Lonely Planet Writer

A previously uninhabited island in Indonesia is set to become a luxury eco-resort

‘Explorers wanted,’ reads the website. Looking at the pictures, we feel there will be no shortage of those. Although they might have to wait in line.

Bawah Island
Bawah Island Image by Bawah Island on Facebook

Set to open in mid-2017, a collection of pristine and previously uninhabited islands in the South China Sea has been developed as the latest luxury beach resort. And the best bit: it is designed to have as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible.

The six tiny islands that make up the Bawah Islands, lie 150 nautical miles north-east from Singapore and are part of the Anambas Islands chain in Riau Islands province, Indonesia. With white powder beaches, a lush jungle interior and three natural lagoons full of coral and crystal-clear water, Bawah was once named one of Asia’s most beautiful tropical islands by CNN for its untouched, pinch-me-I’m-dreaming beauty.

The owners of Bawah Private Island Resort are keen to keep it that way. When it opens, the resort will accept a maximum of 70 guests at a time on the islands and will apply a zero-waste policy, meaning all waste will either be removed from the island or recycled with renewable energy. Fishing will be prohibited to protect marine life, and the resort will hire a farming specialist to ensure suitable plants are grown to supply the restaurant.

The resort will comprise 35 private villas, a library, a restaurant, two bars, an infinity swimming pool, a spa, health centre and a water-sports centre. There will also be opportunities for jungle treks, coral reef diving and, of course, doing absolutely nothing. More information can be found on Bawah Private Island Resort’s website.