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This $21,000-a-Night Private Island in Indonesia Conjures the Castaway Spirit — With Endless Spa Treatments

Beloved eco-chic resort Bawah Reserve just added six private residences on a new island.

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By Vanessa Wilkins

Jan 5, 2022

TRAVELERS LOOKING FOR a one-of-a-kind private island getaway may have just found their newest utopia in Indonesia, at the luxury eco-resort Bawah Reserve

Bawah is a breathtaking private-island paradise, located about 160 nautical miles northeast of Singapore in the remote Anambas Archipelago of Indonesia. Made up of six specks of land and only accessible by private seaplane, the tropical escape is made up of 13 beaches, three lagoons, and more than 100 hectares of lush rainforest to explore. 

Bawah Reserve is of the barefoot uber-luxury model that aims to be sustainable, good to their environment and proactively help develop the communities around them. It’s also got incredibly romantic castaway vibes.

Guests can indulge in a number of land and water activities such as snorkeling, hiking, cooking classes, and wellness workshops. Now, in addition to the reserve’s current 36 lodges, Bawah Reserve will launch six new adult-only private residences in 2022 on a previously untouched island called Elang.

The luxury cliffside lodges on Elang were created by Singaporean designer Sim Boon Yang, and feature panoramic views of the ocean and neighboring islands. Originally developed as the owner’s holiday home, guests of Elang can enjoy both a private beach and the Club House, as well as The Beach House restaurant, the Kayu spa, and a saltwater infinity pool. Additional amenities for Elang’s elite patrons include personalized butler service, as well as daily activities like refreshing beachside yoga and soothing spa treatments. 

For guests who want to elevate their private island experience even further, there is also an option for one party to book the entire island for up to 14 guests. This private-island takeover option is perfect for a trip with family or friends who prefer a secluded getaway to a crowded resort, and travelers looking for an exclusive adventure way off the map in pristine, far-flung Indonesia. 

Rates to book the private island of Elang start at US$21,000 per night and include full board, laundry, daily spa treatments, and an array of land and water-based activities and experiences. Visit the Bawah Reserve website for details.

All photos courtesy of Bawah Reserve.

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