Nikoi is a 15-hectare private island 8km off the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia. Located less than 85km from Singapore, travel time from Tanah Merah ferry terminal is approximately two and a half hours.
Long regarded as one of the most stunning islands on this relatively unspoilt coast, Nikoi is fortunate to have remained in pristine condition. It is ringed with white sandy beaches and coral reefs of spectacular colour and diversity, whilst the coastline is studded with magnificent white granite boulders that seem to defy gravity. The island also boasts a rainforest where colossal trees, including native Banyans, provide a sanctuary to a diverse population of local birds.
Nikoi is a private island owned by a small group of friends who have lived in Asia for most of their working lives and share a passion for the outdoors, nature, food and wine.
The inspiration to develop Nikoi came through disenchantment with the standard of holiday accommodation on offer within easy reach of Singapore. It was either flea-ridden shacks or opulently garish five-star hotels; cultural sensitivity, vernacular design and simple luxuries were seemingly unheard of. With that in mind, the concept of Nikoi was born and the island quickly became a popular destination for Singapore residents and visitors from further afield. Many of these guests are regular returnees, making it their preferred escape from busy city life. As a result, Nikoi is often heavily booked months in advance.
From the outset we have been keen that Nikoi should have a positive impact on all stakeholders. We have been keen to avoid the ‘eco resort’ label as we believe this description has been overused and, to some, implies that guests are asked to either pay more or accept less. Rather the goal has been to try and offer guests a unique experience which minimises negative impact in the short term and has a long term positive impact on the local community and environment. In itself we see this endeavour as a journey. The approach might not always seem logical or standard industry practice but even small initiatives are given a lot of thought. As owner and operator, decisions are made with the guest in mind rather than just the bottom line, industry practice or the conflict of a different owner and operator. We believe returning guests are our best advertisement and why you will not see us advertise. As owners we regularly holiday on the island as paying guests and this helps ensure we believe we continue to maintain standards and offer value.
For us being ethical does not mean we have to compromise on standards. In fact we believe the opposite and by harmonising with the local environment, the local community and culture, customers get a better experience. An experience with the soul put back in. An experience that connects rather than dissociates. An experience whose relationship with nature brings joy and calm. Hospitality done right has the power to shape a better world, through how we source, how we employ, how we interact with local communities and how we treat the environment. We want to refresh and inspire people when they take a holiday with us.
A lot of pride is taken in the business and it is hoped that the business becomes a beacon for the hospitality industry and an inspiration for others. If you would like to learn more about this approach please read the “Our Commitment” and “The Island Foundation” sections on this website, or the detailed Responsible Tourism Policy document.