The Residence Bintan by Cenizaro, Indonesia – Tropical Oasis overlooking the South China Sea

Luxury & relaxation in the middle of tropical nature

Just a stone’s throw from Singapore, in the heart of the Riau Archipelago, you will find the island of Bintan – a tropical paradise with sun-drenched beaches, crystal clear waters, and forested hills. Close to the island’s capital, Tanjung Pinang, “The Residence Bintan” is an idyllic retreat that combines the rural charm of a traditional Asian village with luxurious modern touches and environmentally friendly hotel concepts. On the picturesque east coast of Bintan, you will find relaxation and seclusion.

Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts is a leading international hotel company with a portfolio of independent luxury hotels in some of the world’s most desirable locations. In addition to hotels in Tunis, Zanzibar, Mauritius and the Maldives, The Residence Bintan, which opened in 2018, is now also part of the Cenizaro family. With great attention to detail, the various hotels reflect the individual personality of each country, contribute to the protection of the environment and support to the local population. 

“We want to offer our guests the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the surroundings, the local variety of species and tastes in the gardens, and also the close connection with the local community.” Alexys Tjhia, Director of Corporate Responsibility at The Residence by Cenizaro

Embedded in nature

The 127 light-flooded suites and villas with terrace or pool offer plenty of space for families, friends, and couples. They all combine simplistic, contemporary design with a touch of Indonesian style.

One Bedroom Beachfront Villa

The 125 square meters Beachfront Villas have bedrooms with panoramic sea views, outdoor terraces with infinity pools, king-size beds, sofas, day beds, and large bathrooms with bath and shower.

Thanks to the lush tropical garden, you have a lot of privacy and indulge yourself in relaxation.

The dark, hand-carved wooden furniture and beams are made by local craftsmen.

Those who would like to can enjoy a “floating dinner” in their own villa or have their private butler prepare a picnic basket for an island excursion.

The resort is very spacious, so each villa also has its own bicycle.


The long beach with the beautiful palm trees is great for beach walks, and at low tide, you can walk far out to sea.

Immerse yourself in peace and quiet

The shimmering infinity pool, with its sea view, offers pure relaxation.

Hospitality with heart

The Dining Room

In the open main restaurant, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere with a view of the sea. A selection of western specialties and Asian home cooking is served.

Fruit, vegetables, eggs, and even fish come from the hotel’s own permaculture farm.

Pool Bar

Directly at the pool, you will find refreshing cocktails and delicious snacks in the Pool Bar.

Rica Rica

The architecture in Restaurant Rica Rica is inspired by the traditional fishermen’s huts called “Kelong.” Here, authentic Indonesian dishes are served with ingredients from the region in a wonderfully romantic setting.

Well-being for body, mind, and soul

The Spa

In this beautifully located spa, products from the award-winning British spa brand ilā are used and modern techniques are combined with ancient Ayurvedic and Indonesian traditions.

Inner peace and well-being can be found here, for example, through marma therapy, healing and tapping the meridian, or through chakra and sound healing with Tibetan singing bowls.

Our treatment by professional therapists was relaxing and is highly recommended.


Environmentally friendly hotel concepts conserve natural resources and make a significant contribution to raising the awareness of holidaymakers. The new Earth Basket initiative is part of the Cenizaro Cares programme and supports each resort in transforming an area of the resort into a year-round vegetable garden.

Since the foundation of the “Earth Basket” in December 2019, almost 600 kg of fresh produce has already been harvested. The team also looks after a flock of chickens and ducks that supply fresh eggs. Besides, dwarf coconut trees, Pulai trees, and Singapore cherry trees have been planted. In the hotel’s own spice garden, there are also herbs that guests can use to learn how to prepare Jamu – a traditional Indonesian herbal tonic.

The Earth Basket initiative positively impacts the environment, with the land that has already been cleared and converted into a thriving habitat with increasing species diversity. I some resorts, the indigenous fauna is also thriving and developing into a healthy habitat again.

With the “Soap for Hope” recycling programme (launched by Diversey in 2013), daily soap residues are processed and reused. These soaps will benefit people who have limited or no access to sanitation (1.5 million people so far).

These initiatives are part of the overarching Cenizaro Cares programme, which encompasses all the Group’s resorts and also involves local communities. It is at the core of Cenizaro’s sustainability strategy and underlines its commitment to inspire change for a more sustainable future.


We really enjoyed the relaxing ambiance in this spacious resort nestled in nature’s splendour,  spa treatments, and beautiful pool villas with magnificent sea views. The staff was, as so far everywhere in Indonesia and also at the Cenizaro Hotels, amiable and considerate. 

Rooms: 127 suites and villas
Flight duration: Approximately 11 hours from Germany to Singapore
Transfer: Situated about 85km from Singapore, it is a leisurely 55-minute ferry trip to Bintan (Bintan Resort Ferries (, 30 minutes from Batam, and a one-and-a-half-hour flight from Jakarta. If you come from Singapore Changi Airport, you can board a shuttle bus between Changi Airport and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
Visa: On arrival valid for 30 days (free of charge)
Vaccinations: Not required
Air Temperate: 23 – 31 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 28 – 30 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +6 hours
Best travel time: All year-round, it is tropically warm all year round close to the equator without a distinctive rain season. Daily showers are typical. From December to April it is usually sunnier
Price: from 104 EUR per night, including breakfast and transfer.
Specials: 22% discount for booking 2 midnights (until 31 October 2021), 10% discount for booking 14 days in advance, ALL INCLUSIVE ISLAND HOLIDAY
Activities: Bicycles, yoga, bows and arrows, paintball, quad tours, excursions, fitness centre, water sports, snorkelling, cooking classes, kids club, beauty salon, cinema under the stars at weekends, and much more. (ACTIVITIES GUIDE)
Special features: Scenic nature, beautiful pool villas, and a relaxed, serene atmosphere
Perfect for: Romantics, nature lovers, couples, and families

The Residence Bintan
Desa Galang Batang Bintan Kepulauan, Riau Bintan 29153, Indonesia
Tel: +62 778 6000 888

We have also visited the beautiful The Residence Mauritius and the charming The Residence Zanzibar!

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Please Note: Our stay was sponsored by The Residence Bintan. Thank you very much! Nevertheless, the opinions expressed in the article are 100% our own! 

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Tokoriki Island Resort, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji – Romance, Luxury & Unlimited Spa Experience

“Arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend”

Fiji is the ultimate place of yearning in the South Seas! It is one of the happiest places with the most charming people in the world. The Award Winning Tokoriki Island Resort is one of the most romantic, adults-only resorts we have ever visited. The warm Fijian hospitality of the kind staff touches you deeply, and the design of the 5-star luxury boutique resort is truly impressive. Visiting Tokoriki was an unforgettable experience that can only be described in one word – bliss!

More than 20 years ago, Andrew Turnbull, a successful lollipop importer, decided to buy Tokoriki Island and fulfilled his dream of owning his own resort. With his love for Fiji and the locals, he has created a luxury resort that today is among the top 1% in the world.

“Everyone said I didn’t have a clue about running a resort but my wife and I had travelled around the world and we knew what we liked in a hotel.” – Andrew Turnbull, Owner

Fiji is an island state in the South Pacific, north of New Zealand and east of Australia. Tokoriki, located in the Mamanuca Islands, can be reached from the main island Viti Levu in style by helicopter in 15 minutes or by catamaran in an hour.

Both the welcome and farewell in Fiji is unique and exceptional indeed. We were picked up by boat and warmly welcomed by Vincent. 

Upon arrival at Tokoriki, we were welcomed with a welcome song, a beautiful necklace, a refreshing drink and a foot ritual, which can be redeemed at the spa.

The extraordinary design of the resort, the garden, and the Bures was created by Yvonne, the wife of owner Andrew Turnbull. With great attention to detail, she has selected every single piece of furniture and decorative element to create a unique ambiance. What an incredible eye for design!

“There isn’t a light switch or a coat of paint my wife hasn’t chosen,” – Andrew Turnbull, Owner

Everything looks incredibly stylish, yet with the warm earthy tones and natural materials, it exudes a comfortable and cosy atmosphere inviting you to feel at home and relax!

At the bar, besides beaming smiles, you can also get an ice-cold Fijian beer or a fancy cocktail.

