Sadly, some of us do not have the privilege to take time-off as and when we like (*ahem* students). But, if you ever need a little weekend getaway, good news! We’ve narrowed down 11 beautiful islands near Singapore that won’t require you to get on a plane to experience them. And, if 2 days ain’t enough for you, check out our article about how you can turn 4 long weekends into 9 using this cheat sheet for 2018 and enjoy these island experience to the fullest! 😉
IndonesiaWe’re pretty sure the same usual Batam and Bintan will come to your mind the moment you read the word “Indonesia”, but here are a few other less well-known, but perfectly picturesque places that you definitely need to visit this lifetime. Ever had the dream where you and your friends had an entire island and its facilities all to yourself? Well, we had that dream. And the team at Pulau Pangkil is just making that dream a reality! Over at Pulau Pangkil, you (and up to 9 other friends) can have an ENTIRE island all to yourself. You read that right! You and your friends will be the only paying visitors in the whole island and you will have all the staff dedicated to you. Other than that, you will get to enjoy all the facilities (i.e. the kayaks, indoor movie screen, bar, volleyball nets, pool table, swimming pool, snorkelling equipment and more) for absolutely zero dollars! Even though this private island might seem to be heftily priced at $4,542.50/ night, it actually amounts to only $454.25/ person if you manage to gather 9 other friends. That doesn’t seem too bad, does it? Ppst, if you’re not willing to spend a bomb here, we’ve got something sweet for you! Simply form a squad (minimum of 3 people, maximum 8 people), fill this form up with your Shopee Usernames, purchase the most number of items from now till 5 July, and you can stand a chance to win a 3D2N stay at Pulau Pangkil! Price: $4,542.50 per night Getting There: Take a ferry from Singapore to Bandar Bintan Telani in Northern Bintan (~1 hour). Thereafter, you transit to a land transfer to Pulau Pangkil Jetty (Pama Jett) (~1 hour 30 minutes) and from Pama Jetty, it will be another 15-30 minute jetty ride to Pulau Pangkil. Address: Kelong, Air Gelubi, Bintan Pesisir, Kelong, Bintan Pesisir, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29151, Indonesia Travel Time: 3 hours Nikoi has always been recognised as one of the more stunning islands along this coasts and for good reason too. The island is ringed with unending white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs that will make you feel like you’re on your own Hollywood set. Like Pulau Pangkil, it is also an exclusive private island that can be rented as a whole. Otherwise, you can also share the island with a few other occupants by renting a beach house. You won’t have to worry about being bored on the island because of the horde of activities available from relaxing massages, to activities like windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding. If this has not enticed you, Niko Island is also one of the few islands with Sea Turtles! Yes, you read that right, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to see these precious ones up close! Just a little note though, these activities do not come cheap and will be charged separately. Price: $500 per night (one bedroom beach house) – $1,150 per night (three bedroom beach house) Getting There: Take a ferry from Singapore to Bintan (~1 hour) and then a taxi to the jetty (~1 hour). From the jetty, you will have to take a jetty ride to Nikoi, which will take approximately 20 minutes. Address: Teluk Bakau, Gunung Kijang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia Travel Time: 2 hours 30 minutes Dubbed as the sister and more “grown-up” island of Pulau Pangkil, Pulau Joyo is a private island that can be either rented as a whole (it can accommodate up to 45 people) or as individual beach houses, which are aptly called “beach palaces”. Each palace is essentially a house built on stilts and is intricately designed to make it remain true to Indonesian architecture. During the day, you can choose from an array of activities, from stand-up paddle boarding to simply relaxing and floating on giant floats in the island’s swimming pool. At night, you and your crew can relax and chill by the island’s Cinema Paradiso, under the starry night. If Pulau Pangkil is booked, we say this is your next best alternative fo’ sure! Price: $4,600 per night (for the whole island) Getting There: Take a ferry from Singapore to Bintan (~1 hour) and then a bus ride to the jetty (~1 hour 30 minutes). From the jetty, you will have to take a speedboat to Pulau Joyo, which will take approximately 20 minutes. Address: Pulau Suka, Pulau Bintan, Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia Travel Time: 4 hours Unlike many of the other islands mentioned in this article, Pulau Sugi is not a private island, though it has only one main hotel – the Telunas Beach Resort. Prices range from an affordable $155 per night for a family deluxe room, to a heftier $213 per night for an entire luxurious beach chalet that even has a private beach balcony. With all the activities that you can do on the island, from a thrilling dock and tower jumping to a relaxing traditional fishing and shrimping, we guarantee you will never get bored. Ppst, if you’re feeling a little richer, you can even opt to book a room at the Telunas Private Island at $300/ night for the cheapest room and enjoy super shiok amenities like a freshwater infinity pool and personalised massages at the in-house spa. Price: $155 per night (one deluxe family room) – $213 per night (one beach chalet) Getting There: Take a ferry from Singapore to Batam (~1 hour). A resort staff will pick you up and accompany on your trip to Pulau Sugi’s Telunas Beach Resort (~ 1 hour 40 minutes). Address: Pulau Sugi, Mentangun, Moro, Kabupaten Karimun, Kepulauan Riau 29462, Indonesia Travel Time: 2 hours 40 minutes It might come off as a little weird, but if your idea of a perfect getaway is to island-hop, then Pulau Karimun might be just the right place for you! Perfectly situated near the Riau Islands, there are plenty of nearby islands near Pulau Karimun such as the beautiful Terkulai and Soreh. Unfortunately, the island does not have a resort yet, but since it is near to Telunas Beach Resort, we’ll actually recommend heading over to Pulau Sugi for the night! Besides island hopping, Pulau Karimun also offers long stretches of white sandy beaches, snorkelling opportunities, and succulent seafood dishes, guaranteed to please the anyone, especially the foodie that resides in all of us *drools*. Price: $155 per night (one deluxe family room) – $213 per night (one beach chalet) Getting There: Take a ferry from Singapore to Batam (~1 hour). A resort staff will pick you up and accompany on your trip to Pulau Sugi’s Telunas Beach Resort (~ 1 hour 40 minutes). Address: Pulau Sugi, Mentangun, Moro, Kabupaten Karimun, Kepulauan Riau 29462, Indonesia Travel Time: 2 hours 40 minutes If you’re looking for a private island getaway for you and your little ones, you might want to skip this island right now because it is absolutely kid-free (FYI, no children under the 16 are allowed to book a stay on this island). But, if you’re already a fan of Nikoi Islands, you will be delighted to know that this island is managed by the same group of owners, so you’ll definitely be greeted with the same standard of service. On the island, you can choose to stay in either a Sea Villa or a Beach Villa, depending on your view preference. Both are similarly priced, with the same amenities, which includes a master bedroom on the second floor, a guest room on the first floor, a private plunge pool and even direct access to the beach! If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, away from your kids, this is definitely for you! Price: $550 per night Getting There: Take a ferry from Singapore to Bintan (~1 hour) and then a taxi to the jetty (~1 hour). Thereafter, you will have to take a jetty ride to Cempedak Island (~ 30 minutes) Address: Air Gelubi, Bintan Pesisir, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia Travel Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
MalaysiaOther than good ol’ Johor Bahru, our friendly neighbour across the causeway has much to offer too!
Pulau Lang Tengah
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