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Conde Nast Travel on Elang Private Residence, Bawah Reserve, Indonesia hotel review!

We are thrilled to share a recent write up with Conde Nast Travel on Elang Private Residence, Bawah Reserve, Indonesia hotel review!

"The epitome of secluded luxury on your very own private island"


25 January 2023

For Bawah’s lost world remoteness and its principled eco credentials, and now the chance to escape completely at the newly launched Elang Private Residence, the owner’s holiday home available as a full buyout, perfect for parties and multi-generational families to toast being together again, after a pandemic which shut down Bawah for more months than it’s been open (the dormancy period means the secret isn’t fully out yet).

The journey here from Singapore is by ferry and amphibious plane, which takes off on wheels and lands on floats; it feels like a throwback to a more romantic era of travel. The pilots are barefooted on the rudder and offer a clipped security briefing (“if you fancy a swim, there’s a lifejacket under your seat”). It’s a charming way to arrive.

Landing with a splash, Bawah is the largest of the six islands in this tiny archipelago. There are 36 villas here; a lineup of restaurants and bars; walking trails through primary forest; open-air massages; an immaculate lawn tennis court, two spas and a boutique. The toughest decision of the day might be selecting a picnic spot or which lagoon to snorkel.

Elang is more private yet, with only six villas, a restaurant flanked by a saltwater pool and waterslide, a clubhouse, spa and another lawn tennis court. There are four other uninhabited islands in this marine reserve, all so close together you can swim between them.

Singapore-based shipping magnate Tim Hartnoll was once on a sailing holiday and dropped anchor here to discover these lush outcrops of islands and their sheltered lagoons. So began the journey to create a hideaway resort sensitive to the natural environment, and a marine reserve with the aim to recover the coral reefs damaged by dynamite fishing.

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