Many of us who enjoy regular getaways to Bintan make a beeline for Laguna Bintan, the area on the Indonesian island that comprises the Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts, along with a Greg Norman-designed golf course. If you’re planning your own escape to Bintan, here are some of Laguna Bintan’s highlights.
“Rustic luxury” is the catch-cry at Banyan Tree Bintan, an all-villa resort that sits above a secluded bay on Bintan’s northwestern tip. The 64 villas, each one raised on stilts and set into the hillside, overlook the South China Sea, are beautifully decorated in traditional Balinese style, and are equipped with everything a guest might need for a relaxing and luxurious break.
Banyan Tree is also notable for its dining options, which not only include The Cove – a contemporary Mediterranean-style outlet offering a wide variety of pizzas, pastas and speciality drinks – and Thai restaurant Saffron, but also a range of signature dining experiences. These include Dinner on the Rocks, where a table is set up on a dramatic headland surrounded by waves and a waiter tends to your every need; and Massage of the Senses, which begins with a wonderful treatment at the renowned Banyan Tree Spa, and culminates in a fine-dining experience of healthy Asian dishes served in an exclusive cabana on the beach.
Aside from the aforementioned spa, with its extensive range of body massages and beauty treatments, guests can also browse an onsite lifestyle gallery of indigenous products, swim in the rock-edge pool or beach pool, or take part in a wide variety of water sports.
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Set directly on the beautiful white sands of Tanjung Said Bay, Angsana Bintan features 113 rooms and suites, some with balconies overlooking the ocean; the 275-square-metre Angsana Suite, meanwhile, comes with its own private sundeck, outdoor jet-pool and outdoor shower. All other rooms are equipped with a range of mod-cons, from individual air-conditioning and coffee-making facilities to Wi-Fi and television.
Dining options at Angana include international cuisine at Lotus Café; the beachside Pantai Grill and Bar, with weekend barbecues of freshly grilled seafood and meats; and 24-hour in-room dining.
Apart from lounging beside the large pool (with a shallow section for young children) or taking walks along the beach, guests can enjoy revitalising treatments at Angsana Spa, shop for local arts and crafts at Angsana Gallery, or enjoy the facilities at the rooftop recreation deck. A Kids’ Club caters to children aged 3 to 10.
Those feeling more energetic can take part in any number of water sports, from kayaking and banana boat rides to wakeboarding and jet-skiing. A range of excursions is available, too, including the popular Mangrove Discovery Tour.
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Laguna Bintan Golf
The Greg Norman-designed 18-hole Laguna Bintan Golf Club is an inspiring challenge for experienced and beginner golfers alike. Set on 60 hectares of lush tropical land, the course lets nature define it, as it winds through diverse terrain of forestlands, natural wetlands, beachfront coconut groves and an abandoned quarry. The greens can be treacherous at times – practise your putting skills beforehand if you want to make par.
The memorable signature holes come towards the end of the front nine. Holes 7 and 8 are framed by the South China Sea, where the breeze from the ocean proves both refreshing and demanding. Take in the views while making the all-important choice of club; it’s a golfing experience unmatched in this part of the region.
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Discover more of Bintan:
- Trek up 340-metre Gunung Bintan to spot rare animals such as the silver leaf monkey and the sunbird, then relish the summit’s panoramic island views.
- Enjoy the adrenalin rush of flying in an open-cockpit seaplane at the Air Adventures Flying Club Bintan.
- Take a boat ride along the Sebung River, discovering the varieties of mangrove trees and wild animals, and glowing fireflies at night.
- Visit Tanjung Uban, a quaint seaside fishing village, for a truly authentic Indonesian experience.
- Observe the busy streets and traditional houses on stilts at Tanjung Pinang, the capital of Bintan.
This article was first published in the October 2015 issue of the magazine.