Our boutique resort is set within a natural coconut garden on its own paradise island (a cliché perhaps, but there is really no other word for it). The beautiful sandy beach around the headland where the resort sits is lapped by clear, calm, aqua-toned waters with no offshore fringing reef, making it perfect for boat access, swimming and relaxing. And its also safe for kids, too.
The main building consists of a modest complex of two beautiful pole-construction, timber Queenslander-style buildings. A separate open kitchen and dining gazebo sits between the two ‘houses’, overlooking our 7×14 meter in-ground infinity swimming pool. The entire complex looks down to the beach and natural boat harbour, where our speedboats await at floating pontoons just offshore.
The homes sport colour-bond roofing with insulated and cladded walls, plus large eaves offering undercover wraparound timber verandahs along the top floor. Guests enjoy a soothing sea breeze and outstanding 270 degree ocean views. On the top floor of both homes is a large chill-out lounge area with large flatscreen TV.
High ceilings, fans and many louvres maximize the natural cooling effect. Each house features six air-conditioned bedrooms on the top floor, two of which have en suite bathrooms.
All bedrooms are interchangeable to suit varying needs – they can be fitted out as family rooms, twin-share kids’ rooms or very private couples hideaways. Each bedroom has a set of louvers and French doors leading out to your own section of verandah.
The lower levels of both homes are open plan and at the same elevation as the garden and pool. The south house has storage rooms for bags and boards, a small gymnasium and entertainment area. Below the north house is our main office area, with library/chill-out area, massage tables, kitchen stores, etc.
The boatshed houses all our marine toys, and is right on the beach facing our harbour. Staff quarters extend behind this building. In 2011 we have also added a cool new surfboard shed in the front yard to store all of your craft, located conviniently close to the speed boats and to the resort.
The power building is located 50m behind the main complex and built behind double-skinned brick walls to minimize generator noise. We are starting with diesel generators, but have a greener future in the works. Plans call for switching to solar panels and wind generators in the future, both powering inverters which in turn charge up large battery banks. All power and electrical systems on the island have been designed and installed by a fully qualified Australian electrician.
There was no village on the island when we took ownership, thus our resort has not displaced any local Indonesians in any way. We employ nearby islanders to maintain the coconut gardens, and revenue generated from this is injected back into the local island community through various projects.
For comfort’s sake, we endeavour to make our small island as much like home as possible. Captured rainwater and well water are run through reverse-osmosis filtering systems. All taps and showers flow with fresh, potable water. Our wastewater system is environmentally friendly, utilizing aeration tanks that run off into hydrophilic gardens behind the resort complex. All are designed and fitted by an Australian registered plumber. The fact that we are on our own island also enables us to take steps to reduce the risk of malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses.
I am just back from Indonesia having met with our community partners and SurfAid teams who are now working across four locations. Thankfully,...