Anambas Islands, Riau Islands, Indonesia

A playground of over 300 hectares, 3 crystal blue lagoons, 13 powder white beaches, lush jungle canopy for trekking and more importantly a philosophy of environmental and conservation policies, Bawah Island is a project of love to integrate people with nature and will set the benchmark for future destinations around the region.

Bawah is a group of 6 islands located at the southern end of the Anambas Islands (which is made up of 295 islands of which only 19 are occupied) approximately 150 nautical miles north-east from Singapore.

Bawah was uninhabited with the nearest population 30 nautical miles away.

There are coral reefs surrounding the islands that provide excellent opportunities to snorkel & dive and there is a unique variety of marine life.

The islands surround three lagoons the largest of which is over 900m long.

A shallow channel through the outer reef into the second largest of the lagoons offers protected deep water anchorage.

The third lagoon runs North South with a large Mangrove on both sides giving home to extensive wildlife of mudskippers, numerous fish, crabs & birdlife.

There are 35 stand-alone suites and bungalows in this pristine destination.

Life on Bawah is simple – live with the natural surroundings – go with the flow – dress simple.

There’s no end of adventures to be had; hike through the rainforest past monitor lizards and a 2,000 year-old palm to the entirely empty Coconut Beach; windsurf, kayak or paddle-board between five islands, stopping at a cave to see hundreds of bats swirl into flight; snorkel among parrotfish, clownfish and turtles.

Or just loll on the sand with a book from the library.

Most activities are included in the rate, as are daily treatments at the Aura spa, such as yoga, pilates, meditation, facials and massages.

Anambas Islands, Riau Islands, Indonesia
3 Garden Suites measuring 70 sqm
19 Beach Suites measuring 70 sqm
11 over-water Bungalows measuring 105 sqm
2 One Bedroom Deluxe Beach Suites with separate tented living/ dining room measuring 115 sqm (can be combined with adjoining room to become Two Bedroom Deluxe Beach Suites with separate living/ dining room measuring 180 sqm)
Outdoor living room / veranda
Open air bathroom
Central bed with mosquito netting and ceiling fan
AC unit
King bed
Walk in shower
Stand-alone “explorers copper bathtub”
Dressing area
4 treatment room Wellness Centre “Aura” with pilates / yoga / meditation deck
Non-motorized water sports such as kayak, paddle board, sailing as well as 13 Robinson Crusoe natural beaches
Hiking the island and discovering the natural wildlife
Open air cinema
The Boat House Bar & Restaurant
Treetop Club House Restaurant
The Grouper Beach & Pool Bar
The Wallace Library
Jules Verne Lookout Bar
Private picnics and al fresco dining
Children are allowed on the island. However, parents must be aware that our Suites are designed to accommodate only 2 persons. The island is more suited to older children 12+. The Deluxe Beach Suite is ideally suited for families with children as they are comprised of two Suites and a separate lounge suite. Although separated, they are within the same area.

