Nikoi is a private island owned by a small group of expatriates 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 a 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 seemed unheard of.
The owners stumbled across the island in 2001 and acquired the leasehold titles to the island in 2004. Building began in earnest in January 2005 and in May 2007 Nikoi was opened to the public.
The design of the buildings masterfully blends local materials and massive pieces of driftwood with a vernacular design to create dwellings that are gracefully intertwined with the natural environment.
The unique design of the buildings incorporates a double vaulted roof which acts like a chimney stack drawing up the hot air and keeping the houses cool thus avoiding the need for air-conditioning. Working on site, the accommodation, swimming pool and various bars have been designed around the natural canvas of the island. The end result is the structures have a real sense of belonging.
Best labeled as ‘Luxury Survivor’ or ‘Crusoe Luxe’ it is a concept that has not been seen in the region before. Coupled with the fact this has been done on a truly private island makes Nikoi truly unique.
Nikoi has quickly become a popular destination for Singapore residents and visitors from further a field. Many of these guests regularly return making it their preferred escape from busy Singapore. As a result Nikoi Island is typically fully booked months in advance.
In 2009 the owners of Nikoi formed The Island Foundation to help the local community develop in a sustainable manner. For more information on The Island Foundation please go to the “Our Commitment” section on this website or visit the foundation website.