Beach, please!

You can swim in the crystal clear water of the spectacular lagoon at low and high tide. By the way, Tokoriki is also a member of the Mamanuca Environment Society that helps to protect turtles, corals and monitor the water quality.

Pool Time

At the 25 m long freshwater infinity pool, you can relax, enjoy the peace and quiet and the sea view. With a maximum of 72 guests on the island, you will always find a free sunbed.

The spectacular lighting of the torches at the pool by the typical Fiji Warriors at sunset is not to be missed!

Beachfront Bures & Villas

The unique 36 detached Bures and villas are all located on the beach and embody a blend of contemporary style and Fijian design. They are at least 60 square meters, air-conditioned and have beautiful tropical indoor and outdoor showers. All have a large terrace with mesmerizing views of the azure sea and 28 of them also have a private pool.

Beachfront Pool Bure

To get away from it all, relax and unwind, and just enjoy nature, there are no televisions, telephones or internet. 

The warm colours, the natural materials, the stunning works of art and the typical Fijian decorative elements, create a romantic and intimate atmosphere.

We could use this beautiful Bure, number 1, on the last day until our departure.

Taste of the Islands

On Tokoriki, there are many possibilities to enjoy the delicious Fijian food. You can enjoy the delicious dishes with local and imported products in your own villa, on the jetty, in the restaurant or by the sea. Daily changing menus with South Pacific and Asian influences and a modern international touch are served.

If you book half-board, a sumptuous breakfast with sparkling wine, afternoon tea and a 3-course menu is included. There is no extra charge for breakfast or dinner by the sea or the teppanyaki experience. With full-board, a 2-course lunch is also included.

Breakfast by the sea

Breakfast with this stunning ocean view is simply mesmerizing!


What is extraordinary about lunch, is not only the delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere, but also the live music provided by talented singers, like Vili. 


“Vili has a voice of an angel. If you hear him sing “Hallelujah” you will cry!!” – Andrew Turnbull, Owner

Halleluja – sung by Vili:


Oishii Teppanyaki

The Teppanyaki experience is an intimate, social dining experience in the tropical garden surrounded by water lily ponds for a maximum of four couples. The À-la-carte menu, served by the entertaining chef, is tasty and a lot of fun! 


Sunset Dining

It does not get more romantic than dinner by the sea at sunset! This really is the perfect spot to celebrate special occasions.

We celebrated Marcus’ birthday here. Being serenaded by the warm-hearted employees, the surprise birthday cake and then Vili and Tom, who sang for us, ensured that this was an unforgettable experience!

Unlimited ’60 Minute Massage’ Retreat

The spa at Tokoriki is beautifully embedded in nature and has lovely open and uniquely designed treatment rooms. Usually, treatments in such a luxury resort are expensive. But with the “Unlimited Spa” offer, Andrew and his wife wanted to provide an affordable package so that everyone could enjoy the massages. Magnificient!

When you book the spa package, once you arrive at the resort, you can arrange spa appointments for the next few days. Where else can you get a 60 Minute massage twice a day? Absolutely brilliant!

Unlimited 60-minute massage retreat

  • 3 days FJ$450 per person or FJ$790 per couple
  • 4 days FJ$550 per person or FJ$990 per couple
  • 5 days FJ$650 per person or FJ$1190 per couple

The massages are performed by loving and professionally certified therapists and are an incredibly relaxing spa experience amidst volcanic rock walls, gentle falling water and birdsong. 

Only Nama products are used. The ingredients come from the pristine waters of the Yasawa region of Fiji, an unspoiled region without any pollution. The Nama Collection is free from synthetic fragrances, chemicals, parabens, synthetic colours or flavours and is created to provide lasting hydration. 

Thanks to the beautiful ambiance and the lovely therapists we enjoyed this special spa experience tremendously!

Honeymoon & Wedding

Tokoriki is one of the most beautiful and romantic places on earth, with the most charming people. This not just a throwaway remark; the people in Fiji and especially the singers here in Tokoriki really touched our hearts. And that’s why it is    one of the most magical places to propose, celebrate a honeymoon, host a beach wedding or any other special occasion.

Honeymoon gift (from 3 nights)

Couples Experience
FJ$2375 (approximately 975 EUR per night)
Including all meals, daily 60-minute massage, island beach picnic plus three tours per couple (visiting a local village, guided snorkel trip and Monuriki visit). A minimum stay of 5 nights applies.

Renewal of Vows
 from FJ$ 1915
(free of charge with a stay of 7 nights or more)

  • Ceremony by the Minister
  • Floral welcome in your Bure / Villa on arrival and at turndown
  • Chapel
  • Table flower arrangement
  • Bottle of Moet & Chandon

Paradise Wedding
from FJ$ 4425

  • Choice of location – beach, Bure or Villa 
  • Marriage Licence fee 
  • Ceremony by Minister 
  • Tokoriki wedding certificate cylinder 
  • Floral welcome in your Bure or Villa on arrival and turndown on wedding night  
  • Table flower arrangement 
  • Bridal bouquet 
  • Traditional flower leis 
  • Traditional Fijian warrior escort for the bride 
  • Serenaders during ceremony 
  • Decorated wedding cake for two 
  • Toast – a bottle of Moet & Chandon (or similar) 
  • Wedding Dinner – oceanfront candlelit dinner including a bottle of Moet & Chandon (or similar)

Traditional Wedding
from FJ$5615

as above plus

  • Chapel
  • Fijian choir
  • Flower girl in traditional Fijian dress 
  • Tokoriki gift “memory” – marked with name and date of the wedding 
  • Room service – Breakfast with a bottle of Moet & Chandon

Wedding Brochure >>

Sand, Sea & Land


  • Unlimited massage retreat
  • Picnics on the private island beach
  • Lounging by the pool
  • Padi Gold Palm 5 * Diving, snorkeling, tennis
  • Free cocktail tasting on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 17:30 to 18:00
  • Kava ceremony on Wednesday and Sunday evening
  • Happy Hour daily from 17:30 to 19:00

The Kava Ceremony is a nice social experience where you can get to know the Fijian culture a little better.


Helicopter: FJ$682 p.p. one way, FJ$1202 p.P. return, 15 minutes
Speedboat: FJ$1180 per couple one way, 20 minutes
SSC Ferry:FJ$160 p.p. one way, departure daily from Port Denarau at 9:15 & 15:00 – arrival at Tokoriki Island Resort at 10:15 & 16:15


Honestly, Tokoriki touches your heart and guarantees unforgettable memories! The people here in Fiji are truly unique! We could not have chosen a more beautiful place for Marcus’ birthday. Tokoriki is romance pure and exudes a joy for life! The unique design of the resort, the extraordinary spa experience, the variety of gourmet experiences, and the friendly and attentive staff make this resort a highly recommended spot to celebrate life’s special moments.  And if you get the chance to hear Vili sing, it is unforgettable indeed!

Rooms: 36 Bures & Villas (28 with pools)
Flight duration: 11 hours to Singapore and from there another 10 and a half hours to Nadi
Transfer: helicopter, seaplane, speedboat or SSC ferry
Vaccinations: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Pertussis, Measles, and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended
Air Temperature: 20 – 34 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 25 – 28 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +11 hours
Best time to travel: May to October has pleasant temperatures; November to April is the time with the highest humidity and the heaviest precipitation and possibly cyclones and hurricanes. It is also cheaper and not so crowded during this period. In the west of the Fiji Islands, there is less rain than on the eastern islands.
Price: FJ$1430 per night for 2 adults (16 years and older, minimum stay 2 nights), half board incl. full breakfast, afternoon tea and a 3-course menu – FJ$210 per person per day (no extra charge for dinner by the sea, breakfast by the sea or a teppanyaki experience)
Specials: a bottle of French champagne from Moet & Chandon for the honeymoon, birthday or wedding anniversary (6 nights or more), FJ$ 250 resort credit for 5 nights, FJ $ 1000 resort credit for 7 nights stays, free helicopter transfer for 7 nights
Vale VIP Programme: VIP check-in, welcome cocktail, refreshing fragrant towels, Tokoriki Lei (garland), footbath, early check-in before 2pm, free upgrade (subject to availability) on arrival, free Bure to shower if late check-out is not possible (if booked directly with the resort)
Activities: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Hobie Cat Sailing, Snorkeling Equipment, Kayak, Spa, Traditional Basket Weaving, Board Games, Garden Chess, Library, Coconut Tree of Life Story, Fresh Water and Saltwater Swimming Pools, Glass Bottom Boating, Herbal Medicine Walk, Hiking, Jogging, Table Tennis, Petanque, Chapel Service, Soccer, Cultural Entertainment, Volleyball and TRX Fitness Platform
Special features: unique ambiance, magnificent tropical garden, delicious cuisine, ingenious spa experience, excellent staff, stunning design
Perfect for: couples, romantics, friends, honeymooners, people seeking peace and quiet, wellness

