It’s been almost 2 years since we last visited Bintan Lagoon Resort and since then there are a ton of changes and new facilities added to this beach vacay. A jewel amongst the various resorts on Bintan island, Bintan Lagoon Resort offer travellers a private beach front, providing direct ferries to and fro from Singapore. With a 470-room beachfront resort, two 18-hole golf courses and 14 restaurants and bars, there is something for the entire family to enjoy. If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or the ultimate last-minute deal, here are our top 5 reasons to check out the newly revamped Bintan Lagoon Resort.
1. Direct ferry to and fro!
One of the major highlights to stay at Bintan Lagoon Resort is no doubt for the convenience factor. As Bintan Lagoon Resort is located quite a distance from the Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal, this newly constructed terminal located directly on the resort’s beachfront saves a ton of time. You can now avoid the hassle of a public ferry terminal like waiting for long immigration queues and the shuttle bus. Instead, you can start your holiday immediately after disembarking on the sandy white beach!
Shuttling guests directly from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, board the Mozaic Ferry Lines straight to the resort and cross the iconic Bintan bridge. The entire experience felt very private and exclusive – check out their ferry terminal and rates here.
Recommend booking the deluxe room with a sea view – a spacious room with an amazing view. Villas with private pool and personal buggy are available too.
2. More than 50 activities to keep you entertained throughout
There are a ton of activities to do at Bintan Lagoon Resort – from getting down and dirty in various land activities and water sports in the afternoon, to winding down at the leisure centre or partying at night club, it’s truly an unforgettable experience for leisure travellers.
Those seeking for an adrenaline-pumping activity should try the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). The 4-wheeled quad bikes will take you through several dirt tracks and a jungle trail, so expect to take on a bumpy terrain with narrow dirt paths or curving a downhill track. You’ll also be accompanied by an experienced ATV staff so rest assured you’ll be in good hands! Recommend to put on a more sporty gear and active footwear to keep your feet and ankles protected.
There’s also a leisure centre offering complimentary access to their Powerhouse gym, Kid’s jungle gym, bicycle and ninebot rentals, darts, snooker, batik painting, swimming pools, karaoke and many more. For golf-enthusiasts, there are two exceptionally designed championship 18-hole course set amongst lush landscapes and breathtaking backdrops to check out. For the full list of activities and price list, click here.
3. 14 F&B offerings in one location
Yes you read that right. There are 14 dining options available, from the international breakfast spread at Fiesta, to Bintan’s little Chinatown at Chop Chop, or a romantic seafront dining at Nelayan.
One of our favourite places to dine is at The Terrace Sports Bar, mainly for its eclectic range of bar bites and sharing platters. We ordered a gigantic platter of chili cheese nachos, served with heaps of minced beef, cheddar cheese, olives, jalapeño, sour cream and guacamole. We also tried their Sriracha Fish Tacos and chicken satay – the perfect combination to chill the evening away while catching the live games on their big screen TVs.
The newly revamped space at Fiesta also has so much to offer, especially their breakfast spread featuring the good ol’ international dishes and local delights. Not forgetting their quirky and colourful plates which are perfect for that flatlay!
If you’re craving for authentic Indonesian cuisine, head to Haskell’s – a popular golf course restaurant boasting spectacular views and even better Indonesian cuisine. They also serve Asian and western choices – recommend trying their rendition of nasi goreng with fried chicken and egg, or the Ikan Goreng – fried seabass fillet with spicy pickled mango. Check out the full list of dining options at Bintan Lagoon Resort here.
4. A tropical escape in your backyard
If you’re already getting bored at the resort (which we truly doubt so), fret not because an entire island is right in your backyard, ready for you to explore! We’re talking unique tours and experiences like the mangrove tour, elephant park, fisherman tour, fireflies tour, ecofarm, fishing and many others. We decided to go for the Mangrove Discovery Tour, one of the highly recommended experiences to try.
The journey to the mangrove took around 10-15 minutes, while the actual tour took about 1.5 hours. During the mangrove tour, you’ll come up close with Bintan island’s rich mangrove forests, cruising through the waterways of Sebung River. There’s so much wildlife to see and observe within this tranquil atmosphere, a much needed carefree experience. For the full list of sightseeing tours around the island, click here.
5. Cooking classes
For couples out there, take things one step further beyond the romantic and intimate retreat by participating in a cooking class! Conducted daily with advance booking at selecting timings, you can choose to whip up traditional and well known Indonesian classics. Both of you will even get to dine on your own creations for lunch!
We had the opportunity to cook with Chef Nizam and Chef Khalid, preparing nasi briyani from scratch. It’s quite a hands on and low-pressure experience – with a multi-sensory introduction to the basics of the dish and cooking style. Of course we had the chef’s guidance every step of the way and the ingredients were all prepared in advanced for us too, so it was quite a breeze to follow along. The entire cooking class took about an hour, which include the initial walk through, explanation of the dishes and the actual cooking process. Overall, the cooking class was an extremely insightful experience, recommend trying!
Bintan Lagoon Resort
Address: Jl. Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Sebong Lagoi, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29155, Indonesia (Map)
Ferry Bookings: www.ferryful.com
Reservations Hotline (Indonesia)
T: +62 770 691 388
F: +62 770 691 300
Reservations Hotline (Singapore)
T: +65 6223 3223
F: +65 6534 5157
Ferry Enquiries (Singapore)
T: +65 6785 7455
With lots of love,
An Affair With Food