Hi guys! I went somewhere with no WiFi for 3 days and survived!!!!!!! This place is amazing. It’s a beautiful private island near Singapore in the Riau Islands of Indonesia. Let’s kick start with a 1 minute video of the sea villa that I stayed in at Telunas Resorts, in particular, the private island. I stayed in villa 15, the furthest end of the island and I loved the spectacular wide-angle views of the sea.
Wooohooooooo!!!!!!! It’s amazing isn’t it?! This was my first time staying in a private sea villa with no phone, no computer, no tv and no internet! The villa is a spacious 90 sq m home which comes with a sitting room, private balcony, king sized bed, a children’s loft, and with distinctive furnishings made from upcycled wooden boats. I’ve learnt to reconnect with what’s important – nature and pure relaxation. There’s no stress and nothing to distract you from spending quality time with your loved ones. It’s a pleasant contrast to the daily hustle and bustle in Singapore.
Aside from the assorted buffet breakfast available, you can order from the menu as well, such as Nasi uduk komplit, eggs benedict, french toasts, eggs dishes (scrambled, omelette, sunny-side up, etc), waffles and others. You must try the eggs benedict. It’s way too good!!!!!!! The delightful cuisine embraces a diverse blend of traditional Indonesian food with some western cultural influences.
Lunch comes with free flow soup of the day, bread, salad buffet, main course (e.g. Indonesia beef redang) and dessert. The combination of the breathtaking view and delightful tastes made me content. Interestingly, the staff will write the menu of the day on a blackboard using chalks.
Dining at Telunas has in fact given me one of the best vast and calming sea view that I could ever ask for. Dinner will be served with appetizer, bread, main course of your choice and dessert. I like the dining experience a lot because it’s very quiet and peaceful. No music at all. I could even hear the sea waves and birds chirping while admiring the white sandy beaches and the sea as I eat.
I even had the luxury of time to enjoy art jamming at the huge balcony of my villa! It’s a great feeling slowly painting in the amazing view while enjoying the sea breeze. I felt I became so much more calmer and patient with myself.
As night falls, I played with sparkles at the beach while admiring the moon and stars in the sky. The sky is full of stars man! Felt like dreamland.
I’m most proud of my fervent kayaking around the private island to see the mangroves. I spotted a beautiful blue kingfisher but it was too fast for me to snap its photo. The waters are mostly calm and easy to kayak. Just in case you’re wondering, kayaking is free of charge for the guests of Telunas Private Island.
I took 40 minutes in the morning to kayak towards the beach resort side. I’m so glad I made it!!!!!!!
Over at the beach resort side, you can relax on a hammock with lots of shades and read a book.
Otherwise, simply stare at the beautiful sun, sand and sea for all you want! The tranquility awes me. Don’t worry, you don’t have to kayak back to the private island if you don’t wish to, you can wait for the 11am shuttle boat to shuttle you back!
When I got back to Telunas private island, I played beach ball at the infinity pool! Thank God for a cool and not too sunny weather. I enjoyed soaking in the waters.
I also tried stand-up paddleboard! It’s so fun and it’s free of charge too! However, it’s actually not that easy especially when the waves go against you as you struggle to continue standing up. My legs got wobbly man.
For those that are afraid of the sun, you can simply hide in your villa or just chill out at the private balcony while enjoying a panoramic view of the Riau Islands. For me, I laid on the couch and admired the beautiful sight of the light blue sky.
Can I stay here forever please?!
I managed to tan a bit at the jetty area while waiting for the sunset. Thank God for the windy evening!
Look at that crazy little sun of a beach…….
I hope you ain’t bored by my back view yet…. Just bear with me, a few more to go……..
Even though it’s a bit bright for my eyes, I still am amazed by the changes of the sky colors every minute.
The best part is when you get to see the sun kiss the ocean! Light and Darkness is just a minute apart.
This siao char bor is all geared up for the night!!!!!!!
Here’s bringing to you Picasso Phua!!!! My second art jam painted entirely by yours truly to showcase my colorful and fruitful day, especially the kayaking and sunset experience!
The night sparkled with my “fireworks” invention under a dark sky full of shining stars and a round moon.
I can’t bear to leave Telunas private island on the last day. Really. It’s secluded and restful, and I’ve already totally disconnected with busy schedules and routine internet surfing. The staff are so genuine and hospitable. I felt like we are family.
I borrowed a sarong before heading for the village tour as I was advised to respect the culture by being dressed in clothes covering the shoulders and skirts or pants covering the knees.
The village that I visited is known as the Sugie Village. According to the Telunas staff, it’s the biggest village amongst all the other small villages around that area. Sugie Village is about a 10 to 15 minutes shuttle boat ride from Telunas Private Island. It’s very peaceful and I can really experience the locals lifestyle.
The children are so carefree and play simple football with one another.
There is even a place for the swallows to make bird nest!!! Gosh. Look at so many of them flying around their huge nests / homes!
Sugie Island may look like a typical rundown village, but it still has most of the facilities that the villages need for their day to day living such as their homes, a power station, water supply, school, religious temples, cemetery, etc. Unfortunately, the nearest hospital is about a 20 minutes boat ride away in the nearest small town.
You can also see animals like goats, roosters, chickens, ducks, cats and dogs all around. Aside from the fishes, crabs and squids caught by the fishermen, the villagers also rear those live animals for food.
It’s a small village but everyone there lives in harmony regardless of race, language or religion. There’s a mosque for the Muslims and a Chinese temple next to it as well.
It’s rare to find Chinese temples featuring magnificent pagodas that are situated near the seas nowadays.
I like that Sugie Island’s Chinese temple takes on the pink color theme! It emits a sweet and princess-ish feel which got me thinking of how encouraging and attractive the younger generation might find and in turn be more open and interested to explore the religion.
I love the design of this structure that happened to be situated besides the small cemetery.
Some of the boats and sampans that we sit on are also made in Sugie’s village by the villagers. They also sell and export them to other parts of Indonesia as a source of income and living for themselves. One boat can fetch around 3 to 4 million rupiah!
Amongst the simple houses, there are also some nicely decorated / built ones like this which probably belongs to the richer villagers on the island. Some friendly villagers will even smile and say hello as you walk past their homes.
All in all, I loved the cultural experience of Sugie Village. It was eye-opening and a great insight into the villagers life. Even back at Telunas Private Island, I could feel a strong energizing of my soul as I escaped city life and entered a remote island holiday life. Thank you Telunas Resorts for this unique and slow-paced lifestyle experience and the wonderful memories.
Thanks for reading!