Komodo Island and Beyond onboard Alila Purnama

A trip aboard this teak wood schooner is an exclusive experience that begins with a welcome cocktail, followed by a check-in to one of the five cabins designed in Alila’s signature sleek style. Purnama offers the ultimate glamour lifestyle—with a promise of the limitless privacy of the ocean as its single greatest luxury.

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Alila Purnama is unlike any luxury cruise. Launched in December 2012, this 46-metre vessel is modeled upon the traditional Phinisi sailing ships. The design calls upon this heritage in the beautifully crafted line of the hand-built hull and its tea-coloured sails.

It’s not all Jack Sparrow style though. The spacious interiors have the Alila ultra-chic feel and the fixtures, features and amenities of the boat are definitely of a top-end-of-the-market pedigree.

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All five air-conditioned suites are equally beautiful, sporting large beds, en suite bathrooms, double wardrobes and writing desks. Furnishings are made from teak and rattan. The suites pay homage to the history of royal Indonesia, featuring artworks and furnishings that reference the country’s kingdoms. The Cirebon suite is inspired by the West Java Kingdom, the Sumenep by Madura, the Mataram reflects Central Java and the Klungkung—Bali.

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The best of them is Sriwijaya, a master suite that reflects the legacy of the Sriwijaya Empire. The cabin provides the ultimate space for relaxation, with private balcony, large sundeck with daybed and deckchairs and bathroom featuring shower, two sinks, a full-size bathtub.

The suite’s large wraparound windows offer wonderful views of the ever-changing landscape.

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Luxury on Three Decks

The space and luxury are the main features of Purnama. The library, lounge, bar or indoor dining area offer plenty of space to unwind and enjoy the time off from life—though complimentary satellite WiFi access should keep the link with the real world open. The main outdoor deck provides further spaces for lounging with large oversized daybeds shaded by umbrellas and opportunities for alfresco dining. Purnama’s crew include a spa therapist—who can set up a signature Alila massage onboard in suite or on a nearby beach. The vessel also has its own fully licensed PADI-certified dive centre

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Islands Adventure

Sailing from the West Papua port of Sorong, Purnama offers several trips, including a six-night island-hopping cruise. Set itineraries can take guests to the famous Komodo Island or the wildlife-rich chain of Raja Ampat in West Papua province or to the volcanic Ambon. The boat can be also chartered privately for tailor-made cruises (minimum four nights). She can sail to any of the 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, which consists mostly of uninhabited islets.

We can arrange private charters throughout the year, which would work brilliantly for extended family or a group of friends as the boat can sleep up to 10 people. What better way to celebrate a big birthday or anniversary? In addition to this, unlike many of the other luxury boats currently operating in the area, you can take just one cabin on a scheduled charter so it can also work brilliantly for couples.

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From now until September the boat will be based in the waters around the Komodo National Park, which is famous for its prehistoric Komodo Dragons and crystal waters. For those taking the boat privately the voyage can be tailored to your interests, but we highly recommend including Rinca Island, where the dragons live and the volcanic island of East Sumbawa which has fantastic diving spots and interesting traditional villages to visit.

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Making Indonesia an all-year round holiday destination the Alila Purnama then sails up to Raja Ampat, in West Papua from December to March for a great island hopping voyage of discovery. The region has been untouched by tourism due to its remote location, so is home to some of the most pristine dive sites with diverse marine life such as the camouflaged Wobbegong sharks, manta and eagle rays and barracuda to name a few. But don’t worry if diving isn’t your thing, you can kick back and enjoy a beach BBQ, sunbathe on the boat or learn about the local tribes and traditional cultures in the region.

For more information, get in touch with our reservation team at booking@topindonesiaholidays.com

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