Accommodating temperture restrictions
Best labeled as ‘Luxury Survivor’ or ‘Crusoe Luxe’ it is a concept that has not been seen in the region before.
Nikoi opened in 2007 and quickly became a popular escape for those looking for an escape from the maddening crowd.Overhead fans and the siting of each villa to maximize the cool ocean breezes is a wonderful working example of “nature’s air-con”.Activities available to guests includes ‘serious’ relaxation, swimming, sailing, snorkeling, diving, massage, nature discovery and island hopping, windsurfing, standup paddle boarding, kayaking, tennis, croquet, and boule.Working on site all of the buildings have been designed around the natural canvas of the island.The end result is structures that have a real sense of belonging.They are encouraged to learn new skills and many staff have moved from back of house roles to front of house roles. Overall journey time from Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal to Cempedak Island is approximately two and a half hours.
A number of innovative programs have been established to help staff and their families get ahead financially. Ferry from Singapore to Bintan Resorts: One hour Taxi across Bintan from ferry terminal to jetty: One hour Launch from jetty to Cempedak: Less than half hour Regular high speed catamaran ferries operate between Singapore and Bintan Resorts (Bandar Bentan Telani).
The design of the buildings masterfully blends a vernacular design to create dwellings that are gracefully intertwined with the natural environment.
The unique design of the villas incorporates a huge crescent shaped roof which helps capture cool breezes releasing the hot air and keeping the villas cool thus avoiding the need for air-conditioning.
Surrounded by unspoilt islands it is one of only a handful of private islands along this beautiful coast.
Cempedak is ringed with white sandy beaches and studded with magnificent white granite boulders.
It was either flea-ridden shacks or opulently garish five star hotels.