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Experience beautiful ALEXA J in the Maldives on a Private Luxury Yacht Charter

Chinmay Vasavada By Chinmay Vasavada
10 Sep 2021
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Owned and managed by the owners of Indonesia’s Alexa, Alexa J is a stunning romantic sailing yacht offering private sailing charters in the Mediterranean, the Maldives and the Andaman Sea.

With just one Master Cabin on board, Alexa J is ideal for couples seeking an intimate, romantic, and luxurious sailing experience with world-class service and food. The original boat – built over twenty years ago - was fully refurbished in Portugal in 2017 and relaunched as a luxury private sailing yacht in 2019.

What sort of accommodation is available aboard Alexa J?

Alexa J is currently the only yacht in the Maldives that is designed for just one couple or a small family. At 38 metres, it is incredibly spacious, and beautifully blends the sense of old-world charm with contemporary comforts. The yacht features a Master Cabin spread across 30 square metres on the main deck with en-suite facilities and a walk-in wardrobe.

 


The main deck also houses an indoor living room with panoramic views, the bridge and an open-air dining space. The upper deck consists of a rooftop lounge and dining area, as well as an open space for yoga and meditation. The rooftop lounge is ideal for stargazing and for sleeping out under the stars. The lower deck has a playroom with en-suite facilities that can be converted into an additional sleeping area for up to two children, making it perfectly suitable for a small family.

Alexa J’s décor was designed by her owner Veronica Blomgren, who is a renowned interior designer from Moscow. Its design is classic and elegant yet refreshingly contemporary with the shades of mulberry wood complementing the colours of the ocean, exuding an aura of ancient oceanic explorations.

 


There are six crew members on board, including a cruise director, chef, dive instructor and spa therapist. Menus are bespoke according to your preferences and the chef can masterfully pair them with excellent wines from around the world.

How can you experience the best vacation in the Maldives both on land and at sea?

Picture-perfect beaches, sublime marine biodiversity, ultimate luxury, and utmost privacy – the Maldives is one of the finest ‘Sun, Sea & Sand’ destinations in Asia and is also incredibly good for water sports, snorkelling and diving.

 


To offer you the best of the archipelago both on land and at sea, Alexa J has teamed up with Soneva Fushi – the archipelago’s original barefoot luxury resort - to create a very special programme featuring specially curated and hand-picked experiences by the founders of Alexa Private Cruises and Soneva Group that are sure to create truly memorable moments.

At sea, you will explore the stunning Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, sailing to gorgeous bays with crystal clear waters and golden rocky walls, quaint harbours, and deserted islands where only dolphins will be your company. On land you will get to stay in one of my personal favourite luxury private-island getaways and indulge yourself in fine hospitality, incredible food, wonderfully intimate experiences, and learn about pioneering eco-conservation and sustainability projects.

 


This is an incredible land and ocean luxury vacation for couples but can also be arrange for small families, as both Alexa J and Soneva Fushi welcome children of any age. A vacation in the Maldives offers an idyllic playground for young children who marvel at the stunning marine life and of course, there are no end of perfect white sandy beaches on which to play. Spend some time learning about marine biodiversity during your holiday and inspire their passion for conservation from a young age!

Featured below is a sample 14-day itinerary that offers unrivalled luxury and privacy. The programme is entirely bespoke and can be amended to suit your specific requirements and interests:

 


  • Day 1: Arrive at Soneva Fushi: Upon arrival at Malé, you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to Soneva Fushi by seaplane. Stay in a private Water Retreat for 3 nights. Soneva Fushi’s newly built water retreats – the largest of its kind in the world – are designed to offer utmost privacy and fabulous ocean vistas.
  • Day 2: Soneva Fushi: You will have the morning at leisure to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the Six Senses Spa where you can enjoy a soothing wellness therapy or treatment. The resort also offers a huge range of experiences should you wish to be more active.

 


  • Day 3: Soneva Fushi: Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the island in the morning followed by a non-motorised water sports activity in the afternoon such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing and catamaran. In the evening, you will be treated to a magical candlelit dinner on a private sandbank set in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
  • Day 4: Board Alexa J and begin sailing to Hanifaru Bay: After a leisurely morning, you will board Alexa J at the resort’s private jetty. The Cruise Director will be your dedicated coordinator onboard curating and adjusting your experience based on your wishes.
  • You will spend the afternoon exploring Hanifaru Bay with its vibrant soft corals. This is an ideal spot for snorkelling, diving and underwater photography. Between May and December, you would have a good chance of spotting schools of manta rays. If desired, an accompanying marine biologist can be arranged for this excursion. Enjoy sunset cocktails and a five-course dinner in the evening.

 


  • Day 5: Alexa J – Goidhoo: Explore Giodhoo – a small island with pearl-white sand in the southern part of the Baa Atoll. You will be taken on a guided hike around the island to discover rare freshwater lakes and a pristine tropical forest.Alternatively, you could also go snorkelling at a unique coral formation in the area called the “Rose Garden” or enjoy kayaking or kite surfing. Enjoy a lavish BBQ dinner on a deserted beach.
  • Day 6: Alexa J – Innafushi: Continue to Innafushi, a natural reserve just two hours away from Goidhoo. It is an uninhabited island located within the UNESCO Bioshphere Reserve and is renowned for its magical underwater treasures. After dinner, if desired, the crew can set up a personal cinema for you on the top deck of the yacht.

