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“Spirituality lives in simplicity” 5 of 5 stars
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“Spirituality lives in simplicity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Islands are intriguing and so is Nikoi Island with its shockingly white powdery soft sand, crystal clear sea and lush greenery.
On this tropical island, one has to forget about busyness of work and learn to let go of the need for tv, air-con, phones, PCs, hair dryers, fridge (though icebox is provided), internet (limited access).
Instead, my girlfriends and I found ourselves nourishing our senses with what Nikoi has to offer by:
- walking amongst the green canopies of indigenous trees in the coastal forest (we started the trail from Villa no. 15) and attempting to climb the not-so-steep 30m hill.
- marveling at the magnificent fringing coral reef, coastal saltwater mangrove and coral ‘graveyard’, gigantic white granite boulders, iPod Rock and treehouse near the beach bar
- kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, paddle-boarding or swimming at the saline swimming pool
- reveling in the nightly bonfire which starts around 7:30pm (depending on wind conditions) and toasting marshmallows with long wooden poles
- getting enraptured by sunrises at the poolside and sunsets at the Beach Bar
- mingling with the friendly Nikoi staff especially Yogi, Gugun and Jordan who served us chilled iced water, cocktails (do try Yogi’s Colada and Sangria), homemade crackers and cookies. We also checked out the library of books, jars of broken pottery and coins found near the island. And Yogi introduced us to the elegant Suzie (Golden Orb spider) who hangs out at the Beach Bar and feeds on bananas.
- watching movies at the lounge just behind the Beach Bar in the evenings.
- gazing at the vast magnificent constellation of stars
- busking in Nikoi's philosophy in preserving nature which is evident from the villas made of driftwood and dried grass thatching, solar hot water panels, hand-blended bathroom amenities, delectable meals they serve with local produce, smoothened sand dining floors, absence of motorised water sports.
Post-Nikoi me felt lighter, happier and bursting with energy….I can’t wait to return to Nikoi for the 3rd time.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Thanks for your kind and wonderfully detailed review. We particularly enjoyed reading your lovely descriptions of Nikoi and your experience of staying on the island. It is also very pleasing to read that you noticed many of the details that we have put so much effort into trying to get right. We are always trying to refine things so hopefully by the time you return we will have been able to add to the list. With regard to your room tip that houses 7-15 are breezier I would just like to add that whilst that is the case for this time of the year the prevailing winds swing around so that houses 1-6 are breezier from Oct through to March. Thanks again for your review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I don't need to say much - I cannot fault Nikoi. Amazing staff. Amazing location. Great food and wonderful for children of all ages. The staff accommodated all our needs - whether early dining for our little one or bringing water to us on beaches off the main stretch.

My only small ask would be to include wifi in the rate and perhaps to make it possible to make rooms darker in the day (baby naps) although I think our hut had a problem with main blind.

Anyway those are minor issues and I can almost guarantee you will not regret making the trip to Nikoi. A very special place and we will be back (if we can find availability?!)

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Thanks for your very kind review. Great to hear you enjoyed your stay. With regard to WiFi we previously provided free access but found that we simply could not buy enough bandwidth from our service provider to provide unlimited access to all. As a result we have found that the only way to regulate is to charge. We currently provide 30 mins free of charge and will increase this as our bandwidth increases. I will ask our staff to check the blinds in all of the rooms. Thanks for taking the time to post your review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

If visiting Nikoi ensure you read the website thoroughly and know what you are going for and are going to experience.

Having read some of the other tripadvisor reviews on here of Nikoi, they clearly did not read the easily accesible website!

If you are after a cheap tacky all inclusive, fake stay then stay elsewhere in Bintan.

However I fear you will be missing a great opportunity.

Nikoi was everything I expected from the website and more, a really relaxing peaceful break away from the rush of everything. Sure there were lizards and bugs, but this is what I expected from going to an Island resort to be near nature?

The food was good and one of our meals was excellent (lamb!)

The wine was a little pricey, but this was the same at all venues across SE Asia.

The staff were all friendly and attentive, but the great part of this stay was the feeling that you were the only people on the Island!

Despite he Island being at full occupancy, the only time we saw other guests was at lunch and dinner and even then we were made to feel special with a table ready for us without being on top of other guests.

I have stayed at all inclusive resorts before and the give you what you ask for. - a venue where you are one of many.

Nikoi is different, everyone is an individual and treated as a special guest!

One such example was the watersports! Myself and a friend decided to try out the lasers. I had previously sailed a laser about ten years ago on a peaceful quiet lake in the UK, therefore as soon as we went out onto the water alone we kept capsizing. The staff were quick to help us and patiently came out with both of us to teach us what to do and how to sail properly! This was fantastic service and something I would never expect from one of the "all inclusive" resorts.

