Made up of six luscious tropical islands 160 nautical miles northeast of Singapore, Bawah Reserve is a pristine island paradise. This previously uninhabited marine conservation area is the perfect place for those seeking wild adventure and barefoot relaxation with a touch of truly sustainable indulgence.
Accommodation made up of overwater bungalows, two-bedroom pool villas two-bedroom infinity pool villas, beach suites, garden suites, and a jungle lodge
Made up of six private islands
Four unique restaurants and bars
Freshwater 22-meter infinity pool
Croquet and tennis lawn
Ecological and organic gardens and farming practice
Beachfront activities centre
Activities including nature hikes, beach picnics, yoga, Pilates, reef snorkelling, diving with OrcaNation, stand-up paddleboarding, transparent kayaking, sailing, sunset boat trips, Indonesian cooking classes, stargazing, starlight cinema nights, cocktail classes, batik classes, croquet or tennis
In Indonesia’s remote and beautiful Anambas Archipelago, surrounded by clear turquoise waters teeming with tropical fish lies Bawah Reserve. An exclusive island reserve, Bawah reserve was saved from destruction by illegal dynamite fishing by owners who sought to protect and preserve this ecological utopia. Now a designated conservation area, the design and build of this resort was done with supporting the island’s mature island flora. Now the reserve combines a reverence of nature with luxurious yet sustainable indulgence. Melding contemporary convenience with indigenous, traditional craftsmanship, the structures are built on footings that require minimal interference. Stay in any one of the different accommodation options, from a two-bedroom villa for you and your family or friends to stay in, to a secluded and romantic overwater bungalow. No matter where you chose to stay enjoy being surrounded by the island’s abundant nature and the crystal-clear waters of the lagoons and ocean.
Spend your days hiking one of the three trails through the lush forests of Bawah Reserve and encounter the spectacular 50-metre-high, 500-year-old Keruing tree, the beating heart of this ecosystem. Or learn about how food is sustainably grown on the island and take a walk through the gardens and farmlands. Take to the beach or lawns and get your heart pumping with a game of tennis, volleyball or learn the local game of Speak Takraw. Take to the seas and snorkel around some of the stunning coral reefs that teem with an abundance of tropical fish. Silently glide across the water in a clear kayak and see the ocean swirling below you. Or dive below the surface and join the Anambas Foundation team as they help to transplant preserve the precious coral reefs as well as aiding in the removal of ghost fishing nets and equipment left on the reef. Otherwise spend your days simply enjoying the simplicity of gently swaying in a hammock, walking barefoot on the powdery sand, and enjoying castaway picnics in remote spots on the islands. Relax your muscles with a trip to the spa where expert masseurs will alleviate any muscular aches and send you into a state of complete euphoria. After a delicious supper in one of the Reserve’s restaurants head back to your room and fall asleep accompanied by the sounds of rustling forests and crashing waves.
Designed using a minimal impact approach – only clearing what was needed along the shore of the main island and undertaking work without machinery and using bamboo and other locally sourced natural materials
Mirrors, sinks, and bathtubs are all made using copper recycled from elsewhere in Indonesia
The jetty was built using a team of specialist divers so as to prevent damage to the reef
Rainwater is collected and stored
Drinking water is created using a desalination plant and wastewater is collected and pumped into a series of treatment areas
Solid waste is sent for recycling whenever possible
Ongoing reforestation project to irrigate and grow new forest in areas where the canopy has become depleted
Work in place to help protect turtles that lay their eggs on the island’s beaches
The Reserve gives guests the opportunity to learn about the environmental and social challenges that are present
Plans to use solar panels to create island electricity
The Bawah Anambas Foundation was created in 2018 and operates in parallel and close alignment with the Reserve. The foundation was established to help conserve and expand the biodiversity of the Anambas Islands as well as protecting marine wildlife
Why we love it
Bawah’s story and its passionate protection of the local environment and communities make it unique as an island retreat. Built with sustainability and luxury in mind, Bawah is the perfect place to balance simplicity and indulgence. If you are looking for complete privacy to celebrate a special occasion, take over the whole island and indulge in complete seclusion.
Planning your experience
Contact our Private Adventures team to find out more about our great accommodation partners and to start planning your own bespoke experience.
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