Principals: The resort is committed to environmental and ocean conservation, building according to environmentally sustainable development guidelines, employing a zero-waste program, prohibiting pesticides and fishing, and promoting holistic wellness, and utilizing locally-grown ingredients.
Surroundings: From lush jungles to pristine crystal lagoons, this island paradise is an unforgettable getaway destination.
Accommodation: Luxurious and eco-friendly, without ostentation and crowds.
Opened in late 2017, Bawah Island is an island resort that is part of Indonesia's Riau Islands, just a two hour journey from Singapore by ferry and seaplane. Bawah Island promises untouched paradise, composed of five lush jungle islands, three crystal clear lagoons, and 13 ivory powder beaches exclusively for a maximum of 70 guests. The eco-friendly resort is committed to environmental and ocean conservation, crafting its three garden suites, 21 beachfront suites, and 11 overwater villas from natural and recycled materials. Guests can spend the day hiking the forests and water sports in the pristine lagoons, indulge in holistic meals at two restaurants and wellness programs at the Aura spa and yoga pavilion, then end the day with cocktails from the bar at dusk and open-air cinema screenings under the stars.
Set around Bawah Island’s tropical landscape are 35 elegant suites and villas. Each suite features woody interiors, teak floors, jellyfish-styled chandeliers, removable bamboo lattice walls and peaked ceilings for natural ventilation, and bathrooms are designed with copper tubs and showers. With no TV provided, guests are invited to lounge on the balcony and commune with the natural landscape.
Set just a few steps away from the water, Beachfront Suites face the south of the island and stretch along its length, providing views of outer islands and two clear water lagoons that are home to a variety of fish, perfect for snorkeling.
Similar to the the Beachfront Suite, the Deluxe Beach Suite comes with a separate tent which can be designated as additional lounge space or a second bedroom suite for families and friends.
The three stylish tented Garden Suites blend into natural surroundings, allowing guests privacy and comfort amongst a jungle foliage setting. These suites are only a few minutes walk away from the sandy shores.
Perched on stilts right above the water, the overwater bungalows feature an inviting sundeck overlooking the lagoon. There are six bungalows on the East and five on the West.
Although the island environs is the focal point of Bawah Island, the resort is fitted with staple luxury facilities, such as infinity pool, wellness center, and a litany of on and off shore activities, to ensure clients blissfully want for nothing.
Active guests can explore the island paradise to its fullest with opportunities to hike the forests, explore caves, snorkel the lagoons, and enjoy water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Other options include searching for turtle nests on Sanggah Island, touring the kitchen gardens with the resident permaculture expert, and taking a book from the library to read while soaking up the sun and relaxing.
The Aura Wellness Center hosts the spa and yoga pavilion, promoting holistic wellbeing amongst a jungle canopy setting. Guests can enjoy facials and massages, as well as guru-led yoga, pilates, meditation, and reiki sessions.
For maximum relaxation, in addition to 13 private beaches, Bawah Island also has an infinity-edge swimming pool from which guests can sip cocktails while enjoying views of the sea.
Bawah Island has two bars and two restaurants, utilizing ingredients sourced from local areas, including Bawah Island’s own gardens.
Located beachside, the Boat House serves locally-sourced fresh grilled seafood which can be enjoyed in the flotsam-decorated sand floor restaurant, or taken poolside. As an official marine conservation area, fishing is forbidden around Bawah Island, allowing for fish and corals to flourish in the lagoons.
Sip on cocktails from the poolside Grouper Bar while lounging by the infinity pool with ocean vistas in the distance.
Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the Jules Verner Bar, crafted by an expert mixologist, before heading downstairs to the Tree Top restaurant.
Tree Top Restaurant offers Asian-fusion cuisine and dishes are prepared each day based on what is locally available. The executive chef can whip up a variety of dishes ranging from Thai-style beef salad to lamb nasi goreng burritos. Picnic baskets can be prepared for guests who wish to dine by the sea.