Your name – Simone
Who were your travel companions – Husband, Miss 7, Miss 5 and Miss 4
What was the location of your holiday – Nikoi Island, Indonesia
How did you get there – High speed ferry from Singapore to Bintan Island, private car across Bintan followed by 20 minute speedboat ride
What time of year did you travel – August, 2015
Length of stay – Three nights
What was the weather like – Warm and sunny with a gentle ocean breeze
Accommodation – Nikoi Island
Style (Hotel, Apartment, B&B) – Private island with villas
Room type booked – One bedroom with a downstairs bunk room (the bunk room sleeps two, we had one of the daybeds upstairs made into a bed for the third child)
Facilities – ceiling fans, iPod speaker, safe, wi-fi, mosquito nets
- Disconnecting from the world as Nikoi is a private island there are no cars allowing a great sense of freedom
- Story book accommodation, feels like something out of Robinson Crusoe
- The food!
- Friendly and accommodating staff who love children, they will know everyone’s name by the end of the first day
- No need for shoes
- Kids club
- Sand in your bed… I brief my children they are not allowed near my bed
- If you have toddlers be prepared not to take your eyes off them
Would you stay there again? Absolutely, we have just been for the second time
Could you recommend any restaurants/cafes/bars for eating out with children?
The decision is made for you, there are only two restaurants, one of which caters for families. Decision making is also made easy as the kitchen prepares one dish for children (main and dessert) and adults (entree, main and dessert) each meal time. The staff talk you through the menu at the preceding meal and are happy to offer an alternative to meet dietary requirements. The food is absolutely delicious and we find our children eating things they may refuse at home. Breakfast is an absolute feast with house-made granola, fresh fruit and juice, local pastries plus an entire cooked selection. Importantly, flat whites and espressos can be ordered. Lunch and dinner is a mix of Asian and Western. Children’s meals range from burgers to stir fries. The food is an absolute highlight for us.
Things to do?
- Swimming! If the wind is blowing the right way the sea can be like glass otherwise there is a swimming pool with a wading pool attached.
- The beach is lovely white sand and a short swim from the shore there is a trampoline on an inflatable float ready for fun
- Kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing and diving
- Tennis, Boules and Croquet
Saving the best until last one of the most unique Kids’ Clubs you will ever find. The kids can hang out in an over-sized, open-air hut kitted out with beanbags and hammocks. Climb the treehouse or play pirates in the near to life ship. The friendly band of “brothers” who run the club fill the days with making bows and arrows, daggers, jewellery and the like from bamboo, shells and whatever can be recycled or found on the beach. Activities include jetty jumping, nature walks, hunting and their very own Hunger Games. If your children are quite young you will probably want to tag along but the older children form a gang and run around the island while you relax. At 5pm every day a riotous treasure hunt takes place. A bonfire is held on the beach each night followed by a movie (if they can stay awake after the busy day). Meaning mum and dad can decamp to the adults only restaurant.