Cempedak Private Island offers environmental, social living practices

The adults-only destination features sustainable initiatives as well as education programmes for the community

Resort facilities include the Rock spa which feature three double treatment rooms that overlook the ocean
Resort facilities include the Rock spa which feature three double treatment rooms that overlook the ocean

Indonesia's Cempedak Private Island offers an adults-only destination encouraging environmental and social living practices.

The property features beach and seaview villas constructed from bamboo with ‘alang alang’ grass roofs designed to promote natural ventilation. The two storey villas are over 150sqm and incorporate an upstairs bedroom, an ensuite bathroom and a balcony with ocean views. The ground floor showcases a lounge area with an open-air deck area and a 1.3-meter deep private teardrop pool.

Resort facilities include the Rock spa which feature three double treatment rooms that overlook the ocean. The spa uses products by Sensatia Botanicals, a farming province that offers locally sourced and organic ingredients.

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Dining venues at the property include private dining for two featuring dishes prepared by executive chef Dika and chef de cuisine Bambang. Dishes include Indonesian fusion cuisine such as barbequed seafood, local dishes and tropical fruits. Cempedak restaurant space showcases 180-degree views of the waterfront with private dining pods surrounding the interior for the option of privacy.

The Dodo Bar serves cocktails and a curated collection of whiskey, rum and gin from boutique and craft producers. There are no single-use plastic bottles on the island and the Cempedak team make their own syrups, soda water, coconut milk and more to cut down packaging rubbish.

Leisure activities at the property include stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving, kayaks, island hopping, snorkelling and sailing. On land, tennis courts, croquet and boules are complemented by nature walks.

The property’s commitment to conservation is to ensure that the environment is protected. Like its sister, Nikoi Private Island, which is constructed of driftwood, Cempedak is made from hand-picked bamboo sourced from the Indonesian Islands of Java and Sumatra.

Cempedak’s founder, Andrew Dixon explains: “We chose to build with bamboo because it is the most sustainable building material available, you can do amazing things with it in terms of design and we knew we could source it locally”.

A hop from Cempedak Private Island and the resorts of Bintan and Batam are the rural communities of Riau Archipelago, where villagers live with limited infrastructure and fewer opportunities to create change in their livelihoods. The Island Foundation invests in education to nurture the next generation by equipping them with numeracy and literacy skills. The goals of its education programme is to offer the opportunities for personal and community growth.

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