Written by Sara Cao
Co-written by Nadia Crowe and Beverley Lennon
Edited by Beverley Lennon

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Close your eyes and imagine you’re on a secret island where no one knows.

You find yourself awake in a beautiful little house that’s gracefully perched atop the shimmering lagoon.  As you draw open the curtains, you’re greeted by the clear blue skies and you think to yourself, this is paradise.

Also read: 6 majestic Bali’s water villas that you can jump into the water from your room

Sounds like a dream to you? It can be your reality here in Indonesia, with gorgeous surrounding islands and hidden gem-stays. No doubt, water bungalows are becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination and we bring to you a compilation of our best water bungalows in Indonesia.

1. Escape to the Maldives of Southeast Asia – Bawah Reserve (Riau Islands)

With a luxury car waiting at your house door to a private seaplane ride, this private island resort does everything for you to experience #thatluxelife! Dubbed the new Maldives of Southeast Asia, Bawah Reserve is nothing short of spectacular.

Aquamarine water glitters under the sun, and lush greenery spans almost the entire island, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve been lost on a secret paradise, not that you’ll be complaining!

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You’ll also be pleased to know that Bawah Reserve takes their sustainability seriously, preserving the natural surroundings and incorporating sustainability into their design and construction. Plans are slowly but surely being made to start using solar as a means to generate their electricity, beautiful and good for the environment!

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Bawah Reserve

Rates: From Rp.41,961,281.49 per room per night (approximately $2210) (includes all transfers from Singapore, meals and drinks, unlimited spa treatments and water activities)
Address: Bawah Reserve, Anambas, Riau Islands, Indonesia
Contact: +62 778 4163937
Website

Check rate on Booking.com

Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Fly to Batam (Hang Nadim Airport) via Tigerair, Jetstar, Garuda Indonesia or AirAsia
2. Arrange for their team to pick you up at the airport and they will handle everything.

1. Arrange for their team to pick you up at the airport or your home/hotel and they will handle everything.

2. Relax surrounded by wooden huts and endless sea – Villa Lombok Pahawang (Lampung)

South of Sumatra, on a small little island called Pahawang, there lies a majestic villa surrounded by endless ocean and unlimited greenery. Little wooden huts dot the ocean, connected only by a small wooden bridge wide enough for you to walk or cycle on, just be careful you don’t topple over and scare the many fish!

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Spend your days lazing about on your private deck, sunbathing to your heart’s content, and hopping into the sea below when you get too hot make for the perfect afternoon. If you’re keen to be a little more active, head further out with some snorkels and venture to where the fish live (in particular, Nemo is found here! or if you’re looking to stay on dry land, explore the hidden gems of Pahawang Island!

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Villa Lombok Pahawang

Rates: From Rp.2,500,000 per villa per night (approximately USD $178.75)
Address: Villa Apung Tipe Lombok Pahawang (639.80 mi), Padangcermin, Lampung, Indonesia 35453
Contact: +62 853 7743 4511

Website

Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Fly via LionAir or Sriwijaya Air to Lampung (Radin Inten II Lampung International Airport)
2. Pre-arrange for their team to pick you up from the airport and transfer your to the island
3. Alternatively, take public transport to the beach in Klara sub-district located in Pesawaran district. This beach is the main hub for departures to Pahawang Island. The journey from the beach to Pahawang Island takes around 90 minutes using a regular ferry

1. Take flight to Jakarta via Tigerair, Jetstar, Garuda Indonesia or AirAsia
2. Fly via LionAir or Sriwijaya Air to Lampung (Radin Inten II Lampung International Airport)
3. Pre-arrange for their team to pick you up from the airport and transfer your to the island
4. Alternatively, take public transport to the beach in Klara sub-district located in Pesawaran district. This beach is the main hub for departures to Pahawang Island. The journey from the beach to Pahawang Island takes around 90 minutes using a regular ferry.


3. A small deserted island off North Jakarta – Pulau Macan Eco Resort

Now, if you do not want to go too far from the city (blame it on the lack of time), you can check out this little group of islands near Jakarta – the Thousand Islands! But more precisely, you should consider a stay at the exotic Pulau Macan Eco Resort which is now 100% powered by solar energy!

