Eco lux­ury re­treat opens on Bawah is­lands

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Alux­ury eco re­treat that can only be reached by sea­plane, has opened in a re­mote part of In­done­sia in the South China Sea, 150 nau­ti­cal miles from Sin­ga­pore.

Pre­vi­ously un­in­hab­ited, Bawah is strung across five is­lands, has three crys­tal-clear la­goons and 13 beaches. There are 35 ecode­signed suites and over­wa­ter bun­ga­lows for a max­i­mum of 70 guests.

Ma­te­ri­als like bam­boo, re­cy­cled teak and drift­wood are used through­out the prop­erty, which also in­cludes an in­fin­ity swim­ming pool.

There’s also a holis­tic well­ness cen­tre where you can per­son­alise yoga, pi­lates, med­i­ta­tion, and reiki ses­sions from sun­rise to sun­set; an Asian-fu­sion restau­rant that uses lo­cally grown in­gre­di­ents; and a wood­pan­elled li­brary in the tree tops, stocked with a di­verse col­lec­tion of nat­u­ral his­tory, ar­chi­tec­ture, and clas­sic lit­er­a­ture, plus maps and guide­books.

Guests can un­wind with cock­tails at the Grouper Bar, Jules Verne Bar, and Boat House Bar. These uniquely themed bars are si­t­u­ated in dif­fer­ent zones on Bawah, each of­fer­ing beau­ti­ful and dis­tinc­tive sights of the sur­round­ing is­lands.

Fish­ing and an­chor­ing in Bawah’s wa­ters are for­bid­den, and to pro­tect the abun­dance of flora and fauna, in­clud­ing but­ter­flies, no pes­ti­cides are used.

Un­spoilt eco lux­ury comes at a price. A night for two peo­ple costs from $US1960 (PGK6235), in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­fers, meals and non-mo­torised ac­tiv­i­ties.

To ac­cess Bawah, it’s best to travel via Sin­ga­pore, take a short ferry ride to Batam Is­land, In­done­sia, and then a 70-minute flight on Bawah’s pri­vate sea­plane.

See bawahis­land.com.

Air Ni­ug­ini flies from Port Moresby to Sin­ga­pore five times a week. See airni­ug­ini.com.pg.

Is­land plea­sures ... the Bawah eco re­treat is strung out across five pre­vi­ously un­in­hab­ited is­lands.

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