As amazing as Maldives’ pristine ocean and dreamy white-sand beaches are, we all need a vacation that’s a little closer to home from time to time. Fortunately, a new island retreat nestled within Indonesia’s stunning Anambas archipelago — a mere two-hour journey away from Singapore — is set to open its tropical shores come summer next year: Bawah Private Island is the perfect destination for a quick, off-the-mainland getaway.
Sprawled over the 300-hectare paradise are 35 eco-designed tented-safari and over-water villas surrounded by breathtaking sea vistas and lush canopies, each built in sustainable materials the likes of bamboo and recycled teak. Accessible through a short walk, a treetop club house shelters a yoga pavilion, a beach-fronted infinity pool and a luxe spa. Looking for an adrenaline rush? A trek through Bawah’s untouched forest or a dive in the crystal clear lagoons are among the wanderlust-satiating adventures promised.
On the island where sustainable practices are taking hold at large, Bawah Private Island is an eco-trailblazer in its own right. The tropical enclave integrates a REIDS (Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator) scheme, a micro-grid technology renewing energy without having to connect to a main power source. And to protect its thriving flora and fauna, a set of rules against pesticides, fishing and anchoring are established. If guilt over excess carbon footprint is haunting, give this isle stay a whirl — it's the green vacation your mind and consciousness will thank you for.
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