Bawah Reserve, a Private Island Resort, Opens in Indonesia’s Riau Islands

Bawah Reserve, a resort comprising six private islands in Indonesia’s Riau Islands, made its debut in January. Located 150 miles northeast of Singapore on the Anambas Archipelago in Indonesia, Bawah Reserve allows travelers to immerse themselves in the ecosystem, while enjoying “barefoot” luxury on-property.

Covered in lush jungle canopy, the private islands have three crystal-clear blue lagoons and 13 white sand beaches. Bawah Reserve’s waters and terrain allow guests to enjoy various marine-based activities and treks through the jungle. For those looking to relax, they can opt for the resort’s beachfront infinity pool or holistic wellness center.

Accommodating up to 70 guests, Bawah Reserve has 35 suites; these are broken down into 11 overwater bungalows overlooking the lagoons, 21 safari-like tented beachfront suites and three garden suites set among the island’s green flora.  The suites are adorned with canvas and bamboo interiors.

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With a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and ocean conservation, the recently launched Bawah Anambas Foundation has been established with the mission to preserve and protect marine life, indigenous flora and fauna and local communities living within the surrounding 200 islands. In the communities, the foundation will have a focus on literacy and access to education.  

Prior to the land being purchased by two foreign investors six years ago, the Anambas Archipeligo had no tourism or hospitality offerings, making Bawah Reserve the first and only opportunity to access to this remote location. One of the key owners and investors, Matt Chapman, a Singapore-based entrepreneur and investor, also owns Parihoa Farm in New Zealand.

Access: Bawah Reserve’s private seaplane takes guests on a 75-minute journey from Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam and lands directly in the waters of the resort. The all-inclusive nightly rate includes full round-trip transfers from Singapore, villa accommodation, daily meals, laundry, soft drinks, access to treatments and classes at the wellness center, surface water sports and snorkeling equipment.

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