Indonesia’s New Private Cruise

  • There's plenty of room for lounging on the 31-meter Alexa.

    There's plenty of room for lounging on the 31-meter Alexa.

  • The 30-square-meter master cabin.

    The 30-square-meter master cabin.

  • Alexa is a Flores-based schooner designed to carry just one couple at time.

    Alexa is a Flores-based schooner designed to carry just one couple at time.

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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 won’t be entirely alone, of course—the Alexa’s crew of seven includes an on-board spa therapist and chef—but it’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 boat’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). –David Tse

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