Adelaar, Labuan Bajo Indonesia, Flores
Built in 1912 as a cargo ship in the Netherlands, this renovated luxury schooner allows guests to travel the sites of Indonesia’s Ring of Fire in style. Crewed by a professional staff of nine, it's an impressive high-end yacht offering groups or individuals the chance to explore the stunning coastline of Indonesia’s exotic tropical islands.
Book a cabin on one of the ten-day set itineraries that run between Bali and the island of Komodo throughout the year, offering a range of underwater and on land sites and scenes to explore. Alternatively guests may privately charter the impressive Adelaar creating custom trip itineraries and lengths according to the expectations and wishes of the guests.
With one master suite and three guest staterooms the Adelaar is one of the smaller boats Experience Travel offers holding up to eight guests, although a sofa-bed may be found in two of the staterooms where an additional two children may sleep. All bedrooms have marble en-suite bathrooms and are elegantly furnished in rich wooden panelling. Also found on the lower deck is a saloon area where guests can relax in luxurious comfort, perhaps reading a book from the on-board library
Above deck the dining room provides panoramic views over the coastlines, offering guests an a la carte menu of Western and Indonesian dishes. A comfortable seating area and table may also be found above deck under a canopy for shade.
Scuba diving tours are often a popular option, with the boat’s own dive master available to guide divers around the remarkable underwater worlds of Indonesia, particularly around Komodo National Park where both day and night time dives are available.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
- Scuba Diving
The stand out experiences all involved some locals: the walk in the Bali rice fields with a guide, the trip to the Borobudur eco-village and ride in a horse cart which also charmingly had us playing the Gamelan with local kids.