If you’re looking for some R&R destination that’s luxurious, affordable and low-key, look no further as Nikoi Island may be what you’re looking for! I was in Bintan early in mid-July this year and Nikoi Island is on the east side of the island, about an hour’s drive from the ferry terminal of Bintan when you arrive from Singapore. It’s definitely one of my top destinations I’ve ever been to before so I highly recommend it if you’re headed to that part of the world. They also recently was recognised as the world’s best private island, so that’s saying something!
So there’s a total of 15 villas on the island, which means there’s only a handful of other groups of people on the island at one time. I never once felt like it was too crowded even though all the villas were fully booked out, as there’s probably more than enough room for everyone. Now this might be a turn off for some people, but there isn’t any air conditioning in the villas. I really don’t think there’s an issue as I think the nature living here should be embraced and there’s mosquito netting for every bed so it’s sealed up quite nicely, with fans and you also get the sea breeze. It’s definitely comfortable enough but do have the right expectations and just enjoy the nature living lifestyle which is a refreshing change to a fast paced city life. The villas are awesome because they’re just a stone’s throw away from the ocean waves and you have complete privacy and serenity if you don’t feel like venturing off the main beach front.
I’d managed to get a massage at their spa as my back was feeling a little stiff from the long flight and travel journey. It was definitely a great way to de-stress and begin my week of fun in Bintan. Most of the activities are non-motorised water sports like sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkling and diving. I really like how everything was inclusive and there’s no queues, time limits or fees to worry about. I’m so glad I manned up and did rock climbing as it was such a good experience reaching the top of a massive 10 feet boulder. It was pretty scary at first and my hands were starting to get really weak, but once I learnt the right techniques and stopped panicking, I did okay!
The highlight for me thought at Nikoi Island would have to be their awesome hospitality and FOOD! By the second day I was already calling staff there by their names and they’d too remembered mine and knew my dietary requirements and remembered my drink choices. For a flat fee at a very reasonable price, you get three meals throughout the day. For the two and a half day that I was there, we got different type of food and cuisines! For each meal there’s several choices for you to make and after each meal they tell you about what’s on the menu for the following meal to see if you prefer something else. Every dish was just amazing for me as I could taste the fresh produce they were using and it wasn’t over flavoured or too salty like how you would normally find Asian food. I was truly impressed with the food. Unfortunately I don’t have many photos from my dinners because the lighting issues you know! Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like to know about this great place!
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