Last month, we had an awesome opportunity to plan and coordinate the wedding of Ben & Joy on Nikoi Island, a private island in Bintan, Indonesia. It was such an out-of-the-world experience for us and their guests, out of the bustling city and past rows of tanker ships that crowd Singapore’s water. Let us introduce this place as your potential wedding venue.
When you are searching for wedding inspiration and discovered the destination wedding category on a website; do you feel that a seed has been planted and a destination wedding itch starting to grow and whisper: “I should spend my wedding budget on my family and close friends, and treat them to a beach holiday…”
There are a few points that can trigger your need for a destination wedding at the beach:
- a picturesque destination (all the soft white sandy beaches, the clear sea and sky)
- it was where you were proposed to/ proposed
- an intimate and small number of guests
- natural wedding backdrops
- you long for a memorable celebration where everyone can relax and have a short getaway
- your guests collect immigration stamps
- but all you need is an excuse to have one…
Let us tempt you first with white sandy beaches of the stunning Nikoi Island, which can materialise if you go on a short two and a half hour journey (ferry ride, land transport and speedboat) from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
And the pictures above are just brief introductions to what Nikoi has to offer.
Nikoi Island has 15 beach houses and can host family groups of up to 60 and you have to book the whole island with a minimum of two nights. The island is exclusive for you for this period. We loved that there were swinging day beds, wooden stairs, traditional Indonesian architecture and modern amenities. At night, you can hear the gentle wave splashing, watch the stars right from your balcony and the occasional rumbling of passing boats. Away from all the city noise and air-conditioning.
For dining, there are 3 bars and 2 dinning areas (approximately 100sqm each) and you can have Barbecues(BBQ) lunch or dinner by the pool side or on the sand spit by the lagoon. We also rate their variety of locally sourced seafood, fresh salads and local cuisine a 9/10! We were very satisfied with all our meals!
You can just dig your feet into the sand while dining too.
Don’t worry about entertaining your guest. There will never be a dull moment on the Nikoi, there are land, sea and children activities and Winston even kayaked around the whole island and finished with jumping off the jetty. We have a very gutsy wedding coordinator!
It is a great island for a wedding (not a bad idea as a honeymoon destination too). Their staff are all very smiley, helpful, friendly and great to work with.
Now, you just need to worry how you want your ceremony to be.
Please check out their package here : Weddings at Nikoi Island
Note: Nikoi does not provide wedding decorations, flowers or wedding celebrants (solemnisers) and they recommend that you engage a wedding planner. If you are feeling really brave and want to coordinate your beach wedding yourself without a planner, you’ll need to pay a surcharge of S$500. So make sure you get one.
Stay tune for the next post about the wedding!