Tokoriki Island Resort
Mamanucas, Fiji Islands
Telephone: +679 666 1999
Reservation: +679 672 5926+679 672 5927

Condé Nast Traveller UK – ‘Top 100’ list
Luxury Travel Magazine’s – ‘Best Overseas Luxury Romantic & Boutique Property’
TripAdvisor Awards – #1 Top Hotel in Fiji – 2019 – 2014
TripAdvisor Awards – #1 Top Hotel for Romance in Fiji
TripAdvisor Awards – #1 Top Hotel for Service in Fiji 2019
TripAdvisor  – The Best of Mamanuca Islands
TripAdvisor – Top Ten Hotels in Fiji
TripAdvisor – #1 Best Restaurant in the Mamanucas for “Oishii’ Teppanyaki

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Telunas Private Island, Riau Islands, Indonesia – exclusive eco-resort with overwater villas near Singapore

Relaxation & barefoot luxury on a romantic island paradise with a sustainable concept and social commitment

Only three hours from Singapore, one finds this environmentally friendly, hidden jewel on a small island. Without W-Fi, keys, air conditioning, TV or ringing phones, Telunas Private Island offers pure relaxation in 15 traditionally built water villas, in the infinity pool, or in the spectacular spa on stilts in the middle of the beautiful jungle.

It all started with a dream…

College friends Mike and Eric made their dream come true with Telunas Beach Resort when they opened this small, family-run eco-resort in 2004. With its remote location, it is influenced by the local culture. It has a positive impact on the surrounding communities, the eco-system, and the environment. Here guests can reconnect with nature and escape from everyday life. 


10 years later, the exclusive Telunas Private Island was added. At the moment another resort on a small Indonesian island is being planned.

Both Telunas resorts are extraordinary in their own way. Everything is designed to support the surrounding villages and the 160 talented local staff, Children from all over the world are introduced to the beautiful natural scenery and the sustainable way of life. And isn’t this how tourism in the future should be? Sustainable, supportive, and with a more profound local experience. 

The Telunas philosophy


It is only a one hour ride with the ferry from Singapore to Batam, followed by another one and a half-hour boat trip to Telunas. Finally, one arrives at the island where one is welcomed with a bright smile even when it is raining.  

It is really seldom that we bonded with the local staff so quickly and were able to do so much with them, and as a result, got to know and understand their way of life on a much more intricate level. They are some of the friendliest people we have ever met. We never felt like guests, but more like friends. 

Inviting cool water

At the beautiful infinity pool, you can relax with a great view of the sea.

At lunchtime and in the evening, you can enjoy delicious cocktails with your feet in the sand at the sand bar. In the hotel lobby, there is also an Honesty Bar, where you can always get fresh juices and beer.

Overwater Villas

The 15 water villas are inspired by the Melayu architecture and built like an Indonesian Kampung – a traditional water village – using only local materials on stilts above the water.

All villas have a balcony with sun loungers, a living area, a bedroom with a king-size bed and magnificent sea views, a natural stone bathroom, and a loft bedroom for children.

The roof consists of sage leaves, which are only collected when they have fallen to the ground naturally.

Inside the villas with their rustic style, look like chic beach houses. The beautiful wooden floors, the cozy rattan furniture, and the handmade furniture from local fishing boats create an incredibly comfortable atmosphere.

There is no air conditioning as the villas are naturally wind conditioned thanks to the sea breeze. And to completely eliminate plastic bottles, there is a hot and cold water dispenser. Mosquito repellent and after-sun lotion are also provided.

From the balcony, you have a great view of the sea, the Telunas Beach Resort, and the most breathtaking sunrises. If you like, you can even try fishing here.

Ridge Villas
On Teluna’s Private Island, five beautiful villas are currently being built on lofty heights on the mountain, which will soon offer stunning views of the beautiful ocean.

Local fresh cuisine

In the fabulous open restaurant, breakfast is served daily, and at noon and in the evening, you have a changing 3-course à la carte menu to choose from. The chef, Surya, and his team put a smile on your face with a mixture of delicious traditional Indonesian and Western-influenced dishes. 


In addition to all kinds of different Indonesian coffees, fresh fruits and juices, muesli, and much more are offered. The warm sweet dishes and egg dishes can be ordered the evening before, at dinner.


At lunchtime, fresh salads and typical Indonesian dishes are served. If you don’t like the specific dish, an alternative is always offered.

If you have been fishing, you can enjoy your freshly caught fish at lunch or dinner.


Those who wish can also book a candlelight dinner, a gala dinner by the pool or even a meal in the village.

 The food is fresh, mouth-watering and varied. The service is terrific!

Telunas Spa

The absolute highlight here at Telunas Private Island is the unique above-water spa with its beautiful open treatment rooms on stilts surrounded by mangrove trees. The view of the sea is mesmerizing!

The spa treatments are very professional and wonderfully relaxing with the sound of the waves and the wind. Highly recommended!


Daily special activities are offered, such as cooking classes, waterfall walks, village tours, boat trips for fishing, and much more. There are also kayaks and paddle boards for the beach and a natural jogging path.

Handline Fishing

An exceptional experience was the boat trip, where Sarul showed us how to catch fish the traditional way, with only a fishing line and hook.

Of course, it was not as easy as it looked. But it was a lot of fun. And the good thing: it is a sustainable fishing method.

Telunas Beach Resort

The Telunas Beach Resort is a back-to-basics beach resort. It is very popular with large families and school classes from all over the world. The Telunas Center offers an unforgettable learning experience for students outdoors.

There are a dining room, a diving platform, and an expansive beach. Another restaurant is currently being built where families can enjoy a little more peace and quiet.

Sustainability, nature conservation, and social commitment

Digging wells, protecting endangered sea turtles, teaching English as a second language, providing sports equipment and facilities for local children, repairing schools, replacing roofs for local islanders, providing a computer lab and college scholarships for students, Teluna’s healthy lifestyle camps, reducing plastic – these are just some of the projects Mike and Eric are working on for the surrounding communities. For example, the resort furniture was made by local craftsmen, and the houses themselves were built by local builders. (More info >>)

Impacting Indonesia for a Better Tomorrow

Young fishermen, like Sarul, who were slowly running out of an income source due to overfishing of the seas, has found a great job at the Telunas resorts. Sarul, with his big infectious smile, loves to take care of the guests and introduce them to his culture. 


The back-to-basics concept at Telunas is a perfect fit. We love such simple, yet luxurious resorts. The ultimate luxury here is to unplug, reconnect with yourself, and energize your soul amidst nature.  You are surrounded by natural materials, enjoy healthy fresh food, and get to know the country and its people. The simplified lifestyle without keys and TV, far away from the hustle and bustle of the world, has something to it! Teluna’s Private Island is a wonderfully romantic, hidden gem that offers warm hospitality and exceptional service that comes from the heart. It is a unique haven for a romantic holiday with so much added value! 

