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“Our very own desert island!!!!”
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Pulau Joyo
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Stavanger, Norway
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Our very own desert island!!!!”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

In November last year, my wife and I were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend an idyllic weekend on the Indonesian Island of Joyo. As our party consisted of 6 families, we literally had the island to ourselves, looked after by polite, friendly and highly efficient staff. The accommodation was superb, six beautiful beach villas, the food and refreshments were of a very high standard and every evening was a new experience, dining by the pool and on the beach!!! I would recommend Pulau Joyo to anyone, and if you are able to "take over" the whole island as we did, it's a wonderful group experience, perfect for adults and children alike!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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PangkilJoyo, General Manager at Pulau Joyo, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Thanks for your kind review. We are very happy you had a great time on our island. Look forward to welcome you once more on our island.
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tokyo
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4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

My husband and I stayed here in September 2012 for five days and we had the best time. We stayed in the Rembang hut and it was magnificent. The food is delicious and the staff is lovely. I cannot say enough good things about this place. The trip out to the island is a bit rough, but overall it is worth it. I would absolutely visit again as it is the perfect place to de-stress.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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PangkilJoyo, General Manager at Pulau Joyo, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments. It was monsoon season when the launch will be rougher than normal season. Glad you liked your stay with us. Look forward to your next visit.
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Hong Kong
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12 reviews
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We spent 4 days at Pulau Joyo over July 2012 holidays with 2 of our children. I have no idea what the reviewer who wrote "Avoid" was talking about. The accommodation was stunning, the food was delicious (particularly when you request the local Indonesian food) and they catered for small children as well as adults, the wine corkage charge was very reasonable and the staff were helpful and could be found whenever you needed them. The trip to the island was fine. It was no longer or more difficult than any of the other islands off Bintan or Malaysia that are accessible from Singapore. I had 2 different massage ladies who were both excellent. As an aside, I have no idea who the owners of the island are so this is an unsolicited review.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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PangkilJoyo, Manager at Pulau Joyo, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Thanks very much for your very kind review. Look forward to welcome you back some day. Thanks again for taking the time to post your review.
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6 reviews
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Not sure which island the bad review person was on. Joyo is lovely, we had the place to ourselves, very nice Indo food, peaceful, fun, very relaxing. Better than its own website. Getting there is slow but that is true for all the best places. Will definitely go back.

Oh, and don't know the owners at all.

Do yourself a favour, visit.

  • Stayed July 2012
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PangkilJoyo, Manager at Pulau Joyo, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Thanks very much for your very kind review. It was nice to hear your good comment about the food. Hopefully we will see you again soon. Thank you.
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Singapore
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

What a place!
The island is beautiful with its nature, lush forest, white sands, blue water and coral barrier... everything is so colorful.
The 6 wood-made villas are perfectly located in 3 different corners of the island, enjoying the view of both the tropical forest and the indonesian sea. We were in the Beach House II: interiors are well designed, the beds very comfortable and the bathroom very spacious.
The staff is great: everybody's very kind and friendly... discretely there should you need something.
The food has been a nice experience too: every meal different from the previous and each dish very well prepared.
There is no Spa, but they arranged for a masseuse to come from Bintan and stay in the island during our stay. She was very good and her massage the perfect end of a magic day in Joyo.
Yes, it took 3 hours to get there from Singapore, but the travel will surely not stop us to visit them again!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank faudisio
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

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.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
Reviewed February 26, 2012

I had an extremely enjoyable experience at pulau joyo. The staff were more than helpful and the food cooked every day was delicious and hearty. The beds were clean and I especially enjoyed the hammocks placed outside our rooms. There was a communal area where everybody could gather in the day time and it sort of felt like a pool party everyday. For a weekend of relaxation it was the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Pulau Joyo
Address: Jalan Sungei enam laut No.08, Riau Islands Province 29122, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Bintan Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Bintan Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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

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