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Stepping in here is almost like being transported to a rustic little Maldives (I like to refer to it as “the Maldives of the 80s). They offer different types of huts that offer you the ocean as your front yard – some come with sunrise views, others with sunset views and bigger options that can fit a whole family.

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Now, truth is – there’s nothing much to do on the island apart from spending time in the water, paddling to the nearby islet or joining on their snorkeling trip. But that’s really the whole point right? You’ve signed up to disconnect after all..

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Pulau Macan Eco Resort

Rates: 2D1N All-inclusive from Rp. 3,965,000 for Driftwood Hut (Approximately USD $278)
          4D3N All-inclusive from Rp. 10,594,000 for Driftwood Hut (Approximately USD $745)
Address: Pulau Harapan, Kepulauan Seribu Utara, Kabupaten Kepulauan Seribu, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14540, Indonesia
Contact: +62 812 9753 1395
Getting there: 2 hours’ boat ride from Pier 16 Marina Ancol, Jakarta. (8am departure from marina to Pulau Macan; 2pm departure from Pulau Macan to marina)

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4. Seclusion like no other island could provide – Tegal Mas Island (Lampung)

This is an island that’s so exclusive that they only accept bookings through phone. Don’t let that deter you though, because it’s worth all the effort you go through to get here. On the plus side, because the bookings are done personally, you’ll be able to arrange all the necessary transport and enjoy your hassle free holiday more!

Crystal clear doesn’t even come close to describing the state of the water surrounding the villas, the azure blue stands out even more so against the subtle deep brown of the wooden huts. Almost every aspect of this place is soothing to the eyes, and will give you a sense of relief as soon as you step onto the jetty.

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Whilst relaxing should be your top priority, don’t forget to take part in some of the more fun, more adrenaline inducing activities such as banana boating! Or spend some time in the water, exploring every inch of the kingdoms below.

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Tegal Mas Island

Rates: From Rp.1,750,000 (approximately USD $125)
Address: Jl. Tlk. lampung, Pidada, Kec. Panjang, Kabupaten Pesawaran, Lampung 35241, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 68091110 / +62 853 56594611 / +62 812 72099848 (WhatsApp)

5. The island of romance – Pulo Cinta Eco Resort

Nothing’s more romantic than a forbidden love story. Word has it that the tiny private island that Pulo Cinta Eco Resort is situated on was once the place where the prince of Gorontalo and the daughter of a Dutch trader conducted their forbidden love affair.

Nowadays, the island has moved on to become the go-to destination for happy couples instead of star-crossed ones, but it hasn’t stopped being the place where romance comes alive!

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The resort’s luxurious water villas are arranged into a very apt heart shape, providing you with panoramic views of the sea for miles.

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You can also explore untouched dive sites, stargaze, or even just enjoy a sweet candlelight dinner on the shore. It’s pretty hard not to fall in love (with this place)!

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Pulo Cinta Eco Resort

Rates: From Rp.3,506,825.83 (approximately USD $250)
Address: Boalemo, Gorontalo – Indonesia. Coordinates here.
Contact: +62 853 77517927
Website

Check rate on Booking.com

Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Take LionAir or Sriwijaya Air to Gorontalo Jalaluddin Airport (stopover at Makassar) for about Rp. 1.5 mil – 2.5 mil per person. (return flights)
2. Continue the journey by car to Boalemo. (Duration 2 hours)
3. Take a boat to Pulo Cinta (25 minutes ride)

1. Take SilkAir to Manado International Airport for about SGD 507.5 (return flights) per person (about 3 hrs 45 min flight).
2. Take LionAir to Gorontalo Jalaluddin Airport for about SGD 111 (return flights) per person (about 40 min flight).
3. Continue the journey by car to Boalemo. (Duration 2 hours)
4. Take a boat to Pulo Cinta (25 minutes ride)

6. Seclusion in the mountains and forest – Ora Beach Resort (Central Maluku)

We’re not going to deny it – the journey here is arduous, but some things are just worth it.

