The buildings of 17-hectare Cempedak are made entirely of sustainable bamboo, recycled teak, and rubber wood, and topped with grass-thatched roofs.
Ten years after launching Nikoi Island in Indonesiaâ€™s Riau Archipelago, Australian banker-turned-hotelier Andrew Dixon and his partners have done it again, opening a second eco-resort just a half-hour speedboat ride away. Fresh off his work on Baliâ€™s Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, New Zealandâ€“born architect Miles Humphreysâ€”along with Balinese bamboo specialists Chiko Wirahadi and Ketut Indra Saputraâ€”were recruited to create a grown-up fantasy of a Robinson Crusoe getaway. While Nikoi was constructed with driftwood, the buildings of 17-hectare Cempedak are made entirely of sustainable bamboo, recycled teak, and rubber wood, and topped with grass-thatched roofs. Fringed by thick stands of jungle that also act as privacy screens, the 20 double-story pool villas are dressed in organic linen, cotton mosquito netting, and bamboo ceiling fans. There are no walls, not even in the second-floor bedroom and showerâ€”the better to catch the sea breezes and to be lulled to sleep each night by the sound of the softly lapping ocean waves. By day, diversions include tennis on a grass court, â€¨nature walks, scuba diving and snorkeling in the surrounding crystalline waters, while the cocktail barâ€™s timber deck is a dramatic front-row seat for watching the sunset, thanks to its position high above the jungle treetops.
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This article originally appeared in theÂ October/November 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Luxe List 2017: Cempedak Private Islandâ€ť).