The East Indies, also known as the Malay Archipelago, is strung out across the Equator between Indochina and Australia. The island chain also straddles the Pacific and Indian Oceans and includes some 25,000 islands, many of them uninhabited. Skyscanner can help you get to this scenic tropical locale. It's easy to go online and find the best hotels at the cheapest rate and to find the best airfares and routings. Parts of the East Indies are fairly remote, others quite familiar. All are well worth a visit.
Exploring the Hotels and Resorts in the East Indies
Some visitors to the East Indies just want to get away from it all. Others go in search of golf courses with ocean views from every tee, or superb reefs to explore at their chosen resort or nearby. Everyone has their own definition of paradise. The following resorts offer a window into what's available in this tropical haven.
- Bunga Raya Island Resort and Spa: This high-end beachfront spa resort is set on tranquil Bunga Raya Island. Some villas front the beach, others are surrounded by tropical forests. One unique option is an actual Treehouse, including a private hot tub. Romance, diving and spa packages are offered. The onsite restaurant has seating right on the beach or on a covered patio. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Your gateway is the Kota Kinabalu International Airport near Sabah, Malaysia. Transfer to the hotel is by private boat from the Jesselton Point Jetty in Sabah.
- Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei: This is where you go to golf in paradise. The expansive resort and golf links take up a good portion of land on the northern tip of the country of Brunei, part of Kalimantan Island. The Empire is a definite splurge property, with elegantly furnished guest rooms, suites, and villas sporting marble bathrooms and either lagoon or ocean views. The top of the line Emperor Suite, awash in reds, golds, chandeliers and Asian artwork does resemble something found in a Far Eastern palace. The 18-hole golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, has tees along the beach as well as high up on the cliffs. Five restaurants and cafes, two bars and a full-service spa are onsite. The Brunei International Airport is 23 kilometres away. Transfers may be arranged with the hotel.
- The District Boraqay: Located on an island of the same name, this boutique, low-keyed beachfront resort entices you to relax. Take a spot on a beach lounger under a cheery red umbrella and put your nose in the latest novel, all the while sipping a tropical drink. Have a soothing Thai massage in the Upperhouse Spa. It's similar to the Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage where your skin is kneaded using fragrant oils or lotions. Enjoy a cocktail at the roof-top Star Lounge then head to the second floor for a meal at the Star Lounge Restaurant. Rooms and suites are furnished in white and light earth tones, using high-end materials. Balconies overlook the gardens or the ocean. To get to Boraqay, fly into the Caticlan Airport and catch a boat ride from the Caticlan Jetty Port. It's about a 15-minute ride to the resort.