Bawah Island, Indonesia
1 DesaiKiabu, SiantanSelatan,
Riau Anambas, 29791
Date of Creation
Opened 1st August 2017
Hotel General Manager
Tom Blachere Tom originally from France has spent most of his career in Indian Ocean and Asia
Originally a diver master his early professional career was spent managing a scuba diving centre in French Polynesia. Gaining crucial knowledge and experience, and the respect of Tour Operations in the region, Tom went on to set up and manage his own diving Cruise Company in Maldives, which he ran for nine years, exploring 3⁄4 of the country, both above and underwater.
In 2001, Tom sold his company and went on to join the management of HPL Hotels & Resorts, which owned the beautiful Rihivelli Beach Resort in the Maldives, where he was General Manager for six years, following which he was taken on as a consultant for the pre-opening of the Kandooma Beach Resort in the Maldives.
His exceptional expertise in the hospitality industry soon led Tom to move on to greater heights, and he soon found himself in yet another part of the world in 2007, this time in Penang, Malaysia, where he was instrumental in the conceptualization, setting up and pre-opening of the Hard Rock Hotel, Penang. His demonstration of sound industry knowledge, backed by his passion and years of experience led Tom to be promoted to General Manager of one of the group’s boutique hotels – Casa Del Mar in Langkawi, which has been his “home by the sea” till today.
A ‘naturally lux’ retreat in the heart of the Indonesian Anambas – eco responsible – 5 star
Previously uninhabited, Bawah is a marine conservation area where ‘nature provides its true luxury’ across 6 pristine islands, 3 crystal clear lagoonsand 13 beaches. Bawah allows a maximum of 70 guests at any one time, with 35 eco-designed suites and overwater bungalows providing guests with a private oasis amongst spectacular scenery – enriched with Bawah’s holistic and personalised approach to service.
Bawah Island is developed as an ecologically sound destination with the preservation of the island’s natural beauty a priority;
History & Story
Retaining Bawah’s mission of providing a luxurious, authentic travel experience in a sustainable and community-enriching manner, all tentedsuites and public areas are made of materials like bamboo and recycled teak; while the bath and shower areas are constructed of recycled copper. Indigenous materials like ‘driftwood’ have been reinvented to create unique finishes and everything on the island has been created by hand, as no heavy machinery is allowed. Fishing and anchoring in Bawah’s waters are also forbidden and to protect the abundance of flora, fauna and butterflies on the island, no pesticides are used.
New opening – Renowned Singapore Architect -Sim Boon Yang, founding Partner & Director of Eco-Id
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Bawah Island has been developed to inspire guests to get reacquainted with their ‘true nature’ by inviting them to explore the islands and leave with a renewed sense of purpose. Immersing in experiences harmonious with nature, explorers can encounter flourishing species of corals, turtles and iridescent schools of fish, or step foot in Bawah’s primary forest that has never been cut or burnt.
Anambas Islands – about 150 miles NE of Singapore – Bawah is not just a new resort – it is a new destination in the world
The Anambas Archipelago is 295 islands were only 19 are inhabited and fishing is the primary industry – Bawah is the first hotel / resort in the region and is a pioneer in opening this region to the explorer travellers.
Key sites/activities in the area
Within Bawah’s crystal clear waters, all are welcome to experience a variety of water activities or for those wanting to slow down their time, Bawah’s beach-fronted infinity pool invites a cool, gentle dip.
Discover one of the 13 beaches around the 6 desert islands and switch off.
Hike into virgin rainforest and when at 150 metres above the lagoon stop and just admire the beauty of the variety of colours created by the coral, depths of the water and jungle around you.
Bawah is a rugged island – lot of steps and various wildness – perfect if the kids are explorers and into the outdoor world and adore the sea and all that one finds below ( coral, fish etc ) – no tvs and limited internet in rooms – rooms are designed primarily for 2 pax– kids are welcome but we recommend them to be old enough to sleep in separate bedroom to parents– the young ones needing to be in parents room we can add an extra bed in the overwater bungalows – however we have to remove the safari chairs and table to give space – all rooms are elevated and our balconies and verandahs have simple.
• Number of suites: 35
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 35
11 Overwater Bungalows 105 sq metres – 6 on east and 5 on west
19 Beach Front Suites 70 sq metres
3 Garden Suites 70 sq metres
2 Deluxe One Bedroom Suites 180 sq metres
Bawah’s 35 eco-designed suites are enveloped in lush scenery, with 19 Beach Suites offering breathtaking sea views, 2 Deluxe One Bedroom Suites with separate tented living / dining room and private sundeck, 11 Over Water Bungalows giving stunning dawn to dusk vistas and 3 Garden Suites shrouded by idyllic, natural scenes. Each accommodation features a beautifully appointed bedroom, spacious open air bathroom and a relaxing outdoor living area with incredible views across the lagoon.
Restaurants & Bars
The Tree Top restaurant at Bawah serves bespoke Asian-fusion cuisine with locally-grown ingredients alongside a curated drinks menu to showcase authentic flavours. The lower deck of the restaurant offers an alternative relaxation spot for diners to relax as they take in spectacular views of the ocean.
Guests can also unwind with bespoke cocktails at the Grouper Bar, Jules Verne Bar, and Boat House Bar. These uniquely-themed bars are situated at different zones on Bawah, each offering beautiful and distinctive sights of the surrounding islands.
Boat House is also open for breakfast and lunch daily and does themed BBQ nights – dining with toes in the sand looking out over the lagoon and sand bar.
Bawah’s holistic wellness centre, Aura, houses a spa and a yoga pavilion, providing complete mind and body programmes designed to enlighten the senses so one can explore, or relax, with a rejuvenated state of mind. Aura will also offer personalised yoga, pilates, meditation, and reiki sessions from sunrise to sunset.
Corporate & Celebration Events
In addition, Bawah houses a wood-panelled Library up in the tree tops, where a diverse collection of natural history, architecture, classic literature, maps and guidebooks are available for literary lovers to browse and indulge in.
Library can be used as a meeting room.
Bawah is perfect for corporate retreats of senior management – small groups of 10 best.
Extra Notable Features
Yoga Pilates and Mediation classes
All wellness is included in room rate
Cooking & cocktail classes possible
Star gazing – open air cinema on the beach
Hotel and restaurant Awards
Tatler Awards – best opening 2017
Number of employees