Modern Day Phinisi Yachts – A Luxurious Way to Explore Indonesia

Indonesia, with its stunning archipelago of over 17,000 islands, boasts a wealth of natural wonders and cultural diversity just waiting to be explored. For those seeking an unparalleled travel experience, chartering a private yacht, and embarking on a luxury sailing holiday offers an extraordinary way to explore the beauty and richness of this Southeast Asian gem. Join Barefoot Yachts as they take you on a unique and enchanting seafaring adventure.

The Indonesian Phinisi yachts hold a rich history deeply rooted in the maritime traditions and cultural heritage of Indonesia. These traditional wooden sailing vessels have played a crucial role in the history of seafaring and were an enabler of human ventures in a country with more than 17,000 islands. The term “Phinisi” is believed to have originated from the Bugis people of South Sulawesi, who are renowned for their boat-building skills.

The traditional vessels are characterized by their unique design, featuring a massive wooden hull, two masts, and distinctive sails. The construction process is a meticulous art, often passed down through generations within communities.

Originally designed for trade, Phinisis were versatile vessels that could navigate both open seas and shallow waters, making them perfect for the Indonesian archipelago. Over time, they have undergone adaptations to meet modern needs and enter new waters. Transformed or newly built, modern Phinisi-style yachts showcase a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

As floating boutique holiday homes with exquisite interior designs, they cater to those who seek an authentic, yet luxurious way to explore the pristine waters of the Indonesian archipelago.
Ranging from luxury liveaboards to award-winning super yachts, Barefoot Yachts Indonesia offers the finest selection of Phinisi-style yachts.

With her elegant, state-of-the-art contemporary and time-honoured design, Fenides combines German perfectionism and skilled craftsmanship. Constructed from tropical Ironwood and native Teak wood, she redefines the standards of luxury liveaboards. Accents of modern art, bright colors and natural wood, create a light and welcoming feeling. The large indoor spaces and wide-open decks are perfectly arranged, and impressive wooden beams on the cabins ceilings remind you this is actually a yacht.

Lamima is the epitome of luxury and elegance. Claiming the title of Asia’s largest wooden sailing yacht, she is an outstanding example of ancient tradition and modern luxury. Designed in 2012 by esteemed yacht designer Marcelo Penna of Barcelona and built by the skilful boat builders of Ara in Sulawesi, the vessel fuses the authenticity of a traditional Phinisi with the latest concepts in modern design and technology. Lamima’s open-plan and contemporary interior is both light and airy. The spacious guest areas and cabins draw on cultural influences and are draped in furniture and luxury fittings that reflect her origin in the most beautiful way.

Celestia Yacht represents another perfect fusion of modern elegance and traditional Indonesian craftsmanship. Onboard, nothing has been left to chance with interiors designed by Cape Town-based design studio Deirdre Renniers. All spaces have been meticulously planned to seamlessly blend with the colours of the surrounding landscape, including custom furnishings in subtle hues of blue and cream. Each of the 7 suites features teak and rattan-paneled furnishings finished with brass hardware and luxurious textiles. The luxury continues into the ensuite bathrooms, boasting hand-glazed locally-made tiles, white Carrara marble counters and Villeroy & Boch finishing.

Discovering Indonesia, especially aboard a modern Phinisi yacht, embodies a philosophy that cherishes quality over quantity, depth over superficiality, and presence over distraction. It promises authenticity, comfort, and luxury. Start planning your exceptional voyage with Barefoot Yachts Indonesia.

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