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Ora Beach Resort is one place that will have you squealing in delight. You will soon forget the difficult journey and be glad you set your foot here.

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Mountainous terrains and forested peaks are the picturesque backdrop to this family-owned resort. There are only 5 water bungalows, so be sure to book in advance!

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Ora Beach Resort (Central Maluku)

Rates: From Rp.850,000 (approximately USD $60.60)
Address: Maluku Resort & Spa, Jl. Raya Waitatiri, Suli -Salahutu, Maluku Tengah
Contact: +62 911 361970 / +62 812 48896616 (WhatsApp)
Website

Check rate on Booking.com

Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Take flight to Ambon Pattimura Airport (about 3h 40min) via LionAir, Sriwijaya Air for about USD $230 (return flights)
2. Take a taxi and make your way to Tulehu Port (30mins) for about USD $12
3. Catch a ferry to Masohi (in Seram), Amahai port (90 mins by fast boat)
4. Masohi to Saleman Village (2h by car) and take a small boat (5 mins ride) to Ora Beach Resort
5. More information: Contact [email protected] or call +62 817 0833554

1. Take flight to Jakarta via Tigerair, Jetstar, Garuda Indonesia or AirAsia (1 hour 50 min) from about USD $90 (return flights)
2. After you reach Jakarta, take flight to Ambon Pattimura Airport (about 3h 40min) via LionAir, Sriwijaya Air for about USD $230 (return flights)
3. Take a taxi and make your way to Tulehu Port (30mins) for about USD $12
4. Catch a ferry to Masohi (in Seram), Amahai port (90 mins by fast boat)
5. Masohi to Saleman Village (2h by car) and take a small boat (5 mins ride) to Ora Beach Resort
6. More information: Contact [email protected] or call +62 817 0833554

7. A private escape – Telunas Resorts Private Island (A short boat ride from Batam)

If your ideal vacation is on a private island, this newly opened resort will not disappoint.

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Each of their 15 sea villas are designed specifically for ultra comfort, and the see-through windows in the living room ensure you get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Sugi Islands.

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Soak yourself in the infinity pool with your other half as you watch the setting sun. Isn’t it such a romantic way to spend your vacation?

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Searching for some exhilaration? We promise you will fall in love with dock jumping as you plunge into the cooling waters.

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There are plenty of activities organized by the resort, such as standup paddle boarding, mangrove river tour, sea kayaking, and many more to keep you entertained!

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Telunas Resorts Private Island (Batam)

Rates: From Rp.3,300,000 (approximately USD $235.25)
Address: Jalan Anggrek Luar #23, Baloi Persero, Sugie, Moro, Sugie, Moro, Karimun Regency, Riau Islands 29442, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 7710951
Website

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Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Fly to Hang Nadim Airport (BTH) in Batam for about USD $90 (return flights) via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air
2. Then take a taxi (about USD $8) to Sekupang International Ferry Terminal (45min)
3. Upon arrival at Sekupang, Telunas Staff will help you with the domestic transfer.

1. Take a ferry via BatamFast for about SGD 50 round trip (~ USD $36) from Harbourfront Ferry Terminal to Sekupang International Ferry Terminal (1hr)
2. Upon arrival at Sekupang, Telunas Staff will help you with the domestic transfer

8. Finding happiness in remoteness – Papua Paradise Eco-Resort (Raja Ampat)

Papua Paradise Eco-Resort transports you back to a time when technology was sacred and happiness was so simple.

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Thoughtfully designed by local architects and using only the finest traditional materials from Raja Ampat, these water bungalows come with a spacious veranda overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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The restaurant comes with a great view and even greater food. You can expect a scrumptious buffet ranging from European to traditional Indonesian food, as they serve fresh and homegrown products.

Craving for some compressed air? Head down to the dive centre and get your PADI diving certification!

