Few places, or people for that matter, live up to their image and social media presence these days. Rarer still is to exceed it. Having spent weeks stalking the @bawahreserve instagram page, hashtag and geotag with my sister with a kid-at-Christmas style anticipation, to arrive and find it surpass our outer-worldly expectations was somewhat of a shock. Pictures genuinely don’t do Bawah Reserve justice. You must see this for yourself.
A small collection of private Islands in Indonesia, off the coast where Malaysia meets Singapore, Bawah is a luxury resort with a passion for sustainability. Offering overwater and garden bungalows, from the moment you step off the sea plane, every possible desire and need is met, usually before you have even thought of it. Everything is included, from your daily massage to the extraordinary food and activities including guided hikes up into the rainforest.
The standout moment of our trip was Coconut Beach… and having it to ourselves. This, to me, has to be one of my standout life travel experiences and I genuinely cannot recommend Bawah highly enough. The closest comparison I can give is the Maldives but this is slightly easier to get to, with the shorter transfer from Singapore. Please, please, book Bawah and send me a postcard from Paradise. xHermione.
Special thanks to the Bawah Reserve team for hosting my sister and I on such a spectacular stay, we are forever indebted and cannot wait to return.
(& to Alice Moore and her team at Élysée Collective)
The most frequent question I had from you all whilst I was spamming from Paradise on instagram was how to get to Bawah:
- Best to fly in to Singapore, stay overnight and be ready for an early morning car collection (usually 7AM)
- Located southeast of Singapore, you will then transfer from Singapore through to Batan, Indonesia by Ferry before taking Bawah’s private Amphibious plane that takes off on land and then lands in the water by the Island