Stuart Dooley



When you add pristine beaches, dazzling, glass-like waters, and age-old reefs to fascinating marine wildlife and the cultural diversity of the world’s largest island country, it’s hard to choose where to go. From more than 17 000 islands, we’ve narrowed it down to our top choices.

1. Misool Eco Resort, Raja Ampat

This tropical hideaway, located on a private island caters to just 40 guests. Misool Island and conservatory situated in the breathtakingly alluring Raja Ampat, is one of the very few places where you can see manta rays, sharks, and coral reefs all in the one day. Dive into the clear, blue water from your private bungalow. Hide in a remote forest cabin. Unwind in a tree house offering beyond childhood-imagination views. Whichever you choose, this Balinese-style resort with its open-air bathrooms is an experience to remember.

(Photo: Misool Eco Resort, Raja Ampat

2. Amanwana Resort, Moyo Island

Enjoy camping in a reserve retaining the real charm and beauty of nature. This remote island has just 20 spacious tents and offers a luxurious adventure of a lifetime in the turquoise bay of Amanwana Resort, part of the exclusive Aman hotel group. Imagine the wilderness of an island, an open-air jungle spa, picturesque greenery of nature, and romantic alfresco dining with an endless sea view? Let’s call it heaven on Earth. From  1 May 2017 the Amanwana luxury tented camp on Moyo Island will offer easy access with direct seaplane transfers from/to Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport also known as Denpasar Airport.

(Photo: Amanwana Resort, Moyo Island)

3. Nihiwatu Resort, Sumba Island

In the surroundings of Nihiwatu Resort you feel like you are at the edge of wilderness but yet they offer a wide range of activities to keep both adults and kids satisfied. From horseback riding and hiking through postcard like waterfalls, to walking magical butterfly trails and fishing, from private surfing lessons to boat rides and jet-ski sessions, you can do it all. Feel the joy of giving freedom by releasing turtles into open waters. And doing good doesn’t stop there. The resort supports local families and makes a huge effort to preserve the unique culture. Nihiwatu even has its own beach cinema! Where else would you find one of these?

(Photo:@travellersplanet @stephankotas)

4. Isle East Indies, Thousand Islands

For a private island experience in Southeast-Asia which will leave you ecstatic Isle East Indies is the place to go.Ever feel like you need to escape from reality and unwind on your own island? Now you can on one of the few private island rentals in the world. One of the biggest draws of Isle East Indies is its serenity. It take just 8 adults at a time in its antique Javanese, wooden, colonial style accommodation with discrete butler service and a vintage motor sailing yacht. It all can be yours!

(Photo: Isle East Indies, Thousand Islands)

5. Kura Kura Resort, Karimunjawa

Picture it. You’ve disembarked from your private jet and boarded a speedboat that skips over the waves to a pure, powder like shell-dust mixed sand beach resort basking in the silence of this remote paradise.

An idyllic, isolated archipelago with beautiful surroundings. Kura Kura Resort is a great choice if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A few days here will definitely rejuvenate your body and mind.

(Photo: Kura Kura Resort, Karimunjawa)