Nikoi Island

Singapore | Indian Ocean & Africa

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Long regarded as one of the most stunning islands on this relatively unspoilt coast, Nikoi is fortunate to have remained in pristine condition. It is ringed with white sandy beaches and coral reefs of spectacular colour and diversity and a coastline studded with magnificent white granite boulders that seemingly defy gravity. Rising to a height of 30 m, the island also boasts a rainforest where colossal trees provide a sanctuary to a diverse population of birds. The sound of waves gently lapping on the shore is a very relaxing way to fall asleep.

In May 2007, the first six beach houses on the northern side of the island were opened. The 9 beach houses on the southern side followed in October 2009. The development has been limited to a small area of the island in order to minimize any impact on the environment and maintain a high level of seclusion and privacy for the guests.

Conservation and consideration of environmental issues have been a priority in the formulation of the overall development strategy for Nikoi. Driftwood from nearby islands and alang alang grass roofing were used as primary building materials. The food is purchased in local markets and whilst not certified as organic, the use of pesticides and fertilisers is uncommon due to the cost and the small scale of the farming. Nikoi is working with the local community to help the local villages on Bintan.


Rates
From SGD 330 per night in a beach house for two adults and one child.
Board (all meals but not drinks) is charged at SGD 80 per adult per day, SGD 40 per child (4 to 12 years of age; no charge for children under 4 years). Three meals are included in the daily rate (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Add a 10% Government tax and 10% Service charge to board and transfer costs.

Location:
Nikoi is a 15 hectare private island 8 km off the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia. Located less than 85 km from Singapore, traveling time from Tanah Merah ferry terminal is approximately two and a half hours.

Accommodation:
Nikoi Island comprises a total of 15 beach houses:
10 x 1 bedroom, 100 sqm
4 x 2 bedroom, 140 sqm
1 x 3 bedroom, 170 sqm

On twin share basis Nikoi can comfortably accommodate 42 guests but we often have 50 or more staying as there are an additional 7 bunk rooms in some of the houses and day beds can also be converted to additional beds.

All of our beach houses are just metres away from the beach and have glorious sea views. The one-bedroom beach houses comprise one king size bed and en suite bathroom with shower. Some of the one bedroom beach houses have a small additional bedroom downstairs suitable for two children (bunk beds). An additional charge of SGD 50 per child per night for the use of the bunk room is payable at Nikoi. Travel cots can be supplied at no extra charge.

The design of the beach houses reflects both traditional Indonesian architecture and contemporary form. Using driftwood and alang alang roofing to blend into the environment, each beach house incorporates a modern en-suite bathroom. Providing simple barefoot luxury in a sublime setting. The large vaulted roofs make air conditioning unnecessary. Fans have been incorporated inside mosquito nets so as to maximise their efficiency.

Privacy is guaranteed with all of the accommodation generously spaced out over a 5-hectare site on the western side of the island. The remaining 10 hectares are primarily rainforest. A spectacular pool among the granite boulders on the north-eastern side of the island provides a destination within a destination. Set high above the sea it overlooks one of the prettiest beaches on Nikoi and provides uninterrupted views over the South China Sea. There is also an adjacent wading pool for young children and a bar.

Dining:
Meals can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own beach house, the clubhouse restaurant or as a picnic on the beach. And for those seeking total seclusion, picnic hampers can be ordered and taken to your choice among the nearby desert islands (additional charges apply for the use of speedboats). Menus change daily according to the seasonal availability of ingredients from local markets. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients and simple cooking. Barbequed seafood, local dishes and tropical fruit feature prominently on the menu. We have an excellent selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks available. For wannabe sailors we have an extensive selection of aged rums, and for those who like a good dram we stock all of the Islay malt whiskies.

Facilities:
Restaurant
3 Bars
Baby sitting
High chairs and cots
2 Swimming pools
24/7 Security and Reception
Cinema and satellite TV

Activities:
Serious relaxation. Water sports such as swimming, sailing, snorkeling, diving (reefs and wrecks), kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding. Fishing, nature discovery and island hopping. Massages. Special “theme weeks” for mid-week guests and corporate groups, like yoga, fitness, photography, team building, cooking, sculpture and painting.

Rock climbing, mountain biking, trekking. There are some exciting trails for walkers or mountain bikers to explore on Bintan and neighbouring islands. Beach volleyball, boule, Capture the Flag, etc.

Nikoi provides a wonderful environment for children of all ages to play in and explore. With smooth granite boulders to climb, jungle vines to swing on, white sandy beaches to comb, and stunning reefs to snorkel there is something for everyone. Pirate treasure hunts, local craft workshops, rock pool discovery. Our staff are always on hand to help entertain or keep an eye on your children. There is even a dress-up box filled with pirate and mermaid costumes.

Best Time to Travel:
Singapore’s climate is warm and humid with temperatures between 31 and 23 °C. Rain falls throughout the year, with more consistent rain during the monsoon season from November to January. Showers are usually sudden and heavy, but also brief and refreshing.

Getting There:
There are twice daily flights from Jakarta to Bintan on Sriwijaya Air. From the airport on Bintan it is a half-hour car journey to Kawal and then a half-hour boat trip to Nikoi. Regular high speed catamaran ferries operate between Singapore and Bintan Resorts. The service operates at least five times every day and takes less than 1 hour. The Tanah Merah ferry terminal in Singapore is 10 minutes from Changi International Airport. From Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal it takes approximately two and a half hours to reach Nikoi Island.

The efforts at Nikoi have been recognised by being selected as a finalist by Wild Asia for their annual Responsible Tourism Awards. They carried out a detailed review of Nikoi which you can read on their blog.

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