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Fancy an es­cape from the hus­tle and bus­tle of city life? The trop­i­cal par­adise of Cempedak Is­land awaits. It’s a 17ha pri­vate is­land for grown-ups (yes, there’s an adults-only pol­icy) lo­cated in In­done­sian wa­ters, ac­ces­si­ble via a ferry ride to Bin­tan, fol­lowed by a drive to a jetty be­fore a pri­vate speed­boat ride.

Pep­per­ing the land­scape com­posed of white sandy beaches and a trop­i­cal rain­for­est are 20 ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed sus­tain­able bam­boo vil­las. En­veloped in lush green­ery, they are de­signed to pro­mote nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion, so you can en­joy pleas­ant cool breezes while tak­ing in sparkling sea views.

Each hand­crafted villa also fea­tures a na­ture-em­brac­ing open de­sign, with a deck that leads out seam­lessly from the liv­ing area to the pool. As­cend the curved stair­case cen­tre­piece to the spa­cious bed­room, for a bet­ter view over­look­ing the ocean and hori­zon.

Lead ar­chi­tect Miles Humphreys worked with bam­boo spe­cial­ist ar­chi­tects Chiko Wi­ra­hadi and Ke­tut In­dra Sap­tura to cre­ate spa­ces, through­out the is­land, with high ceil­ings and fas­ci­nat­ing tex­tures, em­brac­ing a mod­ern look that blends rus­tic­ity with re­fine­ment. Lo­cally sourced sus­tain­able

ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing bam­boo, alang alang grass, re­cy­cled teak, lava stone and pet­ri­fied wood, were used to cre­ate unique and or­ganic forms. But the con­cept of sus­tain­abil­ity and preser­va­tion ex­tends be­yond the is­land’s de­sign, to the em­ploy­ment and train­ing of lo­cals as staff.

All you have to do here is rest and recharge – the is­land ac­com­mo­dates only 40 guests. There are no TV sets, but you won’t need this form of en­ter­tain­ment when there are beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings where the nat­u­ral habi­tat and wildlife have been pre­served. Get ac­tive with a game of ten­nis or cro­quet, or wa­ter sports. If you’re lucky, you might even en­counter small-clawed ot­ters, sil­vered leaf mon­keys, green sea tur­tles, the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered Sunda pan­golin, and more in­hab­i­tants! Go­ing bare­foot is also en­cour­aged as, af­ter all, you will be tread­ing only on soft white sand.

ABOVE Each two-storey villa, at least 1,600sqf in size, fea­tures a gen­er­ous deck, plunge pool, pri­vate gar­den and gor­geous views of green­ery and the ocean.

RIGHT From the bed­room, fea­tur­ing a high­ceilinged pitched roof con­structed with bam­boo, guests can en­joy a view over­look­ing the sea.

ABOVE Lo­cally sourced sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als such as bam­boo, alang alang grass and re­cy­cled teak were used to cre­ate struc­tures that are mod­ern, yet rus­tic, as seen at the in­fin­ity pool on the beach. RIGHT Cempedak Is­land is a pri­vate is­land, sur­rounded...

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