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Nikoi Island
Ranked #1 of 32 Hotels in Bintan Island
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
Level Contributor
59 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A perfect island getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Our stay: we stayed for 3 nights in a 1 bedroom bungalow.
Overall: it would be hard to imagine a better island retreat. Totally relaxing and a very thoughtfully designed resort.
Pluses: the resort has an archetypal tropical island feel - extremely lush and beautiful,with a great sense of seclusion. The bungalows are great. The ground floor has a bathroom and numerous seats and sofas, plus a separate cabana next to the water. The 1st floor has a king size bed looking out to the sea. As with everything else in the resort, it has been very carefully and beautifully designed - it was just a pleasure to be in, and felt very much like having a beachhouse on your own island. The food was delicious, plentiful, well prepared and with a lot of variety. There are separate eating areas for those with children and those without - something we (who did not have children) very much appreciated. The dining areas are lovely open pavilions, with sand as the floor. The resort is extremely well maintained, with many staff, who were uniformly helpful and pleasant. Wifi in the bungalow (at a small cost after 30 minutes use) was unexpected and welcome.
Minuses: none of any consequence. I thought it a pity that espresso coffee for breakfast came at an extra cost. Proper coffee and tea facilities in the bungalows would be welcome. The trip from Singapore takes about 4 1/2 hours all up. It's ok (the transfers are seamless and each party gets its own car rather than being put in a minivan), but the drive across Bintan Island is charmless - however we knew this and had decided to stay for 3 rather than 2 nights to compensate for the travel time.
In conclusion: we would go back at the drop of a hat. It was a highlight of our trip, and something that we had not experienced before.

Room Tip: Based on my preference for more privacy: 2 bedroom: bungalow 15; 1 bedroom: bungalows 14, 13, 12 and...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thanks for your kind review. Great to hear your stay on Nikoi was a highlight of your trip. You have povided a nice summary of the facilities on Nikoi and I'm sure others will find it useful. With regards to tea and coffe in the we hope to introduce this in the rooms shortly. Thanks for the feedback and hopefully we will see you again soon.
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Stuttgart, Germany
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed 3 nights with our boys (5 and 8). We live in Singapore and the trip was very easy and fast. Left Singapore in the morning and arrived before lunch.
The acomodation - non air con, non - TV balinese style house was great. Beautifully designed, right at the beach, with lots of natural ventilation. The kids slept on two converted day bed areas in the main room. There was also a bunk bed room but the kids wanted to stay closer.
We went snorkling from the beach and saw beautiful corrals and fish. There is kjaking (go around the island in 30 min), a jungle walk around the island and a very scenic pool a 5 min walk away from the beach house. There is no gym - but a lot of space to do sports outside. The kids could safely move around the island on their own, feeling like pirates. There is also a great open kids area that is really nice.
Meals are family style at a big table in the sand. While there is one set menue, staff was happy to accomodate special requests.
Staff was exceptionally friendly and proud to work at the place.
A minor concern were the currents at the beach, that were rather strong for the kids from time to time.
The entire place is very peaceful, yet ideal with kids. We will come back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ludvenz
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thanks for your very kind review. Great to hear you enjoyed the design of the accommodation, the service and the natural setting. We do look forward to welcoming you back some day. Thanks again for taking the time to post your review.
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We have had a wonderful few days there; it was paradise and we were unwinding and relaxing from the moment we were greeted so warmly and ambled with the charming host to reception. The complete lack of aircon was absolutely fine: sleeping with an overhead fan, listening to the gentle sounds of the sea was magical. However might I suggest that a brochure or some form of information about the available activities, the conservation aspects etc etc, be made available there? The food was stunning: top quality but completely honest, and fresh. We certainly appreciated real food for small children. All staff were friendly but not over the top, seemingly very genuine.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheBear49
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thanks for your kind review. It is particularly pleasing to hear you enjoyed the meals so much. There is supposed to be a room guide in each of the master bedrooms but I will ask our staff to re-check this. It may have been that this was not pointed out to you and my apologies if that was the case. There are also copies of this at the bar on Ipads. Thanks for taking the time to post your review.
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North Shields, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We were looking for a side-trip from Singapore that offered something a little bit different. From the moment we stepped off the ferry in Bin Tan, the experience was fantastic. Fast-tracked through immigration then into a private car to the jetty for the boat to Nikoi. On arrival in Nikoi island, all of the expectations we had prior to the trip were exceeded.

The island itself is beautiful and perfectly maintained, keeping the balance with nature versus development at exactly the right level. The bungalows are luxurious while having a rustic charm. We had booked bungalow 5, which includes a separate room/bathroom for our third guest. Their room would have been large enough for the three of us and was sufficiently separate to be very private from our own. Air-conditioning is honestly not required as the open design allowed sufficient airflow to offer cooling day and night.

While the set menu does not allow for choice of food, the meals were one of the (many) highlights of the stay. The food was of the highest quality and the variety from meal-to-meal was great. The team checked our preferences when we arrived (one of us was vegetarian and another couldn't eat beef). Each meal was slightly tailored for to address these needs and not once did we need to remind the staff during the stay - reflective of the overall service.

The ratio of staff to guests was the highest I've ever experienced - I believe there are approximately 60 staff on the island for only 15 bungalows. All staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

We will be returning for sure - next time we'll try and make the effort to use more of the services such as the watersports. This trip was more about just switching off and relaxing!

Congratulations on the overall concept, which has been executed perfectly.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brian F
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thanks for your very kind review. Great to hear you enjoyed the concept so much. Great to also read that you enjoyed the meals and that we were able to cater for your dietary needs. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back some day.
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West Auckland, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

This was simply fantastic, maldives for a fraction of the price, quiet, peaceful, beautiful and very well thought through.

This is a small island with 15 houses only, food is excellent, not buffet- so great quality and varied.

we had a great time and will definately be returning.

Room Tip: the island is touched with seasonal breezes, so pick your time to get a breezy house, wear sea shoes...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Seanr1965
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Thanks for your very kind review. It is particularly pleasing to read your comments about the food as kitchen has been putting a lot of effort into refining our meals and we are very pleased with the results. We look forward to welcoming you back some day.
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Antwerp, Belgium
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful, Free yourself from the complexities of your life, simplicity and happiness awaits you at Nikoi.”

Although you go back to basics, we were never pampered like this before in our lives!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank scooby_bd
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Wow - what a lovely review. You have made our day.
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Wil, Switzerland
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108 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

We read many of the good reports Nikoi Island got before we booked it and so we did expect that it would be nice there. But wow, it's just fantastic. The beach house we stayed in was just like in a Robinson Crusoe Movie. And the staff was very nice too. The waiters Hardy and Raheem and the girl, who's name i forgot where really friendly and offered a good service. Also the beach boys, the house keeping, bar crew where nice. Always got a friendly smile if you saw one of them. The island itself is very nice, the food was great and freshly cooked (no buffet) and we just had a wonderful time. Our first visit, but for sure not the last.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hamacas78
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relaxedby, Owner at Nikoi Island, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Thanks for your very kind review. Great to hear you enjoyed your stay so much. Our staff will be very pleased to read your kind words about their service. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back some day.
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Additional Information about Nikoi Island

Property: Nikoi Island
Address: Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Bintan Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) 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 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 
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Nikoi Island Bintan Island, Riau Islands
Nikoi Island Hotel Bintan

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