There’s no sharing here. From Myanmar to Indonesia, here are the top private yachts that provide respite at sea
If there’s a more relaxing or luxurious vacation than kicking back on the deck of your own sleek yacht in the warm azure waters of Southeast Asia, then we’ve yet to find it. With an area three times the size of The Mediterranean, there’s no shortage of beautiful spots to discover in the region, be it under the waves through snorkelling or mini submarines, or maybe just relaxing with sundowners and sunset as backdrop.
Throw in uninhabited islands, lush jungle, picture-postcard beaches and of course incredible cultural diversity to make this the vacation to end them all. These yachts are some of the very best that money can buy — or rent — while for bragging rights on Instagram and elsewhere, it doesn’t get any more exclusive.
Amandira and Amanikan
Built three years ago by members of the Konjo tribe, the 52-metre sailing ship Amandira is a traditional phinisi vessel that plies the waters of Indonesia, including the Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat islands. She also sleeps up to 10 in three king cabins and two bunk cabins. The king cabins in particular come with a living area, coffee table and writing desk, along with ensuite showers.
Should your party be smaller, opt for sister boat, the smaller 32-m Amanikan. This comes with three cabins. While smaller in size, it continues to incorporate every luxury and convenience you’d expect from Aman. Both can be chartered in tandem, allowing for more guests and even more memories.
Ayana Lako Di’as
This is a new luxury charter by Ayana Komodo Resort. Said to be the largest Phinisi to have been built from scratch. It houses nine ensuite cabins, a large deck at the bow that’s perfect for sunbathing and catching the last rays of the sun, along with cosy air-conditioned dining and living areas. Ayana Lako Di’as on Komodo Island, Indonesia, currently offers two, three and five-night excursions. But private charters for longer stays can also be had should you wish to explore other islands. Indulge in water activities, gourmet meals, and even a luxurious in-house spa!
More compact, but definitely not lacking in luxury, the 29-m Mia Kai is based in Thailand and Malaysia for the summer, adding Myanmar and the Andaman Islands to her destinations in the winter. Sleeping eight, she comes with six staff to ensure that your wake boarding, water skiing, fishing and much more is all carried out with maximum style and minimum exertion. With a top speed of 17 knots, she can also effortlessly head from one island to another.
One for history fans and a slightly more sedate pace, Calisto is 41-m of vintage charm. Built back in 1944 as a minesweeper and owned subsequently by a member of the Guinness dynasty, she has been lovingly looked after and updated and now features state-of-the-art technology and toys.
She sleeps up to 12 in seven cabins, watched over by a crew of eight that includes a masseuse to soothe tired limbs after a hard day of sunbathing and snorkelling. Dining on the antique mahogany table is the definition of classy, while the largely-unvisited waters of Myanmar have rarely been accessible in such unique style.
If you’re after a boat to stop people in their tracks, then the custom motor yacht Ocean Emerald is hard to beat. That’s because at 41m, her beautiful and unusual exterior is the work of globally-renowned architecture and design practice, Foster & Partners.
She sleeps up to 12 guests, waited on and looked after by nine crew who ensures that socialising, dining and relaxing are all you need to worry about. With a maximum speed of 18 knots and a range of 2600 nautical miles, you can also get to see much of The Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia in serious luxury.
Another option when it comes to unique food experiences on the waves comes in Indonesia’s remote and stunning Komodo and Raja Ampat regions. It’s home to Rascal, a contemporary and luxurious phinisi motor yacht. Redefining laidback luxury, its decor is kept to a minimum, with shades of white and blue complementing the teak structure. Beneath its unassuming exterior, Rascal can house up to 10 adults in five over-water ensuite cabins, and is equipped with two dining areas, a bar, and three sundecks.