We’re all looking for the the ultimate ‘Bubble’ holiday right now. I found Prana by Atzaro. A beautiful Indonesian Phinisi yacht, available for exclusive use, that sails round the magically unexplored islands of Raja Ampat, the Komodo Islands and The Spice Islands in Indonesia.
A beautiful hand-built boat, the biggest of its kind in the world, Prana by Atzaró can accommodate 18 people in nine luxurious suites, offering the perfect opportunity for a family group holiday in complete isolation. At just over 55 metres in length and 11 metres wide, Prana by Atzaro has been crafted in the style of a traditional Indonesian Phinisi, a sailboat with two masts built entirely of ironwood and teak according to traditional methods and recognized by UNESCO heritage, created by the founders of the luxury hotel group Atzaro in Ibiza.
Raja Ampat is a true Bucket List destination. With over 1500 islands to explore, many of them uninhabited, the area has some of world’s most incredibly biodiverse marine life. Swim with reef sharks amongst pristine coral, picnic in total privacy on powder white islands, climb mountain peaks for jaw dropping views or simply relax on board and take in the stunning scenery.
Prana by Atzaro also sails the waters of the Komodo Islands, a World Heritage Site with over 2,000 square kilometers of protected wildlife including roughly 5,700 Komodo dragons as well as wild boar, water buffalos, deer, horses, snakes, monkeys and the magnificent marine life under the waves. Get up close and personal with the world’s largest lizards in their untamed natural habitat, visit surreal pink beaches, watch spine-tingling sunsets and dive some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs.
Life on board Prana by Atzaro has something to keep even the most active adventure seeker happy. Learn to scuba dive with the yacht’s resident dive instructor or take a leisurely drift snorkel across volcanic vents. Alternatively, launch sea kayaks and paddle boards to explore the jungle-draped coastlines or get your thrills wakeboarding and water-skiing around the calmest of lagoons.
Or for those just looking to relax and recharge, 4 spacious decks with king size daybeds offer abundant places to retreat to. A yoga deck doubles as an open-air cinema and Prana’s main deck has inside and outside living and a luxury spa.
Designed with the utmost luxury, Prana by Atzaro is fully soundproofed and the suites are decorated with sumptuous vintage fabrics and contemporary linens in a sophisticated palette. Prana by Atzaro offers more space and comfort than any other Phinisi, with all the super deluxe mod cons of a lavish five-star hotel. There is one lavish master suite and eight further suites on-board.
The 18-man crew includes a Cruise Director, Dive Instructor, several chefs, stewards and expert spa therapists; all on hand to deliver a seamless experience and to ensure all your needs are met.
With fine dining, unlimited water sports, on-board spa treatments, unforgettable diving and the chance to visit some of the world’s most beautiful heritage sites, ‘Prana by Atzaro’ encapsulates a perfect unison between ancient craftsmanship and contemporary luxury.
The cuisine on-board, carefully created by the yacht’s chef, includes both Asian Fusion and Western dishes. Everything is made from the freshest, local ingredients and served by discreet staff alfresco under the stars, in the cool of the air-conditioned on-board dining room or, Robinson-Crusoe style, on a powder white sandy beach under shady parasols. After dinner you can relax at the open-air cinema or indulge in a pampering spa treatment. In the morning, as the wind catches the sails, take a yoga class on the topmost deck – sun salutations will never be the same again.
A voyage on Prana by Atzaro is a once in a lifetime experience.
Prana by Atzaro Itineraries.
Komodo National Park
Get up close and personal with the world’s largest lizards in their untamed natural habitat, visit surreal pink beaches, watch spine-tingling sunsets and dive some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs. Three big islands form Komodo National Park: Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Padar Island, plus a few other islets. This area is a World Heritage Site with over 2,000 square kilometers of protected wildlife including roughly 5,700 Komodo dragons as well as wild boar, water buffalos, deer, horses, snakes, monkeys and the magnificent marine life under the waves.
Notorious for the untouched natural beauty of its cays and shoals, Raja Ampat offers our guests one of the most remote destinations on the planet. Here you can cross the equator with giant manta rays, explore prehistoric caves, visit primordial tribes, kayak around virgin coastlines and discover dive sites famed for having the most species recorded on a single dive. Raja Ampat translates as the ‘Four Kings’ and is located off the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea. This region embraces over 1,500 small islands surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.
The Banda Islands are as fascinating as they are remote, revealing a rich culture and colonial history as well as a plethora of underwater wonders. Hike up the perfectly shaped Mount Api, race the locals into the harbour, wonder at the gorgeous colonial architecture and explore incredible reefs, teeming with aquatic life.
Another journey to the edge of civilisation, Alor’s wonders range from vividly coloured lakes and sulphur spewing active volcanoes to the miracle of well-preserved ancient tribal cultures. Set within the Coral triangle and with a strong maritime history, flawless beaches and epic coral reefs this voyage is the stuff of legend. It is one of the rare places where there are still descendants of the Bugis fisherman (the original creators of the Phinisi boats).
The Spice Islands
The Spice islands or Banda islands or Maluku islands Indonesia are an east Indonesian archipelago comprising two provinces, Maluku and North Maluku. They’re known for their volcanoes and palm-lined beaches. Gasp at the rich colonial architecture of Banda Besar, hike Mount Api, race the locals in their boats, spot whales and dolphins and dive pristine coral reefs thronging with marine life. The Spice islands region of Indonesia is the stuff of legend and features in many traditional and modern books, stories and songs. There are perfect sunrises in front of the volcano and mellow sunsets with cocktails served on snowy white beaches framed by untouched rainforest. There are as many enchantments below the water as there are above and vast shelves of coral plummet into the deep blue ocean providing one of the most biodiverse seascapes in the world.
To keep in Mind:
You can currently travel on a paid for visa available through the government website. A negative PCR test is needed on arrival. Full opening without a paid-for visa is expected in January.
Charter fees start at $15,000 US per night for full charter, dependent on routes and timings.
Prana by Atzaro sails all year round but destinations depend on the season and the winds. The yacht sails to Komodo from May to October, the Banda Islands in October/November and in April/May and Raja Ampat from December to April.
Prices are all-inclusive and include all meals and snacks, soft drinks, local beers and wines, laundry and Internet as well as watersports, diving and excursion fees and a complimentary 30-minute massage or beauty treatment.
The yacht can be chartered for private weddings and is perfect for honeymoon experiences. Suite booking is subject to availability.