Thursday, November 22, 2012
Nikoi is a lovely 15-hectare private Indonesian island - between Singapore and Sumatra. We booked two nights there earlier this week, and I could have stayed a third.... One gets there by an hour-long ferry from Singapore to Bintan (another, bigger, island), an hour and a half car-ride across Bintan, followed by a private launch from Bintan to Nikoi. It's worth it, and it's still better than getting on a plane. There isn't much to do there, hence the allure. Accommodations are all sea-front bungalows, open to the outside - breezes are such that A/C is not missed - with a lovely deck for reading, sipping a glass of wine, or just gazing out to the horizon. It's a bit pricey, but I think one pays for the low density. 40 is the maximum number of guests, and since we were there off-season, there couldn't have been more than 20 on the island - indeed, we seemed to be outnumbered by staff! The style was "elegant casual", if that makes any sense. For example, the dining area, also open on the sides to the elements, included linen napkins on the tables, yet no floor, so one could dine and sink toes in sand for the duration. Lovely.