Bawah Reserve

Anambas Islands, Indonesia

Bawah Reserve

Anambas Islands, Indonesia

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‘Bawah Reserve where you leave only footprints and take only memories. With crystal clear blue waters, breathtaking views and bat caves to explore this is one place for the bucket list.’

Overview

  • Highlights

    • Turquoise waters, lagoons & coral reefs
    • Arrival by private seaplane
    • Kayaking, snorkelling, treks, sailing
    • Electric buggies & solar-powered boats
    • Ocean-friendly sun cream provided
    • Beach yoga & meditation sessions
    • Guest tours to learn about the garden
    • Stargazing experience with a telescope
    • Children 5+ years are welcome
    • Check-in from 12:00pm
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    Minimum stay: 3 nights
    Equivalent price per night: From $1980 USD 

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  • Local Knowledge

    Although Bawah Reserve is only a small collection of islands, there are a lot of adventurous activities to do during your stay.

    Marine experiences include: snorkeling & diving in Bawah’s reef, paddleboarding, kayaking & sailing in Bawah’s lagoon

    Other activities:

    • Hike through Bawah’s tropical forest
    • Beach Cinema
    • Island cruise tour
  • Location

    Bawah Reserve is located in Indonesia’s remote Anambas Archipelago (a small group of islands). Situated Northeast of Singapore, between mainland Malaysia and the island of Borneo. Being completed surrounded by clear blue waters, blue lagoons and beautiful coral reefs. Getting to the Hotel will require boarding a twin otter amphibious plane (which is included in bookings).

    • Distance from airport: Hang Nadim International Airport, Batam, Indonesia 1h 20min flight by Seaplane
    • Distance to key attraction: Island Cruise – a tour of Bawah Reserve’s 6 islands with numerous points of interest
    • Nearby restaurant: Treetops Restaurant at Bawah Reserve

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  • Architecture
    The design and build of Bawah Reserve was planned carefully to avoid damage and erosion to the local environment, and to prevent any disturbance or destruction of the island flora...
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    Bamboo was the main material throughout the architecture.

  • Water
    Waste water is treated and used by the permaculturalist for irrigation on their organic fruit and vegetable gardens. They have a sophisticated reverse-osmosis seawater...
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    treatment plan which uses less energy than other water treatment systems. They also harvest, treat and store rainwater at Bawah Reserve.

  • Energy
    To ensure energy consumption is minimised, the only land vehicles at Bawah Reserve are their electric buggies, and they even have 2 solar-powered boats. Moreover their water is heated...
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    by solar energy.

  • Engage Guests
    Making sure that the guests staying at the resort also respect the environment is important to Bawah Reserve. That’s why guests are encouraged to take a tour of their garden to learn about...
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    methods such as the keyhole garden bed, three sisters and potato towers.

  • Waste
    Bawah Reserve take care of any waste produced by their resort, they do this in a number of ways. All of their waste is recycled, all paper waste is used as mulch (paper is shredded and distributed...
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    on soil), food waste is composted, there are no plastic bottles and they use crushed glass for their water filtering process which is eco-friendlier than the typical silica sand water filter systems, this is because the glass used can be recycled.

  • Food
    In order to maintain sustainability at the resort, Bawah Reserve grows their own organic fruit and vegetables such as cauliflower, chilli, papaya, melons, pineapples, lemongrass, mint, lettuce...
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    spinach, potatoes. As you would expect absolutely no pesticides are used.

  • Conservation
    To help conservation of the life on the island and surrounding marine life, the resort is part of the Bawah Anambas Foundation which channel funds back into the land, sea and local community...
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    Fishing, anchoring and collection of any marine life is forbidden. Just 35 suites have been built so that the island does not suffer tourist trampling. The resort has also pledged their intention to make the island at least 60% sustainable and self-sufficient.

  • Housekeeping
    As part of Bawah Reserve’s commitment to preserving the islands ecosystem, they use less chemicals, using eco-friendly laundry detergent.
  • Kiwano Bonus
    They provide ocean-friendly sun cream to guests. Harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone from the major sunscreen brands can leach into the ocean and has proven to damage coral.

Reviews

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    "Blissful Bawah"

    Everything is beautifully designed, down to the last detail which instantly made it feel individual and brimming with stylish character. We stayed in a beach villa which as the name suggests, was right on the beach whilst surrounded by rich greenery. Luxury aside, what also really impressed me in Bawah was the warmth of the staff - nothing was too much trouble.

    Merrivale, TripAdvisor

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    "Most beautiful places I have visited"

    The most amazing service that you can imagine. The staff were fantastic. Great food and wine and the website does not so it justice. It’s one of the most beautiful places I have visited. Make sure you visit one day.

    John, Facebook

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    "Breathtaking view"

    Great place with stunning location. Breathtaking view. Highly recommended

    Tony, Google Reviews

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    "Paradise! "

    What an amazing experience our family had, gathering here for a reunion over Christmas and New Year! Bawah is an incredibly beautiful, remote ring of islands surrounded by clear blue waters and the resort takes every advantage of this while honouring and preserving the pristine nature of the surroundings.

    Brian, TripAdvisor

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    "Wonderful few days at this paradise"

    A wonderful few days at this paradise! Highly recommended- hard to fault. Attentive and friendly service, incredible food, stunning location. We will definitely be back.

    Bronwyn, Facebook

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    "My stay was pure magic"

    I most enjoyed the consistent feeling that this was my own private island. The resort overall is luxe yet rustic, with Indonesian charm, amazing food, good drinks, ample activities and spa treatments all included, and an eco-friendly mission that I appreciate.

    Nicole, Google Reviews

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    "Eco paradise"

    Our beach villa had everything you could possibly wish for and 20 paces from the beautiful beach. Listen to the ocean from your comfortable bed, take a guided jungle trek, snorkel in the outstanding lagoon against coral I have never seen before. The Wellness centre is the icing on the cake! We only wish we could have stayed for longer or maybe just move out there.

    Sue, Facebook

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    "Where the Maldives meet the Seychelles"

    We spent a wonderful 8 days in the resort, which to us is a perfect blend of Maldives (with the reef) and Seychelles (with the forest) and it's in Indonesia! The resort was on a large Atoll consisting of 6 islands, providing a lot of nook and crannies to explore by kayak, SUP or swimming. The house reef was wonderful to snorkel and just steps away from the beaches or the jetty

    Baselerin, TripAdvisor

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    "Experience in mindfulness"

    A stay at Bawah is undoubtedly a luxury holiday but without realising, it almost from the moment you get your first glimpse of the islands from the seaplane, it embraces you in what I now realise is an experience in mindfulness. The whole ethos of sustainability, impact on the environment, and leave only footprints, take only memories thinking is what sets Bawah apart from other destinations.

    Kim, Facebook

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    "Stunning"

    Absolutely stunning island resort with lovely staff, beautiful waters, plenty of activities and amazing food

    Mar, Google Reviews

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