With more than 15,000 islands in the archipelago, it is a trying task to cover them all. These are a few of our very favourites that are off the beaten track but still offer much to the seasoned traveller.
Relax in absolute comfort on Sumba and Moyo Island – home to the eco-lux Nihiwatu and tented sumptousness of Amanwana.
The Island of Sumba is 400 kilometres east of Bali and is one of the few Indonesian islands where the majority of its 600,000 plus population still follow the ways of their ancestors. Untouched by the modern world, a visit to the primordial villages famed for the Pasola ceremonies that take place during the months of February and March is truly a trip through time. Nihiwatu encompasses 175 hectares of tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands, while its stunning two and half kilometres of beachfront are protected by headlands that ensure total exclusivity for the handful of villas dotted along the beachfront.
Moyo Island is a designated wildlife reserve with a pristine natural environment, where Amanwana’s twenty luxury tents overlook the bay, surrounded by lush forest. Inland, the island is a haven for nature lovers and trekkers with plenty of flora and fauna as well as some beautiful caves and waterfalls. Just north of Sumbawa, the island has stunning snorkelling just footsteps away from your tent.
Closer to Singapore, the islands of Bintan, Batam, Nikoi and Pulau Joyo all feature as popular weekend retreats for those living in the city state within an hour’s ferry ride away. Private islands Pulau Joyo and Nikoi ooze rustic charm in driftwood palaces on cosy sandy beaches, while Bintan and Batam’s Montigo Resort fit those who can’t do without mod-cons for a weekend getaway.