I’ve been meaning to post some photos from last week’s site visit to the island with our architects, interior designers and engineers. We had blue skies and sunshine all day, the sea was mirror-flat, the waters crystal clear. We swapped in our wooden fisherman’s boat for a fibreglass fast one for the sake of time efficiency (15 minutes from Mersing jetty to Pulau Tengah!). The only downside was that I didn’t have a single moment to swim or snorkel all day – although we did get a chance to take a quick look at the coral through the water when we arrived as the tide was extremely high and the water extremely clear…
Nevertheless, the trip was very productive. We have now finalised the placement of our swimming pool, decided on the final layout for our villa bathrooms, worked out where to put our children’s playhouse, given our engineers the problem of designing an economically efficient yet ecological waste water solution (based on the lay of the land and the layout of the resort) and have – I think – finally settled on a design for our bar.
Our attempt to cultivate some indigenous island plants (as screeners) in our “nursery” is working well and I’m excited to have found that the builders have made some great home-made carts which can be used to move luggage and all sorts around the resort once we operate. They are now used for carting around construction materials but once that’s done, they can be spruced-up with some sandpaper and re-incarnated as luggage trolleys. PLUS they match the villas (as they appear to be made from off cuts from construction).
Here are some of the photos from the day.
We arrived at high tide (almost 3m) and were able to go all the way onto the beach on our boat...
...where we were greeted with some delicious home-grown coconuts
Transparent waters - perfect snorkelling weather...
Looking north-west from the restaurant. Prime views of the sun setting over mainland from this spot - imagine loungey sofas and a cold drink of choice in hand.
Follow this walkway and you get to the "long beach" or "pasir panjang" where you'll find our beach bar and island and reef centre.
YP (our architect) and Hashim (one of our contractors) discuss the best width for individual steps. I think they decided on 30cm.
Sham (ID) deliberates on where to position the bar without blocking the view.
Nurturing the "green leafy plant". If anyone knows its proper name, let us know.
A home-made rainwater harvesting system at one of the builder's huts.
This sandy path heads through the coconut grove to the southern villas.
Views of Pulau Besar from the bar with mainland in the distance
Leaving the island at the end of the day