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Amandira to sail to Komodo and Raja Ampat in April

Following the launch of the Aman Tokyo in December last year, the Aman Group is set to provide another intimate travel experience for its guests through the Amandira in April, a custom-built 52-meter two-masted Phinisi sailing vessel that will meander around Indonesia's Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat in West Papua. Serving as an addition to Amanwana’s on-water offerings, Amandira -- named after the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and dira which means ‘intrepid’ -- offers three spacious cabins, a foredeck where guests can relax on sun loungers, an indoor lounge, a library/entertainment room, a total of 14 crew and dive facilities that include the use of nitrox, allowing longer dive times for experienced divers. Able to travel under sail as well as by motor, the Amandira can be chartered in tandem with Aman's first custom-built coastal cruiser Amanikan, accommodating a total of up to 14 guests. Expeditions aboard Amandira include the seven-night Komodo Expedition which explores the UNESCO-protected Komodo National Park, cruising through the Nusa Tenggara island chain to Rinca and Komodo where the infamous Komodo dragon can still be found; and the five- or seven-night Raja Ampat Expedition renowned for its biodiversity that encompasses over 40,000 square kilometers in the northeastern seas of the Indonesian Archipelago. Founded in 1988, the Aman Group operates up to 26 luxury resort properties under the Aman brand in 18 countries, including Indonesia, where each features locally sourced materials to reflect the resort’s natural surroundings and the traditions of local cultures. - See more at: http://www.jakpost.travel/news/amandira-to-sail-to-komodo-and-raja-ampat-in-april-cNXmEwbLMySBC8lH.html#sthash.xejssAf8.dpuf

A visit to Yogya's latest eco-friendly hotel

Designing a hotel that’s different is always a challenge — there are limited ways to assemble blocks of concrete cubicles and make them desirable. One Yogyakarta hotelier is going green to lure visitors. Peckish guests too drained by Yogyakarta’s delights to descend to the open-plan kitchen on Greenhost’s ground floor can nibble a lettuce or pluck a tomato growing just outside their door. But they’ll be unable to immediately lay their hands on a hairdryer, even though their lodgings have all the facilities expected in a modern hotel, like Wi-Fi and cable TV. “That’s because everything has been designed to use little energy,” said Arbiter Gerhard Sarumaha, general manager of the city’s newest hotel. “Guests may borrow a dryer, but the rooms are limited to 1,300 watts. If they try to boil a kettle at the same time, the circuit breaker will trip. “The vegetables they can savor will be grown in a vast hydroponic array using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. The system could produce 1.4 tons of fresh produce if all 9,000 plants are harvested at the same time. Excess food will be sold.”