I feel a bit jealous sharing this experience, as if this charming, tiny island could stay our secret. Tired from the big, crowded hotels one can find around Asia, we were looking for some private place to spend a long weekend with our children. Lucky we were to be the only guests and it was amazing.
First, it is exclusive to occupy such a small place, surrounded by the the sea only. One can circle the island in twenty minutes, including the time for gathering seashells and enjoying the views. The staff were there whenever we needed them and discreet enough to leave us with the feeling that we were all alone on the island.
Design-wise, every corner of Joyo is joy. The open, wooden villas look like grown form the palm trees. The luxury is in aesthetics, high ceilings, wooden bathrooms, wind-blown white bed curtains, air and greenery.
Food is excellent - Asian fusion, I would say. We were entertained finding our table laid at a different place around the island every time. The pool and the common area are also very nice - something like your open-air living room with pool, full bar and occasional snacks.
The place is perfect to go with your 10-15 best friends and book it all. Also good for couples and families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pulau Joyo is your classic Robinson Crusoe island, surrounded by white sand beaches and clear blue sea. Within easy reach of Singapore, it is equipped with every luxury, and superb food and wine. Our experienced team of hosts to make your stay absolutely unforgettable... Pulau Joyo is the ultimate in barefoot sophistication! This island treasure, located in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, is blessed with pristine white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Easily accessible from Singapore and Bintan, Joyo offers an ideal beach getaway with comprehensive spa facilities, fabulous food and much more — all of which complement the island’s romantic location. We are famous for our sunsets and serenity. Joyo Island is also a convenient starting point for an expedition to Indonesia’s untouched beaches and reefs on our 140-foot charter yacht, the Hang Tuah... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pulau Joyo Bintan Island, Riau Islands