 


  • Day 7: Alexa J – Hithaadhoo: Early morning, you will set sail to Hithaadhoo – the third largest island in the Baa Atoll. Here, you will explore the Addu Nature Park, which encompasses the beautiful Eydhigali Kilhi wetlands and protected Koattey area. This is a big game fishing destination where you can cast a line and try your hand at catching sublime sustainable fish such as snappers and groupers. Indulge in a fabulous private picnic on the beach, candlelit dinner and seafood BBQ.
  • Day 8: Alexa J – Kendhoo: Explore the northern part of the Baa Atoll, visiting Kendhoo and other nearby islands by tender, and enjoying a relaxing swim in the ocean.

 


  • Day 9: Alexa J – an exclusive castaway experience: Today you will enjoy one of Soneva Group’s founders’ – Sonu’s favourite experiences: An exclusive lunch prepared by your own personal chef on a private island – this will be your very own castaway experience! Spend the day on the private island and enjoy a refreshing dip in the lagoon.
  • Day 10: Soneva Fushi: Enjoy a dive in the morning whilst your luggage is transferred back to Soneva Fushi. After a special farewell lunch onboard, spend the afternoon at Soneva Fushi relaxing in your beautiful villa.

 


  • Day 11: Soneva Fushi: Enjoy a special floating champagne breakfast in your own private pool. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing in your villa or enjoying the spa facilities. In the evening, a special star gazing experience will be arranged for you by the resort’s resident astronomer. Soneva Fushi has a dedicated observatory with a state-of-the-art telescope.
  • Day 12: Soneva Fushi: In the afternoon, you will be taken to Soneva Fushi’s private sandbank to enjoy a relaxing time on your own. After the sunset, spend a romantic night camping under the Maldivian skies on the private sandbank in a luxurious Bedoin-style tent. A special candlelit dinner will be set up by your personal attendants before they depart to allow you to enjoy utmost privacy and serenity.
  • Day 13: Soneva Fushi: After a leisurely breakfast on the private sandbank, you will be brought back to your villa where you will spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

 


  • In the evening, an intimate dinner will be organised in the middle of the jungle. You will be guided blindfolded towards the secret jungle restaurant before your gastronomic experience will begin to unfold through your senses. This is a truly unique and memorable experience.
  • Day 14: Departure from Malé: Depending on the time of your international flight, you will be transferred back to Malé by seaplane.

Please contact us for accurate pricing based on the route, availability, and season. Bespoke itineraries of 7 to 21 nights on Alexa J and at Soneva Group resorts can be organised.

How does Alexa J and Soneva Fushi support marine conservation and sustainability?

Both Alexa Private Cruises and Soneva Group are renowned for their focus on long-term sustainability and conservation, and this joint venture will only enhance their efforts.

 


ALEXA Private Cruises are currently working on multiple, hugely innovative features that will significantly reduce their carbon footprint. These include:

  • Installing WaterGens on board to create pure drinking water from thin air using condensation. A small dispenser can make up to 80 litres of drinking water per day.
  • They are also in the process of developing their own patented glass crusher that can turn glass bottles into sand particles.
  • They plan to recycle all their food waste on board and have both their vessels running on hybrid/bio-diesel engines by 2024.
  • They are set to launch their own initiative focused on marine conservation in the Maldives as well as Indonesia.

 

From the very beginning, the Soneva Group has been at the forefront of eco-sustainability and conservation efforts and are widely regarded as industry-leaders and trend-setters. Some of their pioneering projects include:

  • The development of the largest solar power plants in the country,
  • Turtle nesting programmes,
  • Development of dedicated waste management and recycling centres,
  • An excellent marine conservation programme.

The Soneva Foundation operates globally and supports the development of projects that create a positive environmental, social and economic impact in the most vulnerable places. Their current projects include:

 


  • The Myanmar stoves campaign that aims to distribute fuel-efficient cook stoves to over 200,000 families to reduce their dependency on natural wood,
  • Soneva Ocean Stewards in the Maldives,
  • Soneva forest restoration project,
  • Clean Water projects,
  • Action Against Hunger to tackle child malnutrition,
  • Care for Children.

 


Where is Alexa J located?

Alexa J is currently located in the Maldives, which lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian Ocean. Malé is the primary gateway to this heavenly archipelago, and it is well-connected with major regional and international travel hubs.

Popular Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, Asian airlines such as Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air India, as well as European airlines such as British Airways and Air France offer direct flights to and from Malé. Furthermore, Malé’s international airport can also handle private jets.

 


When is the best time to visit the Maldives?

The Maldives is one of those rare destinations that is in season all year around. However, the most popular time, when the weather is dry and warm, is between November and April. Being a tropical paradise, the temperatures are consistently in the range of high 20 degrees and low 30 degrees Celsius.

For those seeking ideal sea conditions for diving and snorkelling, January to April is the best time. It is a fantastic destination for Christmas holidays. The manta season runs from May to December in the Baa Atoll.

For more information about amazing private and exclusive sailing and yachting holidays in Asia, please do feel free to get in touch. Alternatively there are wonderful selections of private islands, both in Asia and in Africa, that can provide a wonderful land-based vacation and still allow you to get your fix of sea and sand! Or, if you would just like to dream for now, you can do so at our Video Library.

 

Images kindly provided by ALEXA private cruises and Soneva Fushi.

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