It might be Singapore’s quieter sister, but Bintan is far from overshadowed by the bustling city nation. Just a 50-minute catamaran ride across the Singapore Strait, Bintan is something of a contradiction to the city – a tranquil resort island that forms part of the Indonesian Riau Archipelago.
Renowned for its lush golf courses and azure seas, Bintan’s northern coastline is dotted with luxury resorts along white sandy beaches. Bintan is popular for business trips and romantic getaways, and visitors can soak up the sun in a resort or jump aboard a boat to the secluded eastern coastline.
Inland, dense rainforests accessible by mountain tracks wait for you to explore them on foot or by bicycle.
Bintan Lagoon Resort
Set among 310 hectares of manicured gardens and fronting 1.5 kilometres of private sandy beach, the Bintan Lagoon Resort gives you the option to do it all – or nothing at all.
The Indonesian-style luxury resort, which has a private ferry service from Singapore, is home to not one but two golf courses, as well as a renowned massage parlour, where you can enjoy a rub-down after a round.
Nirwana Resort Hotel
Waking up to the sound of the breeze flowing through palm trees in this evergreen rainforest resort is what waking up in paradise should sound like.
With 240 guest rooms and 29 suites, the sprawling Nirwana Resort Hotel is completely surrounded by nature. At the centre of the resort is an oversized lagoon pool, where you can swim, relax or enjoy a cocktail at the poolside bar.
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Banyan Tree Bintan
Banyan Tree Bintan is a rustic eco-resort made up of private villas perched atop stilts among the trees – the epitome of secluded island luxury.
Awaken to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach below, indulge in natural massage therapy and hike through the surrounding rainforest.
This sublime resort proves that luxury can be at once indulgent and sustainable.
Angsana Resort & Spa
The Angsana Resort & Spa overlooks the blue South China Sea from the northern Bintan coastline. Known for warm Indonesian hospitality, this resort offers unique destination-dining experiences for your evening meal. During the day, relax poolside, enjoy the private beach or try your hand at a game of tennis.
Mayang Sari Beach Resort
Situated in a secluded cove looking out to the South China Sea, the Mayang Sari Beach Resort oozes rustic luxury. Surrounded by natural rainforest, the individual chalet-style villas are ideal settings for private romantic getaways. Enjoy a weekend escape or a long sojourn to recharge in this slow-paced island paradise.
Banyu Biru Villas
In less than an hour, you can escape the rush of central Singapore on a high-speed catamaran, arriving at the family-friendly island resort of Banyu Biru Villas. Located within the Nirwana Gardens resort, these contemporary villas aim to serve as homes away from home for groups both small and large.
The executive facilities on offer at Nirwana Gardens and available to all Banyu Biru Villas guests include a clubhouse, a swimming pool, barbecues, a mini mart and boutique gift shops.