Indonesia’s Artotel Group is making its first foray into phinisi yacht operation, having been appointed by boat owner Siji Sysstima to bring on board its hospitality expertise.
Malaillo, the first phinis to be operated by Artotel Group, is expected to sail Labuan Bajo and Raja Ampat in March 2020. The boat’s name is based on an ancient word used by the Bugis to refer to a never-ending hum.
Phinisis were traditionally to transport goods for Bugis and Makassar people from South Sulawesi. In recent times, phinisis are increasingly being used for leisure and tourism-related purposes including diving.
The 45m-long Malaillo can carry 45 people – with capacity for 18 guests, and the remaining for the crew. It will feature eight guestrooms, a restaurant, lounge and sun deck. Guests will also be able to enjoy Internet connection and use of diving equipment.
Eduard Rudolf Pangkerego, COO Artotel Group, commented: ’The signed management agreement (means that) the group now not only operates properties on land, but also at sea.”
On how the group plans to bring the Artotel style to sea, he said the interior will feature art by emerging local creators, round-the-clock F&B, as well as events and activities such as art exhibitions, workshops, and music performances.
Artotel Group is an Indonesian hospitality company with four integrated pillars – hotel, F&B, event management and curated merchandise. The group offers a range of accommodation types, from boutique design-centric hotel, up to premium luxury hotels. Its hotel brands include BoBotel, Artotel, Curated Collections, Artotel Casa, Artotel Villa and Artotel Suites.