If you’re looking for an easy escape without the hassle of an airport, now’s the perfect time to take the short ferry ride across to one of Singapore’s nearest Indonesian neighbours – Bintan, Batam or beyond – for a little R&R. All kinds of deals and promotional offers are currently available so you can make the most out of your trip.
Bintan Lagoon Resort
Aside from boasting the largest convention centre in Bintan, a private international ferry terminal, and two helipads that enable guests to arrive directly at the resort by either ferry or helicopter, this 470-room resort has over 50 land and sea activities available for guests. Of particular note is the Bintan Lagoon Golf Club (BLGC), with its two world-class 18-hole golf courses. The Jack Nicklaus Sea View course and Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands course both offer spectacular signature holes, fast greens, undulating fairways and scenic water hazards.
Special offer: Female golfers can currently enjoy a round of golf at the attractive rate of IDR500,000 (approximately S$52) per person, courtesy of the BLGC Ladies Golf Day Package. The deal includes direct ferry service between Singapore and the Bintan Lagoon Resort Ferry Terminal, and each round includes a caddy and a buggy on a twin-share basis. Book by 30 September 2016 for travel until 30 November 2016.
Banyan Tree Bintan
New things are afoot at the 18-hole Laguna Golf Bintan course, with extensive upgrades to the course layout completed in July, along with refurbishments to the clubhouse and the introduction of a fleet of new golf carts. In addition to forestland, lagoons, coconut groves and age-old rock formations, the par-72 course is the only one on Bintan to feature stunning beach-front holes on both the front and back nine.
Special offer: The all-villa Banyan Tree Bintan resort has launched an exclusive Stay and Play golf package, available from now until 30 September 2016, to take advantage of the new-look course. The package includes land transfers between the ferry terminal and the resort, express immigration, accommodation, breakfast, unlimited free golf at Laguna Golf on the day of check-in and before check-out, use of a golf cart, use of the driving range before play, and more. Prices start from S$450. Contact +62 770 693 100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information and bookings.
To celebrate twenty years of operations, Bintan Resorts is offering a range of awesome deals for visitors, until the end of 2016. Among the highlights:
- Banyan Tree and Angsana Bintan are both offering 20 percent off food and non-alcoholic beverages and spa massages, and The Canopi also has 20 percent off F&B (after 6pm).
- Enjoy 25 percent off activities at Nirwana Gardens, including everything from kayaking and banana boating, to archery, horse riding and fishing; the same discount is available for à la carte lunches at two resort restaurants.
- At Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay Bintan, discounts range from activities (for instance, 50 percent off Segway rental) to food (20 percent off at Swiss-Café from Sunday to Thursday).
- BRC Tours has discounts on all of its tours, including the popular day and night Mangrove Discovery Tours, the South Bintan Heritage Tour, and the Eco Farm Trek.
- Other great discounts are available through Ria Bintan Golf Club, Asmara Lifestyle, Air Adventures Flying Club, Bintan Wake Park and elsewhere. All promotions are valid until either 30 or 31 December 2016.
Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay
Surrounded by a freshwater fishing lake and white sandy beaches, the four-star Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay is an ideal island getaway from Singapore. There’s an array of services and facilities at the hotel, including an outdoor rooftop infinity pool, entertainment centre, kids’ club, spa, fully equipped gym and 24-hour room service. The Swiss-Café serves cuisine from an à la carte menu and daily international buffet breakfast. The Chadis Rooftop Bar – the hotel’s signature restaurant and the only venue of its kind in Bintan with sea and lake views – offers Western cuisine, succulent grills and weekend themed buffets, including Authentic Balinese and BBQ Seafood.
Special offer: The hotel’s current promotion is the Mad Mid-Year Deal, with prices starting from just S$160, and 50 percent discounts for a second person. The offer includes return ferry tickets from Singapore and land transfers on Bintan, a one-night stay in a Deluxe Room, buffet breakfast at Swiss-Café, and an Activity Pass for kayaking, buggy riding, cycling and fishing. Valid until 31 October 2016.
Not all ferries heading south from Singapore have Bintan in their sights; another wonderful holiday option within easy reach (just 50km away) is Telunas Resorts, jointly managed by a team of Indonesians and expats who for over a decade have worked to make a positive social impact in their little corner of the world.
The property is divided into two parts. Telunas Private Island has 15 overwater villas, an infinity pool, private masseuses, a “Sand Beach” bar, daily kids’ activity, sea kayaks, and other amenities. Accommodation starts from IDR 2,000,000 per night (S$205). Telunas Beach Resort, meanwhile, is a staple for families and those seeking a simple, overwater escape; it boasts a pristine white sand beach, volleyball court, soccer pitch, hammocks, low ropes course, and other beach games. There are Chalets (with or without balconies) and Deluxes available, with prices starting from IDR 750,000 (S$77) per night.
This is an article that first appeared in the September 2016 edition of Expat Living. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!
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