This summer we travelled the globe to Indonesia, to check out what there was to offer for those in need of some well-deserved C A L M. Whether you are escaping from the hustle and bustle of life or work, on a stopover from an around the world trip or just in need of a little rest, restore + escape – we have you covered. From white sands and intimate settings to crocodile oberving and trekking amongst wild boars, heres our favourite spots to stay in Indonesia + Malaysia.
BANYAN TREE, BINTAN INDONESIA
Rustic traditional Balinese luxury, in the unruined tropics of Bintan, Indonesia
Situated on the edge of the South China Sea, just an hour away from Singapore – Banyan Tree, bintan is a resort of pure calm and serenity. Immerse yourself in paradise on the large authentic Indonesian resort and sit back and relax because you won’t need to lift a finger. Their buggy service, apt with a smiley face from one of the staff will take you around the resort leaving you to float from your villa to the beach to the restaurants. Pure bliss. The resort boasts a luxury spa villa with a full range of traditional treatments + welcoming and warm spa staff, a beach club, three restaurants, a golf course and pure white secluded sands. The horizon views from every part of the resort will leave you breathless and their traditional Balinese style villas will leave nothing to the imagination.
With 7 villa styles to choose from, Banyan Tree Bintan, boasts a traditional Balinese style stay. Watch the sea from a private infinity pool surrounded by untarnished rainforest + rocks and relax on your king size four poster bed.
Dine in one of their three restaurants, the infamous saffron for traditional Thai dishes that will leave your taste buds bursting, Cove for western wonders and their traditional Indonesian food + breakfast buffet over looking infinity views of the south china sea.
This resort is the perfect place to unwind, the spa boasts over 50 treatments and is open until 11pm. Take a hike along the rainforest or a run along the pure white sands to add to your daily routine.
With some of the most welcoming and attentive staff we have come across, untarnished views of the sea and picturesque set up, the experience from start to finish will leave you feeling totally at peace
THE SANCHAYA – BINTAN ISLAND.
Modern day bliss in a beachfront estate.
If you are looking for somewhere a little more colonial and modern day luxe, the Sanchaya is top on the list. This secret beachfront estate boasts 29 villas and suits on a private beach with unparalleled views of the ocean and a unique design perspective. Its large estate house boasts two restaurants infinity pools, libraries and wine cellars for the perfect touch of class and carefully blends a little ‘east meets west’ with its traditional x colonial style feel. Relax and unwind in the spa, take a beach run in the idyllic private beach and swim in the infinity pool, before switching off on the white sands with a cocktail in hand. If you are travelling from Singapore on the ferry you will be left speechless as the staff guide you to their private VIP room and check you in while you sip on tea and finish your stay on a total high.
With menus’ spanning east to west the dining rooms and restaurants will leave nothing to the imagination. Dine as you watch over the infinity pool and silent ocean. From curry, to salads to traditional Indonesian dishes you have the full choice on offer.Catering to all dietary requirements there is something for everyone at The Sanchaya.
A world class wellness centre offering holistic treatments, sunrise yoga and a fully equipped gym will leave you feeling relaxed and ready to take on life upon your return.
Modern luxury in the heart of the rainforest.
If you are looking for things to add to your bucket list then we have just the ticket. Travelling to Kuching, Borneo is up there with one of the most breath-taking experiences you will discover. Where the naturally untainted foot of Mount Santubong gently welcomes the undulating South China Sea. Where tribal elements subtly influence contemporary sensibilities. Ethnic luxury takes on a refreshingly renewed and refined form at Cove 55. An intimate luxury hideaway situated in the heart of the rainforest. What more screams bucket list? An intimate retreat with 13 rooms, two suites and one villa, Cove 55 is a private boutique hotel hideaway that’s infinitely customisable to personal tastes and differing occasions. Relax by the infinity pool with a fresh coconut in hand, dine in the boutique restaurant or head out to explore all the rainforest has to offer from orangutangs + crocodile observing, to trekking in the world renowned national parks. Your stay will leave you truly breathless.
Perched on the magnificent Sea Deck right next to the infinity pool, Cove Bar is where you can stylishly drink in the stunning surroundings whilst enjoying a tipple from their extensive menu of international wines and spirits. Alternatively, savour one of their many specialty cocktails while listening to the sound of the waves lapping the shore.
With no TVs within Cove 55 –you have no choice but to completely unwind and escape the urban bustle. Every aspect is detailed to make you feel wonderfully relaxed at home. Order a massage in-room. Join in on their monthly sunrise and sunset yoga sessions. Or indulge in the luxury of lounging about, doing nothing at all. Just what the doctor ordered.