If cruising the waters of eastern Indonesia aboard a souped-up phinisi (traditional schooner) strikes you as romantic, then the just-launched Alexa is sure to float your boat. Originally built to ferry cargo across the Flores Sea, the two-masted vessel has been transformed by Russian interior designer Veronika Blomgren into a single-suite cruiser for couples. You wonâ€™t be entirely alone, of courseâ€”the Alexaâ€™s crew of seven includes an on-board spa therapist and chefâ€”but itâ€™s as close as you can get to having your own yacht, and a stylish one at that: the 30-square-meter master cabin is decked out in tribal art and Persian rugs. Better still, as the sole passengers, you can plot your own course from the boatâ€™s homeport of Labuan Bajo, be that surfing in Sumbawa, trekking and diving in Komodo National Park, or swimming with dolphins in the Sumba Strait (talikaoaziaprivatecruises.com; cruises from US$2,000 a day).Â â€“David Tse
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