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Papua Paradise Eco Resort (Raja Ampat)

Rates: From Rp.6,550,750.64 (approximately USD $467)
Address: Arefi Birie Island, Arefi, Selat Sagawin, Kabupaten Raja Ampat, Papua Bar. 98484

Website

Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Nearest airport: Sorong (Fly via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air  from USD $400 for a return trip from Jakarta. Transit at Ambon/Manado, 7 hrs inclusive of transit and waiting)
2. From Sorong airport, take a taxi (15 mins) for USD $10 to the Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor. You are encouraged to book a night stay at Sorong before continuing the trip the next day as the boat leaves at 11 am and 2 pm. (Schedules can change without notice, please contact Sorong tourism office for more accurate ferry information.
3. You can buy a ticket at the counter and catch an express ferry (about 2 hrs) from Rp.100,000 (approximately USD $7) to Waisai. They run every day except Islamic Indonesian public holidays.
4. From Waisai, your hotel staff (please arrange with them beforehand) will be waiting for you at the port to pick you up.

1. There is no direct flight from Singapore to Raja Ampat’s nearest Airport – Sorong. The recommended way of getting there is SG-Makassar-Sorong.
2. SilkAir offers flights from Singapore to Makassar (Ujung Pandan) from USD $270 (return flights cost, 3 hours flight)
3. From Makassar, fly via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air airlines to Sorong from USD $230 (return flights cost, 3 hours 20 min flight)
4. From Sorong airport, take a taxi (15 mins) for USD $10 to the Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor. You are encouraged to book a night stay at Sorong before continuing the trip the next day as the boat leaves at 11 am and 2 pm. (Schedules can change without notice, please contact Sorong tourism office for more accurate ferry information.
5. You can buy a ticket at the counter and catch an express ferry (about 2 hrs) from Rp.100,000 (approximately USD $7) to Waisai. They run every day except Islamic Indonesian public holidays.
6. From Waisai, your hotel staff (please arrange with them beforehand) will be waiting for you at the port to pick you up.

9. Live life a little slower, and a little better – MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge (Raja Ampat)

Raja Ampat is without a doubt one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world, boasting crystal clear waters, pristine white beaches, and seclusion like no other island could provide, you’d be crazy to turn down a trip to one of the islands there. In particular, MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge!

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Being completely eco-operated, and aiming to not only live sustainability, but to educate its residents, if you feel like you want a crash course in eco-living then this place should be at the top of your bucket list!

Their overwater villas feature circular thatched roofs, and make for the perfect resting place to sit and do some wildlife spotting, you may even get lucky and witness a pod of dolphins jumping in and out of the water!

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MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge

Rates: Packages start from Rp.2,719,422.43 per person per night (approximately USD $194.50)
Address: Dokri Island, Batanta- Raja Ampat, Papua Barat 94884, Indonesia
Contact: +49 177 2728267

Website

Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Nearest airport: Sorong (Fly via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air  from USD $400 for a return trip from Jakarta. Transit at Ambon/Manado, 7 hrs inclusive of transit and waiting)
2. From Sorong airport, take a taxi (15 mins) for USD $10 to the Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor. You are encouraged to book a night stay at Sorong before continuing the trip the next day as the boat leaves at 11 am and 2 pm. (Schedules can change without notice, please contact Sorong tourism office for more accurate ferry information.
3. You can buy a ticket at the counter and catch an express ferry (about 2 hrs) for USD $14 to Waisai. They run every day except Islamic Indonesian public holidays.
4. From Waisai, your hotel staff (please arrange with them beforehand) will be waiting for you at the port to pick you up.

1. There is no direct flight from Singapore to Raja Ampat’s nearest Airport – Sorong. The recommended way of getting there is SG-Makassar-Sorong.
2. SilkAir offers flights from Singapore to Makassar (Ujung Pandan) from USD $270 (return flights cost, 3 hours flight)
3. From Makassar, fly via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air airlines to Sorong from USD $230 (return flights cost, 3 hours 20 min flight)
4. From Sorong airport, take a taxi (15 mins) for USD $10 to the Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor. You are encouraged to book a night stay at Sorong before continuing the trip the next day as the boat leaves at 11 am and 2 pm. (Schedules can change without notice, please contact Sorong tourism office for more accurate ferry information.
5. You can buy a ticket at the counter and catch an express ferry (about 2 hrs) for USD $14 to Waisai. They run every day except Islamic Indonesian public holidays.
6. From Waisai, your hotel staff (please arrange with them beforehand) will be waiting for you at the port to pick you up.

