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3 must-visit hotspots in Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago offers so many superb holiday options; here are just three, on land and at sea, that you mightn’t have considered.

Komodo to Raja Ampat

What: Yacht charters in Indonesia
Who: Barefoot Yachts
Where: From Komodo to Raja Ampat and beyond

Why: Whatever your various family members are interested in, they can be catered to on a Barefoot Yachts cruise, whether it’s scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking or stand-up-paddleboarding. If the kids are keen to have a fish, they can do that. Or, perhaps they’d like to explore secret beaches and hidden coves. The company offers tailor-made itineraries for families with children of all ages, so you can sort out the best trip for everyone.

Adding to the appeal is the boat you’ll be cruising on: a traditional wooden yacht called a phinisi. These two-masted schooners still ply Indonesian waters as they did centuries ago – only nowadays they’re outfitted with modern facilities for safety and comfort. Exploring the Indonesian islands on one of these beauties is a bit like travelling back in time – a return to a “classical” style of sailing that gives you a real feeling of discovery.

Special offer: Mention Expat Living and enjoy a complimentary Wine & Cocktail package as part of any cruise booked in 2020 or 2021.


Indonesia’s Riau Islands

What: Family R&R by the beach
Who: Telunas Resorts
Where: In Indonesia’s Riau Islands, reached from Singapore by boat

Why: Telunas Resorts – made up of Telunas Beach Resort and Telunas Private Island – is the kind of getaway that will recharge everyone’s batteries. At the Beach Resort, there’s a selection of overwater bungalows including new three-bedroom villas that are ideal for larger groups. Fun activities include kayaking, badminton, beach volleyball, soccer and a low ropes course. Brave little ones (okay, adults too) will love leaping off the jumping deck, exploring the beach and tidal pools, getting creative at the pottery studio and sitting around an evening bonfire. Meals are served at the resort’s overwater dining room, including veggie options and a menu for young ones.

Over at nearby Telunas Private Island, the overwater villas come with a spacious master bedroom, balcony, living room and a cool kids’ loft with two twin beds. There’s a range of global cuisine whipped up by the resort’s executive chef at the Grand Lodge, a special spa villa for massages and more, and complimentary activities including waterfall hikes and stand-up paddleboarding. The environmentally-friendly property recently introduced a solar power system.

telunasresorts.com | +62 811 7710951

Southwest Sulawesi

What: World Class Diving
Who: Wakatobi Resort
Where: Southwest Sulawesi

Why: If exploring under the sea is your thing, Wakatobi Resort in Southeast Sulawesi is recognised as being one of the planet’s premier diving destinations. And a stunning spot for snorkelling, too – with some of the finest coral you’ll find. Stay here and you’ll have access to a private marine preserve, which is home to thriving reefs and an incredible array of animal life.

Back on shore, Wakatobi’s private villas and bungalows are tucked into a beachside palm grove, where there is five-star service and gourmet dining to enjoy. All with what you might call a toes-in-the-sand charm. You can reach the resort via a direct charter flight from Bali.

Special offer: Aside from offering fantastic diving packages, Wakatobi is currently offering a resort credit of US$150 per bungalow or villa, and a spa treatment of choice for two during your stay. Visit their website for more details.

wakatobi.com | +62 361 759669


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This article first appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.