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11 Breathtaking Floating Resorts In Indonesia For The Ultimate Island Getaway


Amani Nizari •  Mar 03, 2017


[Updated 9 March 2020] Oh Indonesia, there’s so much beauty that you hold! The country is famous all over the world for its islands and beautiful landscapes. Home to more than 17,000 islands – it’s the perfect place to go island-hopping or for that much needed getaway?
Credit: giphy So many islands to visit, so little time! Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a couple of really cool places with floating villas, hotels and resorts. Indonesia, we're coming for you!
1. Ora Beach Resort (Central Maluku)
Credit: Ora Beach Resort Imagine looking outside your window to crystal clear waters, colourful coral reefs and a vibrant marine life… Ora Beach Resorts brings all that to reality! Located in the village of Saleman on Seram Island in Central Maluku, this resort is accessible only by water. Hop on a 10-minute boat ride from Saleman to get to your room - the excitement begins even before you reach the resort!
Credit: Ora Beach Resort The over-water villas with a laidback feel are perfect for eco-travellers and honeymooners. Be surrounded around a scenic backdrop of giant limestone cliffs and majestic mountains that will just take your breath away! Who needs Bora Bora or the Maldives when you’ve got such unparalleled beauty at Ora? ? You can even book packages offered by the resort which include snorkelling and more! Rate: Starts from IDR850,000 (Click here for more rates) Address: Saleman, North West Seram, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia Contact: +62 812-4889-6616 Website | Facebook | Instagram
2. Telunas Resort Private Island (near Batam)
In need of a short getaway that does not require you to fly? Great news! Telunas Resort is just a one-and-a-half-hour boat ride from Batam offering you an economic and convenient solution. This resort is made up of two parts - the beach resort and a private island. The beach resort has overwater bungalows for some seaside luxury, but if you want even more privacy you can book a room on the private island. ☺️
Credit: Telunas Resort Each villa is over-water and comes with a spacious balcony - perfect for you to enjoy the sea breeze and a 180-degree seaview. There’s no Wi-Fi or televisions here so it’s back to the simple life and all about connecting with those who really matter.
Credit: Telunas ResortRate: Starts from IDR850,000 (resort) and IDR3,300,000 (private island). Prices are seasonal and change based on when you visit. We recommend you check on the resort's website for all rates. Address: Pulau Sugi, Mentangun, Moro, Kabupaten Karimun, Kepulauan Riau 29462, Indonesia Contact: +62 811-7710-951 Website | Facebook | Instagram
3. Pulo Cinta Eco Resort (Batumoito, Gorontalo)
Pulo Cinta means “Island of Romance”. The resort’s water villas are strategically arranged into a heart shape – giving everyone an unblocked view of the sea. Legend has it that the island got its name from a forbidden love story between the prince of Gorontalo and the daughter of a Dutch trader who would come here for their secret escape? Stay in a luxurious overwater bungalow with a spacious living area including full-height windows, a terrace and a dock. Connected by a wooden bridge, these villas are equipped with super king-size beds and a private sun deck where you can lounge on bean bags while soaking up some sunshine. And the best part? The panoramic view of the island's pristine beach combined with turquoise waters that surround the central sandbank ☺️ Romance is very much alive here! Go for a snorkel with the fishies, discover an underwater world while scuba-diving, and end your night stargazing with your sweetheart. A modern love story in the making, it’s so easy to fall in love with this place? Rate: Starts from RM878 on AgodaAddress: Patoameme, Botumoito, Kabupaten Boalemo, Gorontalo, Indonesia Contact: +62 853 7751 7927 Website | Facebook | Instagram
4. Maratua Paradise Resort (Kalimantan Timur)
Located on Maratua Island is Maratua Paradise Resort. A variety of corals and fishes can be found around the resort and there are also other spectacular dive spots around the island. Neighbouring islands include Kakaban Island and Sangalaki Island, which has its challenging cave dive, splendid schools of barracuda, a unique jellyfish lake and you can even get to see majestic Manta rays. Both islands are just a short boat trip away! The resort has two accommodation types: 8 comfortable beach chalets and 10 exotic water villas. Each house comes with its own ocean view, private bathrooms and air-conditioning. ? A restaurant can be found at the main building too, and you can even book a dolphin or whale shark sighting depending on the season. The resort is most easily accessible via Singapore and Balikpapan, with a one hour flight to Berau and a two-hour boat ride to the island. Don’t expect five-star accommodations, but be rest assured of the comfort and impeccable cleanliness here! Rate: Contact the resort directly to inquire about rates. Address: Jl. Langoan, RT.3, Tlk. Harapan, Maratua, Kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur 77381, Indonesia Contact: +60 14-356 1598 Website | Facebook | Instagram
5. Misool Eco Resort (Raja Ampat Islands)
Tucked in a remote corner on the island of Batbitim, Misool Eco Resort is a secluded tropical paradise. Located within the Coral Triangle and a 1200km square of a Marine Protected Area, this resort is one of the most idyllic uninhabited islands with one of the richest marine life in the world.
