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  • Bintan Lagoon Resort

    Bintan Island in Indonesia has several Resorts, mainly concentrated on the North Coast: http://www.islandbintan.com/
    Last week we spent two nights in one of them, the Bintan Lagoon Resort, which is one of the large ones, with two 18-hole Golf courses and a number of villas on a huge area of land.
    Less than an hour by Fast Ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at Changi in Singapore they mainly cater to Singaporeans, but especially Golfers from the rest of Asia fly in for a weekend of golfing. The inevitable Chinese tour groups are also in evidence.

    Prices are at Singapore level and quoted in SGD or USD while, if you pay by credit cards, the bill will be converted to Indonesian Rupiah at a not too favourable exchange rate.
    Hardly any Indonesians to see, except the staff.

    As a non-golfer there is not much to do and there is no town, restaurants, or even shops anywhere near. If you want to escape from the high prices in the resort, unless you go to Tg. Uban, an industrial town facing Selat Riau, or to Tg. Pinang, the biggest town on Bintan, which is 1 hr. expensive taxi ride away. Swimming in the sea or in several pools, water scooters and other toys are available, as is tours to experience Mangrove jungle. As I worked in the Mahakam Delta for 1 1/2 year, I don't feel like paying ridicules prices to see mangroves.
    OK for a couple of days of total relaxation away from the maddening hustle and bustle of Singapore and Shopping Centres.

    The Resort has their own ferry and ferry terminal within the resort:

    Customs and Immigration clearance is there. Visa on Arrival is available for most nationalities at USD 15/pax. ASEAN nationals are visa free.

    The entrance to the lobby:


    With water features and the only road into the resort from the main road:


    Carp ponds on either side of the steps to the lobby:


    The lobby is spacious:

    With two check-in counters, one for group tours and organized groups, like company outings etc.


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    From the lobby there are wide steps down to the main restaurant, which serves buffet brakfast, lunch and dinner. A Italian and a Japanese restaurants are also available:

    Another restaurant, serving A la Cart Asian Fusion, Indonesian, Chinese and Western dishes, is situated near the beach, with both alfresco and air-conditioned dining areas.
    The food was not much to write home about and expensive, even by Singapore standard.

    A bar at lobby level even offered water pipes, with various flavoured tobacco available:


    The rooms are situated in two wings on either side of the lobby. Each wing had two types of rooms, with "Park view" and "Sea view" at different prices.
    These were separate by a light shaft, with landscaped garden between them:


    The rooms were large and airy, but fairly standard, except for this "playground" or whatever:

    Suitable to roll out your Futong, if you are Japanese.

    Each room had a balcony, but the Sea view only applied to the top two floors:


    Here is a panorama view from our balcony:

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    • #3
      The lobby, bar and shops were on the third level of the main building, with the restaurants on second level:

      KTV Lounge and Night Club was in separate buildings, away from the main building, thanks heaven.

      Here is a view of "our wing" from the bar area:


      The view of the main swimming pool from there:



      There were another Swimming Pool in conjunction with the Fitness center, Spa and Activities building, also away from the main building.







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      • #4
        The Ferry Terminal, with protective breakwater, to one side of the beach belonging to the resort:


        The beach was inviting, with what appeared to be clean sand and clear water:

        Although situated next to the busy waterway of Singapore Strait.

        Beach as far as eye can see:


        A couple of Dragon Boats on the beach:


        Small shaded tables and chairs dotted along the beach:

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        • #5
          Large Villas for rent was available just behind the beach:



          Each with it's own large ground, swimming pool and BBQ pit. Electric Golf carts for transport withing the resort area also supplied.

          There are three kinds of these Villas, with 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms. Here is a smaller type:

          Situated further from the beach, but still close to all amenities within the resort.



          There were a lot of birds flying around, some squirrels and this little fellow here visiting the main restaurant during lunch:



          Not as big as the one that we used to see in Singapore, but all of 4 ft. I would think.
          Apparently a regular guest, as the staff did not make any attempt at scaring it away.

          That's all from Bintan Lagoon Resort. Nice, but pricey. Good service, but not very good food.

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          • #6
            Interesting and relaxing report Ombugge. Pity about the food, but I liked the beach, the lunch visitor and your panorama from-the-room photo

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