Room: 15 water villas, each for a maximum of five people
Flight time: approximately 11 hours from Germany to Singapore
Transfer: 85 km from Singapore, about a 50-minute ride with Batam Fast Ferries from the Harbourfront Ferry Terminal in Singapore to Sepukang in Batam. The outward journey: 11:10 am departure. The return journey: 12:30 pm. It costs approximately 25 EUR in return. You arrive at the Reception terminal, and then it is an hour and a half boat ride in a traditional long wooden boat to Telunas. The cost is a  bout 54 EUR return.
Visa: On arrival, valid for 30 days, free of charge
Vaccinations: none required
Air Temperature: 23 – 31 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 28 – 30 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +6 hours
Best time to travel: All year-round. Close to the equator, it is tropically warm all year round, with no distinctive rain season. Daily showers are typical. It is usually sunnier from December to April.
Price: From IDR 940k ++ per night, approximately 200 EUR. A mandatory fee for meals of IDR 940k ++, approximately 56 EUR per adult per night is charged and for children IDR 400k ++, about 24 EUR per child per night. A minimum stay of two nights applies.
Activities: Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Reading, Swimming, Excursions, Cooking Classes, Massage, Shuttle to the Beach Resorts, Kids Club
Special Features: Sustainable concept, digital detox, delicious food, beautiful nature, warm hospitality
Perfect for: couples, romantics, honeymooners, families, friends, nature lovers

Ruko Imperium Superblock Block B No. 35&36 Jalan Sudirman, Taman Baloi, Batam Center, Batam 29432. Indonesia
Telephone: +62 811 7710951

Conde Nast Johansen Luxury Hotel – Spa-Kollektion
2019 – TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
2018 – TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice – Family (Indonesia)
2017 – TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice – Family (Indonesia)
2016 – TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice
2015 – TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice – Family (Indonesia)
2014 – TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
2013 – TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice – Best Service (Indonesia)
2012 – TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice – All-inclusive (World)
2011 – TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
2010 – TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Another luxurious resort that is also socially committed can be found on the other side of Indonesia, on Sumba Island: Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia – Wild Romance in the Tropical Luxury Hideaway by Chris Burch

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VOMO Island, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji – Stylish Luxury, Fijian culture and Relaxation under Palm Trees

5-Star Luxury Island Holiday for Couples and Families

Listening to the rustling palm leaves in the wind on a hammock, enjoying outstanding sushi at the infinity pool, snorkeling with friendly reef sharks and experiencing Fijian culture up close – our time at the luxurious Vomo was quite simply spectacular!

The Vomo Islands, with its two magnificent islands, Vomo and Vomo Lailai, are a remote South Pacific paradise with luxurious villas, excellent cuisine, fantastic snorkeling, and incredibly beautiful long white beaches around the island. The 255-hectare private island with 28 villas and four private residences offer absolute privacy and are surrounded by untouched and breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery.

Vomo is located in the Mamanuca Island group – a group of 20 palm-fringed islands surrounded by crystal clear emerald green waters. The region lies off the west coast of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji, and is home to some of the most exclusive resorts in the world.

It started with a warm, personal touch by being greeted with a welcome song and a beautiful shell necklace.

Resort all-inclusive services

  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • L’Occitane body and bath products
  • Daily laundry service
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Use of the golf course, fitness room, tennis court
  • Weekly Fiji cultural show with traditional Fiji Lovo festival
  • Free butler service (7 – 23 h) for the Private Residences 

The Beach

The natural beaches are protected by an outer reef and are perfect for snorkeling and swimming.

The Rocks Pool & Bar – Adults only

The Rocks Bar on the western tip of the island has recently been renovated and extended to include the spectacular The Rocks Pool. A perfect oasis for adults only!

With cocktails, snacks, and impressive sunsets, it is a marvelous place to spend time on the designer daybeds, submerged pool seats and sun loungers with parasols. Once a week, there is also an adults-only dinner. 

The service and food are truly exceptional! Manoa, the bartender, immediately stole our hearts.  

Beachfront Villa

At the foot of Mount Vomo, you will find the luxurious Resort Villas, Beachfront Villa, Haven, which are free-standing dwellings with no adjoining neighbors, and Retreat, which offer outdoor bathrooms. The villas are located directly on the beach and surrounded by beautiful coconut trees or secluded on the hillside, like the Hillside Villa, with plenty of privacy.

The luxurious design of the villas perfectly blends contemporary elegance with traditional Fijian elements.

The bathroom is ultra-stylishly designed, and with the free-standing bathtub and the brass elements, it reminded us a little bit of Africa.

The heart and soul of the resort are the cheerful staff. A friendly Bula with a beaming smile that touches your soul. 


Another stunning pool is located directly at the restaurant. 

The Reef Restaurant & Vudu Bar

The gourmet cuisine at Vomo offers a variety of fresh seafood and local Fijian and Indian dishes with a Pacific flair. The menu changes every day and is prepared with the best ingredients and herbs and vegetables from their own cultivation.

The Vudu Bar offers an extensive wine and cocktail list and is great for relaxing in the open air.

Traditional Fiji Lovo Buffet

An exceptional buffet is offered for Fijian Night – meat and vegetables are cooked the traditional Fijian way for 3 hours in an earth oven. Incredibly tasty and so tender!

Fijian Night

Every Wednesday, there is a manager cocktail party on the beach, followed by a spectacular Meke show and Kava ceremony.

You get to experience the Fijian culture with their pure joy of life up close!

To witness such a traditional kava ceremony with the juice made from a pepper plant is memorable and mesmerizing.

The daily changing à-la-carte menus can be enjoyed in a romantic atmosphere under the starry skies at the pool.  

If you are still not tired after dinner, you can listen to the delightful sounds of the staff and you might as well enjoy another Kava drink, after all, they play until the Kava is finished.

Ocean Play

Every day at 11 am a snorkeling safari with guides departs from Ocean Play. If you would like to, you can even snorkel with sharks. We were lucky to see some Black Tip and White Tip Sharks up close. Spectacular!

Free water sports

  • Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs)
  • Single and double kayaks 
  • Hobie Cat Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkeling equipment and snorkeling safaris

And these are just the baby sharks. During shark season in summer, from July to August, you can also, encounter slightly bigger sharks.

Honeymoon & Wedding

Vomo offers the perfect setting for exclusive weddings and honeymoons. The small island of Vomo Lailai provides extra privacy and is a unique setting for the wedding ceremony of your dreams or a private romantic picnic.


  • A complimentary gift, dining experience, and sparkling wine.

Renewal of Vows from FJD$2400

  • Wedding style set up on beach including archway with driftwood and bougainvillea
  • Tropical garland Lei or bouquet for her
  • Tropical garland for him
  • Celebrant / Minister including transfer from and to VOMO
  • Candlelight beach dinner for the couple
  • Romantic turn-down service in the Villa
  • A bottle of French champagne

Paradise Wedding Package from FJD$5,200

  • Marriage certificate and registration fees
  • Beach decorated with driftwood and bougainvillea
  • Tropical wedding bouquet for her
  • Boutonniere for him
  • Celebrant/Minister including transfer from and to VOMO
  • Pre-Ceremony Fijian Serenade 
  • Traditional Fijian warrior escorts for the bride
  • Exclusive private dinner for the bride and groom
  • Romantic turn-down service in the Villa on the wedding night
  • A bottle of French champagne to celebrate the wedding 

Bonus: VOMO 60 minute Signature Couples Massage + VOMO wedding gift

Wedding Guide >>

Babymoon Offer

  • Complimentary pedicure

Not only on arrival is one welcomed, with a warm, personal touch but also when bid farewell. On departure, we were honored by having the beautiful Isa Lei Farewell Song sung to us. The voices of the Fijians are really incredible!

Vomo is ideally situated en route to the beautiful Yasawa Islands. With the Yasawa Flyer from South Sea Cruises you can have a luxurious stopover in Vomo and then explore the other islands.


The Vomo Islands and the resort are majestically beautiful, and the natural landscape is extraordinary! The villas on the beach are very chic and offer an out of this world,  luxurious atmosphere directly by the ocean. The Rocks Pool is stylish, and the view of the sea and Vomo Lailai Island is breathtaking! We especially loved the Fijian Night here. Spending the evening with the staff over a Kava and listening to their songs is quite unique. The snorkeling with the sharks was really spectacular and a lot of fun!

