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“A rustic, back to basics retreat. Perfect for groups who want to get away from it all.” 4 of 5 stars
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“A rustic, back to basics retreat. Perfect for groups who want to get away from it all.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

Overall
- A very basic and peaceful place to relax, fish, swim in the sea, eat delicious seafood and contemplate life as you listen to the sound of the sea.
- Bluemoutain is a remote and secluded kelong (series of traditional wooden stilt houses built over the sea).
- Its location means it's hard to get to (about 3 hours in total by ferry, van and then boat from Singapore), but for those who need a complete break from urban life, it's worth it.

Rooms
- Each room can sleep about 4 to 6 people. Mattresses are thin, pillows are uneven in quality and there is no fan or air con, but somehow we always sleep well there. If there is a storm (which is dramatic and beautiful), it can actually get quite cold in the room.
- As there are only partial partitions between rooms, it's rather communal (as kelongs are meant to be), so it's more suitable to go with a group of friends or be willing to get to know others well!
- The biggest concession to modernity is the ensuite toilet in each room. Bear in mind that everything, including the toilets, is made of wood. Each bathroom has a seated toilet, a small sink and a shower. We preferred to use the pail for showering which helps you to quickly get used to the cold water. Although it's a shock to the system at first, the cold showers out of the pail were extremely enjoyable. Trust me, they make you feel so good afterwards!

Food
- Local, plentiful and delicious!! The calamari, gado gado, grilled chicken wings, steamed crabs were fabulous.
- All meals are included (as there is no where else to get your food). You get 5 meals - breakfast, lunch, a tea-time snack and dinner. The fried bananas for tea are yum.
- There will be a barbecue on one of the nights.
- Coffee, tea and water are included. You can buy beer for a reasonable price.
- Best to bring your own snacks and drinks if you are worried about not having variety.

Others
- As there is a fair amount of climbing on/off boats, it is not suitable for those who may find this a physical challenge. Having said that, a physically fit 80 year old managed it when we were there.
- I would not recommend this to families with very young children as the kelong is open on all sides and they could fall off if not careful.

Do check the website for more information.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Address: Riau Island, Pulau Jemera, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province
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Ranked #4 of 22 Specialty lodging in Riau Islands Province
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquil retreat situated on the island of Palau Jemera, Riau Archipelago. ... more   less 
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Blue Mountain Kelong Indonesia/Riau Islands

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