Island life at Bawah Reserve requires little more than a sarong and swimsuit. As our seaplane has a weight limit, this is the perfect time to narrow down that packing list to the bare essentials. Free laundry is provided daily so resist the urge to over pack, and remember it’s hot out here (no matter what time of year – so no coats or heavy jumpers!). Not sure where to start?
Here’s our smart island holiday packing guide:
Bawah Reserve Beach Holiday Packing List
Sunglasses – the soft sand on our 13 beaches shines bright in the midday sun (smug snigger) so you’ll need some good sunglasses!
Sun cream – we provide shampoo, conditioner and mosquito repellent so save your weight allowance for a few makeup essentials, any medication needed and sun cream (although the island shop stocks sun cream if you
2 pieces of swimwear and a rash vest (optional) for snorkeling and kayaking
1 pair flip flops – barefoot luxe Bawah certainly is, however as the villas are a spaced along the long beach you may need some beach wear/flip flops to walk on the sun-soaked wooden decks.
1 pair sports shoes (if you plan to hike the forested hills of Bawah Reserve)
Underwear, bras, sports bra (note re free laundry and you’ll be in your swim gear most of the time)
For ladies: 2 sundresses (can be used as day wear or jazzed up for evenings, with accessories like statement jewellery)
For gents: A couple of t-shirts and shorts for the day. Come evening, light shirts and one pair chinos. There’s no strict dress code for either restaurant or beach bar so shorts are welcome if you prefer.
Yoga wear/sports clothes – for daily yoga sessions or you may want to go for a beach run
Your phone (only for the camera – you’ll be wanting to take a million snaps) though there is wifi in rooms and at the bar
A good book, magazine or kindle (charging points are all universal)
What you don’t need
Diving equipment – all snorkeling and diving equipment is provided
Beach bag – all rooms come with a cute beach bag for you to use during your stay
Straw sun hats are provided in each room though you may want some waterproof hats for water sports
Beach towels – Turkish towel robes are provided and you can wear these after a swim in the sea
Hair dryer – provided (or go for beach babe hair and dry au naturel)
Heavy shoes/heels – no need for these at Bawah Reserve one of our restaurants even has the beach as its floor so no shoes necessary!
Jeans – the climate is fairly hot and humid and the restaurants and bars are al alfresco (air con is only available in bedrooms) so you wont need warm clothes – light fabrics and breathable cottons are best
Strong liquor over 24% proof is not permitted on the seaplane by airline regulations but if you like you may bring one bottle of wine per person (to be consumed in your room only and not in public areas).
Visas – Indonesia now provides special Short Stay Free Visa for tourists who are nationals of a total 169 countries who wish to travel to Indonesia. Check if your country is on the list here