There are few trips that so effortlessly combine exploration of a bygone era with true modern luxury as the time spend aboard your own yacht. One of our favourite water-worlds to explore is the horseshoe-shaped, "Ring of Fire", so-called for the string of active volcanoes that line the world’s largest archipelago Indonesia - a literal hot-bed of geographical phenomena, home to staggeringly rich flora and fauna.
Naturally, the way to explore these scattered islands is the most traditional: by sea and sail. Follow centuries-old trading routes through remote Indonesian islands on a modern incarnation of the Phinisi - a traditional sailing ship designed to navigate the historic Spice routes. Spirit yourself away to a land of pink sands and (Komodo) dragons, of vast pockets of crystal-coloured marine protected reserves designed to guard some of the most biodiverse waters on the planet.
Here, we present one magical part of the world and two beautiful ways to explore: the private yachts of Silolona and Alexa.
Named after a legend in which a young widow builds a boat capable of sailing towards the sun to honour the spirit of his beloved, Silolona is a hand-built wooden sailboat bedecked with lucky black sails. With five cabins, superb staff, and every on-board amenity – she is a stunning example of craftsmanship. Swim, snorkel, dive, trek remote islands' hills, watch wildlife on land and at sea. Enjoy dinner with friends under the stars on the top deck, or take to deserted pink sand beaches for barbeques and bonfires. Depending on the time of year (Silolona sails different areas of the archipelago in-line with the breezy trade winds), explore the islands of Raja Ampat, Banda or Komodo. Itineraries can be infinitely customised.
Alexa à deux
Designed for a castaway couple, the single cabin boat Alexa is one of the most luxurious yacht charters in Indonesia, and by far the most private. Furnished to the highest standard of style, she is a floating oasis of indulgence. An all-inclusive experience means out-of-this-world diving, as well as your own masseuse and personal chef. Spend a night sleeping under the stars, feasting on fine food & wine, and exploring the beautifully diverse depths of waters that surround you as you go.
Interested in embarking on your own ocean odyssey?