A hidden gem, Pulau Joyo is the new destination of tropical luxe.
Pulau Joyo is a classic Robinson Crusoe island, surrounded by powdery white beaches and clear blue sea. Within easy reach of Singapore, it comes with every luxury, including superb food and wine. Pulau Joyo is the ultimate in barefoot sophistication.
This island treasure, located in Indonesia’s Riau Islands Province, is blessed with pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Easily accessible from Singapore and Bintan, Joyo offers an ideal beach getaway with comprehensive spa facilities, fabulous food and much more – all of which complement the island’s romantic location. Pulau Joyo is famous for its sunsets and serenity.
Pulau Joyo has six villas in four huge Driftwood Palaces and two Java joglos that capture the very essence of luxurious castaway fantasy. Driftwood Palaces are constructed completely from driftwood salvaged from the sea and are perfectly suited to catch the island breezes. Each Palace has one king-size bed, an ensuite shower and bathroom and a Balinese daybed that can be used for children or additional guests. The spacious living area and sea-view terraces are furnished with sun-loungers and sofas – perfect for private dining or simply drinking in the peaceful atmosphere of Pulau Joyo. Java Rembang and Java Juwana are traditional Java joglos that have been dismantled and re-assembled on the island. They are beautifully furnished in the Javanese style with an ensuite bathroom and shower and open straight onto your private beach.
There is plenty to do on Pulau Joyo, if you can take yourself away from soaking up the sun and lounging on the beach. There is snorkelling gear, board games such as chess and backgammon, badminton, canoes, table tennis, sailing dinghies, a pool table, swimming pool, free wi-fi, fishing, traditional Javanese massages and stand-up paddles. The island also provides an ideal setting for romantic ceremonies, whether traditional Indonesian or Western. Receptions and dinners can be held in a variety of magnificent locations on the island.
It takes about three hours to get to Joyo from Singapore. The international ferries from Singapore to Tanjung Pinang, on the southern end of Bintan Island, take around 1 hour and 45 minutes. They leave from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, about 10 minutes from Changi Airport. Then from Tanjung Pinang to Pama jetty by bus is about 45 minutes and from Pama to Pangkil takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
Sumatra – Indonesia