Adventurers can look forward to five-star creature comforts in a little-visited corner of western Indonesia.
Set on a boulder-studded stretch of shoreline on the east coast of Natuna Island, Adiwana Jelita Sejuba Natuna is the latest resort to open in Indonesia’s far-flung Riau Archipelago. While it may appear remote on the map, Natuna enjoys relatively easy access from Jakarta and Singapore via a 90-minute flight from Batam’s Hang Nadim Airport. It’s easy to see why the homegrown Adiwana brand named their newly minted retreat Jelita — a poetic term for “beautiful” in the Indonesian language.
Backed by the 1,000-meter summit of Mount Ranai and overlooking turquoise waters, the two-and-a-half-hectare property oozes tropical charm, with plenty of lush foliage and a thatch-roofed lobby bridging a natural stream. King beds and balconies grace the 41-square-meter Adiwana Ocean View rooms, alongside local touches such as carpets and bed runners adorned with Malay motifs. Families and groups of friends looking to splurge should consider the four-bedroom Presidential villa, which comes with 484 square meters of living space and features its own private deck and infinity pool.
Indonesian flavors meld with those of other Asian countries at Napoleon restaurant (named for the reef fish, not the man); the breezy venue doubles as the setting for cooking classes that harness ingredients like seafood caught in the surrounding waters. Perched on stilts over the South China Sea, Ombak Bar is just the spot to sip on healthy juices and the signature Adiwana cocktail as night falls. Sejuba Groove, designed as an informal meeting place for guests, features a shop stocked with traditional crafts made by local artisans. There’s also a granite-clad infinity pool that rises straight from the sea, while an on-site spa and gym round out the recreational facilities. Holidaymakers wishing to venture beyond the resort can tour Natuna and explore its underwater wonders through snorkeling sessions and island-hopping excursions.
Running through the end of the year, the opening offer at Adiwana Jelita Sejuba Natuna includes 25 percent off room rates, daily breakfast and afternoon tea, and discounts of 10 percent on food and half-price on all spa treatments.
Doubles from US$168; adiwanahotels.com