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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Nikoi Island Bintan Island, Riau Islands
- Nikoi Island Hotel Bintan