Amanwana, Moyo Island, Indonesia

Discover why Amanwana resort on Moyo Island, Indonesia, is a favourite tropical escape for celebrities, with rooms as divine as the setting.

Where is it?
On Moyo Island, a nature reserve off the coast of Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province, an hour from Denpasar by floatplane

Why is it amazing?
Pure extravagance on secluded Moyo Island; Amanwana is so exclusive it has become the much-loved tropical retreat for celebrities, including the late Princess Di.

There are only 20 canvas tents, each set under a canopy of verdant forest.

Each tent is 58 square metres, sumptuously appointed with hardwood floors, plush cotton lounges, deep soaking tubs and exquisite Indonesian artwork throughout.

Soak up the azure-blue ocean vistas from your private deck chair, indulge in a fresh fruit facial at the outdoor Jungle Cove Spa, or book an excursion to explore the 350 square-kilometre island.

Moyo Island is home to several stunning waterfalls, including three-tier Mata Jitu; it is also a sanctuary for the indigenous Rusa deer.

Have cash to splash? Consider hiring Amanikan, the resort’s three-bedroom 32-metre cruiser modelled on a traditional Makassarese sailing ship, and set sail to the Komodo Islands.

Don’t leave without
Snorkelling with sea turtles at the house reef, just metres from your tent

When to go
December to March for spotting whale sharks, giant manta rays and pilot whales; April to November for the driest weather

Double tents from $1075 per night (full board); +62 37122233;

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