Indonesia

Telunas Private Island, Dec 2015

My ideal getaway is one that does not require getting on an airplane because it generally means less commuting fuss. Hence, when I came across a travel article featuring the private villas of Telunas Private Island, which is just 2 ferries ride away from Singapore, I immediately checked it out online, and was sold by the beautiful pictures posted.

My 2 nights stay at the exclusive villas proved that this gem in the Riau Islands of Sugi, is everything and much more than promised in the pictures. Telunas, designed to be a true getaway from the hectic city life of Singapore, just 50 km away, does not come with WIFI, air conditioner, or TV, but there is a myriad of activities to choose from : kayaking, stand up paddling, guided village tours, trek to waterfalls, cooking demonstrations, wine appreciations, star gazing….

Apart from the commando mosquitoes and pretty average meals provided, I have nothing but praises for the quality of this resort and the excellent service provided. Having years of experience in geo-tourism, the founders of Telunas are attentive to every detail and left no stone unturned in ensuring the comfort of their guests.

On clear nights, the star filled sky proved to be the highlight of the trip. I spent hours on my villa balcony enjoying many  shooting stars amidst the serenity of the night, wishing upon the stars that I will be able to make yearly visits to recharge my frazzled city soul, so as to start each new year refreshed and rejuvenated.

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The exclusive villas with excellent sea views.
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View from my balcony, where I spent many hours zoning out.
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Pool at the villa.
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Dining Area
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Kayaking across to Telunas beach opposite. Took just 20 min to reach, but because of the opposing current carrying us off our path, we took 1 hr to return!
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Hammocks at Telunas Beach
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The more economically priced chalets on Telunas Beach. Looks like the Maldives of South East Asia does it not?
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The dining and communal area for chalet goers.
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Delightful display of local crafts.
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Jetty jump deck at Telunas Beach
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Back to my villa on the private island.
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Path leading to my villa

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