10. Your ultimate relaxation on water – Misool Eco Resort (Raja Ampat)

Misool Eco Resort is located in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago, and nestled among uninhabited islands.  Known for its eco and conservation efforts, the resort builds its villas from reclaimed tropical hardwood.

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Rooms are of a minimalistic style, yet inviting and cosy.

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Do you feel like you have the luxury of time?  Sit by the balcony, read a book and simply watch the world pass by.  Or you can meditate as you soak in the fresh air of nature.

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Upon request, its in-house therapists provide soothing massages in the comfort of your own room too!

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You can also arrange for excursion trips to the mangroves and deserted beaches. Just ask the friendly staff for recommendations.

Excitement and adventure awaits you and your family here.

Misool Eco Resort (Raja Ampat)

Rates: From Rp.5,435,580.03 (approximately USD $387.5)
Address: Yellu, South Misool, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua 98483, Indonesia

Website

Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Nearest airport: Sorong (Fly via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air  from USD $400 for a return trip from Jakarta. Transit at Ambon/Manado, 7 hrs inclusive of transit and waiting)
2. From Sorong airport, take a taxi (15 mins) for USD $10 to the Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor. You are encouraged to book a night stay at Sorong before continuing the trip the next day as the boat leaves at 11 am and 2 pm. (Schedules can change without notice, please contact Sorong tourism office for more accurate ferry information.
3. You can buy a ticket at the counter and catch an express ferry (about 2 hrs) from Rp.100,000 (approximately USD $7) to Waisai. They run every day except Islamic Indonesian public holidays.
4. From Waisai, your hotel staff (please arrange with them beforehand) will be waiting for you at the port to pick you up.
5. Alternatively you can have the resort arrange a private speedboat transfer from Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbour.

1. There is no direct flight from Singapore to Raja Ampat’s nearest Airport – Sorong. The recommended way of getting there is SG-Makassar-Sorong.
2. SilkAir offers flights from Singapore to Makassar (Ujung Pandan) from USD $270 (return flights cost, 3 hours flight)
3. From Makassar, fly via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air airlines to Sorong from USD $230 (return flights cost, 3 hours 20 min flight)
4. From Sorong airport, take a taxi (15 mins) for USD $10 to the Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor. You are encouraged to book a night stay at Sorong before continuing the trip the next day as the boat leaves at 11 am and 2 pm. (Schedules can change without notice, please contact Sorong tourism office for more accurate ferry information.
5. You can buy a ticket at the counter and catch an express ferry (about 2 hrs) from Rp.100,000 (approximately USD $7) to Waisai. They run every day except Islamic Indonesian public holidays.
6. From Waisai, your hotel staff (please arrange with them beforehand) will be waiting for you at the port to pick you up.
7. Alternatively you can have the resort arrange a private speedboat transfer from Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbour.

11. Your affordable weekend staycation – Pulau Ayer Resort & Cottages (Thousand Islands)

Less than 25 minutes via ferry from Jakarta, it is no wonder Pulau Ayer is your perfect weekend getaway.

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Built 3 metres above sea level, the floating cottages are fully air-conditioned and come with magnificent ocean views.

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You can forget about the pollution and congestion in the city and find nothing but serenity and tranquility here.

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This place is also a haven for adrenaline-seeking daredevils – there’s surf biking, jet skiing, banana boating and many more activities for you to choose from.

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Did we also mention that booking a room here won’t burn your wallet?

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Pulau Ayer Resort & Cottages (Thousand Islands)

Rates: From Rp.968,000 (approximately USD $69)
Address: Ayer Island, Thousand Island, Kepulauan Seribu, Jakarta, Indonesia
Contact: +62 213 852004
Website 

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Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Take a boat from Ancol Marina Jakarta to Thousand Islands (about 30 mins) for about USD $2. You may purchase the tickets at the counter.

