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“The best holidays ever - with kids!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nikoi Island
Ranked #1 of 35 Hotels in Bintan Island
Certificate of Excellence
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The best holidays ever - with kids!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014

Since we have kids we have been struggling to come back rested from any of holidays we'd had. Therefore we analysed all the mistakes we made and decided we were going to take a different approach and go to a place that is perfect for adults and kids. Nikoi is this place! Our 3 year old son was looked after by the entire staff of the island. We were a little reluctant to give our 7 month old daughter in the care of others, but Julye was so crazy about her she insisted to look after her in her own time so my husband and I had time to spend one afternoon diving together! And both Julye and Herdi looked after our little girl during our meals so my husband and I could actually enjoy the wonderful food. About the food. Having had a restaurant myself I have very high standards when it comes to good food, but the food at Nikoi exceeded all expectations. There was NO use of processed foods. Everything was fresh and home-made. The use of sugar was limited and the salad dressings just perfectly balanced. Not too sour, not too bitter, not too sweet. Just perfect. And in the 7 days we were there we were presented with something different every meal of the day. So every day was another surprise.
What was good for us as Wifi addicts is that Wifi is limited to 30 minutes a day, so we really had no choice but to relax and soak in the sun and enjoy the fresh air, sea and sand.

When we the entire staff came to the pier to wave us off. We couldn't have felt more special.

If I have to say anything that left to be desired it are things outside the control of Nikoi. There were quite a lot of mosquitoes so do take strong repellent with you. And the fishermen were mooring in front of our house and their boats made quite a lot of noise, but this also added to the 'colour locale'.

We are definitely coming back to Nikoi and will from now on set Nikoi as our standard for the perfect holiday.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Thanks very much for your lovely review. It is particularly pleasing to read your comments about our food given you have run your own restaurant. Also great to hear our staff were able to help you and your husband enjoy your meals by keeping your kids entertained. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back some day. Thanks again for taking the time to post your review.
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Singapore, Singapore
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89 reviews
50 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

We have just returned from a 2 night stay at Nikoi, and if we could we would have stayed forever. From the moment you are met off the ferry at Bintan, with a seamless transfer to Nikoi, you know you are heading to paradise. The island is very quiet, small enough to walk around, with beautiful golden sand and blue sea. Unfortunately at this time of year (monsoon season) the visibility is non existent - I couldn't even see my husband 1 foot away from me in the water, so it's not good for diving or snorkelling - but the water is clean and sparkling. The staff clean the rubbish of the beach every morning (hopefully Sing/Indo governments will do something about this soon). There are plenty of sun loungers, and free equipment e.g. kayaks, snorkelling gear, wind surfing, even sailing. The staff are so helpful and will basically give free lessons. If the beach is too much effort, head over to the pool on the other side of the island (it's freezing, i.e. delightfully refreshing in the heat!). This side of the island was very windy and dramatic when we were there so we loved it (coming from Singapore you are grateful for any breeze or fresh air at all).

The rooms are mind blowing. Even the 1 bed chalets where we stayed have 3 showers!, are huge, and have the views and sounds of the ocean from every angle. You have a day bed, sun loungers, massage pavilion and deck chairs on the lower floor, with 2 showers. Then upstairs a large bed with mosquito net, 2 day beds, a beautiful bathroom and a deck with more deck chairs. There were 2 x 2 bed chalets with views of the tennis court, but all others had views of the ocean which i would far recommend.

The food was excellent and they catered to every dietary requirement. You could ask for seconds as required, and although they seemed to serve mostly Western food they were happy to cook Indonesian food for us on request. Drinks were a fair price, similar to Singapore despite the location, and a great variety. Staff were super friendly and helpful, always on hand but never obtrusive. All special requests in advance e.g. a birthday cake for my husband were remembered and honoured.

The only possible downside was the price (yes it's amazing but it's still very expensive) and the check out was 11am (trust me, this feels early on such a laid back island!). On the first day our coffee/tea wasn't cleaned or replaced, but when we asked it was done immediately. Likewise when we asked for extra towels (we were only given 1 flannel and 1 bath towel each) we were delivered more within 5mins. However, this doesn't stop Nikoi being one of the best places I have every stayed and somewhere I will definitely return to for a special occasion.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, 21 January 2014
Thank you very much for your very kind review. It was particularly pleasing to read that is is one of the best places you have stayed at. If I may just make comment on a few things that you mentioned. The 2 x 2 bed chalets with the view of the tennis court are part of our staff area they are not rented out. All of our beach houses have direct access to the beach with the views to the sea. The water visibility improves dramatically from March onwards. This time of the year is better for sailors and windsurfers. Thanks again for taking the time to post your very detailed review.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

We have 2 young daughters aged 9 and 5 and after holidaying for a number of years in the UK with the odd very average package holiday in Europe we decided to take the family on a trip with a difference.

During a visit to Singapore we had 4 days spare, so we opted for the private Island of Nikoi

Fast Ferry from Singapore to Bintan Ferry Terminal then private mini bus transfers across Bintan.
Quite an experience in its self, our children had never seen a family of 5 on a moped or witnessed true poverty.

