Wellness-focused Indonesian archipelago cruise: Escape Haven Voyages

Into yoga and relaxation but also up for an encounter with a Komodo dragon?

This adventure ticks all the hot trend boxes: small-boat cruising, wellness focus and exploring the Indonesian archipelago.

Indonesia's traditional long-range fishing yacht, the phinisi, gets a beauty overhaul by long-time Bali wellness expert and entrepreneur Janine Hall, who has run wellness retreats from The Palm House in Canggu for more than a decade.

Hall takes her wellness weeks east with a series of new, six-night Escape Haven Voyages sailing through the Flores Sea. "This journey unites rest and rejuvenation with action and exhilaration," she says.The week starts with two nights at Hall's The Palm Tree House in Canggu to begin the process of unwinding, with spa treatments and plenty of pool time, before flying to Labuan Bajo, where guests board the 34-metre phinisi for five days' sailing through the Komodo archipelago.

Blend beach yoga and dawn meditation with kayaking or hiking the spines of the archipelago's islands, pausing to picnic on pink-sand beaches. Highlights include a visit to see the Komodo dragons of Rincar Island, snorkelling, swimming and unlimited diving with the dive master amongst dolphins, rays and corals, or making a date with the masseuse or a deckside daybed.

The five ensuite cabins accommodate up to 10 guests, cared for by staff including the ship's host, masseuse, chef and dive master. There are six departures, four of which are for women only.

The first voyage takes place May 15, with monthly departures until September 2020. Twin share costs from $US3500 a person, with triple share and deluxe singles also available. Includes two nights at The Palm Tree retreat in Canggu and return airfares from Denpasar to Komodo airport, on Labuan Bajo, Flores. See escapehaven.com

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