Establishment: Bintan Lagoon Resort
Location: Jalan Indera Segara Site A12 Bintan Utara, Lagoi, Kepri 29155 Indonesia
Editor’s note: Bintan’s an easy ferry ride away from Singapore, and a world apart with it’s cheerful resorts and affordable dining and entertainment option. Here, Ping shares with us a review of her stay at Bintan Lagoon Resort. Check out the kids’ club – we love its cool name!
Looking for a short weekend trip, we decided on Bintan, Indonesia and stayed at the Bintan Lagoon Resort that is located on the northern coast. Bintan is about 1.5hours by direct high-speed ferry from Singapore and the resort and ferry, is owned and managed by Mozaic Hotels and Resorts. The property is set in over 300 hectares of gardens overlooking the South China Seas and the archipelago of the Riau Islands.
The great thing going for Bintan Lagoon Resort is the convenience it has with its own ferry terminal and golf course – although we didn’t use the latter.
Personally, this is strictly a rest and relax destination so you need to manage your expectations even though its listed as a 5 star property. Overall the place is clean but the property is looking tired and showing its age. It does however have a nice beach that is safe for children to swim in but our son really preferred the swimming pool with a slide.
Beach activities and the spa is costly considering the condition but you really do not have much of a choice being so isolated. It’s not really worth travelling to the nearby local village although there is a shuttle bus available.
The restaurants serves decent meals but be prepared for slow service almost all the time. Staff is pleasant, polite and helpful and will try to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Our son enjoyed the children’s club known as The Nutty Bunch Club for 4-12 year olds where they organised pool games, origami, face-painting and sand-castle building activities under supervision which gave us the much needed opportunity to just chill.
Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa is located on the second floor of the Leisure Centre and is advertised as an “oasis of rest and relaxation”. Well, its as good as it gets at an isolated resort with no nearby competition.
Just note, if you are going over the weekend like we did, don’t expect your room to be ready at 3pm although that is the official check-in time. I suggest you leave your luggage with the front office (they will tag it and have it delivered to your room when its ready) and just start your holiday by exploring the property or like we did, head straight to the beach.
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