Monday, July 25, 2011

NIKOI Island

OMG you need to go to Nikoi Island some time in your lifetimes lovelies! It is just so magical and unlike anywhere else I have ever traveled to! Basic facts first, Nikoi Island is a private island off the coast of Bintan, Indonesia, which is a one hour boat ride away from Singapore. It is an eco-friendly retreat, with just 15 bungalows. There is no air conditioning (which freaked me out at first) and the bungalows are made of driftwood and almost all the water activities are included in the price! It is not cheap lovelies...but its just out of this world and SERIOUSLY worth it!

J was supposed to come with P and I, but ended up not being able to make it because of work, which was such a shame! P and I had a BIT of a rocky start getting to Nikoi...and when I say rocky start I really mean everything that could go wrong...went wrong like P's work visa expiring and her not knowing...her having to pay a fee to leave singapore...P's passport running out of full pages for them to adhere the indonesain visa to...and most importantly the boat from bintan to nikoi breaking down in the MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN at night in the dark! So that was not fun...but once we got to Nikoi the whole vibe of the trip turned around! I mean how can you not love something so beautiful. And somehow...for the 2 of us we got a huge 2 bedroom villa...strange but we weren't complaining...

the downstairs of our private bungalow...its HUGE!

outside view of the second bedroom which we didn't use!

this WHOLE thing was ours!

P on our chairs right in front of the bungalows on the beach!

I couldn't get a good shot of the was really big and surprisingly without AC it was really nice and breezy...

beautiful lush walkways surround Nikoi

reading by the pool with an AMAZING view

the breakfast spread they set up in front of us on our table every morning!! 

bonfire set up at the beach

Now that you have hopefully fallen in love with the pictures...let me tell you a little more about our stay. So there are no real restaurants that have like menu options...every day the menu is posted up on a since I am a vegetarian that basically meant I got served some version of tofu or soy bean something for every meal. The food was pretty delicious...we got one lemon tart dessert for lunch which was delicious! 

You can rent kayaks, snorkel gear, and windsurfing stuff for free. P and I went kayaking...then we got someone to take us out on a small catamaran for sailing! It was SOO much fun...we went so fast it as there was good wind (or something) and it was like jet skiing! But after a while my arms hurt from using so much energy to hold on!

The pool was amazing and never really that crowded...we spent an entire day there. Massages are really cheap on the island as well...and you get them right on the little hut in front of your bungalow! This place is like a little slice of heaven! It is like getting back in touch with nature, but in a really luxurious fashion!

Our bedroom was HUGE...there is not ac, but you don't really need it...there is one wall that is all glass which you can fold completely open...and two huge windows on either side which fold you can make it so that the room is almost completely open of walls. There is really good mosquito net over the bed, and a ceiling fan inside the mosquito its really comfy and safe from bugs in the bed. You fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves...its so relaxing.

I absolutely fell in love with Nikoi Island and hope that one day you all get to experience the awesomeness that is Nikoi....until, next time XXOO!

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