‘THE BEST CRUISE SHIPS FOR 2019’
‘A bold fleet of stylish ships is hitting the waves in both hemispheres, delivering extraordinary experiences, komodo dragons and an onboard planetarium along the way’
‘PRANA BY ATZARO, INDONESIA
Best for: barefoot charm
The Spanish owners of Atzaró, an authentic agroturismo in Ibiza, have taken quite a leap with this wooden phinisi halfway around the world. And they have cleverly lifted the streamlined style from the finca and reimagined it in sailing form. Made of teak with an iron-wood deck, the 180ft ship is powered by engine and augmented by seven sails on two masts. The nine lofty cabins, including the vast master which comes with its own terrace, are Balearic-pared-back lovely. In every cushioned corner is an ecru seating area (the most coveted spot is atop the prow); raku ceramics sit alongside manta-ray bronzes and sculptural crabs and, on the walls, framed photographs of the boat-building process pay homage to regional craftsmanship.
The kitchen follows a global-meets-local philosophy too: Chilean chef Bruno Noerr Pimentel serves fusion plates of fish curry with banana leaf, ceviche and Peruvian-style tenderloin, while Indonesian sous-chef Fauzi Gusdimsyah dishes up spicy nasi goreng to go with jamu tonics (roasted rice, ginger, tamarind and honey). The spa has two deft therapists and products by Anne Semonin, but the life aquatic is the focus, with scuba equipment, snorkels and paddle boards. Although voyages include a Jurassic Park-like encounter with Komodo dragons, it’s the mix of onboard languor and coruscating underwater life that makes a stay on this liveaboard thrilling.’ – Conde Nast Traveller
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