Then onto the Private Nikko boat terminal where we received a very warm welcome accompanied by pleasant refreshments.

A ‘Miami Vice’ style powerboat with 2 enormous out board engines arrived and whisked us off to Nikoi Island. We found this all very exciting.

We booked a one-bedroom beach house with additional bunk room on the ground floor. This allowed my wife and I some privacy on the first floor. The view was fabulous and the building was spacious and clean.

You got the impression every thing was done properly when the owners decided to build their own idyllic holiday island. Quite an achievement in the middle of nowhere.

On arrive we meet Yogi. What a guy, the children’s piped piper

Yogi entertained my girls constantly making necklaces from locally found shells, fishing with bamboo fishing rods and jumping off the jetty. They also found found a sea snake!
The children tried everything from snorkelling to cannoning and more. You never really saw them until meal times.

You are recommended to wear feet projection whilst in the sea. The snorkelling is fab and friendly chap on the beach had every item you would require.

Meals are in an open style dinning room with a sand floor, which was regularly raked.

There was an evening movie club, which allowed the adults to eat alone.
The food was fine and the restaurant was very accommodating for fussy children.

Everything was positive and a new exciting adventure for our children.

Its not cheap by any means...you pay for a little bit of exclusivity, service and an amazingly safe private island experience.

One of the best holidays we have ever experienced as a family. It was amazing.

When I am at my desk and I need to relax I think of Nikoi Island...

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Whistable
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, 21 January 2014
Thanks for your very kind and detailed review. Great to hear you and your family enjoyed your stay so much. Hopefully you may one day come and visit us again. Thanks
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

Nikoi Island is one of a kind. It is isolated yet accessible, a true getaway for adults and kids. Food was fantastic and met high expectations having heard from friends how great the chefs were.
Yogi in the kids club was so welcoming and helped the kids to explore the island. The trampoline on the water was also a favourite as was the snorkelling. We will be back.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sydsty
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
Thanks for your very kind review. Our kitchen team will be very proud of your comments about the food. Also great to hear your kids enjoyed the activities. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back some day. Thanks for taking the time to post your review.
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Hong Kong
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29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

There aren't many places we return to, but this is one we don't tire of. The attention to detail in the putting together of the resort is amazing. We stayed in a 1 bed cabin with bunk room. 2 older kids slept in the bunk room and the smallest was more than comfy on one of the daybeds. The kids club has been finished since we last visited and the tennis court and croquet lawn added. Our kids loved the independence of being able to wander off and do their own thing when they wanted. The hunger games and daily treasure hunt definite favourites. Yet again we have returned home with a small arsenal of wooden swords and bows and arrows. Great memories of the holiday! They also loved the nightly bonfire and marshmallows before the movie allowing us a pleasant dinner in peace! If you need blackout curtains and silence to sleep, this may not be the best place for a good nights sleep, but the waves didn't bother us and the amazing view outside as a treat to wake up to. All the staff were helpful and kind and food delicious. It may have been a long journey from HK to get there, but it was worth it again!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DBfamilyof5
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Thanks for your kind review. It is always a great thrill to welcome back repeat guests. Great to hear your kids enjoyed all of the activities and you enjoyed the peace when they headed off for movies. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back again some day. Thanks again for taking the time to post your review.
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Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

We visited Nikoi for the first time with our 12 & 7 year olds. I could not have been more impressed with the Environment and the service! I dont think I saw my kids for the first 3 days because they were so entertained by Yogi at the very informal kids club. It was like Peter Pan or Robinson Crusoe. There is climbing, flying foxes, nature walks, night time movies and of course Jetty - Jumping. The best part was the feeling of isolation and privacy and being completely pampered with fine dining and massages on order. Chalets are fabulous and spacious and all Chalets have direct Access to the beach. I would recommend this for both families and couples and I would definitely go back. Any big comercial resort is not going to compare to this!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Judith B
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Thanks for your very kind review. Great to hear you and your family enjoyed your stay over Christmas so much. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back some day. Thanks again.
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Singapore, Singapore
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

Nikoi is wonderful, the whole trip was amazing and we felt 100% relaxed when we returned to Singapore after our 3 nights at Nikoi Island.
This is not a pretentious, over priced resort, Nikoi offers 'laid back luxury' that is well worth the money.
Nikoi is great for families and couples as they have a separate dining area for families with children under 12 (genius)! They provide a lot of kit to borrow for the sea and the swimming pool is well kept and safe.

Nikoi was amazing!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lisa C
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relaxedby, Manager at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, 4 January 2014
Thanks for your very kind review. Great to read you thought Nikoi is great value. We look forward to welcoming you back some day. Thanks for taking the time to post your review.
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Property: Nikoi Island
Address: Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Bintan Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Bintan Island
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bintan Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nikoi Island is a 15 hectare private island just 85 kms from Singapore and has long been regarded as one of the most stunning islands on this unspoiled coast. Ringed with white sandy beaches and coral reefs of spectacular color and diversity, Nikoi is for those seeking a true private island experience and the comfort of a destination dedicated to responsible tourism practices. ... more   less 
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Nikoi Island Bintan Island, Riau Islands
Nikoi Island Hotel Bintan

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