In pictures: Untouched island just outside Singapore will open to public

Bawah Island was previously uninhabited.

AN elusive archipelago in the heart of the Indonesian Anambas will open to the public from August onward, and is being called the “ultimate hideaway”.

Accessible via a short ferry ride from Singapore, or a 75-minute private seaplane ride, the previously uninhabited Bawah Island is now a marine conservation area spread across five islands, three lagoons, and 13 beaches.

The “eco-luxe” retreat built within the archipelago is aimed to inspire guests to “reconnect” with nature through activities like exploring the thick jungle canopy and discovering coral species, turtles, and fish.

For exclusivity and preservation, there are only 35 suites and overwater bungalows that allows a maximum of 70 guests on the entire archipelago at any time.

Judging from the guest limit and cost (upwards of US$1,800 per night), the resort is set to be ultra-exclusive for only a privileged few. Think something from the Soneva group.

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The tented safari-style Garden Suite is deep within the forest while just a few minutes’ walk to the beach. Plenty of bamboo and eco-friendly materials abound; it’s luxurious without ever being opulent.

The Beachfront Suite has direct access to the beach and an unobstructed view of the island including the two main lagoons. For added exclusivity, the Overwater Bungalows have wooden interiors and private sundecks overlooking the lagoon.

According to the resort site, Bawah is a project designed to integrate people with nature and is committed to ocean and nature conservation.

Here’s a glimpse of the project: