Only 85km from Singapore, this 15-hectare private-island resort on the Bintan coastal region of Indonesia, is a mere two and a half hours from the Tanah Merah ferry terminal. This once deserted island was bought in 2004 by former banker, Andrew Dixon, and sensitively curated into an unadulterated eco-retreat where pristine rainforest rubs shoulders with a talcum-powdered beach and stunning coral reef.
Driftwood beach houses with ‘alang alang’ grass roofing nestle amongst the trees, fringing the sand and ocean. The one, two or three bedroom luxury villas are designed to capture the cooling sea breeze, with balconies and bedrooms upstairs and open-plan living below. Televisions and computers are absent, but there is good mobile reception and basic wi-fi for guests who need to stay in touch with home or work. An on-site permaculture garden, along with a local permaculture farm, provide the resort with a range of wonderful produce for the dining room, beach dining experience and legendary picnics. This is a place to relax, explore the reef, watch turtles and have a ‘barefoot-luxury’ experience.
- Power is primarily solar, and fully renewable.
- Driftwood used in construction
- Natural ventilation avoids air-conditioning
- Regular surveys taken of marine and land environments to ensure protection
- Local initiatives to reduce plastics and nurture the marine environment
- Food sourced from own permaculture farm or responsible local suppliers
Who’s This For?
Singapore Slickers and Eco-Globetrotters looking for a genuine green-paradise with excellent sustainability credentials.
For further information, visit Nikoi Private Island