Alila Hotels and Resorts is to launch its own luxury wooden Phinisi in December 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 liveaboard Phinisi boat in the region, providing ultra-modern and relaxing accommodation for up to 10 guests, pampered by an experienced crew of 16.
The inaugural sailing will be on 15th December from Raja Ampat in Indonesia’s West Papua province. Guests will arrive by plane from Bali to Sorong for a magnificent 6-day escape, with all booking and transfers taken care of by Alila. Alila Purnama will travel a course past several of the Raja Ampat islands including Gam, Miskon and Yangello with guests able to dive by day or night in calm blue waters adorned with beautiful coral reefs and teeming with diverse marine life – wobbegong sharks, manta and eagle rays as well as schools of barracuda fish.
The 46-metre long boat 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.
Onboard are four well-appointed cabins, all air-conditioned with queen-size beds, en-suite bathrooms with showers, writing desk, separate toilet and double wardrobes. In addition there is the Master Suite, expansively 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 the ultimate space for relaxation.
In addition to the cabins, Alila Purnama features a library, lounge, bar, indoor dining area seating up to 12 people, and plenty of space outside to unwind and enjoy the views. It is also equipped with complimentary WiFI access enabling guests to upload their trip photos on a daily basis.
Guests will be able to dine at leisure in the air-conditioned dining room or on the outdoor deck. Meals and an extensive list of non-alcoholic beverages are all-inclusive while alcoholic beverages including wines, beers and cocktails and available for an additional charge.
After dinner or in between dives, guests can relax over coffee or cocktails in the bar and lounge, furnished with sumptuously comfortable sofas, as they swap stories, review the days underwater or land adventures, or curl up with a book, magazine, DVD, music or board game from the library.
The main outdoor deck has large oversized daybeds shaded by umbrellas – perfect for relaxing day or night and enjoying the fresh sea breezes. With a spa therapist aboard the vessel, guests can succumb to the soothing pleasures of a signature Alila massage onboard or on a nearby beach.
Alila Purnama also has its own fully-licensed PADI dive centre, catering for qualified divers. Development courses offered onboard range from Advanced Open Water Diver to over 16 specialities, including Enriched Air Nitrox, Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift and Underwater Naturalist. There is plenty of equipment for all guests onboard as well as a dedicated freshwater rinse tank for camera equipment.
For those with a taste of adventure, kayaking, surfing, fishing, snorkeling, visiting local islands and pearl farms are among the many other pursuits on offer.
Guests can also combine their stay on Alila Purnama with a stay at Alila Villas Uluwatu or Alila Villlas Soori on nearby Bali. Both offer a wonderful way to begin or wind down before or after the adventure at sea.
For more information on Alila Hotels & Resorts visit www.alilahotels.com