West Papua province.

Setting out from Sorong, Alila Purnama will take guests on an amazing sea and island-hopping adventure, winding a course past several of the Raja Ampat islands including Gam, Miskon and Yangello. Along the way, guests will encounter some of the most pristine dives sites, with the opportunity to dive by day and by night in calm blue waters adorned with beautiful coral reefs and teeming with diverse marine life – wobbegong sharks, manta and eagle rays, schools of barracuda, to name a few.

Read more: TravelDailyNews
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