After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, Indonesia’s Bawah Reserve is gearing up to welcome back guests with a host of new accommodations, refreshed villas and an enhanced sustainability offering.
Situated on the idyllic Anambas Islands, 160 nautical miles from Singapore in the South China Sea, the secluded retreat is slated to reopen this September. The private atoll – which consists of six pristine islands, three lagoons and 13 white sandy beaches – is reopening with an additional island.
As well as breathing new life into the 36 existing suites and villas scattered across the archipelago, Bawah Reserve will launch the ultra-exclusive Elang Private Residence – a collection of six brand-new cliffside lodges, ideal for larger groups of up to twenty people.
Created by celebrated Singaporean designer Sim Boon Yang, the new accommodations have been built using locally sourced natural materials and boast spacious balconies with stunning sea views.
Guests will have exclusive access to their own private beach, as well as a saltwater infinity pool refreshed with every tide. The new island will also feature an open-air Club House restaurant and bar, and a Beach House overlooking the lagoon.
Over on the main island, Bawah Reserve will add two new accommodation categories to its collection, inspired by the growing demand for multigenerational and family travel. This includes the two-bedroom Infinity Pool Villa, comprised of two beach suites connected by an alfresco lounge and dining area. As you would expect, the pièce de résistance is the enormous private infinity pool that has direct access to the lagoon. Here, guests can make the most of the array of water activities available from paddleboarding to snorkeling.
Another option for those traveling in a group is the two-bedroom Garden Pool Villa, nestled within the lush greenery of the jungle. The luxurious abode is comprised of two garden suites with a shared lounge area and pool.
Most important of all, however, is the enhancements Bawah Reserve has made to its already impressive sustainability offering. Demonstrating its commitment to protecting and preserving the precious marine conservation area, most of the resort’s electricity now comes from the newly installed floating solar farm.
In 2019, the reserve went through an extensive accreditation process to join the WWF Signing Blue program, an initiative that promotes responsible marine tourism and community welfare in Indonesia.
Other efforts Bawah Reserve has made to minimize its impact on the environment include collecting and reusing rainwater, an ongoing reforestation project to grow new mangroves where the canopy has been depleted and providing nesting beaches for vulnerable sea turtles.
Bawah Reserve will reopen on 1 September 2022. Rates start from $1780 per night for two people full board.