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Singapore – Batam – Anambas Archipelago (Riau Islands)
Singapore – Batam – Anambas Archipelago (Riau Islands)
Arrive in Singapore, the world’s only island city-state. In this exciting “Lion City”, you will discover plenty of things for you to see and do together.
On your second day, take a drive around Singapore’s Civic District, passing by heritage buildings including Parliament House and City Hall. Stop at Merlion Park and enjoy the impressive Marina Bay views. Don’t miss a photo opportunity together in front of the mythical Merlion statue, one of Singapore’s most iconic symbols. Proceed to 19th century Thian Hock Keng Temple, the city-state’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples. Then, at the National Orchid Garden, admire varieties of Singapore’s exquisite national flower. Our final stop is Little India, a colourful and vibrant ethnic enclave. Later, enjoy a unique dinner-in-the-sky experience, on a cable-car ride between Faber Peak and Sentosa Island. Ensconced within your own private cable-car cabin, savour a romantic four-course dinner in the utmost privacy. While dining à deux, admire Singapore’s city lights twinkling against the night sky.
Enjoy a day of leisure and quality time together. In the evening, experience Gardens by the Bay, an innovative urban green space that underlines Singapore’s “City in a Garden” status. The 101ha (249ac) Garden’s advanced concept seamlessly combines nature and modern technology, creating a futuristic wonderland. Discover exotic and rare plants from across the planet in the Flower Dome, the world’s largest greenhouse. Take a stroll through the Cloud Forest and marvel at the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Watch the Supertree Grove come alive with an exhilarating Garden Rhapsody light and sound show. Finally, round-off your exciting day admiring the 360-degree views from The Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, elevated high on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands.
Take a short ferry ride to Batam, in Indonesia, then jet-off together on a private amphibious seaplane. You will both be flown 160 nautical miles (300km) to Indonesia’s remote Anambas Archipelago, embedded amidst the Riau Islands and idyllic Bawah Reserve. Here, the seaplane will land on a stunning azure lagoon, in front of your private suite. Secluded amongst an uninhabited marine conservation zone and engulfed in lush tropical greenery, Bawah Reserve presents the ultimate paradise setting for relaxation and romance. This new private-island retreat also extends the true meaning of all-inclusive luxury. Bawah Reserve is arguably Asia’s only island resort to exclusively incorporate all spa treatments, meals, guest experiences and activities, besides private seaplane transport. Diffuse and enjoy the Reserve’s barefoot luxury living.
A nature lover’s and adventure-seekers playground, Bawah Reserve offers a wealth of outdoor activities. Be sure to spend one day kayaking or stand-up paddle-boarding, the perfect way to navigate through the surrounding crystal-clear, sheltered lagoons. Novices should take advantage of expert advice from the experienced instructors at the Reserve’s Activity Centre. Elevated above the tree canopies, the rustic-style and bamboo-built Jules Verne Bar is always a romantic and dreamy spot, but especially at sunset and “Cocktail Hour”. Indulge in tropical cocktails and gourmet snacks on the open-air wildlife viewing deck, while observing the antics of resident fruit bats at dusk and listening to the mesmerizing sounds of the ocean waves.
Bawah Reserve is surrounded by azure waters that are home to pristine coral reefs teeming with multi-coloured tropical fish and marine life. One of the best ways to explore this stunning underwater world is with a spot of snorkeling. Afterwards, de-stress at Aura Spa & Wellness, a jungle sanctuary with an all-natural yet luxurious setting for total rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit. Amidst these blissful surrounds, allow yourself to be pampered with the spa’s Signature Full Body Oil Massage. Besides head-to-toe deep healing, this millennium-old massage therapy is said to prevent fatigue, relieve stress and improve circulation.
The tropical rainforest canopy provides an alternative yet equally wondrous experience to that of the dazzling white seashore. For some of the island’s finest vistas, embark on a hike along jungle trails. En-route, stop at one of the handful of picture-perfect lookout points dotted across the island. Then make your way to treetops of another kind. Camouflaged underneath a jungle canopy, surrounded by rainforest, rustic-style Treetops restaurant provides an idyllic natural setting for refined dining, day or night. Be sure to book ‘The Lookout’ at Treetops, at least once during your stay, even just for the stunning lagoon views. A private al fresco dinner, complete with lanterns, fine wines and a crimson-streaked sunset, guarantees the most romantic of evenings.
Enjoy quality “alone time” together and your final last hours on a paradise island and the stunning Bawah Reserve. Later in the afternoon, return to Singapore on the Reserve’s private seaplane and for one last time, marvel at the spectacular ocean views below. The remainder of your day is free at leisure, with a final chance to explore this amazing Garden City. Perhaps some last-minute retail therapy in one of the many glitzy malls, exploring one of the sensory-overload ethnic enclaves, or sampling some of the diverse cuisine that this city-state is renowned for.
Free at leisure until the transfer to Singapore Changi Airport for your onward flight.