Indonesiaâ€™s remote Anambas Archipelago is something of a well-kept secret among divers and long-distance yachters, but one newly opened eco-resort is about to put it on the map for luxury travelers. The allure of Bawah Island lies in its unfettered simplicity and postcard-perfect setting in the South China Sea. A three-hour journey, involving a ferry to Batam and a 75-minute seaplane ride, transports visitors from Singapore to a formerly uninhabited locale that appears to have changed little in the past millennia. Here, the 300-hectare property encompasses five jungled islands, 13 beaches, and three crystal-clear lagoons, all surrounded by a marine conservation area. Just 70 guests bed down in its tented suites and overwater bungalows at any one time, while personal touches aboundâ€”villas are named after its temporary residents, and at the restaurant, Asian-fusion cuisine comes with the promise that no meal will be alike. As if that werenâ€™t enough, three bars are scattered around the resort, the wellness center offers yoga, meditation, reiki, and Pilates, and plenty of diversions await offshore. Itâ€™s one place where youâ€™ll want to be marooned (US$1,960, all inclusive).
This article originally appeared in theÂ August/September 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śIsle Take Itâ€ť).