THE CEMPEDAK STORY

Cempedak is a 17-hectare private island 9km off the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia. Located 91km from Singapore, the travel time from Tanah Merah ferry terminal is approximately two and a half hours.

Surrounded by unspoilt islands it is one of only a handful of private islands along this beautiful coast.  Cempedak is ringed with white sandy beaches and studded with magnificent white granite boulders.  Rising to a height of 40m, the island boasts a rain forest that provides sanctuary to a diverse population of local birds including hornbills, eagles and kingfishers.  Other residents on the island include the critically endangered pangolin and a family of otters.

The architecture is dramatic and unique. Bamboo has been used throughout and in ways not seen before.  Crescent-shaped curved roofs made from a local grass provide a natural symmetry to the environment and at the same time protection from the elements.  With private plunge pools in each villa, huge decks, the guest accommodation is very private and very spacious.  This is “simple barefoot luxury” in a sublime natural setting.

Our history

Cempedak is owned by the same small group who created Nikoi Island.  Nikoi opened in 2007 and quickly became a popular escape for those looking for an escape from the maddening crowd.  The owners have all lived in Asia for most of their working lives and share a passion for the outdoors, nature, food and wine.

The inspiration to develop Nikoi and subsequently Cempedak came through disenchantment with the standard of holiday accommodation on offer within easy reach of Singapore. It was either flea-ridden shacks or opulently garish five-star hotels. Cultural sensitivity, vernacular design, good service and simple luxuries seemed unheard of.

The success of Nikoi led the owners to look for another island to develop.  The lessons learnt from Nikoi and a passion for being sensitive to both the environment, the local culture and to engage the local community inspired them to use bamboo as the primary building material on Cempedak.

The design of the buildings masterfully blends a vernacular design to create dwellings that are gracefully intertwined with the natural environment.

The unique design of the villas incorporates a huge crescent-shaped roof which helps capture cool breezes releasing the hot air and keeping the villas cool thus avoiding the need for air-conditioning.

Working on site all of the buildings have been designed around the natural canvas of the island. The end result is structures that have a real sense of belonging.

Best labelled as ‘Luxury Survivor’ or ‘Crusoe Luxe’ it is a concept that has not been seen in the region before. Coupled with the fact this has been done on a truly private island makes Cempedak truly unique.

No children under the age of 16

The island has a strict policy of not allowing children under the age of 16 to visit. If you are travelling with children then you might be interested in visiting our sister property Nikoi Island.