The home of diverse wildlife, fine-as-sugar beaches, and surf-friendly waves, the Indonesian archipelago has enthralled travelers for centuries. Whether seen on land or water, it never ceases to amaze visitors, even those who have visited it multiple times.
A new vessel, Rascal Charters, was launched recently, joining the countryâ€™s crowded luxury yacht market. Led by cruise director Gaz Phillips, the five-cabin phinisi comes without mast or sails, giving passengers the freedom to dive from the ship and into the cerulean sea should they want to. Its open roof deck also serves as a vast space for sun-worshippers to lounge in the morning and can be converted into an open-air cinema at night.
Its interiors, described as â€ślaidback luxury,â€ť have been inspired by homes in New Yorkâ€™s Hamptons but were localized to reflect the colors of the Southeast Asian tropics. Designed by Charles Orchard of furniture firm iBalDesigns, the yacht comes fitted with rattan ceilings and cabins and brass hardware.
Baliâ€™s Watercress is responsible for crafting the menu, with organic ingredients sourced within Indonesia. Passengers can partake the super yachtâ€™s custom-made Rascal Rum and other cocktails concocted by award-winning mixologists. Phillips runs an on-board diving school where passengers can get PADI-certified. Non-divers can spend their time visiting secluded coves and bays paddling on kayaks or by navigating the ocean via Rascalâ€™s own speedboat. Surfers can catch waves provided they have their boards on-hand.
The company behind Rascal wants to offer only bespoke itineraries, but the phinisi limits its voyages to Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Ambon, Banda Islands, and Sumba. Rates start at US$8,500 per night depending on the season. A Rascal experience starts for a minimum of seven days and can last up to a monthâ€”just enough for adventurous voyagers to see the archipelagoâ€™s stunning beauty.