Never heard of Leleu Boutique Beach Villas? We’re not surprised! This as-yet unspoilt spot in Mentawai in Indonesia is best kept a secret actually, as it has some of the most awesome surf spots, not to mention superbly stylish and comfortable accommodation in three thatched villas built in the traditional Mentawai style on a pristine beach bordered by untouched indigenous jungle. There are no roads, only footpaths, and it was the enchanting bamboo forest and mature mangoes, clove trees and sago palms that inspired the name … Leleu literally means ‘jungle’ in the local dialect.
Living here is about living simply, living close to nature. Leleu’s indoor-outdoor architectural style, with open walls and free air flow throughout its villas, is exactly what we all need on holiday – a laidback lifestyle where life slows down completely. In short, it’s a blissful escape to a more carefree way of living, a proper detox … although there is excellent WiFi.
So where are Leleu Boutique Beach Villas?Set right on the beach, this beautiful hideaway is on the little- known Mentawai islands, off Sipora island, reached via ferry from Padang in Indonesia. ‘The Mentawai islands are all about “frontier living”’, say the owners. ‘It’s one of the few remaining places like this on the planet.’ There are three villas, all powered by solar and with rainwater filtered for drinking, so it’s entirely off-grid and all about green living. Villa Isha is a little more luxurious as it has hot water, but Villa Akash and Villa Caydha have cold water only… after all, life here is about endless summer days and warm weather, even in winter!
‘The beauty of the area is all the exploring one can do,’ they say. ‘The swimming alone in front of Leleu is five-star. We are fortunate to have perfect conditions out front uninhibited by shallow coral, which is the case for the majority of establishments. Great snorkelling is everywhere and abundant. Swim and snorkel in the pristine, gin-clear mangroves. Go spearfishing and fishing. Go Island and jungle exploring on the island we live on as well surrounding islands. Explore the majestical waters and visual splendour of Satan Island. Experience local Mentawai food created by the locals on Simikikang. You have your own boat and driver to explore ….or just lie in a hammock and read your book all day. The choice is yours!’
For avid surfers, there are 10 breaks of various quality and level of ability, all of which are about 5-30 minutes away by boat. Each villa is supplied with own 14ft aluminium “Tinny” with a sun canopy for shade and a boat driver to get you to and from the surf. ‘The time you choose to surf or explore is entirely flexible, and there’s also a traditional wooden canoe to use for a more comfortable ride. Waves very from beginner or intermediate to waves for the hardcore barrel chargers. “Telescopes” is the marque wave of the area – it can can get crowded but when it’s pumping, there are waves for all.’
There have been no known cases of malaria here, and the island has no available amenities. Life here is simple and that’s what attracts guests who begin to smile broadly when they read one last word of sage packing advice on booking: ‘One tends to overpack clothes. Boards and bikinis are what you mostly live in.’ Paradise indeed! Padang can easily be reached via Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, and the fast ferry from Padang to Sipora Island takes 3.5 hours.
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