If you’re trying to avoid the airport at all costs, Nikoi Island (for bookings call 9635-1950) is perfect for a weekend getaway. This brand spanking new resort opening May 1 is conveniently located just off Bintan, only two-and-a-half hours away by ferry and overland. But don’t expect a mass family resort—this is luxury and exclusivity. The island has been kept in pristine condition (think white sands, granite boulders along the coast and native rain forest) for the tenants of the 15 beach houses to enjoy. Hammocks and sand floors encourage visitors to just relax and soak it all in, and each beach house has direct access to the ocean. Finally a classy and chic island retreat that’s just on our doorstep. Rates start at USD229 per house per night.