Nikoi is a private resort island with beachfront villas owned by a small group of friends who have 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 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 and simple luxuries were seemingly unheard of. With that in mind, the concept of Nikoi was born.
Through Construction & Food sustainability: Nikoi used local driftwood in the building of the accommodation, bars and dining areas. Local materials, labour and techniques where followed, and villas have been designed to reduce energy-guzzling norms such as air conditioning. A fixed menu reduces food waste, and 90 per cent of ingredients are sourced from Nikoi’s 7-hectare permaculture farm on Bintan or local markets.
In 2016 they created The Island Foundation that now operates out of 8 Learning Centres, from which it delivers an education program with the aim of transforming education for Riau’s island communities training over 2,300 students and 1,100 teachers.
Nikoi Island Resort is working towards the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: