Built almost entirely from upcycled and natural materials - bamboo, reclaimed driftwood and teak - there are no televisions, and very few distractions from the modern world. Overwater bungalows come with direct access into one of three glistening lagoons; tropical birds surround jungle-shrouded garden suites, and canvas-roofed beachside villas stretch along the endless sands. The addition of a two-bedroom Pool Villa is perfect for families or a group of friends. Thirteen bleached-blonde beaches circle the islands, each with crystalline waters and flourishing coral reefs for snorkelling or swimming in total solitude. It is easy to do very little (treatments at the open-air spa, as well as daily yoga and meditation classes, are included in the standard all-inclusive rate), but days might involve hikes through pristine forest, picnics on secluded beaches or dives with the resort's in-house experts, before cocktails in the treehouse bar and a movie at the outdoor cinema under the stars.
ELANG PRIVATE RESIDENCE
2020 saw the final touches being put on Elang, Bawah’s private residence, featuring six cliffside lodges with their own personal butler service. Elang promises total privacy for those wanting the best of both worlds; a private island with a Club House, saltwater infinity pool with slide, spa, beachside restaurant, two storey open air dining room and bar – plus the option of nipping across the lagoon to dip into the main resort’s facilities. Elang can be booked on an exclusive basis or single villa basis and prices include all meals, soft drinks, yoga, pilates, meditation, one spa treatment per person per night, non-motorised water sports.
- Spa with an array of treatments
- Yoga, Pilates and meditation classes
- Tennis court and croquet
- 13 pristine beaches
- Dive centre & snorkelling
- Watersports including paddle-boarding, kayaking, sailing & windsurfing
- Library and boutique
- Open-air cinema
- Boat trips, hiking and a variety of other excursions
WINING & DINING
Treetop, set just below the jungle canopy, is the resort's main restaurant, serving tasting menus of inventive Indonesian-Mediterranean cuisine. Do try and book one dinner at the Lookout, with its deeply romantic private table for two. The beachside Boat House restaurant offers low-key, feet-in-the-sand dining with its swing-seats and laid back barbecues, salads and light snacks. There are three bars; one at Treetop; Jules Verne, with its highly inventive cocktails; and the buzzy Grouper, set by the main pool. All of the food at Bawah is locally sourced and grown as much as possible.