I visited Nikoi with 3 globetrotting girlfriends - among the 4 of us, we've been pretty much everywhere - all of us agreed that it was one of the most spectacular places we had ever been. The natural beauty is really stunning and the elegant simplicity of the 'huts' as we called them is so relaxing. We originally had booked a two bedroom bungalow but we were given the 3 bedroom one instead - it was like having our own village. The staff is phenomenal; in addition to being so attentive and accommodating, you can tell that they really love working there, which is always the sign of good management. We loved the pace of the place - it was wonderful to unwind on the veranda or the beach but having the ability to snorkel or kayak at a moment's notice was lovely - and we really appreciated the ethos of being attuned to the setting - the low level of night lighting means turtles can nest but it also meant that for the first time in months I saw stars in the night sky. The food is fantastic and abundant (the four of us are still dreaming of the avocado mousse dessert) and while there is a set menu, they can easily adapt to your needs - one of us is a complete vegetarian and another doesn't eat meat and that was no problem. Certainly Nikoi is not for everyone as some of the Trip Advisor comments indicate but for those who share the conception of luxury embodied in this resort, it is a perfect place and worth every penny. Just one suggestion for the management: if it doesn't already exist, have an email list for people who would like to be notified of last minute weekend (or other holiday) availability when there are cancellations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nikoi Island is a 15 hectare private island just 85 kms 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
- Also Known As:
- Nikoi Island Bintan Island, Riau Islands
- Nikoi Island Hotel Bintan