1. Take a flight to Jakarta via Tigerair, Jetstar, Garuda Indonesia or AirAsia (1 hour 50 min) from about USD $90 (return flights)
2. From Jakarta Airport, take a taxi to Ancol Marina Jakarta ( < USD $10, 20 min ride without traffic)
3. From Ancol Marina Jakarta, take a boat to Thousand Islands (about 30 mins) for about USD $2. You may purchase the tickets at the counter.

12. Finding abundance in simple natural beauty – Hamu Eco Resort (Raja Ampat)

Tired of extravagant and luxury indulgences?  Well, you can strip down to the bare minimum and still find pleasure.

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Furnished only with basic amenities, Hamu Eco Resort proves to you that all you need is an open mind and open heart.

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Go for an eco tour, take a stroll by the beach and you will be in for a pleasant surprise at the natural beauty of Raja Ampat.

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In case you were wondering, room rates are inclusive of all three meals.  Where else can you find a better deal?

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Hamu Eco Resort (Raja Ampat)

Rates: From Rp.1,472,866.85 (approximately USD $105)
Address: HamuEco Lodge Raja Ampat, Saleo Beach, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 92500242
Website

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Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Nearest airport: Sorong (Fly via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air from USD $400 for a return trip from Jakarta. Transit at Ambon/Manado, 7 hrs inclusive of transit and waiting)
2. From Sorong airport, take a taxi (15 mins) for USD $10 to the Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor. You are encouraged to book a night stay at Sorong before continuing the trip the next day as the boat leaves at 11 am and 2 pm. (Schedules can change without notice, please contact Sorong tourism office for more accurate ferry information.
3. You can buy a ticket at the counter and catch an express ferry (about 2 hrs) from Rp.100,000 (approximately USD $7) to Waisai. They run every day except Islamic Indonesian public holidays.
4. From Waisai, your hotel staff (please arrange with them beforehand) will be waiting for you at the port to pick you up.

1. There is no direct flight from Singapore to Raja Ampat’s nearest Airport – Sorong. The recommended way of getting there is SG-Makassar-Sorong.
2. SilkAir offers flights from Singapore to Makassar (Ujung Pandan) from USD $270 (return flights cost, 3 hours flight)
3. From Makassar, fly via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air airlines to Sorong from USD $230 (return flights cost, 3 hours 20 min flight)
4. From Sorong airport, take a taxi (15 mins) for USD $10 to the Sorong Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor. You are encouraged to book a night stay at Sorong before continuing the trip the next day as the boat leaves at 11 am and 2 pm. (Schedules can change without notice, please contact Sorong tourism office for more accurate ferry information.
5. You can buy a ticket at the counter and catch an express ferry (about 2 hrs) from Rp.100,000 (approximately USD $7) to Waisai. They run every day except Islamic Indonesian public holidays.
6. From Waisai, your hotel staff (please arrange with them beforehand) will be waiting for you at the port to pick you up.

13. Heaven is a place on earth – Maratua Paradise Resort (Maratua Islands)

Lying in the east coast of Borneo Island is Maratua Paradise Resort, a little slice of paradise.

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Featuring 5 cool water bungalows and 8 beach bungalows, this place is indeed a sanctuary with its beautiful, white-palm sand beach and crystal clear waters.

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Snorkel if you like, if not, you can easily spot carefree fishes swimming below the pier.

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Don’t say we didn’t warn you though, book way in advance to secure your villa!

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Maratua Paradise Resort (Maratua Island)

Rates: From Rp.3,695,282.80 (approximately USD $263.45)
Address: Maratua island, East Kalimantan
Contact: +6088 739877
Tour: http://www.borneotourstravel.com/sipadan-dive/maratua-paradise-resort/

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Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. From Jakarta: Take flight to Balikpapan (3hrs) and a connecting flight to Berau (Tanjung Redeb – 1hr). Return flights via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air as from USD $220 or via Garuda Indonesia as from USD $260.
2. Take a taxi from Berau to Tanjung Batu (2.5hrs ride, USD $35 chartered/USD $6 per person)
3. Take a boat from Tanjung Batu to Maratua Island (1 – 1.5 hour ride, Rp.1,500,000 – 2,000,000 (approximately USD $107 – 142))