Rooms: 28 villas and 4 private residences
Flight duration: 11 hours to Singapore and from there another 10.5 hours to Nadi
Transfer: By helicopter about 15 minutes, by seaplane, catamaran, speedboat or SSC Ferry, more or less 75 minutes.
Vaccinations: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Pertussis, Measles and Hepatitis A are recommended.
Air Temperature: 20 – 34 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 25 – 28 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +11 hours
Best travel time: May to October has pleasant temperatures; November to April is the time with the highest humidity and the heaviest precipitation and possibly cyclones and hurricanes. It is also cheaper and not so crowded during this period. In the west of the Fiji Islands, there is less rain than on the eastern islands.
Price: From FJD$2,400 per night two adults (including all meals and soft drinks).
Specials: Stay for 7, pay for 5, Stay for 5, pay for 4, 2 for 1 bonus offer, 5 days Baby Butler for up to two children from F$580
Activities: 9-hole golf course, tennis, PADI diving, hiking trails, Kui Spa, Kid’s Village, gym, water sports and the exclusive island of VOMO Lai Lai.
Specials: Seductive island with breath taking sea views, extraordinary cuisine, warm hearted staff, great cultural evening entertainment, stylish adults-only pool.
Perfect for: Couples, families, friends, relaxation, honeymoons, and weddings.

Vomo Island Fiji
Fiji Islands
Phone: +679 666 7955

The LUXLife 2020 Global Luxury Hotel and Spa Awards
Excellence in Luxury Accommodation Fiji

Trip Advisor – 2019 Certificate of Excellence

Hospitality Management HM Awards
2019 Best Fiji Property – Winner

Holidays With Kids Magazine
2019 Best Luxury Resort Fiji – Winner

The Little Luxie Awards – Five Star Kids Magazine
2019 Best Resort Fiji – Winner

2018 GM of the Year – Winner
2018 Best Fiji Property – Highly Recommended

Trip Advisor – 2018 Certificate of Excellence

2017 Luxury Travel Magazine – Gold List Awards
Best Overseas Luxury Property For Families

2016 Luxury Travel Magazine – Gold List Awards
Best Overseas Resort
Best Overseas Luxury Property for Families

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First Landing Beach Resort and Villas, Lautoka, Fiji – Idyllic Beach Resort with Authentic Fijian Hospitality (+ Video)

Fijian singing, tropical island feeling and a relaxed atmosphere perfect for getting away from it all

The owner-managed, cozy beach resort is located on the main island Viti Levu in the village of Lautoka and has the only white coral sand beach in the Nadi region. Set amidst the tropical rainforest, this intimate, authentic Fijian resort on Nalamu Beach is the perfect stopover on your way to an unforgettable trip to Fiji.

This romantic resort is perfect for couples and families and offers guests a personal service with authentic Fijian hospitality.

According to local legend, First Landing’s beach is the very first place foot was set on by the settlers and adventurers about 3500 years ago, around 1500 BC.

Due to its west-facing location, you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets with a magical display of colors and a stunning view of the Mamanuca Islands.

The resort, with its unique beach location, has a pool, a beach restaurant, two bars, a spa, and a boutique.

Tropical living under palm trees

The First Landing Resort offers an incredible variety of villas, bungalows, and apartments to suit every budget and also with a self-catering option. The accommodation offers plenty of privacy with either garden views or spectacular views of the nearby islands and the Pacific Ocean. Modern design blends beautifully with the Fiji rainforest village style. The typical high ceilings make the accommodation seem even more spacious than they are. They all have a terrace, air conditioning, fan, refrigerator, tea/coffee maker, safe, telephone, and radio but no TV.


The villas offer loads of comfort, have a private pool, and one to three bedrooms.

Royal Beach Villa

The luxurious Royal Beachfront Villa, which Prince Charles also visited, is a beautiful private oasis under majestic palm trees and massive flowering rain trees in the middle of a lush tropical garden. It is perfect for a honeymoon!

This villa with ocean views has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchenette, a living area on the ground floor, a beautiful pool, an outdoor shower, and a terrace with a sitting area.

Nalamu Grand Villa

The unique Nalamu Beach Villa has a 25m pool, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, spectacular panoramic sea views and can accommodate up to 12 people.

Beachfront Villa

Garden Villa

3 Bedroom Garden Villa


Garden Bure


Tropical Studio Apartment
The apartments have one to three bedrooms and share a separate pool.


As one can only swim in the sea at high tide, a big pool offers refreshment during the hot days.

Restaurant & Bar

The popular, award-winning Mai Kana beach restaurant serves international cuisine, regional dishes, and fresh seafood all day long. The Big Foot Char Grill serves delicious seafood, pizza from a wood-burning oven, and hearty meals made with fresh local produce. 

The continental breakfast offers a variety of fresh fruits, freshly baked cakes, toast, and coffee. However, the delicious egg dishes cost extra.

The Mai Kana Restaurant serves delicious burgers, snacks, and much more at lunchtime.

Coffee Spot
The COFFEE SPOT at Nalamu Bar offers a daily cake and coffee special for morning and afternoon tea. It is a delicious selection of coffee, tea, herbal teas, milkshakes, smoothies, ice creams, sandwiches, and wraps. The cakes, muffins, and pastries are baked daily by our pastry kitchen.

Besides the bar, you have the chance to buy beautiful handmade gifts, jewelry, and souvenirs from locals at their own stands during the day. Otherwise, there are also marvelous, unique pieces and items for daily use available in the resort boutique.

Sunset Cocktail & Happy Hour
Delicious cocktails are served at the Nalamu & Domoni Sunset Bar while the staff sings lovely Fijian songs.

At the beach restaurant, Mai Kana, you can enjoy delicious dishes with your feet in the sand and a mesmerizing view of the ocean, terrific live music, and personal service.

Besides the brilliant live music from the talented and gifted singers at the resort, there is so much more on offer, such as:

Tuesday: Pasta and Pizza Special with Staff Warrior Meke Show
Thursday: Management Sunset Cocktails on the coral decks with free appetizers and live music from 17:00 to 18:00.
Friday: Beach BBQ & Village Meke – local village group tell you about Fijian history through song and dance
Saturday: Traditional South Pacific dances and Samoan fire dancing
Sunday: Traditional Sunday Lovo roast 

We especially loved the singing at First Landing. In the evening, every table gets serenaded. And the famous farewell song “Isa Lei” is dedicated to each guest that leaves the following day.

Dream On Day Spa

The spa offers rituals and therapies for the face, body, hands, and feet. The world-famous Pure Fiji products with their unique blend of Fijian plant extracts are used for all treatments.

Honeymoon & Wedding


  • A complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and two half-hour massages. A minimum stay of 3 nights applies.

The First Landing Resort is a picturesque setting for romantic dinners and ceremonies in the middle of the tropical garden or along the serene private beach.

Wedding Packages

Vow Renewal (from FJ $ 1.240)

  • Wedding Coordinator
  • Decorated deck with fresh tropical flowers
  • Fijian Minister or celebrant
  • Bouquet for the bride & flowers Lei for the groom
  • Fijian Serenades
  • Two Fijian warriors in traditional dress

Hibiscus Package (from FJ$2,281)

  • Personal wedding coordinator
  • Decorated ceremony venue
  • Tropical flower arrangement
  • Fijian Minister or celebrant
  • Commemorative wedding certificate
  • A bottle of champagne
  • Local wedding license

Find out more >>


Rosie’s Tour Desk is located in the boutique and offers a variety of day trips, sightseeing tours and excursions to Mamanuca Islands, Yasawa Islands, mountain areas, panoramic views, waterfalls, river safaris, the Coral Coast and Suva.

The resort boat, the “Nalamu Lady”, can be booked for day trips to Bounty Island, Treasure Island, and the sandbank. The area around these nearby islands is a marine reserve where the conditions for snorkeling and diving is excellent.

The cooking class is top-rated. You get to visit the local market with the chef and learn how to create delicious dishes with fresh ingredients.

With Underwater World Fiji, you can explore the waters of Fiji. They offer diving, surfing, fishing, and island day trips.


What really makes First Landing Resort stand out above the rest is the excellent staff who are also incredible singers and dancers. They make your stay such a personal and extraordinary experience. The Royal Beachfront Villa is a real paradise for romantics and honeymooners. The tropical garden, the twittering birds, and the great beach are perfect for relaxation. The food is exceptionally delicious, and with the ocean view, the sunset, and the unique evening entertainment, it is one of a kind. For a beach holiday on the main island or combined with island hopping, we can highly recommend the First Landing Resort.

