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Bawah Reserve
Photograph: Bawah Reserve

The most stunning private islands near Singapore

You don't have to travel far to find paradise

By Dewi Nurjuwita
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You can easily find an offshore island to travel to from Singapore, whether it's the rustic Pulau Ubin, sun-drenched Lazarus Island or heritage-rich Kusu Island. But if you want to venture further, there are lots of private islands surrounding Singapore. Don't believe us? You'll be booking your next getaway when you see these stunning islands near our city, pronto. 

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Isle East Indies
Photo: Isle East Indies

Isle East Indies

Dubbed as "Jakarta's hidden gem", Isle East Indies is a collection of tropical islands in the Java Sea. The private island, owned by businessman David Salman, is located approximately 90 minutes by the island's vintage motor sailing yacht from the Indonesian capital. While rates start from a hefty price of $3,053 a night for the four-bedroom villa, your stay is inclusive of all meals, a villa manager, chef, housekeepers, butlers, return boat and car transfers – so you get your money's worth. 

Bawah Reserve
Photo: Bawah Reserve

Bawah Reserve

Made up of six islands, three turquoise lagoons, and thirteen pristine beaches, Bawah Reserve is a lush paradise in the remote Anambas Archipelago. While it feels like a hidden oasis, the private island is only located only 160 nautical miles (300km) northeast of Singapore. Bawah Reserve is perfect for eco-friendly outdoor adventurers, with its clear turquoise waters that boast plenty of snorkelling and diving opportunities and an ode to sustainability. 

To get there, your journey starts in Singapore, where a travel coordinator will escort you by ferry and car to Batam International Airport. From there, guests get onboard a private seaplane for a smooth 80-minute journey. All-inclusive rates start from $2,413 a night. 

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Seaview villa
Photo: Cempedak Island

Cempedak Island

This 17-hectare private island located nine kilometres off the east coast of Bintan is ringed with white sandy beaches and surrounded by towering white granite boulders. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the rain forest that provides a sanctuary to the island's diverse population of local birds including hornbills, eagles, kingfisher and the critically endangered pangolin. 

Accommodation at Cempedak Island comes in the form of villas flanked by unique bamboo architecture with crescent-shaped curved roofs made from local grass that provides a natural symmetry to the environment. Each villa features a private plunge pool and huge decks in a sublime natural setting. 

Telunas Private Island
Photo: Telunas Private Island

Telunas Private Island

Forget your woes for a weekend and go back to basics at Telunas Private Island. Consisting of 15 overwater villas, the private island provides a short escape from Singapore in the Riau Islands. To get there, take a ferry from Harbourfront Ferry Terminal to Sekupang Ferry Terminal, where a member of the staff will escort you to the island via boat. 

The spacious 90 square metres Overwater Villas include a sitting room, private balcony, king-sized bed, and a children's loft. Spend your days enjoying the outdoor activities for free, whether it's kayaking, going on a village tour or jungle waterfall hike. Rooms start at $320, excluding meals and transfers. 

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Rawa Island Resort
Photo: Rawa Island Resort

Rawa Island Resort

Located in neighbouring Malaysia within the Sultan Iskandar Marina Park, Rawa Island Resort is one of the most popular weekend island getaways from Singapore. Unwind from the stress and strain of modern life on the idyllic tropical island surrounded by the South China Sea. 

Rates start from $634 for two nights and are packaged with the compulsory board (three meals daily) and 20-minute speedboat transfers to and from Mersing. There are also additional facilities such as the dive centre and spa.

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