What do you think luxury travel looks like right now?
I believe travellers will become much more discerning in the properties in which they choose to holiday. Properties such as Bawah, which can offer a contact-less holiday in a remote paradise are poised to prosper. The bigger concern is the means of transportation; therefore, I believe private jets and charter flights will become increasingly popular.
Are you making any specific preparations ahead of your guest’s stay?
We plan to gain a greater understanding of our inbound guests’ intentions and whether they wish to mingle with other guests, or have a private and secluded stay. We suspect there will be even more emphasis on digital detox at the resort to “escape” the outside world.
I’ve learned just how quickly things can change, and the importance to try to remain a step ahead of the unknown. It has been a good lesson to value all relationships; colleagues, friends, staff and most importantly of course, family.
Tell us about how you are currently working with your immediate environment?
We work closely with the Bawah Anambas Foundation (BAF) towards a common goal to have the Anambas Islands fully sustainable and plastic free within the next two years. Projects such as extensive coral propagation, protection of green and hawksbill turtle nests and trial and error of plant and tree seedlings for increased forest conservation are ongoing. We also support the local communities through several main initiatives. We work closely with various islands: one supplies us with our fresh seafood, fished in a sustainable manner. Another which we’ve worked closely with has now set up organic farms which many of the neighbouring islands benefit from, as well as another with an upcycling facility, which again benefits Bawah Reserve and the other islands. This is in addition to the Digital English Club which teaches English to the communities as well as our team on island.