Family holiday with the young boys. We'll be back for sure. Not cheap and books ridiculously far in advance but is too good to really complain.
You've got the entire island with very few other guests, unique sea-side villas - well maintained and cool architecture, but open air (so if you fear bugs/lizards and must have sanitised rooms this ain't for you) - great beach and spectacular pool area, above average local food, and a fun bar with specialty rum and gins (plus they make their own tonic). There is a kids club that is built for adventurous boys (we came home with wooden swords scabbards, and cross bows) and they light a bonfire at night and put on a movie so the adults can have time to unwind.
Fishing and jumping from the jetty are fun if you are into it. The snorkelling nothing to get excited about, but the beach is great.
From Singapore, the trip can be tricky. Indonesia customs tried to shake us down because one of us only had half a blank visa page left in the passport. We played dumb and ultimately called their bluff to not let us in until they relented, but still not ideal to be brought into room, scolded, and asked for money. Nikoi staff were there but not able/willing to help.
Then you've got an hour drive over to the other side of Bintan. Fine, unless you're prone to car sickness. But once through that, the speed boat ride out to Nikoi is quick and fun and the resort has a slick little waiting spot set up on Bintan while you wait for the boat.
All in, a great spot. We'll be back for sure, if we can find a suitable time that isn't already booked up that is.
- 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