One of many reasons why I would return to Nikoi for a peaceful relaxing holiday!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Thanks for your very detailed and very kind review. It sounds very much like you enjoyed the island as we intended it to be so that is very pleasing to hear. We also appreciate your suggestion that guests take the time to read our website. We are the first to admit that Nikoi is quite different in many respects to what other hotels and resorts offers and so will not appeal to everyone. Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We look forward to welcoming you back some day.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I would concur with everything that many people have already stated - it is a great, relaxing place. However, its real differentiating factor is the quality of its staff and its food.

The staff are practically unique in South East Asia; they actually listen and provide great service, and are friendly and polite without ever becoming intrusive.

The food is fresh and perfectly cooked. The chef deserves a specific mention for his/her skills.

Overall, very highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Thanks for your very kind review. Great to hear you enjoyed the food and our service. We are very proud of both. I have passed your comments on to our chef and his team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

No airco. We have seen much better beaches. Swimming in front of the villa not possible with low tide. Beautiful reef but visibility can be a problem. Pool just too short for good laps.

Does that mean that we were disappointed about Nikoi Island? Not at all!! Indeed there are better beaches. Indeed there are more luxury hotels, with more amenities. Indeed there are better destinations for snorkeling. But staying on Nikoi is a unique experience, that can hardly be described to do it justice.

The island. Nikoi island is above all very beautiful. Parts of it are like a mini version of Praslin and La Digue (Seychelles). And Nikoi is bigger than we had thought in advance, looking at the island map (and when seen from the boat, approaching for the first time). It has beautiful paths through tropical jungle, a serene pool area and - in general - a fantastic layout, that works out very well. The real luxury of staying on Nikoi lies in its space. The island feels spacious, and one hardly see any other guest during the day (apart from breakfast, lunch and dinner), even when the island is fully booked. There are several communal buildings, and they are set out over a big area. For sure all is roomy enough for what has to be about 50 guests max. So quite definitely you do get the "your own private island" feel!

The villa (no 13). Not only the island feels big enough, also the villas are very spacious, and beautifully build. Staying in the villa is a real pleasure: the privacy, the seaview, the showers (2 inside, 1 outside), the daybed, the good matrass, the openness and the sounds. The big monitor lizard that stayed under our platform downstairs an added bonus!

The food. There has been said enough about the food and the set menu. It lived up to our expectations, although the menus seem to be a bit better suited for meat eaters than vegetarians/fish-only eaters. There is enough variety: even after one week we didn't mind the set menu.

Overall service. Impeccable. Smiles everywhere, and the (Indonesian) personnel tries do everything to make you happy. Our special thanks to Rahim, Samuel ("Padji"), Juli and - last but not least - Gugun. We hope you all keep enjoying to work on Nikoi, and working on Nikoi will help you to build a good future for yourselves.

Price/Quality. Is Nikoi worth the price you pay? We would say that the basic pricing for accomodation and for the food is definitely reasonable. Alcoholic drinks (cocktails, and especially wines) are much more expensive though than we are used to. It's difficult for us to judge if that's indeed the consequence of Indonesian taxation, but in practice it will add quite an amount to your bill. Inclusive some massages think about € 200 - € 250 per day for a couple, apart from the prepaid accomodation. Overall, we thought the Nikoi Experience is worth the bill, but it will very much depend on what you value.

Tips:
- the villas with the higher numbers are set a bit apart, so offer even more privacy.
- in terms of comfortness (temperature in the night) we feel that it depends very much on the season which part (lower numbers or higher numbes) are most comfortable. In september the higher numbers had the better wind from the sea
- mosquitos: hardly any problems. Take small clips to keep the mosquito net closed
- take the 75 min full body massage. Definitely worth the price
- canoe around the island
- take your own mini flashlights
- clothes: don't bother about flashy dresses etc. for dinner. Shoes and flipflops were not used during seven days (apart from shoes for walking on the reef)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write your very detailed review. I am sure that others will find it very helpful. Thanks very much.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Modern life stressing you out? this place will be great for you to chillout and get your body and soul recharged.
The staff are warm and friendly.
Food tastes fresher.
The view is wonderful when you wake up with the seaview.
Should also try the body scrub and massage (i would recommend at least an hour of med to hard intensity)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Thanks for your kind review. Great to read you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back one day. Thanks again for taking the time to post your review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We planned our 4 nights at Nikio some time ago having been recomended by a friend. We had read the reviews on Trip Advisor and was slightly concerned regarding the comments about too many children and the noise but we have to say this was managed very well and all the children who were on the island during our stay were beautifully behaved and never an issue. The food was stunning and so healthy, we felt beautifully relaxed and recharged and just wanted another couple of days! The staff were a delight nothing was too much trouble.
We hope to come back

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thanks for your very kind review. Great to hear you enjoyed your stay so much. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back some day.
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Address: Private Island, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Bintan Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Bintan Island
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bintan Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nikoi Island is a 15 hectare private island just 85kms from Singapore and has long been regarded as one of the most stunning islands on this unspoiled coast. Ringed with white sandy beaches and coral reefs of spectacular color and diversity, Nikoi is for those seeking a true private island experience and the comfort of a destination dedicated to responsible tourism practices. ... more   less 
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