Bawah Reserve is situated on the Anambas Islands within the Riau Province of Indonesia, an uninhabited island floating between the Malay Peninsula and Borneo that is only 3 hours of flight from Singapore. There are over 250 islands in this region but the traces of development only covered 25 of them.
There are 6 islands, 3 lagoons, and 13 beaches distributed in this peaceful region of Bawah Reserve. Tim Hartnoll – founder of Bawah Reserve and Singapore aviation giant fell in love with this beautiful scenery at first sight and spent 5 years completing the design of 36 guest houses on the island. The Reserve was opened in the summer of 2017, which not only was titled the “Maldives of Indonesia” but also ranked by CNN as the “Asia’s Top Five Paradise Islands.” Now, let’s follow photographer Chi Hao Wei and Ruo-Jia Kung, the founder of the Yii Cultural Enterprise, and see how they enjoy this secret gateway of tranquility and casualty at this heavenly island of paradise.
Bawah Reserve features accommodation including the tented garden suite, tented beach suite, overwater bungalow, tree house, and pool villa, where the various looks of the ocean can be appreciated. The magnificently sparkling ocean, the grant coral reefs and outlying islands, the primitive relaxation from embracing the jungles or watching the touching sunrise and sunset sceneries, will all become unforgettable memories of wonder.
The interior design of rooms adopts wooden furniture and water-tone ocean views and jungle murals in response to the inconceivable ocean views and natural sceneries outside the window. The engraved bamboo chandelier of the villa and the Southeast Asian bamboo partitions and decorations in the bathroom are all handmade by Indonesian artists and professionals. These works may look plain on the outside but they carry that cozy handmade texture to warm up the hearts of the travelers.
You can arrange for various non-motorized water activities, including diving, kayaking, and lagoon yachting. Or, you can simply take a walk, watch outdoor movies, stargaze, and even just space out to enjoy that purest happiness of nature.
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