Many of us nowadays are shunning the ubiquitous huge, energy-guzzling resorts in favour of the rustic and authentic; instead of the “remind me what country I’m in?” feeling, we know you sassy travellers are looking for a little more soul and a lot more eco-friendly.
Amongst Indonesia’s archipelago with over 10,000 islands, Lightfoot Travel has handpicked two island hideaways as the next generation in barefoot boutique:
With serious eco credentials, friendly vibes and 15 gorgeous driftwood palaces as villas, this tiny island off Bintan proves that responsible tourism can be sexy. They follow the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability) movement and have a no-plasma, no-plastic rule. Enjoy barefoot luxury at its best: in these spacious, beautifully constructed villas luxury comes in the form of tropical sea breeze and the smell of the alang grass thatch above the bed. Communal spaces also follow a refreshingly ‘less is more’ aesthetic, with an easy, breezy design that makes guests feel connected to nature. The restaurant is carpeted in sand and serves healthy, seasonal food, and the pool is moulded around ancient boulders backed by a mini rainforest.
Misool Eco Resort, West Papua
This scuba diving paradise is remote, but it is guaranteed to dazzle even the most seasoned traveller. From Jakarta, fly to the Papuan island of Sorong and take a 4-hour boat ride to the tiny island of Batbitim. These seas hold the greatest concentration of marine biodiversity in the world and some of the most transparent water in Indonesia. Misool Eco Resort is the ultimate Robinsoe Crusoe escape: set over a blue lagoon are chic private cottages made of driftwood, each with private sun decks stilted over colourful coral gardens home to a menagerie of exotic sea creatures.
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