Set on an archipelago of five remote islands 150 nautical miles from Singapore, this far-flung retreat is accessible only by seaplane.
Set on an archipelago of five remote islands 150 nautical miles from Singapore, this far-flung retreat feels neither slick like The Seychelles nor manicured like The Maldives. Accessible only by seaplane, it is turquoise-rimmed and greenly forested. Bawah is on the biggest island and has just 35 villas hidden among its jungle foliage, strung along a white-sand beach or set on stilts over the water.
Every detail of your stay here is taken care of. From your spectacular seaplane journey to endless experiences, and personalised dining, your Bawah package has been carefully curated to ensure that everything is covered. From kayaking and snorkeling adventures to hands-on cooking classes, or treks through the forest followed by a gourmet supper on the beach, everything will be taken care of. All you need to do is enjoy.
Designed by the Singaporean architect Sim Boon Yang, the hotel was built by hand from bamboo, recycled teak, the local santigi wood and driftwood; villas channel a smart castaway feel with muslin-draped beds and copper baths; huge daybeds on the verandas of the overwater villas encourage indolence. But treks are also an option, taking guests up through the forest where mynah birds scream and monitor lizards scuttle and there are astonishing views across the open seas. The spa is set in thatched domes on a hillside and daily massages are part of the deal. Dragon-fruit cocktails are served in the bar and, above the infinity-edged pool, is the appropriately named Tree Top Restaurant for superb breakfasts of coconut-milk-scrambled eggs and smart suppers of crab tartare with avocado and mango salsa. All of which comes with the widest of Indonesian smiles.
Map and travel information
Your journey begins at 7am (Singapore time) with a luxury car from your accommodation in Singapore, to Tanah Merah Ferry terminal. Here you will be met by a member of the Bawah team and escorted on a short ferry ride to Batam, Indonesia. With snacks and cold drinks provided.
You’ll then be fast-tracked through immigration and introduced to the resident travel coordinator, who will guide you through the rest of your journey.
You will then take a 70-minute flight aboard the private amphibious plane, with 2 pilots, taking off on land and landing on water, in the beautiful lagoon right in front of your suite. Door-to-door this journey will take around 3 1/2 hours.