Need to know
Thirty-five, all of which are suites.
10am; late check-out available, but subject to extra charges. Earliest check-in, noon.
Double rooms from $1943.33.
Rates include buffet or à la carte breakfasts, plus lunch, dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, spa treatments, yoga classes, non-motorised watersports, unpacking service, daily laundry, service charges and government taxes.
All non-motorised watersports are included in booking – enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and boat trips around the lagoon – as are a variety of on-land activities, such as guided hikes, an open air cinema, star gazing and bird watching.
At the hotel
13 beaches, open-air cinema, tennis court, watersports centre, spa and wellness centre, wine cellar, library and a small boutique. In rooms: beach bags and towels, straw sun hats, outdoor veranda, free WiFi (though very limited), minibar with unlimited free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, open-air bathroom, safe, ceiling fans and air-conditioning above the bed only.
Our favourite rooms
The ultimate tropical-island hideaways, the Overwater Bungalows offer direct access to two of the turquoise-blue lagoons; just roll out of bed, throw on your swimwear and dive in.
Tropical waters are never more than a hop, skip and a dive away here. Once you’ve snorkeled your way around the three lagoons, there’s a small family friendly, freshwater infinity pool near Grouper Bar.
The Aura wellness centre and spa has four treatment rooms – one especially for couples – in which to unwind with rejuvenating facials, energising salt scrubs, manicures and pedicures, and their signature relaxing massages. Make the most of the waterfront or beachside yoga, pilates, relaxation and meditation classes during your stay too – all treatments, massages and yoga classes are included with your stay.
The latest best sellers for lazy afternoons spent lounging on the beach or on your private veranda. If you've forgotten anything, there's a small boutique stocking all island essentials.
Rugged Bawah Island isn’t suited to wheelchair users or guests with mobility issues. There's a three-night minimum stay on the island.
Over-10s welcome. Rooms can fit an extra bed on request, but be sure to speak to the Smith24 team when booking. Keen water-babies should be ready to embrace the wild (there are no TVs and only limited WiFi).
Bawah is the first island in Indonesia to be powered by a renewable microgrid. The resort was hand-built from sustainable bamboo and other recycled materials, such as driftwood and copper. All water is sourced on the island and recycled as drinking water. Water is heated using solar energy; all paper is mulched; composted, crushed glass is used to filter water; and all other waste is sent back to Batam for recycling. The hotel is part of the Bawah Foundation, created to channel funds back into the local community.