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Bintan Island: the perfect blend of nature & niceties

26th November 2013

Bintan Island: a destination as unique as its geography. An island in the Riau archipelago of Indonesia, Bintan Island is a tropical haven just 45 minutes ferry ride from Singapore. After a pleasant ride, you'll be welcomed to Bintan Island by friendly staff and invited to enjoy the spectacular views and unrivalled serenity. This oasis is ideal for a stop-over on the way home, following a busy overseas adventure or a stand-alone relaxing, romantic getaway.

You ought to know in advance that there's little to do on the Island itself.  The key to having a great holiday here is embracing the seclusion and surrendering to the flora and fauna which surrounds you.  This is the perfect opportunity for a 'digital detox'; swap the sound of an email alert for the squawk of the silvered leaf monkey and if you must charge a battery, make it your own. 

No one is suggesting you need to go without creature comforts. If anything, this is a rare chance to indulge your senses and spoil yourself silly in a truly spectacular environment. At Banyan Tree Bintan, spacious sea-view villas are beautifully scattered in the midst of Indonesian jungle, providing the perfect balance between stunning natural surrounds and contemporary architecture. Think: eating freshly cooked crepes with berry compote at the Treetops cafe while overlooking the South China Sea and sipping on a fresh ginger tea from a relaxing sun lounge stationed beside the infinity pool.

Like all Banyan Tree resorts, Bintan Island is cultural sympathetic, honouring Indonesia tradition whilst still offering everything you would expect from a 5-star resort. Villas boast authentic Indonesian decor, plus a warm and inviting sun deck with a private pool and breathtaking beach views. Luggage is delivered by buggy straight to your door, and from that moment onwards, amazing customer service is always just a phone call away.

With everything at your fingertips, you can easily while away the hours inside your private villa. It's worth wandering though, as the resort is home to several amazing restaurants, each specialising in a different cuisine. From the authentic Indonesian flavours of Treetops to tantalising Thai at Saffron, you certainly won't go hungry.

For a truly memorable experience, request a destination al dinner. Staff will organise a lantern-lit meal down on the beach. Savour chicken satay skewers and sumptuous sticky rice dessert while you listen to the waves crash on the giant rocks.
If the sleeping in, sun-baking and swimming is all too much, relax and unwind at Banyan Tree's world renowned spa.  The ever-attentive staff will treat you to a warm foot bath and herbal tea before spoiling you with one of their beauty treatments. Chances are the most difficult decision you'll have to make during your stay at Banyan Tree is whether to go with the traditional Balinese massage or the resort's signature Javanese Lulur.
After just 24 hours, you'll be wondering why it took you so long to get to the private paradise that is Bintan Island. It's a small destination, with big promise. The spectacular views, sumptuous food and day spa are reason enough on their own to warrant a weekend away here.  Combined, they make for an unforgettable, Indonesian escape sure to please even the most discerning of travellers. 
For more information about Banyan Tree, phone 13 70 71.