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LOCATION

Raja Ampat, in Indonesia’s West Papua Province, is a diving paradise set amid over 1,500 turquoise-ringed islands, shoals, and atolls. One of the four main islands is Misool and here, on a tiny private island off of Misool’s south coast, you’ll find this eponymous resort with its Balinese-style overwater villas connected by wooden walkways.

With its eco-conscious approach, you’ll find your luxury stay constructed from reclaimed tropical hardwoods and filled with handcrafted furnishings created by the resort’s Javanese artisans. The eight ‘water cottages’ look out over the luminous North Lagoon with its astonishing water clarity and colorful biodiversity.

The four deluxe villas, tucked into the verdant jungle foliage, look out over the island’s white-sand beaches. Wherever you decide to lay your head on this private island paradise you’ll find tranquillity and swift access to engrossing underwater experiences.

Afterward, restore yourself ahead of your next remarkable undersea encounters with banana fritters drizzled in shaved white chocolate following a delicious Asian or Western-influenced meal using locally sourced ingredients.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

It’s the only place to stay on the island and provides access to 300,000 acres of protected marine reserve. Plunging into those azure depths you’ll swim among all manner of colorful and bewitching marine life.

Helping to ensure that what you expect to find beneath the waves at Misool stays that way is the resort’s conservation initiatives. One of the world’s leading hotel’s in marine conservation, you can learn about its work while staying there, programs such as creating sanctuaries for manta rays, setting up a recycling scheme for ocean-bound plastics, and guarding nesting sites for endangered turtle species.