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We spent Christmas in Singapore. Of those 2 weeks the highlight was our 3 days staying at Telunas Resort on their private island site. Along with the Private Island’s luxurious over-water villas, we also had the chance to experience the fantastic family-friendly facilities on the neighbouring Telunas Beach Resort site, for a slightly different slice of island life. This post is an honest review of the Telunas island resorts.

Telunas Private Island Over Water Villas
Good morning paradise! Sunrise from our over-water villa. The villas are equipped with good coffee and cafetieres. I could sit here, coffee in hand, and enjoy the view of fishermen setting their nets and sea eagles swooping while my children slept on.

The 2 Telunas resorts are separated by 1.3 Km of water, a short boat ride or, for my husband, a good swim, between the two.

We didn’t know what to expect but what we found on these twin resorts was paradise.

This was by far the best hotel experience we’ve ever had, and we’ve had a few.

When I heard that there was no wi-fi or phone coverage on the island, alarm bells rang, I hate to be bored, as do the kids, but Telunas kept us all busy for our entire stay and I didn’t even need to bring a book.

That was a big surprise. Simplicity, luxury, beauty, nature, good food and adventure rolled into an amazing package by Telunas Resorts.

Find our review, thoughts and experiences here on our travel blog. We were guests of Telunas Resort, all thoughts are our own and we are never obliged to write positive reviews.

The islands housing the Telunas Private Island and Telunas Beach Resorts are in Indonesia, but these hotels are easily accessed from Singapore by ferry and then by private boat.

This is going to be a huge post because there is just so much to talk about.

Staying at Telunas Resorts, Our Video, Our Family Experience


Over Water Villas or Bungalows at Telunas Private Island Resort

Telunas Private Island Villas. Over Water Bungalows
Wow! This is just my style, rustic but sophisticated, bright, cool and in touch with nature. We could throw open the windows to let the sea breezes through and hear and glimpse the lapping green water beneath our feet. Luxury finishes, special touches, this is how to get things right.


Bed and Beds for Children at Telunas Island Private Resort
Get off my bed child! The King-size bed downstairs is family-friendly but there are also twin beds on the mezzanine level. The steps to this level are very steep and maybe not ideal for small children or anyone with mobility problems.
Recycled wood Telunas Private Island Carpenters and furniture
I don’t think I’ve ever put a photo of a floor in a hotel review before but I just loved this! The whole resort was abundantly stocked with reused, recycled and weathered timbers. There is a carpenter’s shop on the island where local craftsmen create masterpieces for the resorts. Walking barefoot on these wooden boards throughout our villa (except the bathroom, which was tiled ) with the green sea beneath was such a lovely experience.

Our over-water villa was equipped with good quality toiletries, citronella mosquito repellent and heavenly massage oil.

Little touches like these lift the whole experience to a new level and were sorely missed when we checked into our next hotel on Sentosa Island.

As mentioned we had good coffee, tea and Milo plus a dispenser for both boiling and chilled drinking water.

Telunas even supply umbrellas in case it rained or to keep the hot sun off.

The villa was very open to the sea breezes and we found it cool and comfortable. We safely left doors and windows open at night and never saw a mosquito in the house.

In the forest of the island’s interior there were a few but none in the resort area. The natural air circulation made air conditioning redundant and there was plenty of hot water for showers.

Food, Dining, Coffee and Drinking (Our Favourite Things!)

In all honesty , Indonesia doesn’t have such a great reputation as a foodie destination.

We’ve been to Bali previously and I think I enjoy Indonesian food more than most.

I prefer to avoid meat where I can so dishes like Indonesian gado gado ( vegetables with a peanut sauce) are a favourite of mine.

My husband is an executive chef, so he has a keen interest in food and a critical eye, he wasn’t expecting wonders, but the food we enjoyed in the Telunas restaurant was extremely good.

It was varied, high quality and prepared with love. 

The restaurant on the Private Island provides 3 good meals every day. Guests can enjoy a small buffet at each sitting along with plated main courses.

A lunch and dinner menu with 3-4 dishes allowed guests to pick a dish in advance. There were good choices and I think the staff went out of their way to find me vegetarian options.

