Exciting developments are afoot on the Indonesian island of Bintan: Treasure Bay is a new 338-hectare waterfront resort city that will integrate wellness, leisure and cultural attractions, with resort accommodation and real estate opportunities. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect in the newly opened first phase and beyond.
At the heart of Treasure Bay’s first phase is Crystal Lagoon, a 6.3-hectare body of seawater that has undergone a process that gives it a stunning, crystal-clear appearance.
Southeast Asia’s first and largest recreational body of seawater is not just a visual feast; it’s also a safe and swimmer-friendly interactive pool of water (you can forget about rocks, currents or jellyfish!) that offers a wide range of recreational water activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing.
It’s worth noting, too, that Crystal’s Lagoon’s innovative technology is sustainable and safe for the environment – in fact, it uses approximately 100 times less chemicals than a regular swimming pool, and consumes only two percent of the energy required by a conventional filtration pool. The lagoon operates in a closed circuit that only needs to compensate for water loss caused by evaporation.
- Two new hotels, the Mercure and ibis Budget, are set to open in Treasure Bay in 2017. When finished, the Mercure will be Bintan’s tallest landmark at 10 storeys high, and the ibis Budget’s 162 rooms will add variety to the range of accommodation options on the island.
- Treasure Bay’s first phases consists of two “precincts”, in the south and north respectively. The former, Chill Cove, will be a vibrant social hub with a host of eateries serving local and international cuisine, bars for enjoying a pulsating night of music and dance, spas to rejuvenate, and retail. Also planned are a convention centre, a hospital, an amphitheatre and a university. The second precinct will play host to the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort, offering a range of integrated wellness and aesthetic facilities from a spectacular natural site with views down to the bay; among these will be a 21-hectare wellness resort with holistic health management and nutrition programme services.
Set amid Bintan’s lush greenery, at the crossroads of luxury and the wilderness, The Canopi is a two-hectare resort that offers nature’s best to campers and adventure-seekers, yet with every mod-con and in-room comfort in its 40 Tent Suites – from Wi-Fi and LCD televisions to outdoor jacuzzis. Each Tent Suite is more than 400 square feet in size, and boasts its own private garden where you can lie in a hammock, enjoy a campfire supper, and star-gaze the night away.
For those who prefer a more active holiday, The Canopi’s range of outdoor activities includes hikes designed by one of Asia’s top naturalists and conservationists, Irshad Mobarak, as well as off-road vehicle adventures and river safaris through the mangroves. There’s even the opportunity to island-hop on jet-skis, so you can swim, snorkel and sunbathe on your own private island, before enjoying a prepared picnic or barbecue.
Back at the resort, you can reflect on another great day with cocktails and beers at the Bora Bora Beach Bar, or chill to the bossa nova, jazz and cool beach tunes. Bora Bora also serves up an international all-day menu.
And what Asian beach holiday is complete without a massage? The Canopi’s trained masseuses can provide personal, couple or family spa treatments and massages to relax the body after a day of fun and adventure, and to recharge it for more to come.
Treasure Bay by numbers
* 338-hectare project
* 6.3-hectare Crystal Lagoon, Southeast Asia’s first and largest recreational seawater body
* 50-minute ferry ride from Singapore
* 25-minute car ride from Busung Airport, Bintan (scheduled to open in 2017)
* 3,200 islands in the Riau Archipelago within easy access
For more information on Bintan, visit bintan-resorts.com