It’s time you retreated to Bawah Island, a tropical Indonesian haven that home to Asia’s newest ‘natural-lux’ retreat.
One of the most anticipated openings of 2017, Bawah Island is now taking bookings from intrepid travellers looking to explore the untouched Anambas archipelago, a clutch of idyllic, pristine coral-wreathed islands a short ferry and 75-minute seaplane ride from Singapore.
Previously uninhabited, Bawah is a marine conservation area comprising five pristine islands, three crystal clear lagoons, and enough beaches for an anthropophobic (look it up) football team. The retreat only allows a maximum of 70 guests at any one time, with those lucky souls accommodated in 35 eco-designed suites and overwater bungalows, each featuring a beautifully appointed bedroom, spacious bathroom, and a relaxing outdoor living area with incredible views across the lagoon.
Designed to give urbanites the opportunity to commune with nature, guests while away the days exploring the archipelago’s vibrant coral gardens or delving into the islands’ untouched primary forest.
While the heart of the resort is Bawah’s beach-fronted infinity pool, the perfect spot for sundowners, guests can also unwind with bespoke cocktails at the Grouper Bar, Jules Verne Bar, and Boat House Bar. These uniquely-themed bars are situated at different zones on Bawah, each offering beautiful and distinctive sights of the surrounding islands.
In addition, Bawah houses a wood-panelled, treetop library, where a diverse collection of natural history, architecture, classic literature, maps and guidebooks are available for literary lovers to browse, while nearby, the Tree Top restaurant serves bespoke Asian-fusion cuisine using locally-grown ingredients.
Be sure to leave time for a visit to Aura, the island’s holistic wellness centre, home to an intimate spa and a yoga pavilion, and offering personalised yoga, pilates, meditation, and reiki sessions from sunrise to sunset.
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