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  • Raja Ampat
    Raja Ampat
  • Just one of many water toys
    Just one of many water toys
  • A family-friendly adventure
    A family-friendly adventure
  • Komodo Dragons
    Komodo Dragons
  • Master Suite
    Master Suite
  • Hike to panoramic viewpoints
    Hike to panoramic viewpoints
  • Relax and refresh onboard
    Relax and refresh onboard
  • The Dunia Baru
    The Dunia Baru
10 Trips That Are Truly Fun for the Whole Family
Town & Country Magazine

When Town & Country Magazine compiled their guide to five-star family travel, they called on ExpeditionTrips' President Ashton Palmer for expert advice about small-ship options. Having traveled the world with his own children, Ashton suggested the Dunia Baru—a stunning sailing yacht available for charter in Indonesia—as an alternative to cookie-cutter resorts.

Indonesia: The Five-Star Sea Voyage

"One of the most beautiful superyachts to launch in recent years, the Dunia Baru also happens to be ideal for families. With just seven staterooms, 18 crew members (who can babysit if your nanny can't make it), and, most important, gunwales high enough to keep the kids from falling overboard, the teak and ironwood ship slips among the 17,000 islands that comprise Indonesia, making stops at remote villages, secluded coves, and Raja Ampat, the richest coral reef on earth. Owner Mark Robba spent nearly eight years building the $7 million boat primarily as a floating pleasure palace for his family. The result: a showcase of craftsmanship and practicality, from the intricately carved window latches and Balinese-inspired interiors to the ­expansive galley, where families can hang out. In addition to a slew of water­ sports equipment (jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, scuba gear), there's an onboard dive master and plenty of beach toys­—though plastic pails and shovels may be greeted with puzzled looks from the friendly seaweed farmers onshore, most of whom have had little contact with the outside world. The two chefs can prepare almost anything, from nasi goring for the kids to sashimi made from the tuna you caught earlier in the day. Then it's off to bed under soft bamboo sheets, and dreams of where those maroon sails will be taking you tomorrow.

Best ages
One to 101. When to go Summer vacation for Komodo; Christmas vacation for Raja Ampat. Getting there It's a killer, but it's worth it. Komodo: 80 minutes by air from Bali. Raja Ampat: one to two days by air from Bali due to infrequent connecting flights. Wow moment Locking eyes with a 150-pound Komodo dragon, the heaviest lizard on earth. Bonus for parents The poop deck is not what you think (it's for lounging in the sun). To book Contact Ashton Palmer of Expedition Trips (ashton@expeditiontrips.com, 877-412-8527). Cost From $87,500 per week for up to 14 people."

Find all 10 of Town & Country's five-star adventures on the T&C website.