It’s all about the Indonesian spices of life – ALEXA Private Cruises launches its’ Spice Island sailing route around the Banda Islands, Indonesia

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ALEXA Private Cruises has launched a new sailing package, inspired by the ‘Old Spice Merchants Routes’ and re-discovering ALEXA’s heritage as a former traditional Phinisi (pi-ni-si) Spice boat.

Begin their romantic adventure in Maumere, East Flores, the ALEXA sets sail on the 10 nights, 11 days route across the Indonesian Archipelago, one of the most magnificent and awe-inspiring coral reefs in the world. Sailing to the stunning Banda islands, the voyage takes in: Kumba, Lembata, Alor, Wetar, Moapora, and Manuk islands before sailing onto Banda and Ambon.

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The adventure starts with an easy sail across the northern tip of Flores to the luscious forests near Maumere, before heading on to Kumba Island where guests can enjoy a spectacular light display from the notoriously active volcano that spurts lava every 30 minutes or so.

Lembata Island sees guests journeying to a traditional hunting village to uncover a community whose livelihoods depend entirely on the sea. Fishermen practice whaling in the area, busy at work in their sailboats. Everyday encounters with some of the most exotic wildlife from sharks to shy turtles and large Manta Rays to birdlife being the norm.

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The next stop is Alor Island for a Sun-Rise Scuba dive or snorkel in the crystal-clear turquoise waters, or an afternoon walk along pristine beaches to enjoy a scrumptious picnic prepared by the crew, set up with antique chandeliers and designer chosen rugs from Uzbekistan.

Anchor at the Banda Islands for the last few days, the route takes in the old town of Banda Neira, to learn about this fascinating part of Indonesia. Centuries ago the Dutch used the island as a way to control plantation production and there are many historic houses and fortresses to see, including the last working nutmeg plantation in the archipelago. Looming over the island is the active Gunung Api volcano, with a stunning hike through the beautiful endless green forest to see smoke seeping out of the top of the volcano.

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ALEXA’S crew provides a seamless service and every imaginable luxurious possibility from holistic offerings, Spa treatments and culinary delights created by the on-board private Chef; it’s the ultimate romantic adventure in the luxury private yachting world for guests to experience and create great memories of this Spice Island route with ALEXA Private Cruises.

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The Spice Merchants Package: 10 nights, 11 days inclusive of all facilities – Scuba Diving, Snorkel equipment, massage therapist, Meals provided by our Gourmet Chef and A crew of 7 from £42,500 – £47,200.