Credit: Misool Resort Up to only 40 guests are allowed to stay at a time, creating a private and luxurious experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The overwater cottages are made with reclaimed tropical hardwood, with lots of gorgeous room options to choose from. Each house comes with its own private verandah and a hammock where you can enjoy the marvellous view of this true tropical hideaway while lounging around after a day of exploring. ☺️ Rate:Click here for more information on rates, packages, and seasonal rate changes. Address: Yellu, South Misool, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua 98483, Indonesia Website | Facebook | Instagram
6. Hanging Gardens of Bali (Payangan, Bali)
Hidden deep in the heart of Bali's rich rainforest is the Hanging Gardens of Bali. This luxurious 5-star hotel has 44 private villas and suites. Its infinity pool was even been given the title of "the most amazing pool in the world"! Well, with a swimming pool that’s suspended over the rainforest, there’s no reason to believe otherwise! This is some GENIUS engineering right here. Every villa has its own private infinity pool that offers spectacular views of the jungle or river, depending on which segment you stay in. Take full advantage of the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding jungle at these luxurious villas, combined with breathtaking views and cascading waterfalls below. Not to mention the amazing ambience, the hotel is possibly one of the most romantic spots on the planet. Just you and your partner, with the view of Hanging Gardens and the forest. We totally understand if you’re already fantasizing your romantic getaway here. ? Rate:Click here for more information on rates and offers. Address: Buahan, Payangan, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Contact: +62 361 982700 Website | Facebook | Instagram
7. Kadidiri Paradise Resorts (Togean-Sulawesi)
Kadidiri Paradise Resort is the largest resort on the Togean Islands! Togean Islands is a cluster of islands in the Tomini Gulf. Clear water, colourful corals, fish everywhere – oh…what a nice place to be. Just the right place to relax!
Credit: Kadidiri Paradise Resort & Dive Centre The islands are surrounded by lush rainforests and coral reefs – home to wonderful species such as the hawksbill turtle, green turtle and the dugong. Backpackers call this island paradise Indonesia’s best-kept secret. Visitors get to choose between staying in overwater or on-land villas. Take your pick! Either way – both make great places to just chillax!
