Bawah shortlisted for HICAP award

SINGAPORE, 6 October 2017: A USD30 million luxury resort, Bawah Island, has been shortlisted for the Reggie Shiu Development of the Year Award by Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP).

Considered one of Asia-Pacific’s most established and recognised conferences for the hotel investment and development community, the award recognises a single development of the year that represents “accomplishments in hospitality.”

Developed as an ecologically sound destination, Bawah Island, is part of Indonesia’s Anambas archipelago, a cluster of five islands surrounded by 3 lagoons and 13 white beaches.

The award body looks at a range of criteria from overcoming challenges to completion, scale, innovation, quality and return on investment. It was created to honour the memory of Reggie Shiu, one of the leading pioneers in Asia’s hotel industry and a key player establishing AccorHotels across the region. Shiu died in the 2004 Asian tsunami, while visiting South Thailand for a Christmas break.

The recipient will be determined by a special committee comprising senior level industry participants.

With the ambition to create a self-sustaining zero carbon footprint, Bawah aims to conserve the pristine nature of its eco-system through the use of the latest technologies in renewable living and permaculture.

Retaining Bawah’s mission of providing a luxurious, authentic travel experience in a sustainable and community-enriching manner, all tented suites and public areas are made of recycled materials like bamboo, teak and copper.

No heavy machinery has been used during its construction so every mechanical process – from recycling stones to breaking boulders for building material – has been done by hand. Areas that are not vital for construction have been fenced and protected.

An official marine conservation area in which fishing, anchoring and collection of any marine life is forbidden, Bawah will be supporting a foundation protecting oceans and flora with the objective of turning the Anambas into a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Bawah will also be a pilot site for REIDS (Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator Singapore), which aims to see 90% of Indonesia’s off-grid population provided with renewable energy through new ‘micro-grids’ that will integrate renewable energy sources.

Shortlisted as one of the finalists, Bawah Island owner and executive director, Tim Hartnoll commented: “We wanted to create a ‘natural luxury’ experience while upholding a strong and sustainable approach towards the resort and its natural surroundings and I’m delighted to see our efforts recognised.”

The HICAP awards will be presented at the 28th annual HICAP, from 18 to 20 October 2017 at the InterContinental Hong Kong.