Rooms: 43 bungalows, apartments, and villas, from one to three bedrooms.
Flight duration: 11 hours to Singapore and from there another 10 and a half hours to Nadi, Fiji
Transfer: 16 km from Nadi Airport, about a 20-minute drive
Vaccinations: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Pertussis, Measles and Hepatitis A are recommended.
Air Temperature: 20 – 34 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 25 – 28 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +11 hours
Best travel time: May to October has pleasant temperatures; November to April is the time with the highest humidity and the heaviest precipitation and possibly cyclones and hurricanes. It is also cheaper and not so crowded during this period. In the west of the Fiji Islands, there is less rain than on the eastern islands.
Price: from FJD 515 per night including continental breakfast in the Garden Bure; from FJD 1.630 per night in the Royal Beachfront Villa
Specials: Stay for 3, pay for 2 and free 2-course dinner for a maximum of 2 people. Or stay for 7, pay for 5. This offer is valid from 15.04.2020 to 31.03.2021. Children up to 16 years stay free of charge. A maximum of two children per couple.
Activities: water sports, diving, deep-sea fishing, diving courses, island hopping, rope slides, Garden of the sleeping giant, mountain villages and waterfall walks, spa, Nalamu Nippers Kids Club
Special features: romantic and relaxed atmosphere, great entertainment, beautiful villas and plenty of privacy, island feeling on the main island
Perfect for: couples, families, friends, people seeking peace and quiet, romantics

First Landing Beach Resort & Villas
Vuda Point, Lautoka 679
Phone: +679 666 6171

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Paradise Cove, Naukacuvu Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji – an enchanting South Sea paradise

Fijian culture, relaxed beach life and the spectacular underwater world in the South Pacific

To be on the other side of the world, listening to the Fijian sounds, swimming in the crystal clear waters of the azure blue ocean, relaxing under the palm trees or cooling down in your own pool, our long-cherished South Sea dream came true at the 5-star island resort Paradise Cove on the paradisiacal Yasawa Islands. 

The resort is exceptionally relaxed – all you really need is beachwear and flip-flops – and never before have we enjoyed spending time with the warmhearted staff and snorkeling in one of the most beautiful living coral reefs, as much as here.

By boat (SSC Yasawa Flyer), it takes about three hours from the main island to Paradise Cove. That might sound long, but time passes quickly, thanks to the fantastic views. As soon as you reach the Yasawa Islands by boat, you will be greeted by a typical Fijian warrior.

Discovered in the 19th century by people lost at sea, sailors, escaped convicts and adventurers – today Fiji is a South Sea paradise with just 860,000 people and, in our humble opinion, the friendliest people in the world.

Fiji is located in the region of Melanesia that consists of 333 islands, of which about 150 are inhabited. The beautiful archipelago in the South Seas with the main islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu is located between New Zealand and Hawaii. Rainforests, savannahs with acacia trees, mangroves on the coasts, coconut palms, mountains up to 1300 meters high, heavenly beaches and beautiful lagoons makes Fiji picture perfect indeed.

Paradise Cove is hidden among beautiful coconut trees on the island of Naukacuvu in the Navit archipelago. The beach resort has three pools, a restaurant, two bars, a kids club, a spa, and an adults only sanctuary.


Upon arrival, you will be greeted in a typical Fijian fashion with a local welcome song and a warm BULA (Hello)! Like everywhere in Fiji, the staff are so friendly, cheerful and kindhearted! And here at Paradise Cove, some have even stolen our hearts.

Vitamin Sea

The resort has a beautiful long sandy beach where you can relax and swim and snorkel at low and high tide. The Beachfront Villas have their own sunbeds and umbrellas. Guests can also use the sunbeds at the pool and on the beach in front of the restaurant.

To experience these colorful coral reefs and the countless fish, you do not even have to take a boat out to the reef – you can start snorkeling from the beach. Absolute madness! 

Pool by the Sea

The large swimming pool with its sand bar offers refreshment on hot days.

Bungalows & Villas

Paradise Cove offers a wide range of accommodation, with plenty of room for families and privacy for couples. All 45 bungalows and villas are furnished in typical Fijian style with handmade local furniture and beautiful open air bathrooms.

Paradise Suite 

The magnificent Paradise Suite is located directly on the beach, has a private pool, a swinging daybed, sunbeds on the terrace and on the beach, a large living and lounge area and a beautiful jungle bathroom with double outdoor shower.

With the huge glass door, which can be pushed open completely and the windows with fly screens, you can practically live and sleep outside. One of a kind!

You have a lot of privacy and the beach in front of the Paradise Suite is almost all yours.

The open bathroom with private garden, stylish stone floor and Balinese washbasins has a wonderful jungle atmosphere and is one of the most beautiful outdoor pools we have ever seen.

(Paradise) Garden Bungalows
These bungalows with handmade local furniture and open air shower in the bathroom are perfect for two adults and one child.

“The Cove” – Adults only
In the new adults only sanctuary, there are 2 pools, a boat bar and 10 cove villas with outdoor bath and lounge areas in the middle of a beautiful tropical garden.

Cove Villa – Beach House
The Beach House is located across the street on its own island and offers a very private island experience with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a large living area, both inside and outside, a fully equipped lounge, a kitchen and a breakfast butler. But you can also have your own boatman take you to the pool or to the restaurant of the main resort at any time.


Every day there are various activities on offer, such as snorkeling tours, island excursions, hiking, cultural village tours and much more.

Water sports, snorkeling & diving

With 35 different diving and snorkeling sites, Paradise Cove offers an incredible number of opportunities to explore the underwater world, dive with reef sharks and turtles or swim with manta rays (May – October).

The PADI diving school with its cool instructors, like Aku, is perfect for beginners, for experienced divers or even to get your diving license.

The colorful soft and hard corals and also the countless fish and sea animals are simply spectacular. And it is also just great to see how healthy the coral reefs are. So far, the most beautiful coral reefs we have ever seen!

Pacific delicacies

The food at Paradise Cove is really excellent. Chef Saveen uses local ingredients for his delicious Pacific cuisine. Most of the ingredients are bought from island farmers and a large part of the fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown locally. Full board is mandatory at Paradise Cove.

Breakfast /Black Rock Restaurant
The extensive breakfast is served in buffet form in the open restaurant with a beautiful sea breeze and delicious à la carte dishes.

Lunch / The Sandbar
The 3-course lunch can be enjoyed on the ocean shore in The Sandbar with a delicious Fijian beer (Vonu) or cocktail. We were impressed by the delightful Wagyu beef burger. The coconut soup with shrimps and garlic bread, and the typical Kokoda are also a treat for the palate.

Dinner /Black Rock Restaurant
In the evening, the delicious three-course menus are served in a beautiful romantic atmosphere accompanied by live music and kava drinking ceremony.

Tables are set-up in a different spot every evening with either a view of the ocean or the pool.

The Indian-influenced Chef’s Beef or Fish Curry is highly recommended!

Friday evenings, the typical Meke dance is performed in front of the Fijian buffet. With local dances and songs, you get to know the Fijian culture a little better. The warrior dances are especially spectacular!

We thoroughly enjoyed sitting with the resort staff after dinner and listening to them sing and play the guitar. Of course, this always involved a few rounds of the local kava drink made from the roots of a pepper plant. This is exactly how the locals spend their evenings – what a serene lifestyle!

Nauka Spa

At the Nauka Spa, named after the island of Naukacuvu, the treatments (massages, facials, manicures and pedicures) with pure Fiji products are entirely adapted to the needs of the body.

Honeymoon & Wedding

Renewal of Marriage Vows
from FJD 1,450

  • Ceremony by a local minister
  • Flower arch on the beach
  • Candlelight dinner with seafood on the beach and a bottle of sparkling wine for two

Wedding ceremony on the Beach
from FJD $ 4.100

  • Ceremony by a local minister
  • Flower arch on the beach
  • Signing table with flower arrangement
  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Groom Boutonniere
  • Couples one-hour massage 
  • Lobster and seafood candlelight dinner on the beach and a bottle of champagne for two
  • Wedding cake for two
  • A bottle of sparkling wine to toast during the ceremony
  • Wedding License and arranging of paperwork and scheduling a meeting with BDM officer to obtain a wedding license
  • Submission of the marriage certificate to receive the apostle stamp
  • One overnight stayfor twopeople inThe Palms Denaraubefore travelingtotheresort

FIJI – where Happiness finds you

The heart and soul of Paradise Cove is the friendly South African General Manager with his wife and the warm-hearted staff – unique personalities who make your holiday unforgettable. Tiki, Sissi, Meli, Lorima, Posh, Liku, Knox – just to name a few – we will never forget you!

