I always seen ourselves as adventurers so I never thought that we would have such a lovely time on a small private island.
I came across Nikoi while researching for our honeymoon and it looked like paradise, perfect for a honeymoon! We had already decided on a backpacking honeymoon and secretly at that time, I wished I found out about Nikoi first.
Nikoi is a private island, about 85km from Singapore. The island is owned by an Australian couple who turned it into a private island resort back in 2007. There are 20 beach houses on the island and they usually get booked out 6 months in advanced.
I love the fact that the owners tried to be as sustainable with the island as possible. Also the fact that you will only have a limited amount of guests around and all the reviews mentioned that you don’t really come across the other guests during your stay except during meal times. The whole place intrigued me and luckily, because we were travelling to India for a wedding, I came up with the idea of doing a stopover there and Ryan said ok!
Nikoi Island is an easy getaway from Singapore, which was our transit point as we flew on Singapore Airlines for this trip.
A quick hawker meal breakfast of Lor Mee and Prawn Noodles close to our hotel and we were off to the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. From the ferry terminal, it was an hour ferry ride to Bintan. We had to clear immigration at Bintan but if you’re a Nikoi guest, you get to go through the express lane so that was a boon! From there, we were taken in a car to Kawal, the jetty to get to Nikoi and 45 minutes later, we’re on paradise.
It didn’t matter that there was a torrential downpour about 30 mins into our arrival. It was the perfect island retreat.
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The best bits for us is waking up to the sounds of waves in the morning and seeing the sun rise on one side of the island and then setting on the other side of the island. I love this!!! I’ve been waking up really early each morning just to watch the sun rise, to see the tide go out and see the place comes to life. You don’t get this even at resorts (you’re usually encassed in a closed up air conditioned room with tonnes of tourists around!).
The service here is unbelievable and the food, amazing. We met the chef on our last night there and found out that he used to work with Banyan Tree so no wonder! Ryan keeps saying he haven’t found any faults with the island yet and I have to agree with him.
The two of us are in love with this place. You get the whole island to yourselves. Like literally.
So I did said that we tend to be more adventurers than sit-by-the-water kinda people on holiday and this place allows you to do that! Phew! I was slightly afraid we were going to be bored out of our minds here!
You can explore the day away and not really see anyone else except at meal times. That’s when you realised you’re not the only people on the island. So most of the time, it feels like the entire island is your playground. There are no forbidden areas, no other hotels, and no touts. Pretty amazing, really!
You can literally walk off the beach and be seeing amazing fishes and corals and everything else under the sea. It was absolutely amazing! We went snorkeling and luckily, I bought 2 underwater cameras for this trip. I can’t wait to see the photos when we get them back from the lab!
We’re already talking about saving up to come back here again in a few years time!! We saw quite a number of families during our time there so hopefully, with the kids in tow!