Lonely Planet Writer

Hop on an amphibious seaplane to travel to this private Indonesian island retreat

Travellers looking to truly get away from it all – without getting too far away from luxury – can consider a journey to a private island retreat on a remote Indonesian archipelago.

The beachfront homes located in the lush forest. Image by Bawah Reserve

Bawah Reserve is a new retreat spread across six private islands in a previously uninhabited archipelago, complete with blue lagoons and white sand beaches. The islands are located 160 nautical miles northeast of Singapore, and can only be reached by the resort’s private seaplane.

Inside the overwater bungalow. Image by Bawah Reserve

The luxury resort is all-inclusive and the stay begins when travellers arrive in Singapore, where they are picked up by a private chauffeur and taken to Batam International Airport, where they take an 80-minute ride on an amphibious seaplane. Once they arrive on the lush island, all the spa treatments and guest experiences are included in the price, which the resort claims makes it the only retreat in Asia to be truly all-inclusive. That means the journey to the island, activities like cooking classes and nature treks, as well as wellness treatments and personalised dining are included in the cost, which starts at US$1780 per night for a garden suite.

The remote archipelago. Image by Bawah Reserve

Guests can stay in overwater bungalows that offer up easy access to the water or stay in the safari-style beachfront and garden suites that are found within the islands thick foliage. If you’re wondering what experiences are available, guests can try a couple’s massage of catered dinner on the private beach area of their suite.

The bathroom in the overwater bungalow. Image by Bawah Reserve

For anyone who is less inclined to spend their time lazing around, Bawah Reserve is located on a previously uninhabited marine conservation area and offers activities like hikes through the jungle, snorkelling, diving and island hopping by yacht. According to Bawah Reserve, the resort is the “first and only opportunity to access Indonesia’s unspoilt Anambas Archipelago in a responsible manner.” Find out more here.