Credit: Kadidiri Paradise Resort & Dive Centre Wake up to a breathtaking view of the sea every morning, and sign up for their diving packages to get up close with underwater friends! P.S. Do note that the restaurant may offer pork or non-halal-certified dishes. Seafood dishes are available, and we recommend you check with the resort directly before booking your stay! Rate:Starts from IDR325,000Address: Kadidiri Island, Tanjung Pude, Una-Una, Tojo Una-Una Regency, Central Sulawesi 94691, Indonesia Contact: +62 821-4071-5684 Website | Facebook | Instagram
8. The St. Regis Bali Resort
Set on the pristine beachfront of Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali Resort guarantees you to live in the lap of luxury. ? The water bungalows in the ultra-luxe St. Regis Bali are quite literally surrounded by water. Each bungalow is rested atop a crystal clear blue lagoon that’s approximately half the size of a football field! Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the Indian Ocean and pamper yourself with an exceptional well-being experience. No doubt, this water villa epitomises you a delightfully indulgent escape - perfect for leisure travellers and couples! There's no shortage of activities to occupy your time during your stay. Sign up for a wellness package at the Iridium Spa, head over to the nearby Geger Beach at Nusa Dua, or get your heart racing at the Bali Wake Park with some knee-boarding, skiing, and more! Rate:Starts from IDR5,929,000 (May be subject to seasonal rates) Address: Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua, Blok Lot S6, Nusa Dua, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80363, Indonesia Contact: +62 361 8478111 Website | Facebook | Instagram
9. Papua Paradise Eco Resort (Raja Ampat Islands)
Few places of the natural world are left untouched by men. But Papua Paradise Eco Resort is close enough. The owner is a proud supporter of ecological work and has made the area surrounding the resort an official no-catch zone - making it full of exotic marine life☺️ The geographical location of this resort makes it a great spot to dive all year round. No surprise why it’s called Ground Zero for avid divers! The resort has 10 deluxe bungalows and 16 superior bungalows - the deluxe bungalows even come with a sundeck with sunbeds! Even if you’re not into diving, you can still explore the jungle that is rich with tropical wildlife and get back in time to the resort to catch the sunrise by the ocean. Book a tour with the resort to enjoy activities such as bird-watching, a village tour, day trips to nearby sights and more! Rate:Click here for more information on rates and offers. Address: Arefi Birie Island, Arefi, Selat Sagawin, Kabupaten Raja Ampat, Papua Bar. 98484, Indonesia Contact: +62 821-9045-2969 Website | Facebook | Instagram
10. Bambu Indah Hotel (Ubud, Bali)
Nestled near forests and tropical parks, Bambu Indah offers a unique eco-luxe experience. This eco-lifestyle boutique hotel uses traditional bridal homes bought from Java and restored the houses to its full glory using teak timbers and bamboos.
Credit: Bambu Indah Book the Udang House for a unique overwater experience - you'll be able to see fish swimming right under your feet! The Udang House room is breathtaking, from the bottom up. You can see the water and marine life from right under your feet! The room also comes with a private terrace and is surrounded by soothing sounds of nature for a tranquil and relaxing escape. ? Explore the area to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Bali. Dip into the natural swimming pool, melt under the skilled hands of masseurs in their spa treatments, or book a day tour to a jewellery factory, green village, or and eco-friendly farm. Enjoy panoramic views of green valleys, mountains and rice paddies from the Java houses. Definitely a good stopover for eco-travellers and nature-lovers. ? Rate:Starts from IDR3,117,500 on Agoda (2-night stay in April for 2 adults) Address: Jl. Baung, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Contact: +62 361 977922 Website | Facebook | Instagram
11. Pulau Ayer Resort (Thousand Islands, Jakarta)
Going to Jakarta? Then you MUST drop by Pulau Ayer located at Pulau Seribu! Pulau Seribu means “Thousand Islands” and it’s a Natural World Heritage site just north of Jakarta in the Java Sea. Pulau Ayer is hailed as the pearl of the Thousand Islands. In ancient times, this island was the place for former kings to retreat to. These cute cottages and the existing facilities at the Thousand Islands resort are given Papuan names (such as Serui, Fak-Fak, Wao, Ojar) to give the resort that Papuan vibe. Also, all cottages are fully air-conditioned so you don’t have to worry about all that island heat getting to you! Rate:Starts from IDR1,586,527 on Agoda (1-night stay in April for 2 adults) Address: Panggang Island, North Kepulauan Seribu, Kepulauan Seribu Regency, Jakarta, Indonesia Contact: +62-21-3852004 Website | Facebook | Instagram Inspired to set sail for your next great escape? ? Share with us if you know of more floating resorts and why they’re worth visiting! Your island adventure awaits!