Secret's out: This hidden island near Singapore is everyone's new dream destination

Secret's out: This hidden island near Singapore is everyone's new dream destination
PHOTO: Bawah Island

Previously uninhabited and hidden away from the world, the beautiful and exclusive Bawah Island will be open to its first explorers beginning July 31, 2017.

But at prices upward of S$2,500 per night for a room, only the well-heeled need apply. 

The island is an untouched archipelago consisting of five pristine islands, three crystal clear lagoons and 13 powder-white beaches, according to a press release from the island resort.

Located just 150 nautical miles northeast of Singapore in Indonesia, this collection of islands will be accessible via a ferry from Singapore to Batam, followed by a private seaplane to Bawah.

Photo: Bawah Island

So what's so unique about it?

Because the island is a marine conservation area, its rare ecosystem has been preserved.

Visitors can step foot in Bawah’s primary forest that has never been cut or burnt.

Photo: Bawah Island 

Developed to inspire guests to get reacquainted with their 'true nature,' the island boasts a green philosophy of environmentalism and conservation.

“Bawah Island is a project of love to integrate people with nature and will set the benchmark for future destinations around the region,” states its official website.

The hope is that guests will be invited to explore the islands and leave with a renewed sense of purpose.

Photo: Bawah Island

To further understand Bawah's dedication to sustainability and protecting nature, look no further than their accommodations.

There are 35 Safari Tented Villas on the island, made with environmentally-friendly materials (like recycled teak and bamboo), and powered by renewable energy micro-grids.

Indigenous materials like ‘driftwood’ have been reinvented to create unique finishes and everything on the island has been created by hand, as no heavy machinery is allowed on Bawah.

Photo: Bawah Island

Even the bath and shower areas are constructed of recycled copper.

Photo: Bawah Island

Furthermore, fishing and anchoring in Bawah’s waters are forbidden and to protect the abundance of flora, fauna and butterflies on the island, no pesticides are used.

But Bawah Island's mission isn't only to preserve nature, it's to live with it.

Guests will quite literally be enveloped in lush scenery, living in eco-designed suites embedded in wildlife.

Photo: Bawah Island

Of these include: 21 Beach Suites offering breathtaking sea views, 11 Over Water Bungalows giving stunning dawn to dusk vistas, and 3 Garden Suites shrouded by idyllic, natural scenes.

Be prepared however, as the relaxing stay doesn't come cheap.

Prices for two start at US$1,960 (S$2,725) per night and there's a minimum stay of three nights, so it's definitely a dream destination, and one that may remain so for many.

thanhb@sph.com.sg

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