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Explore the lesser known areas of the Indonesian Archipelago aboard a luxury liveaboard Phinisi ship, literal translation – super cool handcrafted wooden boat. Alila Purnama, aside from being traditional in style, is right up there with other clean sailing counterparts.
Synonymous in Alila style, the attention to detail is meticulous and level of service is second to none aboard this 46-metre long boat. Consisting of three decks the boat is custom-made from teak, rattan and other locally sourced materials from Indonesia. There are five suites, all of which are elegant in design and have en suites. The cream of the crop, however, is the master suite which boasts the best views in the house with large wraparound windows.
As well as beautifully appointed rooms there is a library, lounge, bar and indoor dining room. Guests can enjoy a delicious range of freshly produced local and Western dishes. The main outdoor deck is a great place to retreat during the day for its large sunbeds and panoramic views, however in the evenings nothing beats a sunset with a cocktail in hand.
If boredom beckons (which it won't) the Alila have a few things up their neatly pressed sleeves such as yoga, kayaking, fishing, snorkelling, visiting local islands and pearl farms, spontaneous picnic lunches or BBQ dinners on the beach. And with a spa therapist on board to coax you in to a sedative state - there really is something for everyone.
The big pitch for this Alila product are the expeditions, cruising through the deep blue waters of Raja Ampat between December and March and meandering through the Komodo National Park from April to November. Raja Ampat is home to the world's most bio-diverse marine region, so a real underwater Mecca for diving aficionados. Non divers won't be disappointed above water where they can explore secluded bays and snorkel away. Komodo National Park which is located in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago has tones of species from wild boars and water buffalos to monkeys and infamous Komodo Dragons. Hopping from land to sea - the area also has over 260 coral species housing a myriad of fish, marine reptiles, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, and whales. So yes, diver or non-diver this region is a real gem.
Alila Purnama also has its own fully licensed PADI dive centre, so if you aren't a diver and fancy donning the dive gear, there really no better place to test the waters.
Louisa, Original Diver