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Indonesia’s Bawah is a collection of six private islands surrounded by lagoons and coral reefs. Accessible only by seaplane from Batam, off the coast of Singapore, this is the ultimate castaway island escape.
There are just 35 private suites and villas spread across the islands at Bawah. With so much space and yet accommodation for just 70 guests, the tropical islands remain eco-friendly and fantastically unspoilt. Guests can choose from one of the 11 Overwater Bungalows, 21 Beachfront Suites (including two Deluxe Beachfront Suites) or three Garden Suites. All of the rooms focus on providing an authentic island base and so the Garden and Beachfront Suites are housed in luxurious safari tents, while the Bungalows are thatched wooden structures - all also feature private decking or seating areas. The décor is simple and tasteful, with natural materials and neutral colours used alongside handcrafted furniture and bohemian soft furnishings.
Since guest at Bawah will be deserted on their selection of private islands, all room rates are inclusive of meals and non-alcoholic drinks. Meals can be enjoyed in the main Boat House Bar & Restaurant, or else in the Treetop Club House Restaurant or The Grouper Beach & Pool Bar. There are also numerous spots to arrange private picnics or al fresco dining options and the Jules Verne Lookout Bar is the ideal cocktail spot.
Ensuring that guests are fully entertained on their island escape Bawah houses a four treatment room spa with a yoga deck, tennis courts, an open air cinema, a boutique shop, and several water sports facilities. Opt to explore the lagoons on a kayak or while paddle board, kite surfing or snorkelling, or for a more relaxing exploration, beach hop between the 13 white sandy beaches and wander through the lush coconut palms spotting tropical wildlife.
Why we love it
This isn't just one luxury private island, but six - and that's not to mention the 13 beaches and three lagoons.