Somewhere in the wilds of nowhere, amid azure seas, lies a paradisaical cluster of islands. Bawah Island is not one, but six, emerald-hued islands, tucked away in a far-flung corner of Indonesia. A place where you can check in and switch off, reconnect to the world around you, in one of 35 beautiful villas designed to allow you to live within the nature that surrounds you. Time quite literally stands still here as you discover a place that hasn’t changed in almost 10,000 years – save a few luxurious touches, of course.
The adventure doesn’t begin at Bawah Island – but in getting there. Retreating to paradise has never been an easy task, but the team at Bawah have brought it that bit closer. From Singapore, it’s just a short ferry ride to the island of Batam before an hour’s flight onboard Bawah’s own private seaplane. It may not be the quickest airport transfer in the world, but trust us, it’s more than worth it as you glide into land on the islands’ beautiful lagoon with a unspoilt paradise before you.
Always luxurious. Never opulent. It’s barefoot luxe all the way here. Bawah Island is an exclusive retreat with just 35 villas and suites, welcoming a mere 70 guests at any one time, meaning privacy and tranquillity are absolute givens. Choose from an overwater bungalow and literally dive out of bed and into the lagoon, a beachfront suite where the waves lap gently at your door, or a garden suite and cocoon yourself in lush jungle.
Why We Like It
Bawah is an invitation to be curious. It is so much more than a beachside paradise, but a place to indulge your adventurous side. Each of the islands is home to new discoveries as you hike over hills, beneath verdant jungles and alongside inquisitive monitor lizards. If you’re more at home underwater, Bawah boasts that rare treat of snorkelling right from your villa, as well as a dive and watersports centre with every toy you could hope for. Whilst for the gastronomically minded, dining at Bawah is always a pleasure with menus that draw influence from the surrounding natural environment. The only question left remaining: do they accept permanent residents?