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WRD Welcomes Bawah Reserve, Asia’s all-Inclusive Luxury Retreat into Portfolio

June 9, 2018 Resort News No Comments Email Email

Gold Coast-based Resort Creative Agency, World Resorts of Distinction (WRD), has secured the Antipodean creative account of the most anticipated eco-resort to open in 2018 – Bawah Reserve.Situated 300km north-east of Singapore at the southern end of Indonesia’s Anambas Archipelago, Bawah Reserve is an intimate, luxuriously-sustainable retreat featuring 35 standalone suites and overthe-water bungalows that have been developed with the preservation of the island’s natural beauty in mind.

Accessible exclusively via the resort’s own amphibious seaplane, Bawah Reserve – and its six previously uninhabited, forest-clad islands and 13 beaches of white hourglass sand – officially opened this week.

Tess Willcox, executive Director of WRD, said the ecologically-sound resort in an untouched corner of Indonesia is the perfect addition to the company’s portfolio of likeminded resorts.

“Our company is founded on the premise of making sustainable travel not only more ubiquitous and accessible but also more luxurious, and we are beyond thrilled to bring Bawah Reserve to the Australian and New Zealand markets.”

“The property is one of the rare gems in the world and our team could not be more passionate about the product and its Bawah Anambas Foundation, which channels funds back into the local community and marine conservation site.”

“Bawah Reserve epitomises the concept of ‘all-inclusive luxury’ – it is the only retreat in Asia to include spa treatments in the price of booking and it houses a maximum of 70 guests at any one time, which makes each guest feel as though they’re escaping to their own private island,” Tess said.

Bawah Reserve General Manager, Tom Blachere, worked alongside renowned architect, Sim Boon Yang (founder partner and director of, to create a design that strikes a harmonious balance luxury and modernity, while upholding its strong and sustainable approach towards the resort and its natural surroundings.

Bawah Reserve is the first island group in Indonesia to be powered by a renewable microgrid; no heavy machinery is allowed on the island, so every mechanical process – from recycling stones to breaking boulders for building material – has been done by hand; all water is sourced on the island and recycled as drinking water; and the entire resort was hand-built from sustainable bamboo and other recycled material, such as driftwood and copper.

Tess commented on Indonesia’s popularity amongst travellers from Australia and New Zealand, as well as the growing trend towards sustainable travel.

“More and more travellers these days are seeking authentic experiences that are about more than just good service and good views,” she explained. “They’re looking for experiences that are meaningful because they are deeply-rooted in preserving local culture, customs and habitats, and because they don’t have a negative impact on the planet.”

“Bawah Reserve offers all of this and more – it’s obviously an iconic romantic or honeymoon destination, but it also caters to outdoor adventurers as well as paradise seekers with an appetite for indulgence,” she said.

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