This eco-friendly resort is a lesson in "barefoot luxury"

And proves that sustainability doesn't have to mean compromise
This eco-friendly resort is a lesson in "barefoot luxury"

Secluded, sustainable, and super luxurious, there’s a lot to love about Cempedak Private Island.

Just 14km from the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia and just 50 nautical miles from the coast of Singapore, the adults-only resort aims to offer travellers “barefoot luxury”, but environmental ethics are at the true heart of its business model.

Cempedak’s commitment to conservation is to ensure that not only is the environment protected, but also to guarantee that where there has been change, efforts are made to restore it. Like its sister, Nikoi Private Island, which is constructed of driftwood, Cempedak is made from hand-picked bamboo sourced from the Indonesian Islands of Java and Sumatra.

Founder Andrew Dixon explains, “We chose to build with bamboo because it is the most sustainable building material available, you can do amazing things with it in terms of design and we knew we could source it locally”.

Not only was Cempedak built and is operated using local materials, labour and services, but the owners took this one step further by teaching many of their contractors and staff new trades and techniques, a passion that stems from their commitment to sharing of knowledge and creating lasting change through education which is further solidified through The Island Foundation.

Made up of several bamboo structures, the accommodation is nestled between the forest and the beach, and open deck areas give a true sense of being at one with nature.

And while the villas are all free of TVs, telephones and computers, the accommodation is equipped with a Bluetooth speaker and Wi-Fi so guest can remain fully connected if they so choose.

However, with so many activities on offer, you’ll definitely want to turn your out of office on.

The Rock Spa has a selection of holistic treatments on offer that use traditional techniques, tailored to the needs of each guest.

Or if you’re after something more active, why not try stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving, kayaks, island hopping, snorkeling and sailing. Land-based, activities include tennis, croquet, boules and nature walks, along with daily yoga sessions.

There are no single-use plastic bottles on the island either, and the Cempedak team make their own syrups, soda water, coconut milk to significantly cut down packaging rubbish, all of which can be consumed at Dodo Bar and the resort's in-house restaurant that serves seasonal produce and fuses Indonesian flavours with international recipes. 

And as if a bar that you don't have to wear shoes to isn't enough, the resort also offers private dining pods surrounding the interior if you really want to get away from it all.

The only question is, where do we sign up...

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