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“Fantastic weekend away, a beautiful island all to yourself”
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Pulau Joyo
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Singapore
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66 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Fantastic weekend away, a beautiful island all to yourself”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Recently spent a weekend on the beautiful private island that is Pulau Joyo. Dedy Goh (who I met from a trip to Pulau Pangkil some years ago) was, as usual, very helpful with all the arrangements knew a few of us from our Pangkil trip - its always nice to be greeted by a smiling familiar face! The stay is just effortless and the staff on the island honestly cannot do enough to help, we were exceptionally well looked after. We had some fantastic meals including a beautiful dinner on the beach one night. Accommodation is basic and as expected of island life! But clean, comfortable and authentic - we were in a bale on the beach ! There is everything you need; from a very well stocked bar, watersports equipment, wifi, sound system, beautiful pool and sun loungers, an abundance of fresh fluffy towels, delicious freshly cooked meals three times a day, afternoon tea, massages. Cannot recommend highly enough - go !

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2014

I can´t get more private than Pulau Joyo. This tiny island in Indonesia is one of the best places I have never been. The rooms are located across the island and each one of them offers you the most amazing views. I will definitely go back when I have the opportunity.

Room Tip: Stay in one of the Palaces room
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Great Rooms..we stayed at beach house with an awesome view...
Good food...hotel staff made food catered to Kids, vegetarians and dietary restrictions...totally taken care and pampered...even packed a dinner on way back

Exemplary Customer service...our ferry was delayed by 5 hours and one of the hotel staff was at the ferry terminal at Indonesia to make sure we don't have issues going back specially with kids

beautiful beach, snorkelling, pool , dingy ride...
Overall, we were treated as VVIP's...I am surely going back

And TIP...don't forget to use the massage service..It was DIVINE

Room Tip: Go for Java house our Beach House...small island with all rooms access to beach Don't forget to...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is beautiful resort and the standard of the facilities, the rooms, public areas, pool area, gardens and layout of the island were all first class. We really enjoyed the simple, family style Indonesian cooking and were particularly impressed by the fresh fruit and vegetables. The setting is idyllic, it’s a real ‘get away from it all’ place. Fantastic once we arrived but it is a bit of a trek from Singapore. Total journey time was 5 hours including waiting time for ferries and immigration plus transfer by car and private boat. We only stayed 2 nights and it was too short given the hassle involved in getting there. Book for longer and really enjoy the remote location.
One small point was that we found the service a bit unprofessional. There were plenty of staff who were friendly and helpful once you tracked them down, but they were difficult to find and often seemed to be hiding from guests. One member of staff should always be available to serve guests at the pool and bar area during the day and remain more visible during mealtimes rather than just serving the food and disappearing. It would maximise revenue for the owner as well. Because we found the staff so hard to track down we spent far fewer on drinks than we otherwise would have done!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2013

I read all of the review below and it's hard to add anything more except to say that in addition to being a beautiful slice of paradise a stone's throw from Singapore, this place also has a wonderful reef surrounding the island. We saw a stingray, a very small shark, heaps of fish, some nice soft and hard coral and few giant clams. Contrary to one of the other reviews, we found the food perfect for the setting with a nice mix of children's options as well as interesting adult selections like chili crab and local fish options. The only complaint we had is that the travel time from sing to the island is definitely four hours plus plus with our trip over taking almost five hours due to slow immigration in Bintan. It would be nice if this could be made more efficient. It's also a perfect place for kids 2 to 12. I'm not sure if teens would find enough to do here.

Room Tip: We stayed in the beach villas. Seemed to be the best option.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We spent 3D2N at this very private island. The 1st night, there were total of 3 couples and 2nd night left 2 couples on the island. Bright & sunny in the day and breezy & starry at night. Meals were arranged in different parts of the island for guests to enjoy different views. Really appreciate the effort by the team to decorate and set-up the dining tables everyday. Great thanks for Santos and staff at the island for making our stay as comfortable as can it. We tried snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddle, collected seashells...Truly enjoyed a relaxing short getaway.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

I've just spent 4 days at Pulau Joyo with a group of 13 other friends to celebrate a friend's major birthday - they hired the island just for us lot. The transfers were great, the staff were incredibly helpful and couldn't do enough for us in terms of laying on refreshments on the journey and everything. The accomodation was beautiful and luxurious, the grounds were beautiful and the food was great and varied - they even catered for our Coeliac friend. I agree that Breakfast wasn't as fab as the other meals, but that was probably because I was usually very hungover for breakfast! On the whole though, the food was delicious and varied and the Barbecue on the beach with the candles, and then the bonfire and stargazing was absolutely incredible. I've never had a holiday like it, the weather was a little stormy, but it was such a relaxing and peaceful place, it didn't really matter. I would totally recommend it to anyone. Thank you so much to Santo and his team for making this a once in a lifetime holiday, it was just perfect - going back to grimy Sheffield in the UK is a big come down.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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 22 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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