Sitting an unassuming 300 kilometres northeast of Singapore amidst a clutch of six white-sand islands and three jewelled lagoons, Bawah Reserve is currently enjoying its time in the sun as the most talked about private-island resort in the world.
In addition to its holistic and pioneering approach to sustainability, one of the resort’s features that has tongues wagging (and jaws dropping) around the world, is its 13 pristine beaches.
Celebrated, much lauded and already much awarded, Bawah Reserve is a back-to-nature haven where you can stay for two weeks and visit a different beach every day, and since the resort opened its doors last year, visitors have been infatuated with its unique landscape.
Until a few years ago the region was completely uninhabited and when the opportunity to develop Bawah into a resort presented itself, the owner wanted to preserve the environment and keep it exactly as it was the first time he saw it.
He implemented a strictly sustainable operational plan, protecting the land, sea and surrounding communities. Today, Bawah Reserve – and its forest-canopied islands, three sheltered lagoons and 13 beaches – is a designated marine conservation zone, placing visitors at the epicentre of marine diversity that is sadly inaccessible in many other places.
Located in a remote pocket of Indonesia’s Anambas Archipelago, Bawah Reserve has already been coined the ‘mini Maldives’ because of its unbelievably blue water and white sand, and enviable lifestyle, where you can fill your days snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing, or indulging in private picnics on the beach of your choice.
It offers the same relaxed, high-end vibe that people love about places like the Maldives and the Seychelles but the joy here is that you don’t have to share the beaches with crowds. It’s secluded, serene barefoot luxury at its finest.
The resort is home to 35 villas (overwater bungalows, beachfront villas and garden suites) made by hand from natural materials such as bamboo, driftwood and recycled teak, with beautiful recycled finishes like copper sinks and showers in the bathrooms.