Transfer Tip

With the Bula Pass from South Sea Cruises, you can visit all the different Fiji Islands. Daily trips depart in the morning from Port Denarau on the main island to the various Fiji Islands and in the afternoon return to the port. If you would like to get there a little faster and more luxuriously, you can also arrive by seaplane or helicopter.


It has been a lifelong dream of ours to go to Fiji. And it was more incredible than we ever could have had imagined. We loved staying here! At Paradise Cove, you can make your South Sea dream come true. Here, one is not merely a guest, but also has the feeling of being able to take part in the daily lives of the locals. It is so memorable to experience such warm-hearted and friendly people. We enjoyed it immensely and can only highly recommend this relaxed resort with its beautiful sandy beach, magnificent villas, mouthwatering cuisine, and its spectacular underwater world! Fiji was and remains an absolute paradisiacal place of yearning!

Rooms: 45 bungalows and villas (1-2 bedrooms)
Flight Duration: 11 hours flight from Germany to Singapore and 10,5 hours to Nadi, Fiji
Transfer: About 3 hours from Port Denarau with South Sea Cruises (from FJD 350 p.p.), about 30 minutes by seaplane (from FJD 874 p.p.,
Vaccinations: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Pertussis, Measles, and Hepatitis A are recommended
Air Temperature: 20 – 34 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 25 – 28 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +11 hours
Best time to travel: May to October with pleasant temperatures; November to April has the highest humidity and the heaviest precipitation and possibly also cyclones and hurricanes
Price: from FJD 509 per night in the Garden Bungalow or FJD 1699 per night in the Paradise Suite plus approximately FJD 219 per person per night (about FJD 129 per child 5-12 yrs) for full board (low season)
Activities: PADI dive shop with wreck, cave and fun dives as well as activities such as wildlife fishing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, island trips, hiking, cultural village tours and boat trips
Special features: beautiful beach, stunning pool villas, relaxed atmosphere, best food, great staff, perfect for snorkeling – also directly from the beach
Perfect for: honeymooners, couples, beach lovers, peace seekers, water sports enthusiasts, snorkelers, divers

Paradise Cove Resort
Naukacuvu Island Yasawa Island, Fiji
Phone: NZ(0800)449944|US(800)9106975 |AUST(02)83171638|UK(20)86109660

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The Sanchaya, Bintan, Indonesia – Tropical Luxury & Exclusive Beach Holiday

Tradition, elegance, and relaxation combined with excellent service

Located on the beautiful Lagoi Bay, this exclusive boutique hotel with its extraordinary design is only 50 minutes from Singapore and about a 10-minute drive from Bandar Bentan Telani, the main ferry terminal on the Indonesian island Bintan.

The 5-star hotel, The Sanchaya, which means “collection” in Sanskrit, is located on a beautiful beach and offers pure relaxation and luxury with its enormous pool, unique suites, a Balinese spa, and impressive service.

“The Sanchaya is doing for Bintan Island today what the Hamptons did for New York yesterday” – Luxury Hoteliers

“Even when we are fully booked, its never crowded. Space is luxury. So that is a luxury!” – Magnus Olovson, General Manager of The Sanchaya

As soon as you arrive at Bintan by ferry, The Sanchaya experience begins when you are greeted by the lovely Sanchaya staff and can make yourself comfortable in Sanchaya’s private hotel lounge. While you enjoy a refreshing drink and snacks, the team will take care of your luggage, and even check-in is done right here.

Arriving at the hotel, you will be warmly welcomed by staff in their traditional uniforms and by the General Manager Magnus Olovson himself. The guests are called “residents,” and the employees are called “craftsmen” or “artisans”. From the very first moment, they welcomed us, they used our first names, which adds a personal, intimate touch.

The Sanchaya attempts only to recruit and train locals as staff to support the surrounding communities.

For the Russian entrepreneur, Natalya Pavchinskaya, a lifelong dream came true in 2014, when she opened this luxury hotel on a 10-hectare estate on Bintan’s most beautiful beach. In cooperation with the renowned design company p49, a hotel with 29 villas and suites, a private residence with spectacular ocean views, a clubhouse, two restaurants, a bar,  a lounge, a 50-meter-long infinity pool, a spa, a fitness center, a yoga pavilion on the beach and a croquet lawn was constructed. 

“I was inspired by the European Salons of the 18th and 19th centuries… and wanted to recreate their feeling of hospitality; of bringing people together, in the home of a close friend, to share the same interests in art, in culture, in travel.” – Nayalya Pavchinskaya, founder of The Sanchaya

The hotel’s award-winning design is reminiscent of a beautiful old colonial mansion. It is inspired by the European salons of the 18th and 19th centuries and the rich history and culture of no less than ten different Southeast Asian countries.

The spectacular 50-meter long infinity pool – known as the “Tasanee Pool,” which is Thai for “beautiful view,” offers an unparalleled view of the palm-fringed beach and the South China Sea. Upon arrival at the pool, you will be given a picnic basket with still and sparkling water, cold towels, sunscreen, and after suntan lotion, brought directly to your sunbed – what fantastic service!

There are also sunbeds and day beds with umbrellas along the stunning endless beach.

Every day, the beach is cleaned of the dirt that is, unfortunately, caused by ships passing by en route to Singapore.

“A luxurious perspective on the design, culture and, most of all, tranquillity of the region.” – L´Officiel

In the lounge with its library, you can make yourself comfortable on the elegant Chesterfields with a good book among works of art, antiques, books, and other artifacts. The “Decanter” offers wine and cheese tastings with the hotel sommelier.

Villas & Suites

With spacious villas, suites with sea views, and Thai villas at the lagoon, the spacious hotel offers many different possibilities to enjoy your stay in its beautiful and stylish surroundings.

Nine junior suites are located on the second floor of the main building, in The Great House. Eight other Sanchaya suites are situated in 4 villa-style buildings on the estate’s grounds, either on the ground or the top floor of the building.

One-Bedroom Villa

The villa, with its modern design and stunning works of art, has its own living area, two private verandahs with upholstered sunbeds, an exquisite bedroom, an espresso machine, a large maxi-bar that includes beer, soft drinks and chocolate, and a beautiful bathroom with a free-standing bathtub and exclusive Aesop skincare products.

In the Chinese-style wardrobe, you have a large selection of movies and music with Apple TV and an iPad.

The bathroom is elegantly designed with Moroccan floor tiles, ground-level showers by Lefroy Brooks, white tiles, and tasteful pictures on the walls. It is a wonderfully relaxing oasis.

Presidential Vanda Villa

The private residence is located directly on the beach next to the main house and consists of two buildings with four bedrooms and a private pool.

Lawan Thai Villa

The bamboo-clad Thai villas are arranged around a beautiful artificial lagoon and are ideal for couples seeking more privacy.

The Dining Room

Under the leadership of Italian chef Giacomo Turzo, Indonesian and contemporary European delicacies are served in the Dining Room.

You can enjoy á la carte breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner all day long.

The extensive À la carte breakfast menu offers a variety of delicacies including traditional Jamu juice, local dishes such as Mamak Mee Goreng from Malaysia, and western dishes like Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and truffle Hollandaise.


The Bar offers selected and their own branded spirits, an extensive cigar collection, and shisha pipes in the ambiance of a late 19th century gentlemen’s club. Between leather armchairs and various antiques, like binoculars, trumpets, watches, and telescopes, you can enjoy unusual cocktails, such as the Bintan Chili Pineapple Margarita, with live music.

It is particularly spectacular when a cocktail is prepared at your tableside by the resident mixologist. The James Bond-style Vesper Martini – stirred not shaken – is a must! Incredibly tasty and one of the best we have ever had!

In the evenings, you can enjoy the wonderfully delicious dishes inside or al fresco with a view of the pool and the South China Sea while being spoiled with excellent service.

Tasanee Thai Grill

The Thai restaurant by the pool serves delicious authentic Bangkok street cuisine with fabulous views of the azure blue sea.

