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Luxury cruising on a phinisi in Indonesia

Indonesia‘s premier private-charter phinisi line, Rascal Voyages, has teamed up with luxury all-inclusive resort Nihi Sumba to offer travellers a unique seafaring expedition to remember. Forget about routine domestic flights: with the new partnership, a private cruiser from Rascal will take you straight to Nihi Sumba’s posh shores in unparalleled comfort.

Situated on the shores of the grand Indian Ocean, Nihi Sumba offers upscale villas styled after rustic Indonesian huts, all without skimping on the luxury quotient.

Enjoy a delectable spread with stunning views of the sea

Enjoy a delectable spread with stunning views of the sea

The sprawling Master Cabin on the deck

The sprawling Master Cabin on the deck

One of the benefits of Rascal’s phinisi boats – a type of traditional Indonesian sailing ship – is that the slimmer stature of the ship allows it to adventure into smaller canals and waterways with ease. It makes it the perfect way to traverse Indonesia’s bounty of unexplored archipelagos, offering intrepid travellers the chance to go on their own off-the-grid adventure.

The Rascal boasts two decks of luxurious, tropical-chic furnishings and fittings, so you’re in for a comfortable cruise. Onboard chefs serve up a bevy of delicious, fusion cuisine on the ship’s al-fresco dining areas, which transform into mesmerising chill-out spots during the night. Its the perfect place to stretch out with a cocktail from the Rascal’s bar, and to take in the expansive views of the quiet ocean.

Nio Beach Club on Nihi Sumba overlooks the sea

Nio Beach Club on Nihi Sumba overlooks the sea

Enjoy natural sealife at Nihi Sumba

Enjoy natural sealife at Nihi Sumba

While both Rascal and Nihi Sumba often tailor experiences to meet guests’ personalised needs and wants, they’ve also come up with several suggested itineraries to inspire curious travellers. Survey for mantas in crystal clear seas with Conservation International specialists onboard and ready to guide you, or take a leisurely cruise through some of Indonesia’s most spectacular hidden islands before finishing off your journey on the private shores of Nihi Sumba. ◼

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© This article was first published online in Jan 2019 – World Travel Magazine.

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