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 Indonesia’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 Bali’s Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, New Zealand–born architect Miles Humphreys—along with Balinese bamboo specialists Chiko Wirahadi and Ketut Indra Saputra—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 shower—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, nature walks, scuba diving and snorkeling in the surrounding crystalline waters, while the cocktail bar’s timber deck is a dramatic front-row seat for watching the sunset, thanks to its position high above the jungle treetops.
62/811-700-8040; Cempedak Private Island; doubles from $360
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2017: Cempedak Private Island”).