Togat Nusa Retreat
Indonesia: Mentawai Islands
Quality and service comes first in this private tropical island sanctuary positioned in the central Mentawai islands
Part of the Mentawai Island chain, Pitojat lies off the North Western corner of Sipora Island, approximately 80 kms off the West coast of mainland Sumatra, Indonesia.
Ringed by beautiful white sand beach, the 12 hectare island can be circumnavigated in just half an hour.
Looking out over a turquoise lagoon at the front of the island, Scarecrows, a long left hand wave peels around the fringing coral reef. The other end of the Island drops off quickly into a deep enchanting channel and offers impressive views to the south of the palm fringed mainland and waves breaking on distant reef passes.
Following a path through the centre of the island will have you walking amongst a lush, tropical rainforest abundant with flora and Fauna such as native orchids, climbing vines, large monitor lizards and home to many bird species.
Togat Nusa Retreat employs a local crew, and western manager and surf guide. We utilize as many products as we can from the local area including our food.
Three traditionally inspired Bungalows, each uniquely designed and built in the same style as the main building, using recycled timbers and driftwood. Each bungalow is setup to accommodate 2 (unless already organized) people , for a total of 6 guests on the island at any one time. All have private bathrooms with running hot water. The funky interior design incorporates hand built custom furniture and antique lighting and fixtures left over from Dutch fishing vessels. Each bungalowalso has fans to help stay cool.
Using local Mentawai builders, under the guidance of John E Ocean, Togat Nusa Retreat maximizes its local surroundings and functions as a partial eco- resort, yet still delivers a very high standard of accommodations and personal space.
Influenced by the design of traditional Mentawai Umas, The bar has been built with the owner/builder’s (John E Ocean} artistic flare and creativity in design - shining through in its rustic styling, making this spectacular piece of craftsmanship, truly a one of a kind.
Built entirely out of recycled timber, and driftwood collected from the surrounding beaches, the high pitched sago palm thatched roof is supported by a centre beam made from the trunk of a massive coconut tree. Crossbeams and supports with branches and root systems still intact protrude from the walls, creating shelves for our quality sound system, lights and ornaments.
Each piece of furniture, from the barstools, to the table you sit down to enjoy your meal at has been individually built in styling’s reflected by the building itself.
From the roof hangs the skeleton of a pilot whale, whilst the walls are adorned with traditional carvings, Skulls and locally collected treasures, all adding to the vibe of the place. Old Japanese fishing bouys, antique boat lamps and the shells from various marine animals have been fitted with bulbs to supply the lighting, and have set the scene for many a party.
The Bar was the first building on the island and is essentially the hub for all island activity. Situated at the front of the Island, with a panoramic view of the waves reeling off at Scarecrows, this is where guests will gather for meals, to enjoy a drink, or simply to put their feet up, listen to some tunes and watch the surf!
Our Bar stocks a variety of beers and spirits as well makes cocktails and fresh fruit smoothies, its NW facing aspect makes it the ideal place to grab a cold beverage and watch the sun set on another perfect day in paradise.