My husband was most impressed by his steak dish at dinner, he said it was the best steak he’d had since leaving London, good quality meat, cooked well.

I have far too many food and menu pictures to share from Telunas resort, so, in time, I’ll put more in a separate post.

If you have younger children there is an extensive kids’ menu featuring chicken and chips, meatballs, pizza and so on.

All of the dishes on this menu are good quality, not frozen reheated junk. My tween used this menu once or twice, my young teen was more than happy with the adult menu.

Lunch at Telunas private island
Indonesian nasi campur, turmeric rice, skewers of prawn, squid and fish, tofu, tempeh, prawn crackers and a fiery sambal, a lunchtime main course. There is also a full children’s menu if you have kids who would prefer pizza, meatballs or chicken and chips. There is no frozen junk on the kids’ menu, it’s all good quality “real” food.
Breakfast menu at Telunas Private Island
As well as a small buffet selection of fruit, pastries, cereal, soup and hot dishes, guests could enjoy a plated hot breakfast. It was great to have a choice of local coffee beans to try.

For the first time ever, we encountered a choice of coffees at breakfast, this was such a lovely touch and we tried the 3 beans on offer.

As mentioned, good coffee was also provided in the over-water villas.

Bar at Telunas Private Island
The pool bar has a real laid back beach shack feel. Plenty of cocktails and mocktails on offer.

The resort has a beautiful bar near the pool and guests can also order alcoholic drinks and wine to be served in the restaurant with dinner.

Some guests had brought their own alcoholic beverages from the duty-free shops at the ferry port, the resort had no problem with this and each person’s stash was neatly labelled and stored in the “honesty fridge”.

This honesty fridge had a selection of soft drinks and beers that guests could help themselves to and pay for on departure. Just another feature that added to the relaxed island vibe.

Things to Do on Telunas Private Island

This isn’t just a beach resort. There is a beach, a pool and a spa but guests can also use all manner of sporting equipment including kayaks and stand up paddleboards.

Fishing from the jetties is popular and staff can provide you with hand lines and bait.

There are plenty of toys, games and books for children and a kids club offers activities and crafts.

This island is its own nature reserve and conservation zone, take a stroll around the woodland footpaths, you’ll certainly see the resident monitor lizards, birds and butterflies, if you’re very lucky you may sight the sea otters and tiny mouse deer.

A good walk or run around this island is an absolute pleasure. The far side of the island conceals a deserted secret beach and the island’s mangrove and turtle conservation projects.

After dinner you can enjoy a beach bonfire and toast marshmallows and spot the thousands of hermit crabs (they say there are horse shoe crabs too) that scuttle up the beach at night.

For even more fun you need to take the daily shuttles to the Telunas Beach Resort and the activities this island offers. All of this equipment is available for free, there are no hidden extra costs.

Things to do at Telunas Beach Resort

Telunas Resorts Beach Resort Diving Platform
This was a winner with my boys as you can imagine. There’s 10 m of height and the tide needs to be in to make high jumping and diving safe. The less fearless can jump off the jetty.

The Telunas Beach Resort is the more rustic, less luxurious destination or the two Telunas islands.

The bay here is long , shallow and safe making it better for kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding than the private island site.

This island also has a fantastic high jumping platform and jungle ropes course.

Guests at the private island can take the private launch over to this sister resort and use the facilities or enjoy the beach at any time.

The trip between the two islands although only 1.3 Km is a challenging swim due to strong currents, my husband (an excellent open water swimmer) completed it in just over an hour, staff kept a watchful eye on him as they will for any guests who wants to take on the swim.

Telunas Beach Ropes Course
So much fun for everyone, a short hike into the jungle took us to this low-level ropes course, a good challenge for the boys and my Ironman and good fun even for my 51-year-old overweight self.

We have a little video featuring the Telunas ropes course and high diving above..

Telunas beach water sports
The calm bay at Telunas beach resort is perfect for kayaking or paddle boarding. That’s me out there, first time on a SUP and it was much easier than I anticipated.

