Increasingly sought after by discerning travellers, South East Asia offers a variety of amazing exotic destinations and secluded areas, with a breath-taking natural beauty and unique local culture. Staying in luxury resorts or deluxe hotels can be limiting when it comes to such a large area where chartering a superyacht becomes the best option by far. If you decide to charter a luxury yacht, you will be looked after by your own personal crew, attending to your needs 24 hours a day, indulge in the comfort and luxury of the various amenities aboard as well as take advantage of the flexibility of the boat, able to sail to even the most secluded areas, otherwise unreachable.
Thailand and Myanmar are one of the locations in this part of the world that are well-worth visiting, offering amazing island cruising, spectacular beaches, great food and plenty of new cultural experiences. There are only a handful of large luxurious superyachts available in this area with the 65m Traditional Phinisi LAMIMA being one of the best! Our experienced senior charter broker, Nicolas Benazeth embarked on a discovery familiarisation trip to find out what it is like to spend your holiday aboard this very special vessel:
The Voyage and the Area
Phuket represents an ideal place to start and end your adventurous journey to Mergui. It has a number of nice places for pre and post trip visits, or to spend a day or two there. Ask your broker for interesting suggestions on activities to avoid the unnecessary crowds, or to visit the best restaurants or resorts here. For example, the Kata Rocks luxury resort has a nice spa, where you could relax.
One of the main destinations included in the itinerary included Mergui Archipelago, which is located in the far southern Myanmar. It is composed of over 800 islands varying in size all spread around the Andaman Sea off the western shore of the Malay Peninsula.
“Mergui was a pretty spectacular cruising location, and the sheer number of islands and islets makes for endless options. There are some truly superb beaches and some islands with inland waterways and mangrove forests are just stunning. Some islands even have elephants still living on them!” recounts Nick.
Mergui represents the picture perfect island/beach remote feel, located far from the crowds of Thailand. While there are no luxury resorts or restaurants, which guests don’t really need as they are provided with the best service and amenities on board, it is still a beautiful place to cruise around, being more untouched than Thailand. Sailing at night you will see lights of Thai fishing boats on the horizon, and you might even encounter a few friendly Sea Gypsy boats.
LAMIMA is the largest wooden sailing yacht available for charter, and there is no doubt she is solidly built in the traditional Indonesian way with local hardwoods. She is incredibly steady and more quiet, stable and comfortable underway, even in rough seas, than pretty much any other yacht our broker has been on, including the largest stabilized motor yachts.
The fact she has a huge volume also means great living spaces inside and on deck. The interiors were finished in Bangkok, and the quality of finish and attention to detail is excellent and cannot be faulted.
All seven cabins are very large and comfortable and she accommodates up to 14 guests easily. Accommodation includes one master suite, four double staterooms and two twin staterooms. All cabins come with private en-suite bathroom facilities, luxurious amenities, furnishings and great attention to detail.
LAMIMA offers a good selection of water toys and equipment, with an all new top of the range dive shop! The yacht is one of the only worldwide superyachts to have her own 5-star PADI dive centre, including two excellent dive instructors who can certify anyone on the spot. There are 2 large tenders, with the biggest being excellent for day trips, diving and transfers.
One of the highlights of cruising aboard LAMIMA and a fantastic spectacle for guests is when the crew put up the sails manually. The entire activity takes about 20 minutes, and then when the wind allows, the yacht sails beautifully on the water. The crew takes great pride in manually sailing the vessel, which provides everyone on board with a truly unique experience.
The crew make this yacht very special, there are 19 of them, which is a great ratio to guests, and they work well as a team. They are all the right balance of friendly and professional, and nothing is ever too much. Two Balinese masseuses/therapists are available on board for that extra time to unwind and enjoy a truly relaxing massage in the comfort and privacy of your own boat.
Her talented Chef offers a perfect balance of very traditional and fresh local and Asian food, while also able to easily execute international dishes if necessary. “He came out every day at breakfast to discuss his suggestions for the day, and ask if anyone wanted different meals, which was great. He also bought a lot of fresh fish and sea food from fishermen wherever possible,” says Nick.
Overall our charter broker was very impressed by the experience, the yacht and the exceptional service on board. LAMIMA is a wonderful superyacht when it comes to cruising in South East Asia and offers various itinerary possibilities, which can be discussed with our brokers and the the Captain of the yacht. She is available for US$140,000.00 per week plus expenses. For additional information, questions or a brochure, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Traditional Phinisi LAMIMA Specifications
|Type/Year:||a luxury sailing yacht/2014|
|Beam:||11.20m (36' 9")|
|L.O.A.:||68 m (223'09'')|
|Max Speed:||12 knots|
|Engines:||MAN 1000 hp/735kW|
|Cruise Speed:||10 knots|
|More Yacht Info:||Indonesia Yacht Charter|
|Builder/Designer:||Marcelo Pena, Haji Baso|
|Charter Locations:||South East Asia, Indonesia|