“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
As they say, travel is the only thing you spend on that makes you richer; it gives more than it takes. The most precious part of every trip, every journey is to witness and experience things and people in their most genuine form. Eventually, everything and everyone gets better over time and what used to be will run down the stream and loses its essence to the ocean of wonder.
Found myself in a new establishment in the Riau Islands of Indonesia. Putting the mind, body and soul to good rest somewhere not so far away from reality. Just two boat rides; two and a half floating hours with the weather transitioned from gloomy to glorious upon arrival, Telunas Resorts greeted with a warm welcome at its recent extended branch; a newly launched island bought in June 2014, known as Telunas Private Island. Unless you opt for a sim card, zero network connectivity had me at hello.
Sitting next to its existing flagship beach resort located on Sugi Island, of which, they also have the entire island to themselves but bigger compared to the new, and with more facilities. While both locations have overwater rooms, the private island is an all sea villas concept with more spacious private decks. My love for sea villas goes as deep as the ocean bed!
Harnessing the thought of slightly different target audiences, this private island is perfect for those who seek comfort in simplicity and no better way to do with a little luxury. They offer daily boat shuttle between their two islands, as well as scheduled trips to check out the mangrove forests and villages in the vicinity.
Indeed an oasis of serenity, having my feet to the ground and losing myself in the arms of the ever-so-loving mother nature. The beauty of peace is so graceful and powerful. Easy access to paddle boards and kayaks for off-island exploration, if one finds fishing from the balcony of your overwater villa with a picturesque horizon is more of an old man’s deal. Excuse me, while I, lured by the sea and wandered freely for as far as I could go.
This place is as amazing as it gets; any more would have lost it.