Getting to Telunas Private Island or Telunas Beach Resort from Singapore

Telunas Private Island Jetty
Your island will be waiting for you. The arrival jetty at the private island.

It’s really not far!

First we took the public ferry from Singapore to Sekupang Port on Batam, it was a good, modern high-speed ferry and seemed way healthier than the ferry we took from Langkawi to Penang the week before (which broke down) .

Batam island is in Indonesia so this is where visitors deal with customs and immigration. This part of the journey takes under an hour.

Telunas representatives meet guests at the ferry port and transfer people and bags to their private launch. It’s a fast trip in a high power small boat and the surroundings are absolutely stunning.

Unspoiled islands, traditional stilt fishing villages and abundant fish traps gave me a feeling of real travel,  I’m a traveller first rather than a holidaymaker and I loved getting a glimpse of this part of the world.

The resorts’ private jetty is pictured above, the launch features in the video.

Island near Singapore. Family Travel in Indonesia, Telunas Resorts

Contact Telunas Private Island or Telunas Beach Resort

You can find the website here for Telunas Private Island.

The website for Telunas Beach Resort is here.

Address: Ruko Imperium Superblock Block B No. 35&36
Jalan Sudirman, Taman Baloi, Batam Center, Batam 29432. Indonesia

Instagram: @telunas_resorts
Facebook: @TelunasResorts
Phone: +62 811 7710951

Finding the Best Deals and Booking Telunas Resorts

Try the Telunas websites (above) for latest offers. Agoda (here) is our usual booking engine particularly for Asia, but we’ve been unable to find Telunas Resorts on this site so far.


What can I say? We loved this place. It’s rare that you find somewhere that gets everything right for your family but for us it was perfect. This blend of nature, the great outdoors, good food and exciting physical activities were perfect for me, my ultra-athlete husband and my teen and tween children. We highly recommend Telunas Private Island and the superb fun of Telunas Beach.

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

21 thoughts on “Telunas Resort Indonesia – Near Singapore”

  1. One of my dream destination here in Asia. Hopefully I can go there this year and thanks for your website!

    • We hope you do too Ryza, it certainly is a very special island resort.

  2. Hi thank you so much for your review we are deciding beteeen three at the moment and wondering if you ever got to – Misool Eco Resort (Raja Ampat) or Papua paradise eco resort ?

  3. I have been looking for a place to break up our journey back to Australia from Europe (and get a little taste of Asia) and Telunas Beach looks perfect!

  4. We’ll be in Singapore next month. Telunas sounds like it would make an awesome destination from there! SUP boarding is great fun, isn’t it?

  5. It sounds like a perfect combination of relaxation and things to do. And the area sounds lovely! I too prefer to see the “travelling” side of life, rather than built up holiday destinations and this sounds like it has a local feel while still providing the luxuries! Amazing!

  6. Looks wonderful. Pleased you enjoyed your wifi break! Do you know if they could accommodate our large family (2 adults and 4 children) in one villa?

    • I suspect they could, there’s plenty of space and the big bed is huge, but you’d have to check with them, there may be fire regulations. The Beach Resort the other side has dorms for big groups and a totally different set up, so that might be better. A better beach for kids who like the water too.

  7. This sounds amazing! We’re also a very active family so the watersports sound good for us. I could do with a bit of luxury by a pool occasionally too. I might skip the 1.3km sea swim though! 🙂

  8. That looks idyllic but active too-perfect combination. I’ve never really been drawn to that part.of the world but this is very tempting. 🙂

    • Yes it’s something really different, it ticked all our boxes. I had my National Geographic moments seeing the hundreds of tiny islands and their fishing communities, there was real interaction with local staff, great food, wildlife, and all that fun stuff.

  9. It looks and sounds like paradise. I love the idea of unlimited water sports (still need to try SUP!) and especially the nature reserve. This has made me super homesick for Bali, Nasi Campur is in my blood. What a fab Christmas for you all, we will have to check it out next time we’re near!

  10. Thanks for the article! We have been waiting to read all about your stay! It was definitely a tropical paradise island and what fun for the boys. A destination that we will certainly keep in mind when we are next in Singapore.


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