The Sanchaya Spa

The spa is tucked away in a lush garden and offers a selection of treatments in single and double treatment rooms, both in- and outdoors.

Relax with a foot cleansing ritual followed by our Signature Massage – a fusion of Asian-Indonesian techniques designed to melt away tension and promote deep relaxation using Java volcanic warm stones, long strokes and stretching movements, complemented with our Signature oils and completed with an Oriental Head Massage.

The treatments in this natural and serene environment are magically relaxing and very professional. Highly recommended! 

The high-tech gym has a personal trainer and is open 24 hours a day.

Honeymoon & Wedding

For weddings, Sanchaya offers an exclusive backdrop with the Salon, Dhalia Room, and their unique suites. The tropical garden and the white sandy beach shores are perfect for ceremonies and romantic dinners.

“There is a particularly lucky spot upon The Sanchaya’s private beachfront reminiscent of the powder white sands at The Maldives, popular for wedding proposals.” – Forbes


If you prefer not to spend the whole day at the pool or pamper yourself at the spa, there are a variety of activities on offer. From croquet to sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, beach kite flying, papillionaire bikes, Pétanque (boules), archery classes (at an additional fee), and mangrove forest boat tours (an additional charge applies).

We were lucky to witness a spectacular Chinese New Year ceremony.

Mr. Morris

Through the Mr. Morris Foundation program, Sanchaya supports the education of the local people with scholarships, an orphanage, a home for the elderly, environmental projects, and artists on Bintan, among other things. More info >>

In the elegant shop, The Collection, you can buy Mr. Morris articles, gifts, and clothes.


The Sanchaya is really unlike anything else. With only 29 villas and suites on this magnificent beachfront estate, it offers one of a kind personal service combined with exclusivity. The design is unique and incredibly tasteful. You can feel that a vision has been brought to life here with great attention to detail and a sense of extraordinary design. The icing on the cake is the warm-hearted staff and the charming general manager. They look after the guests’ well-being and make your stay perfect with their endearing service!

Rooms: 29 suites and villas with up to four bedrooms
Flight time: Approximately 11 hours from Germany to Singapore.
Transfer: 85 km from Singapore, about a 50-minute ferry ride to Bintan: Bintan Resort Ferries (, Sindo Ferry ( and Mozaic Ferry Lines (, About a 15-minute drive to the hotel or a one hour and 15-minute drive from Tanjung Pinang Airport on Bintan (Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, and Lion Air)
Visa: On arrival for valid for 30 days, free of charge.
Vaccinations: None required.
Air Temperature: 23 – 31 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 28 – 30 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +6 hours
Best time to travel: All year-round. With its proximity to the equator, it is tropically warm all year round, with no distinct rainy season. Daily showers are typical. It is usually sunnier from December to April.
Price: From 434 EUR per night, including breakfast, express immigration, and transfer.
Activities: swimming, yoga, croquet, stand-up paddleboards, archery, mangrove tours, wine, and cheese tasting
Special features: 24-hour room service, serene, relaxed atmosphere, stylish suites, delicious food, friendly staff, and out of this world service!
Perfect for: Couples, romantics, honeymooners, families, friends, and nature lovers.

The Sanchaya
Jalan Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 5, Lagoi Bay
Pulau Bintan – Kepulauan Riau, 29155

Condé Nast Traveler 2017 Readers’ Choice Award – 2017
Condé Nast Traveler Hot List of Best New Hotels in the World – 2015
Travel + Leisure IT List for Best 43 New Hotels Around the Globe – 2015
DestinAsian’sLuxe List – 2015
World Travel’s Luxury 50 – 2015

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Please note: The Sanchaya sponsored our stay. Thank you very much! Nevertheless, the opinions expressed in this article are 100% our own!

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Couples Swept Away, Negril, Jamaica – Adults-Only Paradise for Honeymooners & Romantics

Five-star Luxury and Premium All-Inclusive Service at the Romantic Couples Resort

When you think of Jamaica, the first thing you think of is reggae. And in fact, it can be found everywhere on the island. But Jamaica has so much more to offer. The tropical surroundings are breath-taking, the people are lovely, and the hotels are fantastic.

With the Couples Resort, the all-inclusive concept was virtually invented on the island. In 1978, Abe Issa, the father of all-inclusive resorts, built his first hotel, the Tower Isle, in Ocho Rios. He transformed the hotel, popular with many Hollywood stars, into the world’s first all-inclusive resort for couples only. His vision of the perfect romantic getaway for couples is now being continued by his son Lee, other members of the Issa family, and the dedicated managers and staff.

Today there are four couples hotels, which as Jamaica’s most popular all-inclusive luxury resorts with their adults-only concept, promise relaxing, romantic, and luxurious holidays. And this promise is kept – the wonderfully chilled atmosphere, the stunning long sandy beach, the friendly staff, the personal service, the delicious food, the cocktails and activities without end – here you will be spoiled from head to toe.

Situated on the world-famous Seven Mile Beach in Negril, the elegant Couples Swept Away is the perfect place for romantics, sun worshippers, and sports enthusiasts.


On 19 hectares, there are 39 bungalows with 312 suites in the Caribbean style, six restaurants, eight bars, three swimming pools, five jacuzzis, and a 4,000 square meter sports complex, hidden in the palm trees and surrounded by tropical nature. The love and respect for the natural scenery are evident everywhere here. No roof is higher than the palm trees around it.

At the heart of the Couples Resorts, are the friendly and dedicated staff. Initially, many foreigners were working at the hotels, but now the local employees have been trained and equipped with the necessary skills to such an extent, that all employees, except for three, are Jamaican. Terrific!


With the All-Inclusive Unlimited concept, more is included in the room rate than you would expect. Not only are you spoiled from morning to night with delicious food and drinks, but there are also plenty of (water) sports and excursions.  And even the wedding ceremony is already included.   

  • Transfer from and to Montego Bay Airport
  • 24-hour gourmet dining
  • Room service (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Premium branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, also at the pool or in the minibar
  • Excursions, for example, to Margaritaville
  • Water sports, such as stand-up paddling, snorkeling, surfing, and kayaking, plus diving and PADI diving courses at the resort, and unlimited water skiing with an instructor
  • Catamaran cruise
  • Unlimited golf including transfers and green fees on two championship courses, the Negril Hills Golf Course and Upton Golf and Country Club
  • Tennis, with playing times and lessons
  • Cooking, handicraft and dance courses
  • Fully equipped gym with various classes, such as aerobics, yoga, and aquacise gymnastics
  • Evening entertainment (steel and reggae bands, bonfires on the beach, barbecues, and open-air cinema)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Free wedding ceremony applies with stays of 3 nights or longer
  • Renewal of  marriage vows; no additional fees apply with a 3 nights stay or longer
  • Honeymoon Package: a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine  and a 25-minute couple massage; a minimum of 6 nights applies


Crystal clear warm water and an endless beach for relaxing and swimming, the palm-fringed Seven Mile Beach is simply gorgeous!

Here you can relax and enjoy tasty cocktails and snacks with a view of the ocean under wafting palm leaves.


Those who don’t want to swim in the sea can also refresh themselves in one of the three pools or enjoy a cocktail at the Swim Up Bar and marvel at the sound of silence. Well, there is the twittering of birds, the roaring of the ocean, and a few laughing and cheerful guests that can be heard, but otherwise, it is wonderfully quiet!


The 312 suites are distributed in the tropical garden in bungalow-style buildings. Some offer sea ​​views, and others have views into the tropical garden. They are stylish and elegantly furnished in Caribbean style.

Premier Beachfront Suite
The most popular suites in the resort are perfect for your honeymoon. They are located directly on the beach, are furnished with comfortable seating, floor-to-ceiling cedar shutters and French doors in classic Caribbean style furnishings and have no televisions.

Great House Ocean Suite
These spacious suites offer a great sea view – even from the bathtub. 

Garden Verandah Suite
The Garden Verandah Suites have a private balcony, terracotta tiled floors, and French doors with cedar shutters.


Patois Patio

This open and caribbean style restaurant was our favorite. It offers an ingenious a-la-carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes in bistro-style with Caribbean and Latin American flavors and wood-fired oven pizzas. Really delicious!

The Palms