From Bhutan to the Dominican Republic, Aman is never short of new and exciting locations to extend their world-class hospitality to, and the Amandira, though not a hotel in its traditional definition, stands as a testament to this. A 52-meter two-masted sailing ship, the cruiser was hand-crafted by a local tribe in Sulawesi and takes its cue from traditional ships used for cargo and fishing purposes across the Indonesian archipelago. Be it a 7-day trip around the isles of the Komodo National Park or a longer 10-day trip to the more remote Raja Ampat, guests can have an extensive itinerary put together for them by the crew, tailored to their interests and needs.
Why you’ll want to go: The Amandira is a floating resort, more than anything. Its crew of 14 people includes a kitchen and housekeeping staff, all of whom are there to ensure guests are spoiled with the same luxurious services they may have come to know from other Aman properties. From a picnic on a quiet sandbank for lunch to a seaside barbecue dinner surrounded by candles and lanterns, the Amandira crew goes the extra mile in creating unique experiences as one journeys through the waters of eastern Indonesia.
Rooms: Designed with an enhanced sense of privacy in mind, Amandira, unlike its predecessor, the Amanikan, accommodates a more intimate group of just 10 guests. Five wooden cabins can be found on board, comprising a master cabin, which occupies the back part of the deck and comes with a private terrace; two spacious deluxe cabins with queen-size beds; and two cabins with bunk beds, perfect for those traveling with children. Each room is designed with impressive attention to detail, from soft, comfortable bedding to contemporary amenities, which include a bottle of sunscreen for some skin protection throughout your journey.
Things you can do: Land excursions include a short trip to the quiet Satonda Island, home to a unique seawater lake and a colony of fruit bats, while a short trek in Rinca Island offers breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and allows one to get up close and personal with the notorious komodo dragons. For divers, an abundance of diving spots in the region showcases some of the world’s finest and most diverse marine wildlife and a set of world-class diving equipment on board the Amandira will allow for a longer time underwater. Non-divers, too, will be able to experience the best of the cruise with ample activities and equipment to choose from, from snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding, to swimming with manta rays at the national park’s Manta Point. —Christabelle Palar
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