Situated off the west coast of Sumatra, and almost directly on the equator, Pinnacles on Telo is ensconced in an archipelago known as “Kepulan Batu”, “Pulau Pulau Batu” or, more simply, the Telo islands.
Pinnacles on Telo is perfectly situated on a 50-acre uninhabited private island in the northern part of the Telo Islands of Indonesia.
We are in good company, with the Mentawai islands to the south, and Nias to the north, yet the islands in our group are unlike any in Sumatra, and are often compared to the dramatic cliff islands of Thailand, or the smaller islands in the Seychelles.
Due to the this remote location – and the fact it can only be accessed conveniently by private aircraft – The Telos remain largely unspoiled by the rampant development in most parts of Indonesia.
About 20 years ago, when we first traveled through the Pulau Batu Batu region, we were stunned by its beauty. Its geography has been compared to the islands off the north coast of Thailand, but this remote region of Indonesia is like no other. The local people are friendly: your travels here will be lined with a backdrop of smiling faces.
Ever since we started our travels, remote area construction and operation has been part of our lives, including our first project – Hinako’s Hideaway in the Hinako Islands – which ran for 15 years. Our ambition with Pinnacles on Telo is to take the world-class surfing experiences we have provided to guests at the Telo Island Lodge, and to carefully replicate and adjust it per our return guests' requests. Quite simply, we plan to do so in a spectacular, family-suited way that will rival anything in the Maldives, Tahiti, or anywhere else in Indonesia.
Batu Islanders have a distinct, vibrant culture with a mix of Christian, Islamic and animist beliefs, many of which are cloaked in mystery and superstition. Life here – centered around the village – is played out in a sustenance economy based primarily on fishing and coconut farming. This is a culture strikingly different to western society. Batu Islanders are some of the most friendly, happy and family-oriented folks that you’ll ever come across. We encourage our guests to donate items to the local school whenever they visit as well as purchase locally made hand-crafts on the last day of their trip.
We strive to be a positive force in the local Indonesian communities. We purchase local building materials, labor and food, and undertake various sustainability initiatives and education projects. We aim to be both a positive presence, and to minimize our impact on this rich culture, and finely-balanced way of life.