The best way to explore the remoter areas of the Indonesian archipelago is by luxury boat. Aman Resorts operates both a 105-foot wooden motor yacht, Amanikan, and a 170-foot traditional sailing vessel, Amandira. Alila Hotels and Resorts has a 150-foot wooden sailing yacht, the Alila Purnama.
Both Amandira and Alila Purnama belong to a type of traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing vessel known as a “phinisi,” which is chiefly constructed by members of the Konjo tribe on the island of Sulawesi. The first phinisi is thought to have been built around 1600 in imitation of a Dutch pinnace, but the design culminated in its present form in the 19th century, when elements of the Western schooner rig were incorporated. Phinisi vessels are still used in interisland trade and, increasingly, for upscale tourism.
Amanikan has three above-deck cabins, a large foredeck for outdoor dining and state-of-the-art scuba-diving facilities. Amandira is a custom-built phinisi that was launched in 2015, with five cabins (two with king-size beds). Both vessels can be privately chartered. The Alila Purnama has four suites, plus a master suite with a private deck.