1. Take flight to Balikpapan via Garuda Indonesia from USD $270 (return flights, 2.5 hours flight)
2. From Balikpapan, take a flight via Lion Air / Sriwijaya Air to Berau (Tanjung Redeb) (around USD $100 return flights, 1 hour duration)
3. Take a taxi from Berau to Tanjung Batu (2.5hrs ride, USD $35 chartered/USD $6 per person)
4. Take a boat from Tanjung Batu to Maratua Island (1 – 1.5 hour ride, Rp.1,500,000 – 2,000,000 (approximately USD $107 – 142))

14. Of good food and good dive – Kadidiri Paradise Resort (Togian Islands)

Are you a traveller who swears to support only local food? Then you’re in the right place here at Kadidiri Paradise Resort.

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Your 3 meals will be well taken care of, cooked in Indonesian style, using only the finest and freshest local produce. Have we whetted your appetite?

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Constructed next to the white sandy beach, all 30 bungalows are made from real wood. And they come with a hammock resting place.

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If you decide to go for a night dive, you’re definitely in safe hands with the experienced dive masters. They come from all walks of life, with interesting tales to share. But most importantly, they relish the blissful life here.

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Kadidiri Paradise Resort (Togian Island)

Rates: From Rp.275,000 (approximately USD $19.60)
Address: Kadidiri Island, Tanjung Pude, Togian Islands, Tojo Una-Una Regency, Wakai, Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia
Contact: +62 821 40715684
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Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Fly to Palu (2h 45min) via Lion Air from USD $180 (return flights cost)
2. Take a bus to Ampana. Public minibus available daily (about USD $10) from 9am to 4pm (9 hrs ride). Chartered cars are also available.
3. From Ampana, take a ferry down to Wakai. Tickets can be bought on the spot for USD $5.
4. Hire a private boat from Wakai to the resort.

1. Take flight to Jakarta via Tigerair, Jetstar, Garuda Indonesia or AirAsia (1 hour 50 min) from about USD $90 (return flights)
2. Fly to Palu (2h 45min) via Lion Air from USD $180 (return flights cost)
3. Take a bus to Ampana. Public minibus available daily (about USD $10) from 9am to 4pm (9 hrs ride). Chartered cars are also available.
4. From Ampana, take a ferry down to Wakai. Tickets can be bought on the spot for USD $5.
5. Hire a private boat from Wakai to the resort.

Special Mention: Discover an emerald gem – WODA Villa & Spa (Batam)

As one of the first over-water villas in Batam, you can bet that WODA Villa & Spa are seasoned experts in giving guests the luxe life experience. Considering their packages include a complimentary 120-minute massage, you’re in the right place for total relaxation.

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Each of their stunning villas (except the Suite villa) come with their own private pool, perfect for you to relax in by yourself or with your loved ones. Whether it’s a late night dip or an early morning splash, you won’t need to ask anyone for permission to use the pool!

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Surrounded by emerald green water, it contrasts the bright blue of the pool brilliantly, and the cream and wood simplicity of the villas make for the perfect ootd bikini photo! If you find yourself bored of the villa (highly unlikely, but let’s just consider it for a second) then you can roam around the wonderful Batam to your heart’s content!

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WODA Villa & Spa

Rates: From Rp.1,937,587.07 per couple per night (approximately USD $138)
Address: Jalan Bengkong Laut, Batam Island – Indonesia, 29433 (Right in front of The Golden View Hotel)
Contact: +62 811 7754143 (WhatsApp) / +62 778 4088606
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Getting there:

From JakartaFrom Singapore

1. Fly to Batam via Tigerair, Jetstar, Garuda Indonesia or AirAsia (Hang Nadim Airport)
2. Then either arrange with the hotel to pick you up or rent a car and drive there yourself

1. Take a 1-hour ferry ride from Singapore to Batam Center Ferry Terminal or Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal which are the closest to the villa (Book it with Klook!)
2. Then either arrange with the hotel to pick you up or rent a car with driver to drop you there!

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