Located on a small archipelago, the Bawah Island Resort is a remote paradise off the coast of southern Malaysia. Bawah is not just a new resort – it is a new destination in the world.
The Anambas Archipelago is 295 islands were only 19 are inhabited and fishing is the primary industry – Bawah is the first hotel / resort in the region and is a pioneer in opening this region.
The remote Anambas Archipelago, in which the resort sits, was one of Indonesia’s first marine conservation areas.
Visitors arrive via Singapore, travelling north by ferry (1 hour) to the island of Batam, before hopping on a private seaplane for the 1 hour 15 minutes ride across the South China Sea.
Total journey time is about 3 hours – or you could glide in on a private yacht.
They have a selection of kayaks and stand up paddle boards at the Boathouse for your use.
The beach attendant will assist you to select a kayak, and provide you with life jackets, paddles and a water bottle.
Recommended routes include:
– Circumnavigation of Bawah will take about 2 hours depending on how long you take to stop and explore.
– To the East Side of the lagoon, stop off at Pulau Merbau, then paddle towards Pulau Sanggah. Stop at the beach on the South West corner and pull your kayak up on the beach then walk over to the long beach on Sanggah’s East side. Take a walk along this 400m long beach. Takes about 2 hours.
– To the west side of the lagoon around Pulau Elang to the barrier islands and mangrove trees. Takes about 1 hour.
Snorkeling just off the jetty is one of the must do activity in Bawah Island.
There is a whole world of fish and corals down there.
It is best done in the middle of the day when the sun is close to its Zenith as the colours of the reef and the reef fish are at their brightest, but it’s a good time anytime from 10am to 4.30pm.
From mid to low tide it is easy to swim out to the reef straight off the beach but we recommend that you enter and exit the sea using swim ladders on each of the 2 pontoons at end of the jetty.
Pick up your mask, fins, snorkel and bag when you arrive and keep them with you in the bay of your villa.
The resort also runs snorkeling trips to the outer reef by boat, look out for the timings on the Activities Board. The trip will depart from the boat end of the jetty.
There are 4 bars and restaurants, and dining is a Bawah highlight.
Breakfast on tropical fruit with home-made yogurt, freshly baked breads and eggs.
A lunch of grilled fish and laksa, say, can be taken in a beachside Boat House or at the Grouper Bar, by the pool.
In the evenings, barman Marcin Grell whips up tropical cocktails at the Jules Verne Bar, before ushering guests downstairs to the Treetops restaurant to enjoy four or five courses (cod fish with Hainan rice and lemon grass sauce, say, or Thai-style beef salad, followed by apple pie with ginger ice cream).
Deluxe Beachfront Suite・180 sqm (2 bedrooms)・115 sqm (1 bedroom)
Perfect for groups or family breaks – the deluxe suites come with a separate tented-safari Lounge/Living Room area that is perfect for sharing.
The lounge and dining areas have been designed to complement the panoramic views and to accentuate a feeling of total privacy, comfort and relaxation during your stay.
The imaginative use of canvas and bamboo creates a contemporary, exotic feel in complete harmony with the surrounding landscape.
It is a great place to entertain or just to enjoy the view! With the option of a second tented-safari bedroom suite within the same space.
Overwater Bungalow・105 sqm
An intimate escape above the water, these Overwater Suites are spacious yet cozy.
There are 6 Overwater Suites on the East and 5 on the West.
The epitome of barefoot luxury, a truly intimate escape above the water.
Each suite is adorned with luxury wooden interior and a sundeck overlooking the aquamarine lagoon.
Step straight into the sea from your sundeck or curl up in bed and gaze at the breathtaking view.
Beachfront Suite・70 sqm
Stunning views of the lagoon greet you from your Beachfront Suite. Glamping with a capital G! Crafted from bamboo our safari-like tented beach suites are eco-friendly with a modern yet exotic finish.
Each generous, open-planned suite features a large verandah, open plan bed room and ensuite bathroom.
Step out of your spacious verandah and onto powder-white sand and crystal-clear blue water.
Set among lush green foliage with the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore, these tented-safari suites are south facing and stretch the full length of the island with vistas encompassing the outer islands of Bawah and our two main lagoons.
Perfect for that early morning swim or an afternoon nap on the inviting day bed.
Both lagoons are super snorkelling zones and your Suite has direct access to the beach.
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$1,780 $1,335/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.


Staying with us
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Planning your luxury holiday, we are with you every step along the way.
If the villa of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the villa can be arranged. A villa manager will meet and greet you at the airport ensuring your transfer to the villa is smooth and effortless.
Private tours and boat hire can also be arranged in advance. We will handle the arrangements to collect and return you to your villa after the event. Why not enjoy a fabulous day out and explore the surrounding islands and national marine park on a luxury speed boat?
Book a car with us and have it waiting at your villa when you arrive, we have a wide range of vehicles from a 2 seat Suzuki Jeep to a 7 seat Toyota Fortuner. Price includes comprehensive insurance, unlimited miles, collection and delivery, and optional baby and booster seats.
Prior to your arrival we will send you a food and wine shopping list allowing us to stock the villa with your favorite foods and beverages.
Once on site, your resident villa staff will ensure the villa is kept clean and tidy. Your villa manager is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize island activities, massage and spa treatments, as well as helping communicate requests to the Thai chef and dealing with any matter arising at the villa. Bed linen is changed every third day and towels are changed as necessary. Pool towels are provided and replenished as deemed necessary.
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